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    Steelers Notebook: Team likely to look at cornerback early in draft

    Saturday, February 26, 2011
    By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11057/1128204-66.stm


    INDIANAPOLIS -- Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert said the three deepest positions in the NFL draft are cornerback, offensive tackle and wide receiver, which means the Steelers "can get quality at those positions" in the first three rounds.

    Of the three, cornerback is the area the Steelers most likely will target in those rounds, especially the first. And Colbert said there are more good corners because so many teams in college football run the spread offense.

    "Spread offenses are going to be countered with, for lack of a better term, spread defenses, which is three down linemen and five linebackers or three linebackers and two hybrid linebackers/safeties and the secondary. So there's more defensive back types," Colbert said at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    The Steelers had to play a lot of nickel and dime defensive packages late in the regular season and postseason, especially in the Super Bowl against quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' four-wide receiver sets. The Packers repeatedly picked on cornerback Bryant McFadden and also threw to wide receiver Greg Jennings whenever he lined in the slot away from Ike Taylor.

    "You're going to be in nickel or dime more now and going forward, I'm sure, than we were in the past.

    "You're only going to be able to dress four or five corners, so you've got to hope that they're quality and can help you win. You're not going to change the makeup of your team drastically, other than to get the best players that you can."

    Surgery front
    Several other Steelers players have had surgery since the end of the season, including defensive end Nick Eason (ankle) and guard Trai Essex (ankle).

    But, as of right now, one of those not scheduled to have surgery is center Maurkice Pouncey, who missed the Super Bowl with a high ankle sprain and a broken bone in his ankle. Pouncey is healing on schedule and doing well.

    Eason and Essex join wide receiver Hines Ward (thumb, knee), outside linebacker James Harrison (back) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) as players who had surgery after Super Bowl XLV.

    Release time
    Believe it or not, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not lead the NFL in holding the ball too long and creating a sack in 2010.

    According to a report on nflfanhouse.com, Baltimore's Joe Flacco was the king of all NFL quarterbacks for holding the ball a long time, with 25 of his 40 sacks coming when he held the ball for 3.1 seconds or more. That was five more than Roethlisberger (20), who was second.

    That, though, was fine by Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who called the report "interesting."

    "Joe's the kind of guy that can make plays by being creative; that's something we really want him to do," Harbaugh said. "I think Joe's capable of being a creative playmaker quarterback, moving around in the pocket, shrugging off guys. He's a big, strong guy. He's only going to get stronger.

    "He's way more athletic than what you think. He made more of those plays down the stretch. I want to encourage him to make those plays. There's nothing wrong with the way Ben Roethlisberger plays, or Aaron Rodgers. One thing I think we can do is help him a little bit offensively.

    "I don't think we've been a great quick game-type of a team in the last three years with Joe. So, we build that quick game in there a little bit and then obviously the release time is going to be a little bit faster because of the nature of the offense and that will help those numbers."

    Calling the shots
    Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he still hasn't decided if he will call the offensive plays next season, even though he promoted Mike Miller from passing-game coordinator to offensive coordinator.

    Miller, a 1988 graduate of Plum High School, attended Clarion University and earned a masters degree in education from Robert Morris. He was once a public relations intern with the Steelers and Penguins.

    The only year Whisenhunt didn't call the offensive plays was in 2008 when Todd Haley was the offensive coordinator and the Cardinals went to the Super Bowl.

    "It's something I think I've done well for a number of years and I enjoy doing it," Whisenhunt said. "I'm torn between doing what I know I should, as far as letting other guys do it, and what I want to do, which is call the plays. The best way to say it is, to be determined."


    Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com.


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    I think we've said (since McFadden went to Az) that CB was a position that needed attention in a pretty big way. I've not paid much attention to the Combine, since it's really not going to give me too much of a clue - I'll leave that to front office/coaching types and the draftniks. I look forward to the run-up to draft day!
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    I think we've said (since McFadden went to Az) that CB was a position that needed attention in a pretty big way. I've not paid much attention to the Combine, since it's really not going to give me too much of a clue - I'll leave that to front office/coaching types and the draftniks. I look forward to the run-up to draft day!
    I am with you. Unless you watch every college game and follow all the top players I don't know how you could take a guess. Most of these mock drafts are based off of little blurbs and other peoples mocks from around the net. It doesn't mean that much when it come down to draft day. Colbert has a great track record. I am looking forward to finding out which greenhorns we get.

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    Since I have no College allegiance, I'm not an avid follower of their game. I wait for the draft fans to start posting their mocks and then watch the clip reels. To be honest, you could make an argument that, without being a professional scout (yes, that does automatically discount Mike Brown), the apparent differences between NFL and College football can be a randomising effect on draft picks and so it's all a pig-in-a-poke for me.
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    Even pro scouts get it wrong. I am just glad i have hockey to get me by until then.

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    Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Team likely to look at cornerback early in draft

    Because of what Colbert says, I would go for the best DL in #1, because hsi type won't be there later.

    My choice would be Phil Taylor, the massive NT from Baylor; at 6'4", 330 pounds, Hampton can teach him the trade, while Taylor gets playing time in some at DE, too (because he has the size and run stopping ability).

    Next has to be an OT and then CB (noting that successful CBs can be developed), although it would feel good to get one of those 6 footer speed burner CBs in the sceond.

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    Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Team likely to look at cornerback early in draft

    I want O-Line!!! PLEASE Colbert

    And if either the Ravens or Patriots get the other Pouncey I will be sick about it.
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    Because of what Colbert says, I would go for the best DL in #1, because hsi type won't be there later.

    My choice would be Phil Taylor, the massive NT from Baylor; at 6'4", 330 pounds, Hampton can teach him the trade, while Taylor gets playing time in some at DE, too (because he has the size and run stopping ability).

    Next has to be an OT and then CB (noting that successful CBs can be developed), although it would feel good to get one of those 6 footer speed burner CBs in the sceond.
    That's a good point. Casey is getting up there, as well as Smith and even Kiesel. Ziggy steps in but who else?

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    Because of what Colbert says, I would go for the best DL in #1, because hsi type won't be there later.

    My choice would be Phil Taylor, the massive NT from Baylor; at 6'4", 330 pounds, Hampton can teach him the trade, while Taylor gets playing time in some at DE, too (because he has the size and run stopping ability).

    Next has to be an OT and then CB (noting that successful CBs can be developed), although it would feel good to get one of those 6 footer speed burner CBs in the sceond.
    I suppose in theory it is possible to develop db but the Steelers have shown no such skill. I would go early and often db and dl. I think we will be fine OL. They can take like a 4th or 4th rounder.

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    I would go early and often db and dl. I think we will be fine OL. They can take like a 4th or 4th rounder.
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    Fine, just fine and dandy Beezy. Who cares what WYsteel wants...

    Don't worry it doesn't matter what I want either.

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    Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Team likely to look at cornerback early in draft

    Join the "not-very=exclusive-club," but that's what makes these discussions--or any "hot stove" conversations involving Pens, Pirates, or Steelers--so enjoyable.

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    Default Re: Steelers Notebook: Team likely to look at cornerback early in draft

    Here's another from Bleacherreport.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/6...und-mock-draft

    They have us taking Pouncey in the 1st rd, M. Wilkerson, DE Temple in the 2nd and K. Sheppard, ILB, LSU in the 3rd. No CBs.

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