I don't think Baltimore is going to be a sleeper defense. I think they'll be taken top 5. I think they see Boulware, Lewis, and Suggs, and start drooling, but I heard Suggs was a disappointment in the minicamps.
People are also banking on Troy Polawhatever and Kendrell Bell being healthy to give the Steelers a boost. I'm not so sure though. Outside of Troy, the steelers didn't do a whole lot to fix their secondary. Seems to me they are banking on a speedy rookie to fix the secondary. You can't blame everything on Flowers. They are pretty old at corner.
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The KEY to the Pitt D is Bell,they can do well w/o him but he brings everything together.Farrior has a year under his belt in the 3-4 and should improve.PolaMALU will be the impact player they need in that secondary,expect some mistakes but expect some big plays also.Scott and Washington have their moments,they are serviceable for another few years.
Top 10 D for certain...possible top 5.
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The reason guys are hoppin on the Pitts D bandwagon is b/c they ranked #1 against the run last season. They drafted Troy Palamalu, top ranked safety outta USC to definately help with the passing defense.
However, if Maddox is running their offense well, and Zeroue starts to come alive mid season, you will see teams HAVING to air it out against Pitt as they will be coming back from behind a lot. If Pitt puts up a decent pass defense, they are definately a top 3-5 D.
Also, I am all the way with drafting team D's like Atlanta, Carolina, and Dallas. Carolina D especially. They improved their offense (much needed btw) with DelHomme and Davis...too bad Dyson got hurt. They play against the Bucs twice this year (obviously - same division). The Bucs are exactly known for having a high scoring offense....