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  1. Just hypothetically speaking; because I think we should entertain the idea. We are targeting Mack Wilson instead in 1st, not Bush? Not saying Wilson is better than Bush or anything, but I'm seeing some posters seem to think Bush and White will go in top 11. If we ever face this scenario, what would you guys like to? I do feel like we would have to reach for Mack or trade back a bit. The dropoff after Mack is steep and a dire need. Hoping we'll trade up big time! Thoughts?
  2. I don't mind Dupree moving inside IF we are playing more 4-2-5, can mask his and Vince Williams weaknesses but we are loading up so much we can afford trading up in the draft. It'd be weird to waste the 10 picks.
  3. Looking at the cap; it's quite possible to sign Justin Houston AND Tre Boston; would have to let Morgan Burnett go and trade Dupree though
  4. I do think we are going to be better. The better defense gets; more offense has control over the time of possession. I see a lot of issues where we would slow down and play it safe, apparently by leading the time of possession too many times because we don't trust our defense enough. Doing this means we can actually have more bomb plays and mix it up rather than being conservative.
  5. I wonder if we could make a trade with Cardinals, Bud Dupree for Hassan Reddick...
  6. Definitely can see Houston signing happen. If moves; I think I expect it to be Big Ben's contract extension and trade away Dupree. The thing about the whole thing; we actually can afford the luxury to backload the contracts. We may finally see the defense we have been desiring to see. Holy cow. The thought of Watt/Houston with one of the top ILB in draft playing in a 4-2-5 scheme is even more exciting. I also suspect they are hanging on Burnett until we have replaced him as a dime linebacker. Yes, I think we may go ILB/S twice in top 4 picks or sign Tre Boston.
  7. dang, it looks like Darby is heading to 49ers. I think it may be hard for us to sign a good free agent this year with all the drama. I mean, who wants to head for a team that qualifies for the Hard Knocks.
  8. Honestly, J. Peppers had similar concerns and he was perceived as "position-less". Having a FA signed LB sounds intriguing but we need a veteran CB and pass rusher more than we do at ILB, in a theory when you draft, you draft a player to upgrade and/or improve your certain situations. So, let's look at what Bush has to offer; his tackling is really GOOD. He does read really well, way ahead than where Shazier and Timmons both would be as a prospect. Sure, he's not an ideal ILB we have for the front 7- that's why we have Vince Williams. Will any of those FA LBs truly solve our problems? Not really, and within affordability. The things I think I'd like to talk about is his lack of playmaking stats. While ideally, you WANT a linebacker that can PRODUCE turnovers, I saw two full games of Bush, both mediocre tapes BUT what I'd like to refer Bush as- the hockey assist. He seems to be the guy who is always around when a turnover is caused, so his talent isn't questionable, his size is. He'll struggle against bigger tight ends, but isn't that why we got Edmunds? Bottom line I got to look at our roster and ask if this player can compliment those players really well; Vince Williams? Check. Terrell Edmunds? Check. sideline to sideline? Check. Playing behind our front 3 ought to do him a lot of favors too.
  9. Oakland reportedly offered a 2nd and 4th, still wasn't good enough, so there's that.
  10. For the #9 and Edmunds HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  11. Heard we potentially swap first rounds with the Raiders. Raiders got a cold foot on this one for good reasons but possibly goes with it. Steelers receive: #4 overall pick and 2nd round, #35 pick Raiders receive: #20 overall pick and Antonio Brown. Possibly including Bud Dupree in the package as well.
  12. Jeff Reed. Ain't nobody can beat up a paper towel dispenser better than him.
  13. Then pick Fant. Just wait, you guys will see. I'm actually going somewhere with the polls.
  14. If you guys need the player to be "1st round worth" over his talent and value to the team, then you kind of miss the point of BPA meeting need.
  15. I'm doing an experiment, will continue to post polls regarding the draft.
  16. His stock reportedly is at between 2nd and 3rd days as a prospect now, scouts claimed they were disappointed with him. Said he didn't do anything, didn't shown he was a playmaker. I thought about adding him, but see that he's definitely a day 2 prospect.
  17. I know, guys- while picking at #17 means we have a good chance to get somebody we want, aka Greedy Williams, DeAndre Baker, or Byron Murphy or other positions, I wanted to entertain the idea if they are actually gone like last year, so we reached, but maybe not quite reaching as it would be last year. I'm going to EDGE/ILB next. I think after the polls, we will see how things are unfolded, it's going to be entertaining. Here's my outlook on each individual and the issue they present: Jonathan Abram who I would love to have if it wasn't for Edmunds. He still could be a hybrid S/CB/ILB in packages. Looked into his numbers, I'm not saying he's the next Troy Polamalu, but both have very similar triangle numbers and does have a similar draft profile. Trayvon Mullen, I think he will be good but he's still a project. We don't have that luxury. Nasir Adderley, oh boy I actually like him a lot. I think he's an ideal free safety for us, but it'd mean the end of Sean Davis era, which is frustrating. Amani Oruwariye, I like everything about him except for his long speed. Playing as a Nickel may make more sense, could work too. Taylor Rapp- I actually saw a lot of Sean Davis in him. I think he's a good prospect who would struggle to find his position in the NFL. Kind of same as Sean Davis. Ultimately, drafting a safety help much as a cornerback, after all, we are talking about the coverage and if there's a really good prospect, a safety can really help you as well.
  18. I'm doing an experiment, will continue to post polls regarding the draft.
  19. Here's what I gathered about Mack Wilson: + superb in coverage, pro-ready. + size/athleticism suggests he will get better + hard-hitting + is a Blitzer - Happy feet in the run game - Played behind the superior line, unsure how he'll battle at the line of scrimmage - Not the best sideline to sideline tackler of the class - Not an effective pass rusher People may grade him as a 2nd round like they did Lavonte David. Doesn't mean he's not going to be a pro bowler. Players like him have MORE value for us than other linebackers would. If he's there, you take him. Players like him don't get to be available in any class often. He may be the best coverage LB coming out of Alabama ever.
  20. You aren't wrong on the 2-4-5/4-2-5 part, but in NFL you have to mask your defense, that's Tomlin (or Butler) thing. You could see a 2-4-5, but the assignments are like a 4-2-5 or vice versa. My argument for this is we have been playing a 4-2-5 with the personnel of 2-4-5, I do think we are restricted to closing the edge and 2 minutes drill pass-rushing because of this. I'm just saying who I feel and what role I think would benefit the Steelers greatly, of course, that's much different from what they will do, or your preference. For example, your mock draft and listed free agents consist of 3-4 pass rushers. True, it's a shallow class, but the 4-3 defensive ends aren't. There are some good FAs we can get for dirt cheap. What the Steelers will want is a pass rusher who dropbacks (ugh) because our inside linebackers couldn't. What I want for us to force ourselves get a true Cover LB, albeit Mack Wilson via the draft. This means getting a pass rusher who is good against the run, not necessarily to drop in the coverage. Here's why I think it works; with our multiple packages, the 4-3 pass rusher type would play as much as Hargrave (43%) so I'm expecting the player (x) to play at least 40% of the snaps. That's not full-time playing time. This is, of course, FACTORING in Dupree being back (he will be) with his snap count % should be much lower (played at 83%). Having a player who can compliment Dupree just makes more sense to me, at least I think. Thoughts?
  21. I agree with the sentiment we are going to play with 2-4-5 more (or 4-2-5, whichever, it's practically the same) that being said, I'd think getting a free agent defensive end/pass rusher makes more sense than drafting ANOTHER one. It's like drafting cornerbacks and none of them succeed, so you do it again. Defeat the purpose of the draft. Sweat is a really good player, but his ceiling isn't where Darius Leonard is (senior players who can continue to grow).
  22. Devin White is easily the best linebacker for the draft (some would argue Josh Allen is, not me) but I'd argue Mack Wilson is more valuable to us than Devin White would be. How many coverage LB you can find in the draft? Somebody who can be multi-faceted in coverage? Also... TACKLE well? If Mack Wilson maxed his potentials, that's fine we need him for the exact player he is and it would push our scheme toward more of 4-2-5.
  23. Even if he's not the starter, he'll offer plenty of value as co-starter. He's somewhat an injury-prone, but on good days he's very productive. It is what it is.
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