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NFL draft romances often end in heartbreak

Think you know the perfect player for the Steelers to draft this spring? Be prepared for disappointment.

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I am only offering a warning...

There she is. She’s the perfect girl for you. Everything is lined up. You have the same interests, everything about her is the perfect fit for you and you’re a great match for her.

Until you see her out with her new boyfriend.

I’d say we’ve all been there, but maybe we haven’t. Probably a lot of us have. And for the ladies reading this article, sorry I went with my own perspective but it’s what I know best.

Sometimes things just seem too good to be true. If that’s the case, it very well may be.

While I could go on with this analogy for some time in the world of relationships, ultimately I am speaking about the Pittsburgh Steelers. More specifically, I’m speaking about the NFL draft and the hope of certain players being selected to play for our beloved Steelers.

I know some people are very much into college football and may be more so than at the pro level. I am not one of those people, but I have no problem with anyone who is. For those who enjoy the college game so much, many would like to see some of their favorite players going to be a part of their favorite professional team. Sometimes it’s even a player who comes from a rival college program. Sometimes it seems the right player at the right position would be exactly what the Steelers need in your eyes.

In Your Eyes. Anybody else picturing Lloyd Dobler holding the boombox over his head in an attempt to woo Diane Court? Maybe it’s just me. I guess I have romance on the brain.

I’ve spent the last couple seasons attempting to warn Steelers’ fans to not fall too hard for anyone player in the NFL draft. More often than not, we’re going to be disappointed and suddenly be so convinced that a player is exactly what we wanted only to see them in another uniform.

Now that the Senior Bowl has concluded, there will be limited access to see how some of our favorite prospects are progressing. With no NFL combine for 2021, people who call them selves “draft junkies” will simply be waiting to hear any news on the various pro days if anything will even be reported. It’s almost as if the relationship is taking a break.

Many times, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Unable to see any of these players on the field again until the 2021 NFL preseason, players you may have felt were perfect for the Steelers are only going to become more perfect between now and April 29.

So why do I give you such a warning? Why can’t I just allow you to love whoever you fall for? Frankly, because I don’t want to see you get hurt.

How many times has a player the majority of fans felt was destined to wear the Black & Gold actually end up in Pittsburgh? Sometimes it’s the case. Sometimes it isn’t.

Last season, the name which I overwhelmingly heard the Steelers taking with their first draft pick, albeit in the second round, was Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins. I got very tired of hearing the name over and over again and eventually a began to accept that he very well could be the Steelers’ choice. But come pick 49 of the 2020 NFL draft, the Steelers passed on Dobbins, who was still available, and went with wide receiver Chase Claypool. What was even worse for Steelers’ fans was seeing Dobbins selected six picks later by the hated Baltimore Ravens.

In 2019, there was a large portion of the Steelers fan base who was hoping one of “the Devins” would fall, or the Steelers would make a move, in order to upgrade the inside linebacker position. In this case, many Steelers’ fans were not met with heartbreak but with overwhelming joy as the Steelers traded up to the 10th overall draft pick and selected Devin Bush. It was a storybook ending.

But fairy tale endings are the exception, not the rule.

In 2016, many fans had their eyes set on cornerback William Jackson III out of Houston. This time, hearts were ripped out merely one selection before the Steelers when the Bengals put Jackson in an orange uniform and the Steelers were stuck with Artie Burns.

Why am I digging up all these past relationships and heartbreaks? I using past experiences to remind you of what may come. Rather than fixate on a certain player, perhaps maybe it’s best to just focus on a group of players at a certain position or several options which could be around the 24th overall selection in the 2021 NFL draft. Maybe instead of fixating on one given love interest, get to know the field. Just tried to avoid any of Bryan Anthony Davis’ 2 AM stories.

I spoke my piece. Now it is time for you to ultimately make your decision. If you want to fall in love, be my guest. Maybe it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. If your heart gets torn out, I’ll do my best not to say I told you so. Actually, I really hope it works out for you.

Do as you will. It’s your life. As for me, I will wait until a player puts on that Steelers draft hat before I start gushing.