Found April 27, 2013 on
SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Everyone is starting to talk about trashing the Pittsburgh Steelers best player available mantra. Last year I called the idea of best player available a myth. The Steelers have always drafted for their needs because that’s what teams do. The teams that have issues are those that reach for needs; for instance teams that reach for quarterbacks in the first round to hope and find a franchise quarterback even though there are better players on their board. Just look at the Steelers first three picks of this NFL Draft for another example: During the off-season the Steelers lost multiple starters from 2012. The four most talked about players were James Harrison, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Wallace and Keenan Lewis. After losing those players most wanted the Steelers to fill holes at outside linebacker, running back, wide receiver, corner and safety with an aging Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. Through the first three rounds of the draft the Steelers have selected an outside linebacker, running back and wide receiver. Now those players may have been their best available, but that’s because these draft boards are probably more tailored to need than we think. Jarvis Jones was rated as one of the Steelers 6-8 “special” players in this draft class. Le’Veon Bell, their second round pick, was their top rated running back and Markus Wheaton was rated by most draft experts as a second round pick. That means they came away with three good value players in each round. Even so, it also helps us throw out the “best player available” talk. Pittsburgh drafts based on multiple things and although Kevin Colbert said he doesn’t like to talk about “needs” and prefers “wants” it all pretty much means the same thing. When players like Wallace, Mendenhall, Harrison and Lewis leave your team in [...]
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network is reporting Saturday morning on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to trade running back Jonathan Dwyer.
Dwyer, the Steelers sixth-round draft pick in 2010, is considered to be the more marketable running back on the roster currently, but is also only under contract for 2013 after signing a one-year restricted tender in the amount...
The Pittsburgh Steelers completed their 2013 NFL Draft with nine selections as well as agreeing to terms with 15 other rookie free agents following the draft. The 24 rookies added to the roster will participate in the team’s rookie minicamp next weekend, Friday through Sunday, May 3-5.
ON THE WRONG FOOT
Running back Eddie Lacy wasn't drafted until late in the second round, which was lower than expected. Did a toe problem contribute to that?
Steelers.com The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed two needs in round two of the 2013 NFL Draft by replacing running back Rashard Mendenhall with Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell with the 48th overall pick and replaced wide receiver Mike Wallace with Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton with the 79th overall pick.
The Pittsburgh Steelers used their second round pick yesterday on Le’Veon Bell to be their future feature back and he may win that position as a rookie. That also creates a log jam at running back as I said yesterday and means that someone has to go. Well, that may happen sooner rather than later. According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com the Steelers are looking to trade a running...
In a pre-taped segment that aired on ESPN before the NFL draft, comedian Frank Caliendo broke out his impression of NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr., and he absolutely nailed it.
Fellow NFL draft analyst Todd McShay played the straight man as Caliendo takes Kiper's personality and expands it to topics way outside the NFL world. Brilliantly funny.
Video via ESPN.
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones is the Pittsburgh Steelers first linebacker selected in the first round since Lawrence Timmons in 2007 and the first outside linebacker they have picked since Huey Richardson in 1991, one of the teams biggest busts ever.
SteelBlitz Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Draft Grades by Round: 17. Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia: A Grade Jarvis Jones may very well be the best pass rusher to come out in this draft and may be the best of the top four players taken. So how did he fall to 17 when the other three were gone by pick sixth overall pick? Well, groupthink led to teams being worried about drafting Jones...
After parting ways with veteran linebacker James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones to upgrade their pass rush for 2013 and beyond. Jones had a monster season for the Georgia bulldogs in 2012 after racking up 14.5 sacks. Need NFL Tickets? The post Steelers replace James Harrison by drafting Jarvis Jones appeared first on Pro Football Zone.
The Pittsburgh Steelers used their 115th overall draft pick to select Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones. Jones, 6-foot-3 and 221-pounds, started 50-0f-42 games at Oklahoma passing for 4,267 yards and 30 touchdowns as a fifth-year senior. Jones said he
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert never likes to refer to drafted players as needs. Instead, he likes to call them wants. On Friday, it is quite obvious that needs is indeed the correct word to use as the Steelers drafted Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell in round two of the 2013 NFL draft and Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton in the third round...
There are still some top safeties on the board right now and as I speak the Jacksonville Jaguars are being put on the clock. My question is: could the Steelers make a play to move up for a safety here in the fourth round? There are still some top safeties available like Phillip Thomas, Earl Wolff, Duke Williams, etc… If they are really high on any of these players, and most think...
The Pittsburgh Steelers have wrapped up their NFL draft by taking defensive tackle Nick Williams with their seventh-round pick.
The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Williams will likely be moved to defensive end at some point. Defensive line coach John Mitchell calls Williams a raw talent who plays quicker than many players his size.
Williams was a highly touted high school basketball player...
According to several media reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Arizona Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling to a one-year deal on Friday.
Stephens-Howling visited with the Steelers earlier this month, but was not signed.
In his four seasons with the Cardinals, the Pittsburgh product rushed for 651 yards and five touchdowns on 182 carries. He also registered...
Ok, thanks to the great participation that we had in the day one post on the 2013 NFL draft, we will give you a clean thread to post in for day two. I have already posted my thoughts on the potential targets of the Pittsburgh Steelers in rounds two and three, so add a few of yours and tell us what a few other teams might do in addition. Use this post to discuss anything and everything...