... Dreary. Like this nasty Sunday weather. I've been so eager to enjoy that Spring-time glow - and I have faith it will come eventually - but today the weather is dreary.
I was hoping to hear that Jason Worilds was on his way to a leap like Harrison stepping into Joey Porter’s enormous shoes. I guess that’s not in the cards. If it was, a first-round flier on a third OLB would be ... surplus, no matter how good he promises to be. Either we wasted that 2nd-round pick a few years ago, we wasted a 1st-round pick this year, or we should expect to be seeing the back of our now-too-expensive star on the left side. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll be rooting hard for whoever gets the job(s) – but one way or another I feel like something’s been lost.
I was hoping to see a playmaker come in since Worilds had the pass-rushing slot. “We can wait on a pass-rusher. You know how the Steelers always keep those in a queue. So this year we’ll get that big-play [what-have-you].” I guess we won't see that after all. Mind you, I have no doubt that Jarvis Jones is gonna be great, and will leave some enormous shoes of his own. But I’m going to miss that player we couldn’t afford to draft.
And poor Sean Spence. I was really hoping that the choice to pass on you-know-who meant the Steelers had some good news to share. Guess not. So why did we pass on the first-round graded linebacker in order to snag the third-round graded running back? “Because this way we got our choice of third-round backs and Bell was the best of the group.” I’m sure he was. I've always liked Redman and Dwyer was looking good, but no doubt the FO is right that Bell is even better. But I’m going to miss that player we couldn’t afford to draft.
And then the receiver. Well, that was a need too. And it’s not like we were picking in the First anymore. I couldn't agree more that Wheaton was a superb third-round pick. But I’m going to miss that player we couldn’t afford to draft earlier on.
Shamarko Thomas, I’ve had a man-crush on your play for at least a month or two. You were the only pick I jumped up and cheered. I would have leapt for the others too, but I was too busy missing the ones who got away.
And so it goes. There’s not a single Steelers pick I can criticize. They all seem like fine young men and promising talents, who fill positions of need. I will root for them all. But I can’t help feeling a little sad - and dreary - because I miss the ones who got away.