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Ten Personnel Questions Heading Into The 2014 Offseason


By Jeremy Hritz

While the 2013 Steelers season is over, there will be no shortage of action over the next seven to eight months as the team begins the process of crafting their roster for a new season. The Steelers have answered many personnel questions through their play in the second half of the season, yet there are still several questions that will have to be addressed before the final product takes the field sometime in September 2014. This article takes a look at ten questions surrounding team personnel heading into the offseason.

1. Will Troy Polamalu return at full salary, take a pay cut, or get cut?

While Polamalu didn’t have his best season, he did make it through a full 16 game schedule healthy and delivered a handful of critical plays. He did, however, give up a few big plays as well, mainly because he was being asked to do too much in Dick LeBeau’s defense. It seems certain that Ryan Clark will not be resigned, so holding on to Polamalu is important, no matter how it happens. Though he is not the player he once was, he is better than any of the depth on the Steelers roster. 2014 should feature the safety tandem of Polamalu and Shamarko Thomas. Should Polamalu somehow go, the Steelers would more than likely be forced to make a move in free agency.

2. Do the Steelers resign Jason Worilds?

I am in the camp that the Steelers need to make this happen, however creative they need to be in massaging their cap situation. The Steelers historically have been a team that has developed their talent through the draft, and to let Worilds get away after he finally produced would be foolish a la Keenan Lewis. Locking up Worilds would provide for a young and solid outside linebacker tandem should Jarvis Jones take a step in his development next year.

3. What happens at the left inside linebacker position?

Are the Steelers sold on Vince Williams? Can Sean Spence rebound from his injury and be the player the Steelers expected him to be? Will they spend another draft pick on an inside linebacker? Or is there an outside chance that they bring back Larry Foote for one more year? Whatever the scenario, the Steelers need better play and more stability to complement Lawrence Timmons inside.

4. What happens on the defensive line?

Brett Keisel more than likely has played his final game as a Steeler. Ziggy Hood is a free agent, and it is uncertain whether or not he will be resigned. Cameron Heyward is animal and will be even better in 2014, while Steve McLendon should be more comfortable at nose tackle. There has been some discussion about whether or not McLendon could move to one of the end positions, with Al Woods taking over at nose tackle, and this would be a possibility if Hood is not resigned. The Steelers were not great against the run this year which wasn’t completely the fault of the defensive line, but the decisions made regarding its makeup for next season will speak volumes about their confidence in their personnel.

5. What do the Steelers do at the running back position?

The Steelers are set with a feature back in Le’Veon Bell, but beyond him, they will not have any other backs under contract. Felix Jones was serviceable this year for the Steelers but more than likely, he will not be resigned, while Jonathan Dwyer may have proved through his hard running and effectiveness on third downs that he can be a solid backup to Bell. The Steelers still need to add a speed back to provide an element of explosiveness to the offense, something that I have already wrote about, and something that I see the Steelers doing in the later rounds of the draft.

6. Do the Steelers resign Jerricho Cotchery?

Emmanuel Sanders will want too much money and won’t be back, and the Steelers are counting on Markus Wheaton progressing and taking over Sanders’ role next season. Sanders departure and Wheaton’s inexperience make it that much more important that the Steelers resign Cotchery; however, the Steelers won’t overspend on the 31-year-old receiver.

7. What position do the Steelers address with the 15th overall pick?

This will be one of the most debated questions this offseason, with arguments for a nose tackle, a big wide out, an offensive tackle, or a cornerback. While the Steelers aren’t perfect on the offensive line, they have other needs, primarily on defense, that they have to address. The only problem is that a defensive player selected in the first round won’t necessarily have an immediate impact (see Jones). With that in mind, the Steelers may be best served to add to what is already a strength, the offense, and give Ben Roethlisberger another weapon at wide receiver. Could it be that Big Ben finally gets the big receiver he’s always wanted? Could a rookie wide-out contribute in his first season?

8. What do the Steelers address with the 47th overall pick?

My gut and the current makeup of the Steelers roster says that with their second round pick, they’ll go after a cornerback. Ike Taylor’s career is nearly complete, and the team does not have any true depth at the position. Selecting a corner here provides for depth and early contributions in sub packages, while getting an opportunity to develop a starter for once Taylor does go.

9. Do the Steelers make any moves in free agency?

The Steelers are never big players in free agency, and this year shouldn’t be any different. The only way I can see them pursuing a semi-known name is if something cannot be worked out with Polamalu, as they will need some experience alongside of Thomas. Outside of that, despite a few no-names for depth purposes, it should be another quiet offseason in free agency.

10. Will there be any surprise cuts?

LaMarr Woodley seems the most likely to be cut, and there may be an outside chance that Polamalu could be let go if they cannot work out a pay cut.  But are there any surprises waiting in the wings? Common sense says no, but the organizational leadership may have different plans.

What are your thoughts?

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  • steeltown

    Polamalu will be back in 2014.. with Clark most likely gone and Taylors situation up in the air it is paramount that Troy be back there in the secondary next year.

    I think they are sold on V.Williams, but we’ve seen they want to play certain schemes or packages.. Spence is NOT a BUCK so assuming he would be the guy if healthy is crazy, he would come in (like Garvin) in certain packages while V.Williams would most likely play primarily in the base defense

    Re-signing Dwyer and Cotchery is a no brainer, they shouldn’t really break the bank. I think Cotchery truly loves playing in Pittsburgh and wont demand much.

    Hopefully they find a way to retain Worilds, without overspending. We cant trust Woodley to stay healthy anymore and the C.Carter and Sly experiment has to end soon.

  • treeher

    Agree except I think we can go another year without drafting a TE and I’d substitute a speed complement to Bell.

  • srdan

    Well summarized.

    Cotchery also provides flexibility for the draft if he is resigned. Assuming Sanders is gone, we need to draft a receiver. Having Cotchery back would allow us to not necessarily have to draft a first round receiver, and to see if a decent option falls to the second round, maybe even later. Hard to argue this regimes success drafting WRs in later rounds.

    I would like to see the top three picks be 2 Dbs and a receiver.

  • srdan

    Man, if 93 is not signed it pretty much will shape our draft. With no depth at all at OLB, and (assuming 56 is back) woodley being out a lot, it would literally be only Jarvis Jones. It’s a scary thought. How do htey not reach for a OLB with the 15th pick if things shake out this way?

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Hope troy stays along with worilds ,cotch,and dwyer think our offense is in a good place for 2014 but adding a few players for depth wont hurt mainly fast rb te or LT i really hope they load up on defense in draft and get offense through free agency or vice versa long as we stockpile defensive weapons

  • steeltown

    With Le’veon and hopefully Dwyer on roster, yes we’ll need a change of pace guy.. could be a late Rd pick could be LSH

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    My idea for inside LB..
    Let Foote go and do not trust Gavin. Hope Spence will be good to go as a back up and when (if) Cincy lets Harrison go, bring back the slightly older guy to call the d and stuff the run. I think he would be just as good a fit at the position in the Steelers d next year as Foote might have been this year. Not only is he a good leader I think he is still an excellent tackler.

  • Callentown

    Good breakdown Jeremy.
    Numbers 7 and 8 – draft picks – We need defense!!

    I know everyone wants a big WR/TE, but the defense struggled and lemme say this:

    HAD THE STEELERS MADE IT INTO THE PLAYOFFS, IT WOULD BE THEIR DEFENSE THAT WOULD HAVE LET THEM DOWN.

    First round: DLine or ILB.
    Second round: CB
    Third round: Maybe we get lucky and 6-5 Kelvin Benjamin (FSU WR) is there.

    Peace and happy new year to all!

  • Chris

    What’s the word on the Hyphen… Stephens-Howling? He was great in the Preseason but got hurt early on. What does his contract look like?

  • dgh57

    I think theirs no way this team puts itself in a position to have to draft at any position. Therefore I think they somehow work out a deal with Worilds. That will most likely require making cap room but L. Brown and Clark not coming back will help solve some of that problem. If Worilds isn’t resigned that pretty much forces us to draft a OLB in the early rounds and hanging on to Woodley. If we sign a FA it very well could be a DB which would allow us to draft a stud WR in the first or 2nd round. Troy will be back because Clark won’t be.

  • Game_Time

    I’m under the impression that Ziggy Hood would be a much better NT than DE. if his asking price isn’t too much I think he will be back, if not….letting him walk could cause a shake-up that may indeed be an improvement up front… I like the idea of re-signing Al Woods to be the starting nose tackle as he does require a double team and can collapes the pocket up the middle on passing downs. Sliding McLendon to DE to pair with Heyward would give the line 2 DE that are stout against the run but can also get after the QB.

  • Chad H

    Garvin is young but was developing quick and started to take playing time away from Williams who was also a rookie. So to give up on either one now is crazy. I also hope for Spence to come back but that may never happen. I think an off season of bulk building and conditioning Garvin may win the ILB position.

  • Chad H

    See my post below. I think Garvin has a fair shot at being the starting ILB. Either way huge upside to both 2nd year LBs.

  • Weiss Chad

    I really like worilds.Oh it seems likehe has more tkls one game than woodley in four..They both seem injury prone.Id love to see spence healthy.Id like and hope to see much progression out of jones next year.Shark replaces clark.Mclendon moves over and they get raji (dreaming)smh..I hope they go Te reciever in 1/2 or go ha ha clinton dix. Would anthony barr fit in 3-4 ( as a d lineman ala jj watt (dreaming)smh

  • cencalsteeler

    Excellent points and an excellent article.

  • steeltown

    Whether he wins it or not is up in the air, I would have my doubts he wins it outright, but if he continues to show improvement then I could see a platooning of the 2nd yr guys Williams and Garvin again in relation to defensive packages

  • cp72

    Benjamin has zero chance of being there in the third round. I have watched FSU a half dozen times and he was the best player on the field. TB was a huge reason his QB won the Heisman. The only way Benjamin lasts to the 2nd round is if he runs in the 4.6s at the combine which from I seen live is unlikely. He is an absolute beast.

    I like the positions you have targeted. I just think the WR talent drops big time after the first 4-5 guys. If you’re gonna get one you need to get one early.

  • JohnB

    Which is the bigger need? WR or TE? Yeah I’d like to get a nice tall WR as much as the next guy but Miller is getting up there in age and itd be nice if there was someone there to compliment him better than what they have.

    Also is Shamarko projected as our next FS or SS? I thought he was gonna be behind Troy but I keep hearing from some places he’s going to be at FS.

  • David Edward

    I’ll give my thoughts on each question and I think you’ll find them realistic…
    1. Troy will be back unless they can’t work something out to lower his ’14 cap. They will probably “extend” him and spread out his $8M base. Yes, it creates more dead money but isn’t a problem if they need to cut him in 15. They could also keep him at the current cap number if they make other moves to reduce cap elsewhere.
    2. Worilds should have a market value similar to Paul Kruger last year and will be in demand. I think they’ll learn from their mistake with Lewis and get the deal done…which will still be cheaper than keeping Woodley at his current rate.
    3. Vince Williams made his share of rookie mistakes but has progressed nicely, maybe even more than Jarvis. I look for him to be the starting Buck next year and beyond.
    4. Even though he’s a fan favorite, Keisel won’t be back (if they didn’t bring back Hampton this year, same would apply to da Beard). Hood won’t return because he’s proven in 5 years that his upside is mediocrity. Woods, however, will be signed because he can play anywhere on the DL and has nice upside at NT.
    5. A speedy back/KR will be drafted on the third day and Dwyer will be signed.
    6. Cotchery had a nice year so his value will go up a tad, but he’s still a bargain and he loves playing here so he’ll be back. Wheatons rookie season was disappointing so hopefully year two will be significantly better.
    7. At 15, they will either grab a top tier CB, if still there, or a big WR, or go DE yet again…sorry Nix fans, don’t think that’s happening.
    8. If they don’t go CB at 15, then have to go there at 47. Safety is a strong possibility if they get their CB #1. TE and big WR are other options.
    9.Same ol same ol, no big moves other than their own guys.
    10. I think all of the possible cuts have been talked about, so really shouldn’t be any surprises.

  • srdan

    I like worldis productivity like everyone on this forum. But his build just seems better for rushing the passer. He is leaner and hopefully less prone to injury. I do think that Woodley is better at setting the edge. But the league is changing.

  • srdan

    Just the fact that we are having these discussions of camp battles prior to free agency even starting is a huge positive. I can’t remember of recent battles heading into the offseason prior to FA and the draft. It’s a great problem to have.

  • Callentown

    Every year, there are needs for the team and they go beyond the obvious when the ‘right’ player is there.

    However, this offense looks solid, albeit with some O-line issues.

    Defense is another story altogether and we need players again.

  • srdan

    Love Harrison. I too would like to see him back because we are so thin at OLB. But there is a reason he was released, andhe hasn’t showed much in cincy to change my mind. I would think that him playing inside is like asking ryan clark to slide to corner. lol

  • Johnny Loose

    I somewhat disagree with the RB situation. Bell is obviously the man, check. After that, I don’t see any reason Dwyer shouldn’t be back. How expensive would it be to keep Felix? I think he was servicable and is a guy who has that extra gear. Same with Stephens-Howling, who I think they should aslo bring back if they can. I’d be happy with the exact same stable as this year. Bell will have had a year experience, and the offensive line will be back together at least as the season kicks off. I have a hard time seeing the running taking a step back after what Bicknell did with our line and how Le’Veon progressed. Polamalu will be back, at some sort of discount, not too much though. I liked the idea of Taylor moving to safety and replacing Clark. I just don’t know if I’d want those hands at free safety. If anyone walks this season, I’d say Woodely and Clark. We MUST resign Worilds if at all possible. Bright future!! Not as many question marks and so much worrying like last offseason!!! #GoSteelers

  • srdan

    One thing missing in this article is Pouncey. By steeler norm he is due an extension this offseason. They saw two guys walk into the building and perform well enough to call our oline “improving”. How does this affect his status while taking the injury into account?

  • srdan

    I agree with everything. But we all need ot recognize that our off season plans all hinge on Worldis. If he isn’t resigned, What do we have at OLB? It would shape our draft. That is why I don’t see the steelers letting him walk, it will put unnecessary pressure to draft a certain position early. And that is not colberts style.

  • steeltown

    Also I say TE because we all saw what happens when/if Miller goes down with injury and it wasn’t pretty. It would be nice to have a big young TE to learn behind him and Spaeth next year, one that can actually block!

  • kakello34

    I know it will never happen, but i’d like to see a CB drafted in the 1st round. Moving Taylor to safety if Troy leaves and inserting a rookie corner in the lineup is a big risk. It would have been nice if Curtis Brown would have developed as a 3rd round pick.

  • DrakePirate

    I wouldn’t wait too long on that TE pick … we’ve already waited way too long … we should have gotten Eifert last year … We need 2 Quality Catching TE’s to create mismatches especially in the RedZone

  • DrakePirate

    I agree on our needs, I just would add that Beechum’s play this year (especially the last couple months) deserves a shot at Starting as the LT next year and see what he does … if he doesn’t excel then we can pick a LT next year

  • kakello34

    Now would be the time to give him a cheaper extension coming off a major injury.

  • DrakePirate

    want a good speed back/KR late round draft pick … our offensive future is looking really good if we continue where we left off this year and not stumble bumble out of the gates next year!

  • DrakePirate

    Yup ! Is it just me or was anyone else impressed with David Johnson’s improvement in the receiving dept this year … would really like to keep him as a 3rd TE option

    and i was never much a fan of his, but he looked pretty good before he went down with injury … like i said for a 3rd TE … if we do draft a TE would we keep Spaeth over him ?? at this point i like DJ’s upside more than Spaeths

  • DrakePirate

    We really don’t have to draft a WR high … it could be a TE and that would address similar issues (Big Target, Redzone) either way would fill a need … I’m fine with a Big WR or Athletic TE as 1st end draft pick … dont see any DB’s worth a mid 1st rounder … will take a look at Ha Ha Dix …. possibly

  • DrakePirate

    I completely agree … Benjamin hands down would be the best pick for us !

  • DrakePirate

    I think either one addresses the same issues and solves many of our problems …. the other can be chosen next year

  • DrakePirate

    Troy needs to take a pay cut or let go … simple as that

  • treeher

    One thing that might change the mix is best player available.

  • treeher

    I’d be happy with that. Of course, there are so many needs that “best athlete available” might end up being the pick(s).

  • steeltown

    I seriously doubt it, D.Johnson has had 2 season ending injuries the last two yrs. I like the guy, but if they draft a TE I don’t see him making the Team. If they don’t draft a TE then hell yes I want DJ as the #3 TE

  • steeltown

    Im not saying draft a LT in the 1st Rd or anything, just a Tackle to add to the mix, Gilbert is in his final contract year, Adams is an enigma and Whimper is a FA.. I’d like another body at the position

  • DrakePirate

    well at least we can get rid of the Paulson project … i don’t know why but i really dislike the guy … i guess its just because he is so unlike a “Steelers type Player”

  • Jason

    Not be be argumentative but what extra gear did Felix Jones show this year? I agree LSH has it but Jones?

  • DrakePirate

    Ya i guess one of those late comp picks could be worthy … do we lock up Gilbert ?? and at what price .. he’s decent at RT but kinda reminds me of Dwyer before this year … he’s close but it hasn’t quite clicked yet … Adams gets one more year to see if the Bulb turns on and I guess Whimper is worthy of a back up swing guy which now seems we have a lot of choices to compete for … (Velasco, Wallace, Whimper & possible Ebernaste)

  • steeltown

    Im old school, a TE needs to be able to block first and foremost

  • grw1960

    so many questions, Some we may know the answers to before the draft during free agency. Many of those FA answers will definitely affect the early draft choices. So will the Spence situation.
    Depending on how the LB questions pan out. We could again be looking at a LB pick no later than our phantom 3d round draft pick.
    Right now with little solid info to go on and in no specific order.
    Another starting WR for the offense. No matter What else happens
    one ILB – The defense would be better with a 3 down ILB
    one OLB- Whether or not Both Woodley and Worilds are kept. Nether carter or Sly seem to be future starter material.
    At lest one CB , Maybe two OR 1 CB and 1 FS
    And a DE is all in play
    Hope also to get a 3d RB some where, Felix Jones just don’t excite me

  • David Edward

    Agree

  • grw1960

    The question I worry about with Worilds. Is Worilds your classic under achiever ? I sure don’t know.Up until this season ( his contract year) he has been pretty much a non factor. Will Worilds go back to being a non factor ( under achiever ) when he gets his new contract ?

  • David Edward

    Never say never, but it’s been awhile. Last time was Chad Scott in 97. I think it’s time for one again in 14!

  • steeltown

    He was never a full time starter

    The few times he did start over the years, he produced at LOLB, especially against the AFC and more importantly AFCN Teams

  • DrakePirate

    I do agree … but the way the league has evolved .. it really does pay to have 2 athletic receiving TE’s like Gronk/Hernandez years back … double bonus if they can block well …

    Havent followed how good Amaro & Ebron are with blocking

  • steeltown

    Im not sure about Gilbert, he has done a pretty admirable job. The two factors in the Gilbert discussion have to be whether they draft an OT and/or whether Adams turns the proverbial corner and finds a home for himself at RT

  • steeltown

    Of course, but if they cant block then they are truly one dimensional and are basically a big slow WR… even Gronk was a solid blocker coming out of college

  • srdan

    True. I dont think we are even looking for a immediate starter quality WR, we just need a situational redzone receiver or te to create mismatches that grows into a starter.

    I cant believe we played the first part of the season with cotchery being our tallest pass catcher. Paulson cought as many balls as mike adams did at tight end. And we were missing Bell.

  • srdan

    I’m still holding out hope that we start buying mike adams jerseys in 2 years. haha

  • sean mcmartin

    Troy will return. This won’t be another Rod woodson Scenario..

  • grw1960

    True enough he wasn’t a full time starter, partly because of injuries. I only brought that up because ” Hokey ” mentioned on Wolf’s last podcast that some of the coaches sometimes felt that way about Worilds during some of their training camps.

  • johnhoien

    Sign kisel to vet minimum if u can for depth.. Troy needs to come back if not for the leadership alone.. Have him play true saftey… Draft a inside Linebacker (all downs) to help Timmons w/ run .. Pass assignments … Hire Larry Foot as an assistant LB coach… Down load the knowledge he has into these guys..try to sign Worilds… See if you could trade Woodley(can’t finish seasons)… Let Saunders Walk… Wheaton … 3 receiver … Definitely resign Jericho cautery… Sign Cody Wallace, Valasco.& give Coach Jack a raise because he made the O line special under adverse circumstancs…resign Ike & let Clark walk..draft Sammy Watkins 1st round… Or a bigger receiver target for Ben…… Rounds 2-6 defensive players!!! Inside LB, outside LB, saftey , CB… #7 here we come ;)

  • DrakePirate

    definitely can not be one dimensional

  • johnhoien

    johnhoien • 8 minutes ago
    Sign kisel to vet minimum if u can for depth.. Troy needs to come back if not for the leadership alone.. Have him play true saftey… Draft a inside Linebacker (all downs) to help Timmons w/ run .. Pass assignments … Hire Larry Foot as an assistant LB coach… Down load the knowledge he has into these guys..try to sign Worilds… See if you could trade Woodley(can’t finish seasons)… Let Saunders Walk… Wheaton … 3 receiver … Definitely resign Jericho cautery… Sign Cody Wallace, Valasco.& give Coach Jack a raise because he made the O line special under adverse circumstancs…resign Ike & let Clark walk..draft Sammy Watkins 1st round… Or a bigger receiver target for Ben…… Rounds 2-6 defensive players!!! Inside LB, outside LB, saftey , CB… #7 here we come ;)

  • Josh

    Still mad about letting Keenan Lewis walk…..and there is too much talent in the first round not to pick a Tackle first pick…plus a lot of the top free agents are DE’s, it would be hard to consider the Steelers not giving any of them a look

  • Dan

    With needs in so many different areas, it should be easy to stick to the “best available player” philosophy come draft time. Hopefully the first 14 picks will be full of QBs leaving a better supply of everything else for us at 15.

  • dgh57

    I have my reservation about Worilds believe me but I’m not the only one that’s getting tired of Woodley as I think the FO may be also. Then again they may decide not to take a chance after how this Woodley thing is turning out. We will see soon enough as I think they’ll make a decision before FA starts.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I hope they do not reach for a OLB. This gives me scary thoughts of Troy Edwards, just alot sooner in the 1st round.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Spence is a pipe dream. I hope I hit the lottery…probably wont happen though. The guy has never contributed in the NFL.

  • RMSteeler

    Cotchery needs to be resigned. Don’t see Wheaton as a slot/possession/over-the middle type guy. Hopefully, Wheaton can handle the #2 when Sanders leaves. Haven’t read about the lack of depth at #3 behind Cotchery. Need a tough slot receiver with good routes and great hands. Ben needs more help in the middle of the field. Can a good one be had in the 6th round this year? Reasonable FA?Could also be addressed with a fast RB w/great hands. Other teams are doing that. We don’t have one besides LSH, but how good are his hands? Also has to be some overlooked UDFA slot receivers if drafting one is not deemed critical enough. A couple should be priority signings. Also UDFA TE’s even if one is drafted. Patriots usually bring about 10 of them to camp even when they had Gronk and AH healthy. Heath needs at least backup with good hands in the middle/seam routes. Paulson just doesn’t see like he fits in. Moye at WR doesn’t either.

  • Phil Heidenreich

    For goodness sake, can we draft a late-round punter this year?! I’m tired of this Butler, Moorman, McBriar, whoever shenanigans. Scout two good punters and take one that’ll last 10 years.

  • J-DUB

    My Steelers Off-Season:
    Extend: Roethlisberger,Polamalu,Miller
    Restructure: Woodley,Timmons,Brown
    Pay Cut: Taylor
    Cut: Levi Brown,Foote
    Sign: Hood,Cotchery,Warren,Velasco,Dwyer,Woods

  • Ryan Barton

    1. Mike Evans or Best available CB.
    2. MLB (Or CB if Evans is taken in 1st rd).
    3. DE/OLB for OLB depth.
    4. Defensive line or Safety depth
    5. RB (Speed/Change-of-pace).
    6. Defense
    7. Defense

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers take 2 OLB prospects for depth.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    He has been playing inside at Cincy.

  • Ryan Barton

    1. Mike Evans or Best available CB.
    2. MLB (Or CB if Evans is taken in 1st rd).
    3. DE/OLB for OLB depth.
    4. Defensive line or Safety depth
    5. RB (Speed/Change-of-pace).
    6. Defense
    7. Defense

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers take 2 OLB prospects for depth.

  • r4kolb

    Something to think about is this. I think if they find a taker they will drop down and try to pick up an extra pick. They will want to try to get the one back for the 3rd rounder they gave to the Browns and also I think in the back of their mind they know they will lose one for the Tomlin incident. I know they have one coming for Wallace but I think they know they need to fill a lot of position’s. They also think they do pretty well in late round gems. Only way I don’t see them doing that is if someone they have rated really high drops down and it’s someone who will start at a position of need. Darqueze Dennard CB, Mike Evans 6’5″ WR.

  • Jarod Wells

    Why can’t they trade Woodley for a 3rd or 4th rounder. I wonder if a 4-3 team values him at end more than a 3-4 team? His career is not completely over, I mean I get the injuries, but someone has to be foolish enough to take a chance.

  • Jarod Wells

    I am on the Benjamin bus, if we can trade down a few spots in the 1st and grab him. Then We can retool defense.

  • DrakePirate

    yess .. definitely better if we can trade down about 10 slots and pick him up and a extra draft pick …

  • Patrick Reid

    DAT from Oregon or Archer from Kent State. Both run sub 4.3’s and can return kicks, play RB or WR. Unlike Dunn in camp this year. Those are excellent options late.

  • Patrick Reid

    Amaro is a complete TE who excels at blocking. Ebron is inconsistent. Jenkins is complete also.

  • Eric Green

    OFFSEASON MOVES
    RELEASE OR LET WALK via FA
    Emmanuel sanders- (good but can be replaced easily for less money) aka mr. Wheaton time
    Lamarr Woodley- ( Jason worlids has earned his pay day and Woodley cant stay on the field for us) this will hurt our cap but worlids is the up and coming stud to go along with JJ
    Ryan Clark- at this point hes just a clean up “hard hitter” guy , does not impact opposing offenses
    Brett the beard keisel – would love to have him back for 1 year but highly unlikely i believe hes done
    Ziggy Hood – dependable back up but unless he takes a pay cut he shouldn’t be back

    RESIGN / Free agency
    Jason Worilds – arguably the best player on defense down the stretch, up and coming star with a good offseason
    Jerrico Cotchery – wont be a big market for him , hes a capable target for ben, should bring him back 1 more year
    Al Woods- up and coming player for us on the D-line , should see more time next year with good offseason
    Cameron Heyward- get him locked down for the next 5 years, dudes gonna be a beast!
    Veteran back up offensive gaurd via free agency
    Cody Wallace- I like the nastyness he plays with, good back up to Pouncey
    Will Allen- solid defender in pass an run , can take over for Clark for a year or two
    TROY- has two more years left in the tank, I hope we get it done its a joy watching him fly around with a cape

    DRAFT
    Rd 1= Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 6’5 230 lbs ( vincent jackson like)
    Rd 2= Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech 6’0 190 lbs (sam shields like)
    Rd 3= NO PICK
    Rd 4= Brent Urban DE Virginia 6’7 297 lbs lbs ( brett keisel like)
    Rd 5= Henry Josey RB Missouri 5′ 10 190 lbs ( reggie bush like) home run hitter
    Rd 6= Andrew Norwell, OT/G, Ohio State 6’6 315 lbs ( potential back up to ramon foster)
    Rd 7= STOLEN for tomlin incident at ravens game

    thats What I would love to see this off-season to make a run at it for next year and years to come ( L.bell will rush for 1300 yards and 12 total TDs and we will back in the play offs ;)

  • Eric Green

    Eric Green · Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus

    OFFSEASON MOVES
    RELEASE OR LET WALK via FA
    Emmanuel sanders- (good but can be replaced easily for less money) aka mr. Wheaton time
    Lamarr Woodley- ( Jason worlids has earned his pay day and Woodley cant stay on the field for us) this will hurt our cap but worlids is the up and coming stud to go along with JJ
    Ryan Clark- at this point hes just a clean up “hard hitter” guy , does not impact opposing offenses
    Brett the beard keisel – would love to have him back for 1 year but highly unlikely i believe hes done
    Ziggy Hood – dependable back up but unless he takes a pay cut he shouldn’t be back

    RESIGN / Free agency
    Jason Worilds – arguably the best player on defense down the stretch, up and coming star with a good offseason
    Jerrico Cotchery – wont be a big market for him , hes a capable target for ben, should bring him back 1 more year
    Al Woods- up and coming player for us on the D-line , should see more time next year with good offseason
    Cameron Heyward- get him locked down for the next 5 years, dudes gonna be a beast!
    Veteran back up offensive gaurd via free agency
    Cody Wallace- I like the nastyness he plays with, good back up to Pouncey
    Will Allen- solid defender in pass an run , can take over for Clark for a year or two
    TROY- has two more years left in the tank, I hope we get it done its a joy watching him fly around with a cape

    DRAFT
    Rd 1= Mike Evans WR Texas A&M 6’5 230 lbs ( vincent jackson like)
    Rd 2= Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech 6’0 190 lbs (sam shields like)
    Rd 3= NO PICK
    Rd 4= Brent Urban DE Virginia 6’7 297 lbs lbs ( brett keisel like)
    Rd 5= Henry Josey RB Missouri 5′ 10 190 lbs ( reggie bush like) home run hitter
    Rd 6= Andrew Norwell, OT/G, Ohio State 6’6 315 lbs ( potential back up to ramon foster)
    Rd 7= STOLEN for tomlin incident at ravens game

    thats What I would love to see this off-season to make a run at it for next year ( L bell will rush for 1300 yards and we will back in the play offs ;)

  • DrakePirate

    Both Good choices … Archers speed is unreal, just watched his youtube clip, would LOVE picking him up and we have a good recent history with MAC players … would be thrilled if we could pick him up with our 4th round comp pick … I think DAT will go higher in the draft, which i dont think we can afford… what round is Archer projected ??? … we need another immediate impact playmaker on offense and solve our Return needs for once and for all and be done with it

  • DrakePirate

    i like Amaro … but i guess best value would be trading down and picking up Benjamin … which would solve our big WR and maybe next year pick up a top TE … either choice is fine by me, but can’t see us solving both issues this year … my wish list scenario in draft by round

    1. TE/or Big WR
    2. CB/S
    3. S/CB (Comp pick)
    4. ILB
    5. Scat back/KR
    6. DL flyers
    7. Punter (we need a quality consistent Punter)

  • Patrick Reid

    One pub has both Archer and DAT projected 6-7 which I think is crazy, but would be very happy about. Another has DAT and Archer 3-4 and 4-5 respectively. Of course Rainey would have still been our guy had he not been released. A beast TE and weapon like the formentioned two would be matchup heaven for us.

  • DrakePirate

    Would be great if we could pick either up in the 5th Rnd or use a Comp pick … here’s to hoping !!

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