Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Pays Attention To The Countless Mock Drafts

Thanks to the internet, people like me can sit in their mother’s basement wearing nothing but underwear and write mock draft after mock draft for the world to see. In addition, the major media draftniks and analyst churn out these round by round predictions as well. So does Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert pay attention to these mock drafts, or does he simply ignore them?

“You do notice them. You can’t help but notice the mock drafts, because they’re on every prominent website that you go to for news,” Colbert said on the Monday edition of The Mark Kaboly Show. “You basically see in any given draft, people talking about usually 20-25 guys and you know there’s a lot of airtime for that group of players. And it’s interesting if you see a name that’s outside of that group. I mean you’ve evaluated them, it’s not like you don’t know people, but you see people getting mentioned. Those folks are getting that information from somewhere, so maybe there’s something to lead you to believe, even though you don’t like them, that maybe somebody else does, which may or may not influence whether you’ll have them available to you when you pick.”

Colbert’s response is probably not that earth shattering, but it’s interesting to hear him say why he would tend to pay a little bit of attention to them.

Colbert has said in the past that while they used to mock what other teams would do leading up to the draft, they now mock for only themselves. With that being said, he said Monday that this draft was certainly different.

“I think this draft was unique with the talent level as deep as it was,” said Colbert “We didn’t find people reaching for players from outside of even our own evaluations. You know that’s unusual. Most times, everybody has their board to the way they like it, but this draft, I think everybody had a lot of the same ratings on more players than they had in the past, because there were so many to pick from.”

  • Jeff Anoble

    I think it is quite fun for them (who have the real inside track) to see the wild and sometimes right on the money mock drafts for them and others. “Hey this guy got it right on that we’re taking Cameron Heyward” or “No way our we taking Kyle Wilson”.

  • cencalsteeler

    Wonder if he peaks in over here every once in a while?

  • 20Stoney

    So did ANYONE have the Steelers mocked to take Shazier at 15?

  • Matt Manzo

    There were one or two out there. I had him as my second choice if Fuller was gone but I never thought they’d actually pick him, I just liked him a lot!

  • I thought it was crucial that the Steelers go ILB and DE in rounds one and two (or visa versa), because elite quality depth wasn’t there for those positions as it was for WR and less so for CB. I therefore had quite a few mocks that had Shazier or Mosely in the first with Tuitt or Hageman in the second. I also usually had DeAnthony or Archer in the 5th (1st pic), OL Johnson at 5 (second pick) or 6-1. After listening to Dave Te Thomas on a podcast here, I also began adding OLB Howard Jones as a 6-2 or 7th rounder. I thought Dave (of Steelers Depot) did a great job pre-draft at keeping us informed with very insightful info. Thanks, Dave!!!!

  • PA2AK

    Maybe so…in the last 2-3 years when their drafts have started to look better!