Good news, Steelers Nation. After being subjected to a mind numbing amount of mock drafts and plenty of unsubstantiated speculation during what seemed like an inordinately long pre-draft process, minus the Scouting Combine to break up the monotony, the 2021 NFL Draft is finally upon us. I have been given the distinguished task of trying to apply a letter grade to each Steelers selection.
There are specific criteria necessary when attempting to accurately and fairly grade any draft pick. Only time will reveal the validity of any grade given, but I will utilize certain parameters as I attempt to apply an initial grade for each Steelers draft pick. I base each grade on projected roster fit, potential immediate impact, and assumed draft value. Draft value is achieved by evaluating each players actual selection against their projected draft position, whether that be player rankings or projected round.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected P Pressley Harvin III from Georgia Tech with the 254th selection of the 2021 NFL Draft. I was once again shocked when this Steelers selection came up on the screen. A punter from Georgia Tech? I wasn't even aware that the Steelers were in the market for a punter. I had always assumed that Jordan Berry had signed some type of unofficial lifetime contract. Based on the Steelers immediate need at the position I have given this Steelers selection a initial draft grade of A.
Harvin instantly became a fan favorite the moment his selection was announced. People always believe the backup QB to a struggling starter is the most popular guy in town, but that is not entirely true. A young talented punting prospect ready to challenge a longtime incumbent might just prove to be the exception to the rule. I jest, but Harvin is intriguing.
Harvin is a wide body punter with a huge leg. He stands 5'11" and weighs 263 lbs. He was All ACC as a senior after averaging 48 yards per punt, with a 44.8 net average. He was a unanimous first team AP All American and won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter. He excels as a directional punter, with incredible accuracy. He has the athleticism to handle bad snaps, and once threw a 41 yard touchdown pass off a fake punt. He has continued to improve each year, and should be a real threat to make the team in a open training camp competition.
Now we want to hear from the BTSC community and from Steelers Nation. What do you think about the Pressley Harvin III selection and what initial grade would you give it. Please place your vote in the attached poll and share your reasoning in the comment section below.
I am pleased to welcome Pressley Harvin III to the Steelers family on behalf of the BTSC staff and community. Go Steelers!
What initial draft grade would you give this Steelers selection?
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A = Excellent selection
B = Above average selection
C = Solid selection
D = Below average selection
F = Terrible selection