Saturday, April 28, 2007

Steelers address defense in first and second rounds

First round: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State. We were hoping the Steelers would be able to trade down and still get Timmons, but perhaps no other team would cooperate.

Second round: Another defensive player; LaMarr Woodley, DE, Michigan.

Third round: In something of a surprise, the Steelers selected a TE: Matt Spaeth, Minnesota.

Feel free to post your comments about today's draft picks...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a big fan of what the Steelers did today with there first two picks. Should of tried to trade up to get Willis or Reeves and should of address other postions in the second. We basically got two players at the same postions when we need to address CB or OL. Hopefully we do better or hopefully I am wrong

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Carriker wasn't available-missed by 2 spots. Timmons was expected. Thought that Kalil the Center from USC would have been better in Rnd 2. Also was tempted by Brian Leonard. Should be interesting to see where they go next.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im pretty happy with the first round so far...... Certainly filled some of our defensive needs...... Would like to see a big back in the third round.... not sure what people think, but the Bush kid from Louisville might be a steal (if healthy)

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Peter said...

I agree with the Bush pick in the 3rd round....could be a steal!!! Antonio Pittman is still there too. Does anyone know how much 4-3 the steelers will play next year? I heard different stories, but the draft choices certainly fit the 4-3 more than the 3-4 which I've come to love.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you get it! The Steelers are still committed to a 3-4 next year. The line backers they selected are typical for a 3-4 scheme. They still need help in the secondary and another OL. Nothing impressive so far...........

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see them taking either Hunt from Penn State or Pittman from Ohio State -- if either are still around when they pick in the 3rd round.
But then again, they'll probably pick a QB, because that's not an area of need -- just like the Woodley pick.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why in the world did the Stillers draft a TE? It's about the 8th most pressing need on the team. We need an OL and a DB much more than a TE. BAD PICK in Rd 3.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Plankwalker said...

I think this draft has been awful. Timmons is too small to play OLB in a 3-4 defense. His athleticism will be hampered by his lack of technique from playing in FSU's undisciplined scheme. Woodley is a tweener DE who has never dropped in coverage and did nothing except torch Levi Brown in one game last year. Spaeth is a nice player but they already have a good TE that they don't throw the ball to.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous dreadfully in OH said...

I'm O.K. with 1st 2 picks, but what the $@##$ was the TE pick??? Other than SS & QB , TE is the last position I expeted an early round pick. But hey they kid replaced Utecht when he got hurt sr. yr. I thought sure they would go RB and I love Michael Bush. I believe he is the biggest back in draft and he's extremely athletic. He was a QB when he came to college. Hunt is now gone. But maybe Bush will still be there in rd 4. 2 -4s & 2 -5s that is where Steelers make their mark. Tomorrow will be good.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Holy crap I am losing faith in the moves management. The moves made in the offseason scare the living hell out of me as a Steelers fan.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why take a TE in the third....we don't even use Heath Miller??

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Browns offensive coordinator
Ken anderson QB coach
then TE in 3rd round
Priceless!! This shouldn't be a mastercard commercial!!@@##$$$%
This is going to be a long transition from Bill to Tomlin
Not sure what the HeLL he is thinking!!!!

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible 3rd round......
NO Need for TE!!!! RB or guard to replace Faneca!!! I have no faith in this draft!

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cant see Timmons holding up against the average AFC-North RB types in a 3-4 system for 16 games.

A TE what for. Ben seldom throws to a TE and you already got one last year.

You need CBs /S and OL people more than a TE.

Given their remaining picks they could take Bush and Pittman in round 4. If they are both available then they should get them both. Pittman first and Bush second.

Pittman is healther.

They still need at least one WR and there are several hanging out their.

Roy Hall from OSU has the size, speed and blocking skills and he may be available in the 5th round. He is a David Boston clone.

If Troy Smith is still available in round six they should grab for the value player of the QB possibles.

GO Steelers.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the heck is Colbert And Tomlin thinking? A TE in the 3rd when they have more pressing needs. Have they forgot about Miller. They must have because been never throws to him anyway. They need a CB and a big Running back. Hopefully better 4th & 5th rounds to come.

11:19 PM  
Anonymous steeldunk said...

Timmons is a good pick. Great motor. He'll push for a starting position this year.

Have to agree the TE pick in the 3rd is a puzzler. Steelers must have thought Spaeth was just too good to pass up. Guess we'll see, but to me that's a high pick for a guy who is destined to be a special teamer.

They have a raft of picks today, but still have a lot of holes to fill: OL, RB, DL to start with. Let's hope draft team has a plan.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if they convert Matt to a guard? Bulk him up and boom you just got a 6'7" guy over 300 lbs on your line. "Chilmaster holding the fort down in Cincy territory"

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether you like the picks or not, still quality picks. Good athletes that will certainly contribute somewhere. Woodley good because he can possibly play both 3-4 or 4-3. Keep you guessing by keeping same person on the field. I am pretty sure Harrison will be a good replacement for Porter, but Timmons being picked as another rusher and makes things competitive. I thought the drafted good so far. Still four more rounds to go. Talk to you all after the draft. Monuel (

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

weak choices all the way around. the worse two picks are the 1st and 3rd. to choose a guy in the 1st that will not be an impact player is wrong. the guy only has one year experience but yet, will throw him into one of the most complicated defensive schemes.
the tight end move was just stupid especially when you have heath miller. maybe they just wanted a guy that blocks ? does this guy block well ?
why didn't they just ask huey richardson to rejoin the team. with the weak choice of picking our head coach to now these three picks, the steelers are using a backhoe to dig their hole.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Steelers had zero OLB depth after Harrison (who is yet unproven, but has some experience) and Haggans (who is in the final year of his contract). I can understand some of the concern over OL and CB, but really, there is depth already on the team at both positions. I guess I don't understand spending a premium pick on a CB or an OL who may or may not be as good as players already on your roster when you know you are hurting at OLB.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tomlin is a bum! This draft has been pretty terrible. The first two rounds I can live with but, the 3rd and 4th rounds have been horrible! Trading up for a punter?!

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone even gone to the Steelers site to read the press conferences with Tomlin and the coaches about each pick? I didn't like the Timmons pick until I read how they plan to utilize him and NO he won't be thrown to the Wolves. Everyone has been moaning for years about how we don't have enough LB depth and Tomlin & Colbert go out and build depth for the most important position in the 3-4 and some of you are moaning?!! Arians plans to use 3 TE schemes now and they needed a 3rd guy to free up Heath who can also be a short range receiving threat. Although, I will admit that they could've gotten this guy with a 4th or possibly 5th round pick. By the Way, Tomlin emphatically told the media after the Timmons pick that James Harrison (who is almost an inch shorter than Timmons and only 4 lbs. heavier) that Harrison is their starter @ ROLB and they are a 3-4 team. What I can see is they've picked high motor Football players in Timmons, Woodley, McBean and Stephenson (Guard from Rutgers).

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first 3 picks all seem indicative to changes brought by the new coaching staff, so I don't really have a problem w/the first three. I like picking the punter in the 4th b/c Chris is approaching 80 and field position is an often overlooked area. I would have liked to see them draft a running back to help Willie out. But who knows, they were able to find him after the draft, so maybe they'll be able to find another.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TE...bad choice. we should have drafted troy smith in the late 4th or 5th and use him as a kordell stewart or antwaan randle el..he wouldve been great for trick plays if we moved him 2 reciever

12:45 PM  

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