Monday, 23 May 2011

Several Steelers Players To Join Ben Roethlisberger For Workouts Next Week

Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed told me this morning in an interview that he will likely be traveling to Pittsburgh this upcoming week to workout with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a few other Steelers players at an undisclosed location. Sweed says he is always glad to see they text messages and emails from Ben and is ready to get back to work. He went on say that it seems like he has been sitting out a lifetime on the sideline. He is ready for the lockout to be over and show everyone what he is made of. Sweed told me has been busy this offseason working out at the University of Texas with some former college teammates and says he is back 110%. He also believes he is faster than he was before suffering the Achilles injury last June that cost him the entire 2010 season.

You can hear the entire interview with Sweed from this morning in the next episode of the Terrible Podcast that will be recorded early next week. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast feed and the iTunes feed so you are alerted the moment it is released.

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Steelers Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
2nd- Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida
3rd- Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
4th- Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel
5th- Chris Carter, OLB, Fresno State
6th- Keith Williams, OG, Nebraska
7th- Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech

Synopsis: The Steelers have always shown reliable players along their front seven on defense, but haven’t been able to find consistency in the secondary the past few years. With the possible loss of Ike Taylor it was important for the Steelers to address the cornerback position. Adding an offensive lineman who could step in immediately at either right or left tackle was also a goal.

Best Selection: Cameron Heyward. Heyward won’t have a hard time adjusting to his responsibilities in Pittsburgh, as he played a lot of the 5-technique position at Ohio State.
Heyward will immediately contribute in rotation with Brett Keisel and Ziggy Wood.

Biggest Risk: None. As usual the Steelers didn’t reach for needs and selected players that exhibit the on-field character they look for.

Sleeper: Chris Carter. If Carter was two inches taller he would be a 1st round pick. He’s a natural pass rusher with great balance who flashes explosiveness off the snap. He led Fresno State with 11 sacks last season, but could’ve had 20. He was in the backfield regularly.

Grade: B

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Report: Steelers To Have Pre Draft Visit With San Diego St. WR Vincent Brown

Adam Caplan of reported via Twitter that the Steelers are expected to have San Diego St. wide receiver Vincent Brown in for a pre draft visit tomorrow. Brown measured in at 5 foot 11 and 1/4 at the NFL Combine where he had a rough showing. He had hoped to run the 40 in the 4.4 or low 4.5 range, but instead ran in the high 4.6, low 4.7 range and his draft stock dropped because of it. He improved his time to the high 4.5 range at his Pro Day in late March. Brown is currently projected as a mid round draft pick later this month.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Steelers Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – DE Da’Quan Bowers

Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson, 6’4 280

Position Ranking: #1

Strengths: Has the size, strength, and technique to be effective at either right end or left end. Plays with good functional strength while extending arms quickly at the snap to lock-out the defender, shed, and make plays on the ball carrier in run support. Very consistent and strong against the run. Has the athleticism to be a very effective pass rusher. Powerful off the ball and can drive the defender into the pocket and disrupt the passing game. Very savvy in his pass rush, will use timing and deception to set his defender up by releasing slowly off the snap, then quickly bursting inside to beat the defender and make a play on the quarterback- athleticism and footwork make this possible. Throws his body around, and will dive to make the tackle away from his frame. Sound, wrap-up tackler. Plays with good intensity and aggression. Good instincts and can anticipate the snap count.

Needs Improvement: Doesn’t show the suddenness off the edge to be able to win the corner consistently at the next level. Has tight hips in space. Pass rush is reliant on power and doesn’t show much variety. Quickness and technique slow down as the game wears on. Better technique against the run than pass. Won’t always give a fighting effort on double teams. Didn’t show he could drop into coverage or consistently rush from a standup position. Questionable if he can become a 3-4 linebacker.

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Monday, 11 April 2011

Steelers Gab 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report – S Rahim Moore

Rahim Moore, S, UCLA, 6’1 195

Position Ranking: #3

Strengths: A good athlete who plays light on his feet. Shows smooth footwork in his backpedal and changing direction; looks natural moving in reverse. Fluid in his overall movements with good agility. Capable of playing center field (cover 1) and has enough speed and range to get to the outside.

Played plenty of cover 2 and spent most of his time on the back end. Breaks down quickly in space to make proper technique tackles. Solid coverage awareness and has a good enough understanding of routes to put himself in position to make a play on the football. Voted team captain by peers and visibly encourages his teammates throughout the game. Well respected in the locker room and takes responsibility when the defense plays subpar.

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Steelers Not High on Taking Players from Texas?

The Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers may be a little hesitant to draft players from the Univ of Texas.

Might the Steelers’ experience drafting University of Texas players cause them to pass on cornerbacks Aaron Williams and/or Curtis Brown this year? Williams is a big, tough corner at 6 feet, 205 pounds and rated either third, fourth or fifth in the draft at his position (if Colorado’s Jimmy Smith plunges into the second round for various reasons). Brown is considered strictly a second-rounder.

Two Longhorns drafted by them in the 2008 season have done little in three seasons — wide receiver Limas Sweed, their second-round pick, and tackle Tony Hills, drafted on the fourth round. They have had great success with Casey Hampton, but he came from a different Texas culture when they drafted him in the first round in 2001. Another veteran Texas player, Jonathan Scott, helped save them at left tackle last season.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Report: Tennessee WR Denarius Moore To Have Pre Draft Visit With Steelers

Another receiver quite possibly could be headed to the South Side for a pre draft visit with the Steelers as Adam Caplan is also reporting that Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore has a scheduled visit with the Steelers this week. Moore measured in at the NFL Combine at 5 foot 11 and a half and weighed 194 pounds. He ran his 40 in the low 4.4 range, recorded a 36 inch vertical jump and a 9 foot 10 inch broad jump. He is currently projected as a 3rd or 4th round draft pick later this month. In his final season with the Volunteers, Moore caught 47 passes for 981 yards and scored 9 touchdowns. In four seasons he caught 112 passes for 2004 yards and 18 total touchdowns. He is described as a vertically explosive receiver with a wide catching radius.

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