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Author:  smithessmokin [ Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:19 pm ]
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Obviously, there's the obvious top guys like Clelin Ferrell and Nick Bosa who headline this list, but I think these guys have upside and best fit the Steelers defense:

Jachai Polite DE/OLB Florida 6'2" 245lbs
This kid is a special athlete. He's an explosive athlete who uses his speed to make OT's lives miserable. Polite also owns a killer spin move and does a good job with his hands as well. While he has primarily been a pass rush specialist for Florida, he has immense upside and could be an elite next level rusher.

Oshane Ximines DE/OLB Old Dominion 6'2" 250lbs
Who? From where? While he's not the athlete that Polite is, what sets him apart is his polish as a defender. He not only can rush the passer but does a very good job in the run game. He has excellent hands and can get off blocks. He might not possess the upside of an elite pass rusher but his advanced game could allow him to see the field early.

D'Andre Walker OLB Georgia 6'3" 245lbs
Walker was a guy who caught my eye a year ago watching some Roquan Smith tape. Walker is long, athletic, and bends well for a guy his size. I also liked how his speed turned into power as he rushed the passer. I also thought he did a good job of setting the edge in run defense the few times I've watched him.

Sutton Smith LB Northern Illinois 6'1" 235lbs
He's already been discussed here but this guy is an absolute missile on the field. Quicker than every tackle he goes up against in the MAC, he arrives with bad intentions for the QB. I'm not sure he can stay at OLB for the Steelers but I'd also be interested in trying him as an ILB. I remember when Indiana was interested in this guy, the coaches weren't sure where he would play. Boy do I wish we would have gambled on him!

Author:  cop1211 [ Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:33 pm ]
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How about Burns from FSU?

Author:  smithessmokin [ Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:25 pm ]
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I do like Burns, there’s a name I missed. Brian Burns, like the guys I’ve mentioned, shows an ability to dip his shoulder and use his bend to get to the QB.

Author:  jebrick [ Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:33 am ]
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What is the thought on Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan (6-2 258)

Author:  smithessmokin [ Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:31 am ]
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jebrick wrote:
What is the thought on Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan (6-2 258)

I'm not a fan of his overall athletic ability, think he's too mechanical moving and his change of direction skills don't translate well to the Steelers defense.

Author:  Ice [ Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:19 pm ]
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smithessmokin wrote:
jebrick wrote:
What is the thought on Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan (6-2 258)

I'm not a fan of his overall athletic ability, think he's too mechanical moving and his change of direction skills don't translate well to the Steelers defense.


Winovich has some Mike Vrabel to his game.

Author:  cop1211 [ Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:40 pm ]
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I'd take Winovich over Williams in the middle.

Author:  Charles Demarr [ Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:58 pm ]
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Sutton Smith is on ESPN2 tonight against Toledo.

Author:  jebrick [ Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:23 pm ]
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I am all in on drafting Sutton Smith as a ILB. He looks like a Shazier replacement.

Author:  Steelafan77 [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:24 am ]
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I know this guy isn't an Edge player per se. Knowing this I still wanted to post this video of him. That said, I think the defense is in need of some youth along that DLine. Anthony Nelson DE. #98

http://www.tankathon.com/nfl/players/anthony-nelson

Also, Ledyard has some play film of him on his twitter explaining this guys potential...

https://twitter.com/LedyardNFLDraft/sta ... 6750489600

Author:  SteelDrama [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:48 pm ]
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Steelafan77 wrote:
I know this guy isn't an Edge player per se. Knowing this I still wanted to post this video of him. That said, I think the defense is in need of some youth along that DLine. Anthony Nelson DE. #98

http://www.tankathon.com/nfl/players/anthony-nelson

Also, Ledyard has some play film of him on his twitter explaining this guys potential...

https://twitter.com/LedyardNFLDraft/sta ... 6750489600

If he were wearing #91 instead of #98 in those Iowa Hawkeye/Steelers unis you'd swear you wear watching a young Aaron Smith-ish

Author:  Steelafan77 [ Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:34 am ]
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You know Drama now that you mention it.... I'm disappointed I didn't make the connection. I think he's draftable even before the comparison. Now, moreso. :geek:

Author:  jebrick [ Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:49 pm ]
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What is the thinking on Brian Burns DE Flordia St.? Does he have the frame to add 10-20 pounds and keep his quickness?

He was not on my radar until i saw this article on BTSC
https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2 ... state-news

https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/01/03/ ... ian-burns/

Author:  Ice [ Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:13 pm ]
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Also from that BTSC article, Malik Reed looks interesting enough for me to look at a little further.

Author:  SteelDrama [ Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:48 pm ]
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Jaylon Ferguson LaTech 6’5 269
Just sitting down to watch some senior bowl practice
Saw highlight reel of this kid while he was fielding interview questions
Kid is FBS all time sack leader with 45.
I don’t know if he can play 3-4 olb but damn this kid has some war daddy in him
He’s one I’ll be watching closely this week

Author:  T.W. [ Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:32 pm ]
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Thoughts on Montez Sweat?

Author:  jebrick [ Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:23 pm ]
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T.W. wrote:
Thoughts on Montez Sweat?


Pure hand on the ground 4-3 DE. Has little to no lateral movement. Very straight line rusher. Very Stiff hips.

Author:  bradshaw2ben [ Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:45 pm ]
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Sutton Smith was not impressive rushing from the edge in practice yesterday. Was manhandled by OTs.

Author:  Charles Demarr [ Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:47 pm ]
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Sutton Smith was not impressive rushing from the edge in practice yesterday. Was manhandled by OTs.


He's pretty small. Great motor, just doesn't have the size.

Author:  jebrick [ Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:10 pm ]
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I wonder if Sutton Smith can be an ILB. worth a late round pick

Author:  bradshaw2ben [ Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:10 pm ]
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SteelDrama wrote:
Jaylon Ferguson LaTech 6’5 269
Just sitting down to watch some senior bowl practice
Saw highlight reel of this kid while he was fielding interview questions
Kid is FBS all time sack leader with 45.
I don’t know if he can play 3-4 olb but damn this kid has some war daddy in him
He’s one I’ll be watching closely this week

I remember putting him on my future watchlist... I think he was a freshman.

Author:  bradshaw2ben [ Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:10 pm ]
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Charles Demarr wrote:
bradshaw2ben wrote:
Sutton Smith was not impressive rushing from the edge in practice yesterday. Was manhandled by OTs.


He's pretty small. Great motor, just doesn't have the size.

He'd make a fine off-ball blitzer, I think.

Author:  Steelafan77 [ Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:11 pm ]
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Quote:
Top 6 fastest speeds for the South:
Deebo Samuel (WR) - 20.8
Jaquan Johnson (DB) - 20
Rock Ya-Sin (DB) - 19.9
Tyre Brady (WR) - 19.2
Dax Raymond (TE) and Oshane Ximines (DE) both at 19
https://twitter.com/seniorbowl/status/1 ... 3739761665
:shock:

Author:  T.W. [ Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:53 am ]
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jebrick wrote:
T.W. wrote:
Thoughts on Montez Sweat?


Pure hand on the ground 4-3 DE. Has little to no lateral movement. Very straight line rusher. Very Stiff hips.

So you don't think he could be serviceable as a wave DE/DT his first year while bulking up?

Author:  jebrick [ Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:25 am ]
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T.W. wrote:
jebrick wrote:
T.W. wrote:
Thoughts on Montez Sweat?


Pure hand on the ground 4-3 DE. Has little to no lateral movement. Very straight line rusher. Very Stiff hips.

So you don't think he could be serviceable as a wave DE/DT his first year while bulking up?



Why would they draft a 1st round DE with Hayward and Tuitt under contract for a while? Unless they are planing to switch to a 4-3 this year, it is a wasted pick. It still leaves a big hole at MIKE which is needed whether they are doing a 4-3 or a 3-4 or a hybrid.

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