I HATE to predict doom and gloom, but tonight could be the final dagger in the heart of Steelers' nation--a blockbuster draft by the Cleveland Browns. Come Sunday, the nightmare of "Draft 2014" may stem from whom the Steelers passed on rather than whom they picked...and who they never had a chance at of choosing, starting with Cleveland at #4, moving to the hated Ravens, on to Cinci, and back to the Browns.
Let's start with the Browns:
Let's assume they pair WR Watkins (or Evans) with WR Gordon. Bad, very bad. What if they add a solid QB with the 1-26 pick (Carr, for example, or even Manziel or Bridgewater)? The Cleveland Plain Dealer, in fact, mocks WR Evans and QB Bridgewater to the Browns--bummer! In all, the Browns own seven picks in the first four rounds with 2 in the first, 1 in the second, 2 in the third, and 2 in the fourth...all without any comp pics. IF the Browns choose wisely, tonight could mark the end of forty years of Cleveland football mediocrity (and Steelers' divisional dominance) .
Ditto for the Ravens:
Say we pass on Odell Beckham and he falls into the Ravens' lap...or maybe they snag CJ Mosley or Branden Cooks. These are NOT players I want to see in Purple....Mosley because I can easily see him making game-winning plays at crucial moments with the division on the line...and either receiver because both are capable of stabbing a dagger into our Black & Gold hearts on third and eight with time running out.
The Bungles? Like Baltimore, I do NOT want them to land Mosley, or [for that matter] WRs Beckham, Cooks, Latimer, Benjamin or ANY QB who's more composed under pressure than Andy Dalton (or any receiver who could compliment Eric Green).
Summary: We're quickly shaping up to having a division that's stuffed with talent that can win on any given Sunday. The Steelers need to draft effectively tonight to stay relevant in our division...we need to draft EXTREMELY well to have ANY hope of fielding a team that's capable of dominating the AFC North. Make no mistake, choices tonight made by GMs in Cleveland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Cinci could easily determine Pittsburgh's football success for the next decade or more.
We all know who we hope the Steelers pick; lets look at the other side of the coin. Who DON'T you want to see playing on Sundays for the Ravens, Bengals, and Browns|?