2014 NFL Offseason: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Veteran Additions:
RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Lance Moore, NT Cam Thomas, ILB Arthur Moats, CB Brice McCain, S Michael Mitchell, P Adam Podlesh.
Early Draft Picks:
ILB Ryan Shazier, DE/DT Stephon Tuitt, RB/WR Dri Archer, WR Martavis Bryant, CB Shaq Richardson. Steelers Rookie Forecast
Offseason Losses:
RB Jonathan Dwyer, WR Emmanuel Sanders, WR Jerricho Cotchery, TE David Johnson, OT Levi Brown, C Eric Olsen, DE/DT Ziggy Hood, NT Al Woods, DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley, ILB Larry Foote, S Ryan Clark.

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Offense:
It's odd that Ben Roethlisberger just had one of the best seasons of his career, yet the Steelers failed to make the playoffs. Roethlisberger threw for 4,261 yards, 28 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions despite beginning the year slowly - he had six scores and six picks in the first four games. Roethlisberger caught fire late, so the Steelers will be hoping that he can carry that over into 2014.

Unfortunately for Roethlisberger, he lost a starting receiver in the offseason, as Emmanuel Sanders bolted for Denver. Of course, Roethlisberger still has Antonio Brown, who became the first wideout in NFL history to post five or more catches for 50-plus yards in all 16 games. Brown finished with 110 receptions, but a second receiver will have to step up across from him. There are some promising candidates. Martavis Bryant, a fourth-round rookie, is raw, but has loads of potential. Then there's Markus Wheaton, who was chosen in the third round in 2013. Wheaton barely played last year, however.

Roethlisberger will at least have a healthy tight end and some weapons out of the backfield to work with. Heath Miller missed a couple of games in 2013, but wasn't nearly 100 percent because he was coming off a torn ACL. He'll be more effective this season. Meanwhile, Le'Veon Bell proved to be well worth the second-round choice that Pittsburgh spent on him last April. Bell, who didn't enter the lineup until Week 4 because of an injury, hauled in 45 receptions and did well on third downs.

The Steelers won't be totally screwed if Bell is out of the lineup again. They bolstered their backfield, as they just used a third-rounder on Dri Archer, who figures to serve in a Darren Sproles-type capacity. The front office also signed LeGarrette Blount, who turned around his career in New England. It seems odd that Blount would walk away from a starting job with the Patriots, even if it's for more money, but either way, he'll be an upgrade over last year's backups, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman.

Something that helped Roethlisberger last season was the improved play of the offensive line. Roethlisberger has always been knocked around because of poor blocking, but that changed in 2013. The top two blockers were guards Ramon Foster and David DeCastro, both of whom surrendered only two sacks each. They'll sandwich Maurkice Pouncey, who barely played this past season because he tore his ACL and MCL. He has fully participated in OTAs, so having him back will only improve the front.

Meanwhile, left tackle Kelvin Beachum provided some stability that the Steelers haven't had at that position. Beachum stepped into the role in relief of an ineffective Mike Adams in October and did a good job of protecting Roethlisberger's blind side, surrendering just one sack in his final six games of the season. He'll start across from the inconsistent Marcus Gilbert, who permitted 11 sacks in 2013. However, Gilbert was coming off a season-ending ankle injury, so perhaps he wasn't completely healthy.

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Defense:
The Steelers had always been known for an incredibly intense defense that generated tons of pressure on the quarterback, but this unit hasn't done that the past three seasons. In fact, they were slow defensively this past year, as they surrendered an uncharacteristic 23.1 points per game. Changes had to be made to help Pittsburgh get back to its old ways, so the front office did a few things this offseason to help bolster the stop unit.

The big thing the Steelers were able to accomplish was spending their first-round pick on Ryan Shazier, a very speedy linebacker out of Ohio State. The inside linebacker situation was not a good one in 2013, as Lawrence Timmons had a down year, and Vince Williams was even worse. Shazier will provide a massive upgrade over Williams, and perhaps he'll help Timmons return to form.

Pittsburgh also used its second-round choice on a defender, grabbing Stephon Tuitt from Notre Dame. Tuitt was considered a first-round prospect heading into the 2013 season, but he gained bad weight, per the coaches' request, and performed sluggishly. Tuitt could be a very effective player if he sheds the extra pounds, so the Steelers did well to buy low. Tuitt figures to start with Cameron Heyward, a former first-rounder who finally lived up to his billing last year, and Steve McLendon, who proved to be a capable run-stuffing nose tackle who was able to replace long-time Steeler Casey Hampton effectively.

The Steelers also signed Michael Mitchell in free agency. Once considered a second-round Al Davis bust, Mitchell had a great 2013 campaign in Carolina. Mitchell will provide Pittsburgh with some much-needed young blood in the secondary, as he'll start next to Troy Polamalu, replacing 34-year-old Ryan Clark, who wasn't very good this past season. However, the concern is that Mitchell was just the byproduct of Carolina's prolific front seven. The Steelers no longer have the pass-rushing presence they once maintained, so will Mitchell regress without Greg Hardy, Charles Johnson, Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short collapsing the pocket?

Mitchell will also have to compensate for some poor corner play. That doesn't include Cortez Allen, who was solid in 2013, beginning the year as the nickel and eventually emerging as a starter. However, the Steelers failed to find an upgrade over Ike Taylor, who was just absolutely atrocious this past season, unless he was covering A.J. Green, as strange as that sounds. Taylor was burned week after week, yet he's still slated to start.

A stronger pass rush would help cover up Taylor's mistakes. Unfortunately for the Steelers, there's a good chance that they won't have one. They managed to retain Jason Worilds, who led the team with eight sacks. However, LaMarr Woodley is gone, while first-round rookie Jarvis Jones proved to be a huge disappointment. Jones barely did anything in 2013, though he did flash in the season finale against Cleveland.

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule and Intangibles:
Excluding New England, no one in the AFC has a better road record than Pittsburgh since 1996; the Steelers are 77-67 as visitors in that time frame. They're not bad at home either (104-43-1).

Shaun Suisham had an exceptional 2013 campaign, hitting 30-of-32 attempts, though he didn't attempt any from 50-plus. Suisham is just 3-of-10 from that range dating back to 2008.

The Steelers had major punting issues this past season, and that will probably be the case again in 2014 because their punter is someone named Brad Wing.

Pittsburgh at least thrived on punt returns, as Antonio Brown took a score back to the house.

The Steelers don't have a tough schedule. Excluding Cincinnati, Pittsburgh battles only four teams that made the playoffs this past season, and two of them - Chiefs, Panthers - are projected to decline. The other two - Indianapolis, New Orleans - have to go to Pittsburgh.

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Rookies:
Go here for the Steelers Rookie Forecast, a page with predictions like which rookie will bust and which rookie will become a solid starter.

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):
Offensive Line
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Analysis: The Steelers are a candidate to rebound. They finished the 2013 season on a strong note, winning six of their final eight games. They made some improvements to their roster and have an easy schedule to navigate through. They could easily find themselves champions of the AFC North once again.

Projection: 10-6 (1st in AFC North)

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NFL Draft Team Grade: A- Grade

Goals Entering the 2014 NFL Draft: The Steelers have lost two starting receivers in as many offseasons, so they'll need to find some help for Ben Roethlisberger. Mike Evans at No. 15 would be a wet dream. More realistically, Pittsburgh could find some help at cornerback and then focus on getting a new wideout a bit later. Getting an upgrade or two in the front seven is also a must.

2014 NFL Draft Accomplishments: The Steelers had a fantastic draft. Some might think that No. 15 was too early for Ryan Shazier, but I know for a fact that a team picking soon after them was ready to pounce on the speedy Ohio State linebacker. The next selection, Stephon Tuitt, provided ridiculous value, given that he was once viewed as a first-round prospect. The other defensive player, Shaq Richardson, is a tall corner who should help improve the secondary a bit.

The Steelers also added some needed play-makers on offense. Dri Archer will serve as a Darren Sproles-type weapon for Ben Roethlisberger, while the athletically gifted Martavis Bryant will have a chance to start right away despite being chosen in the fourth round.

The only reason Pittsburgh isn't getting a pure "A" is because it waited so long to address the cornerback position. However, that certainly doesn't spoil this great class that the front office put together.

NFL Draft Individual Grades:

15. Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State: B Grade
Talente prospects tend to fall to the Steelers - David DeCastro and then Jarvis Jones - but that wasn't the case this year. That's fine because the Steelers are still making a decent selection. Ryan Shazier is a speedy linebacker who will upgrade the middle of the defense. Pittsburgh's defense was very slow last year, so Shazier was taken to compensate for that.

46. Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame: A Grade
The best pick in the second round thus far. Stephon Tuitt was once seen as a first-round prospect. He struggled in 2013, but only because he put on a lot of bad weight. He has a lot of natural talent though, so if Pittsburgh can coach him up, it'll finally find the answer at defensive end that it has been looking for this entire time. The Texans were considering Tuitt at No. 33, so the Steelers are getting great value.

97. Dri Archer, RB/WR, Kent State: B+ Grade
Pro Football Talk had Dri Archer in the first round of their mock draft, so they must love this value for the Steelers. In reality, Archer was always seen as a third-round prospect. This is a solid choice, as Pittsburgh didn't have anyone on its roster who resembled what Archer will bring to the table. He can serve as a Darren Sproles-type weapon for Ben Roethlisberger.

118. Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson: A+ Grade
There's no reason Martavis Bryant should have lasted this long. He's a freak-of-nature receiver who could evolve into a Pro Bowl-caliber talent if coached right. He's very raw, so he has lots of work in front of him, but the Steelers are getting a steal in the middle of the fourth round while filling a need.

157. Shaq Richardson, CB, Arizona: B+ Grade

Shaq Richardson was seen by some as a fourth-rounder, so this is decent value. Richardson is a tall corner, which Pittsburgh likes, and he happens to fill a huge need on the roster. The Steelers had to improve this area earlier.

173. Wesley Johnson, C/OT/G, Vanderbilt: B+ Grade
Some figured the Steelers would go offensive line earlier, but that wasn't very realistic because it wasn't such a need. Depth had to be addressed though, and Wesley Johnson can play most of the positions on the front. Solid pick.

192. Jordan Zumwalt, ILB, UCLA: B+ Grade
I thought the Steelers would select two inside linebackers in the draft, given their depth issues. Jordan Zumwalt makes sense for that reason. He also provides some decent value, as some viewed him as a Round 4-5 prospect.

215. Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee: A+ Grade
I don't understand why Daniel McCullers fell this far. He is far too talented to go at the very end of the sixth round. The Steelers are getting a steal all while addressing a position of need. Their fans have to be thrilled with this selection.

230. Rob Blanchflower, TE, UMass: B Grade
Heath Miller doesn't have much time left, so the Steelers were expected to take a tight end. This is later than I expected, but Rob Blanchflower fits the range.

Season Summary:
Ah, if only the officials knew the rules. The refs completely screwed up in the Kansas City-San Diego Week 17 contest, failing to call the Chargers for an illegal defensive formation on Ryan Succop's missed field goal at the end of regulation. Succop probably would've drilled the shorter try and thus would've knocked San Diego out of the playoffs, allowing Pittsburgh to sneak into the postseason. It's a shame for the Steelers, as they finished the year on an 8-4 run.

Offseason Moves:
  • Cardinals sign ILB Larry Foote
  • Steelers sign P Adam Podlesh
  • Titans sign C Eric Olsen
  • Steelers sign WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
  • Steelers sign CB Brice McCain
  • Redskins sign S Ryan Clark
  • Steelers sign RB LeGarrette Blount
  • Steelers sign ILB Arthur Moats
  • Steelers sign WR Lance Moore
  • Panthers sign WR Jerricho Cotchery
  • Steelers re-sign OT Guy Whimper
  • Broncos sign WR Emmanuel Sanders
  • Steelers sign NT Cam Thomas
  • Raiders sign DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley
  • Jaguars sign DE/DT Ziggy Hood
  • Cardinals sign RB Jonathan Dwyer
  • Chargers sign TE David Johnson
  • Titans sign NT Al Woods
  • Steelers sign S Michael Mitchell
  • Steelers cut DE/OLB LaMarr Woodley
  • Steelers cut ILB Larry Foote
  • Steelrs cut OT Levi Brown
  • Steelers waive CB Curtis Brown
  • Steelers re-sign S Will Allen
  • Steelers transition tag DE/OLB Jason Worilds

    Team Needs:
    1. Cornerback: Pittsburgh had major problems covering No. 1 receivers all year because Ike Taylor was absolutely brutal. He'll need to be upgraded, and the Steelers should probably choose a corner with one of their top two selections.

    2. Defensive End: Cameron Heyward finally played up to his first-round billing, but Ziggy Hood continued to struggle. An upgrade is needed at his position, though there's talk that nose tackle Steve McLendon could be moved there, opening up a hole at nose tackle. This can be filled with the 15th-overall pick this May.

    3. Wide Receiver: Mike Wallace definitely wasn't worth the money, but the Steelers now lack a speed threat on their offense. They will take a receiver if one of the top three prospects at the position falls to them at No. 15. Signed Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey

    4. Safety: With Ryan Clark and Will Allen hitting free agency, the Steelers will have to replenish depth at this position. They may also need a starter if they don't think Shamarko Thomas is ready to step into the lineup. Signed Michael Mitchell; re-signed Will Allen

    5. Inside Linebacker: The Steelers can probably do better than Vince Williams starting next to Lawrence Timmons, though the 2013 sixth-rounder could improve. Signed Arthur Moats

    6. Outside Linebacker: Jarvis Jones disappointed as a rookie. In fact, Jason Worilds stepped up instead. Worilds, however, is an impending free agent. Transition tagged Jason Worilds

    7. Offensive Tackle: Kelvin Beachum actually shored up the left tackle position in the second half of the season, but can he keep it up going forward? Pittsburgh should probably acquire some insurance. Re-signed Guy Whimper

    8. Center Depth: Maurkice Pouncey is coming off a torn ACL and MCL. The Steelers signed Fernando Velasco last year as a replacement. He performed well, but he tore his Achilles on Thanksgiving.

    9. Tight End: Heath Miller, 32 in October, looked a bit sluggish last season, though he was returning from a torn ACL. Still, Pittsburgh may want to get younger at the position.

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    2014 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. LeGarrette Blount, RB, Patriots. Age: 27.
      Signed with Steelers (2 years)

      LeGarrette Blount has turned his career around in New England. Tampa Bay thoughtlessly discarded him, yet Blount was able to find a home with the Patriots. He averaged five yards per carry in 2013, though he still isn't any sort of factor in the passing game.

    2. Michael Mitchell, S, Panthers. Age: 27.
      Signed with Steelers

      Everyone laughed at Al Davis when he selected Michael Mitchell in the second round, but Mitchell was pretty decent in coverage this past year.

    3. Lance Moore, WR, Saints. Age: 31.
      Signed with Steelers

      I don't usually give write-ups for 1.5-star players, but Lance Moore is a big name, so I'll make the exception. Moore could be overvalued by a few because of his big name, but I'd like to believe that most see Moore as a product of Sean Payton and Drew Brees. After all, Moore has never played without Brees. Without Brees, he's just an ordinary slot receiver who will turn 31 in August.

    4. Arthur Moats, ILB, Bills. Age: 26. -- Signed with Steelers (1 year)
    5. Cam Thomas, NT, Chargers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Steelers (2 years)
    6. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Colts. Age: 27. -- Signed with Steelers
    7. Adam Podlesh, P, Bears. Age: 31. -- Signed with Steelers
    8. Brice McCain, CB, Texans. Age: 27. -- Signed with Steelers

    Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: TBA.
    1. LaMarr Woodley, DE/OLB, Steelers. Age: 29.
      Signed with Raiders (2 years, $12 million)

      LaMarr Woodley notched 13.5 sacks in 2009 and then nine sacks in just 10 games two years later. However, it's all been downhill since then. He was out of shape and consequently mustered only four sacks in 2012. He got off to a hot start last season, logging a sack in all but one of his first six games, but a calf injury derailed the second half of his 2013 campaign. Woodley has major potential to bounce back if he can stay healthy and motivated, but he's definitely an injury risk.

    2. Jason Worilds, DE/OLB, Steelers. Age: 26.
      Transition tagged by Steelers (chance to match offer)

      The Steelers didn't think much of Jason Worilds, so they opted to spend a first-round pick on Jarvis Jones. Instead of Jones playing well, Worilds stepped up with a solid 2013 campaign.

    3. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers. Age: 27.
      Signed with Broncos

      The Steelers could've turned Emmanuel Sanders into a third-round pick last offseason. They're probably regretting not pulling the trigger. Sanders is a sub-par No. 2 wideout.

    4. Ryan Clark, S, Steelers. Age: 35.
      Signed with Redskins (1 year)

      Ryan Clark, 35 in October, is no longer the quality safety he used to be. He has struggled at times this season and has hinted at retirement.

    5. Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Steelers. Age: 25.
      Signed with Cardinals (1 year)

      Jonathan Dwyer is a quality pass protector and can get the needed distance in short-yardage situations.

    6. Ziggy Hood, DE/DT, Steelers. Age: 27.
      Signed with Jaguars

      Ziggy Hood, a former first-round pick, has been a huge disappointment. Perhaps he can eventually live up to expectations, but time is running out.

    7. Will Allen, S, Steelers. Age: 32. -- Re-signed with Steelers
    8. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, Steelers. Age: 32. -- Signed with Panthers
    9. Brett Keisel, DE/DT, Steelers. Age: 35.
    10. Fernando Velasco, C, Steelers. Age: 29.
    11. Larry Foote, ILB, Steelers. Age: 34. -- Signed with Cardinals (1 year)
    12. David Johnson, TE, Steelers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Chargers (2 years)
    13. Levi Brown, OT, Steelers. Age: 30.
    14. Al Woods, NT, Steelers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Titans
    15. Eric Olsen (RFA), C, Steelers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Titans
    16. Felix Jones, RB, Steelers. Age: 27.
    17. Guy Whimper, OT, Steelers. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Steelers (1 year)
    18. La'Rod Stephens-Howling, RB, Steelers. Age: 27.
    19. Rashad Butler, OT, Steelers. Age: 31.
    20. Plaxico Burress, WR, Steelers. Age: 37.

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    Brostar (Anonymous Poster)
    9 day(s) 5 hour(s) ago - hide

    @Big Al 

    Every team would be improved by a NT of Poe's caliber, the issue is there's pretty much nobody that caliber the Steelers have a shot of attaining.

    Also while they'd be improved by an elite NT who can pressure the QB they proved this year that they don't badly need one which is what Walt having NT listed as their 3rd biggest need implies. The Steelers could get away with McCullers starting if McLendon doesn't come back.

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    Brostar (Anonymous Poster)
    11 day(s) 7 hour(s) ago - hide

    Not a very good list of needs Walt, you're operating on a lot of incorrect information about the Steelers defensive scheme and iffy about a lot of offensive issues/non-issues.

    1. CB is not a big need unless William Gay walks. People get this obsessive idea every year that the Steelers need to go CB early in the draft and it's never made less sense for them to do so than it does this year. The Steelers have three young corners on the roster already in Ross Cockrell, Senquez Golson, and Doran Grant. Golson and Grant were drafted in the 2nd and 4th round last year while Cockrell played and played well. Assuming they bring back William Gay, and as a coaching favorite that's a pretty safe assumption, that'd leave them with a group of Gay, Cockrell, Golson, and Grant which is a solid group that includes three players under 26. While they might pick up cheap veteran CB for depth/insurance later that's probably all they'll do with the CB position. The Steelers just don't place a premium on corners, never have.

    2. NT isn't even in the team's top 5 needs. The Steelers used a NT on less than 40% of their defensive snaps last year. They spent most of last season running a 2-4-5 to counteract the three receivers sets most teams are using. They very seldom used three defensive lineman and almost exclusively brought Steve McLendon in on obvious rushing downs. Also he wasn't bad against the run as the Steelers defense was notably better at stopping the run with him on the field. They finished top 10 in yards allowed per run and that's with injuries at ILB and other position along the front 7. They also have Daniel McCullers who they drafted to fill the project NT role so even if they don't retain McLendon McCullers is capable of playing the 15-25 snaps per game where the Steelers have a NT on the field.

    3. OLB should be the Steelers' top need. Bud Dupree has potential but aside from him James Harrison is 38, Jarvis Jones is a bust (in that he's a terrible pass rusher, he's so-so against the run), and Arthur Moats is just a guy. The Steelers defense is built around the pass rush getting to the QB and unless James Harrison finds the fountain of youth or Bud Dupree becomes amazing by the start of next season the Steelers will need to find somebody who can take over for James Harrison. They ended the year 3rd in sacks but they also blitzed more than anyone else in the NFL to do it which put a lot of pressure on the secondary. If the pass rush were better the Steelers corners would look a lot better as the whole defense is predicated on the pass rush.

    4. TE should be listed as a need. Heath Miller is 33 and declining and probably has only a year left of being a serviceable starter while Jesse James is project who can't stretch the defense with big plays. Another TE who can stretch the defense (Hooper immediately comes to mind) should be added if possible lest the Steelers end up in the same situation they were when Polamalu declined and had to be replaced where they started a mediocre Will Allen due to having literally nobody else.

    When it comes to needs for the Steelers it goes OLB=SS>CB>TE>LT=LG>ILB>P>D-line depth>Backup QB.

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    Big Al (Anonymous Poster)
    9 day(s) 20 hour(s) ago - hide
    @Brostar - a lot of what you say makes sense but I'd disagree about NT.  Yes they played a lot of 2-4-5 this year but if you could get a top flight NT like Dontari Poe then they would stay on the field a lot more and there would be some 3-3-5 nickel looks.  Also, with McClendon being a FA there is no guarantee he will even be back.
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    Hey (Anonymous Poster)
    11 day(s) 4 hour(s) ago - hide

    @Wow, Steelers suck 

    Yep, set the Steelers back so much that they almost(should have) made it to the AFCC game.. not to mention, with a ton of injuries.

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    Big Al (Anonymous Poster)
    11 day(s) 9 hour(s) ago - hide

    TE should be on the list somewhere.  Heather Miller is 33 and in the last year of his contract.  Jesse James has shown promise but TE is definitely an option in the draft if right player is available.

    I don't see ILB as a need unless they let Spence walk.  Even if Timmons were to be let go (which is highly unlikely) you would still have Shazier, Williams and Spence.

    OL should probably be a bit higher.  Foster, Beachum and Adams are all free agents.  There is no way they will retain all three.

    I would let Beachum go and use the money saved to resign Gay and/or Boykin and maybe sign a FA safety.

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    Wow, Steelers suck (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 7 day(s) ago - hide

    This draft is really going to set Pittsburgh back.

    They tried to trade up for Wyanes, but they failed to pull it off. Instead, they settled for a raw edge with no actual pass rush skills. They'll fail to develop Dupree, just like they failed to develop Tuitt, Ziggy Hood, Jarvis Jones, and Jason Worilds. 

    Then they were set to draft Maxx Williams in the 2nd until the Ravens completely @#$@-blocked them and traded in front to snipe him. This forced them to reach on a diminutive late-round CB who will be unable to cover Green, Perriman, or Gordon. He will not help their scondary.

    They didn't even need Coates, who has worse hands than Greg Little, so they basically wasted another pick on a Limas Sweed clone--go figure. 

    Day 3 was a waste. Another nickle CB, a TE with no separation or fight for the ball, and a few other practice squad guys. 

    How much longer until Colbert is fired? All he knows how to do is draft WRs and turn base salary into signing bonuses, ruining their cap later on. 

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    Robert K (Anonymous Poster)
    6 month(s) 26 day(s) ago - hide
    @Wow, Steelers suck "

    They tried to trade up for Wyanes, but they failed to pull it off."

    No, they declined to give up premium picks to move up to the top ten. The price would have been very, very steep for a team that has questionable depth.

    "Instead, they settled for a raw edge with no actual pass rush skills."

    I have no idea whether or not Dupree will pan out, but no pass rush skills? Let me guess: you're another one of the chronic liars on this site who pretends like he's scouted players in depth.


    They'll fail to develop Dupree, just like they failed to develop Tuitt, Ziggy Hood, Jarvis Jones, and Jason Worilds."

    Hood was a flop, Worilds was okay, Jones is in a make-or-break year, and Tuitt is only going into his second year at a position where he's not expected to bring a huge pass rush (3-4 end). Sheesh.


    Then they were set to draft Maxx Williams in the 2nd until the Ravens completely @#$@-blocked them and traded in front to snipe him."

    You are, once again, counting on unconfirmed reports to blast a team. As you can see below, I didn't like either the Goldson or Coates picks, but I have a hard time believe that the former won't help the secondary at all.

    "Day 3 was a waste. Another nickle CB, a TE with no separation or fight for the ball, and a few other practice squad guys."

    Once again, the lying amateur scout comes out.

    "All he knows how to do is draft WRs and turn base salary into signing bonuses, ruining their cap later on."

    Well, to be fair, he's also done a nice job with the offensive line. He's been off lately, though. As for the cap: that's Khan's job, not Colbert's. Pay attention.

    I wasn't crazy about the draft, but man, your attempts to bash it by lying, exaggerating, and exposing your ignore gave me quite the chuckle. Thanks!




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    Stiles have more rings than your team (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 3 day(s) ago - hide

    I don't see Coates cracking the starting lineup. Every indication is pointing to Martavis Bryant having a break out year

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    Steel Willy (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 3 day(s) ago - hide

    "It seemed like the Ravens panicked when the Ravens leapt in front of them to take Maxx Williams" 

    Uh no, the steelers were dead set on taking defensive back. They were not going to take Williamscif he was available.

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    nick_knack95 11 Posts (25 )
    1 years 7 month(s) ago - hide

    No way the Steelers win the AFC North! they are old and slow on defense, brown is the only weapon on offense, and besides the Bengals are by far the best team in the division

    1. Bengals 10-6

    2. Ravens 8-8

    3. Steelers 7-9

    4. Browns 6-10

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    Steel Willy (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 7 month(s) ago - hide
    Old and slow? They got younger and faster in the offseason and made some great additions in both free agency and the draft.
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    nick_knack95 11 Posts (25 )
    1 years 7 month(s) ago - hide
    The only weapon in the receiving core in Anotonio Brown, Lance moore is old and a product of Brees, wheaton is a non-factor, and Bell only averages 3.5 YPC, and the O-line is the worst in the division so Ben is bound to get injured. Defensively Shazier is fast, but did you the the Buckeye defense lst year? The got lit up by Northwestern, they should have taken Darqueze Dennard, because the secondary is a virtual non-factor minus Mike Mitchell, the linebacking core is not really a threat, Shazier again has speed but got lit up by lesser offenses, Timmons is solid but aging fast, and Jarvis Jones is a bust, and The D-line is a joke. And as far as Dri Archer, he's fast, but he's coming off his worst season as a starter numbers wise, because once teams figure him out, that he's a one trick pony, he's easy to stop. The Steelers are a slowly sinking ship and they haven't done much to fix it and 
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    Kenneth (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 6 month(s) ago - hide
    Their O-line gave up 7 sacks in the last 7 games and are not only bringing back pouncey but also bought in Mike Munchak, the o-line will improve. Bell got better as the season progressed and now they have legarette Blount. Their D-line improved with Stephon Tuitt and Shazier isn't just fast but also productive. Don't say they didn't improve from last year's 8-8 team
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    nick_knack95 11 Posts (25 )
    1 years 6 month(s) ago - hide
    They did not improve from 8-8 last year, Tuitt has struggled with weight and consistency issues and will continue to do so, and I watched every Ohio State game and saw Shazier get lit up game after game, they nearly lost to Northwestern, so don't say he's that productive, and Blount will struggle without Belichick, and Munchak was a great player but hasn't been a great coach, and you can only expect him to get so much out of your o-line, and besides if hey are as good as you say, how come Ben is always hurt from the hits he takes?
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    Will Snee (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 6 month(s) ago - hide
    Tuitt put on bad weight after suffering a hernia in the offseason preventing him from working out. Funny you say Ben getting hurt because he played in every game last year and the O-line giving up 7 sacks in their last 7 games indicates the team gelling. Plus what makes you assume Blount will just struggle without Bellichick? Stop talking about the Steelers because your information is minimal
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    Steel Willy (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide


    You were saying?

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    dinner (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 9 day(s) ago - hide


    So the bengals drafting 2 tackles that won't have any contribution makes a better draft than a top 10 edge rusher and a bawl hawk corner?

    The steelers swept you 2-0, by 20 points each game. You'd better pray the bengals have some amazing game plan when they play us next season.

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    dinner (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 9 day(s) ago - hide


    So the bengals drafting 2 tackles that won't have any contribution makes a better draft than a top 10 edge rusher and a bawl hawk corner?

    The steelers swept you 2-0, by 20 points each game. You'd better pray the bengals have some amazing game plan when they play us next season.

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    dinner (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 9 day(s) ago - hide


    So the bengals drafting 2 tackles that won't have any contribution makes a better draft than a top 10 edge rusher and a bawl hawk corner?

    The steelers swept you 2-0, by 20 points each game. You'd better pray the bengals have some amazing game plan when they play us next season.

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    dinner (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 9 day(s) ago - hide


    So the bengals drafting 2 tackles that won't have any contribution makes a better draft than a top 10 edge rusher and a bawl hawk corner?

    The steelers swept you 2-0, by 20 points each game. You'd better pray the bengals have some amazing game plan when they play us next season.

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    dinner (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 9 day(s) ago - hide


    So the bengals drafting 2 tackles that won't have any contribution makes a better draft than a top 10 edge rusher and a bawl hawk corner?

    The steelers swept you 2-0, by 20 points each game. You'd better pray the bengals have some amazing game plan when they play us next season.

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    Robert K (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 5 day(s) ago - hide
    @nick_knack95 HAHAHA!
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    Robert K (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 5 day(s) ago - hide

    As a Steelers fan, I disliked the Golson pick, but absolutely detested the selection of Coates. We needed a CB, but an outside presence was much more pressing than a nickel. Our top three guys right now (Blake, Gay, Allen) are all better fits as #3s, and so is Golson. He's probably a future upgrade in terms of talent than any of those guys, but still, who is going to take over on the outside? Gay's time is coming up, Allen was a disaster last year, and Blake is an overachieving ST player who contributed largely because of the team's lack of depth in the secondary. I think Golson will be productive, but there are corners in rounds 2-3 who fit the mold outside much better than Golson.

    I see Coates as much more likely to bust. It's going to be hard to crack the top 3, particularly considering 2 things: Wheaton and Bryant both have at least 2 years left on the team (barring injury, off-field issues, etc...) and Coates has issues with this hands....which is, obviously, the most important trait of a WR. This team had much more pressing needs. Two offensive lineman have contracts up after this year, we're an injury away from having Adams back in the lineup, Wallace is a solid but unspectacular C/G hybrid, and Johnson is unproven. Williams is old depth at RB, and Archer showed nothing last year. Mitchell was a disappointing free agent signing at safety, Thomas and Golden are still largely unknown, and Allen is old. Shazier already has injury concerns (as he did at OSU), and the depth behind him is underwhelming. I just don't see the need for a project WR in round 3. Dupree is the perfect boom pick, but playing OLB for the Steelers is tricky. High to mid-round round picks like Alonzo Jackson, Jason Worilds, Bruce Davis, and Jarvis Jones (the jury is still out, but the early returns are depressing) ran the gamut from total busts to underwhelming. I hope he pans out, but I'm concerned.

    As for the rest: I won't pretend like I've scouted them in any detail. There are so many psychopathic liars who pretend like they've scouted their team's picks in great detail (you all know who you are). On paper, they look like good fits at positions where roster spots are available. But you can't count on that. Maybe Grant emerges outside at CB, but that's a lot to ask of a 4th round pick. On and on...

    Walt liked the draft way more than I did. If this was 2005, I'd be a lot more confident, as Colbert was still cleaning up there. He's been off since 2008, and some of his drafts have been disastrous (2009 especially). We'll see.

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    Dunwoody (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 5 day(s) ago - hide
    To say that Coates needs to improve his hands is an understatement.  He had 2 drop and a 3 drop game last season that arguably cost Auburn those games.
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    Brew (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 10 day(s) ago - hide
    It's pretty obvious that the Steelers set a priority to bring in players that make plays.  The combined int totals of Golson and Holloman show that.  I am not personally thrilled with the DBs they drafted but if they can produce even half the ints they had in college, it will ne a marked improvement for the team.  With the Steelers offense, one turnover can completely change a game.  I have to believe that is the thinking here
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    Steel in heaven (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 12 day(s) ago - hide
    Wow, Day 2 was terrible. A shrimp at corner who was a round 4-5 prospect. If Colbert wanted to draft another 4th or 5th round corner why didn't he just wait til the 4th or 5th round and draft a 2nd round prospect in round 2. Then with many many more pressing needs than a WR they select a Limas Sweed clone. Over Carl Davis no less. What a @#$@ing joke!
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    iTrust Colbert (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 12 day(s) ago - hide
    @Steel in heaven Golson is an absolute ball hawk, and one who is very adapted to a zone-coverage defense. With the Steelers improving their pass rush with Dupree in the first, I see this as a good and tactical choice at CB. We need more turnovers and Senquez Golson has proven that he can cause them. 
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    Mike (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 12 day(s) ago - hide

    @Steel in heaven So couldn't you argue Martavis Bryant is also a Limas Sweed clone? Coates is a physical freak. The Golson pick bothered me with bigger, more polished corners on the board but Golson has some serious skills, watch his game versus Bama. He's a real competitor and a day one starter in my estimation based on the Steelers current CB situation 

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    JoffreyG (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 11 day(s) ago - hide


    My first thought of the Golson pick was 'Meh...' but then I watched some of his tape and liked him more and more with every passing minute. Of course he will have some problems with 6'4'' top receivers, but there aren't really that many of them. Every receiver shorter than 6'3'' will seriously struggle against him because of his high football iw and his tremendous ball skills, e.g. Amari Cooper, who was absolutely shut down by Golson. He also fits the Steelers zone-scheme very well.

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    Steel more rings than your team (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 13 day(s) ago - hide
    Wonder when Pittsburgh will get serious about addressing the cornerback position. Good thing we got an athletic version of Jarvis Jones who won't contribute immediately who is inconsistent who doesn't show up late in games and who can't shed blockers 1-on-1. 
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    cnote92 (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 12 day(s) ago - hide

    @Steel more rings than your team 

    -  You are clueless.  He is the polar opposite of Jones, and they dont have the talent like they used to have guys sit back and learn.   Dupree will get playing time early and often.

    And CB....perhaps they will draft one when the value is worth it. Not a single CB that was on the board when they picked was worth a first round pick.   After Peters went off the board, that was it.

    Cant stand all the wanna-be, know-it-all's in the Steelers fanbse.

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    Colberts Replacment (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide
    RD1 NT Malcolm Brown - Texas
    RD2 CB Quinton Rollins - Miami (OH)
    RD3 OLB/DE Lyndon Trail - Norfolk St.
    RD4 OG/T Corey Robinson - South Carolina 
    RD5 CB Nick Marshall - Auburn
    RD6 DE Corey Crawford - Clemson
    RD7 TE Gerald Christian - Louisville
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    Drew225 (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    How could a list of team needs include ILB but not a NT?  Casey Hampton still hasn't been replaced and it shows in the defenses production both in Run defense and Pass coverage because of a lack of pressure.

    NOSE TACKLE (1) - Steve McClendon is a DE not a NT.  Move him outside and solve the Keisel / Cam Thomas depth issue and Draft an early round NT to play in front of last years sixth round pick.

    OLB (2) - the extent of the need depends on whether or not Worilds leaves.  It might be a starter opposite Jones or it might just be depth issues to replace Moats.

    CB (2) - This position on the other hand needs multiple players.  Ike is leaving, Allan is under producing, and the rest or undrafted free agents.

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    Lambertwasagod (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide


    That sounds about right, as soon as Casey Hampton retired the overall defense fell from #1 down to middle of the pack and the Rush defense fell from #1 to bottom of the pack allowing more than 4 yds a carry.

    and in a 3-4 defense the NT is the most important position on the field because he clogs the middle of the OL requiring a double team on every snap.  It's that overloading the OL that allows the LB's to free up and pressure the QB which keeps the CB's from having to cover for more than 3 or 4 seconds.  A great Nose Tackle will make poor CB's look adequate and good Cb's look like pro bowlers.

    NT is the keystone to every great 3-4 defense and right now the Pittsburgh Steelers have been lacking their most important player/position for more than three years.

    If they want to become dominant again on defense they NEED to find a NT.

    Team Needs: NT, CB, OLB, LG
    Team Depth: CB, OLB, TE, WR, RB

    Lance Moore has also requested that the team let him out of the second year of his contract, so that could open another depth issue behind Bryant, Brown, and Wheaten.

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    LJ89 (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    @SteelByDesign_  completely agree.  Shazier really had a redshirt year due to injuries.  Spence did play well... especially considering not playing since virtually college.  Vince Williams is a great ST guy and spot starter.  Come on man.

    Not to mention:

    -The offensive line played very well this season as a whole unit- Gilbert contributed. 

    -Two rush linebackers is a little dramatic.  One for sure, but Jones hasn't even had a clear shot to play yet with injuries this year.  

    -Gradkowski is a fine backup.  Could do a lot worse.  

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    Brew (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide
    Last two commenters said a lot of what i was thinking.  i have to say that the steelers really need to say goodbye to all these free agents, unless Harrison decides against retiring.  obviously, they are going to have to sign some.free agents for depth, at the very least.  just looking at that list shows that TE, S, CB, and OLB are going to have to be addressed in free agency.  here's hopingthey sign some good free agents for once
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    SteelByDesign_ (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    @Ben Rothlisbroger 

    I thought the same thing. Who the hell writes this stuff? ILB a need?! Timmons made the pro bowl, Spence played decent, Vince Williams had a breakout year, and they spent a 1st round pick on Shazier!!!

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    Ben Rothlisbroger (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    Couple of issues I have with the write up:

    1. Stephon Tuitt was playing very well to end the year and his struggles early were more the fault of Dick LeBeau's playcalling than anything else. The Steelers do need some more D-line depth though.

    2. Jason Worilds is way too highly rated. The guy rushed the QB over 70% of the time and still failed to produce. It's telling that James Harrison outplayed him in every conceivable way when he got on the field. He should not be brought back as you could take any semi-decent OLB and pay him less to get the same thing. Worilds is the definition of mediocre.

    3. The Steelers just gave Marcus Gilbert an extension so they probably plan on keeping him for a while still. RT certainly isn't the team's 3rd biggest need.

    4. TE is likely the team's 3rd biggest need as they have zero young talent behind an aging Heath Miller. A 3rd/4th round pick should be used to address the position.

    5. Ryan Shazier? 1st round ILB last year? Remember?

    I know you can't be expected to know every detail about every team but these were some pretty easy things to identify if you did just a little bit of research and fact checking. Step yo game up son!

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    Mr. Bitter 632 Posts (136 )
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    ILB? Did you forget about Ryan Shazier?

    Tuitt made strides as the year went on. Heyward and Tuitt are a promising 3-4 DE duo. The upgrade is needed at NT; McLendon is a fine DE/NT swingman, but a mediocre starter.

    TE should be included on this list. Miller will be 33 next season and Spaeth (31) is a FA. The Steelers traditionally address skill positions at the first sign of cracks in the foundation.

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