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 Post subject: Kiper Mock 2.0
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:54 am 
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*Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

Vander Esch is a name I continue to hear for the end of the first round. I expect him to put up strong numbers at the combine. At 6-4, 240, he has the versatility to play outside linebacker, but I think his best fit is as an inside 'backer in a 3-4. He's a physical run-stopper who can defend tight ends and running backs -- he had three interceptions in 2017. Inside linebacker is an obvious need for the Steelers, who will have to replace Ryan Shazier. This is also a spot where I could see a team trading up to grab Louisville quarterback and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, who I think will be the fifth QB off the board.


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 Post subject: Re: Kiper Mock 2.0
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Not a bigtime impact player IMO>


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 Post subject: Re: Kiper Mock 2.0
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:13 am 
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I'd be good with this. I think by the time the draft rolls around, he will be a definite first rounder. Kiper is right, he is going to blow up the combine.

I also like option 2 in his analysis of trading back for a team that wants Lamar Jackson.


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 Post subject: Re: Kiper Mock 2.0
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:25 pm 
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Shazier blew up the combine. I do not think LVEblows up the combine. I do think he makes far fewer false steps than either Smith or Evans. He is quick to read and react.

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 Post subject: Re: Kiper Mock 2.0
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I've seen mock after mock 9'ers and Raiduhs both taking ILB's. Smith and Edmunds off the board in the top 10. Can't explain it but that's what guys are mocking right now. I've even seen a mock that had the Steelers taking RB Guice @ 28 passing on Derwin James who goes to the vikes. Even if Bell doesn't sign no fucking way am I even looking at RB till second day. James would be grand larceny. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300000 ... on-barkley

IMO Vander Esch is a solid 2nd RND'er even after his combine. Reading up on him, he is not known to be that athletically gifted. His gifts are motor and football savvy. Which IMO make him a perfect end of the 2nd RND pick somewhere around 60. :mrgreen: If he's drafted in the 1st RND I will be surprised. This draft is going to have runs on secondary and QB in the 1st RND, I'm thinking. Unusually deep corner and safety draft this year. DLine is also deep as is RB. As usual qb needy teams will reach for their 'franchise' as to be expected. JMO

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 Post subject: Re: Kiper Mock 2.0
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LVE is a baller. Whether he's worth a 1st round pick is a different question. Whether he fits the Steelers, yet another.

Even what the Steelers are really looking for in LBs is somewhat of an open question. I think we'll know more once pro days start and we see where Colbert/Tomlin go.

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 Post subject: Re: Kiper Mock 2.0
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He impressed me in coverage. good awareness of zones, Many will probably consider him a ham -n-egger

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I really like this player for the Steelers. Paired with Matakevich, I think we'd be pretty solid through the middle for the foreseeable future.


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R S wrote:
He impressed me in coverage. good awareness of zones, Many will probably consider him a ham -n-egger

I don't. I think he's going to test well and he can cover.

He scored over 70 TDs... in his senior year of H.S. = FOOTBALL PLAYER.

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