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Hey Nick, you forgot Will Johnson when you put together the Steelers final roster. Not only is David Johnson out for the season, Will Johnson has graded out exceptionally well and is in on almost every special teams play. I think that he will be the best undrafted player to sign with the team since Willie Parker. As for your d-line assessment, my opinion is the following: Mclendon is a beast. They should cut Hampton for cap space to sign Wallace (when he does show up) and move Hood inside to nose tackle if Mclendon gets hurt. Hood is still playing with his head too much on the outside, he comes off the ball too high for his height - more like Kiesel and Aaron Smith does/did. Mclendon is two or three inches taller than Hood and plays lower for the entire length of every play - even in outside pursuit. When they go to the "Amoeba" set where Hood plays the nose, he stays low, takes on two blockers, and gets excellent penetration. I think that if they didn't have Heyward playing so much in his head (much like Hood) instead of with his instinct, then Ziggy would be a nose guard already. I would also try Mclendon at end. He fits the physical mold of Smith/Keisel with more height and longer arms for separation with the lower body strength to still get penetration better anyway. I am befuddled as to why this has not happened already.
Finally, at linebacker,I couldn't disagree with you more. Chirs Carter is all kinds of lost in the supermarket. He is not a "one trick pony" ... he is a lost "My Little Pony" (a female child's doll.) Carter is not going to work out if Harrison or Woodley (who needs to lose 15 lbs cause he has lost a step) cannot play - as is currently the situation. James Farrior should start working out with Mike Wallace in Florida because Timmons is inevitably going to have to move outside - again. Evidently, it is harder to play linebacker (or defensive end for that matter) in LeBeau's system than it is to play quarterback in Bruce Arian's offensive scheme seeing as how Andrew Luck picked it up in a matter of 3 weeks and all of our second and third year linebackers (not to mention our two first round pick defensive ends - 2nd and 3rd year) still do not know what they are supposed to do. O.K., Luck did graduate from Stanford ... none-the-less.
Most of all - don't overlook Will Johnson ... I think that he will be around for years to come as the starting full-back for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Peace, Fr. D
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