Steelers Met With West Virginia QB Geno Smith During NFL Combine

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had a solid showing at the NFL combine on Sunday and during his NFL Network interview he admitted that the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of many teams that he met with while in Indianapolis.

Smith is expected to be long gone by the time that the 17th pick rolls around, but the Steelers are doing their due diligence just the same.

A smoke screen, perhaps? Sure, it is possible. General manager Kevin Colbert has stated ever since the season ended that all positions are open to being drafted in every round, and that includes the quarterback position. Do we really believe that he is willing to take a quarterback in the first round? I don\’t believe it and I\’m pretty sure many of you don\’t believe as well.

Colbert perhaps wants to at least give the appearance that he is open to the idea of drafting a quarterback in hopes that it will at least get teams that are wanting to move up to draft one, or any other player for that matter, a reason to call on draft day to inquire about the pick. Just call it draft day poker.

Do I think that the Steelers will trade down on draft day in round one? I think it is highly unlikely that they move up or down in the first round, but if they do wind up trading out of the spot, I firmly believe that it will be down.

Many Steelers fans are Mountaineer fans, but I would not get your hopes up that Smith is being seriously pursued by the black and gold. I hate making guarantees when it comes to the draft, but I guarantee you that Smith will not be photographed on draft day holding up a No. 1 Steelers jersey.

Teams are allowed to meet with 60 prospects during the combine for 15 minutes each. That\’s about 18% of the players that will be passing through Indianapolis and it is not uncommon for all the first round prospects to be interviewed by each and every team.

  • Ahmad

    Given the needs of the team this year and the expected roster turnover, I think it’s very likely the Steelers trade down in the 1st round to acquire more picks.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    This kind of strikes me as, “Let’s find his weakness, so we know how to beat him in the pros..”

  • zyzak

    that makes sense but if Cooper and/or Warmack are there you cant pass them up

  • zyzak

    Not really, they just want a comparable profile for other QBs that they will interview and draft in a much later round

  • Would be nice if they could trade back and STILL get one of those two guards with a mid 20’s pick too.

  • Jollyrob68

    I’d want cooper but will take either.

  • Jollyrob68

    I agree. Trading down and grab an extra 3rd or trade out with Miami for two 2nds & a 3rd.

  • Jollyrob68

    I think 1, they get to pick his brain aboutTavon Austin.2, Trade bait at 17 for teams wanting a QB and perhaps KC to inquire about Ben. Far fetched about Ben but they could be sending him a message. Ben needs to follow Hayles plan or he’ll be traded.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I like all those answers on this above, of Ahmad, Zyrz, Robt & Shea.

  • Garrett Hunt

    I wouldn’t say it’s a guarantee that we don’t pick him, just highly unlikely. If he is there at 17 I think they will seriously consider it if he is the best player left on their draft board.

    Generally, no chance the #1 QB makes it that far, but this draft seems to be different. That being said, still a good chance someone reaches up for a hope at a franchise QB.

  • mokhkw

    Teams usually do this for the top picks, regardless of whether they plan to draft them or not. In the Steeler’s case, they’ll likely be looking at drafting Big Ben’s replacement in the next 2-4 years so interviewing the QBs that come out now will give them a basis for comparison with other prospects in the future.

  • steeltown

    There truly will be a number of options for the Steelers at 17th overall.. someone will take this QB in the top 15 and that just means one more player falls.. add the fact that there are two interior OLineman worth a top 10-20pick, a few WR’s like Hopkins and Austin sneaking into the 1st Rd and someone will most likely snag Lacy at some point….. this draft just keeps getting more interesting…. players will fall

  • Jollyrob68

    They will tell me to take my meds but here I go.

    Trade Ben to KC for 1st & 4th, next years 2nd & Jamaal Charles then Draft Geno Smith. Ok now let me have it.

    I think they wanted to know about Tavon Austin.

  • Mikey Hoje

    ultimately, it’s entirely up to Rooney’s consult with Colbert and Tomlin in a closed door meeting.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Giovanni Carmazzi where are u?? Yoga anyone?