Sunday, April 27, 2008

All the Things I Love

Every now-and-again things just work out.

So it is that in the third round of the NFL draft the Pittsburgh Steelers selected a terrific defensive end, UCLA's Bruce Davis. Though fans of the Steelers may be leery of a Bruin selection (who can forget the disaster that was Danny Farmer), Mr. Davis is a high-energy, non-stop impact player. A leader on the Bruins' defense (the same group that limited USC to seven points in the 2006 game), his performance in the Las Vegas Bowl was amazing for its intensity from beginning to end.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network projects Mr. Davis as an outside linebacker (think a faster, stronger Joey Porter), and Ourlads Scouting Service agrees saying that he "[c]overs a lot of ground in pursuit . . . [g]ood chase speed and flashes a burst in the pass rush . . . [d]isruptive in his play."

While he has a great deal to learn about playing the linebacker position this is a player who can contribute immediately on special teams.

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