GM Colbert says the draft board is the same despite off field issues

It looks like the Steelers draft board hasn’t changed, this despite the issues with their franchise QB. Pro Football Talk had a tidbit on it today, saying that GM Kevin Colbert said that as of right now, the only two positions the team really isn’t looking much into is that of QB and TE:

A lot of folks think the Steelers will take Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, but Colbert said don’t be surprised if they moved from the No. 18 overall pick. He estimated there was a 70-75% chance they’d keep the pick, a 5% chance they’d move up, and a greater chance they would move back.

Colbert expects a lot of interest in the pick, especially with such a deep defensive class. He says there are more 300-pound defenders that can run and conversion outside linebacker prospects than any class in memory.

Those are just the prospects a 3-4 defense needs. Unfortunately for long-time 3-4 teams like Pittsburgh and New England, nearly half of the league is now looking for similar players.

If what is said above is right about taking a center, it would make sense considering the team needs to continue to build up their O-line, a line that needs players that can protect the QB as well as open holes for running backs such as Rashard Mendenhall.

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2 Comments on "GM Colbert says the draft board is the same despite off field issues"

  1. I’d like to see the Steelers do some moving in the draft.
    I think this is a very good deep draft, so I hate to see them give up many picks from this draft but I think the best values are going to be in the 2nd and 3rd rounds (if we could trade to end up with some more picks in these rounds I’d be ecstatic).

    The only player that I could see the Steelers moving up significantly for is Joe Haden. If Joe is still there at pick 10, the Steelers could package their 1st from this year with some next year picks and trade with Jacksonville. (Rumor is that Jacksonville is looking to trade down into the late teens to draft Tebow).

  2. I like MUARKICE POUNCEY a lot, but I’m not sure if Center should be a 1st round pick -> if you are going O-line in the 1st, then you really need to go Left Tackle. While none may be the caliber of POUNCEY, the Steelers already have a lot of center/guard types on the roster and it is much easier to fill center/guard through free agency than it is to find a franchise left tackle.

    Personally, I think that the Steelers biggest need is still CB, but I’m not sure I like the value at where we pick in the 1st. I like Joe Haden a lot, but he wont be there at #18. Kyle Wilson has been receiving a lot of hype, but I’m not a believer. The other sure 1st rounder (Patrick Robinson) -> I don’t think he is aggressive enough. Personally, my next favorite after Haden are Brandon Ghee and Perrish Cox (both of which you could get in the 2nd round).

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