Posted on: April 16, 2010 10:24 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:48 am

2010 Colloborative Draft,each pick broken down

1. (18)Kyle Wilson. Players  off the board were  Earl Thomas and Joe Haden, I thought about Iupati, but I gambled that Jerry would be there in round 3.  Truthfully I like Devin McCourty a shade better, but the Steelers have more interest in Wilson from what I am reading. He looked great in the Senior Bowl practices, he was like a blanket. Our starting RCB William Gay plays too far off the ball and gives up 6-7 yard completions all day long.

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.

Read More: http://www.nfldraftscout.com/rating

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. Laughing. 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. 
Category: NFL Draft
Tags: Steelers
Posted on: May 8, 2008 10:44 am

Why I hate Hillary, the highway, and the store

I wish their was a candiate I could trust in the White House for the next 4 years, one thing for certain, Hillary Clinton is the absolute worse choice. Not only does she lie and deceive, she is physically very annoying to me. He smile is a phony as a three dollar bill, her voice is close to the AFLAC duck. (stole that one from Bigbenslady08). I hated her when she was the first lady, now I hate her even more. She waffles on every GD issue and then instead of having insight into a resolution, she attacks her opponents. Hillary is what is wrong with this country, she is the queen of the sour punch that is poisoning America.

Every day people get nastier and nastier, nobody holds open doors for me, when I sneeze, almost nobody ever blesses me. I try to sneeze in church, that way I have blanket coverage and don't have to rely on strangers. Our highways are filled with inconsiderate losers who are either too rich,too poor, or just plain obnoxiously inconsiderate to care about me and the people they share the road with. Our stores are filled with people who would push past you to gain a lousy minute in the checkout line.

On Sunday I had this old b!tch cut ahead of me in the Express ailse. FIrst off she had 20 items easily and was very slow to put them on the belt. Then she watches the scanned groceries pile up, never thinking to help bag any of them, and then whips out a food stamp card. She screws up the PIN number, not once but twice, both times the head cashier had to come over with a key.  Maybe I should feel sorry for her that she had a food stamp card and was obvioulsy elderly. However, since she was a total assh0le to begin with, no sympathy from me. My mom is in her 70's, worked hard all her life, she pays cash at the counter and tries to help make her transactions go expediotiously as to not impeed the progress of those behind her. I feel the same way, when my transaction is held up, I apologize to the person(s) behind me in line, and it is not even my fault the cashier messed up, I just feel bad that I was somewhat repsonsible for adding to their wait. I won't change, I still let the person behind me go ahead of me if they have a significant amount of items than I do, but I have altered my approach. I tell them if they are paying cash they can go ahead of me, because I am also in a hurry. I refuse to let them screw me over because if they are using an ATM card for a loaf of bread, they just ain't worth my time.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 21, 2008 2:06 am

Why I am a Steeler Fan

I was in high school on Dec. 23, 1972, the Immaculate Reception made me an instant Steeler fan. Being a teen-ager it was acceptible to switch teams, up to this point I was a NY Giants fan, my favorite player was Carl Lockhart, the Spider Man. I got a Terry Bradshaw jersey for Christmas, the rest is history. I have seen every superbowl, the first 9 with my dad, his last year was 1975 he got to see the Steelers beat the Vikings, he passed away that May. My dad was white collar, real smart guy, could manage people easily, always had respect. Me, I am educated but I like working with my hands and my mind, so I never went into management, I sat on the fence and found jobs where my body and mind both worked equally, I never wanted to sit at a desk or be forced to work outside for 8 hours, I do a little of both.

It's funny how you change as you get older, my temper subsided, my patience grew, but my love for the Pittsburgh Steelers never dropped off. As hard as I try, if they lose I am miserable and a real SOB if you start talking about the game to me in a negative sense. I was going to Sports Bars for 12 years, then in 2004 I went to direct TV. I missed the commodory with my Steeler buddies, but I certainly do not miss the DUI battle. There were times where I gambled, eventually I got married and my wife became the designated driver. I have nothing against having a few beers, but if you count pre-game, and sip a beer at a half-hour/12 ounce rate, you have 9 beers in you by the end of the game. I weigh more than I want, so I am not a lightweight, and not short by any means, but still getting buzzed around rabid Patriot and Cowboy fans nearly led to brawls. I got into it a few times verbally, but eventually cooler heads prevailed and we shook hands instead of throwing, it may sound wimpy but looking back it was the better of the two options. I am not the type to back down, especially after drinking, but something clicked in my head once I hit 40 something and stopped pumping iron, you learn to rationalize before you get irrational and get thrown in the tank. It also has something to due with having a mortgage. Hey if I kick this guys azz will he sue me, or if I get pummeled how am I going to work?

I also love the city of Pittsburgh, the yellow bridges, Station Square, and Primanti Brothers down in the Strip District. I noticed that when I was there, if I was a few cents short, the cashier would reach in her purse so I would not have to break a big bill. Where I come from you would never see that. I have a theory that if you plotted a map and connected DC/Balt., up to Boston, over to Albany, then down to Philly, you would find the most self-centered bastages in the country. Look I live here, road rage, hate, taxes, people are mostly in it for themselves. I wish more people were like the Burghers and also Nashville has some really really nice folks. Hey it's not a crime to be nice to people,  but in general, this whole northeast corner needs an attitude adjustment. I am no saint either, I am a product of my Environment, but I still try to hold open doors for strangers and to bless them when they sneeze. (unless we are in Church, then "bless you" is understood).


I rooted for the RedSox all these years, I remember 1967 the year Yaz won the triple crown and Longborg won the Cy Young, still was no match for Bob Gibson. I never hated Bob Gibson for beating the Red Sox, I respected him too much as a baseball fan. That same feeling held over in 1975 when Johnny Bench and Tom Seaver beat the Sox, again as a baseball fan I did not hate the Reds. ALong comes 1978, Bucky F. Dent, this is when my hate started. I became a hater that day. never liked the Yankees anyhow, now I hated several players. But also in 1978 along comes Jack Delloplane, good old number 35, talk about a career in a big game, he was "hyrdoplane" and the Steelers beat the Oilers 34-5, I was in college. 1986 Bill F. Buckner, don't hate the guy but WTF MacNamara, you had Dave Stapleton on the bench. 1995 Neil Frieking O'Donnell, glad you went to the Jets buddy, you cost us our 5th ring and our shot at being undefeated in Super Bowls. 2001, we had 9-1-1 so I did not hate the Patriots, until the Tuck Rule, man that was bad, even the team walked off the field and Bellicheck's head sagged, but wait in the back of the book there is this rule.......... oh brother....... hey holding is a rule too, but you don't call it with the season on the line, just my opinion. 2003 Aaron F. Boone and Grady F. Little........... thank you for 2004 and 2007 though. Got my first tatoo in 2006 one week after SB XL, a chain of hypocloids around my bicep. (red, blue, yellow stars), like the barbed wire thing, only Steeler style. As much as I root for Uconn and the Red Sox, no tatoos, only the Pittsburgh Steelers mean that much to me.

Category: General
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