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  1. My mock with a Brown trade

    Hey... I love the picks. I am not sure how even to value a trade of Brown at this point. I would love to get PatPete and a pick, and I might even be willing to eat the $ that is owed for trading him. I am not sold on Metcalf. I am very leery of neck injuries. I have not seen a lot of him play, but I have heard great things. I like the two Clemson picks (Obviously I don't know if they are declaring). Mullen could be a stud on the next level, and his height is a great advantage. Simmons is a tweener that I think we already kinda have with Edmunds. I am not sold he is a true MLB. No way Hockenson will be here at 3. He is a late first rounder from what I have seen. Love the UGA guys, as I am a UGA homer. Holyfield is a BEAST and a chunk runner. Does not need 15-20 to make a difference. Can really hurt people with 8-10 touches. Godwin is a HUGE sleeper. Someone is gonna steal him. I hope it is us. I would think that the other WR is redundant, and have no idea about the MLB. I do like Sutton Smith though. All in all, I would probably look more for an edge earlier than 7. And a true MLB, knowing that right now we are starting Bostic and Fort still.
  2. kurgan 2019 Mock Draft v.1

    @JLambert58 thanks for the kind words. I, in no way, am off the Washington train. Hurd is only the pick since he is such a freak, and I don't even know what position he would be. He would be moldable clay for me. Also, I cheated on the RB situation. I HATE the RBs in the 3-4 range right now, and had a big RB reach where I have the TE now. But, I just put in that we would sign one in FA and let it ride. I cannot get a feel for what we are doing with RB right now. Clearly Connor is the #1, but Samuel got a lot of burn last night, and they must feel pretty good about him. I'd like to get a vet #3 to run with the young guys. Honestly, IF the Steelers draft a RB, it would have to be a shifty/gimmick guy. Connor is the all-around and Samuel looks to be the long term 3rd down blocker/pass catcher, so we would either need a true #2 (ala Blount) or a tricky gimmick guy. Unless you think that Samuels COULD be a #2 guy, then you could get a 3rd down back. Either way, it is a very confusing area right now for me, TBH. @mwalker Hard to know right now who will be where. Need some declarations, some more work, and some measurables. There is just not a whole lot of data working right now. Just my eyes and some early projections.
  3. Draft order via tankable.com Offseason Needs: CB, ILB, Edge, DE FA prediction: Midlevel RB, Midlevel CB 1.28--Julian Love, CB Notre Dame 5'11" 193 At this point, whomever is the next best CB on the board when we pick at #28 is my selection. No questions asked. I cannot live with Artie Burns/Coty Sensabaugh, and who knows if Sutton ever gets a shot. I have to have someone ready to play on day 1 at CB, and hope like hell that Haden does not get hurt. If Love is gone, then it is Baker or whoever is there. I don't care if 5 CB are taken, our first pick HAS to be a CB 2.56--Vosean Joseph, ILB Florida 6' 225 Issue #2 is play at ILB. Bostic is OK as a stopgap, but we need someone long term. Joseph is not my FAVE, but I can't take Bush at 1, so Joseph is here. He is big and rangy, and is good enough in coverage to play on early downs until the nickel is ready to come in on passing downs. A thumper with an attitude, plays with a chip. Was a safety in high school, and bulked up to play in the box. Needs work on technique and finishing, but is a physical force that can be a long term fix for Bostic. 3.88—Javon Kinlaw, DL South Carolina 6’6” 305 An underrated need for this defense is that of a DE player. With Heyward and Tuitt as monsters on the edge, the issue comes with injury and age issues creeping into these two men. I love the use of Hargrave as some subpackage DE, but past him and Alualu, Walton and Shade Tree are NOT impressive at all. Kinlaw is a guy that can come in and play some 5 tech AND some even if we go with the traditional nickel looks. Add into that the fact that he has played some 1 tech, and has the size and frame to bulk up and be a beast. At the very least, pushes Walton and McCullers off the roster, and allows us to maybe look at Alualu for one more year before turning it over to Kinlaw long term. 4.120—Carl Granderson, OLB Wyoming 6’4” 255 So first, no way we go 4 straight defensive players here, but since I am in charge, what the hell. I expect there will be a RB or WR taken in here somewhere, but I am fixing the edge issue here. When Watt went down for a couple of plays in JAX, I was nervous as hell about the rest of the game. I like Chick, and I think he is a good backup and exceptional special teams guy, but we need a long term answer for Dupree/Watt if there is an injury or if Dupree stops growing. So, this is a little later than I wanted to address this, but it is what it is. This kid is raw and will be changing positions, but with Chick and Ola in front of him, he has time. All reports are that he is not an explosive athlete, but is a technical guy who understands his role and plays it well. Wyoming puts out good players, and he has the measurables needed to play, and some of the humbleness that will be needed to grow and be a great player. Can come in and learn, grow, understand and then work on unseating Chick as the backup and longer term answer. Or even having the best of the three of Chick, Ola and Granderson will do wonders for the reserve situation and the special teams areas. 6.161 (Raiders pick)—Zach Gentry, TE Michigan 6’7” 262 So, I gotta get an offensive guy here at some point. I like Gentry and he is a not a need position, but more of a depth piece. With Vance being a handful but injury prone and Outlaw being great as a #2, we have 2 pretty good ones. Grimble is OK (fumble in Denver not withstanding) and I don’t know what the future is for the Rugby kid. Gentry is a huge target that is great on pop passes and short routes. Huge catch radius and above average hands. Needs work in the blocking aspect of playing, but is big and physical enough to make a difference if properly motivated. I am comfortable enough to bring him in to push Grimble and maybe make him a new Matt Spaeth?? 6.184—Myles Bryant, CB Washington 5’8” 180 The ‘other’ Washington cornerback. Shutdown nickelback who has done great things in the PAC 12 against some real good recievers. Obviously size is a concern, but plays super aggressive and plays through his cushion and attacks downhill. Hits like a guy 220. Obvious comparison to Mike Hilton, is a guy with many of the same traits. My idea here is to get as many corners as I can get into camp and see if something pops. Almost like a Yin to Brian Allen’s Yang, Bryant can be super aggressive and make plays as a smaller dude. 7.200 (Tampa Bay’s pick)—Jalen Hurd, WR? Baylor 6’4” 229 Helluva story here. Not sure where he will end up projected due to his position change, school change and system change. Was a tall, bruising tailback with fumble issues at Tennessee, sat out to transfer to Baylor, and became a outside receiver for the Bears under the new Matt Rhule spread option. I am not sure where he will end up on the field, as he is brand new to the WR spot and looks raw at times. But, size and athleticism are rare and must be used. Hell, I don’t care if he is turned into a powerback, Flex TE, H-Back, or even moves in with Darryl Drake, AB or JuJu and sells out on the WR spot and becomes a true force there. His traits and skills are worth a shot, at least, and if developed, can be a weapon wherever he ends up.
  4. Mock Draft To Make You Smile

    My draft to make me smile: 1) DeAndre Baker, CB UGA 2) Julian Love, CB Notre Dame 3) Lavert Hill, CB Michigan 4) Iman Marshall, CB Southern Cal 6) Amani Oruwariye, CB Penn State 6) Levonta Taylor, CB Florida State 7) Blace Brown, CB Troy
  5. 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??
  6. 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...
  7. Who has scouting reports/film on the two guys we just signed to the 90?? Prince, the OT, looks like a player.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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??
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.