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  1. http://www.steelersdepot.com/2018/05/details-of-new-kickoff-proposal-finalized-including-automatic-touchbacks/ Just some food for thought. With the new KO rules that are likely to pass, it seems to me to possibly open up MORE dynamic returns, as there is more space since the KO team will not be able to have a huge run-up. So, this seems to at least strengthen the case for a player like Quadree to make the roster as a return specialist. Thoughts??
  2. Sorry, didn't mean to offend you @warfelg... I will correct my error... Who has scouting reports/film on the two guys we just signed to the 90?? Prince, the OT, looks like an interesting prospect that has some interesting size stats and did something to impress the staff enough to want to take a longer look at him. I only ask since he is 6'6" 320 and compares his play to La'el Collins. Didn't know if anyone had a better read on him than that. Patterson, the WR from Youngstown, came in as JAG to me. 6', 190.. 4.5. Wonder what he did to get a shot...
  3. Who has scouting reports/film on the two guys we just signed to the 90?? Prince, the OT, looks like a player.
  4. Flux Draft Game (2018)

    Offense--Old School High School Power Run/Play Action Pass QB--Luke Falk, Tenn (6) RB--John Kelly, Rams (6) FB--Nick Bawden, Lions (7) LT--Geron Christian, Wash (3) LG-Quentin Nelson, Colts (1) C-James Daniels, Chicago (2) RG-Will Hernandez, NYG (2) RT--Joe Noteboom, Rams (3) TE(y)--Dalton Schultz, Dallas (4) TE(x)--Will Dissly, Seattle (4) WR(z)--Justin Watson, Bucs (5) (Subpackage WRx)--Daurice Fountain, Colts (5) (Subpackage WRy)--Deon Cain, Colts (6) Thoughts--Falk can work the short passes to Schultz and Watson in the base set, and also do some complex routes when we have to go in subpackage. Bread and butter will be pounding the rock with Kelly behind GCG combo of 1+2 rounders. No backup RB means that Kelly must tote the mail a lot. If I had a 26th slot, I would have taken an UDFA like Wadley or Roc Thomas of Jax State. Defense--Base 4-2-5 nickel DT--Nathan Shepherd, Jets (3) DT--BJ Hill, NYG (3) DE--Sam Hubbard, Bengals (3) DE--Andrew Brown, Bengals (5) MLB--Josey Jewell, Broncos (4) MLB--Micah Kizer, Rams (5) CB--Anthony Averett, Ravens (4) CB--Nick Nelson, Raiders (4) NB--Avonte Maddox, Eagles (4) S--Justin Reid, Texans (3) S--Kyzir White, Chargers (4) (Subpackage Goalline)--Tim Settle, Wash (5) Thoughts--Stop the run. High picks on Dline guys to stop the run, and filing backers to scrape and make tackles. Back end has elite safties and good CB with a slot nickel that can come an blitz as needed. Will get hit with the big pass but hopefully can play bend but don't break defense.
  5. TBH, Ridley is JAG. I mean, he did some great stuff, but gimme Bell, Connor, Samuel and Rosie all day. Ridley can hang around and be there if someone gets hurt. Hunter can go too... not sure what value he brings. Would rather see Griffey get the reps, or Henderson to see if he can play.
  6. 100% agree. Nix and Samuels both make the roster. Ridley/Connor as the backup pure RB, then have a FB and a weapon. BTW, I wonder what # Samuels will wear??
  7. Maybe I am just generally a more positive person, but I do not hate this draft as much as a lot of you guys. Here is my take. Terrell Edmunds S VT - B I get it... not a huge mock drafted player. No one in the mock community saw this coming. This surprised weekend mockers as well as the Kipers and McShays of the world. Not what anyone of us would have done, myself included. BUT--the more work I do on this guy, the more I am digging the pick. For me, I think that we think too much about "is he a FS or SS" or how he will fit in the depth chart. Go beyond that. The top 4 ILB were gone. We tried to trade up and didn't make it. Plan B had to go into effect. Colbert spelled it out... no one is left to replace Shazier, so we move on to our biggest problem... secondary on passing downs. Nickel and dime defense. The crap we have been complaining about all year. Just think... Davis, Burnett and Edmunds will be in on dime situations now. I'd rather have that than Mitchell, Gay and Davis. Let camp figure out who is FS, SS and money backer. The kid is a + athlete, high character, bloodines and pSPARQ wonder. I'm gonna love to watch him develop. Might I also add that the same guys on here that are complaining about this pick would have complained about Reid (who went in the 3rd), Bates or any of the pass rushers for the same thing... lack of playing time. Would Landry have put Dupree on the bench???... no. James Washington WR OKS - B Fits the need, fits the Steelers model. Good blocker, great route runner, high character, smart player. Not elite speed, but is a polished and pure WR. Kinda the anti-Sammie Coates, Martavias Bryant players. Not who I would have taken, but the position I would have taken. Not gonna lie, I fell in love with Chark this process, but I am OK with JW. Mason Rudolph QB OKS - A- Love the value here. 3rd round for a guy that we wanted in the first. This all depends on if you believe that he is Ben's successor. If you do, this is an A+ pick. If he is a career backup, this is a C. I think that he has a GREAT chance of being Ben's successor. I will hedge my bets with an A-, only because there is not a concensus that he is that good. I love the situation, and I love watching him play. Chukwuma Okorafor OT WMU - C This is the one that I don't get. If we take a OL, it had to be Foster's replacement, right?? Not a project tackle who will need 2-3 years. I wanted someone to push Hawkins NOW, not 2 years from now. I mean, I like the idea of getting ready for life after Gilbert, BUT... I would have felt better about a more finished product like Noteboom or a guard like Teller that could have maybe been a future Foster. Marcus Allen S/LB PSU - B- Confusing pick that I like but not with our depth chart. LIke the player as a box safety that can tackle. But, we have 5 of those guys already. Bigger than Edmunds so maybe a conversion prospect, but still a questionable pick with no edges taken. Jaylen Samuels RB/WR/FB NC State - A I cannot rave about this pick enough. Just a weapon. Adding layers to the offense. Not a replacement for anyone... he is what he is. Big RB, Slot WR, H back, KR... this guy, man. I think that this opens up so much for our offense as long as he is used correctly. I can imagine the redzone packages with him in the game now. It is just sick. Joshua Frazier NT Alabama - B- See the need and the fit. Would have liked more production and more reps, but that is fine. Will get McCullers off the roster. UDFA: B Matthew Thomas ILB FSU Quandree Henderson WR Pitt Trey Johnson CB Villanova These three have legit shots at making the 53 AND being players. Thomas will pass Galambos and Kelsey right away and Fort soon. He is a freak. Henderson eliminates all need for Eli Rogers to hang around. Johnson is every bit as good as some of the bodies we already have and I'd love it if he took out Sensabaugh. Patrick Morris C TCU Olasunkanmi Adeniyi OLB Toledo Greg Gilmore DE LSU These 3 have work to do, but I can see them on if things break right. If Morris stays healthy, Matt Feiler may be in trouble. Ola can push Adams and Hugenin for a spot, and Gilmore can take out Hooks but will have some issues with Walton. Parker Cothren DT PSU Jarvion Franklin RB WMU Pharoah McKever TE NC State Ikenna Nwokeji OL Elon Chris Schleuger G UAB Jamar Summers CB UCONN Kendal Vicker DE Tennessee They are guys... Overall - B Doesn't have the deep centerfielder we all want, or the Shazier replacement, but I think we worked around it in a way. With Bostic as Shazier-lite and Edmunds as the upgraded Willie Gay in nickel/dime, I like it. Washington will let us get AB in the slot more, and Mason has a chance to be the future. Add in depth/special teams of Allen, the project OT, the weapon and some real shots at UDFA, I like the draft. I do not LOVE it, but I do like it.
  8. This is the way I feel this morning. I have to admit, I have spent the morning going back and rewatching some stuff and getting into more scouting reports and stuff. The more I read, the more I like. NOT as a FS, but as a moneybacker, SS, enforcer, TE eraser. I would be 100% sold if we didn't take him at #28. I would have felt better about #60, but I am willing to keep an open mind. It is not the WORST that we could have done. That would have been the Rudolph/Jackson pick.
  9. Who do you want now on Day 2?

    2.60--Lorenzo Carter/Josh Sweat 3.79--Deon Cain/DJ Chark 3.92--Nyheim Hines/Mark Walton
  10. Hitman Mock 5.0 This is it!

    I like the first pick. I personally do not think he will be there, but stranger things have happened. He would be an immediate fit for us. LOVE BATES... do not think he will be here. If we wait till 60, he will be gone. He is exactly what we need in our D. Not a fan of Penny... I AM a fan of this idea and this pick, just not of him as a player. I would MUCH prefer Nyheim Hines here for the same reasons. Just my personal preference. Like all four of the players you have in 5 + 7. Watson is a steal, Stroman is a beast, Frazier fits a need, and Ostman is a low-key beast. I personally think that they will be more likely to have them switched, but who knows this late?? Watson fits our depth chart and our needs at WR, Stroman would make our ST better and slot corner more competitive, Ostman is also a ST guy and development for comp with Adams and Frazier is used to the coach and system. Great work, and some nice projections. Again, not a draft I would hate, but not a draft I would love. Penny is the only real issue that I have, and that is role and needs based in regards to the RB position.
  11. My final Mock

    LIke this draft. I do not think that Reid is a FS, he is more in line with what we already have, but I would not be mad about the pick. Love 2 + 3, but history shows that one will be an offensive player Not a fan of Ballage, or even drafting a RB UNLESS he is a Bell replacement Solid... wouldn't be ecstatic, wouldn't be mad.
  12. You are not expecting that HUGE tradeup for Derwin James???
  13. Steelers Big Board for Tomorrow Night...

    Feel like Bates needs to be on there. I think he is higher than most people think.
  14. Took the big Samoan. Seems worth a shot
  15. kurgan mock FINAL

    We act like coaches can't coach. I am sorry, but if you add a good player, a coach can figure out how to play them. Hell, Hilton wan't even in the plans last year, arrived, and flourished. He is mostly known for his blitzing, so why can't a bigger more inside versitile guy also flourish. How do we know that other D coaches are planning ways to use his talents? Who do we have?? AB JuJu MB--one strike away AND will be gone next year DHB--special teams Justin Hunter--ha I see plenty of room for compeition. Hell, we signed 3 PS guys just to have enough bodies for mini-camp