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« Reply #20 on: Sep 10, 2009 at 12:02 »

Really, not much has changed from my comments in our '08 Draft Review thread.

Kinda interesting day, eh boys and girls??

As much as I was in favor of J.Stew at 1.23, I'm kinda ambivalent towards Mendenhall.  BPA, clearly, but I'm hoping that his draft stock dropping isn't a validation of my concerns about him. 

IMO, Stewart and Mendenhall aren't that close.  In fact, I'd put Stewart much, much closer to McFad than Mendenhall to him.  Personally, in the few games I saw, Mendenhall didn't impress as a "get the tough yards" kinda guy.  I thought that for his size, he went down a little too easy at times.  Similar to the perceived knock on McFadden.  That's probably the main reason why I much preferred Stewart.

Still, considering the players that were available, I can't really argue with the pick.  It gives Pittsburgh some quality depth at RB for a change, instead of a warm body here or there that they hope blows up.

He's just not a "tough runner," IMO.  Guys classified as such, don't usually go down at first contact.  He does. 

He's fortunate he was a R1 pick because that forces the team to give him an even bigger benefit of the doubt.  If he was a mid to late round selection, he'd be fighting like a bastard to make the final 53 man.

Hope he turns it on, becomes a monster and proves me wrong, obv.
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 10, 2009 at 12:24 »

Really, not much has changed from my comments in our '08 Draft Review thread.

Kinda interesting day, eh boys and girls??

As much as I was in favor of J.Stew at 1.23, I'm kinda ambivalent towards Mendenhall.  BPA, clearly, but I'm hoping that his draft stock dropping isn't a validation of my concerns about him. 

IMO, Stewart and Mendenhall aren't that close.  In fact, I'd put Stewart much, much closer to McFad than Mendenhall to him.  Personally, in the few games I saw, Mendenhall didn't impress as a "get the tough yards" kinda guy.  I thought that for his size, he went down a little too easy at times.  Similar to the perceived knock on McFadden.  That's probably the main reason why I much preferred Stewart.

Still, considering the players that were available, I can't really argue with the pick.  It gives Pittsburgh some quality depth at RB for a change, instead of a warm body here or there that they hope blows up.

He's just not a "tough runner," IMO.  Guys classified as such, don't usually go down at first contact.  He does. 

He's fortunate he was a R1 pick because that forces the team to give him an even bigger benefit of the doubt.  If he was a mid to late round selection, he'd be fighting like a bastard to make the final 53 man.

Hope he turns it on, becomes a monster and proves me wrong, obv.

Put Mendy behind that Panthers line and Gimp Stew behind ours.

Chicken.  Egg.
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 10, 2009 at 12:31 »

Really, not much has changed from my comments in our '08 Draft Review thread.

Kinda interesting day, eh boys and girls??

As much as I was in favor of J.Stew at 1.23, I'm kinda ambivalent towards Mendenhall.  BPA, clearly, but I'm hoping that his draft stock dropping isn't a validation of my concerns about him. 

IMO, Stewart and Mendenhall aren't that close.  In fact, I'd put Stewart much, much closer to McFad than Mendenhall to him.  Personally, in the few games I saw, Mendenhall didn't impress as a "get the tough yards" kinda guy.  I thought that for his size, he went down a little too easy at times.  Similar to the perceived knock on McFadden.  That's probably the main reason why I much preferred Stewart.

Still, considering the players that were available, I can't really argue with the pick.  It gives Pittsburgh some quality depth at RB for a change, instead of a warm body here or there that they hope blows up.

He's just not a "tough runner," IMO.  Guys classified as such, don't usually go down at first contact.  He does. 

He's fortunate he was a R1 pick because that forces the team to give him an even bigger benefit of the doubt.  If he was a mid to late round selection, he'd be fighting like a bastard to make the final 53 man.

Hope he turns it on, becomes a monster and proves me wrong, obv.

I with ya AJ. I hope Mendenhall proves me wrong too. Not saying isn't tough, cause he is in the NFL, but he seems very hesitant to the hole. And with our O-Line, that hole isn't there long Smiley Maybe it is just getting adjusted, he is still a rookie after all, even if he was in for a couple games last year.
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