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Today's the big day. After a gazillion mock drafts and hundreds of hours on Mel Kiper, the 2011 NFL Draft has arrived. Click above for a quick Steelers Draft Needs Matrix.
Jason La Canfora of NFL Network apparently has a source who has told him that the "Steelers will exhaust all realistic possible scenarios to trade up for Florida's Mike Pouncey." "Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has given an edict to his personnel department to explore all realistic trade options for Pouncey, a guard/center, to be prepared to acquire him should he 'start to slip,' ... The exercise could prove futile, but the Steelers will certainly be willing to make the bold move should an opportunity exist within reason, according to the source." Should Mike Pouncey get past the Dolphins (15th pick) and Giants (19th pick), Steelers officials apparently think one of their best trade opportunities could be with the Buccaneers at the 20th pick.
With news today that Jenkins has left the Florida program, chances are he may enter the supplemental draft (if he is elgible). This coming after his second marijuana related arrest. What round pick would you give up to get Jenkins if you're interested at all? For discussion's sake, if Terrell Pryor were to also enter the supplemental (even less likely than Jenkins), would he be of interest to you at all?
I've been on record a few times as valuing quality over quantity in this year's draft, basically because the Steelers are relatively set and cannot afford to have to waive propects like they've been doing too many times. However, recent readings about the uncertainty over all our FAs coming back (combined with yesterday's court ruling) and this article at SI.com are well on their way to making me swing my opinion. Looks like trading down if BPA and need don't coincide might be wise, given the impossibility to sign college FAs immediatly after the draft. This article argues that there might be a flurry of trades well into the 6th and 7th rounds, as teams cannot afford to hope to lock up that UFA who wasn't drafted, fast after the draft. So organizations which do their homework (like ours) won't get the early mover advantage in 2011.
Carimi was off the board
The former Steelers special teams standout, and two time Pro-Bowler, passed away on Tuesday at age 86. The Steelers first round draft pick in 1950 (8th overall) was a return ace, and his 29.6 yard career average on returns ranks second all time in NFL history. Chandois made Pro-Bowls in 1952 and 1953, and was a two way star at Michigan State University, after spending two years in the Naval Air Corps. Said Dan Rooney: "Lynn was one of our great players from the past. He was a really good person and a better player than anyone ever gave him credit for being. He is one of those special players that we will always remember." The collective thoughts and prayers of Steelers Nation go out to the family of Lynne Chandois in their time of sadness.
Interesting, could be a major conflict if Colon is retained. From this link it appears he'd only return if he knew he would be the starter at Right Tackle.
This has nothing to do with the Steelers, but the saga of Russel has become that train wreck that I cannot look away from. The train wreck comparison is bad, because I would feel bad for those in the wreck, but I do not feel bad for JaMarcus. His failure is completely self-inflicted by his apathetic and lethargic approach to life. For those that think Sweed is a bust, this story should put that term into perspective.
Guffaw of the day: Colbert ignores BPA to go for need, and forgets about CBs...Some guy even has us trading up for Green or Jones, in a year where players can't even be traded!