Ruthless 2017 Mock Draft:
1.30 ILB Zach Cunningham 6'3" 234 Vanderbilt
2.62 OLB Jordan Willis 6'4" 255 Kansas State
3.94 CB Sidney Jones 6'0" 186 Washington
3.105c DE Tanoh Kpassagnon 6'7" 289 Villanova
4.135 CB Rasul Douglas 6'2" 209 West Virginia
5.173 RB James Conner 6'1" 233 Pittsburgh
6.213 SS Lorenzo Jerome 5'10" 204 St. Francis
7.248 TE Michael Roberts 6'4" 270 Toledo
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Ike, C. Allen, Gilbert/Dennard, Gay at CB.
W. Allen, Polamalu, S. Thomas, Golden at S.
In this senario, FS is a priority in free agency. In the Steelers scheme, the FS lines up the secondary. It's much less likely a rookie start at FS than a CB. I think they can get much better value and sign a starting FS during free agency.
I felt the same way early about Ike. I'm now hearing the Steelers have approached him. They are actively putting out feelers for FA CBs. Where there's smoke...You know the saying. One could say that is to apply pressure to Taylor but I don't think that is the case. Taylor was the 3rd best CB on this team by the end of the season. I think they contacted Verner for the ceiling in FA & may make him an offer if they are close. They have also contacted Nolan Carroll & that may be the fall back plan. I think Taylor is gone.
I agree with FS. I would sign Malcolm Jenkins & Nolan Carroll. Still draft a CB in the 1st three rounds. Future would be set at DB.
Based solely on how fast worilds signed his $9.7 million deal i doubt they already have a deal in place
Signing it that fast would be contrary to your assesment. By signing it Worilds took himself out of FA. He wouldn't sign it if they weren't close & he didn't want to be here long term. By the Steelers releasing Woodley tomorrow..They have to have some sense Worilds could be locked up. Releasing Woodley puts leverage in Worilds court.
Or he could take $10 million, mike wallace the season and sign a deal next year.
Sure theres some risk, but the odds of suffering a career ending injury are in worilds favor that he could sign his next contract at the age of 26 and hold the steelers hostage for $10 million this season.
Players don't sign tags with the intension of playing the season on game checks. They want the long term deal with the security & upfront money. That's a huge risk on Worilds part to play the year out on his tag...Physically & financially. You think a player in his position has a better chance to put together a year where someone says 10 mil is cheap for Worilds? Or you think he has a better chance of putting together a year that has that 10 mil tag as too high? Add in the fact that a mid season knee injury could keep him unsigned at his value until after the '15 season....Both sides want to get a deal done. Worilds signed to get the deal done asap & so the Steelers could go on with the rest of the business.
"Even when I was in Pittsburgh I would go back and watch four or five Saints games just to get acquainted with what they were doing."
Lewis' affinity for the Saints almost cost him on draft day. "I almost didn't get drafted because I told all the teams my wish was to play for the Saints," he said. "I let that be known when I was coming out of college at the Senior Bowl."
Whether you believe him or not his comments about telling teams PRIOR TO THE DRAFT his desire to be a Saint seem legit. to me.
Come on people he WENT TO SAINT GAMES like a fan AS A STEELER!!!!!
It is like if you or I were drafted by the Saints and we became free agents and our beloved Steelers came calling.
The Steeler MIGHT have a chance if we were in dynasty mode, but 8-8 versus returning home to the team of your heart. That is a no brainer
Last edited by Captain Lemming; 03-10-2014 at 06:51 PM.