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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:01 pm 
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PFF nailed Dupree being a bust. The dude only gots sacks and pressures against the worst of the worst tackles in D1 in school. I remember on draft night thinking "Well, at least Dupree will be gone before our pick, glad someone else will take the bullet for him." :lol: Ugh. Sometimes guys fall for a reason.

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Carter/Griffin/Miller would work for me. If Bell isn't in the long term cards, Carter/Griffin/Rojo.

I thought about it overnight, and if I can't trade out of 1.28, I'm up for Reid-Nwosu-Griffin or Carter-Nwosu-Griffin (I'd play Carter primarily as ILB and Nwosu primarily as edge, but I think both players are position-flexible.

The Steelers, I think, are more interested than I am in adding a FS and in keeping Davis at SS. After Reid and maybe Bates, it's a long way down to Blanding and the kid from Northwestern. Blanding seems like a good Steelers prediction... he's a productive player with pretty much no splash and fewer mistakes than some of the others. I don't think there's anything special about him except for maybe his tackling, yet I think he'll be an average NFL starter for several years. High floor, low ceiling. Same with Quenton Meeks, who I think will be an effective and totally unspectacular safety in the NFL. Going to play smart football (coach's kid and film junkie) and tackle well... he might be more attractive to the Steelers that the up and down Reid, honestly.

There are a couple of interesting guys later with higher ceilings and lower floors, too, but that's not really their style-- or at least hasn't been other than Gerod Holliman.


Reid bothers me in his lack of instincts. He has the athletic ability to play a CF FS type but not the instincts. He will play it slower than his speed. He is also very grabby in coverage.

I am a fan of Bates.

Tackling and angles problems. Imagine Sean Davis if Davis had better ball skills, hands, and return game.

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PFF nailed Dupree being a bust. The dude only gots sacks and pressures against the worst of the worst tackles in D1 in school. I remember on draft night thinking "Well, at least Dupree will be gone before our pick, glad someone else will take the bullet for him." :lol: Ugh. Sometimes guys fall for a reason.

Dupree's not a bust. He's not a great pass rusher not leverage player yet (I guess jury is still out)-- but his production rivals the majority of similarly drafted edge players over the past few years. He's still pretty likely to have a double-digit sack season if they use him to rush more. He's basically been turned into a even front SAM backer 50% of the time.

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Speaking of Bud and Edge rushers, I read somewhere the Broncos may consider trading Shane Ray as Barrett and Davis have both come on.

If true, would any of you guys consider it and at what cost? Would you give up this years' 3rd or maybe one of next years 2nd, 3rd or 4th? I think I would.


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Speaking of Bud and Edge rushers, I read somewhere the Broncos may consider trading Shane Ray as Barrett and Davis have both come on.

If true, would any of you guys consider it and at what cost? Would you give up this years' 3rd or maybe one of next years 2nd, 3rd or 4th? I think I would.

I would...Steelers won’t...

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Dupree's not a bust. He's not a great pass rusher not leverage player yet (I guess jury is still out)-- but his production rivals the majority of similarly drafted edge players over the past few years. He's still pretty likely to have a double-digit sack season if they use him to rush more. He's basically been turned into a even front SAM backer 50% of the time.



I agree Dupree is not a bust. I keep telling people this but it does not matter if we had Von Miller, the huge sack production is not coming back from our OLBs. How can it? If you are using your 3-4 OLBs more as 4-3 OLBs, dropping them into coverage so much, giving them fewer opportunities to rush the QB, how are they supposed to have double digit sacks?

Didn't TJ Watt drop into coverage some 200 snaps? With two games remaining PFF had reported that he had dropped 154 times into coverage and had only given up a passer rating of 34.7. At that point it was the 2nd highest total for an edge defender, and for a rookie to boot. Dupree? I read where he had 137 drops into coverage, which was in the top 5 for edge players.

So, the Steelers had two starting 3-4 OLBs that combined for 13 sacks and everybody here is ready to proclaim them losers, busts. And yet, they were the 2nd and 5th rated edge players in terms of percentage dropping into coverage.

Gee, I don't know, does anybody here really think that Harrison and Woodley would have collected 27.5 sacks in 2008 if hey had spent even more time dropping into pass coverage? I know that year they combined for some 700 pass rush attempts and they did drop in coverage but not to the extent that Watt and Dupree did this past year. It appears to me that the 2017 OLB duo MAY have had 475-500 attempts combined, maybe. I say maybe because the other OLBs on the team, Chick, Harrison and Moats combined for nearly 400 defensive snaps and took away opportunities from both Watt and Dupree. Back in 2008 care to guess how many snaps Patrick Bailey and Andre Frazier had on defense? They were not taking any snaps away from Deebo or Woodley.

Drafting an edge rusher is not the answer to the problem and it never will be. Dupree and Watt are perfect for what the Steelers want their 3-4 OLBs to be, they want them to be more like 4-3 OLBs. They want to have a more holistic approach to pass rushing, to have the defensive line be more productive.

Any improvements in the pass rush is going to come from that defensive line, from Stephon Tuitt and Javon Hargrave. I think they can join Heyward and we can get 30 sacks a year from that trio. Hiring Karl Dunbar, someone more familiar with 4-3 techniques and teachings will help them realize their potential.

Just don't understand how people still are clamoring for that classic 3-4 pass rushing OLB when it is obvious that they have moved on from featuring and supporting that type of player in the defense.

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Walt's Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Selections
Rd. 1, Pk. 28 Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise State

I've had the Steelers taking Lamar Jackson in my previous updates, but with Ben Roethlisberger saying that he wants to play for three more years, it makes sense for the front office to look elsewhere.

Pittsburgh obviously needs to replace Ryan Shazier, who won't play in 2018. The team reportedly likes Leighton Vander Esch, who did not disappoint in the combine.


Rd. 2, Pk. 28 Jesse Bates, S, Wake Forest
Excluding linebacker, in the wake of Ryan Shazier's injury, safety is the top need for the Steelers, so that has to be addressed early.

Pick change; previously Justin Reid, S


Rd. 3, Pk. 28 Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State


Le'Veon Bell may not be in Pittsburgh beyond this season, so I could see the Steelers adding an insurance policy.


Rd. 5, Pk. 11 Harrison Phillips, DT/3-4DE/NT, Stanford


The Steelers could stand to add better depth behind Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward.


Rd. 5, Pk. 28 Steve Ishmael, WR, Syracuse


There are reports circulating about the Steelers potentially trading Martavis Bryant, so here's a possible replacement.

http://walterfootball.com/mocks/nfl/201 ... r1frTjH.99

Charlie's 3 RND mock draft...

Rashaan Evans
The Steelers could use more linebacker talent, and hopefully, Evans will pair with Ryan Shazier in a year's time to give Pittsburgh a nasty tandem on the inside.

In 2017, Evans totaled 74 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, six sacks, one forced fumble and three passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 232-pounder possesses an impressive skill set with size and speed. The senior did well rushing off the edge for Alabama in 2017. Evans was a backup in 2014 and 2015 before rotating onto the field during the 2016 season. As a junior, he totaled 53 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, two passes broken up and one forced fumble. Some teams have medical concerns with Evans.
http://walterfootball.com/draft2018char ... ePvtEQa.99

Terrell Edmunds
Edmunds hasn't gotten as much attention as his brother Tremaine Edmunds, but NFL sources have told WalterFootball.com that Terrell Edmunds really impressed them as well. The 6-foot, 217-pounder has good size to be an NFL safety and displayed coverage skills over the past few seasons. Edmunds played well in 2017 with 59 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up. As a sophomore, he totaled 89 tackles, four interceptions and three passes broken up. Sources say they see Terrell Edmunds grading out as a second-day prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft.
http://walterfootball.com/draft2018char ... si1YCJf.99

Lorenzo Carter
The Steelers could use a third edge rusher to go with T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.

Carter (6-6, 242) was improved as a senior and is still full of athletic potential. He showed dangerous edge-rushing skills against Notre Dame and made a lot of big plays to help the Bulldogs win in South Bend. Sources say they are giving Carter third- or fourth-round grades, although the team that likes him enough to draft him could take him earlier.

In 2017, Carter totaled 61 tackles with 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 7.5 tackles for a loss. He recorded 44 tackles with five sacks and two forced fumbles in 2016. Carter notched 4.5 sacks as a freshman.
http://walterfootball.com/draft2018char ... PTFmlsc.99



Honestly, if Charlie's mock comes through and the Steelers draft Evans, Edmunds and Carter I'll be stoked. ;)


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I would take both mocks.

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I prefer Charlie's first 3 picks over Walts. That said, I think Carter may be long gone by the 3rd RND. If Carter was there in the 2nd RND I steal him and look at safety in the 3rd RND. Although, with Bostic and Burnett [about to sign, hasn't officially yet] on the roster this gives Pittsburgh a lot more freedom to draft BPA. I do like the idea of a good RB prospect in the second day of the draft too.


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I like Terrell Edmunds and don’t mind him as a late day 2 pick... but if anyone can explain to me how he’s a better NFL SS than Shaquem Griffin, I would love to hear about it.

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I like Terrell Edmunds and don’t mind him as a late day 2 pick... but if anyone can explain to me how he’s a better NFL SS than Shaquem Griffin, I would love to hear about it.


Two hands

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I like Terrell Edmunds and don’t mind him as a late day 2 pick... but if anyone can explain to me how he’s a better NFL SS than Shaquem Griffin, I would love to hear about it.


Two hands

Terrell is not as good with his two as Shaquem is with his one. Maybe Terrell’s second one gets in the way?

Seriously, though, I feel like everyone heard the kid has one hand, so they never bothered to watch him play.

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I like Terrell Edmunds and don’t mind him as a late day 2 pick... but if anyone can explain to me how he’s a better NFL SS than Shaquem Griffin, I would love to hear about it.


Two hands

Terrell is not as good with his two as Shaquem is with his one. Maybe Terrell’s second one gets in the way?

Seriously, though, I feel like everyone heard the kid has one hand, so they never bothered to watch him play.


I have and if he had 2 hands he would picked in the teens. Think about Shazier's interceptions and think how many of those Griffin would have made. At least he is abetter tackler than Shazier mainly because he has to be because of his missing hand.

But in the 3rd round I would take Griffin over Edmunds

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Terrell Edmunds
35G, 196 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1.5 sack, 6 INT, 14 PD, 2 FR, 1 FF

Shaquem Griffin
37G, 191 tackles, 33.5 TFL, 18.5 sack, 3 INT, 16 PD, 5 FR, 4 FF

I mean, both are productive players but only one of them can cover a size/speed WR from the slot, 1 on 1 AND blitz like his hair is on fire.

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Edmunds id way over rated based on projection. He is an athletic 19 year old. who has a high ceiling. He is not football smart.

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I agree B2B Griffin is a better prospect even with one less hand. I guess INT's aren't that important when you can run like your butt is on fire knocking down passes. No sarcasm intended. For the record I'd rather they drafted Reid or Bates III if they draft a safety that high.


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Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers seven-round mock http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/stee ... 1803220057

1. DL Da’Ron Payne of Alabama – Interior defensive tackles, especially those not known for their ability to rush the passer, could slide in this draft because defensive coordinators are using sub-packages with extra defensive backs so often. The Steelers have been missing a dominant run-stopper along their defensive line since Casey Hampton retired. And based on the postseason comments of general manager Kevin Colbert and Art Rooney II, who called the run defense “soft,” the Steelers are serious about improving their run defense. Payne did not have many sacks in college and might not have big potential as a pass rusher, but he has enough athleticism that he can play in passing situations, too. The Steelers already have the full scouting report on Payne. They hired his position coach last month. New defensive line coach Karl Dunbar coached Payne for the past two seasons at Alabama. Payne has been compared to Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams. The Steelers know better than any team how difficult it is to run on the Ravens when Williams is on the field. The Ravens have figured out ways to play Williams more than just in their base defense. Williams played 71 percent of the defensive snaps in his one game against the Steelers last season. He played more than 50 percent of the defensive snaps in 10 of the 12 games he played in last season. The Steelers can find ways to get snaps for a dominant interior player as well. This would be a case of drafting the best available player and making him fit in your defense. As Colbert is fond of saying: “When you have red paint, paint the barn red.”

Also considered: DL Taven Bryan of Florida

2. ILB Darius Leonard of South Carolina State – Leonard isn’t mentioned among the top inside linebackers in the draft, but he does have traits that can make him a three-down linebacker in the NFL. Leonard played at the Football Championship Subdivision level of college football, but he was ultra-productive since his freshman season. Leonard isn’t big — he’s listed at 6 feet 2 and 213 pounds, but he could be the perfect candidate to learn behind Jon Bostic for a season before becoming a full-time player. Once Leonard adds a little more weight to his frame he can be an effective three-down linebacker in the league, with the athleticism to excel in pass coverage as well as a run-stopper. Leonard has been compared to Jacksonville linebacker Telvin Smith, an undersized inside linebacker who has developed into a premier player after being selected in the fifth round in 2014.

Also considered: ILB Malik Jefferson of Texas

3. RB Rashaad Penny of San Diego State – The Steelers need to find a reliable backup to Le’Veon Bell and someone to groom to take over as the starter if Bell leaves in free agency, likely after the coming season. Penny can learn on the job as a rookie and compete for the backup job with James Conner, who struggled to stay on the field as a rookie. With Conner trending toward being more of a backup than a future feature back, Penny gives the Steelers options if Bell isn’t on the team in 2019. Penny doesn’t have breakaway speed, but he runs hard and has the ability to make tacklers miss. He’d be a solid option for an offense that likely will be playing just one more season with Bell as the feature back.

Also considered: RB Akrum Wadley of Iowa

4. No pick

5a. (via San Francisco) WR Cedric Wilson of Boise State – The more I look at the depth chart at receiver, the more I think the Steelers will add someone to develop behind their three established players. There’s just not much behind Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant, and Bryant is entering the final year of his contract. The Steelers did not tender restricted free agent Eli Rogers, who is rehabbing a knee injury. After the top three, there is Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was almost strictly a special teams player last season, and a bunch of guys who were on the practice squad or recently signed to the offseason roster. In Wilson, the Steelers get a productive college receiver who is capable of playing in the slot or on the outside.

Also considered: WR Jester Weah of Pitt

5b. S Troy Apke of Penn State – With Burnett signed for three years at strong safety the Steelers don’t have to select a safety in the early rounds of the draft, but they do need to add depth to the position at some point. Apke was an off-the-radar prospect before being had an off-the-charts performance at the combine last month. Now he could be taken in the middle rounds because he has the athletic traits NFL teams covet. He’ll need time to develop, but he’s in a good spot for that. He can learn behind the veterans and contribute on special teams as a rookie.

Also considered: S Tre Flowers of Oklahoma State

6. No pick

7a. (via New York Giants) OLB Davin Bellamy of Georgia – The Steelers are set with starters Bud Dupree and T. J. Watt for at least one more season. It seems unlikely the Steelers will pick up the fifth-year option on Dupree, which means they’ll be in search of developmental prospects who can learn this season. Bellamy is a raw prospect and must add muscle and weight to his frame, but he could do that on the practice squad while Anthony Chickillo and Keion Adams hold down the backup jobs on the 53-man roster.

Also considered: ILB Mike McCray of Michigan

7b. OL David Bright of Stanford – The Steelers have to add another developmental lineman to the mix after Chris Hubbard signed with the Browns in free agency. Jerald Hawkins should slide into the swing tackle role that Hubbard occupied the past few years, but Bright can be the next project for assistant coach Mike Munchak, who has done wonders with overlooked prospects. Just take a look at the reserves on the line now. Hawkins was a fourth-round pick, and B.J. Finney and Matt Feiler were undrafted free agents. Bright, who played four of the five spots along the line for Stanford, can learn behind the veterans and add depth behind an experienced unit.

Also considered: OL Nick Gates of Nebraska



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Apke is a waste. Did he show anything on tape or just at the combine. i would take Jefferson over Leonard in the 2nd and I do not like Jefferson. I will be gobsmacked if Penny drops to the Steeler's pick in the 3rd.

Seems like Fittipaldo was locked into positions

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Bellamy is a nice 7th rounder. Apke's tape maks it ludicrous to draft him at any point in the draft.

The reports on Leonard are that he already gained a bunch of weight to get to 213, and that he may be maxed out in terms of adding more good weight. The chances of him being an effective Mack ILB in a 3-4 at the NFL level are not good at that size. I don't like Jefferson or Leonard as fits for the Steelers.

As off-ball fits, I like LVE, Nwosu, Lorenzo Carter, Skai Moore, Frankie Luvu, Andre Smith, Genard Avery, Da'Sean Downey in that order. Maybe I bring Quentin Poling in as a UDFA, but he looks undersized to me. Nwosu-Carter-Luvu-Avery-Downey offer an appealing common trait: they can all play both edge and off-ball effectively. I'm thinking the whole NFL defensive mindset–and certainly the Steelers' mindset on D- has become about players playing multiple roles. You can be so specialized because offenses are not as predictable with personnel use.

I think we'll draft ILBs who can play run and coverage + probably some blitz skills, edge guys who can play off ball, SS who can play at 3 levels of the D, FS who has man CB skills, DL who can play multiple tech slots.

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Not a fan of Payne or Leonard. I would be disappointed with them as the first 2 picks. Penny would be an absolute steal in the late 3rd RND. Overjoyed with that one. I think the David Bright pick is also too late in the draft. I think he goes before late 7th RND.


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I think Penny might be the best runner in the class but I don’t think he’s a fit for a team with a top 5 QB and sophisticated passing game. Penny is a volume run/screen guy you pair with a QB you want to protect from overexposure. He should get drafted by Miami or TB and be very successful. He’s just not strong enough in the pass game to be a bell cow in PIT. I would seriously rather have Ballage or Warren or even Jaylen Samuels— not because they are better players but because they’d be better complements to what makes the Steelers offense and Ben more successful. I want no part of a volume run game with Ben and AB on my roster.

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Let’s step into Kevin Colbert’s shoes and evaluate who might be on the board for the Steelers with their first three picks, especially given their current slate of needs.

Round 1, Pick 28

I’ll be pretty surprised if draft night rolls around and the Steelers don’t take a safety or a linebacker with this pick. I’ve narrowed their options down to four players that I believe are at the top of their current board, all of which carry some level of excitement.

Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans is my top linebacker with a chance to be available at 28, and the Steelers had a full entourage at his pro day, typically a big indicator that the team has strong interest. Evans is explosive, physical and versatile, bringing pass rush experience off the edge and much-improved mental processing as a linebacker. He’s a little untested in coverage, but the athletic traits and ascending overall level of play are promising.

He’ll have to fend off Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch for the Steelers’ affections, however, as the one-year starter is bigger, longer and perhaps a better athlete than even the highly mobile Evans. What Vander Esch doesn’t have is a really refined game from the neck up just yet, but considering his relative inexperience and tenacious work ethic, there is a lot of reason for optimism that his game will become more complete in time.

If the Steelers opt to go safety, Justin Reid from Stanford will likely be the top player on their board. If you examine the Steelers' recent draft tendencies under Colbert, especially in the first round, the team tends to target elite athletes with size, Power 5 pedigree, production, smarts and a clean slate off the field — all things that Reid brings to the table. He played mostly in the slot at Stanford, so single-high is a little projection, but I ultimately think he can be even better in that role at the next level.

Pittsburgh also showed a lot of interest in Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates at his pro day, taking him out to dinner and sending a large entourage to attend his workout. Bates is also a versatile safety who is aggressive against the run and makes a lot of instinctive plays in deep coverage. If Reid is off the board before Pittsburgh makes a selection, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them pull the trigger on Bates.

Round 2, Pick 60

The Steelers will begin keeping best player available in mind more and more as the draft progresses, but I still think safety or linebacker will be the priority here, depending on which position they addressed in the first round obviously.

Two linebackers I think they’ll consider in the second round (if they didn’t draft one in the first) are Fred Warner from BYU and Malik Jefferson from Texas. I actually have Warner ranked higher than Vander Esch and think he’s an elite cover linebacker who fits the Steelers from a size/athleticism/production standpoint. He’s also a mentally sharp, high character prospect, but will come with some projection given that BYU often used him as a big slot/overhang defender.

Jefferson is a player that scares me a good bit, as his effort and strong play seemed to come and go too often at Texas, but he also fits the size/athleticism/production tendency for Pittsburgh, as well as hailing from an established Power 5 school. He misses a ton of tackles, though, and is very inconsistent as a mental processor on the second level.

Another Texas product, safety DeShon Elliott, could be on the board for Pittsburgh in this range or in the third round, and there is also a chance Bates could still be available at 60. Don’t rule out a surprise like Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki, South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst or even a wide receiver like Notre Dame’s E.Q. St. Brown in the second round.

Round 3, Pick 92

Things get wide open here for the Steelers, especially if they’ve already addressed the two big problem areas on their roster. An edge pass rusher could make some sense, but there won’t be many available in the third round that fit the Steelers' athletic profile if the board falls as expected. I don’t think they’ll focus on need as much as best player available in round three, so here are a few names that should intrigue the Steelers, depending on who they’ve already drafted.

South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard is a player the Steelers should know well given that they drafted his former teammate in Hargrave two years ago. Leonard is a big, rangy linebacker who needs some development, but he has flashed potential and coverage ability that would be welcomed in Ryan Shazier’s old role.

At tight end, Hurst’s balanced skill set will be attractive to Pittsburgh if he’s still on the board, and Indiana tight end Ian Thomas has been rumored to be a prospect that many teams believe has untapped athletic upside at the position.

Like it or not, Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage will undoubtedly be a player on the Steelers’ radar in the middle rounds despite his inconsistencies as a ball carrier. He's a big back with a versatile skill set and the ability to be a weapon in the passing game that could help ease the eventual loss of Bell down the road.

Of course, the draft can unfold in a myriad of different ways once things get rolling on April 26, and it’ll be Colbert’s task to adjust his process and snag a few players that can help the Steelers win right away. His defensive track record in the draft has brought back some mixed results, and if he can’t nail a couple picks in the first three rounds, the Steelers' window will start sliding shut quite rapidly due to their current weaknesses. http://www.profootballweekly.com/2018/0 ... k/ait2qu4/
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[Two linebackers I think they’ll consider in the second round (if they didn’t draft one in the first) are Fred Warner from BYU and Malik Jefferson from Texas.

Now, there’s a good reason to pick a LB in round 1!

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I really like Warner in round two good vs coverage and good tackler


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I really like Warner in round two good vs coverage and good tackler

Really? I don't think he's very good vs the run, and he's stiff in coverage to me. I know some here really like him but I would, for instance, take Skai Moore over Warner in a heartbeat. I think Warner's a 5th or 6th round guy.

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