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Steelers News: What will the new-look NFL Draft look like for the Steelers?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is officially over. After finishing the year 8-8, the Steelers, and their vast fan base, has another long offseason awaiting them. Just because the games are done doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how this new-look NFL Draft will look for the Steelers and the rest of the NFL...

Let’s get to the news:

  • With the NFL deciding to keep the Draft at the same dates, you have to wonder what this new-look draft will even look like...

Mel Kiper Jr., Steelers’ Kevin Colbert weigh in on new-look NFL Draft

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

With the bravado of a 19th century ringmaster, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week proclaimed the show must go on as it pertains to the league’s annual draft.

Amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic, the seven-round event will proceed as scheduled, April 23-25, even though the draft no longer will be held in Las Vegas and will be devoid of the circus-like atmosphere it had garnered in recent years.

Teams will make picks remotely and, if the NFL doesn’t reopen team facilities by then, each organization’s scouts and coaches won’t convene in the proverbial war room to provide input on potential picks and evaluate possible trades. Prospects and their families will not convene at a draft site, meaning no first-round picks will walk across the stage and get a customary bear hug from Goodell.

The process will be akin to an online fantasy football draft, which is a reason the NFL general manager subcommittee recommended having it delayed.

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  • Christian Kuntz is ready for his second chance with the Steelers.

Char Valley grad Christian Kuntz ready for 2nd chance with Steelers after XFL run

By: Chuck Curti, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Christian Kuntz’s foray into the XFL produced the desired result.

Kuntz, a Chartiers Valley and Duquesne graduate, signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, two weeks after the XFL canceled its season after five games because of concerns over the spread of covid-19. Kuntz played long snapper for the Dallas Renegades, not only showing off those skills but also his ability to cover kicks.

The sample size was small, but it was enough to convince the Steelers to give Kuntz another chance. He spent 16 days with the team last summer, playing in the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers before being cut.

Kuntz (6-foot-2, 237 pounds) said he didn’t get an indication from the Steelers where he will be needed. His path to long snapper could be blocked by three-year veteran Kameron Canaday, but there are holes to fill in coverage.

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  • Stefen Wisniewski is absolutely living the dream heading back to his hometown team, the black-and-gold.

Wisniewski is living the dream

By: Teresa Varley,

When Stefen Wisniewski announced he was signing with the Steelers on his Twitter account, he was proudly sporting a Steelers hat showing the love not just for his new team, but his hometown team he grew up cheering for.

And the thought of course was, it was a hat he or his family had sitting around the house.

Not the case.

”I went out to Walmart and grabbed one,” said Wisniewski from his home in State College, Pa. “That is one of the good things about being near your hometown team. They have Steelers gear everywhere.”

And that wasn’t the only thing he has been sporting lately that is black and gold.

”I started wearing Steelers gear again. It’s been a while,” said Wisniewski. “I had to buy some new stuff. I grew a little bit since the last time I was wearing Steelers gear. My wife, Hilary, is pulling out a lot of her Steelers sweatshirts that she had in her closet. She is a Pittsburgher as well.”

For Wisniewski, signing with the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent has been a dream come true. He is a Pittsburgher, growing up in South Fayette and attending Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. He grew up a Steelers fan, attending games at Heinz Field. Now, he will be playing there.

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