Saturday, March 29, 2008

Bad Choice, New Name

It seems as though the Steelers have been chasing down -- or at least trying to -- via the draft, oh since Lynn Swann and John Stallworth departed.

Who among us will ever forget the first round debacle that was Troy Edwards? Or the third round choice of Georgia's Fred Gibson? The choices of Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes notwithstanding, the Steelers have a dubious history of choosing wide outs in the early rounds.

Now comes a new mock draft, this one from Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times (and please take a look at this before Sam Zell destroys what was once a great newspaper), that identifies another wide out that the Steelers should choose.

In this mock draft Mr. Farmer suggests Oklahoma wide out Malcolm Kelly be the next name in the crap shoot that is first round wide out choices. However, if the Steelers choose this young man it may represent the biggest crap shoot of all -- he did not work out at the NFL Combine, and according to Oklahoma Sooners Blog he did not work out at the OU Pro Day March 12th, and is not expected to work out until April 9th.

On the other hand, according to Mr. Kelly is 6'4" tall and weighs 214 pounds -- certainly qualifying as the big receiver that Ben Roethlisberger longs for. In his three seasons at Oklahoma he caught 144 passes for 2,285 yards, and 21 touchdowns. In 2007 Mr. Kelly was #2 on the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions.

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