2017 Easter Weekend: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Good Friday to all of you and I hope your week was most excellent.

We are now less than two weeks away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft and that means the Pittsburgh Steelers will be wrapping up their pre-draft visits early next week. We can probably expect Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin to hold their annual pre-draft press conference very soon and while we’re unlikely to learn anything from it, hopefully some creative questions will be asked this year.

Steelers Nation is still busy mourning the loss of chairman Dan Rooney and rightfully so. He did so much for the NFL in addition to the Steelers and it’s great to see the outpouring of support league-wide on social media. While he will be missed, he will never be forgotten.

By the time you read this I will likely be at the Nevada DMV attempting to my vehicles registered in addition to my wife and I both getting new drivers licenses. The paperwork involved in the state of Nevada is quite different than it was in Florida. Wish me luck as this is my final hurdle related to me getting myself rooted here in Las Vegas.

Little Finley Pearl is doing just fine after getting fixed and chipped last Saturday. She still, however, has to wear the cone of shame for five more days until having her stitches removed. She’s finally adjusted to the cone and has been a little trooper.

Finally, I will turn 49 on Sunday and hope to spend the day doing a little math at a table inside a Vegas casino. I don’t get out much by my own choice, but am looking forward to getting away for a few hours to think about absolutely nothing while drinking large amounts of free coffee. Hopefully other humans sitting at that table leave me alone.

As usual, I have five questions for all of you to answer in the comments below and hope several of you can participate. I also want to take time to personally thank all of you for visiting the site this week and I can’t wait to help the others cover this years draft for you.

Have a great Easter and I wish you all much peace and love.

1 – The league recently released the names of the 22 prospects who are scheduled to attend the 2017 NFL Draft in person and you can see that list below. Name the players on this list that you believe will still be on the board come time for the Steelers first round selection.

2 – With the recent passing of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, I want you to give me one word that best describes him.

3 – With only a handful of pre-draft visits remaining, the Steelers have only brought in one running back so far and it was James Conner, who doesn’t count against the 30 allotted number due to him being a local product. Will the team bring at least one more running back in and if so, name that potential visitor.

4 – Which is more likely to happen with the Steelers first two selections, a defensive back followed by an edge-rusher or an edge-rusher followed by a defensive back?

5 – Of the prospects who have had pre-draft visits so far, which one is most likely to be signed by the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent once his rookie contract with the another team who winds up selecting him expires?

Recap from last week’s questions:

Question 1 – Responses ranged from 2-5 cornerbacks being picked before the Steelers 30th overall selection. Most believe that this is a thin draft for cornerbacks and the consensus is 3 being picked. If that happens, would the Steelers pick the 4th best cornerback in the first round or wait?

Question 2 – As a group, we leaned slightly in the NO column on whether the Steelers would select an inside linebacker in the first three rounds. The vote was 19-11; some thinking the compensatory pick might be used. Most felt that there were greater needs and that Vince Williams was good to go as the starter.

Question 3 – Davis Webb edged out Joshua Dobbs 13-10 with Brad Kaaya trailing with 7 votes. The Webb supporters felt he was the best quarterback of the three. While the Dobbs supporters felt, he fit the best in the Steelers scheme. The Kaaya group were the realists thinking he would be the only one available when and if the Steelers were ready to pick a quarterback – 4th round?

Question 4 – A clear majority (21-9) did not agree that Derek Rivers, TJ Watt & Carl Lawson would all be selected in the 2nd round. Most felt that at least one of them would be selected in the 1st round, perhaps by the Steelers. Watt got the most mentions considering his pedigree.

Question 5 – The Steelers announced that the Giants, Falcons & Colts would join the Panthers in playing preseason games against the Steelers. All three were mentioned by various respondents but no one got more than one correct. The Eagles and the Bills with 18 votes a piece were the most popular pick with the Redskins the 3rd with 9.

  • PaeperCup

    1) Awuzie, Jackson, King, Kizer, McKinley….I will be completely honest, i have no idea where the OL prospects fall.

    2) Legend

    3) No

    4) At first I thought Edge all the way, but I think there is a sweet spot for DBs right around 30 and shortly after. Likely with Edge too, but I see MORE options at Edge in the 2nd. Derek Rivers is my target at 62.

    5) Wow, what a question. Jalen Myric?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    1. Chidobe Awuzie, Adoree Jackson, Kevin King, Takk McKinley, Malik McDowell, Trdavious White (lots of CBs)
    2. Legend
    3. Yes, Elijah McGuire, one of my draft crushes
    4. I would think the former (DB followed by EDGE) because the talent is better for DB at the top.
    5. No idea, let’s go with Samson Ebukam

  • Spencer Krick

    1. Jackson, King, Kizer, McKinley, White.
    2. Class
    3. No.
    4. I’ll join the hype and say DB then Edge.
    5. Now that’s a point to the fence question. I’ll say Javancy.

  • Chris92021

    1. King, Iwuzie, Conley, McKinley, Jackson, Kizer, McDowell, and Trubisky.

    2. Humility.

    3. Yes. Brian Hill.

    4. DB then edge rusher.

    5. I will go out on a limb and say Keion Adams.

    Happy Easter y’all, and happy 49th to Dave. Please be safe out there this weekend!

  • LucasY59

    1. White, Awuzie, Jackson, McDowell, McKinley and maybe a QB
    2. Family (obviously his family has been part of the Steelers from the beginning, but I think most players feel like he made them feel like they were part of the family as well, so thats the one word for me)
    3. I want them to pick Conner, but if they had interest in anyone else probably Perine (or maybe Mixon)
    4. DB – Edge, the Best available DB will be more talented than the best available Edge rusher, and the depth of OLBs should make is so a good one (similar to what they would get at #30) will still be available in the 2nd
    5. ??? they dont sign FAs, so it would have to be a low tier type of guy

  • gjnn

    1. Awuzie, Jackson, McKinley, Ramczyk,

    2. Integrity

    3. Yes. Joe Williams.

    4. A DB, followed by an Edge. CB and S = two possible positions, Edge =

    5. Mack Hollins, for special teams.

  • Brian Tollini

    1. Awuzie, Jackson, McDowell, McKinley, Ramczyk
    2. Noble
    3. None will be brought in. This could mean one of two things.1. They aren’t really interested in drafting one. 2. They have a few RB’s they are already sold on and have a pretty good idea when they can draft them.
    4. CB followed by edge
    5. Jarrad Davis

  • Jaybird

    Lol Dave – “hopefully other humans will leave me alone” . I’ve been waking up every morning and saying that exact line for the past twenty years.

  • Jaybird

    1) Jackson , king , Kizer, Tak, awuzie
    2) integrity
    3) no
    4) DB then Edge
    5) no idea

  • Jaybird

    Lucas I think #5 was meant to be undrafted players post draft.

  • Craig M

    I think the team will make a trade to better themselves in this draft. As for Rooney I believe people will start referring to people as “That’s so Rooney” (in a respectful way).

  • Reader783

    1 – Chidobe, Adoree, Tak, Deshaun

    2 – Transformative

    3 – Yes, Semaje Perine

    4 – Given the depth of DE, more likely that a valuable DE is left at 30 than CB. So DE then CB by pure odds, but if a good value CB is left, easy choice.

    5 – The really really fast WR from a small school that ran the 4.2

  • Thomas

    1: Chidobe Awuzie. With all the CB talent in this draft I bet he goes mid second round.

    2: Goat.

    3: I’m not sure. I think Conner being Bell’s BFF and a local guy might make him the Steelers favorite RB. I think we take him round 4, maybe even 3:41 if PIT really wants him.

    4: I’m hoping DB is first because I like DB class better than OLBs, however it will probably be OLB first.

    5: I bet those Toledo guys, the TE and NT, get picked up UDFA by us.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1 Adoree Jackson, Ryan Ramczyk, Malik McDowell, and DeShone Kizer.
    2. Genuine
    3. They will bring one in: Marlon Mack
    4. After all the rumors and hoopala I think it will be DB followed by EDGE.
    5. Treyvon Hester NT

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. CB Chidobe Awuzie; CB Gareon Conley; CB Adoree Jackson; CB Kevin King; QB DeShone Kizer; LB Takkarist McKinley; T Cam Robinson; WR John Ross; & CB Tre’Davious White who Steelers Pick.

    2. Class

    3. Yes. Going with the consensus pick from a couple Friday Night Questions ago: Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine

    4. Defensive back then edge-rusher. I say the top two rated cornerbacks are picked leaving the Steelers to take cornerback Tre’Davious White with 30th pick. Then the Steelers have a choice between whoever is still available among Derek Rivers, TJ Watt, Carl Lawson with their second pick.

    5. CB Jourdan Lewis. Book it.

  • RickM

    1. Jackson and Kizer are the only two I’m pretty confident would be available.
    2. Kind
    3. I think another RB will be brought in as it’s a definite need. Not sure who though.
    4. Edge rusher-DB, and I think by a good margin.
    5. Too tough for me.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Happy Easter weekend to all. And Happy early birthday to you, Dave! Glad to hear Finley Pearl is coming along nicely as well.

    1. Tough question. I’ll go with: Awuzie, Jackson, McKinley, and White. (I was most torn about McDowell, he’s getting a lot of negative press, but I think his position scarcity in this draft means he gets picked and overvalued)

    2. When I hear the name Dan Rooney, first word that pops in my head is: PITTSBURGH.
    (The City of Champions)

    3. No. It doesn’t appear so.

    4. Man, my gut said Edge then DB, since I think they pick an Edge and knock off their biggest need. BUT… You said “more likely.” And then you added “DB,” which does encompass 2 positions (CB/S). So my head says play the odds, and go with DB AND THEN EDGE. So I will. (I hate not following my gut)

    5. Holy cow, what a difficult question! Uhmm. Uhhh. Uhmm… Definitely a WR. How about either Mack Hollins or Josh Reynolds? Since I think Reynolds has more early career success… I’ll go with Mack Hollins as my choice.

  • SoCal Steeler

    1) Jackson, Kizer and Awuzie
    2) Humility
    3) Yes, wild shot in the dark, Joe Williams
    4) Edge then DB
    5) Has to be somebody who doesn’t do so well during his rookie contract so another wild shot in the dark, Mack Hollins

    Happy 49th, Dave and aren’t dogs so pitiful looking in that collar of shame? I felt so bad for my boys when they had to wear one for several days. Oh, and I hope other humans leave you alone at your gaming table.

  • LucasY59

    signed by the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent once his rookie contract with the another team who winds up selecting him expires?

  • Matt Manzo

    Happy Bday weekend!

    1: Awuzie, Jackson, Kizer.

    2: Supercalafrajalistic!

    3: Yes? The Clemson kid?

    4: DB then Edge

    5: Might be the best question ever! Without the proper amount of time to research the list, I’ll say Humphrey.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Did you fall asleep?

  • Jaybird

    I took the question to be more like BJ Finney- undrafted and signed as a free agent after the draft.

  • will

    Why did you move to Las Vegas?

  • will

    “Goat”……..to describe Dan Rooney?!?!?!?!?

  • dwsteelers

    Greatest of all time!!!

  • Steel Realist PAul

    2. Humanitarian

  • will

    Ahhhhh……now I get it……and agree!!

  • Ace

    1. McDowell, King, Jackson, Awuzie.
    2. Legacy
    3. Sure how about Perine.
    4. I’ll say DB then EDGE. Pick from the best CB/S available and hope for a faller to be there at 62 (Tim Williams needs to be added to the usual suspects). Been beating that drum for a bit now. How I hope it will go.
    5. Someone who has shown potential but never flashes with his team due to injuries or miscast positionally…How about Myrick. Some team tries him on the outside and he fails, gets buried and PS pick him up. I guess he would have to be cut at that point. Tough question, good one.

  • Matt Manzo

    Stupid phone keeps reloading and cutting me off!

  • LucasY59

    I think that would be a much more reasonalble ? to ask, projecting draft picks and then 4+ yrs into the future is pretty much impossible

    I think Ordoff or Crooms make sense as UDFAs (I get why lots of people want a TE earlier, and if they had extra picks I would agree with them) but with 4 guys that are likely to make the roster, getting someone to push Grimble without using a draft pick is a good idea, they have other positions to use the early picks on IMO and dont need a early TE (if Green is a no go again this season, Ben can get a early rd TE next Draft)