PDA

View Full Version : Craig Steltz - possible OLB?


Big_Pete
03-27-2008, 08:18 PM
Craig Steltz is a solid college safety, but doesn't seem to have the speed or athleticism to play safety in the NFL.

He is currently around 6-1, 213 lbs; He could likely bulk add 10-20 lbs without losing speed (much like Wesley Woodyard did).

Steltz is a good tackler and is very good in run support and special teams.

Could Steltz be a reasonable OLB?

art vandelay
03-27-2008, 08:21 PM
I don't see why you would play him there when he's an above average safety prospect. His size is good for a SS. Are you concerned with his speed?

regoob2
03-27-2008, 08:23 PM
Why does every physical SS have to be moved to OLB. No, he should at no point play LB.

toonsterwu
03-27-2008, 08:34 PM
I actually don't think Steltz's frame can handle that much more good weight.

Paranoidmoonduck
03-27-2008, 09:55 PM
I'd agree that Steltz's frame looks pretty maxed out. I don't really think he's anywhere near as physical as a safety needs to be to make the move a possibility.

nhlkdog411
03-27-2008, 11:10 PM
didn't he run in like the 4.5s?????thats plenty good for an in the box safety

Scott Wright
03-27-2008, 11:30 PM
He's a safety.

Steltz is a much better athlete than he is given credit for.

energizerbunny
03-27-2008, 11:35 PM
I would be surprised if Steltz didn't end up starting for a team in a couple years, IMO he is going to make a very good strong saftey down the line

AllDayFootball724
03-28-2008, 12:03 AM
just because Brian Urlacher got moved there doesn't mean every big safety that runs a slow forty ends up a safety.

Paranoidmoonduck
03-28-2008, 12:17 AM
I don't really think that Steltz should even be called an in the box safety. Almost all of his plays are made down the field, including the occasional big shot he gets in. He isn't anywhere near the force within ten yards of the LOS that LaRon Landry was at LSU.

LonghornsLegend
03-28-2008, 12:22 AM
He has great instincts out there, and plays with alot of heart...He's the type of guy that wont impress you on paper or at the combines but when he gets in camp he is going to be one of the hardest workers and end up earning himself a starting role...All that other offseason stuff doesnt even matter anymore once camp starts.

GermanSaint
03-28-2008, 02:03 AM
if you want to press him in the LB role , why not a WLB in the Cover 2 ? otherwise i do not know a scheme were he best fits

Abaddon
03-28-2008, 03:45 AM
Even then, he's a better Cover-2 SS than Cover-2 WILL.

eaglesalltheway
03-28-2008, 06:45 AM
Even then, he's a better Cover-2 SS than Cover-2 WILL.

Agreed......

Staubach12
03-28-2008, 11:15 AM
He's a safety.

Steltz is a much better athlete than he is given credit for.

Thank you. Steltz is underrated as a safety.

DanteXavier
03-28-2008, 02:11 PM
Thank you. Steltz is underrated as a safety.

Agreed.

1234

etk
03-28-2008, 02:19 PM
No flippin chance he plays LB. He's nothing more than a backup strong safety, get over it.

I don't see him as an "in-the-box safety" either. He gets trucked a lot in run support and he doesn't contain very well. His best fit would be in a Cover 2 where his instincts, decent range and hitting would be best suited.

I_C_DeadPeople
03-28-2008, 02:46 PM
Why does every physical SS have to be moved to OLB. No, he should at no point play LB.

For the same reason that every undersized LB is said to be moving to SS?:rolleyes:

YAYareaRB
03-28-2008, 02:52 PM
For the same reason that every undersized LB is said to be moving to SS?:rolleyes:

Never heard of this type? Any examples?

etk
03-28-2008, 03:01 PM
Never heard of this type? Any examples?

Chad Nkang, Will Herring....I can't think of any examples that are more than just special teamers.

P-L
03-28-2008, 03:13 PM
Chad Nkang, Will Herring....I can't think of any examples that are more than just special teamers.
Michael Boulware was a LB at Florida State. I know he started in Seattle for a bit before being dealt to the Texans. No idea if he's still starting or not.

etk
03-28-2008, 03:16 PM
Michael Boulware was a LB at Florida State. I know he started in Seattle for a bit before being dealt to the Texans. No idea if he's still starting or not.

I thought of him but I wasn't sure if he played LB or SS at FSU. Isn't he back at LB now? Thanks for clarifying.

Seanhawk
03-28-2008, 03:19 PM
I thought of him but I wasn't sure if he played LB or SS at FSU. Isn't he back at LB now? Thanks for clarifying.

Nope, the Vikings just signed him as a back-up safety.

keylime_5
03-28-2008, 03:19 PM
Most safeties who move to linebacker are just big physical strong safeties who can't cover worth a darn. Only a couple ever successfully play OLB in the NFL. Cato June is probably one of the most well known that is active right now. Steltz will never play LB in the NFL, and if he did he'd get physically dominated up front in ever aspect of the word.

YAYareaRB
03-28-2008, 03:20 PM
Who would you all compare Steltz too?

Seanhawk
03-28-2008, 03:21 PM
Chad Nkang, Will Herring....I can't think of any examples that are more than just special teamers.

Actually Herring played safety in college didn't he? He's playing LB for the Seahawks now, but like you said, nothing more than a special teamer.

YAYareaRB
03-28-2008, 03:23 PM
For the other way around Thomas Davis played S at Georgia but now plays LB for the Panthers I believe.

keylime_5
03-28-2008, 03:28 PM
Yeah Thomas played safety in college, but he also played LB too, and the guy is like 6-3/230. It works for some guys.