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We won't draft a TE until day three!!!!!!

Discussion in 'The Bill Nunn Draft Room' started by cajunyankee, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. cajunyankee

    cajunyankee Well-Known Member

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    Don't Look for the Steelers to draft a TE Before RD 4......

    Why you Say?

    Despite the retirement of Miller ( who we All Love ) and his lost production we can easily replace it with our short passing game and all our weapons at WR.......... FB is a weapon we will better utilize in the passsing game and don't forget we have spaeth for blocking ( a key to our run game ) and they really like Jesse James, and Grimble......

    Also remember Pass defense will be a key in this draft...... AND that doesn't just mean secondary help in Safety ( FS and/or SS ) and CB but also Pass rush....... Pressuring the QB is Key in pass defense and James is OLD, this will be his last season IF he even plays this year.

    Now Pittsburgh's BPA philosophy could pose a problem if Henry reaches us in the 2nd rd.

    Cajun
     
  2. NY STEELERFAN

    NY STEELERFAN Well-Known Member

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    That won't hurt my feelings any cause that is right about where the guy I want should be picked......
     
  3. Blast Furnace

    Blast Furnace Staff Member Mod Team

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    Well, they have met with some guys projected to go early, rds 1 & 2, so Im guessing that if the board unfolds in such a way and these guys are sitting there, they will take one.

    My guess is they will take a TE by rd 3. Maybe Hooper in Rd 2 or Morgan in rd 3. Morgan resembles Heath the most, great blocking and sure hands. I'd be happy with that pick. While I like Hooper a lot, just more important needs to be addressing rds 1 & 2.
     
  4. turtle

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    Yes, and his name is Beau Sandland, Montana St.
     
  5. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    what they do with will johnson and grimble may say a lot. grimble is a good receiving TE. james is a good receiving TE. will johnson is too. nix is a help in the blocking game and he will probably get better as a receiver. spaeth staying healthy is a concern but he is really an under used pass catcher too. he filled in a few years ago when heath was out and caught passes just fine for us, plus his blocking. none are heath but none are first rounders either. i don't see us getting one early but we may in the 7th. i could see it being an early pick next year though. :cool:
     
  6. steelersrule6

    steelersrule6 Well-Known Member

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    Does it mean we will be drafting another Rob Blanchflower type TE :shrug: in the 7th rd?
     
  7. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    maybe, or maybe a guy that turns out like beachum. :cool:
     
  8. Blast Furnace

    Blast Furnace Staff Member Mod Team

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    Our next TE is going to be 6'3 303lbs :eek:
     
  9. thesteeldeal

    thesteeldeal Well-Known Member

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    I'd say LaQuan McGowan would fill the bill....:smiley1:
     
  10. Wardismvp

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    Lets hope not, The TE position in the current Steeler offense
    will need to produce in 60-70 range/season. To take pressure off of AB/Bell,
    Granted it may take 3 bodies to do this.
    But a TE that can play will be really needed in this draft. This should be a third rd
    selection this year.It is that important since Heath retired.
     
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  11. freakfontana

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    what about a free agent ? l.greeen from sd or allen from indi ? or even ben watson
     
  12. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    would you want to tackle that running free down the seam? :lolol::cool:
     
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  13. jeh1856

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    Eric Green was 6'-5" 290

    I'm not looking to replace Heath's production. His production had dropped so I would hope we would want improved production. A Gronk would be nice. With our O-Line improving, the TE can now release more. This opens up the receivers and we know what can happen when they are open. Toss in Bell with the short passes and this is turning into a great offense.

    Now all we need is a few more midget CB's who can play 10 yards off.
     
  14. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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    the o-line improved production was helped by good blocking RB's and TE help. :smiley1::cool:
     
  15. NY STEELERFAN

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    I love how we all think Heaths production has dropped:

    2012 15gp 71rec 101trg 816yds
    2013 14gp 51rec 75trg 593yds
    2014 16gp 66rec 88trg 593yds
    2015 15gp 60rec 81trg 535yds

    the last 3 years we had more weapons then ever so take that into account. With that said I agree with the Gronk statement and that is why I am high on Higbee, this kid could open the field. imo
     
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  16. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

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  17. Blast Furnace

    Blast Furnace Staff Member Mod Team

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    For me, I feel the drop off in Heaths game came in YAC. He wasn't the same player in that regards.
     
  18. jeh1856

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    This very well true. But this line isn't far from being able to handle the duties without the TEs help. Still need the RB to pick up the blitz.
     
  19. jeh1856

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    Good point
     
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  20. NY STEELERFAN

    NY STEELERFAN Well-Known Member

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    True but I think that was cause his speed dropped right off, he still had good production imo.
     
  21. Steel_Elvis

    Steel_Elvis Staff Member Mod Team

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    Wait a second... I just read Tyler Higbee being indirectly compared to Gronk, a man who may be the most complete TE to ever play the game. Is there film on this kid that I'm not finding?
     
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  22. NY STEELERFAN

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    No no no by no means did I mean he would put up Gronk numbers I meant he was going to be that type of te. A pass catcher, is what I meant.
     
  23. Wardismvp

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    Thank you Mac, some people fail to remember this, meaning the TE does not get out
    into a pass pattern. VERY IMPORTANT.
     
  24. Steel_Elvis

    Steel_Elvis Staff Member Mod Team

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    Understood, but the point is that Gronk isn't just a receiving TE, he's a monster blocker at the point of attack as well. With Gronk, the receiving vs. blocking tradeoff that exists with most pass catching TEs simply doesn't exist. You can have him on the field in any situation, and a defense has to account for him as both as a blocker and receiver on every play, and has to make sure that the defensive personnel grouping that they put on the field is appropriate for both running and passing situations (obviously down and distance dependent). You don't get that with a 240 lb. WR/TE hybrid. Gronk is a better WR than any of those 240 lb. hybrids, AND a better blocker than most teams' run blocking specialist TEs. I'd love to have a "Gronk," but have very little interest in a 240 lb. hybrid unless he's truly the next Graham, and even then the 240 lb. hybrid is really just taking away from what we do with our WRs.
     
  25. NY STEELERFAN

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    Yeah I know but Gronk is really known as a receiver 1st, the casual fan don't know or don't care that Gronk even blocks. What they know is this dude catches balls, and a lot for TD's. Where I am going with Higbee is he is out of that mold. He can catch the ball and his size/hands may allow him to be a very good redzone target as well as James. The other thing is watch his game film, the game vs Indiana and watch his block on the td run...I posted the link in one of these threads. This kid misses on some block as well but he engages a lot and I feel could turn into a 4th round gem. Anyways my point is he is no Gronk but who is? What I see on this kid is a player who catches everything and blocks, and with a 4th round grade I will take it. jmo
     

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