The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers 2016 Preseason Schedule, First Round Prospects, Mock Draft & More

Season 6, Episode 99 of The Terrible Podcast is now up and in this Monday show, Alex Kozora sits in again for co-host David Todd and we immediately begin talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 preseason schedule following its release Thursday evening.

Alex and I move on to discuss the Steelers pre-draft visitor list as it relates to rounds the team seems to be targeting certain positions. We move on to discuss our short lists of names that we could see the Steelers choosing their first-round selection from. We also talk about what position drafted in the first round could ultimately see the most amount of playing time during his rookie season in Pittsburgh.

While it might be a little tiring, Alex and I continue our talk about Baylor nose tackle Andrew Billings as it relates to the amount of snaps he could potentially play outside of the Steelers base 3-4 defense.

Being as my latest mock draft was released on Thursday, Alex and I review it just as we did with the one he released earlier in the week. Alex tells me what he likes and dislikes about it.

As always, several other smaller talking points are mixed in throughout the show that are not highlighted here in this post.

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  • steelersfan

    Great stuff as usual

  • PittsburghSports

    WJ3 and Billings had Pro Day dinners with the Steelers. That’s probably why they won’t get invited. No Pro Day dinners last year were invited to PIT.

  • NinjaMountie

    I love how you keep up with all that stuff and put it out there. Did we draft any Pro Day Dinners? I don’t even know who they had dinner with. Now you have me wondering how many PDD we’ve drafted or passed up if available.

  • PittsburghSports

    Last year. Dupree and Holliman. Both had dinner, but were not invited to PIT.

  • NinjaMountie

    Well, that’s interesting. I’d be curious about later years if that’s held up. If so that would imply that if Billings or WJIII are on the board, they’re getting picked. Which I would be very enthusiastic about either one. Thx.

  • PittsburghSports

    Yeah no clue. I know SD has most of the info listed from 2014, 2015 and this year, but I’m keeping track myself this year just because I started following everyone on twitter.

  • John Mazza

    Dave- you see WJIII as this years Fuller (bears)? great fit but might be gone before we can get to him?

  • Intropy

    As far as safeties in the first, Jalen Ramsey has got to be your #1, right? The chance of him being there at 25 is slim, but I’d run up to the stage.

    Leonard Floyd and Emmanuel Ogbah should be considered at 25.

  • John21

    Great stuff guys. FYI Cam Heyward said he did not come to Pittsburgh for a pre-draft visit. Did you guys see Mayock’s latest top CB’s: Ramsey; Hargreaves; Apple; Burns & Jackson. Burns has been sneaking up-did you guys do a review of him? I know he is a burner and a return man; great press coverage guy. Has the great personal backstory. Just not sure why he is climbing.
    2 Years ago I fell in love with Tuitt as a Steeler-so glad that he fell. This year for me it is Vernon Butler. I realize he is not polished but he is a total beast. Imagine him under J Mitch’s tutledge. He is huge-can be inside and outside. I love Billings but I think Butler’s versatility and upside is really interesting. My hope would be Butler in Round 2 (Jackson in Rnd 1) but on your podcast you said what if these guys are gone _ I would take Butler before a lot of guys that are being discussed.

  • Alex Kozora

    Yes and slim to none.

  • Alex Kozora

    Yup, I did breakdown on Burns. Like him and he fits best in a zone scheme like Pittsburgh. But I am not enamored with him.

  • Jeremy Barbati

    Same possibility of Gerod Holliman becoming the next Joe Greene

  • Jeremy Barbati

    Darian Thompson ran 4.53 at his Pro Day. I think that clears up his speed

    And THANK YOU for addressing Ed Bouchette’s very limited view of Andrew Billings. He’s convinced himself that a nose tackle be default cannot be a versatile player and will only play that 35% of snaps, then his counter argument was “why not have Tuitt and Heyward play every down.” Are you fricking kidding me? It hurts to know he’s getting paid to have opinions about football

  • Alex Kozora

    But he ducked out of the vert, broad, and shuttle drills. All are still terrible numbers and put him in the bottom tier of athleticism.

  • John21

    Thanks Alex-I will look up your work on Burns. You passed on commenting on Butler–assume that means he’s not IYO a good pick for 25…or at all for us?

  • Alex Kozora

    Vernon? I really like him for similar reasons to Billings. And Butler is bigger/longer who profiles better on the outside. I have no problem with him being the pick either.

  • StarSpangledSteeler


    It’s just about time to do a podcast on your projected list of Colbert’s 10-12 “special” players.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Alex –

    I appreciate your snap count analysis for DL rotation. I agree that 35% is a bit low for an elite versatile DT/DE. But I also think 65% is a bit high (because that would be negating any rotation of McCullers/Walton/Matthews/etc). So for discussion’s sake, let’s say a Billings-type guy gets 50% of the snaps, rotating with McCullers at NT, and rotating with the other guys at DE. Is that fair?… (I assume you’re nodding yes)… That STILL makes him a back up.

    I think a lot of fans (including Bouchette) have a hard time seeing the value of spending a 1st round pick on a 50% rotational DT when we could get an 80% starting DB. That’s a significant difference. And I’m not just talking about the first half of 2016. I’m talking about 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. That DT is never going to be starting over Tuitt or Heyward, he’s stuck at 50%. An elite DB is playing 80%. Look at the snap count numbers for Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu in their primes.

    I guess the biggest issue that I have is, people keep making such a big deal about our lack of quality depth behind Tuitt and Heyward. But then they shrug off the lack of quality STARTERS in the secondary. I’m sorry but Ross Cockrell and Robert Golden are very below average players. If you can’t be honest about that, I don’t think there’s any point in a discussion. We were the 30th rated pass defense because we lack talent back there 100% of the time we snap the ball.

    Let’s fix our BIGGEST weakness with our most valuable asset first. And then look to fortify our depth with our other assets. That’s just my opinion.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    One more thing. And I want your honest opinion…

    What does a guy like Billings give you at 1.25 that a guy like Hargrave doesn’t give you at 2.25? They’re the same size, the same the length, the same quickness, the same strength, the same skill set, the same production.

    The DL class is so deep this year… Why spend a 1st round pick on a rotational guy when you can get the same production from a similar rotational guy in the 2nd round?

    The same doesn’t apply to CB or S (in my opinion). Karl Joseph is significantly better than Keanu Neal. And William Jackson III is significantly better than Artie Burns.

    I agree with the need to get a quality back upon DL, but we can still get that in round 2 or possibly round 3. I don’t understand why you’re SOOOO opposed to going DL in round 2-3.