How Would A Mock Draft Play Out If The Steelers Chose A QB In Round 1?

It’s officially draft season. That means everyone and their grandmothers are wondering who will be the new saviours on their team coming from college.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going into April’s draft in a decent place, not too many pressing needs – and the opportunity to get some impactful players to help push them over the edge for a Super Bowl run.

With Ben Roethlisberger’s recent retirement pondering, and subsequent reaction from people saying that his replacement needs to be drafted now – I decided to look and see what the Steelers draft class would look like if they chose a quarterback in round one.

I am by no means advising that they do this, this is purely to satisfy my scientific curiosity. Using fanspeak.com’s wonderful mock draft simulator, and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller’s big board – I selected seven round for the Steelers

You can view the entire draft here.

Round 1: DeShone Kizer – Quarterback

Steelers Depot breakdown link

This is the whole point of the experiment to take a quarterback here. Somehow DeShone Kizer fell to me at 30 (ranked 17th for Miller. Each of DeShaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, and Patrick Mahomes are all off the board.

For this experiment to work, we also need to compare what would happen if Kizer wasn’t going to be the pick.

The best player that was left on the board is wide receiver Mike Williams. The Clemson receiver is rated as Miller’s 8th best prospect, but no one in the simulation wanted a receiver in the first round – Corey Davis went to Arizona at 13th overall as the only other receiver off the board.

There were two edge rushers that I would have been interested in that were available – Derek Barnett and Charles Harris. Barnett is a highly rated player, but perhaps isn’t as suited to playing 3-4 OLB – while Harris has been profiled on these pages already and I know some people would want to pick Jabrill Peppers here too.

I’m not a Peppers fan, he’s a fantastic athlete, so I would have picked Harris here personally.

Round 2: T.J. Watt – EDGE rusher

Just a note, that Brad Kaaya is still available for the Steelers in round two, meaning that no quarterbacks went between Pittsburgh’s first two picks.

Because most people will want the Steelers to take an EDGE rusher early, it’s good to know that were several good options available should Pittsburgh decided to wait – Joe Mathis, T.J. Watt, Carl Lawson, and Dawaune Smoot.

In the secondary, a lot of cornerbacks were gone by this point – 11 so far, including the preceding three picks. The likes of Fabian Moreau, Kevin King, Cameron Sutton, Chidobe Awuzie, and Corn Elder were still on the board however.

At safety, I’m a big fan of Eddie Jackson who was still available, but so are Marcus Maye, Obi Melifonwu, and Lorenzo Jerome – leading me to believe that I can wait on a safety.

The tight end options include Evan Engram, Bucky Hodges, Gerald Everett, Jake Butt, and Cole Hikutini, so again – we can wait on an insurance option for Ladarius Green.

I’m going to choose Watt here, given that there are enough players in the other positions I want, EDGE is a need – and Watt is the highest rated. If you wanted Lawson or Mathis, you can mentally switch them if you want.

I chose Watt for his versatility, ability, and rawness – knowing that he can develop even further. Perhaps I’m blinded by the name a little bit too.

Round 3: Gerald Everett – Tight end

This was a tough choice. There are quality starters available at pass rusher, cornerback, safety, tight-end, and along the offensive line. There are even wide receivers, and running backs that interest me here too.

Jeremy McNichols, Brian Hill, and Samaje Perine are all great options at running back, but I reasoned that I could wait on running back. Likewise, Jehu Chesson, Isaiah Ford, Chris Godwin, and Dede Westbrook are fantastic receivers – but I wanted to focus elsewhere.

My options were down to tight-end Gerald Everett from South Alabama, Florida safety Marcus Maye, or any of the four corners who had fallen this far – Kevin King, Cameron Sutton, Corn Elder, and Chidobe Awuzie.

I thought that Lorenzo Jerome may still be there in the next round at safety, and risked one of the corners falling that far too. That was a mistake that I’d like to have back.

Round 4: Lorenzo Jerome – Safety

They didn’t. Three of corners went before the end of round 3, but Awuzie lasted until five picks before the Steelers’ fourth round selection. If I was choosing again, Awuzie would be my preferred selection.

Center Pat Eiflein, Miller’s 71st ranked player is still available at 134 overall, and wide receivers Chesson and Westbrook are also there again, and they represent good value. If the Steelers needed interior offensive line help – Eiflein would be the choice – but I don’t think they do.

Lorenzo Jerome is the last safety that I think is worth picking, so I took him in lieu of those corners. Youngstown rusher Derek Rivers is getting a lot of hype recently, and would be another option here – but I was disinclined to take another rusher so early.

Round 5: Alex Anzalone – Linebacker and Damontae Kazee – cornerback

These selections had the added complications of trying to figure out who would still be there for the Steelers’ projected compensatory pick ten selections later.

The two players I was most interested in were inside linebacker Alex Anzalone from Florida, and slot corner Damontae Kazee from San Diego State.

There was also Ejuan Price from Pitt, but he wasn’t the last EDGE rusher that was draftable, compared to the corners and inside linebackers.

At this point, I was expecting defensive lineman Tanoh Kpassagnon to be there in the sixth round, and James Conner available in the seventh, with the potential backup of taking another edge rusher if either weren’t there.

I chose Anzalone first because of his potential to be worth more than a fifth round pick – I believe he’s dropping because of his injury profile – but fortunately Damontae Kazee was there for the second fifth round pick.

Round 6: James Conner – Running back

Unfortunately, Kpassagnon went a few picks ahead of me, so I decided to guarantee I’d get James Conner. I like Conner, I like his story, he’s a good player. A backup running back is a need, and Conner is an ideal fit. He’d also bring a decent following from Pitt too.

I think he’d have an impact for the Steelers’ and all that value both on and off the field would be huge for a sixth round pick.

Round 7: Devonte Fields – EDGE rusher

The 7th round is all about picking players who have a chance to make an impact. I’ve seen some people say that Devonte Fields is a potential day two pick. Here he was in the seventh, and in a position of need – why not?

Final thoughts:

If I was trying this experiment back again – determined to take a quarterback in the first round, I wouldn’t take a tight-end so early, especially in this class. There are players that would be available later on at tight-end that I would have been happier with than who I ended up with. Someone like Adam Shaheen in the sixth round, or Eric Saubert in the fifth round. That would ensure that Chidobe Awuzie would be a Steeler, and give more flexibility as the draft progresses.

Overall though, it’s not a bad class. If this is what the Steelers get I wouldn’t be disappointed. Taking Kizer is limiting – but when it came to the second round, there weren’t many options outside of an edge rusher that excited me. I might have taken Eddie Jackson, which meant I would have double dipped with Derek Rivers in the fourth round instead of Lorenzo Jerome.

Selecting Awuzie would not stop me from drafting Kazee though – and getting two corners, one slot and one outside would be a great haul.

Recap:

  • CP72

    I am a Notre Dame fan as well as a Steelers fan. Kizer would be an ideal candidate to sit behind Ben for a couple of years to work on his mechanics. I hate the thought of taking someone that theorically won’t see the field for a few years, but I can understand it.

  • Clifford Taz Johnson

    I’m glad that Im not the only one who likes Eddie jackson

  • Spencer Krick

    That’s a pretty good haul, truth be told.

  • The Chin

    If they took Kizer with MWilliams still on the board, someone’s should be shot

  • Conserv_58

    This is the weakest QB draft class in many moons. If the Steelers took a QB in the first round of this draft then they need to get their collective heads examined. There is no QB in this draft worthy of a first round pick, let alone a second round pick. I wouldn’t think of taking one until at least the third round.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    You can’t pass on Derek Barnett in that situation. You just can’t do it. About as close to a sure thing that there is.

  • Conserv_58

    The problem I see with your scenario is Kizer won’t have a couple of years to be Ben’s understudy. Ben is contemplating the possibility of retiring. Art Rooney II believes that Ben will play in 2017. Personally, I don’t think he wants to play past 2017, even if he chooses to play in 2017. Jeez Louise, Landry Jones has been Ben’s understudy for the past four years and I still wouldn’t trust him to lead this team to a SB. I don’t see Kizer or any other seriously flawed QB in this draft class to do so either.

  • The Chin

    So, if D.Watson is on the board when our 2nd pick comes around, you’d pass?

  • Conserv_58

    In a heart beat.

  • Vincent Cooper-Bey

    Great choices except for a qb in the first, really felling TJ and James Connor

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah not a huge fan of this one tbh, favorite pick is the 4th round safety.

  • AndyR34

    You do understand that is an unsubstantiated opinion. The word is that he doesn’t have the skills to be a 3-4 OLB, merely a 4-3 DE.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Conor –

    This is an excellent article. Thank you for posting it.

    1) Steeler Nation needs to start preparing themselves for the possibility that we may likely draft a QB at 1.30. This could very very easily be Big Ben’s final year. You can’t go into the 2018 draft with no viable QB, picking in the 30’s again, and then try to make a massive trade up to get one of those top QB prospects. That would take 3 first round picks.

    2) We would be much better off drafting a slightly raw QB now and letting him develop for a year (only spending ONE pick) than mortgaging two additional years of our future on a QB who could bust just as easily. The thing you failed to mention is that it needs to be the RIGHT QB. If DeShaun Watson or Pat Mahomes is there, I think you take him. If it’s Kizer or Trubisky, I think you pass.

    3) My favorite thing about this article is how you highlighted some of the value points. In my opinion, Mathis, Smoot, and Watt, are not that far behind Harris and Barnett. All of them have flaws. All of them need development to succeed consistently against NFL tackles. As you pointed out, there is value at edge rusher in the 2nd round (as well as the later rounds). There is great value at TE in the 3rd round (and possibly even the 4th round). And you can get a solid DB in the mid rounds as well.

    The draft is not about who you take in the 1st round. It’s about creating a combination of picks in rounds 1 through 3 who could all be potential starters. And then drafting some wild cards in the later rounds. Switch out Kizer for Mahomes and that is exactly what you’ve done here.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I respectfully disagree. You might want to watch a little more tape on Watson and Mahomes. And I mean entire games, not just highlights.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    No way I draft Kizer if Williams or Peppers are there. That is insane.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Watson is a winner, competitor and great kid. At 30, yes… but not Kizer. The Bills averaged nearly same amount of points as us with Tyrod Taylor. What does that say about our elite offense with Ben.

  • Spencer Krick

    If you get Williams and Ben retires after 2017, would it be considered a wasted pick?

  • William Weaver

    I too watch ND every game. Kizer in the right position can develop into a top 10 QB. In the wrong situation he can become a bust. He came into last season with high expectations and zero experience at WR. ZERO! People don’t mention that. He was better the year before with talent. He would be a better option then Landry Jones by mid-season. Definitely by 2018.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Think the steelers take a cb 1-3. Need an upgrade opposite of burns.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. DeShone Kizer QB Notre Dame
    2. TJ Watt EDGE Wisconsin
    3. Chidobe Awuzle CB Colorado
    4. Charles Walker DL Oklahoma
    5. Marlon Mack RB South Florida
    Alex Anzalone LB Florida
    6. Josh Jones S NC State
    7. Devonte Fields EDGE Louisville

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Same could be said for signing AB long term. I just think the Steelers ignored the fact that Ben is not playing into his lste 30s.

  • Matt Manzo

    Great experiment! I’d think this would sabotage the rest of the draft, but it turned out alright!

  • Rocksolid20

    I agree Chin . Why pick an also ran QB when you can pick one of the top two WR in this draft ?!

  • Rocksolid20

    Mack is a steal .

  • PaeperCup

    Wow, that is actually a pretty darn good draft

  • steelmann58

    I LOve getting Connor that late but I be very disappointed with the first round QB

  • NinjaMountie

    I think there are QBs that will go undrafted that have more ability and upside than Kizer. I watched almost every game he’s played. Don’t like him.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I like what I saw in his draft profile. I gotta dig some more into this because I don’t know as many players coming out as I did last year.

  • Mr jack

    This class will be better than last years class when it is said and done.

  • Mr jack

    Watson will be gone long before Steelers draft but Kizer might be there ,and Pat also.And been has a minimum of two years left ,maybe 3 and he is not going to retire with the stacked hand that the Steelers have.

  • LucasY59

    I really dont like the idea of Drafting a QB in the 1st (the team is a game away from the SB, getting the final pieces to win a championship is much more important than finding a QB of the future)

    however, the mock still turned out pretty well (Kizer would be the QB I would want if I was forced to make the pick, and having some time to develop under Ben should really help Deshon)

    I would change things up a bit if possible (since Kizer is available he could be EXCELLENT trade bait) and so getting a extra early pick to add another needed piece would be good

    (there are about 5 guys that would be hard to pass up with the 1st pick, but moving back about 6 spots makes it so they should still be able to get a player they want and get extra picks)

    it is much easier looking at the whole mock and making changes based on where guys went, and like you pointed out switching things up would be something even you would do given the end results (so I am going to make my changes based on who was available when the pick was being made and not looking back to what could happen later in the draft)

    with the early 2nd rd pick (from the trade) I would take either Tre White, Jabrill Peppers (least likely) or Haasan Reddick (at the very worst Adoree Jackson *didnt see where Jourdan Lewis went and he would be my choice over White if available)

    with the original 2nd pick I would take Mathis (just a personal preference between him and Watt, but would be fine with TJ as well)

    with an extra early 3rd pick I would take Obi Melifonwu (especially if Tre White was the 1st pick, Obi would be a great S/LB hybrid to help in subpackage, but even if they had Reddick, I would still want Obi (who wouldnt be quite as useful as a Hybrid guy, but could eventually take Mitchell’s spot as a starter to pair with Davis, and still his versatility could be useful with Reddick, Shazier, and Davis) only time I would change is if they took Peppers and then I would take Cam Sutton as a slot guy

    I would change the original 3rd pick (mainly because I dont see the TE spot as a big enough need) I would take Awuzie, even if they take a CB earlier they need help at CB just as much as OLB IMO, so they need a slot guy as well as Awuzie who could push Cockrell (either one as a depth guy makes the CB group talent much better) Bowser would be tempting if they didnt get Reddick earlier as well (even if they did pick Haasan having Bowser, Reddick, Shazier, Dupree, Davis, and Melifonwu could cause nightmares in blitz packages since all can rush or cover)

    since I already picked a Safety I would have to change the Jerome pick in the 4th (although I like Lorenzo and having somewhat of a ballhawk that could create turnovers could really help as well, cant justify doubling up at Safety this early) the offense needs a pick (even though going 4 defensive picks in a row, is not a problem IMO, they cant completely ignore the Offense) I would take Marlon Mack (depth behind Bell is needed, and Karlos Williams could be part of that so I am going with a speedy guy that is a threat to break long runs (the one thing Bell doesnt do well) Westbrook is tempting (just like sticking with the Jerome pick was as well)

    5th rd would change a lot as well, I like Anzalone as a player, but I dont see how he fits in the Steelers D (especially with my earlier picks) having V.Williams and Matakevich are already enough depth at ILB, and although Alex might be a little bit better athlete, I dont see him as a Starter next to Shazier (with the injury history of Anzalone I had hoped he would drop to the end of the draft where they could take him even if there isnt much of a need, it is a good problem to have so many quality LBs they dont know what to do with all of them) Kazee is also not a need since I have already doubled up on CBs, so I would double up on OLB now with Ejuan Price and Tanoh Kpassagnon (if he is still available this late I would absolutely take him, he would be in the conversation much earlier for me, would be tempted to take him in the 4th instead of Mack, but him being available in the 5th that is great value)

    early 6th rd pick (IF I trade out of the 1st I want more than a 3rd rd pick and since the trade was for a QB the team making the trade would be willing to give up more than one pick, could even be earlier than this) since I passed on TE earlier I would take Shaheen, yes I see that he is available later, but getting a TE would be a higher priority than doubling up on a RB so thats my pick)

    6th rd I really like Connor and would take him as insurance incase Karlos isnt able to straighten himself out even though I already had Mack (depth behind Bell should be more than solid for the future)

    7th already doubled (kinda tripled) on edge rushers, but taking I see Fields as good BPA pick and since there is need for OLB help, getting extra could be a good idea, Deatrich Wise Jr is another option

    recap (A picks are ones from trade, B are Steelers original pick)
    2.A: White (slot corner that could also play some outside if needed)
    2.B: Mathis (true OLB, think he could end up being just as good as the 1st rd guys in this draft)
    3.A: Melifonwu (S/LB hybrid for subpackage, future starter at S to pair with Davis)
    3.B: Awuzie (outside corner that would push Cockrell and Burns)
    4: Mack (big play backup behind Bell, good idea if they dont re-sign DeAngelo)
    5: Price (double up at OLB, also has potential to be a good OLB will push Mathis)
    5.comp: Kpassagnon (DE that has a lot of versatility, could help on sub package/extra pass rush help)
    6.A: Shaheen (TE to develop in case Green/Grimble are note enough, very similar to Outlaw IMO)
    6.B: Connor (2nd RB, good value and insurance for K.Williams and Mack as depth behind Bell)
    7: Fields (even more help for the pass rush, kinda overkill, but if they cant fix it with this much investment then something is really wrong)

    alternate
    2.A: Reddick (athlete that can help all over the field on D, can play on edge as well as inside)
    2.B: Mathis (between Haasan and Joe they have more help at OLB than they wouldve with a 1st rd pick)
    3.A: Melifonwu (not as much of a need for Hybrid but having lots of versatile players is a good thing)
    3.B: Awuzie (really hoping Golson can help in the slot if Chidobe is the only CB drafted)
    4: Jerome (secondary can use help, and Lorenzo has a knack for making plays)
    5: Price (this guy could be the Deebo Jr, so again great OLB to double up with)
    5.comp: Kpass (seriously versatile, edgerusher 4-3 or even 3-4, base 5 tech DE, or even interior pass rusher in sub, if pass rush is the biggest need on the team adding him makes sense)
    6.A: Shaheen (big TE that looks to be very athletic, needs to adjust to much higher competition)
    6.B: Connor (big back that could be FB depth as well, so even if he is #4 RB on the depth chart would be worth the roster spot, same with K.Williams, hope they re-sign D.Williams in this scenario)
    7: Fields (or Wise, overload on pass rushers, can cut Moats to help clear cap space to re-sign Harrison, depth should not be a problem after this draft)

    non-trade Alternate
    1: White (will be able to get pass rushers later and pass coverage is a BIG need, think AFCCG)
    2: Mathis (if he had not missed half the season with a foot injury could be a 1st rd player)
    3: Bowser (similar to Reddick (and Shazier) could be ILB, but also helps pass rush)
    4: Jerome (help for the secondary, could be deep safety ballhawk
    5: Price (even though the rankings show he isnt high value at this point its players you like/value more than rankings which can actually be a poor representation of value this late in the draft)
    comp: Kpass (still cant believe he was still available, these rankings could change a lot after the combine, and by the time the draft actually happens could be very inaccurate, still happy to get Tanoh here)
    6: Connor (two Pitt players drafted by the Steelers seems very strange, but they could also add a couple UDFAs Jarrett at NT and Orndoff at TE, not sure why they dont draft them more often since they have extra scouting/familiarity with the players from Pitt)
    7: Fields (again going overkill with edge rushers, but since it is the biggest need by most opinions, it is a wise investment …make sure they get the help needed)

    not taking a QB in the 1st could really help the D, and since that is the biggest need to help the team win the Super Bowl, I think it is a necessary investment (if they can get a QB with the 30th pick then they shouldnt be worried about getting one in a later draft) Ben can talk a lot, but winning a SB (and having a Defense as well as high powered Offense, could make him want to stick around a lot longer than he made it sound a few weeks ago)

  • LucasY59

    recap (A picks are ones from trade, B are Steelers original pick)
    2.A: White (slot corner that could also play some outside if needed)
    2.B: Mathis (true OLB, think he could end up being just as good as the 1st rd guys in this draft)
    3.A: Melifonwu (S/LB hybrid for subpackage, future starter at S to pair with Davis)
    3.B: Awuzie (outside corner that would push Cockrell and Burns)
    4: Mack (big play backup behind Bell, good idea if they dont re-sign DeAngelo)
    5: Price (double up at OLB, also has potential to be a good OLB will push Mathis)
    5.comp: Kpassagnon (DE that has a lot of versatility, could help on sub package/extra pass rush help)
    6.A: Shaheen (TE to develop in case Green/Grimble are note enough, very similar to Outlaw IMO)
    6.B: Connor (2nd RB, good value and insurance for K.Williams and Mack as depth behind Bell)
    7: Fields (even more help for the pass rush, kinda overkill, but if they cant fix it with this much investment then something is really wrong)

    alternate
    2.A: Reddick (athlete that can help all over the field on D, can play on edge as well as inside)
    2.B: Mathis (between Haasan and Joe they have more help at OLB than they wouldve with a 1st rd pick)
    3.A: Melifonwu (not as much of a need for Hybrid but having lots of versatile players is a good thing)
    3.B: Awuzie (really hoping Golson can help in the slot if Chidobe is the only CB drafted)
    4: Jerome (secondary can use help, and Lorenzo has a knack for making plays, could maybe even be a slot candidate???)
    5: Price (this guy could be the Deebo Jr, so again great OLB to double up with)
    5.comp: Kpass (seriously versatile, edgerusher 4-3 or even 3-4, base 5 tech DE, or even interior pass rusher in sub, if pass rush is the biggest need on the team adding him makes sense)
    6.A: Shaheen (big TE that looks to be very athletic, needs to adjust to much higher competition)
    6.B: Connor (big back that could be FB depth as well, so even if he is #4 RB on the depth chart would be worth the roster spot, same with K.Williams, hope they re-sign D.Williams in this scenario)
    7: Fields (or Wise, overload on pass rushers, can cut Moats to help clear cap space to re-sign Harrison, depth should not be a problem after this draft)

    non-trade Alternate
    1: White (will be able to get pass rushers later and pass coverage is a BIG need, think AFCCG)
    2: Mathis (if he had not missed half the season with a foot injury could be a 1st rd player)
    3: Bowser (similar to Reddick (and Shazier) could be ILB, but also helps pass rush)
    4: Jerome (help for the secondary, could be deep safety ballhawk
    5: Price (even though the rankings show he isnt high value at this point its players you like/value more than rankings which can actually be a poor representation of value this late in the draft)
    comp: Kpass (still cant believe he was still available, these rankings could change a lot after the combine, and by the time the draft actually happens could be very inaccurate, still happy to get Tanoh here)
    6: Connor (two Pitt players drafted by the Steelers seems very strange, but they could also add a couple UDFAs Jarrett at NT and Orndoff at TE, not sure why they dont draft them more often since they have extra scouting/familiarity with the players from Pitt)
    7: Fields (again going overkill with edge rushers, but since it is the biggest need by most opinions, it is a wise investment …make sure they get the help needed)

    not taking a QB in the 1st could really help the D, and since that is the biggest need to help the team win the Super Bowl, I think it is a necessary investment (if they can get a QB with the 30th pick then they shouldnt be worried about getting one in a later draft) Ben can talk a lot, but winning a SB (and having a Defense as well as high powered Offense, could make him want to stick around a lot longer than he made it sound a few weeks ago)

    *passing on Mike Williams seems crazy, but I think they could get a similar player with Brandon Marshall as a FA (if he is a cap cut, think he would be the one affordable outside guy they could bring in) and investing a 1st rd pick on a WR just doesnt makes sense (would eventually either need to pay a lot of $$$ to that group or lose most of them to FA)

  • LucasY59

    I am actually hoping he goes before the Steelers pick so that they arent tempted to draft him (I dont think he is a good fit for the Steelers D) would actually be happier with the OLBs later in the draft

  • Brian Miller

    I don’t think they would risk the Fields pick, lots of potential, especially at ILB but plenty of off the field issues. With as many great players coming out, there is no reason to think we can’t get a great CB, OLB (please Mathis or Harris), TE, and RB. QB and WR would be icing on the cake!

  • Consistent

    Wow! Is that accurate?? Rex Ryan’s offenses are so mediocre normally and they’re talking about running Taylor out of town before they pay him…I’m shocked if that’s accurate

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  • Steve

    Do you blame Ben? He has played lame many times and is making 18 mil per year. The first couple years were tough, with many sacks on Ben. He has a family to think about and life after football. He has made plenty of $$$ and if he was smart, he can get out of football and live comfortable the rest of his life.

  • Steve

    Lucas – Your write ups are books. Do you actually work for a living?

  • Conserv_58

    Do you have a crystal ball? That’s like comparing very poor talent with mediocre talent.

  • It IS Sunday

  • I think he’ll finish out his contract. Like you say, team is stacked. Ben’s a competitor and he’d regret walking away with this kind of opportunity

  • I’m not crazy about him either. He does have some talent though. Just not what I’d like from a first round pick

  • It is accurate unfortunately. It is the Bills run game, and the Steelers underwhelming offense last year that made it so. Taylor and McCoy gained a lot of yards on the ground

  • Rivers and Bowser I would be ok with that

  • I like the exercise. Good to know we can piss away a first rounder and still come out with a halfway decent draft I guess, lol

  • Vince Young was a winner coming out of college too

  • Ike Evans

    Whew……disagree on barnett

  • Jeff Burton

    NO NFL mock board by any analyst I can find has Patrick Mahomes going in the 1st Rd. I like him but he’s a nightmare to evaluate. His game is all over the place and he played in a pass happy offense. His footwork is horrible and he’d have to learn to take snaps under center. I think it depends on if the Steelers think they’ll get one more year of high production out of James Harrison. And Devonte Fields is a terrible character guy. The Steelers don’t need any more idiots. I would take a chance on undersized and highly productive Ejuan Price in the 2nd or 3rd if it was a 1st Rd QB draft. Love the James Connor pick! It’d be great to add to his already great story.

  • Applebite

    I think a lot of fans are so focused on a pass rusher in this draft, and perhaps rightfully so…

    However, I’d argue that the more urgent area of need is in the secondary. You can’t depend on Gay any longer, and nobody is sure how settled Golson is going to be coming back either, as he would be entering his 3rd season later this year without having played a snap, and then you have to worry about the success of his rehab (all of which is unfortunate for him). And while I have no issue with Cockrell, he’d make a better 4th corner than a starter.

    This draft is deep enough at certain positions to get everything they need. And also, does anyone know how successful the Steelers have been in picking up 1st rd OLBs? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that the best OLBs in Steelers lore have been mid to late rd picks. Where’s Alex K? Maybe he knows something about this.

  • LucasY59

    I just have no life…

    naw, probably just overthink things, especially about the draft

    work over 40hrs a week btw

  • Steve

    Worked 56 hrs last week. Do get on this site, there are only so many hrs in the day.

  • Steve

    He wrote this Saturday.