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    Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford

    Reynolds declaring for the draft prior to the deadline made a pretty bad safety class looks like It could end up being pretty solid in the Mid-late first and second rounds. Reynolds is currently my 3rd Ranked safety after Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor.

    Reynolds may very well be a slam dunk steelers pick if he is sitting there in the second round. At 6-2 205 he comes in as a long centerfielder with excellent ball skills, recovery speed, and return ability. The steelers should not retain ryan clark so FS becomes an immediate need for them with Shamarko thomas having decent NB coverage skills but the overall skill set of a more in the box SS.

    Reynolds is a very iffy tackler in my opinion, he excels in making big plays and is excellent in coverage but at this point hes not the best tackler and not very good in run support. One thing about that is the steelers dont let DBs get off with missing tackling drills. Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis, William Gay, and Ryan clark are among some of the best tackling defensive backs in the league because it is something that is worked on constantly, a pretty underrated aspect of the steelers defense over the last decade.

    All in all he is a very smart and instinctive player, needs to get stronger and more physical but that is something that can be improved on. I would be excited about the future tandem of Reynolds and Shamarko.

    Lets take the rangy centerfield FS that will allow a big more press from the corners and move on from the head hunting FS's they have had with Hope and Clark. Reynolds football IQ is off the charts and he can recognize the play very well, tackling can be corrected.

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    It's interesting that a lot of teams picking in the same area as the Steelers have similar needs. I did a quick search for information on Reynolds and a link to a Jets site was one of the first hits. The Jets could also use a ballhawking safety. And, like the Steelers and Ravens, the Jets could use a WR.

    Will be interesting to see how things unfold on draft day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq View Post
    It's interesting that a lot of teams picking in the same area as the Steelers have similar needs. I did a quick search for information on Reynolds and a link to a Jets site was one of the first hits. The Jets could also use a ballhawking safety. And, like the Steelers and Ravens, the Jets could use a WR.

    Will be interesting to see how things unfold on draft day.
    The Bears who pick right before us, have similar DB needs. They definitely could use a Safety AND a Corner. That could bite us in the 2nd or 3rd.
    1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
    2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
    3. (comp) Philip Gaines CB Rice
    4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
    5. Ross Cockrell CB Duke
    5. (comp) Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech
    6. Josh Mauro DE Stanford
    6. (comp) Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State
    7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska

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    I like hakeem smith as a sleeper FS pick.

    maybe 5th-6th round

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    Reynolds declaring for the draft prior to the deadline made a pretty bad safety class looks like It could end up being pretty solid in the Mid-late first and second rounds. Reynolds is currently my 3rd Ranked safety after Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor.

    Reynolds may very well be a slam dunk steelers pick if he is sitting there in the second round. At 6-2 205 he comes in as a long centerfielder with excellent ball skills, recovery speed, and return ability. The steelers should not retain ryan clark so FS becomes an immediate need for them with Shamarko thomas having decent NB coverage skills but the overall skill set of a more in the box SS.

    Reynolds is a very iffy tackler in my opinion, he excels in making big plays and is excellent in coverage but at this point hes not the best tackler and not very good in run support. One thing about that is the steelers dont let DBs get off with missing tackling drills. Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis, William Gay, and Ryan clark are among some of the best tackling defensive backs in the league because it is something that is worked on constantly, a pretty underrated aspect of the steelers defense over the last decade.

    All in all he is a very smart and instinctive player, needs to get stronger and more physical but that is something that can be improved on. I would be excited about the future tandem of Reynolds and Shamarko.

    Lets take the rangy centerfield FS that will allow a big more press from the corners and move on from the head hunting FS's they have had with Hope and Clark. Reynolds football IQ is off the charts and he can recognize the play very well, tackling can be corrected.

    If he isn't a solid tackler and good in run support the Steelers won't be interested. Those skills are kinda minimum qualifications to play safety for the Steelers. Unfortunately we saw way too much poor tackling this past season. Don't think they will be looking for more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    If he isn't a solid tackler and good in run support the Steelers won't be interested. Those skills are kinda minimum qualifications to play safety for the Steelers. Unfortunately we saw way too much poor tackling this past season. Don't think they will be looking for more.
    I agree completely, the Steelers value DBs who are good tacklers because of our defensive philosophy of "tackling the catch."

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    The idea that the Steelers prefer a FS who can tackle is for one reason and one reason only. It is because of how they play Troy (at or near the box/LOS). In a traditional set they would much rather prefer a center fielder/cover type at FS and a thumper at SS. And I could see this in Reynolds and Shamarko Thomas.
    Steelers 2014 Draft

    1-Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
    2-Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
    3-Jordan Tripp ILB/OLB Montana
    4-Christian Jones ILB Florida State
    5-Brent Urban DE Virginia
    5-Michael Schofield OG/OT Michigan
    6-Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
    6-Ben Gardner DE Stanford
    7-Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dub View Post
    The idea that the Steelers prefer a FS who can tackle is for one reason and one reason only. It is because of how they play Troy (at or near the box/LOS). In a traditional set they would much rather prefer a center fielder/cover type at FS and a thumper at SS. And I could see this in Reynolds and Shamarko Thomas.
    IMO we would be better off if we had our safeties playing back versus running all over the place out of position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    If he isn't a solid tackler and good in run support the Steelers won't be interested. Those skills are kinda minimum qualifications to play safety for the Steelers. Unfortunately we saw way too much poor tackling this past season. Don't think they will be looking for more.
    Wait a minute. I thought the "modern NFL" defense is all about ball-hawking and splash plays, tackling is secondary to taking the ball away???

    If you are given the tough choice between a FS tackling demon and a FS ball-hawk, which are you taking?? Keep in mind you will have to live with the shortcomings of either choice much as most teams do today. I would tilt the scales based on smarts. A smart player can overcome some lack of talent by being in a position to make plays.

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    I like Dion Bailey or Craig Loston in the 4th or 5th.
    Round 1, Pick 15 (15)- Ryan Shazier, ILB; Ohio State
    Round 2, Pick 14 (46)- Stephon Tuitt, DE; Notre Dame
    Round 3b, Pick 33 (97)- Dri Archer, RB; Kent State
    Round 4, Pick 18 (118 )- Martavis Bryant, WR; Clemson
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    Round 6, Pick 16 (192)- Jordan Zumwalt, OLB; UCLA
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