What position/player would you like to see the Steelers draft?

@ugachaka (297)
United States
January 9, 2007 10:07pm CST
So it's official, we have the 15th overall pick in the draft. Towards the end of the season, I was just hoping that we'd lose and get it over with and end up with a better pick in the draft since the playoffs were out of the question. I think that our biggest need right now would be a cornerback. I was always dumbfounded when people referred to Ike Taylor as one of the best corners in the league. Even Deshea and McFadden leave a lot to be desired. I'd love to see Pittsburgh have a true shutdown corner again. Haven't really had confidence in our secondary since the Rod Woodson/Carnell Lake days. There will be a lot of talent at that position in this years draft with Leon Hall (Michigan) and Darelle Revis (Pitt). I also think we could use some help on the offensive line. A bigtime tackle to pair with Faneca on the left side would be my wet dream come true. Max Starks has never impressed me. Contrary to what a lot of the national media thinks, we are not in dire need of a big time back. Najeh did a great job in a small role this year, and I hope to see him be used as more of a change of pace back next year. We could use a true short yardage back, but you don't need to waste a 1st round pick to get a 250 pounder that can get a yard. I highly doubt we'll go for a pass catcher for the 3rd year in a row. We'll never really have a Randy Moss-esque reciever because Ben isn't accurate deep down the field. He's more of a short passer, which works well with the mistake-free, control-the-clock offense that the Steelers try to run. Your thoughts questions and concerns are welcome. I've been checking homemade mock drafts for months (long before we had any idea what the draft order would be) but it's more frustrating than anything. Most people have no idea what we need. Steelers have no real glaring holes and people keep saying we need a linebacker or d-lineman because we're getting too old at those positions. And then there's the people who think we still need to replace Randel El, Von Olhaufen and Bettis...
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@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Well I'm with the people who say we need to replace Randle El.. A slash player-- Trickery works well for us. Flea flicker or snapping the ball to Randle El and him being QB-- and also receiver. We need this. Losing him was a big mistkae.. I think with Willie Parker we're ok.. We do not need to draft a qb... Be nice to pick up a backup through a trade though- Possibly Jeff Garcia-- I hear he is a free agent this year. I think defense would be great... Secondary.. I would love to see the Burgh defense back-- where other teams feared our defense... Alot of teams walked all over us this year.
• United States
25 Jan 07
I though we would have gotten someone to replace El last year. I was hoping for Michael Robinson out of PSU, but I guess that didn't work out. I haven't looked into QB/WR tweeners this year at all. I would, however, like to draft a QB somewhere in the late rounds, just to compete for a job. Of course, that really didn't work out well last year either.
@ugachaka (297)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I liked Omar Jacobs a hell of a lot more than St. Pierre but I think they just kept him on because of experience. Michael Robinson was available and I wish they would have given him a shot. He ended up being a free agent signing for SF.
• United States
27 Jan 07
He did and he didn't do too bad when Gore was out. But I think because of the new coach, they will go D for more of the draft than expected. Im guessing a LB in the first, maybe P. Willis?
• United States
14 Jan 07
I'd like to see them go after the best fullback in college. Exactly what they should've done when they let Jerome Bettis go into retirement. The Steelers should have been looking for someone to replace him. The key to success is to repeat success. Replace the "Bus" with another big and fast fullback.
• United States
20 Jan 07
They do have a good shot at getting a big bruiser-type back this year. Michael Bush of Louisville is coming out, and I really like him. Also, they have Leanord of Rutgers and Tony Hunt of PSU. All three are big backs, each with their own different styles.
@ugachaka (297)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I was praying they'd Michael Bush but I think they feel fairly comfortable at running back. He was a top 5 rated quarterback going into college so he opens up some trick play ability. Fullback isn't a bad option, but probably not worth a first round pick. Kreider only has another season or two in him and it would be nice to get someone who can do more than just clear a hole.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
They may think we're set at running back, but I still don't like Willie Parker, atleast without a bruiser-type change of pace back. I agree a fullback would be nice to get, which is why I like Brian Leanord. He won't go in the 1st round anyway, more like late 2nd or early third. Him or Bush would be wonderful, but I don't consider it a 1st round need.
@Chapman15 (1503)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Dude, why are you so worried about the draft, it weems like you'd want to find a coach first!
@ugachaka (297)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Final coach interview will take place today. We'd be done by now but they have to interview a minority candidate or face a league fine. 90% chance it will end up being Whisenhunt, 100% if the Rooneys are willing to fork over enough money to compete with other teams, but they don't believe in paying a coach more than 4 mill a year. Both Grimm and Whisenhunt have said they'd like to stay on as Steelers assistant coachs if one or the other gets hired. I'm not at all worried about the head coaching position. We'll probably have a final decision in a couple days.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
With the recent Florida Gators BCS Bowl Win, It would be very nice to see Tim Teabow several years down the road drafted by, or end up on the Steelers squad through a trade. I believe with the coaching staff of the Steelers, there will be some certain fundamentals that will stick around, even with the legendary coach Cower leaving. I hope he enjoys his retirement, because he deserves it. Tim Teabow would be the perfect all around offensive player that the Steelers could add into some trick plays, and pick up where Randle El left off.