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« on: Apr 24, 2007 at 12:12 »

I was thinking about teams that would be interested in the never-popular trade up.  Trading up to 15 is a lot better than trading into the top-10, in terms of rookie contracts, and like Peter King said, teams seem down on the R1 talent -- if there are truly 17 guys who carry R1 grades, then teams may want to trade up to be part of that.  Of course, we know that a R1 draft grade translates to, well, nothing.  It's not a predictor of actual football talent, just assumed value.

Anyway, the most likely target for an up team would be, IMO, Lynch.  RB is thin, especially at the top, and Lynch is the only guy who might be around for about 6 teams to target.  If the Bills somehow pass on him, I can see lots of teams calling KC.

One I think would be very likely: the Tiki-less NYGs.  Save the Brandon Jacobs hype, he looks to me like a very good "2" in a 1-2 punch.  Don't forget, we dealth with the Giants last year to get Holmes, and I can see us wheeling and dealing again.  (Not saying prior trades mean we have favorites, but, for example, I don't see us dealing with AFCN teams, or probably the Raiders; there are teams we likely downgrade due to competition or insane owners.)

Here's how it goes down: our 1.15 + 3.77 for their 1.20, 2.51, and 6.189.  It's the most likely trade scenario if we do deal with NYG, and gives us not much loss in R1, and upgrades our R3 to a nice R2.  The R6 is a bonus.

And while the talk of trading Faneca to AZ seems mostly fan- and writer-based, who knows?  KC didn't dismiss it out of hand at the PC, and in fact I think losing Porter for zero return still lingers distastefully.  So, we could pull a rare draft-day trade of Faneca for their R2, and if we're smart, get a 2008 R3 thrown into the mix.  

That would give us 11 picks, so at some point I'd assume we might deal a day 2 pick to move up.  Best scenario, use the 4.119 to move up 5 or 6 from one of our three R2 picks, if we're locked into a guy.  Otherwise, 11 shakes out this way:

1.20 (NYG)
2.38 (AZ)
2.46
2.51 (NYG)

4.119
4.132 ©
5.156
5.170 ©
6.189 (NYG)
6.192
7.227

It wouldn't surprise me to see the NYG scenario happen, maybe less likely is the AZ.  But let's say I wouldn't be utterly shocked.

At 1.20, they could certainly take one of the OLBs, a CB, or even Zeirlein's man-love, Staley.  I'd assume we'd use one of the three R2 picks on a top OG.  Another IOL for OC (if Mahan moves to OG) or OG (if Mahan sticks at OC).  Probably a top RB or WR.  

Just using the team visits as a template:

1.20 (NYG) - Timmons, OLB
2.38 (AZ) - Sidney Rice, WR
2.46 - Antonio Pittman, RB
2.51 (NYG) - Ryan Harris, OG (listed at OT, but could move inside to LG)

4.119 - Anthony Waters, ILB
4.132 © - Brian Robison, OLB (played at DE)
5.156 - Dan Sepulveda, P
5.170 © - Ryan McBean, DE (played at DT)
6.189 (NYG) - Allen Barbre, OG (played at OT)
6.192 - Roderick Rogers, CB/S
7.227 - Cody Boyd, TE
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 24, 2007 at 13:35 »

peter king's article made me think the exact same thing -- if there are only 17 or so guys who really grade out as first-rounders, that could make our #15 a sought-after pick.

in fact, i have no doubt that it will. it all depends, of course, on how 1-14 shake out. the steelers could face a situation in which the top players left may not fill our biggest needs, which would make us willing trade partners.

for example, say there's a run on the D-linemen and LBs, and Levi Brown is gone. sure, we could just pick the next guy on our list of needs (Spencer, Grubbs), but that would be a reach. those players would be available later.

or, we could pick a top-tier player at a position of lesser need: Lynch, Meachem, or one of the CBs, Revis or Hall.

If any of those guys are still around, there are plenty of teams in the bottom half of round 1 who would love a chance to get a potential star at RB, WR, or CB. PLENTY. we would have no shortage of trading partners, I think.

In the end, this draft is going to be a win-win for us. Either Levi Brown or a top defensive front 7 talent falls to us, or we get to trade down and collect picks and build back the depth. the other option, of course, is that we land a potential star at rb, cb, or wr, and while these aren't our most urgent needs, landing a guy with a good chance of becoming an impact guy is never a bad thing with a round one pick.

My prediction: we're trading down, to somewhere in the mid-20s, and we're picking Spencer or Grubbs/Blalock/Staley.

but it's going to be interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 24, 2007 at 15:26 »

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It wouldn't surprise me to see the NYG scenario happen, maybe less likely is the AZ.  But let's say I wouldn't be utterly shocked.

At 1.20, they could certainly take one of the OLBs, a CB, or even Zeirlein's man-love, Staley.  I'd assume we'd use one of the three R2 picks on a top OG.  Another IOL for OC (if Mahan moves to OG) or OG (if Mahan sticks at OC).  Probably a top RB or WR.  

Just using the team visits as a template:

1.20 (NYG) - Timmons, OLB
2.38 (AZ) - Sidney Rice, WR
2.46 - Antonio Pittman, RB
2.51 (NYG) - Ryan Harris, OG (listed at OT, but could move inside to LG)

4.119 - Anthony Waters, ILB
4.132
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 24, 2007 at 15:54 »

Splat, I like your mock much better than mine.  I was simply trying to use only known visits, and oddly, we've used none on IOL.  Also, as for Timmons, I'd much rather have Revis, but sometimes get the feeling they really like Timmons.  

If your draft came to pass, I'd be stoked.  
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 24, 2007 at 16:36 »

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Splat, I like your mock much better than mine.  I was simply trying to use only known visits, and oddly, we've used none on IOL.  Also, as for Timmons, I'd much rather have Revis, but sometimes get the feeling they really like Timmons. 

If your draft came to pass, I'd be stoked.
I like splat's draft, too.  You get a good skill guy with the first pick and beef up the lines with 3 picks in rd 2.  Add a WR and RB in the 4th and a bunch of depth projects for the rest of day two.
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« Reply #5 on: Apr 24, 2007 at 17:29 »

I really beileve that Timmons is our guy.. and NYG wants him 2.. so a trade with them, i dont see happening.
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 24, 2007 at 18:00 »

I used to believe Timmons was what we wanted.. After reading what I have about him I just cant see us burning a 1st rounder on him... They believe alot of James Harrison.. and so do I..I see the linebacker we want coming in the 2nd or 3rd..We dont need an immediate impact LB.. We need some who we can groom behind Harrison for some years. Hell James could be a gem..1st rounders are meant to be immediate impact players.. like Santonio and Heath...I still either like Revis or trading down and taking a CB 1st or out of the 1st all together..Just can't wait till Saturday to see it all go down
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 24, 2007 at 21:29 »

WHo knows, maybe Tomlin is going to be one of the draft gurus of the new millenium (*sp).  i wouldnt mind seeing him pulling furry fucking rabbits out of his hat if the end result was the draft scenerio like i depicted.

Even if they go with Timmons round one, there damn well better be a CB selected on day 1.  Im not as confident as some with the secondary that we have in place.  And i guess the demise of one Ricky Ricardo have been greatly exaggerated.  the fucker is still here..wtf..i thought he quit.  did he pull a Costanza or something hoping everyone would forget he quit?  fucker!  anyway, i would be geeked if we selected either Revis or hall and even a Houston to a lesser extent round 1.

its all a pipe dream...i didnt stretch on too far down the depth charts on the selections.  i gather they are either +/- 5 spots for the latter round selections.

we desperately need help at OLB, but that crop of "top" tiered OLBs leaves alot to be desired if you asked me.
 
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 24, 2007 at 21:37 »

i have a question just because ive never paid attention to it in the past:

Finny, you mocked out in this thread based on visits, do the Steelers in their recent history stick to guys they have had visits with prior to the draft or is it a mixed bag of visits/non-visits?  in other words, because we didnt visit a player, does that mean we arent interested?
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 25, 2007 at 07:33 »

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i have a question just because ive never paid attention to it in the past:

Finny, you mocked out in this thread based on visits, do the Steelers in their recent history stick to guys they have had visits with prior to the draft or is it a mixed bag of visits/non-visits?  in other words, because we didnt visit a player, does that mean we arent interested?
Without any real way to back it up, I'd say it is a mixed bag.  IMO, you don't bring a guy in you have no interest in, which is why the guys like Rogers and Bliss seem odd visits; of course, maybe Colbert's dedicating more due diligence to day 2.

But you gotta figure guys on our list are also players other teams want.  And even if they visit, they may not be the top players on our board at a given spot.  There might just be unanswered questions.

Still, one thing the visits spell out pretty clearly: draft day intentions.  We're definitely looking at a bunch of OLB guys, CBs, WRs.  Not much IOL, curiously, though a few tackles -- maybe my theory of Mahan at center and a rookie tackle pushing Colon inside holds H2O after all.
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