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Draft Thoughts After the Combine

There's a lot of interesting fallout from the combine, here's a rundown of things that concern the Steelers:

Andre Smith kills his draft status. In a year that once again has 7 or so top of the line OLs even the slightest set back could cost you millions, but for someone who earlier was in the top three best OLs and a lock to be drafted in the top ten, Smith could hardly have done more to make it worse. Some writers have suggested he might slide out of the first round entirely, certainly an overstatement, but if he slides far enough down could the Steelers trade up to get him?

As an Alabama fan I've been watching Smith for three years and he's got the tools to be a great lineman. I would be thrilled to land him.

Michael Oher was exposed too. His draft status was inflated more from the book he was featured in (The Blind Side) than his own ability. He still projects to be a mid first round pick. 

The WR crop looks deep. The big news from the combine was all around speed and agility in the WR position. If the Steelers aren't be able to sign Nate Washington to a reasonable contract they might be looking to snag a WR late. 

The CB crop is deep as well. With the big contracts being handed out to CBs this year (see Asomugha's 50mil deal) it is looking more and more unlikely that the Steelers will be able to resign McFadden. The goodnews is that there should be several quality CBs in the second round.

Winning does several things for a team. One of benefits is that it takes the pressure off the draft. Not that it becomes less a priority, but it clears the table of all extraneous questions such as A) what will the fans think of this pick? or B) what's the safest pick? 

The way I see it is with some of the turmoil and attrition in the OL rankings the Steelers's first round pick can only improve as teams (feeling the pressure to draft safe) fill other positions. With our second pick we can take a CB. And with the third or fourth pick snag a speedy WR that can double as the return guy.

 

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