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2021 Behind The Steel Curtain NFL Draft: Tidbits, Talking Points and Draft Etiquette

Unfortunately as some fanbases continue to root their team on, we are heading into the 2021 draft

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The 2020 Pittsburgh Steeler season ended in less than stellar fashion. We as fans went from talking about an undefeated season to one that many wondered if we would win another game. I’m not one to mourn about a past season for very long and this may not be to everyone’s liking but, we must move on. Unlike the real front office, we don’t get to make picks or sign and cut players, but we do get to talk about what we think is the best direction and a lot of that hinges on the draft each year.

Etiquette and Talking Points

I mentioned draft etiquette in the title and it is a simple courtesy. There will be a million mock drafts, either from the simulators or just personnel preference. I enjoy reading and debating them all, but I’m sure many here at BTSC don’t want the articles littered with them, especially when the article itself doesn’t pertain to the draft. There is a Fan Post section that everyone has access too, put them there. I follow that section closely, as do many of the fellow draft heads. One other thing is the manner in which we debate back and forth, and I will always refer back to Scott Pavelle, better known as Drop The Hammer, who was a master at getting a discussion started. I will do my best to bring that to BTSC during this time although I will fail in comparison. His Big Board will be sadly missed, but there are a few that are trying to do something a little different, but the plan as always is to provide information. Looking forward to that as well as trying my best to assist.

All-Star Games

Reese’s Senior Bowl

With the college football season coming to an end, we turn our attention to the all star circuit for our next dive into this years crop of prospects. This year’s game is set to be held on January 30th in Mobile Alabama. This link will take you to the home page for further details. Senior Bowl

I’ll also give times and dates of the practices that are scheduled, some of the drills during practices have been shown on NFL Network in the past. So bookmark this in order to check back in for information.

East West Shrine Game

Unfortunately this years game has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus

2021 NFL Scouting Combine

As of now the word is it will be different, unlike anything in the past due to the COVID-19 virus. Once a final plan is released I will pass it on.

List of Notable Prospects Returning to School

Trust me when I say the list is shorter for those returning. I will try and update this as more prospects announce their intentions.

Tyler Linderbaum C Iowa

Zion Johnson IOL Boston College

Draft Tidbits

Looking at the past few drafts a couple of things became noticeable. In 4 straight drafts the Steelers have chosen two prospects from the same school

2017 - Cameron Sutton and Joshua Dobbs - Tennessee

2018 - James Washington and Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma State

2019 - Devin Bush and Zach Gentry - Michigan

2020 - Anthony McFarland Jr and Antoine Brooks Jr - Maryland

What school will it be this year?

MAC Attack - Five of the past seven years the Steelers have drafted someone from that conference. Who is going to be this years pick?

As always Go Steelers and get your draft on!!