In a recent radio interview on Trib Live radio with Tribune Review reporter Mark Kaboly, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert talked everything from the state of his rest to the Pittsburgh Penguins season, but there was one something that Colbert admitted that truly shocked listeners. When asked if he ever checks "experts" mock drafts, his response was quite surprising.
"You do notice them [mock drafts] and you can’t help but to notice the mock drafts because they are on every prominent website that you go to for news. You basically see in any given draft people talking about usually 20-25 guys and there is a lot of air time for that group of players. If you see a name that’s outside of that group – you evaluate them and it’s not like you don’t know about them. But when you see somebody mentioned, those people are getting that information somewhere so maybe there is something to lead you to believe, even if you don’t like him, that somebody else does. That may or may not influence whether you have him available to you when you pick."
There is some interesting information that can be drawn out of that quote. For one, it makes someone that does mock drafts as their full time gig feel pretty good that a official NFL GM would possibly look at their mock up and possibly see what they think, compared to what the organization is thinking.
The other is how Colbert admits to if someone mocks up a player for the Steelers that they haven't researched, they will do their diligence with researching that player.
There are some that will read this and think Colbert doesn't know what is he doing considering the fact that he might be relying on mock drafts to do his job, but that isn't the case. Colbert is a professional, and any professional knows they will utilize every tool possible to make sure they do their job to the best of their ability. In today's day and age, the internet and mock drafts certainly are just another tool for NFL teams to utilize before the draft.
So those mocking up the 2015 NFL Draft, you might want to do your homework. Colbert could be checking your selections.