2017 Masters Weekend: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you once again.

Well, my accountant delivered the annual bad news to us earlier today so now I am drowning my sorrows in copious amounts of coffee and Diet Mountain Dew. I sure need to find a way to get little Finley Pearl a social security number so I can claim her as a dependent.

Speaking of Finley, she is scheduled to be fixed and chipped on Saturday and while both are minor procedures, please say a quick prayer for her just the same if you will.

The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly had a busy week as not only did they attend the LSU pro day, they also hosted several pre-draft visitors. Next week I imagine another 12 or so draft hopefuls will be in town. Three weeks from tonight we’ll be talking about new Steeler players as the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft will be underway.

As usual, I have five questions for all of you to answer in the comments below and most of them are related to the draft.

Have a great weekend and thank you for visiting the site this past week.

Peace and love!

1 – How many cornerbacks will be drafted before the Steelers 30th overall selection in the first round?

2 – Will the Steelers select an inside linebacker in the first three rounds of this year’s draft?

3 – If forced to choose between quarterbacks Brad Kaaya, Joshua Dobbs and Davis Webb, which one would you pick and why?

4 – True or false: Edge rushers Derek Rivers, Carl Lawson and T.J. Watt will all be drafted in the second round.

5- The Steelers 2017 preseason schedule will be released on Monday and we can probably count on the Carolina Panthers being their fourth and final game. Make your best guess as to who the other three teams will be.

Recap from last week’s questions:

Question 1 – Vince Williams seems to have found a seam among Steelers fans – at least those that follow Steelers Depot. 57% of respondents were “mostly” to very confident that VW is capable of being an every down player in 2017. The key question among the sceptics was whether he could handle coverage assignments. Almost everyone agreed that he was strong against the run. However, a couple people pointed out that he had been used on passing downs and Sean Spence on running downs a couple seasons ago.

Question 2 – Will following Kevin Colbert’s Pro Day travels help us prognosticate the Steelers 1st round pick? 59% think it will pay off. Some thought that perhaps his trips were a smokescreen to throw the other teams off who the Steelers were really coveting for the 30th pick of the draft. According to Alex Kozora’s 2017 Steelers Pro Day Tracker, Colbert has visited eight schools so far. Not sure who he met at Alabama but notable players there include OLB Tim Williams, OLB Ryan Anderson, S Eddie Jackson, CB Marlon Humphrey. Auburn with OLB Carl Lawson & NT Montravius Adams. Wisconsin where he met with OLBs TJ Watt and, Vince Biegel. Clemson where DE Carlos Watkins was met. QB Mitch Trubisky is the top prospect at North Carolina and Steelers QB coach Randy Fichtner accompanied Colbert on this visit. Michigan has two projected first rounders in SS Jabrill Peppers and DE Taco Charlton (converted 3-4 OLB?) but they reportedly met with Taco and DE Chris Wormley not Peppers. Florida doesn’t have any projected 1st rounders but a bevy of 2nd & 3rd rounders. Colbert met with S Marcus Maye. Miami (Fla) has big TE David Njoku who was met by Colbert along with QB Brad Kaaya a projected 3-4th rounder. Of course, maybe Colbert snuck in somewhere without Alex catching him. Is the Steelers first round pick named in here? We’ll see!

Question 3 – Straight forward, 64% do NOT believe TJ Watt is a “bonafide first-round prospect.” Not to say he won’t be picked in the first round but many probably agree with RickM who projected Watt being somewhere from the 25th to 40th pick of the draft. His pedigree was noted but most do not see him as the top edge rusher. Many draft projections have him going in the second round. We’ll see!

Question 4 – This question had the most consensus. 82% identified Demarcus Ayers as the remaining member of the 2016 draft class that would not make the 53-man roster this year. Not that folks don’t like him, just that wide receiver is overflowing with talent. Those supporting his chances point put the need for him to prove himself as a returner.

Question 5 – Another question with decisive results. 75% said Dennis Dixon was the latest quarterback drafted that got them excited. Omar Jacobs didn’t get any love. Landry Jones was beat out by “none of the above” by 3 percentage points.

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    1 – There will be 2 CBs drafted before the Steelers pick; Marshon Latimore and Marlon Humphrey.

    2 – It is doubtful, especially if they draft a safety who can also make some inside linebacker plays.

    3 – I believe that Davis Webb is the only one of the QBs who has a chance to develop into an NFL starter. We already have our backups, so there is no need to draft someone else to compete with our backups.

    4 – True Edge rushers Derek Rivers, Carl Lawson and T.J. Watt will all be drafted in the second round.

    5- Don’t know, and don’t care. The Steelers don’t care if they win these games. They just want to use them to see who to keep and who to cut.

  • Spencer Krick

    1. 2
    2. Yes
    3. Do I have to? *sigh* Give me Kaaya. I think Kaaya is going to be Alex Smithy.
    4. False, I think someone else falls in love with Lawson.
    5. My three shots in the dark: Rams, Titans, Pats.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    1. 2-3. You have the 2 obvious ones in Latimore and Humphrey and possibly one more before it gets to us.
    2. No and I really hope I am right. Williams is both capable of and deserving of the job and there are bigger needs to address.
    3. Haven’t paid any attention to the QB’s so I will just trust who the Steelers are looking at and say Kaaya.
    4. False. I’ll play the field in that one either gets taken in the first or one falls to the third.
    5. Giants, Bills, and Eagles.

  • RickM

    1. Three, Lattimore, Conley and White
    2. Yes. Regardless of their pre-draft comment, there’s no choice.
    3. Webb is the only potential NFL starter, but would prefer to pass on him as I think Ben plays 3 years. Wait for a stronger QB crop.
    4. False. Two will be taken in Round 1, one by the Steelers.
    5. No idea.

  • Michael Joseph Jackson

    1) 3 cbs
    2) No
    3) Davis Webb
    4) True
    5) Seahawks, Raiders, and Titans

  • Ace

    1. 3. Humphrey, Latimore and Conley.
    2. Yep based off the pre draft activity.
    3. Dobbs. Haven’t watched any tape on them, except a little Kayaa and it wasn’t pretty. Saw some interviews of Dobbs and he seems like a pretty sharp kid. I know I know.
    4. True. I think they all fall down.
    5. Bills, Eagles, Washington FC.

  • Jaybird

    1) 3 CB’s
    2) no – we get the kid from Florida in the 4th though
    3) no idea , none excite me – I’ll go with Kaaya
    4) false – one will go in the first round.
    5) bills, Eagles, vikings

  • Chris92021

    1. 3 (Tre’Davious White, Marshon Lattimore, Marlon Humphrey)

    2. Only if Haasan Reddick is available at 30 (I predict he will be gone by 25)

    3. Davis Webb. I love that kid’s arm and his mental makeup is superb. He has just right amount of arrogance that I want in a QB.

    4. False. I see Watt going in the first round (I have GB taking him right before us)

    5. Philadelphia, Carolina, Buffalo, and Atlanta.

    Enjoy the weekend, y’all. Less than three weeks away from the draft! Oh, and welcome back 7 but you never really left!

  • PaeperCup

    1) 3 Latimore, Humphrey, White.
    2) No. I think their lack of interest in the FA market tells me they are satisfied with Williams as the starter and won’t invest in someone high….unless it’s Reddick moving inside. My gut tells me they want a S that can play 3rd downs too, not having to rely on VW as much
    3) Tough one. Dobbs just because he’s the most likeable. Seems to have his act together.
    4) True. I really don’t see it any other way.
    5) Eagles, Bills, …bears?

  • PaeperCup

    I didn’t read comments before posting my own….interesting how many people thinking the Eagles and Bills will be our preseason opponents.

  • AndyR34

    1. 4
    2. True
    3. Kaaya
    4. False
    5. Lions, Bills, Washington

  • Ace

    I based mine off of the last few years of opponents and geography. I reckon there will be a wild card, but it seems to be typically a few east coast NFC teams, and a wild card AFC team.

  • Rocksolid20

    Lions , Redskins , Eagles , Panthers

  • Shane Mitchell

    1. Two, its a very risky draft for CBs

    2. Yes, we didnt sign anyone in FA, so clearly we have to draft an ILB that has starter potential, who knows how many games Shazier will miss next season.

    3. If I am looking for a possible starter Webb, of the three, but would still prefer Chad Kelly late in the draft, Kelly might have the best arm talent in the entire draft and we dont have to spend a high pick on him.

    4. I think Green Bay will draft Watt in the first round, Rivers will go somewhere in the second and Lawson is a 2/3rd round prospect.

    5 Vikings, Redskins, Bills

  • Jeff Papiernik

    1. 3, Lattimore, Humphrey, and a reach
    2. Tough to say. Only if someone is worth their pick. They will not reach for someone. So if I had to give an answer, I’d say no. Because I feel like the ILB class is weak which will cause them to be selected earlier than they should.
    3. Probably Dobbs because he could probably be had a little later than the other 2 which means those earlier picks could be used to address other needs.
    4. True, Lawson and Watt by other teams. Rivers by the Steelers.
    5. Idk, Giants, Bills, Lions

  • Shane Mitchell

    For the preseason games the NFL lets teams negotiate with each other on who they want to play, coaches dont want to travel far for preseason.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    No way it will be west coast teams. The NFL generally schedules preseason games in the same geography.

  • LucasY59

    1. 4, Lattimore, Conley, King, White (could be a couple more or swap an alternate of Humphrey, Wilson, Jackson, Awuzie, or Tankersly) there is a lot of talent at the position and a couple more names that have fallen out of the 1st rd talk either due to injury (Jones and Moreau) or for other reasons (Tabor) the only guy that seems to be falling for off field issues is Lewis, but I dont think he was a 1st rdr to begin with)

    2. sort of? if they dont take an actual ILB they will take a Safety they can use in a LB role for the Dime package

    3. I get to choose the rd also? none of them before rd 4 (and not at all with Kaaya) Webb will be gone by the 4th so that eliminates him, so my choice is Dobbs in the 5th or later, I dont really want a QB, but otherberger really isnt that good, and Landry isnt a long term term option, so getting a guy to try and develop isnt a bad idea (especially with Ben) they wont get a player that could starter (that could be a franchise QB) so dont use a early pick, and invest in the rest of the roster while they still have a franchise QB

    4. I want to say true, but I could see Watt sneaking into the 1st (I dont value any of them as a 1st rdr, but at the same time wouldnt be totally surprised if any of the 3 are picked in the 1st) I am confident one of them (or a similar player like Willis or Bowser) will be available for the Steelers 2nd pick so I would avoid taking one of them with pick #30

    5. is there a formula? I would take away any team that the Steelers play this regular season, so that eliminates the AFC and NFC North and the AFC South, plus the Chefs and Hateriots, also they dont seem to travel far for games, so my guess is the Bills, the Eagles, and who knows for the other one probably another NFC team maybe the Falcons (or Redskins? spose Giants are an option as well)

  • Matt Correll

    1 –3 (Latimore, Conley, Humphrey)

    2 – No (CB, EDGE, RB, S)

    3 –I think I would go with Webb because of his arm. I really don’t like Kaaya– he seems destined to be a backup. Dobbs has nice athleticism, but not really anything else. Webb is flawed, but at least has size and a big arm.

    4 – True (all between 35-50.. unless the Steelers take one at 30)

    5- Bills, Eagles, Titans

  • Shane Mitchell

    The preseason games are negotiated between the teams themselves to form a schedule, I doubt Tomlin would want to play the Patriots, do you?

  • LucasY59

    yep I picked them, and now see how many others had as well, the 3rd team seems to be the tricky/uncertain one

  • Spencer Krick

    I just picked three teams randomly, hence “shots in the dark.”

  • Jason Campbell

    1) 3 – Lattimore, Humphrey, and Conley
    2) I want to say no, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they take Jarrad Davis at 30
    3) Dobbs – most athletic and capable of extending the play
    4) true
    5) Eagles, Saints, Giants

  • Jason Campbell

    Isn’t this regarded as one of the best CB classes in recent history?

  • PaeperCup

    I just feel like we always meet them in the preseason for one reason or another. probably has to do with travel.

    Lions are another team that crosses my mind.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Giants, Eagles, and Bills (3 I picked) have all been consistent over the past 4 or 5 years at least. I didn’t check further back.

  • Rene Gonzalez

    1. 3, Humphrey, Lattimore, and Conley.

    2. Yes, even if Williams is good enough there’s a need for depth and the Steelers have been active when it comes to looking at ILBs.

    3. Webb seems to be the only one I’ve read about who has a “decent” chance to become a starter someday. Really don’t want them drafting a guy to be the next Landry Jones, not when they can be in a win now mode.

    4. True

    5. Bills, Titans, and Lions, just based of connections in the past or something like that I guess.

  • LucasY59

    yep, Lions, but they play them in the regular season, so I think they will avoid them in the preseason

  • Thomas

    1: I’m saying three: Lattimore, Humphrey, and Gareon Conley. I wouldn’t be shocked if Jackson, either King, or White go round 1 though.

    2: Maybe round 3. I think CB, OLB, and RB take priority though.

    3: Dobbs. He is actually pretty good and I think he could become an elite backup QB in the league.

    4: False: I bet someone reaches on Lawson or picks Watt.

    5: Bucs, Lions, and Oakland

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    1. Two. Then the Steelers pick LSU CB TreDavious White as the third one off the board.

    2. Yes, if Jarrad Davis or Raekwon McMillan are still available when Steelers pick in 2nd round. Anthony Walker in the 3rd might be a stretch.

    3. I’d go with Davis Webb if he was available with the compensatory pick. Seems like the highest ranked of the three with more upside. But why not see if Pitts Peterman is available in the 4th; I think he is educable.

    4. False. All three will be available when the Steelers make their first pick but Lawson & Watt gone by the Steelers second pick. Steelers will pass on Derek Rivers who will be snapped up early in the 3rd round.

    5. Buffalo, Dallas and the Chargers for no specific reason.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Is that the truth?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    1. 3 off the board before our pick. Lattimore, King, and White.
    2. No. I see a middle round ILB in our future.
    3. Kaaya, because Dobbs is really inconsistent and I don’t care for California QBs.
    4. False. Watt will be drafted in the first on name alone.
    5. Eagles, Bucs, and Giants

  • falconsaftey43

    1. 4 CBs will be off the board.
    2. Yes they will draft an ILB in the first 3 rounds. Davis or McMillan
    3. Kaaya for sure. Dobbs 2nd. Webb a distant 3rd. He looked undraftable vs Washington.
    4.false, at least 1 goes in the 1st
    5.Eagles,Redskins, Bears.

  • WeWantDaTruth

    Based on what others are saying, the teams themselves schedule the games. I doubt teams will want to fly cross country for a preseason game. That is why the Steelers and Eagles play exhibition games annually, Niners and Raiders, etc. That’s the truth! 🙂

  • PaeperCup

    Must be just subconscious lingering in my brain.

  • PaeperCup

    elite backup QB 😀

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    1) 4: lattimore, Conley, white, king
    2) not unless Steelers take Davis at 30
    3) Dobbs. Has the athletic tools and if I have to train a guy to be an NFL QB, I’ll take the guy who majored in aeronautical engineering.
    4) False. Watt likely will go in first. Lawson may as well (if Pittburgh takes him). Rivers may last til 3rd. Any and all of these possibilities make it false.
    5) Eagles, Buccaneers, and Redskins

  • Jeff McNeill

    1) 3 Latimore, Humphrey, and Conley
    3)Hopefully none but I guess Webb
    4) False only watt in the second
    5)Philly, Colts, and Jets

  • Brian Tollini

    1. I am going with 3.
    2. No.
    3. Davis Webb. Probably the lowest floor but highest ceiling. Go big or go home with the QB position.
    4. I believe 2 of 3 will be 2nd rounders.
    5. Eagles, Redskins, and Saints.

  • Matt Manzo

    1: 4 cbs in round 1! Awuzie climbs into the first by draft day.

    2: No ILBs in top 3 rounds. There are good ones to be had in 4/6.

    3: Dobbs. Only cuz he can be had later and is more athletic than Kaaya.

    4: False. One of them goes in the first.

    5: Skins, Bills, Jets.

  • Shane Mitchell

    No, safety yes.

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  • SoCal Steeler

    1) 5, CB’s always go fast and get over-drafted
    2) No, I’m with a few other posters in thinking we’ll get a safety to fill that 3rd down ILB role but I’d also be shocked if Reddick fell and they didn’t take him. I do think we draft one somewhere though.
    3) Dobbs, he has the smarts and arm talent and could get him in the 5th but I’d take Chad Kelly instead.
    4) No, at least one goes in the first
    5) Guessing, but Buffalo, Eagles and Redskins

  • gjnn

    1. 4 – Lattimore, Conley,
    Humphrey and a surprise.
    2. No, but it’s not a confident no. If they took Jarrod Davis in the 1st or Zach Cunningham in the 2nd, I wouldn’t be shocked or upset.
    3. Webb is the best fit for the Steelers so I’d take him, albeit begrudgingly.
    4. False. I think one of them – probably Rivers – squeezes into the first.
    5. Redskins, Colts, Bucs?

  • Darth Blount 47

    1. I debated this heavily between 3 and 4. And after looking at the total prospect list and consulting the Book of Armaments, I settled upon 3.
    “… Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out.”

    2. Begrudgingly, reluctantly, hesitatingly, and without surety, I’ll say NO. Not because they don’t want to, but the draft doesn’t fall that way and they can’t get the right prospect in a very suspect ILB class. (Yet another vote of confidence in Vince, after trying to replace him with Hightower 😉

    3. Whichever one converts best and shows the athleticism to switch positions. So I suppose that would be Dobbs. So Dobbs it is.

    4. False, I think one will sneak his way in. Likely Watt. Based mostly on his last name.

    5. Eagles, Vikings, Bills

  • michael young

    1. CB’s are a premium position in this league. As to who they are…..that’s anyone’s guess. That position is so scheme dependent.

    2. Doubtful. If they do, it means Foster feel to them. I don’t see that happening.

    3. Webb. On upside only. The others at best are #2’s in the NFL. I don’t see the point of drafting another #2 at this point in BB’s career.

    4. True. If Pittsburgh has these 3 graded similarly and are interested in drafting one, I could actually see them trading back to the top of the 2nd to grab one. I know this goes against Kevin Colberts history with the draft, but stranger things have happened.

    5. Eagels, Bills and Titans.

  • Beeze

    1 – 3 CB’s, Humphrey and the two from Ohio State
    2 – Only if the value is there because one they really like falls
    3 – Kaaya based on his upside and development potential
    4 – No, at least one goes in the first
    5 – Philly, Buffalo and New Orleans

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

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  • Shannon Stephenson

    1. 5…over the last several years that what it averages so I will go with that.
    2. Yes…we will go after one very strongly early because of how weak the class is
    3. Webb… he has the best tools to work with.
    4. False… one of those will go in the 1st and one of those maybe from us.
    5. Eagles, Giants of the New York football variety, Bills