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    The Pittsburgh Steelers must change their defensive

    drafting philosophy I remember in April when the Steelers selected Terrell Edmunds in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. I was disappointed because it followed the very same trend the Steelers have been following in their drafting style for the better part of eight years on defense. Edmunds fits the mold of the super athlete Youth Alejandro Villanueva Jersey,Steelers Alejandro Villanueva Black Jersey , but not the polished football player. Coming out, he tested like a first-round athlete, but his tape surely didnít look like one. I had Edmunds rated as a mid-third-round prospect entering the draft, and I favored such players as Justin Reid, Jessie Bates, and Kyzir White over him. All of these players have one thing in common ó theyíre not supreme athletes, but they are polished football players. They all fit into the scheme in different ways. Reid would give the team much of what Morgan Burnett is right now, that is to say, a versatile defensive back who can play in numerous positions. Bates would give the team a true Free Safety, and there still isnít one on the roster. Sean Davis luckily has played well through the first three weeks, but heís naturally better as a Strong Safety in the box. But theyíve schemed to his range nicely in zones. White would have been an all-purpose DB who could have fit in at money-backer or even at ILB a bit. Edmunds is strictly a Strong Safety who has no versatility outside of some play in the box ó but thatís all on Burnett right now. Edmundsí job was to cover Tight Ends in man coverage, but they didnít employ this in Week 2, even when facing Travis Kelce. So if they ran a ton of zone with Edmunds not even playing 50% of the snaps, what does that say about their first-round pick?For one Youth David DeCastro Jersey,Steelers David DeCastro Black Jersey , heís not ready for the job he was drafted to do. Edmunds has had a rough go of things the first few weeks. David Njoku beat him a ton Week 1, but Tyrod Taylor either didnít see him or Njoku had stone hands. In Week 2, he was fine in coverage but missed three tackles, including one that allowed Kareem Hunt to score a touchdown. Iím not going to jump out and judge Edmunds based on three performances. We knew he was raw and needed work, but will he progress like he should? If we go by past experience, the answer would be ďno.ĒCarnell Lake is gone, but what can we derive from the past picks at DB? Theyíve all been athletes whoíve been pretty raw. The two prime examples of this are Artie Burns and Sean Davis. If we really want to go further back in history, Cortez Allen fits into the mold as well. Burns was a massive reach in the first round after the Bengals took away should-of-been Steeler William Jackson III. Burns simply hasnít developed into what he should be. He might now may be getting benched for Coty Sensabaugh, which isnít the correct call, but it is concerning. They havenít been able to develop him into a real football player. Heís still as raw as heís always been. Sean Davis has been moved around so much I canít even say whether heís good or bad. His rookie season was amazing, but last season he was one of the worst safeties in the NFL. Luckily, it seems his move to FS has worked out well for him. He had a great Week 1 and was easily the best member of the secondary the following week. Allen had a great start to his career but fizzled out too. He was extremely raw to start his career and never really progressed, but great scheming covered up his weaknesses as a younger player. It may only be his second year, but Brian Allen has already been cut and shunned to the practice squad Youth Jordan Berry Jersey,Steelers Jordan Berry Black Jersey , thus showing the experiment of transforming the long, raw, and athletic corner into a polished, top CB has gone awry.Quite frankly, we donít know what happens with a polished DB on the Steelers. The closest thing we have to that is Cam Sutton, and heís played so little thereís not much of a basis for evaluating him. He played well last year when he filled in for Joe Haden, but heís had a rough start to this season. Weíll see how that progresses as the season churns on. At Outside Linebacker, the Steelers have chosen three athletic freaks in Jarvis Jones, Bud Dupree, and T.J. Watt. One of these three differs from the other two. Watt is the exception, not because he actually panned out, but because he was extremely polished and happened to be a great athlete too. Jones and Dupree were raw pass rushers that needed a ton of refinement even to become good players. Dupree has improved in run defense and coverage enough not to be considered a complete miss. Heís an average to slightly below-average player. One thing is for certain, though. His pass-rushing skills havenít changed at all. He plays too tall and his hands are dead on most plays. Jarvis Jones had no redeeming qualities and didnít change at all from the player he was in college. Some of this blame has to fall on Joey Porter, but yet again Youth Chris Boswell Jersey,Steelers Chris Boswell Black Jersey , the polished pass rusher shows to be superior to the athletic, raw ones.A look around the rest of the defense shows you the success of selecting polished players. Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Ryan Shazier, and Vince Williams were all extremely polished players coming out of college. Not surprisingly, they were all big hits. Some might argue Shazier was raw, but his only aspect of rawness was in was the pursuit department. Outside of that, Shazier was polished and probably the best ILB in the draft that year. So, to Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert, and Keith Butler, please change your defensive drafting philosophy. The defensive coaches on this team arenít great developers of raw talent. Keith Butler is a defensive coordinator who lacks schematic understanding. How can the team cover up this deficiency and improve the defense? By drafting polished players. If you really want to make a great defense, you take the polished guys with high ceilings in the early rounds and the more polished guys in the later rounds like Mike Hilton and Vince Williams. This trend of drafting athletic-and-raw is killing the team. They can become play-makers http://www.authenticspittsburghsteel...-foster-jersey , but even the polished guys have that knack. Theyíve got the polished instincts and they create turnovers.Simply put, itís time for a change in Pittsburgh. Start drafting the T.J. Watts of the world rather than the Bud Duprees.Random Thoughts From a Black-and-Gold Mind: Dynamic duos, bad behavior and Cincy week edition Itís Bengals week. Typically a time when tempers flare with the white-hot intensity of a Supreme Court confirmation hearing or the Applebeeís customer base upon hearing that the riblet supply has run out. With all of the noise and bulletin board material rising to a fevered pitch, my black-and-gold brain is swirling with the nervous energy surrounding a pregnancy stick test in a college dorm. As always, I will pass the ravings on to you. But first I should really offer up a pumpkin patch of apologies for what and to who found offense with my thoughts last time out.Walter WhiteRipping on Disney straight-to-video sequelsAdam Westís closetMaking anybody picture Ving Rhames on a jet skiPinkPeaches and HerbThe Burger King Drive ThruAnd now the latest edition of Random Thoughts from a Black-and-Gold Mind.JuJu Smith-Schuster is the ultimate WR2. Pairing him with Antonio Brown is on par with Lennon/McCartney, Ponch/Jon and Zach Morris/AC Slater. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsMike Tomlin, the coach, gets a ton of criticism. Iím not saying itís 100% undeserved. But Mike Tomlin, the human being, is top notch. His involvement in the crusade to combat sex trafficking and his wearing Duquesne garb (to show support to the college after the death of football player Marquis Brown) is a grand indicator of the quality of his character. Memo to Keith Butler: Blitzing the opposing QB does not need to be a limited engagement. It works. And in other news...water is wet, puppies are cute and over exposure to Flo from the Progressive commercials causes seizures.ĎCowboy Bení is back and that isnít necessarily a bad thing. That guy racks up wins like Charlie Sheen racks up tabs with escort services. However, a few months of ĎConsistent Bení would be nice.The Brothers Watt currently lead the NFL with six sacks a piece. That news made me want to call up my brother and chastise him for being the reason our parents are disappointed in us for not leading in any aspect of life. Then I came to a stark realization...I donít have a brother and I need to see a therapist.At this point of the season, Joe Haden could possibly be the most integral part of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Mike Mitchell is back in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. There goes the Steelers stranglehold as the most-penalized team in the NFL.Speaking of Steeler penalties, Iíve seen more discipline at an early-80s high school kegger in Maryland.My crystal ball shows me getting major s#@t for that one.I blame the Bengals for a lot of things like excessive thuggery Youth Jon Bostic Jersey , global warming and the JFK assassination. However, Bud Dupreeís implying that Cincinnati was even remotely responsible for Ryan Shazierís injury last December 4th is ridiculous.Speaking of Budís comments, the war of words for Bengals Week is officially underway and I find myself a little more than mildly entertained.Speaking of Bengals thuggery, does anybody else wonder if LeíVeon Bellís alleged choice to wait until the bye week and after the Steelers play Cincinnati is more than just a co-inkydink?Could it be possible that the media is overthinking the allegations that Antonio Brown threw a vase and furniture out a 14-story window? Maybe he was trying to throw that stuff to himself and, at that moment, inspired his recent ďI canít throw the ball to myselfĒ comments as gospel.And finally,I wonder what Andre Coleman is doing these days.Until next time, I implore you all to offer up $1.29 to the iTune gods and download the ditty that offers hope to the Steelers for the remainder of 2018...Frank Stalloneís Far From Over.Back in the race Iím moviní in Ďcause I am getting closer.Iím digginí inI want it more than anything Iíve wanted.Save me darliníI am down but I am far from over.Save me darliníI am down but I am far from over.Give me somethiníI need it all Ďcause I am runniní overTake that for what itsí worth, Go Steelers and Donít Stop Shalieviní. Custom Oakland Raiders Jerseys

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