|That'll Do, Kevin, That'll Do...|
|Written by Cotter|
|April 26, 2010 00:00|
Wow, I had almost forgotten what it was like to get excited about Steelers football.
And then, the draft happened.
Nothing like infusing the team with a little fresh meat to get you fired up.
Let's just get this out of the way now, after the Steelers took Maurkice Pouncey last Thursday, over the next six rounds they got the following guys...
2nd - Jason Worilds, DE (will be an OLB) - Virginia Tech
3rd - Emmanuel Sanders, WR - SMU (Twitter)
4th - Thaddeus Gibson, DE (will be an OLB) - Ohio State (Twitter)
5th - Chris Scott, T - Tennessee
5th - Traded to Arizona for Bryant McFadden and a 6th round pick
5th - Crezdon Butler, CB - Clemson (Twitter)
5th - Stevenson Sylvester, LB (will be an ILB) - Utah (Twitter)
6th - Jonathan Dwyer, RB - Georgia Tech (Twitter)
6th - Antonio Brown, WR - Central Michigan (Twitter)
7th - Doug Worthington, DT (probably DE) - Ohio State
Now, I'm not going to pretend to be some kind of expert on every college football player taken in this year's draft.
I'm sure there are plenty of people who act like they are (in fact I KNOW there are plenty of people who act like they are), but I ain't one of 'em.
And frankly, I don't like to question the Steelers too much when it comes to the draft anyhow.
Aside from once in a blue moon, no team will ever have a draft class in which all of the players taken end up being studs.
It just doesn't happen.
So while I could say hey, they should've taken this guy here, or they shouldn't have taken that guy there, I prefer to say - in Kevin Colbert we trust.
Now, for a few more useless words...
A lot of us (myself especially) have made some noise about the number of linebackers the Steelers have picked in a draft where they needed secondary and d-line help. But if there's one thing the Steelers know, it's badass linebackers.
Still, despite the fact that our linebackers have been arguably the brightest spot on our defense for God knows how long, it's not like it's the youngest position on the team (though obviously Timmons and Woodley are some youngbloods).
From what I hear about Worilds, he's a beast. They say no team ever scored a rushing TD against him, and he had 34.5 tackles for a loss along with 15.5 sacks in 41 games at Virginia Tech. They say he's a "violent" player who could be a Silverback/Woodley type guy. Let's just hope they're right.
Apparently, some people think he'll have trouble transitioning from the 4-3 end position he played at V-Tech to the 3-4 OLB position he'll play in the Steelers defense. But that's all speculation at this point. And as far as the man himself is concerned, he's "extremely comfortable" playing outside linebacker.
Only time will tell.
This guy seems small at 5'11", 186 pounds (though he's actually about the same size as Santonio), but he's got speed - he logged a 4.41 40 at the combine and claims to be capable of running a 4.36.
He's no stranger to the slot, which is likely where he'd end up if he sees any action this coming season.
I've read some things here and there about how he didn't have a good Shrine Game or whatever the hell that shit is. Couldn't care less. One all-star type game does not a career project (that's the verb, not the noun). I'm sure the Steelers did their homework and wouldn't have taken Sanders in the 3rd if they didn't think he was something special (remember last year's 3rd round wide out?).
Can't wait to see what he can do in Latrobe!
First of all, someone needs to talk to young Thad about getting him a highlight video with some swagga'. All these other dudes have reels set to some solid beats, but not Thad. I guess one way to look at it is that he don't need no tunes - his work is symphony enough. Another would be that he needs to up his game.
Either way, another conversion project. At least Gibson played linebacker before going to OSU.
Versatility, my friends. That and plenty of kind words from former teammate and current Steeler, Ramon Foster were apparently the biggest reasons the Steelers took the 6'4" 319 pound tackle from Tennessee.
Lineman taken in the mid rounds are kind of a crap shoot, though. So I'm just going to hope this one's worth at least the position at which they drafted him, if not more.
Yes, yes, we know, we're "getting the band back together." I'm almost ashamed that I used that post title back when we re-signed Randle El and Foote. Seriously, guys. It's dead.
That said, who wouldn't like this move?
I was pretty vocal about my thoughts on the Santonio deal, but now that they used the pick to get McFadden and ultimately Antonio Brown, I can't complain.
Everyone was waiting for the Steelers to get secondary help. We waited through four rounds and still nothing. Then, in one fell swoop, they nailed it.
McFadden is assured to come back and start right where he left off. He already knows the system, we know he's a capable starter, and he's still relatively young (29). He's got one year left on his current deal, but the Steelers look like they're trying to extend that.
Essentially getting a starter in the 5th round at corner allays a lot of people's fears for the Steelers secondary. With Troy back and a healthy pass rush, McFadden should shore things up quite nicely. Willie Gay can rotate in and spell McFadden and Ike, and Joe Burnett gets some more time to learn. Per Steelers Depot, Keenan Lewis probably moves to Safety (sounds reasonable).
Plus, I'm a notorious lover of McFadden's sick goatee that you see above. It is my expert opinion that you can never have too many players with well groomed facial hair.
I can't really say I know much about the guy, but Steelers DB coach Ray Horton says he can pick off the ball and that's all I really need to hear.
Whether or not he makes the team is anybody's guess, but considering our Corners had a total of two picks all last season (both in the Week 17 Miami game), I'd embrace anyone who can go up and actually catch the ball with open arms - even if it was my little sister.
The only thing better than his real name is his Twitter handle - @TheSlyMovement.
The Steelers plan to move Sylvester inside and probably give him some special teams reps, but either way, a two-year captain from Utah.
Will he even make the team?
The guy is a 5'11", 229 lbs. freight train.
If you didn't like this pick, you probably aren't really a Steeler fan.
Pretty much anytime you get a guy that was at one point projected as a 1st or 2nd round pick in the 6th round, there really isn't much else to say.
So, I won't even bother.
“I’m going to watch the whole draft, with my suit on, with my brother. We’re going to wait and see what city we’re going to take over.”
- Antonio Brown
Obviously the Steelers subscribe to the "you can never have too many 5'10", 180 some pound wide receiver" mantra, because Brown's the fifth WR of around that size they have on the roster right now (out of 10 total receivers - obviously all will not make the team, but just so you have an idea).
Brown, like Emmanuel Sanders, was one of the faster receivers in the draft (4.43 40 at his pro day), but on top of that, was a premier kick and punt returner at Central Michigan. He scored five return touchdowns in his three years as a Chippewa, and I can only hope he brings that magic to the Steelers.
Can't really complain about getting a receiver/special teamer of this caliber late in the 6th round.
[Photo courtesy of The-Ozone.net]
Head's up, Troy, Doug Worthington's trying to steal your act!
What a photograph.
Now, Worthington himself may be raw, but he was a captain at OSU, and as far as I'm concerned, being a leader is key.
6'5", 292 pounds, hopefully will provide some further young depth along the defensive line.
And now that I've wasted way more time than I had to waste this morning, feel free to add your own insights in the comments...
Like, dont' like, want a cookie, let us all know!