Gerry Dulac: I don't know about the likelihood because Im not sure he will still be available at No. 24 when the Steelers pick, not after the way he performed at the combine. His stock will only go up. But, if I were the GM, provided you didn't have any major questions about him, I'd take him right now because that's what the Steelers need -- a nose tackle who can stuff the middle for the next decade or so like Casey Hampton.
Ken: Gerry, what exactly does Coach Tomlin do at the Combine?
Gerry Dulac: He watches the drills, meets at night with some of the top players they have on their radar and, perhaps, eats at St. Elmo's. Why?
andiamo steelers: When will the axe drop on the other "terminations"? I have to think Kemo is at head of the list. Is there any reason Steelers would not cut him loose?
Gerry Dulac: That will be soon, next week or the week after for sure, and., yes, I would imagine Kemo is at or near the top of the list. With the money he makes, and after being benched last season, why would you bring him back? Depth is a good reason, but not at that price, even if his contract was restructured.
Bill6: So seems like the Redskins will mortgage everything for RGIII at #2. Bad move or good move considering the importance of the QB position in today's NFL.
Gerry Dulac: RG3 is a very impressive athlete and person and I'm not surprised that teams will fall all over themselves to get him, not after the way he wowed everyone at the combine. In this day and age, it is tough to pass up a quality QB, unless you have one, and we all know the Redskins don't have one. I think it's a good move for them.
William: Any other "good cobmine" nose tackles other than Poe in this draft?
Gerry Dulac: Not in the first round. Alameda Ta'amu of Washington could be a nice pick, but he's probably more second round. Big, thick, strong. To me, for such an important position, the Steelers don't go find their future nose tackle in the third round or later. Poe is a little raw and will need some refinement, but he his so thick and powerful and explosive that he reminds of Ndamukong Suh, without the on-field flareups. If you can get, get him.
Jack: Do you think there is some concern in the Steelers' organization about signing Wallace to a huge, cap restrictive, contract because of how he disappeared in the second half of the season and also has been a non-factor in every post-season game that he's played in?
Gerry Dulac: I don't know if concern is the word, but I'm sure they are aware of it...I know I am. But let's understand this about Mike Wallace: He has not flat-lined or had a drop in performance since he came here. He has gotten better and more productive each year, despite defenses trying to stop him. How may receivers or other players can say in years 1-2-3?
JerseySteel: Gerry, if the Steelers don't release Ward in the next few weeks, is he guaranteed a roster spot next year even if a draft choice, undrafted free-agent or a free-agent from another team out peform in training camp and pre-season games?
Gerry Dulac: Probably. I don't think if they decide not to cut Ward he will have to compete for a rostrer spot. If the decision is made not to cut him, it's because the Steelers are doing him a favor and keeping him around for one more year because he is a franchise icon. Competing will have nothing to do with it. If the decision is based on competing and performance, he will be released. And soon.
Adam: How many wins will it take to win the division this year?
Gerry Dulac: One more than Baltimore.
Adam: Accoding to Hensely's AFC North Blog on ESPN, he thinks that the restructuring of contracts will cripple the Steelers in coming years regardless of a huge money influx from new TV contracts. Do you think that in 2013-14, the Steelers will lose their competitiveness when they no longer can sign their own talent?
Gerry Dulac: Look, when it comes to restructuring and contract stuff, the Steelers are among the best, if not the best, in the league. Why do you think they stay competitive all these years, have won 20 division titles and been to three Super Bowls since 2005? They know what they're doing.
WW: Bad scenario: Heath Miller gets goes down for 6 weeks and has trouble with lingering injury. I've got to think a TE is on the radar in the second round with Haley doing analsis as we speak, right? Any TE catch your eye in Indy?
Gerry Dulac: Couldnt agree with you more. They could have a shot at several tight ends in the second round because none are really projected to go in the first round. The kid from Stanford, Coby Fleener, would be perfect -- tall, athletiic, good hands, a Jimmy Graham type who runs deep routes. Orson Charles of Georgia is like a Vernon Davis -- strong, good hands and not a bad blocker. I'm with you, I think tight end is more of a need than people think and I wont be surprised to see them draft one before the fourth round.
Jack Splt: In your opinion any OL likely to be available and worth a 24 pick?
Gerry Dulac: It's possible Cordy Glenn, a guard/tackle from Georgia, could slip out of top 20, but probably not after his combine performance. The Steelers think there are a lot of decent guards in this draft that they could get on the second and third round. I'd be very surprised if they took an offensive lineman on the first round unless someonme significant dropped.
Gerry Dulac: Well, thats all the time we have today, kids!! Thanks for all the questions. See you next week.
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