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Thread: 2019 - Steelers Best Value Pick in Draft?

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    2019 - Steelers Best Value Pick in Draft?

    Get your predictions in. Which pick was the best value in this year's draft?

    On the one hand, I can see an argument for Bush who is arguably one of the best players in the entire draft and could turn our whole D around. But we had to give up 1.5 players to get this one. Maybe he has to be a perennial All Pro to live up to the best value moniker.

    On the other hand, I can see a case for Justin Layne. Freakish combo of size and athleticism for his position. He's either going to make it big or be a complete bust. This is a type of pick I really like in the 3rd round. We coulda played it safe and went for a quality player, but I think the Steelers swung for the fences here and I could see Justin being more important to us in the long run than Bush if he plays to his full potential. But he's a work in progress and this is a really hard call.

    Finally, the guy I'm going to make the case for is Sutton Smith. And I think there's a little karma at play here. He's not directly linked to picks we received in the AB trade, however, I think it's fitting that we're going to find gold again in the 6th round where we picked arguably one of the best college football players in the draft. Another MAC player home run in the 6th round. The last small school player I remember watching leading up to the draft that got me excited like this kid was Hargrave a few years back. Sure, he plays against subpar competition, but Sutton is dominant at the point of attack. And you can watch him taking on guys that are 100 lbs heavier with what looks like ease. He's lightning quick, strong, and just has this knack for the game that few others do. The only big question I had is because of his size and competition, is he going to be over matched, but then this is a case where combine numbers give me confidence. Specifically his 3 cone which is better than an DE/OLB and his bench press which is near the top. He's fast and strong. By comparison, he did one fewer rep than Derwin Gray who's a T that would be the sized player he's going up against and Derwin's got him by 100 lbs easy. Sutton will probably run into a lot of TEs and he more than doubled the reps of Gentry. When I watch Smith, he jumps off the tv much like Bush. Those 2 are about the same size and have nearly identical athleticism. Bush is .2 faster in the 40, but Smith can just bench more reps and is just a tad quicker with his first step or change of direction. And Smith looks like he works at it because he always makes the right first step and his timing is impeccable. When both of these guys are such nearly identical athletes and there performances are off the charts when they're on the field, how does one go top 10 and the other just makes it into the 6th round? I don't really understand why players get picked where they do all the time, but that's why I'm thinking this is a value pick and Sutton has just as much chance to be an All Pro as Bush. But Sutton will have to seize every opportunity he gets because he won't be given the same opportunity being a 6th round pick. But I have no doubt the kid will put in the work to make it happen.

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    He may not make it out of camp, but if Buggs makes the team, he could be a solid rotational player on the defensive line with a bit of pass rush ability and an upgrade over Walton. For a 6th round pick, that's a solid value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq View Post
    He may not make it out of camp, but if Buggs makes the team, he could be a solid rotational player on the defensive line with a bit of pass rush ability and an upgrade over Walton. For a 6th round pick, that's a solid value.
    I agree, I never thought Buggs would make it to us in the 6th round.

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    I'm going to go with Justin Layne as my pick....
    I wish people would/could leave politics out of a Steelers Football Forum.

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    Layne is who I would pick, at this point.

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    Benny Snell thinks it will be Benny Snell playing Benny Snell football...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Benny Snell thinks it will be Benny Snell playing Benny Snell football...
    LOL. I canít figure out yet if heís funny or annoying.

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    Sutton Smith, even though he's a little lite, I like his game

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    Smith has a chance to turn some heads if they move him around some. He won't stick as an EDGE rusher. 230lb EDGE guys do not exist in the league... however... 230 lb lightening fast/quick ILBs do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flippy View Post
    LOL. I can’t figure out yet if he’s funny or annoying.
    It will probably depend on whether or not he's good.

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