In the second part of the Steelers.com video series 'Countdown to the Draft' video series, you got to hear from everyone within the organization that is important to the draft. GM Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin, Art Rooney II, Todd Haley and even Dick LeBeau all give their opinions and thoughts on what they look for in terms of the draft and potential players. The one underlying theme amongst the men within the Steelers' organization is the 'vision' that they speak of.
No, they aren't referring to a players ability to see, but the vision that the organization has in regards that individual player and how they might fit on the team and within the organization. This episode focused on the college pro days, free agency and the visits where potential players visit the Steelers organization and meet the coaching staff.
These videos are a great look inside a very guarded organization. Not many NFL teams open their doors and allow footage to be taken of their draft process as well as their thoughts and ideals in regards to what they are looking for in these college prospects, but sometimes the draft process isn't as complex as it may seem. Sometimes it is as simple as being noticed while the coaches watch college football on Saturdays when they travel, which Mike Tomlin mentioned as one of his main recruiting tools during the NFL season.
The Steelers' overall vision in the draft spans across all NCAA teams, as they spoke often about finding those smaller school players like Dri Archer from Kent State, but sometimes getting noticed is as lucky as playing well on any given Saturday.
When it comes to the Steelers, their vision is pretty clear and consistent. Find players that fit the mold. Good character, clean bill of health and an overall understanding of what it means to be a Steeler. The philosophy dates back to Chuck Noll, and there is no need to change it now.