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    Makes perfect sense. Teams draft back up quarterbacks all the time. I can't think of an occasion when a team that has an established back up drafts a guy for the purpose of developing him into a back up. Dobbs is a back up to the back up.

    It doesn't matter who is available now as a back up, because the Steelers don't need a back up; they already have one. However, if you want to deal in hypotheticals, Ryan Fitzpatrick would have been a solid signing. They simply could have kept Zach Mettenberger.

    What is ridiculous is all the Landry Jones hate. He is the back up, as evidence by the contract he received. He's only appeared in 16 games, starting 4. They won two of those games. How can he be held responsible for 1-3 losses a year?

    Using a 4th round pick to select a QB whose ceiling is being a backup, when they could have selected any number of players that could be contributors this year, most notably George Kittle, is more than a bad idea.

    Why? What is a bigger threat to this teams championship aspirations over the next 1-3 years - lack of a dominant TE (assuming Kittle develops into that) or the annual 3 game shit show that happens when Roethlisberger gets hurt, Jones stinks, Ben rushes back, the team loses a few it should win, etc?

    Then the other later round TE hopefuls (Hodges and Sprinkle) come at the cost of Allen. Again, what is going to be more impactful for the franchise? A TE or a man cover DB?

    I don't know why everyone is evaluating the Dobbs pick as some sort of failure because he is not likely to develop into a "franchise" guy. If he develops into one of the most dependable back-up QBs in the league -- how is that a "bad" 4th round pick?

    What team drafts a guy to develop into becoming a back up? Landry Jones is an adequate back up, and will continue to serve in that role for the foreseeable future. Because the third QB doesn't get any snaps in practice, how is Dobbs supposed to develop anyway? The selection of Dobbs was as idiotic as the selection of Jones in 2013. Adequate back up quarterbacks are easy to find in free agency. There was no need to draft one in 2013 or this year.…54-45b9-9427-7c1c17d35eec

    Former 7th round pick of the Falcons. Has the size. Camp fodder or legitimate chance to make the team?
    Here's the list of tackles on the roster:

    71 Feiler, Matt OL 6-6 330 24 1 Bloomsburg (PA)
    76 Milton, Keavon OL 6-4 320 26 2 Louisiana-Monroe
    77 Gilbert, Marcus OT 6-6 330 29 7 Florida
    65 Hawkins, Jerald OT 6-6 305 23 2 LSU
    69 Mihalik, Brian OT 6-9 302 24 2 Boston College
    78 Villanueva, Alejandro OT 6-9 320 28 3 Army

    Rodgers, Jake T 6-6 320 25 1 Eastern Washington

    Here's my prediction for the 53-man roster. Draft picks italicized & bolded; UDFAs underlined & bolded. Off-season free agent signings in red.

    I see the potential for some significant roster turnover, with six of eight draft choices making the roster, along with UDFA Scott Orndoff making the team. Add in off-season acquisitions Knile Davis, Tyson Alualu, Justin Hunter, and Coty Sensabaugh, and what I see as possible new additions at defensive line, ILB, and safety, and the potential exists for 14 new faces, which represents a 25% roster turnover rate from last year.

    I see Justin Hunter as no lock to make the roster. There will be a battle for the final defensive line spot, as well as at inside linebacker. Both L.T. Walton and Ricardo Mathews are not locks; neither is L.J. Fort. Anthony Chickillo has some work to do as well. Senquez Golson remains a question mark, but barring another injury, I think he makes the team.

    Notable names I think won't make the team are Ladarius Green, Darius Heyward-Bey, and Dan McCullers.

    I believe Ayers and Maxey are practice squad eligible.

    QUARTERBACKS (3): Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Josh Dobbs

    RUNNING BACKS (4): Le’Veon Bell, James Conner, Knile Davis, Roosevelt Nix

    TIGHT ENDS (3):JesseJa mes, Xavier Grimble, Scott Orndoff

    WIDE RECEIVERS (6): Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Sammie Coates, JuJuSmith-Schuster, Eli Rogers, TBD (DHB, DeMarcus Ayers, or Justin Hunter)

    OFFENSIVE LINE (8): Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert, Alejandro Villanueva, Jerald Harris, B. J. Finney, Chris Hubbard

    DEFENSIVE LINE (6): Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Tyson Alualu, L.T. Walton, Javon Hargrave, Ricardo Mathews, or Someone currently not on the roster

    INSIDE LINEBACKERS (5):Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Steven Johnson, Tyler Matakevich, L.J. Fort, or Someone currently not on the roster

    OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (5): T. J. Watt, Bud Dupree, James Harrison, Arthur Moats, Anthony Chickillo

    SAFETIES (5): Mike Mitchell, Sean Davis, William Gay, Robert Golden, Someone currently not on the roster

    CORNERBACKS (5): Ross Cockrell, Artie Burns, Senquez Golson,Coty Sensabaugh, Cameron Sutton

    SPECIALISTS (3): Chris Boswell, Jordan Berry and Colin Holba

    Practice Squad
    Brian Allen
    Johnny Maxey
    Keion Adams
    Rushel Shell
    Ethan Cooper
    Terrish Webb
    Demarcus Ayers
    Dez Stewert
    Someone currently not on the roster x 2

    Mettenberger was released as a courtesy so he could pursue potential opportunities with other teams. Landry Jones is the back up; they feel comfortable with him. Dobbs is a project, whose primary contribution, according to Randy Fichtner, will be to"strengthen the room." The UDFA is a camp arm, nothing more.

    Unless Roethlisberger gets hurt, Dobbs will be wearing a baseball cap, not a helmet for all 16 games.

    As much as I never minded Greg Warren, I never liked dedicating a roster spot to a long snapper. Can't we find someone who can both LS and be a backup guard or something?

    No NFL team has a guy doing double duty, although that used to be common. The third QB is the biggest waste of a roster spot in my opinion.

    So if Dobbs chases Jones off the roster in a year, nothing really has changed. Dobbs will never replace Ben. When they draft Ben's replacement, it will be in the first round. What has happened is the selection of Dobbs displaced a player that can contribute this year.

    My re-draft

    1. Watt
    2. JuJu
    3. a) Rasul Douglas, CB, WVU
    3. b) Conner (I'm being sentimental here. Even though I think he would have lasted longer, I can't assume that.)
    4. George Kittle, TE, Iowa
    5. Nate Gerry, S, Nebraska
    6. Ejuan Price, OLB, Pitt
    7. Channing Stribling, CB, Michigan

    Nelson Adams, DT,Miss State
    Christian Brown, DT, WVU
    Ethan Cooper, OG, IUP
    Francis Kallon, DE, GA Tech
    Keith Kelsey, LB, Louisville
    Scott Orndoff, TE, Pitt
    Nick Schuessler, QB, Clemson
    Rushel Shell, RB, WVU
    Terrish Webb, WR, Pitt

    Lots to like and makes the drafting of a long snapper more palatable.

    Rushel Shell graduated from Hopewell High School, my alma mater, and also Tony Dorsett.

    Stability. Like or not he knows the system. Landry Jones is a totally adequate back up quarterback. There was no need to draft a QB at all, but if they wanted to draft one, why not go all in for a QB that could be Ben's replacement, or draft a one in the 7th round? All Dobbs is going to be is a camp arm. I would venture to say he would survive being cut and placed on the practice squad. That will never happen though. We are stuck with him.

    Think of the players they cold have selected.

    CarlosWatkins, DT, Clemson
    GeorgeKittle, TE, Iowa
    Jake Butt
    Marquel Lee, ILB, Wake Forest
    Matt Milano, LB, Boston College

    and many more. Maybe none of those guys would have amounted to anything, but there is a chance one would have emerged as an NFL caliber player. Kittle in my mind was a perfect fit for the Steelers TE needs. A great blocker who can also catch. He would be effective in the two TE set the Steelers us so much and would eliminate the need for Chris Hubbard to play the blocked TE role. Same can be said for Jake Butt who may be ready to go by the start of the season.