The Combine still has one more day to go but Mychal Kendricks stole the show for the LBs today. He ran an incredible 4.41 and showcased his remarkable athleticism in the broad jump and vertical. To go along with this great athleticism, Kendricks looked awesome in drills as well. Kendricks came into the combine as a fourth round prospect but should now be considered a second to third round prospect. After the jump see highlights on Kendricks and my updated ILB position rankings. Expect a player profile on Kendricks in the coming weeks.
Hey guys. First of all I would like to apologize for having no posts up this week. I got asked to cover Rutgers football and recruiting for the past few days which has kept me away from the NFL Draft. We will get back to our normal schedule of 2 or so posts per day for the rest of the week. Anyways, without further ado, here are your inside linebacker rankings. Tomorrow I will publish the 3-4 OLB and 4-3 OLB rankings.
1. Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College – Kuechley is a tackling machine that is constantly around the ball. He is instinctive and a great leader and these attributes make up for his lack of athleticism.
2. Donta Hightower, ILB, Alabama – Hightower is not a good athlete but he is an incredible tackler and a very instinctive player.
3. Vontaze Burfict, ILB/OLB, Arizona State – Burfict is the best athlete in this class of LBs but he has major character and ethic concerns.
4. Audie Cole, ILB, N.C. State – Cole is a solid but unspectacular prospect who does everything well but nothing great.
5. Chris Marve, ILB, Vanderbilt – Marve is a very good player who racked up the tackles while at Vanderbilt.
See the rest after the jump
Well since the Steelers lost, my draft coverage will begin now and I will start it off with the Steelers needs for the draft this year. Expect 1 to 2 posts per day four to five days a week all the way through the draft.
Number 1 Need: Offensive Guard
Our guard play was awful all year and it will be tough to win without good guard play. Whether it was Kemoatu, Legursky, Foster, or Essex they all played pretty poorly and an upgrade is needed, possibly two. With our higher draft position I think we might get a chance at the #1 Guard in the draft, David DeCastro and if we do, we should take him. I feel like we will address the guard spot somewhere in rounds 1 to 3 and then again in rounds 5 to 7.
After the jump see needs #2 through 7
Note: Even though it foucuses on the Pittsburgh Steelers, this is worth the read for Non-Steelers fans as well because it gives some insight into draft stock and some minor details on over 20 prospects (25 to be exact).
This is a draft piece focusing on key players of the Pittsburgh Steelers that will likely be retiring soon (within the next two years). I will first talk about the player who is retiring soon, then mention a possible 2012 replacement and a possible 2013 draft replacement. Or I will mention if the replacement is already possibly on the team.
Note: Make sure you have time to read all of it as it is a little over 2000 words.