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The Steelers general manager spoke on Monday about the quality of the 2013 NFL Draft class, and provided some insight into what the team will be looking for.
Finding the low-round, high-production players is a staple of any championship team. Targeting those players before the draft, and not after the season starts, is the hard part. Here are some offensive players who aren't likely to be drafted highly but could make an impact right away.
Regardless of who's been catching the ball for the Steelers, their ability to get after the passer has been mediocre over the last two years.
The Steelers second round pick is coming into range with a slew of outstanding prospects still available.
Cleveland's Joe Thomas and Denver's Ryan Clady have been outstanding players since entering the league in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Their teams, by and large, have not.
As the upcoming draft steadily approaches, prospects with possible health problems, which could prohibit their playing professional football, are prepared for reexamination. Two names have been surprisingly omitted.
The Steelers took Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson with the 17th pick, and are in preparation to pick at No. 48. Weigh in on who you think they should be looking at in the second round.
While perhaps not the most often mentioned prospects in the first or second round, it would be hard to complain about the talent the Steelers would be bringing in if things follow the way Mel Kiper is predicting.
Jones makes the fourth player-visit for the Steelers. Now Pittsburgh has a chance to test the young man themselves before having the chance to take him at 17.
When in doubt, go with The Judge. Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown is a possibility for the Steelers with the 17th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and this community mock has him coming to Pittsburgh, along with a receiver (second round) and a safety (third round).
Prior to March 21st many of us in SteelerNation were in the "Moans for Jones" camp. Now after a poor pro day many seemed to have jumped ship.
Picks 1-6 are in, and the Cardinals, Bills and Jets are expected to announce their picks Monday.
SBN's New York Giants' community mock draft has the Steelers taking somewhat controversial LB Damontre Moore at No. 17.
Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei checked out medically at his Pro Day while Georgia's Jarvis Jones suffered a major setback.
The NFL has been in free agency for over a week, and the needs and desires of some teams are beginning to become more apparent.
Some notable players the Steelers have taken around the 206th pick - which they picked up in the 2013 NFL Draft - are Chris Kemoeatu and Sunny Harris.
In a second high-profile mock draft, Utah DT Star Lotulelei falls to Pittsburgh at No. 17.
With Mike Wallace already gone and Emmanuel Sanders supposedly mulling an offer from the Patriots that the Steelers may not be able to match, it is very likely the Steelers will be looking for at least one wide receiver in this draft. While the draft lacks elite talent at wide receiver, it is filled with plenty of talent in the mid rounds. Here is a look at a few of those options.
Pittsburgh can't pass on the chance to take the receiver over the rusher with the 17th overall pick.
National Football Post's Russ Lande has the early pick for No. 1 overall falling to Pittsburgh at 17.
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper released a new mock draft today and has the Steelers selecting Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert with the 17th pick in the 2013 draft.
A nagging hamstring injury keeps running back Eddie Lacy out of Alabama's pro day.
After he failed to work out at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, many believed a neck condition would prevent a highly touted prospect from joining the professional ranks. Now, medical professionals are denying those claims.
Injury concerns are always a big deal but just how much attention should we give to certain injuries? In the NFL just about the worst concern you can have are knee issues, particularly ACL tears. It's why South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore probably won't be drafted until the fifth round at the earliest event though he has first round talent. But what about non-serious, nagging injuries or health conditions that may not even affect a player? The first few picks for the Steelers could be players whose stock has fallen because of these issues and in my humble opinion the Steelers should jump on them.
Despite injury concerns, ESPN and Scouts Inc. analyst Todd McShay sends Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones to Pittsburgh.
Some of the young men participating in this year’s NFL Draft will end up making millions of dollars over the course of their long careers, while others may only play for four years, but still make annually 10 times what the average American makes. For the vast majority however, they will come away from the game of professional football with much more modest sums of money to show for all the years of work, pain, isolation and sacrifice they committed themselves to, only to spend the next five, six, seven decades of their remaining lives facing the same obstacles, money issues and life challenges we all face.
The Combine is over and with Pro Days happening at schools across the country, we're highlighting the top 50 prospects in this year's draft
The Steelers Mock GM was replaced before he could get the card with Jarvis Jones name on it to the Mock Commissioner, and the results could end up being disastrous.
Texas safety prospect Kenny Vaccaro met with the Steelers at the NFL Combine last week, bringing back a humorous story from training camp about a conversation between Ryan Clark and Mike Tomlin.
Behind The Steel Curtain's draft staff put together two Mock Drafts, both showing Pittsburgh going in unique but understandable directions with the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Combine has come and gone and players stocks have risen and fallen. This mock will give you an updated view on how the draft will look come April and the scenario is meant to be a slight overreaction to the Combine.
Like many other teams without a winning record the Steelers enter the 2013 Draft with many needs. They could choose to get a pass rusher in the first, or bolster their defensive line. However down the stretch of last season the Steelers' offense struggled to make plays. With Mike Wallace likely leaving and only Antonio Brown signed after this season Pittsburgh could not pass up a play making outside threat at wide receiver.
The Combine has come and gone and it is time to break down how players did. We started with the quarterbacks yesterday and now let's take a look at the running back's and wide receivers.
Oregon DE/OLB and first round prospect Dion Jordan will miss the next 3-4 months of football activities as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o speaks to the media for the first time since news was revealed his supposed girlfriend wasn't real.
While it may not be a perfect science, Steelers fan Tony Villiotti writes DraftMetrics.com, a web site that looks to draw conclusions on all things related to the NFL Draft.
It's the second offense of a similar nature for the outstanding linebacker product, and enough to make teams think long and hard about drafting him with a single digit or low-teen pick.
The Steelers have traded up twice in GM Kevin Colbert's tenure, but they've never traded down. A reader brings up the idea of targeting a position for a trade down.
There have been people in both groups this year. The group that wants to trade up and the group who wants to trade down and pick up more picks. These two mock drafts will show you what you would be looking at with a trade up in round one and then a trade down in round one. I am using Walter Football's mock draft as a base guideline for players being available but not a hard set in stone rule.
The former sixth-round draft pick turned top receiver is already in Pittsburgh, getting his body ready for the grueling requirements of carrying an NFL franchise back to the top
While quarterback is still the most important position on the field this draft is very light on talent at that position. Teams have been known to reach for quarterbacks but why settle for one if he's not a top 32 player on the board?
A sampling of the latest NFL Mock Drafts from around the Internet.
While the 2013 NFL Draft may not contain the level of quarterback prospects that highlighted the board last year, it's still a position of need for a few of the teams drafting in the top 10. As the Combine inches closer, a few quarterbacks should be expected to shoot up the board.
Running backs and wide receivers are the playmakers on offense. What types of skills sets should the Steelers be looking for come draft day?
Another question pulled from the comments, this question is likely to be asked and answered and asked again many times leading up to April's draft. As it sits now, though, there's plenty of reason to think about doing it.
Mel Kiper and Todd McShay recently updated their mock drafts and both have the Steelers taking defensive players. Kiper, like in his last mock, has the Steelers taking the talented pass rushing defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. McShay has the Steelers continuing their Ohio State tradition and taking Johnathan Hankins.
At what point is taking any running back, not just Alabama's Eddie Lacy, worth a pick for the Steelers?
Steelers sit at 17, and based on a random sample of other web sites doing mock drafts, defense appears to be favored, but overall, guys with first names starting with the letter "J" dominate mocks.
The Senior Bowl is over and we are a few weeks from the combine so now is a good time to update my player rankings. I have expanded this from 60 prospects the last time to 150 prospects this time. The top four prospects all play in the trenches and only three of the top 25 play offensive skill positions.
How many times have the Steelers double-dipped at one position? How many juniors have they drafted over seniors? We dig into those trends and more.
Like many other teams without a winning record the Steelers enter the 2013 Draft with many needs. They could choose to get a pass rusher in the first, or get a play making receiver. However youth, talent and depth seem to be lacking in Pittsburgh's defense line. Since the defensive line is the backbone of Dick LeBeau's defense, the Steelers can not pass up a player who can anchor the center of the defense for years to come.
The Senior Bowl is concluded and now the only chances for players to raise their stock will be the combine and the pro days. Eric Fisher and Ezekiel Ansah were two players who solidified their status as top 15 prospects at the Senior Bowl. However, none of the quarterbacks there were able to solidify their view as first round prospects and therefore only one quarterback will go in the first round in this mock draft.
The Steelers' history of using late round picks to find defensive linemen is well documented. The plights of Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward have also been well documented. Why is the learning curve for Steeler defensive linemen so steep? What makes playing defensive line for the Steelers so different from many college and pro teams? What do the Steelers look for when projecting someone to play defensive line one day?
ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper's preseason grade given to the Steelers draft was a B. He moved that to a C after a subpar season from the team's draft class. There's plenty in place, though, to see that grade moving to an A in 2013.
Datone Jones has been the star of the senior bowl so far and will see his stock soar after this week. He is a 3-4 defensive end who never quits on plays and knows how to play the position. He still needs to add some strength but could become one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the game over time. He uses his hands as weapons and knows how to shed blockers.
The star of Tuesday's practices was easily Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. Fisher dominated all day and according to multiple sources, he had all the looks of a top 10 pick and Eric Galko even went as far as saying he might be comparable to Luke Joeckel.
Among several potential targets the Steelers may have with the No. 17 overall pick in this April's draft, we break down Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins, a big defensive tackle who's size and ability to anchor against a double-team could make him a valuable addition.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are likely going to be looking for a young pass rushing outside linebacker and in this scenario, the super talented Dion Jordan falls to them at 17. The Steelers elect to choose Jordan over other options like Manti Te'o, Kenny Vaccaro, and Tyler Eifert.
The Senior Bowl is considered the top post-season draft bowl game where the best of the 2013 draft class will battle it out for draft stock supremacy. This year's class is loaded as usual, with star names like Ryan Nassib, Margus Hunt, and Alex Okafor on the North Squad while Tyler Wilson, Cobi Hamilton, and Terrance Williams headline the South roster.
While everyone has heard the names Manti Te'o, Barkevious Mingo, and Dion Jordan as possibilities to be the Steelers pick at 17, not everyone has heard of these three names. Each of these three players bring something unique to the table and could provide value and potential for the Steelers.
They're the tone-setters, the playcallers. The inside linebacker is the usually the quarterback of the defense. This year's draft class brings loads of talented ones, and with the Steelers sitting on the 17th overall pick, it wouldn't be a shock to see them go in this direction when they're on the clock.
The first three days of the East/West Shrine game have been entertaining and have put a lot of NFL draft hopefuls on the national stage. Some players have taken advantage while others have not.
Mel Kiper recently published his first mock draft of the year and he had BYU's massive, athletic Ezekiel Ansah to the Steelers at 17. Ansah has had a great career at BYU but their are concerns over whether or not he is too large to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. At 270 pounds and with more room to add onto his frame, the concerns are valid.
Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is working out again, which is good, and he's doing it with West Virginia wide receiver and draft hopeful Tavon Austin, which is intriguing.
The Steelers have been blessed by some of the best safety play in the league over the past five or so years, with two pro bowl caliber starting safeties in Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu. However, both Clark and Polamalu are aging and while backup safety Will Allen played incredibly well in replacement of Polamalu, the Steelers could use a new, young safety to become the next star of the defense.
A selection of mock drafts including the one on Behind The Steel Curtain for your reference.
Time to give the big uglies some love. What do coaches look for when evaluating offensive linemen? How do they account for things like level of competition and potential versus production? What happens when an athlete has great game tape, but lacks ideal height, weight, or speed? We'll attempt to answer those questions as we get ready for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Every year, draft "experts" and draft fans alike seem to say that it is a down year for running backs and that their is only one first round prospect at the position. However, year in and year out it seems that their always seems to be a run on surprise first round running backs at the end of the first round. This year, instead of being surprised when it happens on draft day, I am going to see if I can find fits for running backs in the last quarter of the first round.
In this scenario, Keenan Allen was taken with the 17th pick in the draft and the Steelers had to decide between Alabama's Jesse Williams and Eddie Lacy in round two. In the third and fourth round, the Steelers added a pair of pass rushing prospects. In round five, they added a sleeper prospect at running back and they took two players with big upside in rounds six and seven.
The 2008 draft will go down as one of the worst in the past decade, not just for the Steelers, but for the entire league. In an attempt to re-draft the 2008 draft, I struggled mightily to find 32 players worthy of first round consideration. Their were only 2 quarterbacks worthy of going in the first round. The drafts strong suit was clearly at running back and wide receiver. The draft also only produced two quality defensive linemen.
The Steelers will have to replace unrestricted free agent Rashard Mendenhall and recently waived rookie kick returner Chris Rainey. Fortunately for the Steelers, this is a very good running back class that has a ton of depth. They likely won't have to invest a high pick on a running back, but should they choose to, their will be a couple great backs available in round one as well.
The Steelers pass rush has struggled in each of the past two seasons as injuries have ravaged James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley. Harrison seemed to improve as the year finished and he got healthier but he may be a cap casualty. Woodley was out of shape all season and had a bum hamstring because of it.
A rough national title performance drops the otherwise impressive linebacker in post-college season projections.
SB Nation's Mocking the Draft puts Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan to the Steelers at the No. 17 pick.
As you would expect with a national championship game, the battle between Alabama and Notre Dame that will take place on Monday night is loaded with potential NFL draft picks. On Alabama, they feature an incredible offensive and defensive line that includes three potential first round draft picks in Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, and Jesse Williams. For Notre Dame, they feature a potential top five draft pick in Manti Te'o, but also include three talented offensive players in Tyler Eiffert, and a pair of running backs, Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood.
The Fiesta Bowl features two teams that have an argument to be in the National Championship game and they have a ton of NFL Draft talent as well. Kansas State features stud outside linebacker Arthur Brown and Heisman finalist quarterback Colin Klein while Oregon features a likely first round draft pick Dion Jordan and star running back Kenjon Barner.
An early look at the 2013 NFL Draft
Each of the six games played today will have at least one NFL draft pick and many of the games feature potential first or second round picks. Whether it is Johnathan Banks in the Gator Bowl, John Jenkins in the Capital One Bowl, or Montee Ball in the Rose Bowl, there will be incredible amounts of talent on the field at all times.
With at least two senior draft prospects in every bowl game on Monday, it is possibly the best slate of bowl games so far. There is a potential top ten pick playing in Mike Glennon and many other big name prospects including USC's, Matt Barkley and LSU's star junior defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery. The Sun Bowl and the Chick-fil-A bowl have the most NFL talent but the Music City Bowl is also a very good game for NFL talent as well.
Future draft pick priorities were caught afloat like Browns in the ceiling fan. As the dust settles, the Steelers know where they fit in the aftermath.
On Saturday, their will be five bowl games but only three will have any relevance to NFL Draft fans. However, the three games will be loaded with potential first round picks and other likely high draft picks.
The Russell Athletic Bowl will be played Thursday between Rutgers and Virginia Tech. Rutgers is loaded with senior draft prospects, including Khaseem Greene and Duron Harmon. Virginia Tech has the talented wide receiver Marcus Davis. Virginia Tech has 6-foot-6 quarterback Logan Thomas and cornerback Kyle Fuller while Rutgers has Logan Ryan, a possible first round draft pick at cornerback, and redshirt sophomore running back Jawan Jamison.
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