If Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert hopes to score a deal to stockpile picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, he's not helping his cause.
Colbert is in attendance at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and spoke with the media Thursday.
Gushed, is more like it.
One of the more experienced draft and personnel men in the NFL, Colbert spoke about the oustanding level of talent available in this year's draft. "I've been doing this 30 years," Colbert said, according to Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports. "This is the deepest draft I've ever seen."
A bold statement, but not quite as bold as this.
"I can't see a position where there isn't more depth than there ever has been," he said. "You talk about interior offensive linemen, it's a solid group. Not as solid as maybe the tackles or receivers, but it's more solid than it has been in the past.
"It's exciting when you're picking players out of this group."
Colbert is the same general manager who's team dealt a third round pick in this deep draft for a fourth round pick last season. Is that a show of support for Shamarko Thomas, or simply one crack in an otherwise seemingly locked opinion on the value of this incoming group of rookies?
Whether Colbert isn't simply speaking in superlatives for the sake of not giving a real opinion (likely so hacks like me write about that instead of other things). It's still based in at least some truth; this is an outstanding draft class, and we're going to see and hear more about that as the Combine gets underway in Indianapolis.