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Terrible Towel Tales: Mock draft lands Steelers top center

Steelers news and commentary Thursday, December 14

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Steelers Mock Draft 1.0: Pittsburgh Lands Top Center, Rising QB | Nicholas Martin, All Steelers

It’s never too early to start making mock drafts, especially if your favorite football team is coming off two straight losses to two-win teams. When the vibes around this team have reached cataclysmic levels of depressing, it’s time to look inward to a brighter future, just off the horizon. It’s time to think about the NFL draft and what directions the Pittsburgh Steelers could go in.

Round 1: Jackson Powers-Johnson, Center, Oregon

Steelers’ Mason Rudolph Dished Blunt One-Liner About Crowd Chanting for Backup QB | Madison Williams, Sports Illustrated

Rudolph, who has started 10 games in his career, admitted he heard the chants but it was nothing new for him. He tried not to let these shouts distract him from helping the offense during Pittsburgh’s 21–18 loss to New England.

“I’ve been on both sides of that,” Rudolph said, via 93.7 The Fan. “You really can’t let yourself get caught up in that because you lose focus and it affects your mental state. It’s nice to be liked. We have passionate fans, but you can’t let that enter your mind for a second.”

Merril Hoge calls out the effort of the Steelers TE group | Rob Gregson, A To Z Sports

“It might be the worst group of route runners in the NFL,” former Steelers running back Merril Hoge told WDVE on Wednesday. “Half the time, they quit on routes. The pick that Trubisky threw, Freiermuth makes a move and just quits….It’s the only term I can think of but our tight ends look like two turtles humping when you’re blocking. Because you’re not blocking anybody.”