2. (52) Daryl Washington BPA, I really think he can play inside, talented kid who excels on ST, not looking for an immediate starter. He played inside in the crazy TCU defense, projected as a WLB. However in Mobile he played ILB and looked terrific in the game. I watched a lot of Florida games and Tim Tebow ran for a lot of positive yards and first downs. However in the Senior Bowl you could see Washington flash and he caught Tebow pretty easily. At 6-2 230 he has room to grow, and the comments from the coaches said he shed blocks well, and covered the TE and RB out of the backfield, that is what DIck LeBeau will ask him to do. When we drafted Lawrence Timmons, he was 6-1, 230. In 2010 he will be nothing more than a ST player, people criticize me for that statement becaue most teams do not draft players in round 2 for ST. Pittsburgh is looking for depth at ILB and truthfully our ST coverrage sucks, so yes Washington will make our team better. Troy Polamalu, Aaron Smith, LaMarr Woodley barely saw the field in their rookie year, Dick LeBeau's system is very complex and it takes time even for the most gifted player to grasp his responsibilities. Farrior is 35 and this may be his last season, Larry Foote is a solid ball player but at this point both him and Keyaron Fox are just backups and insurance, Washington is the starting LB of our near future
3. (82) John Jerry- massive OG/OT upgrade at RG and back to power football and I gambled that he would be here. Most mocks have him in this range, I am not buying it. He can play RT and OG, and absolutely pancakes people. Most players come into Mobile and do not measure up to their program. Jerry actually measured 6-6 328, he was listed as 6-5 350. Here is something written by SteelFury, a rabid Steeler publication that I read afterwards, so my line of thinking is similar to other Steeler fans.
Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho vs John Jerry, OG, Ole Miss
Iupati: 6'5 331, 34 3/4" arm, 5.26 40yd, 7'8 lj
Jerry: 6'6 328, 34” arm, 5.15 40yd, 8'04 lj
This one has been discussed a bit on the board over the past few months as Pro Football Weekly currently rates them as the 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> best Guards in this draft, and both are of similar size, style, and measurables. Many Steelers fans are now clamoring for the team to draft their 3rd Guard in the top round in just 13 seasons, nearly as many as the rest of the NFL combined. Iupati went from relative unknown to potential top 20 pick in the past six months. He possesses a rare combination of size, strength, and athleticism for a guard. His counterpart John Jerry was a solid 4 year starter in the SEC. He started games at both guard and tackle. On a weekly basis he faced the best of the best defensive lines in the NCAA, and was a consistently dominant player, opening holes for a highly rated Ole Miss rushing attack. Both are big men, even for the position, and move surprisingly well for their size. Leaked wonderlic test scores also show both have intelligence hovering somewhere between a rotwieller and a special education 3rd grader. At the Senior Bowl both performed very well during practices, but Iupati struggled with quick interior pass rushers in the game and was called for holding and allowed a sack. The limitations are similar with each player. The questions as to whether each will handle quick inside pass rushes and complex blitzing schemes lingers, as will concerns about their ability to grasp an NFL playbook. Iupati’s upside is limitless with his rare frame, size, athleticism, and strength. He is still a raw prospect, whereas Jerry is pretty polished. The team drafting Iupati does so with hopes he will blossom into something rare. The team that takes Jerry is getting a more polished, lower ceiling player who isn’t far off of what Iupati is right now as a power run blocker. So the question is, if you are an NFL GM shopping to fill your grocery list with the limited resources, which better fits your budget? Do you want the 1st round $200 pair of True Religion jeans in Iupati, or are you willing to settle for a $20 pair of Wranglers in John Jerry in the middle rounds?4. (116)Anthony "The Hammer" Dixon a thumper, needed for short yardage, goal lines, and clock mgmt. We have a former first round pick in Rashard Mendenhall who is an every-down back, this kid does it all. When we have the need to hammer home a few tough yards, the Steelers are missing their roots and the Bus, I replace that with The Hammer.
5. (151)O'Brien Schofield- let him learn from LeBeau, let him heal, we need OLB depth, sack machine that is learning to cover in space. At the Shrine game he got an earful from Romeo Crennell, "who was supposed to cover the RB" he shouted out. Shofield said "Coach I never played LB before, I was DE". Crennell feeling bad for the kid made sure the coaches spent extra time with this kid. The result was impressive, in the first Quarter he read the QB, jumped the route and picked off a pass. This is a kid 5 days earlier had never played LB, so he learns quick. If he is not healed, the Steelers can hide him on IR or PUP, I personally think he is a special ball player and compares to a lot of talented OLB in this draft, but with 12.5 sacks, you know he has skill playing in the big ten going against some Big OT.
5. (162) Kam Chancellor- Taylor Mays sized, but tracks the ball better, plays faster than his 4.59. Also looked at Blair White and I wanted Robert Johnson but he was off the board, I am not sure where the Jets pick fell in all of this, but I would have taken RJ over Kam because of the deep middle skills. This is a poor man's Taylor Mays, he hits like a truck, but does not always look for the hit, he also played CB at Va. Tech so his coverage skills are not as raw as some gurus calling him an in the box safety only. The Steelers are looking for high character kids, he fits. His goal, once he signs his contract, is to buy his mom a home because she lives in a poor section of Newport News, Va.
5. (164)Joe Webb- a big target who we can develop, awesome athlete, huge upside, The Steelers are drafting this kid, just a gut. Okay he is not the next Megatron, but 6-3, 223, 11-5" broad jump, 42.5 vertical, 21 reps@225, runs a 4.44 these numbers are whacked! read his bio, the Steelers have more than a mild interest in him. The thing I like is his production. over the last 2 seasons, he has skills running and throwing the ball, now he will add Receiving onto his resume. The word I get is that his route running, although raw, is being polished. Heck we are just looking for a guy to develop, not an immediate starter. Bruce Arians son, is a former UAB player and could not say enough good things about this prospect, there is your connection.
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6. (188)Clay Harbor- 6'3" 252 he can run with the ball, he can catch the ball and he can block. Thought about Corey Peters. Last night on Path to The Draft, Mike Mayock had this kid as a small school sleeper, naturally after my selection. . Art Rooney II wants us to go back to our roots, run the football, we need a FB, this kid blocks, runs, catches and would be a good transitional piece from the Wild passing of Bruce Arians, back to the Days of Jerome Bettis and Dan Kreider.
7. (225)Jay Ross- a 3/4 end or a NT prospect. Ekam Udofia has ankle issues, Kade Weston is not as productive. He just dropped a bunch of wieght, so maybe more of end, but he has work ethic. Also I found a mock last night on "The Football Expert" that has Ross going to SF in round 3, pick 79. . Again I found this after the fact.
7. (243) Brandon Deaderick- 3/4 end, hidden on a very talented Alabama team, compares to Jared O'Drick but will cost me nothing more than a 3 year contract. Draft analysts will tell you when watching the stars, look at players around them. That is how I noticed Jared Crick, by watching Suh, and the year before we stopped watching Alex Mack and were dazzled by Jahvid Best, I don't like Tepper by the way. The thing about Deaderick, he got shot in the arm by a robber, and 5 days later is playing in a game, he was robbed by a masked man, he was not looking for trouble. The only time he missed practice is when his Grandmother died. Here is another comparison by SteelFury, I had Deaderick at #2 and moved him up to #1 on my list after reading this.
Jared Odrick, DE, PennState vs Brandon Deadrick, DE, Alabama
Odrick 6’5 305, 5.08 40yd
Deadrick 6’5 315 5.08 40yd
Two players that both prohect best to defensive ends (five-techniques) in the 3-4 defense, one is a 1<sup>st</sup> round lock while the other is a day 3 prospect. Odrick jumped out every game you watched him as a guy who would make a very good NFL 5 technique. His length, strength, and mobility often earn him comparisons to Aaron Smith and Richard Seymour, the two best 5 techniques this decade. When watching the Alabama line looking to be impressed by Terrence Cody, it was often Brandon Deadrick that was the guy to make the impressive stuff at the line. His experience in the 3-4 defense under Nick Saban will only help transition to the NFL. Teams missing out on the premium 5-technique in this draft in round 1 could land Deadrick from the reduced rack late in the draft and get an effective starter on the cheap.
Undrafted signing: Mike Kafka, QB, Northwestern. You always have a 4th arm in camp, truthfully I looked hard at Adrian Tracey, Sean Lissemore, Antonio Brown but we needed a camp arm to throw to all the WR and to rest our Starting QB' arm. Kafka's stock is up, scouts and GM's agree they predict he will be drafted, I went with value here, and Big Ben's future uncertain. Kafka was rated 191 overall on the Steelers Big Board, this a a cumulation of 5-10 posters, and one Rouge Ravens poster who has added some good perspective to all of this and has been along for the ride since September.