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Old 10-16-2012, 03:37 PM    (permalink
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS GM HINES DISCUSSES 2013 NFL DRAFT CLASS


On first pick Jackson Jeffocat:

Quick, aggressive pass rusher. Was the number 2 player on our board. Excited to have Jackson join our defense. Believe he is a difference maker.


On second pick Shawn Williams:

Physical safety who can also play over the top. We like his body of work. Can play FS, but we are starting him at SS. We believe he's a Pro Bowl type talent and are excited to have him learn from Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu.

On third pick Montee Ball:

Was a Heisman finalist for a reason. We believe he has everything you want in a starting RB. We still have great backs like Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, but as a whole, our running game needs improved. Ball brings that type of talent to our backfield and we are excited to have him.


On fourth pick Bruce Taylor:

We've like Bruce for quite some time now, dating back to when we were watching Jason Worilds. What stands out to us is that he's the total package. He can play the run, rush the passer, and fall back in coverage. With the possibility of losing Larry Foote and the uncertainty of Sean Spence's injury, we felt the need to improve our depth.


Overall draft thoughts:

Overall I feel we hit our biggest needs in this draft. We needed to get younger and better on the defensive side of the football and felt that Jackson, Shawn, and Bruce all do that. With a talent like Montee sitting there in the third, we had to take him. Overall we feel we became a lot better football team in this draft.
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Patriots draft QB Jones, WR Swope in fourth round


Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones was a surprising pick in the fourth round

The Patriots spent their duo of fourth-round picks today on offensive players, selecting Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope with the 123rd and 125th picks of the draft, respectively. Excerpts from Bill Belichick's press conference are below:

On selecting Landry Jones after drafting Ryan Mallett in the third round of the 2011 draft:

This decision was entirely unrelated to [Ryan Mallett]; we just thought Landry was a good value at that point. We carried two quarterbacks in 2012, but we've gone with three in the past. Obviously Jones has good size [6'4", 220], started up there for four years, has a strong arm. We'll see how he does; the first step will be coming in ready to work, ready to get in the film room and learn the playbook.

On Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope and New England's rationale for selecting him:

He played inside and outside over there [at Texas A&M], ran a lot of different routes for them. He was productive in a couple of different schemes there, runs hard after the catch, contributes on special teams. We're pretty deep at wide receiver so he'll have to come in and compete for a spot. Obviously with him and [Cobi] Hamilton, we wanted to get a little bit younger over at receiver; they can do some different things.

On drafting four offensive players with their first five draft picks:

That's just how it ended up going this year; Last year we drafted six or seven guys on defense, so we have a lot of younger guys on that side of the ball. Offensively, we rely on a lot of our veterans: [Tom] Brady, [Logan] Mankins, [Wes] Welker and [Brandon] Lloyd. We're always looking to get better in any way possible and this year that just happened to involve drafting on offense.
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Cardinals Continue To Rebuild Offense, Release RB Wells



After the selection of Tennessee QB Tyler Bray in the late 1st both head coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves promised that the Cardinals were not done with that side of the football. In the 2nd round Arizona selected Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher who many scouts believed would go in the 1st round possibly even top 20. Fisher will be given every chance to earn a starting spot at LT sliding Levi Brown back to his more natural RT position, upgrading both spots at once.

Taking a detour from rebuilding the offense Graves jumped at the chance to snatch USC CB Nickell Robey. Robey has been simply a pure shutdown CB though out his collegiate career, while his size may potentially limit him the corners pure skills and athleticism are near unmatched. Due to the nature of the NFL today most teams run predominantly nickel defenses and this is where he should truly thrive.

Going back to the offensive side of the ball in the 4th the Cardinals surprised many by selecting RB Mike Gillislee out of Florida. The Cardinals had selected RB Ryan Williams in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft and Beanie Wells in the 1st back in 2009, who was released following the selection. While Gillislee is most known for his north-south running style, he is also an excellent pass protector, special teams player, and receiver.


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