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Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Second Round

The end is near. There are only two rounds left to analyze in this series exploring the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting history during the modern football era (since 1969). What will the past predict about the potential of success for the Steelers 2017 second round draft pick? Apparently, it comes down…


Colbert Explains Pittsburgh’s Mock Draft Process

It’s rare to get a straight, transparent answer out of the Kevin Colbert/Mike Tomlin pre-draft press conference. They’re a close-to-the-vest team in general and come draft season, they’re not delving into any specifics. Which hey, that’s a respectful and fair process. One specific Colbert did get into was how the…


Steelers Downplay Use Of Analytics In The Draft

This certainly should not come as a surprise to you if you know anything about Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin. And we’ve broached the topic before. But they’re not big into analytics, including during the draft process. Both summed up analytics as a useful tool but not one that can…


Complementary Play Crucial In Defensive Success

Over the course of their recent history, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has seemed to be at its peak when they have had complementary players at the key interior positions of their defense. I am speaking of the bookend defensive ends, the inside linebackers, and the starting safety tandem. Taking, for…


Devil’s Advocate: Sufficent Draft Prep During Free Agency

You may recall for the past several offseasons that I ran an article series called The Optimist’s/Pessimist’s Take. I used it to explore different issues and topics the Pittsburgh Steelers were facing and took a positive or negative approach, examining each side in a separate article. This is essentially the…



Study: How Pre-Draft Visits Shape The Steelers Draft

The draft is hard. For those on the inside, the people in the actual war rooms, and especially for those on the outside. That’s us. It’s an unpredictable beats, made all the more tougher by two important factors we know little about: medical and interviews. So we’re going to miss,…


Know Your Enemy: Browns 2017 NFL Draft Preview

The 2017 NFL Draft is now just a short time away, which means that it will not be long now before we know a lot more about how each team will shape up for the 2017 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers are obviously in need of a quality draft, but the…




2017 Offseason Questions: First-Round Preference – DB Or OLB?

The 2016 season is unfortunately over, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are now embarking upon their latest offseason journey, heading back to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the postseason is now behind us, there is plenty…


Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Third Round

Over the past week, we’ve been counting down the Pittsburgh Steelers greatest draft hits and so far the discussion has remained…cordial. Well…now it’s time for the gloves to come off as things will get much tighter and difficult to discern in this round. It’s time for a generational UFC battle…


Steelers’ Seven Shots – Sunday, April 23, 2017

Every Sunday during the offseason I plan on recapping for you seven items related to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the rest of the NFL that may have fallen through the cracks the past week that should be worth your time to read. This weekly feature will be entitled “Steelers’ Seven…