Steelers Mock Draft Compilation #3; Week-Of Version

Mock Draft Compilation 3

With the draft set to kick off this Thursday, I wanted to take one last stab at a mock draft compilation to see if there was anything close to a consensus on who the Steelers would take with their first pick. Here’s what I was able to gather: In terms of which specific players got the most “votes” in each of these compilations: Pre-Combine: (tie) Landon Collins (3), Marcus Peters (3) 3/29/15 – Landon Collins (5) 4/26/15 – (tie) Marcus Peters (5), Kevin Johnson (5) Interesting how Landon Collins has almost gotten phased out of Steelers mocks as we’ve moved through the draft evaluation period. My own pet theory on that is that national (ie non-Pittsburgh) sports writers were aware that Troy Polamalu would not be coming back and simply assumed that safety would then become the most pressing need for the Steelers. Once they dug a little bit deeper, […]

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My Thoughts On AB’s Potential Holdout For A New Contract

Antonio Brown kicks punter

It’s pretty simple, really: A) he has earned it B) he will never get it by holding out C) the Steelers simply can’t afford to do it (and I’m not talking $ and cents here). Let’s take a quick look at each point here in turn, then I’ll tell you what I think works: He’s Earned It Players outplay their contracts all the time. Antonio’s existing deal was a 5-year $42.5m deal that he inked in 2012 and, at the time, that looked like a pretty stout deal for a guy that showed real promise but still wasn’t quite elite. Well, as we’ve seen over the last two seasons, Antonio has graduated from undergrad and is now working on his master’s thesis. Maybe even PhD. I think it’s safe to say he’s one of the top five wide receivers in the league (maybe top three) at worst and his bankroll […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 4/15/15

Photo courtesy of JD Seibel

* Another week, another secondary vet hangs it up. This time it was Ike Taylor, who announced his retirement after twelve NFL seasons – all with the Steelers. It was a given that he wouldn’t be back in Pittsburgh, but I think he considered playing elsewhere (Tennessee in particular). When he got no interest from other teams, he decided to call it quits. Ike clearly regressed the last couple years, but that doesn’t change the fact that he gave the Steelers a near decade of solid corner play. Always had a knack for shutting down AJ Green, too. Like Troy, I was glad he didn’t go somewhere else and now retires a Steeler. Photo courtesy of JD Seibel * Here’s an interesting guy that met recently with the Steelers – Nate Orchard, OLB out of Utah. Orchard is projected to be a third round pick and is one of several OLBs […]

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Troy’s Retirement Truly Marks The End Of An Era

Don’t know about you, but the news of Troy’s retirement, now that it’s official, makes me really, really sad. It’s not that I thought he would be back…..everyone knew he wasn’t returning…..nor do I think it’s premature. But now that it’s official, it’s really hitting home that a great chapter in Steelers history has come to a close. It didn’t feel so final when the other old stalwarts from that great defense hung it up, but it somehow does with Troy. I think that’s because, with the possible exception of James Harrison, Troy personified what it meant to be a Pittsburgh Steeler more than anyone on those teams. Not just a Pittsburgh Steeler, but a genuinely good guy, as well. I’ve heard many accounts from people who have met him in person and, without exception, he’s been unfailingly nice and gracious. No ego whatsoever. Just a great person. We were […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 4/5/15

James Harrison face tattoo

* The Steelers were able to retain the services of Antwon Blake, who signed a restricted free agent tender this week. Blake got some snaps last season when Ike Taylor went down with injury and played fairly well in his absence. The Steelers really needed to retain him, too, as they really only have William Gay and (gulp) Cortez Allen coming back now that Brice McCain signed with the Dolphins. The season hasn’t even started and this group is already giving me heartburn…… #GoodFriday #GreatFridayActually #GODisAmazing #ZillaSignedIt #SteelerNation pic.twitter.com/zZZJrfbN9O — Antwon V. Blake (@ZillaMane41) April 3, 2015 * Shayon Green, a former LB from the “U”, signed with the Steelers this week. Green played both DE and OLB for the Hurricanes, so the Steelers will probably be looking to give him a shot at OLB. He went undrafted in 2014, after tearing his ACL twice during his college career, but he was […]

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Steelers List Of Prospect Visits Raises An Interesting Question

Shane Ray

I generally try not to read too much into rumor and speculation about the upcoming NFL draft, particularly as we move through the Pro Day phase. Teams will plant all kinds of false information, mislead reporters and basically say and do whatever they have to do to serve their own self interests. That said, I do think it’s worthwhile to take a look at which prospects teams are scouting and, particularly, have visited with. After all, teams only get thirty player visits at their facility and they want to make them count, right? The Steelers’ list of player visits and scouting trips has a few things that jump out at me. Specifically, they are showing a real interest in Shane Ray and, now that he has moronically failed his combine drug test, Randy Gregory – two highly rated OLB prospects that are likely to be drafted before the Steelers pick […]

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Steelers Mock Draft Compilation: Part Deux

2015 Mock Draft Compilation 2

Now that we’re past the combine and the heart of free agency, I thought it would be a good time to take an updated look at the mock draft circuit to see how things may have changed. It’s important to remember that, since the last time I compiled this information, Jason Worilds retired and the rest of the world learned what most of us who follow the team long suspected – Troy Polamalu would not be coming back. So….we’ve seen a slight (aka 1 each) increase in the safety and outside linebacker bucket. Shouldn’t be a huge surprise. In terms of specific players mocked to us, this sample group seems to think Marcus Peters is the odds-on-favorite at corner now. HUGE upside there, but that’s a risky pick that the Steelers need to do some deep, deep due diligence on. At outside linebacker, UCLA’s Owamagbe Odighizuwa has suddenly jumped in […]

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