Post 2016 Pro Days: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you once again and I hope you have a great weekend planned. I know I don’t. In fact, I have spent a lot of money today and never left the house as not only was my tax bill ready, I also replaced an air conditioner in one of my rental units. If that’s not enough, the wife secured us a place to live in Las Vegas on Friday. Any of you need some money while we’re righting checks? Get in line if you do.

The start of 2016 NFL Draft is now less than three weeks away and as usual, I have a feeling that these final 20 days will creep by. Sure, we’ll have pre-draft visitors and mock drafts to discuss, but outside of that I doubt that there will be much, if any, news about the Pittsburgh Steelers to discuss. In the coming weeks we hope to continue to add to our player profiles with a lot emphasis being placed on those who have come to Pittsburgh for visits.

As usual on this Friday, I have five questions that I would like you to answer in the comments below and I hope you will oblige that request.

Have a great April weekend and thank you for stopping by the site this past week. Peace and love to all of you.

1 – What the Steelers think about the future of defensive lineman Daniel McCullers could wind up playing a big part in the early rounds of their draft this year. Give me your overall thoughts on McCullers after seeing him play during his first two years in the league.

2 – Outside of West Virginia’s Karl Joseph, are there any other safeties that you would be comfortable with the Steelers drafting 25th overall at this stage of the process?

3 – Please rank these six positions in order of need for the Steelers when it comes to this year’s draft: QB, RB, WR, OL, ILB, OLB.

4 – At what position could a member of the Steelers 2016 draft class potentially see the most playing time in 2016 barring injuries?

5 – Assuming no trades will be made, predict all seven of the Steelers draft picks “by position” in order. This will be fun to look back at after all of the selections have been made. No names, just positions.

Not an acceptable example below but the correct format: lol


  • Spencer Krick

    1. Still a project
    2. Jalen Ramsey, bwa ha ha ha!
    3. S, OLB, CB, QB, ILB, OL
    4. Safety
    5. DL, S, WR, CB, QB, CB, ILB

  • JohnB

    1. Wow its been two years already? if he can catch on he’d be a beast but he’s still got some learning to do.
    2. Not really sure of any other safety prospects that are projected to be first rounders to say.
    3. OLB, OL, ILB, WR, RB, QB
    4. Special Teams

  • jamorrow91

    1 – What the Steelers think about the future of defensive lineman Daniel McCullers could wind up playing a big part in the early rounds of their draft this year. Give me your overall thoughts on McCullers after seeing him play during his first two years in the league.

    2 – Outside of West Virginia’s Karl Joseph, are there any other safeties that you would be comfortable with the Steelers drafting 25th overall at this stage of the process?

    3 – Please rank these six positions in order of need for the Steelers when it comes to this year’s draft: QB, RB, WR, OL, ILB, OLB.

    4 – At what position could a member of the Steelers 2016 draft class potentially see the most playing time in 2016 barring injuries?

    5 – Assuming no trades will be made, predict all seven of the Steelers draft picks “by position” in order. This will be fun to look back at after all of the selections have been made. No names, just positions.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. Waiting to see more. Think in the preseason we’ll get a clearer picture.
    2. I’m not comfortable with any safety at 25 but if anyone its Von Bell, Darian Thompson, or Keanu Neal.
    3. 1. OLB 2. ILB 3. WR 4. QB 5. OL 6. RB
    4. NT
    5. I got two: 1. NT 2. SS 3. LB 4. CB 6. CB 7. OL
    7. WR
    Or: 1. CB 2. NT 3. SS 4. WR 6. DE 7. OL 7. WR

  • CP72

    1. McCullers is a role player probably nothing more.

    2. No. I think 2nd round is the perfect round for a safety.

    3. OLB, ILB, WR, OL, RB, QB

    4. All respect to Robert Golden, but a high draft choice safety just has to beat out Robert Golden.

    1. CB
    2. Safety
    3. Dline
    4. OLB
    6. WR
    7. Dline
    7. CB

  • Steel Jatt

    1. working project with a high hope of starting and filling the role
    2. Ramsey and Ramsey alone LOL
    3. S, OLB, CB, ILB, OL, QB, WR, RB
    4. CB and Safety
    5.DL, S, OLB, CB, ILB, CB, WR

  • Donald Tillman

    1 The game is drastically changed since we drafted him, and that made that kind of NT obsolete. He is too slow in this new game.

    2 I wouldn’t take any safety under pick 40.

    3 OLB , ILB, RB, OL, QB, WR

    4 Corner
    5 1 OLB 2 DL 3 SS 4 CB 6 OT 7 CB 7 WR

  • CP72

    Man I can see OLB first round, but I just don’t like any of the guys available to go that early. Shaq Lawson would be interesting if he somehow got that far.

  • Doug McFee

    1. I have to believe they are pleased with his development as a back up NT. However, not enough tape to convince anyone he can be the player the Steelers will surely need. I’m really concerned with the lack of depth at DL.
    2. No. I do not believe there is a FS/SS I would pick at 25 overall.
    3. OLB, WR, ILB, RB, OL, QB
    4. DL
    5. DL, OLB, CB, SS, WR, ILB, CB

  • Donald Tillman

    I like Dodd. He hasn’t played football very long, so I think he will get much better.

  • draframe1

    1. I really thought Big Dan should have played more last year as he seemed deserving. I believe he’ll be slated for a slight uptick in snaps but not much given the likelihood of a high pick investment
    2. NO
    3. OL,OLB, ILB, RB, WR, QB
    4. SS

  • Rene Gonzalez

    1. Solid back up with still a bit of hope and upside.
    2. None, all the others are second rounders for sure.
    3. OLB, ILB, WR, OL, QB, RB
    4. NT/sub for Heyward and Tuit, just for the fact that the only two options right now are Mathews and McCullers, not that difficult to beat out. (Billings please)
    5. 1) CB
    2) S
    3) DL
    4) WR
    6) OLB
    7) ILB
    7) OL

    I would love to say Billings in the first, but seems unlikely that he’ll be there.

    Hate leaving OLB until the 6th but with Harrison returning I guess the team will wait for another year to solve that issue, not a fan of that but playing the odds here.

  • AndyR34

    1. Back-up…not ready for prime time.
    2. Other than Ramsey…NO
    3. OLB, ILB, OL, RB = WR, QB
    4. DL
    5. DL, S, OLB, CB, QB, OL, CB

  • Tone Bone

    1. I think dan is working his way to a rotation player.. Personally I liked him coming out of Tennessee hut now I think hes to tall and doesn’t have the proper leverage to be elite.
    2. No
    3.Olb. OL. ILB. WR. RB. Qb.
    4. DLINE
    5. 1st DLine, 2nd Cb ,3rd Safety,4th Olb,6th Wr ,7th Oline,7th Dline

  • Carlos Ortega Fernández

    1. Still a project…but soon to become a fail project

    2. Ramsey. No more, not even Karl Joseph. I think 2nd-3er rd the team could pick a good S.

    3. OLB, OL, ILB, WR, RB, QB

    4. ST

    5. 1) DL
    2) OLB
    3) S
    4) CB
    6) OL
    7) ILB
    7) WR

  • Jeff Papiernik

    1. Backup NT, could become starter, limited ceiling
    2. Ramsey
    3. OLB, OL, ILB, WR, QB, RB
    4. NT/DE
    5. NT/DE, S, OLB, CB, OL, QB, WR

  • Chris92021

    1. There is a reason why McCullers went in the 6th round. He is a project. If the project works outs, the GM looks like a genius (along with the coaching staff). If the project doesn’t work out, then it was a small risk taken in the 6th round. I think if we indeed take a DL in the first two rounds, it will speak volumes about McCullers’s role going into 2016, that he is a bench/rotation guy only, nothing more.
    2. Honestly, I am not sold on Karl Joseph in the end of the first round. I would love Joseph in the 2nd but chances are, Joseph is flying up the boards and could end up being like what Damarious Randall was last season and Deone Bucannon was two years ago. However, I am not sure that Joseph can handle the pressure of playing a lot in his rookie season. For some reasons, rookie DBs have rarely contributed consistently for the Steelers (which also includes Troy Polamalu). This current Steelers team is built to win now and having the pressure on a rookie DB to play a lot and play well might cost this team a trip to the Super Bowl next season. So having said that, no DBs in the first round except Jalen Ramsey, who is the best athlete I’ve seen since Patrick Peterson came out 5 years ago.
    3. OLB (Jarvis Jones is who he is and James Harrison is going to be 38 if he even comes back)
    ILB (only because of Timmons being 30 now and VW in his contract year and not knowing what we have with Zumwalt)
    OL (mostly a left tackle who can compete with AV and Ryan Harris)
    RB (in case 26 is gone after 2016 and D-Will is 33 now.)
    WR (still a deep position but a tall burner is always welcomed to the team)
    QB (we are set here as long as 7 stays on the field)
    4. Barring injuries, a defensive lineman, probably tackle.
    5. DL, OL, S, WR, QB, CB, RB

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Lol there’s no do-overs

  • Tom Jackson

    1. Mixed bag. I think he showed some positive and some negative over his first two years. Especially early on he flashed much potential showing his ridiculous strength, range and was on a good road to maybe face McLendon for the #1 NT spot. Didn’t happen though. He never seem to have found that second gear and developed his game visibly that much.

    So right now I think you have a guy who did a solid job backing up the last 2 years but kind of underwhelmed talking about taking over as the #1. But thats for us fans just seeing him in the games. Steelers staff had the look on the inside as well and they seem more comfortable with him at #1 since they haven’t brought in a vet to challenge McCullers. And the only way of him not going in as the favorit for the job is a early RND DLineman who has value in the nickle but can play for us at 0tech in base.

    2. Well I guess they could look at Vonn Bell there but it doesn’t seem likely as they clearly target those day 2 guys with their visits. I personally wouldn’t be mad if Bell gets called at 25 but I’m not hoping for it before hand if that makes sence. But he is somewhat in the value range and could be a good pick up. Although they had to move Mitchell to SS subsequently.

    3. 1 OLB!!! Very very obvious #1 here for me. To me it doesn’t even belong in that secondary discussion. Outside of Dupree and James we don’t have guys who even could be plus starters in this league and #92 will likely be gone after 2016.

    2 OL (OG) We don’t have comfoetable depth behind Foster and DeCastro. Just emergence with Wallace who I don’t think makes a good OG tbh. I really could see a guy drafted by us starting RND 3 or 4 if the value is there.

    3 ILB We lost two guys there this offseason, have a 30 year old starter going into the season and just one back up. Although a very solid back up I think who’ll probably let no one break a sweat if he’d have to spot start somehow during the season. But after that a 4th guy is missing right now and in generell it would make sence to get a guy in there in the next couple of years who maybe could take over for Timmons in coming years if he loses a step quick now. I hope not though, obviously.

    4a RB
    4b WR
    5 QB Not a need but if they like a guy at some point they obviously could pull the trigger and develop a guy. Personally I don’t think it’s the stupidest idea to try and develop guys behind Bem. Although I didn’t like the horse they put their money on the last time. He didn’t have a chance.

    4. A RND 1 or maybe even RND 2 CB could lock up a starting spot and play an awful lot of snaps so I guess thats the position. A safety could also do it but I think Golden would be in a way better position then the rookie to lock down that spot and therefore less likely. That includes a RND 1 pick like Joseph or those day 2 guys.

    5. 1) CB
    2) S
    3) DL
    4) OLB
    6) QB
    7a) OG
    7b) ILB

  • chris ward

    1. Still developing, need to see more.
    2. Keanu Neal.
    3. OLB, ILB, OL, WR, QB, RB.
    4. DL.
    5. DL, S, CB, OLB, ILB, OL, WR.

  • Brian Tollini

    1. Not a whole lot to be optimistic about yet, not giving up on him by any means but wish he could have made bigger strides last year.
    2. No. Big fan of Karl Joseph, but anybody else would seem like reach, especially with a deep class at this position.
    3. OLB, WR, OL, ILB, QB, RB
    4. DE

  • jdell

    1. Decent backup NT. I sure hope he’s not the starter. I look for an early round defensive lineman that can play DE or NT.
    2. No SS in round one. I like Joseph but not until round 2. KJ Dillon of WVU is a mid round sleeper.
    3. OLB, ILB, RB, OL, WR, QB
    OLB – round 3 or 4, ILB – round 4 or 6, RB – round 4+, OL mid round, WR – round 4-7 someone to compete with DHB for offensive snaps, QB – Late round
    4. NT/DE early rounder
    1. CB
    2. DE/NT
    3. SS
    4. OLB
    6. OL
    7. RB
    7. QB

  • Matt Manzo

    1: Mcullers will prove to be a good back up. But he’s not the DT/DE your looking for.

    2: If not Joseph I think they wait til 2.

    3: OLB, QB, WR, ILB, OL, RB

    4: DT

    5: 1:DL
    2: S
    3: CB
    4: OLB
    6: QB
    7: WR
    7: OL

  • Biggie

    1. I think McCullers has shown he has the ability to become very good but he has been too inconsistent with his effort. He has to take motivation from those around him. We still need to go early for either a interior DL like Billings or Butlet or swing DT/DE type to fit in the rotation like Reed or Robinson.

    2. I like Joseph and Bell but honestly prefer to go CB or DL in Rd 1.

    3. OL, OLB, ILB, QB, RB, WR and the RB or WR needs to have ST/return ability.

    4. Whichever position we take in Rd 1. If we go DL in RD 1 that guy will be in rotation early on. If CB that player will push to start early.

    1. DL
    2. CB
    3. S
    4. OLB
    6. RB
    7. OL
    7. CB

  • Bryan Tait

    1. I’m not ready to throw out hope on McCullers. Think he can still have a role in certain packages i.e. goal line and short distance but he’s not ready to start and provide any sort of pass rush.
    2. Not at all. K.Jo is the best safety bay far and I don’t think it’s close at all. Even comparing him to other draft class late 1st rounders is a reach. Earl Thomas might have played the ball better but don’t kid yourself he didn’t hit or support the run the way Joseph does coming out. I also think Alex is selling him short when he talks about how hard it is to come in and start at Safety. 2 points on that. One, Joseph came in and started as a true freshman at WVU which I’m not trying to compare to starting as a rookie but it shows he’s got some ability to learn quickly. Two, Mike Mitchel had to learn the playbook in an offseason (actually two in two years) and while it might have been tough the Steelers showed his talent was enough to put him out there. I’m not trying to knock Mitchel but let’s face it he’s not a Harvard grad and he learned it just fine. And Josephs talent will be enough to get him PT over Golden (talent wise it’s not close).
    3. ILB, OLB, QB, WR, RB, OL. (All of those positions might need filled next year with the exception of QB but back up QB is still needed)
    4. D-line or Safety. I think Joseph if healthy would be starting by game 4. Billing would start day one. But Safety probably has more snaps though.
    5. 1 – CB/S, 2 – DL, 3 – S/CB, 4 – QB, 6 – OLB, 7 – OLB, 7 – ILB

  • Mike Lloyd

    1. You never want to characterize such a young player and apply the moniker of ‘Backup’ to a player. Unfortunately, we have to sometimes be honest with ourselves about players on our favorite teams…
    2. Jayron Kearse. S Clemson. Reason: long lanky kid who can cover the TE. In the AFC North we have Cincy with Eifert. Baltimore will run Crockett Gilmore and Maxx Williams and Ben Watson. In the playoffs, the Pats will be running Martellus Bennett and Gronk. A big safety to help with those matchups would be useful..
    3. 1 OLB 2.. QB- (I believe you need multiple quality backup QB’s, and at least one with starting ability as a # 2 especially as Ben ages, prefer a FA to a drafted QB with Jones as a 3.) 3.ILB 4.WR 5.RB 6 OL
    Rd. 1-DL

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    That’s cool! Not a do over just i feel our draft changes depending on who’s available in the first!

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Nah its cool just messing with you brah

  • Big White

    1. Hasn’t exactly embarrassed himself.
    2. No
    3. ILB, OLB, QB, OL, WR, RB
    4. DE
    5. 1. ILB
    2. S
    3. CB
    4. OT
    6. OLB
    7. OG
    7. CB

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    This draft will be a bumpy ride! I mean we’re going to get great players, but who knows where it ends up! Lol!

  • Cam2125

    1. I don’t really know.
    2. No
    3. OLB, ILB, OL, WR, QB, RB
    4. DE/OLB
    1. CB
    2. S
    3. OLB
    4. DE
    6. OT
    7. RB
    7. QB

  • Chad

    1. Hope he can develop as a run stuffer, but don’t see much else
    2. No one, would be shocked if the pick Joseph at 25
    3. ILB, OLB, WR, OL, QB, RB
    4. Special Teams/ D Line
    5. 1. LB
    2. S
    3. WR
    4. CB
    6. S
    7. OL
    7. RB

  • WreckIess

    1. He’s a big guy playing football rather than a big football player if that makes any sense.
    2. Jalen Ramsey I guess lol.
    3. OLB, OL, ILB, Wr, QB, RB
    4. Safety

  • sam

    1. bigger role than last year, but not the full time starter
    2. No
    1 CB
    2 LB
    3 OG
    4 S
    6 QB
    7 CB
    7 TE

  • Shannon Stephenson

    1. He has potential but do not feel he is a starter at this moment in time.
    2. NO!
    3. OLB, ILB, OL, QB, RB, WR
    4. Safety
    5. DL, S, OLB, CB, OG, ILB, WR

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Not a draft expert, so, I’ll only answer 3 in depth.

    3) OL, ILB, OLB, QB, WR, RB.

    a) OL – I don’t see any of these as huge needs, and Offensive Line seems like something where you can never have enough of them.

    b) ILB – Shazier and Timmons are set, but we could use some depth. Also, considering Shazier’s injury history and Timmons age, it wouldn’t hurt to have another option.

    c) Most of our options are young and still developing. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a pro bowler, but I could see Jarvis Jones being a reasonable starter for a while.

    d) QB – Having a reliable backup would be nice. My general sense is that a good backup can get you to break even in a four-game stretch. I don’t think I trust Landry Jones to do that.

    e) Bryant’s loss is a big deal. The receiving corps is just much more dangerous when he’s stretching the field and Wheaton can be a third option in the slot. Hopefully Coates can step in, and I doubt a draft pick is going to take his place, but we could use another piece.

    f) Bell is a bad boy, and Williams is an ideal backup – capable of starting but content with sitting on the bench. It would be nice to have a capable third stringer. And, as capable as he is of handling it, I think long-term it would make sense for the Steelers to share carries to keep Bell healthy. But, it’s a pretty good situation.

  • Russ Ruffing

    Dave – do you ever consider posting guest articles? I have put together an objective, metric-based way to rank Steeler draft classes over time. If you’d be interested in taking a look at it, please let me know. My email is

  • NW86

    1. McCullers can be a decent backup and situational player. I don’t see him as a “starter”.
    2. No. The fact that there are several “pretty good” safeties gives all the more reason to wait until round 2 because you know a couple of them will still be on the board.
    3. These are all more “luxury” positions, where you can afford to take the best player on your board instead of looking specifically for these positions. But I’ll say: ILB, OL, OLB, QB, RB, WR.
    4. I’d say if they do end up with a 1st-round safety, he could start day 1 over Golden.
    5. DT, S, CB, ILB, OL, OLB, WR,

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    1. DL/EDGE
    2. S
    3. CB
    4. WR
    6. LB
    7. OL
    7. QB

  • Dave McGarry

    1. Unlike most I think McCullers can provide some pass rush. I’ve seen him push two blockers back into the pocket. I don’t think he is the run stuffer you would think he would be though. He’s just more of a space-eater but he can take up two blockers to free up Timmons/Shazier for more tackles. A situational/rotational guy that could stand a fire lit under him. Good to have as depth.
    2. No, I don’t believe so.
    3. OLB, WR, RB, QB, ILB, OL
    4. NT-DE Hybrid i.e. Billings although Joseph would have a real shot at beating out Golden by mid-season. You could probably say the same for W.Jackson III, Apple, MacKensie over Cockrell also.
    5. All depends on value at the spot but I’ll go DT, S, CB, OLB, WR, CB, ILB and sign Brian Hoyer for this year’s backup QB. I’d also like to see us trade Suisam and finagle that 5th round pick back so we can get a RB too.

  • ginko18

    1. Run stuffer playing on 3rd and short / goal line.
    2. No S in R1.
    3. OLB, ILB, OL, WR, RB, QB.
    4. Secondary
    5. DL, SS, CB, OLB, WR, ILB, OL