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« Reply #20 on: Feb 11, 2009 at 06:35 »

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Is now an OK time for me to criticize Colbert and the other decisionmakers regarding our O-line picks in the draft the past couple years?  Wasn't Essex a 3rd round pick?  Wasn't Hills a 3rd round pick?  Am I wrong for expecting third round O-line picks to be starting in year 2 or 3, especially with the weak line this team has?  Kemo I think was round 5 or 6, so maybe a pass there.  Starks I think was a 3rd or 4th.

Is NOW an OK time???  You're about two years late!!!  But please, criticize away!

Go back to some of Finny's data, and you'll see that our average draft position for Oline is something like lower round 4, and that's over the last 10 years.  We are more than past time to get something done about this.

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« Reply #21 on: Feb 11, 2009 at 12:03 »

Tough to criticize a GM after two straight division titles and a Super Bowl Preach...superficiall y, people say we're nuts to do so.  I bet some people in Detroit would break our kneecaps for criticizing a GM with Colbert's record.  I asked if now was ok or if I had to wait until the O-line issues REALLY cost us.

I remember Finny's post, but it dealt more with WHEN we take O-linemen, more so than who we've taken and what they've done.  Let's face it, we hope 6th and 7th rounders develop into sound ST contributors and spot starters when injuries necessitate them seeing time.  If they get cut, no one's going to lose sleep over it.  We expect 3rd rounders to start pretty early.  Not seeing it with Essex and not much good news reported on Hills this year.  If Kemo is a bust, we wasted a 6th round pick.  If Essex and/or Hills bust, we wasted 3rd round picks.  Big difference.
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« Reply #22 on: Feb 11, 2009 at 12:42 »

Bam, I generally agree.  Colbert has more to commend than damn, and the results bear that out.  Though we, as fans, demand nothing less than excellence because we don't want the last Super Bowl win, but rather greedily, the next.

Yes, my breakdown was of when we took OL: in what year, and in what round.  So the point of that was that we've not invested in OL in any substantial way in the past decade.  IMO, the old draft demarcation (day 1 = R1-3) more clearly identified top talent.  Some case can be made for grabbing the talent that slipped through the cracks at R4.  Beyond that, you're gambling.  We've seemingly gambled better on UDFA talent than, say, R4 and later. 

But, not counting comps, you have 30 "day 1" talent picks available per decade.  Of 22 starters, offense and defense, 5 are OL, or about 22.7% of your starters.  Not that we should apply a formula to who we pick and when, but just applying that same percentage to 30 day 1 picks would say that we would likely have drafted 7 (6.8, actually) OL in R1-3.  Of course, free agents come in to play (Hartings was a big plus), but I would unscientifically argue that we've lost more OL than gained via free agency.

So, our last 10 years actually had 31 R1-3 picks, which would still say we should have invested 7 picks in the OL, which is to say we value the OT exactly as much, say, as a TE, which is a whole other discussion.  In descending order of investment:

1. WR (6; 19.35%) - Troy Edwards (1), Plaxico Burress (1), Antwaan Randle El (2), Willie Reid (3), Santonio Holmes (1), Limas Sweed (2).  With three first rounders and two second rounders, we've invested more heavily in WR than even LB.
1 (tie). LB (6; 19.35%) - Joey Porter (3), Kendrell Bell (2), Alonzo Jackson (2), LaMarr Woodley (2), Lawrence Timmons (1), Bruce Davis (3).  LB rises only of late, with Tomlin's 3 picks.
3. S (4; 12.90%) - Scott Shields (2), Chris Hope (3), Troy Polamalu (1) Anthony Smith (3).
3 (tie). OT (4; 12.90%) - Kris Farris (3), Marvel Smith (2), Max Starks (3), Trai Essex (3).  Mostly third rounders.
5. CB (3; 9.68%) - Hank Poteat (3), Ricardo Colclough (2), Bryant McFadden (2).
6. RB (2; 6.45%) - Amos Zereoue (3), Rashard Mendenhall (1).
6 (tie). TE (2; 6.45%) - Heath Miller (1), Matt Spaeth (3).
6 (tie). NT (2; 6.45%) - Kendrick Clancy (3), Casey Hampton (1).
9. G (1; 3.23%) - Kendall Simmons (1).
9 (tie). QB (1; 3.23%) - Ben Roethlisberger (1).

So, that's 4 OTs and 1 G, or 5 total.  Am I splitting hairs then?  since dumb luck distribution should say that we'd only use 7 top picks?  Well, not if you believe that you build a team through the draft, and you start with the lines.  You can start to parse this further by weighting those rounds, and by subjectively grading out duds.
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« Reply #23 on: Feb 11, 2009 at 12:57 »

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So, that's 4 OTs and 1 G, or 5 total.  Am I splitting hairs then?  since dumb luck distribution should say that we'd only use 7 top picks?  Well, not if you believe that you build a team through the draft, and you start with the lines.  You can start to parse this further by weighting those rounds, and by subjectively grading out duds.

What Finny said. 

I am not criticizing Colbert's overall performance.  He's made good moves and bad ones, good picks and bad picks.  But I am critical of his decisions regarding the particular area of offensive line; and, to some degree, defensive line.

I used to think that OL drafting and free agent selection were not all that important, that you could select any schmuck with size, strength and a little athleticism, then develop that person into a good OL.  Then, I watched what happened when Jamaine Stephens took over for the departed John Jackson.  My views changed.  Dramatically.

I now believe that you build good teams from the inside-out.  From that perspective, Colbert has not done a great job.  We won this year in spite of our OL, not because of them.  And we thankfully got away with a lack of DL depth because Eason improved and we stayed relatively healthy.
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« Reply #24 on: Feb 11, 2009 at 13:04 »

Damnit, I had a saved post about the direct correlation between their lack of top OL draft picks and the O-line's demise in the last 10 years or so, but I can't friggin' find it.  Think it might be another Invision move victim.

Shit.

Anyway, long and short of it, when this group was considered "elite," they had something like 3 or 4 R1 picks.  No coincidence that as those players aged, retired and/or got cut and they were replaced with band-aid solutions, the quality of the group has deteriorated accordingly.

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« Reply #25 on: Feb 11, 2009 at 13:33 »

Just for the geek factor, I took all the draft picks from the past 10 years and broke them out by groups, then added up the values of when they were selected (using the standard draft value chart).  By this rendering, Fred Gibson flunking out is only a 41 point gamble lost, and Keisel being a late R7 doesn't cost us anything in terms of real investment.  (I added OLB and ILB together; if you break them out, it's pretty close to an even numerical split.)

Here then is where we've really invested in the past decade; the only argument for this method would be the law of diminishing returns, which would have each year lose some point value (we don't have anyone starting from the '99 class except Aaron Smith).  The counter-argument would be that most players take a year, two years, even three years to come up to any kind of value, so you'd have to weight each year's point total on some utterly subjective Bell curve.  And, ya know, fuck that, I did enough with the value chart thingey.

WR   Pts.
Sweed   370
Baker   0
Reid   120
Gibson   41
Randle El   284
Mays   10.6
Taylor   4.2
Burress   1400
Farmer   88
Edwards   1150
Johnson   25
   3492.8

LB   Pts.
Davis   150
Humpal   16.2
Timmons   1050
Woodley   440
Wallace   25
Adibi   33.5
Jackson   310
Foote   44
Bell   510
Knight   18.6
Haggans   37.5
Porter   225
Kelsay   3.8
   2863.6

S   Pts.
Mundy   13.8
Smith   175
Polamalu   1000
Hope   124
Shields   310
   1622.8

QB   Pts.
Dixon   29
Jacobs   25.8
Roethlisberger   1250
St. Pierre   26.2
Martin   26.2
   1357.2

OT   Pts.
Hills   42
Colon   41
Essex   128
Starks   215
Lacy   20.6
Nkwenti   72
Smith   520
Farris   220
   1258.6

NT/DT   Pts.
Taylor   6.6
Hampton   875
Clancy   230
Dingle   5.8
   1117.4

CB   Pts.
Gay   23.4
McFadden   284
Colclough   520
Taylor   47
Glover   6.6
Poteat   205
   1086

RB/FB   Pts.
Mendenhall   760
Humes   0
Herron   0
Wall   0
Haynes   25
Zereoue   120
   905

TE   Pts.
Spaeth   205
Davis   24.6
Miller   620
Kranchick   0
Gavadza   9.8
Tuman   38
   897.4

OG/C   Pts.
Stephenson   29
Philip   11
Kemoeatu   9.8
Caylor   12.6
Simmons   620
Okobi   33
   715.4

DE   Pts.
McBean   40
Harris   39.5
Nua   0
Keisel   0
Bailey   19
Combs   22.2
Smith   76
   196.7

P/PK   Pts.
Sepulveda   70
Brown    0
   70

We've put a lot into WR, some might argue to compensate for Kordell and Maddox; we've gotten better return on a heavy LB investment.  IOL and DE are obviously hurting, and IMO the importance of OTs cannot be understated.  We've invested more in safeties than tackles, which is great when you have a Polamalu... the rest on that list... well, Hope was OK.  Point being, I think OT has been undervalued.  Not that you compensate purely on some formulation like this, but it shows the lacunae.
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« Reply #26 on: Feb 11, 2009 at 15:02 »

I don't see SH listed with the WR draft picks. Throwing in his 1st round pick would further distance the WR's.
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« Reply #27 on: Feb 11, 2009 at 15:16 »

I don't see SH listed with the WR draft picks. Throwing in his 1st round pick would further distance the WR's.

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« Reply #28 on: Feb 12, 2009 at 06:48 »

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Keisel being a late R7 doesn't cost us anything in terms of real investment

We got Keisel in round 7???  Da-nang, forgot that.

What a steal.
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