Steelers Dream Offseason: (Bit skewed, but could potentially be realistic)
Front Office Pre-Draft Moves:
Resign : Najeh Davenport, Rodney Bailey (Unless Orien Harris is ready), Arnold Harrison(if his knee is ok), Nate Washington, Sean Morey, Tyrone Carter
Max Starks tendered as a 1st rounder or 2nd rounder..
(For this we'll go 2nd)
Free Agents That Make Sense:
*Daniel Graham, Patriots
- Young guy who is a great blocker. He's overshadowed by Ben Watson. With the 2 headed monster of Maroney and Dillon, not to mention Kevin Faulk. With the Pats selection of David Thomas from Texas, it probably means Daniel Graham will be leaving. Not only is he a great blocker, but he has execellent hands. Pittsburghs running into a problem where Danimal Kreider is mainly a power rusher type blocker. In Front of Najeh he's fine, however with a Speedster like Willie, he doesn't have time to open a hole right away. With Graham, we'll give Kreider some breathers and go with a solid 2 TE Sets. We do some of this Now but Tuman is no where near the level Graham is.
- Another young guy with solid blocking skills. I'm sure KC Would be trying hard to sign him so i'm not Sure on this possibility, but if they don't think Willie Colon or Trai Essex are ready, I'm more comfortable with Black than an Unprepared Essex/Colon.
- 4 year player with Texas ties will look good next to Casey Hampton. 6'5 290 lbs. He could come in, Move Keisel back to his backup job on pass rushing downs. This would allow us to lose Bailey to Free Agency, and have a battle between Keisel, Kirschke and Orien Harris for the 2 backup spots. Redding, Hampton and Aaron Smith could Push San Diego for the best 3-4 Dline. Then again, I think The Browns could push to overpay Redding because of Lack of talent on the line, which we don't have to their degree.
Guys that we may look at that affect our draft:
Kawika Mitchell, Ladell Betts.
Free Agents I want:
Adalius Thomas and Kawika Mitchell.
If we Get Mitchell we don't need a future at Farriors Position. Since I doubt the Chiefs will let him go, I won't consider it. I'm also more than Certain many a team will pay more than the steelers are willing for Adalius.
Trade down 10 spots for a 1st and 2nd ( Giants got 1st, 3rd and 4th for moving 7 spots back at the end of round 1).
Get a 4th and 5th from the losses of ARE and Kimo.
1) Jake Long, OT, Michigan
Jake Long is only behind Joe Thomas for Best LT. He possesses monstrous size 6'7/6'8 and 320lbs. He possesses enough athleticism to jump in right away and be solid, not to mention, he is fast enough to pull. From watching him he's shut down alot of the best DE's in the big 10 and beyond. I think he's just as good in run blocking as pass blocking and instantly upgrades the Offensive line.
2a) David Harris, ILB, Michigan - This kid is just a monster inside. He's first round talent. I know people love Patrick Willis, as I do. He's not a 3-4 ILB in my eyes. Buster Davis is undersized. It's one thing to be a small RB, but Buster has trouble with Disengaging from Olineman, and in the 3-4 he'd have to do that on every play and I have a feeling that he'd be very unproductive. David Harris already is at pro size with 6'2 and 250 lbs. Could add some without losing his speed or athleticism. Learning behind James Farrior will really give the Steelers a future monster to rebuild a linebacker core and turn it into the Steel Curtain 2.0. He has a nose for the ball. He is rarely out of position, but when he is he does possess enough natural abillity to make up for it.
2b) Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU - Hines isn't exactly the youngest. We have a good 1-2 punch in Ward/Holmes. However, Ced hasn't done what we had hoped for at #2, So Holmes has #2 almost locked now. Nate Washington could end up being a solid #3, but that leaves us with unproven depth. Sean Morey actually caught a pass this past weekend, As much as I had begged to rid us of him. I'm glad we kept him over Chidi Iwuoma. Willie Reid has played in one game this season and up till then hasn't proved more than he doesn't fumble a punt return/kick return. I have a feeling once he gets healthy he could be a viable #3 option and a great returner. Bowe is too good to pass up. He has solid size at 6'3 220lbs. He's bailed JaMarcus out plenty of times. I think after a few years could be more than capable of being a #1.
2c) Tony Hunt, RB, PSU - I wasn't agreeing with this pick all season, however I think with 3 picks in the 2nd, we certainly should pick him up. There's not many players here that we could grab to make a difference. He could be our 3rd down back. He'd be more than capable for taking over for Verron Haynes who's future is in doubt. I figured a UFA Pickup(LaDell Betts), We got Najeh after the draft, Cedric will be in training camp again. Tony Hunt was a WR coming into PSU, he's 6'2, 230 lbs, doesn't possess breakaway speed, but does maintain great hands, ability to take numerous hits before being tackled. Duce will be cut, and I think Hunt will give us a solid 1-2 punch.
3) Jarvis Moss, DE->OLB, Florida - I understand that he was suspended, no one knows why, to this point it's all speculation. He's 6'6 230lbs amazing Athleticism and plays DE. He could add 20 lbs, not lose speed, be stronger and this guy has an insane vertical. He could be our strongside replacement for Joey Porter. Porter is going to ask for huge contract, and that could cause problems. He's getting pretty old, at this point, if we sign him to a big contract, his play has certainly declined, we're basically going to give him a retirement fund and hope he does well. Does anyone remember what happened to Jason Gildon? We held on too long and he withered under us. I think We'd be wise to trade him, But he's a Cowher guy and I can't see it happening. If he were traded. Moss would have 2-3 years behind James Harrison, whos more than capable of being a monster at OLB in his own defense.
4a) Brian Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri - Lucky for us he got injured. Smith was on par for the all-time Big XII Sack record. He would come in behind Haggans. He would challenge Arnold Harrison or force Cowher (or the new coach) to keep a 5th OLB. He's certainly fast enough to take up space in the pass defense (something Haggans lacks, coverage), but he's a beast. Having The Future Quadro of Moss, Harris, Foote and Smith is quite scary for the future.
4b) Jonathon Wade, CB, Tennessee - He's a hard hittin and extremely fast. Bryant has a lot of trouble covering faster WR's. Little known, but Jonathon Wade is the fastest man in the SEC. He played WR so you know he can catch the ball. Wade runs the 100m in a mere 10.2 seconds. He's seen elite WR's of the SEC.
5a) Ryan Kalil, OC, USC
Centers Fall in draft. Heck Greg Eslinger was the #1 rated center for most of last season and even as the #2 fell to round 6. Kalil is an Athletic Center, but Dan Mozes, Enoka Lucas and Samson Satele could go higher than him, dropping him to us. Kalil comes in. Challenges Okobi, and Marvin Phillip. He could win the job, although I think Okobi Will Start and this will be the second season we carry 3 centers. Okobi has had 2 injuries this season (1 almost life threatening). Phillip is considered undersized. Kalil puts on 10 lbs and he's basically Hartings Size and he could be just as effective.
5b) John Beck, QB, BYU - This Guy is not a game Manager, he's a passing Freak. He could sit behind Charlie Batch and learn the ropes for some time. I've talked to John Beck. He's hoping to go elsewhere because he wants to be a starter (I think He can). He said "Pittsburg would probably not be my top choice, roethlisberger will probably be there awhile, but I would love to give you an interview, just give me your phone number and I will call you when I have some extra time.", He's a really nice guy and the mold of a perfect "Steeler" Guy. However I would hope he goes elsewhere to start. So if I had other QB here? Andre Woodson, Brett Ratliff or Isaiah Stanback.
6) Eric Foster, DT->ILB, Rutgers - Eric possesses tremendous Speed and agility for a defensive lineman. He's 6'3, 265lbs and has had plenty of practice disengaging blocks. He may drop to ILB and pull it off better than Teddy Bruschi.
7) Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE, Hawaii - Ikaika is a big DE. He's 6'6 290 lbs (Almost the same as Cory Redding...) he's played in a 3-4 at DE for two years. I think he can come in and give us a young core of Backups waiting for a shot to start.
QB: Sawyer Smith, Portland State and/or Brett Ratliff, Utah
Both have good arms, have shown pocket presence.
RB: Nate Ilaoa, Hawaii and Jackie Battle, Houston
Ilaoa is 5'8 and is a bowling ball. Hard to be tackled. Battle is 6'1 and is a bruiser.. both are 250 lbs. Give us some bruisers (along with humes back) next season.
FB: Cory Anderson and Brandon Snow
Both are big guys and nimble on their feet. Snow cleared the way for Hunt. Why not.
Chad Schroeder, WR, Texas A&M
Pure Speed, could be our big KR guy.
David Sutton, WR, UTEP
Everyone Talks about Johnnie Lee Higgins. Schroeder is 6'4, 225 lbs. and he's a burner, could be a UDFA Steal.
Paul Thompson, QB/WR, Oklahoma
With Bomar Dismissed, He took over Quarterbacking duties. he's fast, can scramble and I don't think he's as accurate as Randel El Was, but he's also a bigger target.
Charles Myles, Illinois
Tony Volponi, Boise State
Dane Uperesa, Hawaii
Kurt Quarterman, Louisville
Paluani Ma Sun, Oregon
Tyler Kreig, California
Mike Bihl, Michigan
Matt Maddox, Illinois
Loren Howard, Arizona State
Melila Purcell, Hawaii
Matt Toeaina, Oregon
Paul Soliai, Utah
Juan Underwood, Marshall
Louis Leonard, Fresno State
JJ Milan, Nevada
Ramon Guzman, Buffalo
Scott Lee, Houston
Jon Radford, Colorado State
Tony Taylor, Georgia
Nate Harris Louisville
Zach Miles, Kansas State
Jarvis Jackson, Georgia
Kenny Scott, Georgia Tech
Joe Porter, Rutgers
Marcus Hamilton, Virginia
Leonard Peters, Hawaii
Joe Sturdivant, SMU
Curtis Keyes, Marshall