2017 Offseason Questions: If Not Watt, Then Who?

The 2016 season is unfortunately over, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are now embarking upon their latest offseason journey, heading back to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the postseason is now behind us, there is plenty left to discuss.

And there are plenty of questions left unanswered as well. The offseason is just really the beginning phase of the answer-seeking process, which is lasts all the way through the Super Bowl for teams fortunate enough to reach that far.

You can rest assured that we have the questions, and we will be monitoring the developments in the offseason as they develop, and beyond, looking for the answers as we look to evaluate the makeup of the Steelers as they try to navigate their way back to the Super Bowl, after reaching the AFC Championship game last season for the first time in more than half a decade.

Question: If the Steelers selected somebody other than T.J. Watt with their selection, who would you have preferred it to be?

I was going to go with the obvious question of asking what everybody thinks of the selection, but I thought this would be more interesting.

The Steelers watched 29 players find new homes over the course of the few hours that separated themselves from the beginning of the draft to the time that their opportunity to add a player finally rolled around not so distant from the witching hour.

And as was anticipated, they wasted no time in making their selection once it was in. I was probably one of the few people who turned off Twitter to retain the surprise of the live broadcast, and after the pick was announced, a review of my timeline revealed that the pick was in 15 minutes before it was announced.

That player was, of course, T.J. Watt, which was obviously going to be an option if he was available. Multiple writers here mocked him in one version or another, while I had him listed as one of the first-round targets.

But he wasn’t the only target, and I know others likely were looking for somebody else in the first round. I mentioned on Twitter that my preference personally would have been Chidobe Awuzie at that point based on what had already transpired, for example, but I’m more than satisfied with Watt.

There were, however, several other potential targets for Pittsburgh to take there. As mentioned, there was Awuzie, and there were other cornerback options. There were three safeties available that would not have been absurd options. The wide receivers flew off the boards, and the top three tight ends were already gone, but there were definitely options available to them.

So, if you were the general manager sending the pick in when the Steelers came on the clock—assuming the scenario leading up to it was exactly as it actually unfolded—what name would you have had written down on the card if you were not picking Watt?

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  • Michael Mosgrove

    Easy. Obi melifonwu. Would have filled coverage ilb responsibilities. Been a good replacement for mitchell or as a dime or quarters safety. No injury history like watt either.

  • eric

    King or Awuzie would have been better picks. The rest of our division drafted to win now, we did not. Watt is an athlete with the right last name, not the best fit for this team.

  • Big Joe

    Given who was left on board, Obi or Kevin King or Wilson would have been ok

  • Zach Holzworth

    So the rest of the division drafted to win now huh? How many of those teams made the playoffs? Maybe have some confidence in an organization that has shown a recipe to win. I like Kevin king but How is watt not a win now player? He can be a pass rushing specialist for his first year and develop into more. Our biggest problem was not getting off the field on third down because we don’t have the pressure needed to cause errant throws. And please people stop talking about obi he is to raw.

  • mokhkw

    Reuben Foster. I like the Watt pick but I think Foster will be exceptional and would have fitted next to Shazier to give us a dynamic ILB duo.

    Just so happy it wasn’t a QB tbh.

  • SouthernSteel

    If Watt is half as good as his brother….then The Steelers got one heck of a player! ! Super excited! ! DB with next pick!

  • Dorian James

    Obi all the way

  • Rick Williams

    Foster apparently had arthritic shoulder according to Mayock.

  • John Pennington

    Had a chance to get a corner or safety in the 1st round but no draft a 1 year wonder just to get a pass rusher.Today there will be a run on corners and safties just hope the steelers take the secondary serious with the next 3 picks or this draft will be a bust.Gay and Ross will not be able to cover these new wr coming into the league do something about it please.Fix the secondary once and for all.

  • John Bennett

    Happy with the Watt pick. Very large potential and will provide some plays in spot duty this coming season. Bigger question to me is who they get next.

  • WreckIess

    The rest of our division drafted like teams that actually had gaping holes in their team while we drafted like a team that was in the AFC Championship game. We don’t have huge holes on the team and we’re already in a substantially better place that last year.

    Also, you guys gotta stop with this “The only drafted him because his last name is Watt!!” Bs. Watch the tape. Look at his combine numbers. Look at what he did in just one year as an OLB. It’s pretty obvious why we picked him.

  • 20Stoney

    I never understand all the doom and gloom negativity every year after the first round. You’d think we were Browns fans who have watched them screw up year after year. We actually have a pretty good track record.

  • frasefra

    And he was kicked out of the NFL combine for a “heated exchange” with medical personnel.
    And he failed a drug test, so he’ll be in the NFL drug program for 6 months.
    And he had rotator cuff surgery two months ago.
    And the Steelers showed no interest in him throughout the draft process.

    Why are people surprised the Steelers didn’t draft him in the 1st round?

  • WreckIess

    I was pretty deadest on Watt for a while now so I don’t think I would’ve gone anywhere else. If he wasn’t there when we picked I guess I would’ve wanted Awuzie, but I wouldn’t have been happy with it and probably would’ve wished we traded back.

    I really think we got the perfect pick for that scenario though.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    With Ruben Foster on the board with a draft weak at ILB that made the pick even more interesting.

  • WreckIess

    The draft just causes the most pouting of any sporting event. Fans get extremely salty when their guy gets passed on, but give it some time and they’ll come around to it.

  • Jeff McNeill

    Just like last year.

  • Taylor Williams

    Overreactions are priceless. It’s actually pretty hilarious to watch. Last year gave me a good laugh with the whole Billings mock.
    The only pick I hated in last 10 years is the Jarvis pick. Sweed was horrible, but that’s not the coaching staff fault.

  • Jeff Anoble

    Foster is also the guy who got kicked out of the NFL Combine for anger management problems. Add that diluted failed drug test which already puts you in the NFL Substance Abuse program and that pretty much guaranteed especially with Dan Rooney’s passing that this guy would not be the pick. Instead they pick the clean cut, clean record, incredibly hard working, 11.5 sacks, intelligent, never stop trying TJ Watt. Imagine what an NFL strength and conditioning program along with top notch coaching and mentoring by James Harrison will do for this kid. I like the pick myself and for Obi lovers out there don’t be surprised if he there for the Steelers in Round 2 (this guy is a even bigger work in progress then Watt).

  • WreckIess

    Yup and I’ll be the first to admit that I was one of the guys pissed off that my guy (Noah Spence) got passed on for Artie, but at some point you get over that and see what you actually got over what you could’ve had.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I like this question as well Matthew and was putting out some ideas last night. Takk had been who I mocked to us and I was planning on being happy about it but hindsight being 20/20, maybe it is good the Falcons leaped up there and snatched him. A LOT of people found his interview offputting. I didn’t personally see it and I know people tend to overreact but it is worrisome I guess.

    Since he wasn’t available and give our choices Watt was the best choice IMO. I could have been equally happy with trading out of the first, picking up an extra pick, and grabbing Derek Rivers.

    If not Watt or the trade I would have been cool taking a Baker or Melinfonwu there. Marcus Williams as well but it might be a bit of a reach. Like I say though, would have rather saw them trade back and get Rivers. OLB is the most important position to get right in this draft and I think they did.

  • Jeff Anoble

    Well today will tell something. If the remaining higher ranked edge rushers like Carl Lawson, Jordan Willis, Tyus Bowser,Tim Williams, are off the board by the Steeler’s 2nd round pick then the team certainly made the right choice with Watt as they needed a OLB to groom behind Harrison and for depth badly. Watt may be just outright better anyway.

    However in round 2 with names like Sidney Jones (reportedly ready by Sept), Rasul Douglas, Fabian Moreau, Budda Baker, Josh Jones, Marcus Maye, fan favorite Obi Melinfonwu, and many more still out there who knows who falls? There will be a run on offensive lineman soon, along with some more of the scarce blue chip offensive skill positions left, and then those remaining pass rushers are at a premium now. If the Steelers want a 2nd round DB, then I believe a 2nd round DB and a good one is what they will get.

  • John Pennington

    They didnt screwup this year.

  • mokhkw

    Fair points but tbh I’m not surprised the Steelers passed on him knowing what I know now but I was surprised he dropped this far. The incident at the hospital was nothing really, the diluted sample thing isn’t a great cause for alarm like a positive test is but the shoulder problem, which I wasn’t aware of, is a deal breaker.

  • tequila0341

    Agreed on Obi Melifonwu. Would’ve also been happy with Derek Rivers or Awuzie.

    But still reasonably happy with Watt. Watt is almost as freaky an athlete as Melifonwu.

  • There is just no pleasing some people…

  • That’s why I choose not to get attached to players throughout this process. I can just enjoy it instead of being upset “my guy” didn’t get picked.

    We got one of the better pass rushers in this draft. One who only played the position for one year and still did as well as he did.

    A year of strength training and proper coaching and we may have one hell of a pass rushing tandem again. They will be expected to bring the heat.

    Plus the kid is squeaky clean with and dedicated to his craft. I don’t know how anyone can be upset with the pick…

  • eric

    He’s not taking Harrison off of the field during pass rush situations. We lose bc our secondary can’t stick in man. I’d rather rely on a corner do do his job than a raw olb that’s going to get bullied in the NFL. They blew this pick badly, the secondary is the biggest concern for the team. You have a shot at Lawson and Rivers in the second.

  • eric

    That’s the point of drafting like you want to win. They picked guys that will add to their win total. Watt adds NOTHING. He’s not better than Bud, he’s not going to be better than a guy that’s nearly 4O. We need DBs that can stick in man. You think cincy isn’t licking their chops knowing the only good CB we have is Artie?

  • Rocksolid20

    Well said Wreckless

  • I’m pretty sure they have a lot of young talent in the secondary, 2 of which who will be expected to make a big jump in their second seasons.

    I would put OLB as the biggest concern for this team. Its hard for any corner to cover for 5, 6, 7 seconds when the pressure doesn’t hit home. Hopefully Watt can help out on 3rd down this year and be ready to be a full time player next year.

    Harrison WON”T play 100% of the snaps. Yeah, we got Moats and Chickillo, but they are just guys. Watt we see the field this year.

  • eric

    Define a lot….Burns and Davis. That’s it, they thought so highly of Ross that they tried to give him away as a RFA but no one wanted him. Senquez hasn’t played football in 2yrs, Gay is in his 30s….

  • mokhkw

    And I think that if everyone is honest with themselves, Watt was always going to be a selection that we could all live with. Others may have wanted another player but there is a lot to like and nothing to hate on about the Watt pick.

  • Brady Boyer

    What would it have cost them to move from 30 to 20? A 3rd rounder this year and a 3rd rounder next year? I would have liked to see them take OJ Howard. He was a top 5 grade and he is going to be really good probably one of the best offensive players in this years draft and if we could have got him at 20 thats a great value even if you had to give up a few picks to move up for him.

    I like TJ Watt but I think they should have tried to trade out of the first round accumulate some picks either this year or next year and move into the early second round and I think they still could have gotten TJ.

  • mokhkw

    Shades of Clay Matthews when he came out of USC isn’t it? Let’s hope the result is similar but the bloodline+work ethic should make us all confident imo.

  • WreckIess

    I really think you’re not getting the point. They drafted that way because they had to. They absolutely needed guys at those positions. We didn’t absolutely need anything.

    Watt adds a lot. He adds depth, youth, pass rushing ability. He can stop the run and give us a great option for when Harrison needs a spell. No crap he’s not going to come in better than Harrison, but when the guy who’s “nearly 40” has his body give out we actually have our OLB of the future.

    Also, while Artie isn’t our only good corner(Cockrell is a good player and gay is serviceable at this point in his career) I just wanted to let you know abut something you may have forgotten about. There are still 7 more picks let kid. The draft doesn’t end after the first round and you can still add talent after that first round. Try not to forget that all important detail.

  • WreckIess

    You really can’t get too attached. Because at the end of the day, we don’t know what direction the team wants to go in. Whatever player we may like might not fit the vision.

  • Andrew

    I would have preferred Obi, but Watt will do just fine. If Obi falls to the mid second, I want a trade up.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Im not happy with the watt pick but not upset if I was gm I would’ve got a db (budda/obi or ilb in the 1st or trade for riddick or got extra picks and grabbed rivers and db both in 2nd

  • Xclewsive

    Jordan Willis or Derek Rivers! Jordan Willis is going to be a stud if taken by the right

  • JT

    You think Watt isn’t licking his chops to go after Cedric Oguehi or Andrew Whitworth? Do you honestly have such blind hatred for Watt that you don’t see he’ll be a better pass rushing option than Moats or Chickillo? Both of whom needed to spell Dupree/Harrison in crucial situations last season.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Art Rooney the boss said he wanted more pass rush. You either get a pass rusher or find a new job. Kevin Colbert decided he liked his job so smart move by him.

  • Applebite

    There were only a handful of options left at that point. Josh Jones, Jordan Willis, Chiobe Awuzie, and Zach Cunningham. One could argue for Desmond King or Budda Baker. And then there is my selfish pick of Malik McDowell.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    A lot of people wanted Melifonwu in the first too.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    You’re nuts. You’d pass on a guy like Watt who has an intense motor and is immensely physically gifted, and has shown he’s just ‘scratching the surface’ of being a pass rusher, like Colbert himself said?

  • Brian Miller

    Obi, Kevin King, Awuzie, Baker, and especially Rivers…BUT I trust the FO and their judgement, just like I did last year with Burns and Davis. Maybe they feel a run is coming for OLBs. I also love Basham and Willis, but since there did not appear to be a ton of interest from the Steelers, I will not be surprised if they aren’t taken by us.

  • Carl Mendelius

    I like Watt, but Malik McDowell can take over games, even though most people double teamed him most of the time. His alleged lack of effort and heart is what happens when your team loses 3,4,5 games in a row and you feel like playing for a lost cause.

  • corduroyninja

    That 15 minute Twitter discrepancy was insane. NFL/ESPN need to stop doing commercials during the draft and just do more “This round is sponsored by” announcements. I want actual Live coverage of the draft, with Twitter as a supplement, not as the main broadcast.

  • Boots

    I was leaning towards Obi personally, and with Njoku going right before thought it made sense to finally get that guy to cover these new style loose ends, but really have no problem with Watt if the team is sold on him.

  • AndyR34

    Because they are 12.

  • Steeldog22

    I agree. Enough other stuff on Foster when combined with the shoulders justified the pass for a guy who should be low maintenance off the field.

  • Trevor

    I said last night that if he’s 75% as good as JJ then I’m thrilled! Off season training with JJ and in season training with Harrison. Good recipe for successful on-the-job training.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I was desperately hoping for a trade back and out. I know, silly, hasn’t happened since the LBJ Administration, but it would have made total sense. This is one of the deepest and most impressive Defensive drafts, and maybe drafts overall, that I’ve seen in a while… at least on paper. I really, really thought that TJ Watt was going to be gone. He had built up a good amount of hype in the last few weeks, so much that I saw him going in the high teens in some mocks. I was positive that he wouldn’t make it past GB if they stayed pat. But they didn’t stand pat, and they did exactly what I had wished for us to do, and that was move down and hoard more picks.

    I wanted to pull off that maneuver, not only for the picks, but for the draft value overall. I really like(d) Derek Rivers. I think he checks every box that Watt does, and then a few more. He doesn’t have multiple severe knee surgeries, and his college production is leagues ahead of Watt. Sure “lesser” competition and all that, but I buy into that less than most people. He rushes, he drops, he stuffs the run, he’s fast, strong, athletic, great character, etc…

    Trade down, get more picks, which I actually think that we need, and STILL get the OLB/Edge/Pass rusher in Rivers, in the next 10 or so picks. It was the call to make. We showed a massive amount of interest in Rivers pre-draft, meeting with him multiple times during the process. I just thought it made sense this year to finally move out of the 1st.

    So who would I have taken, assuming I can’t move, and the board sits just how it was? Well, honestly, I would have taken Derek Rivers. I stand by my assertion that he fits the biggest need, has few negatives, and I don’t think that he’ll still be there, like everyone else has been hoping/projecting/mocking, come pick 62. I really like Obi Melifonwu, but I DO feel like I can gain his close equivalent later in the draft. Certainly not a carbon-copy of that freak of nature, but a guy who can play that same role, who I’d be tickled to have. Because of the Safety depth of this class, and of who are still on the board, I DO honestly think Josh Jones has a realistic chance of being there in the 2nd at 62.

    Lastly, I’d have considered Jordan Willis at 30. Heavily considered. But I’ll say it one final time: I think he fits best ultimately in a 4-3. And I have questions about his dropping for us. Otherwise, I adore Willis as a player, a person, and I think he’s going to be one heck of a player in this league for WHOEVER ultimately drafts him. Pro-Bowler for sure.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Obi is great. And I love his character and work ethic. Plus, he got better each year at UConn.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think Kevin King profiles best at FS.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Great call, Phil. You and I are totally simpatico on this one.

  • Rene Gonzalez

    The upside of getting attached is that you can get overly excited if they pick your guy. Saying this because I practically did backflips when they picked him lol.

  • You didn’t answer the question. I love the reading comprehension on these boards…

    Of course Burns and Davis, That’s have of your base secondary. I like Cockrell, he made a lot of progress last season. I’m expecting another jump from him. Golson is a question mark at best. They will add someone to the secondary tonight. But any DB we could have taken at 30 wouldn’t have helped “this year” anymore than Watt will.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The draft did not break well for the Steelers this year. All of the CBs we scouted were gone. All of the higher ranked OLBs were gone. All of the top 3 TEs were gone.

    There was only one player left on the board that was a clear “steal,” and that was a guy who just got busted for trying to dilute a drug test AT the combine (where you know you’re going to be tested) AND he got into an altercation severe enough that they actually sent him home AND he has a shoulder issue AND he plays a position where we already have our two starters for 2017.

    I am okay with the T.J. Watt pick, although personally I would’ve gone with Obi Melinfonwu. But remember, if you go with Obi over Watt, that means you’re probably trading up in the 2nd round to get your OLB of choice (Rivers or Willis or Lawson). Otherwise you’re probably ending up with Tim Williams at pick 2.30 and I don’t think anybody here wants that.

    If we come out of day two with either Shaquille Griffin or Rasul Douglas at CB I’m okay with the combo, but my hope is that we somehow draft Sydney Jones. Please, Colbert, for once in your life, take a gamble on a top 20 player with an injury concern.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Eric –

    I don’t think Awuzie is a better prospect than Watt. Just like I don’t think Baker is a better prospect. They are both good players. I would love to have either one of them on our team, but to me they are both clear 2nd rounders.

    King on the other hand is an interesting prospect. He does have 1st round talent and 1st round measurable, and the upside to be a star CB in the NFL. It is still a mystery to me why the Steelers didn’t take more interest in him, and why OTHER teams didn’t take more interest in him (as every team in the NFL passed on him in the 1st round as well).

    I’m not sure I understand your point about Watt not being a “win now” pick. Surely you agree that Harrison cannot play full time minutes this year. Whoever we draft at edge rusher will not only rotate with him this season but also give Dupree a rest on occasions. I see Watt playing at least 50% of the defensive snaps this year. And if either of our starters get hurt, he will take full time snaps.

    Do we need better DB’s to win the Super Bowl this year? … Absolutely … But I truly believe we can still draft a CB and a SS (today on day two) who will help us just about as much as King or Awuzie. And we still might be able to trade up for Awuzie in the mid 2nd.

  • LucasY59

    agree Trade! there were plenty of reasons to do so and of course Colbert has no interest as usual

  • Darth Blount 47

    Story of our lives…

  • LucasY59

    I wanted Obi Melifonwu, there will be good OLBs available at #62 but there will not be a TE like Obi, Josh Jones or Marcus Williams might be there at the Steelers 2nd pick, but I dont think they are quite as good a fit for what the Steelers need (Melifonwu is almost the perfect S/LB hybrid, LB size S (almost CB) speed and coverage, he isnt a big hitter like some LBs, but he is a sure tackler) Obi immediately starts the season as the guy that comes in on passing downs (to rotate with VW)

    I also wanted a TRADE!!! (and am still frustrated since there were definitely options to do so for the 2nd Straight yr!!! and they showed no interest in doing so)

    IF they get on the phone with the browns they could trade for #33 and 108 (I wouldve tried to talk them into swapping #62 for #52 and #135 for #108, getting the earlier picks might be just as valuable as getting a extra pick) and with 33 there are still a lot of good players still on the board they could get Obi with #33 and then they should have a really good shot at a OLB at #52, and having #108 is a good spot since they have extra time to make the decison on the pick (not that the Steelers have a problem with that, same with #33) but it is also a good pick to have to possibly trade (same with #33)

    IF answer the call from the Niners (they could fake interest in Foster as a replacement for Timmons) and get #32 and #111 (I would try and get #109 instead of 111, similar score to what they could get from the clowns) Green Bay probably takes Watt if he is on the board at #33, but like I said they get Melifonwu at #34 and can get a OLB at #62 (or package the comp and #62 to move up a little to get the guy they want)

    I will be really upset if Derek Rivers is still available at #62 (because then they really couldve taken Obi 1st and Rivers 2nd)

    the one way I will be really happy with the Watt pick is if Melifonwu makes it to #62 (and maybe since I wanted Billings last yr there will be some sort of curse/luck that makes him fall that far??? …doubt it)

    I would even be ok with packaging the comp and #62 to move up and maybe even throw in a pick from next yrs draft, to move up and get Obi

    but what Im starting to get worried about is if the Steelers take a QB with the #62 spot (easily double my frustration…if not more, probably a lot more!)

  • LucasY59

    twitter is just as much the problem as the commercials, they did drag it out and if there are three picks in (waiting to be announced) they need to skip some commercials, but if they banned twitter/media leaking the picks, finding out and spoiling the picks wouldnt happen

  • LucasY59

    IF TJ becomes a freak player like his brother then I will put him in that category, but as far as measurables Obi is ELITE and Watt is good but not elite,

    I think TJ could end up as a double digit sack guy and then he is definitely worth the pick and if he becomes a DPOY candidate like JJ then its beyond obvious they made the right pick (will have to wait and see, but I will be keeping my eye on Melifonwu’s career as well, since he was the guy I wanted instead)

  • LucasY59

    Takk just seemed a bit unstabble (or at least not smart enough to understand the situation? reapeating himself multiple times just made him seem like there was something missing upstairs) I like that he had emotion, but being out of control is a concern, I think they take Watt over Takk if both are on the board, so Im not sure they dodged anything, and IF those two are the only two I can choose from, TJ is definitely my choice

  • LucasY59

    with the Bungles getting Ross I think Chidobe would be a good pick (he was pretty successful at stopping Ross this yr) hoping Awuzie, Obi, or Baker (maybe King?) somehow make it to #62

  • Biggie

    Watt was my 1st choice, if not him would have been Secondary. With guys available CB King or Awuzie, S Jones or Obi I guess, but again Watt was my pick all the way. We can go Secondary/ILB with two of three picks tonight I hope.

  • Mark G Hunter

    Explain how Obi Melifonwu is more ELITE than TJ Watts. Because, if 32 other teams passed on him. (And they have WAY more tape than Youtube has) He’s obviously lacking something that these teams are looking for right away. And If he was an elite player he would’ve been a top 10 pick. His combine might have showed elite measurables, however he’s raw but his tape shows his potential. However, I still think he will get selected early today. Actually I wouldn’t mind if the Steelers grabbed him, that’s if he’s still there when they pick again.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I think there’s a pretty reasonable chance that a DB who *could* have been taken in the late first round will fall to the Steelers in the second.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Nah if we took obi In 1, shaheen and 2, there’s still decent depth at edge in Rd 3.

  • Mark G Hunter

    How do you know they won’t double dip for the next LB and select Rivers? That’s If he’s there when they pick next. And they value him more than whichever DB is on the board

  • Mark G Hunter

    He was the safe pick. They did good with the pick. He’s a good athlete. And he’s an OLB, that doesn’t have to be converted. So between picking his brothers, Harrison and Porter’s ear. ( and baring any severe injuries) he should develop into a great player.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Agree on Obi. I would add Bowser to your list and personally would have rolled the dice that either Rivers, Willis, Lawson, or Bowser would still be there. I think there is going to be a run on the abundance of good CB’s and S’s left in the 2nd round. Now I’m hoping none of the edge rushers are left to avoid the hindsight. But I’m still good with the Watt pick as long as they address the secondary position with at least two players.

  • Zach Holzworth

    Harrison had 5 sacks last year and is not the same disruptive force he used to be. wouldn’t it be nice to give him a breather.

  • LucasY59

    Melifonwu’s measurables are ELITE (I didnt say he was a elite player just that he did some things at the combine that had never been seen before)

    to start he is a 6’4″ 220lb Safety (so he has are above average/elite size) and then he did some things at that size that were the best at the position as well, which makes him ELITE in that category IMO, 4.4 forty, 44″ vertical, 141″ broad jump are all very impressive (but like you point out teams dont pick players just by what they do at the combine, so he was not a 1st rd pick, I think he has good enough non measurable skills to make him a good NFL player, and I would be VERY happy if they could get Obi in the 2nd

    Watt has potential to be a ELITE player, but his measurables were not the best at the position (which was the point I was trying to make) so I wouldnt call him a Elite athlete (he is a good enough athlete to be a Elite player, but some of the unmeasurable stuff (skill/technique/instincts) will have to contribute to him becoming a great player)

  • Mark G Hunter

    Sorry. I missed the measurable’s part. I agree with your assessment.

  • Mark G Hunter

    Watt is a football player though. (converted TE and RB, I believe) Most times that trumps all the other stuff. He was the safe pick for them. (I’m cool with the pick) And I see the combined influences of his brothers, Harrison and coach Porter, plus his work ethic, will contribute with him becoming that great player……… One down six to go……..Their gonna get some more pieces for this Defense for sure.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Because he won’t be there. And the CB/S talent is going to be too good to pass up. But they have 2 3rd’s, so anything is possible at 2 if they want to wait till the 3rd for CB. They could surprise and go Shaheen if he falls in the 2nd. But I expect him to be gone as well. The best pick for them in the 2nd will likely be a Safety or CB. But I’m holding out hope for Tyus Bowser or Rivers.

  • LucasY59

    right, I agree Watt is a good player and I am ok with the pick (only way I would be thrilled wouldve been if they couldve traded back and still got him, but obviously that didnt happen) I will support TJ as a Steeler and hope he has a great career (I did the same with Jarvis)

    the one pick I was thrilled with recently was Dupree (he has some elite measurables, and maybe I shouldnt put as much emphasis on that stuff, but I kinda feel like any guy that is good enough to make it to the NFL is probably a good football player, so the athleticism is what can seperate between good and great) Shazier was similar, but a bit of a surprise

  • Mark G Hunter

    Yeah. I think they should go CB/S which ever is higher on THEIR board. But what if it’s a run on corners? Do they trade up for a DB they really want? Or let the draft come to them? And go BPA at position of need. Maybe they are just gonna double dip and pick a Bowser, Rivers or Cunningham @ 2? Today would be the best time for that. (Remember they drafted Timmons and Woodley in the first 2 rounds in 07) Then go get two DB’s with their two 3rd rd picks. Whatever combination of LB/DB picks and players with the next 3 picks would be excellent choices.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Couldn’t disagree more.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Doesn’t matter what coverage scheme you play if you can’t rush the QB. Still plenty of time left to work on the secondary.