Did Walter look at the examples mentioned regarding the falling prospects that the Pittsburgh Steelers usually draft? Other than falling in the draft, what else did they have in common? Including Decastro, who's finally caught on, all three have been very slooooooowwwww starters.. As a matter of fact if these guys were taken any higher there would've been questions about them being a Bust. Yes, they may have reached for Artie Burns, but they definiately had to change their ways of thinking.
2009 Free Agency: Star rating is out of five. Age listing as of Sept. 1, 2009.
Albert Haynesworth, Titans. Age: 28. Signed with Redskins (7 years, $100 million; $41 million guaranteed)
The most dominating 4-3 defensive tackle in the game, Albert "The Hamstring" Haynesworth figures to cash in big time this offseason, given that the Titans can't franchise him. My only concern is that Haynesworth was merely playing for a contract these past two years.
Gabe Watson (RFA), Cardinals. Age: 25. Re-signed with Cardinals (1 year, $1.545 million)
One of the many reasons Arizona was able to improve so much on defense throughout the year. The Cardinals can't afford to let Giant Gabe go anywhere.
Anthony Montgomery (RFA), Redskins. Age: 25. Re-signed with Redskins (1 year)
Anthony Montgomery, a very talented defensive lineman, didn't make the leap expected of him this season because of a broken hand and a knee injury. The Washington Post predicts the Redskins will slap a second-round tender on Montgomery.
Jovan Haye, Buccaneers. Age: 27. Signed with Titans
The Buccaneers need an upgrade at Jovan Haye's position. Haye can be a solid rotational player in this league, but his starting days could be over. Haye had six sacks in 2007, but couldn't manage one this year.
Tank Johnson, Cowboys. Age: 27. Signed with Bengals (1 year)
Huge character concerns. Tank Johnson could find a home with a 4-3 defense. If not, some team may hire him to shoot the opposing star receiver in the foot.
A rotational nose tackle who just had ankle surgery. That's not much of a concern.
Rocky Bernard, Seahawks. Age: 30. Signed with Giants (4 years, $16 million)
After registering nine sacks in 2005, Rocky Bernard has managed only 12 sacks in the next three seasons. Odds are against him rebounding.
John Thornton, Bengals. Age: 32.
Though he's still solid against the run, John Thornton lost his grip on the starting job late in the year. He turns 33 in October.
Colin Cole, Packers. Age: 28. Signed with Seahawks (5 years, $21 million)
A monstrous defensive tackle weighing 330 pounds, Colin Cole played in all 16 games but didn't log a start.
Kenny Peterson, Broncos. Age: 30. Re-signed with Broncos (3 years)
A valuable reserve defensive lineman who can play both the 4-3 and 3-4, Kenny Peterson will find a home in Denver's new scheme.
Shaun Cody, Bengals. Age: 26.
Perhaps saving himself from unemployment, Shaun Cody started the final three games of the year, filling in for an injured Cory Redding. Cody could be more effective in the 3-4.
Simon Fraser, Falcons. Age: 26.
At 6-6, 300, Simon Fraser can play in any scheme as a solid depth guy.
Dewayne Robertson, Broncos. Age: 27.
It almost seems like Dewayne Robertson has never been healthy. Robertson has some talent but his knees are shot.
Grady Jackson, Falcons. Age: 36. Signed with Lions (3 years, $8 million)
Grady Jackson started at nose tackle all year for the Falcons. It's safe to say that Atlanta will be looking to upgrade this position pretty soon.
Darrell Reid, Colts. Age: 27. - Signed with Broncos
Fred Evans (RFA), Vikings. Age: 25. - Re-signed with Vikings (1 year, $1.545 million)
Shaun Smith, Bengals. Age: 28. - Re-signed with Bengals
Ronald Fields, 49ers. Age: 27. - Signed with Broncos
Terdell Sands, Patriots. Age: 29.
Ellis Wyms, Vikings. Age: 30.
Ryan Sims, Buccaneers. Age: 29. - Re-signed with Buccaneers
La'Roi Glover, Rams. Age: 35. - Announced retirement
Howard Green, Jets. Age: 30. - Re-signed with Jets
Chuck Darby, Lions. Age: 33.
Jason Jefferson, Falcons. Age: 27.
Ryan Boschetti, Raiders. Age: 27.
Brandon McKinney (RFA), Ravens. Age: 26. - Re-signed with Ravens
Ed Johnson, Colts. Age: 25.
Brian Young, Saints. Age: 32.
Darwin Walker, Panthers. Age: 32.
Antwan Lake, Saints. Age: 30.
Langston Moore, Lions. Age: 28. - Signed with Bengals
Ian Scott, Chargers. Age: 27. - Re-signed with Chargers
William Joseph, Raiders. Age: 29. - Re-signed with Raiders
Hollis Thomas, Rams. Age: 35. - Signed with Panthers
Jeff Zgonina, Texans. Age: 39. - Re-signed with Texans
Jimmy Kennedy, Vikings. Age: 29. - Re-signed with Vikings
Ethan Kelley, Browns. Age: 29.
Rod Coleman, Saints. Age: 33.
Kenderick Allen, Vikings. Age: 30.
Montavious Stanley, Saints. Age: 27. - Signed with Jaguars