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Thread: Steelers Should Have Waited Until 2014 to Draft Developmental QB

  1. #11

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    Besides Manziel the only Qb that interests me is Mettenberger.

  2. #12
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    I really like Gradkowski as a backup. Two years too early to select a QB imo. Ben's got some year's left with Haley finally getting through to him on the quick passes. But it is what it is. Hopefully Jones overcomes his perceived mental hurdles, since that seems like his only knock.
    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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    Bill Polian says Landry Jones is the best QB in the draft

    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 19, 2013

    In the 1998 NFL draft, Colts General Manager Bill Polian had a decision to make: Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf? He chose right, and as a result his job in Indianapolis was safe as long Manning was there.

    Now Polian is playing a different role, analyzing the draft for ESPN, and he was asked to pick the best quarterback in this year’s draft. Polian’s surprising answer? Oklahoma’s Landry Jones.

    Polian said he attended the 2011 Oklahoma-Texas A&M game and watched Jones complete 18/38 passes for 255 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and Polian thought Jones compared favorably to Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was last year’s No. 8 overall pick and is now the Dolphins’ starter.

    “He was a good one, and when he had a good supporting cast around him, he was great,” Polian said of Jones. “I was at the game in Norman where he beat Tannehill head-to-head, in a very, very fierce wind. So this guy has been a winner, he’s got stature, he’s got arm strength — he can make all the throws. He sees the field quite well, and he’s a natural leader.”

    Polian acknowledged that there are concerns about Jones, including his lack of mobility, and he said he doesn’t see a Peyton Manning in this year’s draft. But he thinks if there’s a quarterback who’s going to make an instant impact for an NFL team in 2013, it’s Jones.

    “I don’t think anybody in this group is going to be able to step in right away and lead the team, but if you ask me, who’s the guy who’s most ready, and who’s the guy who’s had the most winning experience, it would be Landry Jones,” Polian said.


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    Big Ben weighs in on QB prospects

    Updated: May 6, 2014
    By Scott Brown |

    Ben Roethlisberger, a veritable master of escape and improvisation, is naturally a fan of Johnny Manziel's style of play.

    But the veteran Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback has the same questions as NFL coaches and general managers who have been evaluating one of the most discussed and polarizing players in the history of the draft.

    "We've seen some of the scrambling, jumping, throwing, flipping type things he can do and it makes your jaw drop because it's special stuff. Does that translate to the NFL? I don't know," Roethlisberger said Tuesday on 93.7 The Fan. "The guys in the NFL are all bigger, stronger and faster."

    Roethlisberger has absorbed his share of punishment in part because he has a penchant for extending plays. But Roethlisberger is listed at 6-foot-5, 241 pounds while Manziel measured in at just under 6-feet at the NFL scouting combine and tipped the scales at 207 pounds.

    Roethlisberger said new Steelers defensive assistant coach Joey Porter, who is fifth on the franchise's all-time sacks list with 60, asked him recently if he thought Manizel would hold up physically in the NFL.

    "I looked at Joey and said, 'Joey do you think if you got a good hit on him that he would be OK?' He goes, 'No, not at all.' That's my question," Roethlisberger said. "You better be really athletic or get down or be big. I think he definitely has a lot up upside but we'll just have to wait and see."

    "We've seen some of the scrambling, jumping, throwing, flipping type things he can do and it makes your jaw drop because it's special stuff," Ben Roethlisberger said of Johnny Manziel. "Does that translate to the NFL? I don't know."

    Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, had a storied career at Texas A&M and torched Alabama's vaunted defense in consecutive seasons. But opinion on him is all over the place, with some mock drafts having Manziel going in the top five of the draft while others have him falling out of the first round entirely.

    "He'll probably be a star early because he's going to be able to use his athleticism," Roethlisberger said of Manziel. "It's not about your first year it's about year two, three and four. Can you sustain it? When defenses have figured you out can you figure out a way to stay a step [ahead] of them?"

    Roethlisberger said he thinks the University of Central Florida's Blake Bortles will end up as the best quarterback in this draft class.

    Bortles has been compared to Roethlisberger by ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden because of his size. The two also share an agent and both went to schools that didn't play in power conferences because they were overlooked in high school.

    "I think he's going to be the best one in the group because I see something in his competitiveness, his leadership and I think he's got a lot of upside," Roethlisberger said of Bortles. "I think if you're a guy that comes out of a smaller school I think you should have a chip on your shoulder. It helps motivate you."


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    Quote Originally Posted by squidkid View Post
    wrong round or not, picking a backup qb last year was ignorant.

    were just as many holes to fill last year at this time, if not more

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    That 4th rounder would have out us in the SB!

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    nobody is saying that except you, homer, but feel free to keep defending the stupidity

    it was a dumb effing pick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    That 4th rounder would have out us in the SB!
    what a brilliant statement.
    might just as well draft a punter at #15 this year and use the same logic
    over paid janitor......
    and proving it every year.........

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    funny how some people want to trade back for more picks this year, but defend the extremely dubious 3rd string QB pick just a year ago

    hypocrisy at its finest

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    User Info Menu use this word "hypocrisy"....I do not think it means what you think it means...


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