Ok so yesterday was huge for Steeler Nation. I am estatic about our 4 FA signings and I believe I speak for the nation. We have signed playmakers without breaking the bank and we haven't even gotten to the draft yet! I have complied what I think our draft will look like after all this action has happened. I believe we will draft BPA but then again I see a lot of players that could be in black and gold. Need meets value here.
1st- Mike Iupati G Idaho- Ok so I wasn't sold on this pick until yesterday. I don't believe that Steelers have a terrible, piss poor line like everyone says, but it sure hasn't been the same since Faneca left a few years ago. I think that we avoid Earl Thomas in rd. 1 and go with a sure pro bowler; unless Haden, Berry, or McClain somehow fall.
2nd- Morgan Burnett S Georgia Tech- Burnett is a true playmaker and would most likely be a first if the draft wasn't so deep. I like his intangibles along with his smarts and size. I see him learning under Clark and turning into a great Safety in a few years. Steelers might also take a hard look at Brandon Spikes and Nate Allen at this pick.
3rd- Sean Lee ILB Penn State- A lot of people are high on ILBs from TCU and Miami but I have to disagree. I'd go with a solidified playmaker and somone who could learn from Farrior and eventually take the other ILB spot in the 3-4.
4th- Ben Tate RB Auburn- Ben Tate would be a "steel" here. He didn't exactly live up to his potential but he had a solid year this year and a great combine. He could be the speedy complement to Mendenhall seeing is how he ran a 4.4 40. He is also 220 lbs. and seems as more of a complete back than Parker was.
4th Comp. (for McFadden) Myron Lewis CB/FS Vandy- Lewis has good size and potential to be a NFL playmaker. He could learn in the dime and you know how Tomlin likes versatility.
5th- Jay Ross NT East Carolina- I am from Soutthern Miss and in CUSA we had the misfortune of playing against Ross. He is described as your typical mid round NT, but he has a good motor and decent size. Could develop into a great backup; unsure as to if he has the ability to be a replacement for Hampton/Hoke.
6th- Colin Peek TE Alabama- I see that Spaeth signed his tender, McHugh is unsure of his future, as with David Johnson, but I'd hate to pass up on Heath Miller Jr. He is a great blocker, opposite of the huge Spaeth, and he is a great target. Watched him in the Senior Bowl and he tore it up. I want him as a Steeler.
6th Comp. (For Washington) Sean Canfield QB Oregon State- He is used to playing at a higher level against tough competition. He could develop into a great 3rd QB, maybe even a backup for the Corrupt Ben. Had great workouts and I am high on his potential.
7th- Dexter Davis OLB Arizona St.- We need depth at OLB for the aging Harrison. Under him and Woodley we really have no other playmakers besides the Undrafted Bailey.
All in all I am pumped about the draft.