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Dema’s final Pre-draft mock FEATURED NEWS ARTICLE

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Dema’s final Pre-draft mock

This was more of a BPA on how it played out. One of the doubled up Wide Receivers can be replaced for another position but didn’t want to reach for a player or overstack a position so this was the outcome. That would be the only knock against this mock as the rest seems solid. OHIO STATE

Round Position Player School
Round 1 (Pick 30) Safety OBI MELIFONWU CONNECTICUT
Round 2 (Pick 62) Linebacker RAEKWON MCMILLAN OHIO STATE
Round 3 (Pick 94) Edge Rusher TANOH KPASSAGNON VILLANOVA
Round 3 (Pick 105) Cornerback SIDNEY JONES WASHINGTION
Round 4 (Pick 135) Wide Receiver JOSH REYNOLDS TEXAS A&M
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LINK: Thank you for the box of chocolates, Mr. Rooney

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Thank you for the box of chocolates, Mr. Rooney

A thank you to perhaps the most influential member of the great Pittsburgh Steelers.

Thursday afternoon, mere moments after hearing the news that Steelers owner and chairman Dan Rooney passed away at the age of 84, I arrived home from work to find a UPS package sitting in front of my apartment door.

The package was from frequent BTSC contributor Hombre de Acero and contained many delicious treats as a bit of a “thank you” for the work I do for his wonderful Steelers site, Steel Curtain Rising.

I found it ironic that I received this package from my good friend on the day Mr. Rooney passed away, because if not for him, I doubt very highly I would have ever developed such a passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers that it would one day lead to writing about them and having my opinions on the team read by thousands upon thousands of other fans.

If you’re my age or younger, this might be a truism that’s hard to fathom, but there was a time, way back in the day (before the NFL merger and even shortly after it), when the Steelers were the Cleveland Browns of their era.

Yes, it’s true, it’s oh so true.

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LINK: Behind the Steel Curtain: The Mock Season

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Behind the Steel Curtain: The Mock Season

Behind the Steel Curtain is brimming with mock drafts right now, and I’ve decided to grade some of them.

Baseball season just started, college basketball season just ended, and the NHL’s postseason will be “kicking off” soon, but here at BTSC, there is no question what season we are in the middle of: Mock Season.

Are you itching for the start of the 2017 NFL Draft and in need of a mock to tide you over? Look no further, because BTSC has been all mocks, all the time since about January 23.

If the mock was the f word, Behind the Steel Curtain would fall somewhere between The Wolf of Wall Street and The Departed (“Costello is a protected mockin informant.”).

If mocks were stink bugs, BTSC would be cleaning them out of its washing machine until August.

If the mock was a wrestler from the ‘80’s, I’d be feeling the power of Mockamania, brother! WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN THE STEELERS TOP FIVE VALUE VS. NEED DRAFT OPTIONS AT NO. 30 RUN WILD ON YOU!!!!!!!!

With that in mind, I’d like to examine the many mock drafts that have been covered and produced by BTSC—and this is just in the last few days or so (I don’t have enough time to go back to January, when I still thought Myles Garrett was ” >”>

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An Interesting Thing I Found And Draft Stuff FEATURED POST

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An Interesting Thing I Found And Draft Stuff

There have been multiple commenters saying that the Steelers only draft a small amount of all the players they meet with. 2/7 isn’t bad (last year I believe). I saw this online. It shows who they have met with. There is a key in the bottom left.

http://steelerswire.usatoday.com/2017/04/07/draft-prospects-the-steelers-have-met-with-in-2017/

Derek Rivers and Patrick Mahomes II look like our most met with prospects. Davis Webb and Nathan Peterman are some other guys I like.

Some Other Draft Stuff:

Draft Needs: EDGE, CB, S, QB, WR (If Bryant doesn’t come back, if he does we don’t need a WR), DL Depth

Josh Jones may be a second round pick for us. He, to me and Shamarknado, look like a more athletic and playmaking version of Mike Mitchell.

Another thing, Josh Dobbs may be one of the best QBs in this draft, but we SHOULDN’T draft him. I think he will be great, but he doesn’t fit what our QBs do. If we were to draft him and him to do what he does best, run, we would have to change our entire offensive line. Our OL isn’t fit to handle a scrambling QB.

Kai Nacua seems overrated. I haven’t seen much, but based on his stat line for a safety, he isn’t a particularly good tackler, good playmaker, but doesn’t get his hands dirty enough. Again, if I am completely wrong say so in the comments and send a link to a video. But, DO NOT SEND ME A HIGHLIGHT VIDEO. I hate highlight videos. What I usually do is look up a person’s name vs. (Ex. Deshaun Watson vs) and a vi ” >”>

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FEATURED NEWS ARTICLE: Historical Data on QB Success Rates by Draft Position

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Historical Data on QB Success Rates by Draft Position

As the Steelers continue to show interest in highly quarterbacks certain portions of the fan base have gotten extremely excited and vocal about the necessity of drafting one of these players in the first round. I’m not going to name specific prospects, but the Irish ones seem to be getting the most attention and I don’t mean Notre Dame players. Everyone knows that all the really good prospects are loooong gone by the time the Steelers pick, but is there a benefit to getting “the best of the rest” at 1:30? Is it possible that a really good prospect might actually slide to 1:30? Let me lay so history on you, and you can decide for yourself.

Ten years is a good sample size, and if you go back much farther you start getting into a different era. You can’t include the most recent drafts, though, because it’s not entirely clear yet whether these picks are successes or failures. So let’s look at 2004-2015 and compare the success rates of quarterbacks taken at various draft positions. I’m calling the top 20 picks the top tier. That’s a round number that most closely matches the limits of when elite QB’s seem to come off the board, and it also represents the area the Steelers really can’t feasibly move up into this year. I’ll look at the last third of the first round independently because that’s the area of special concern for us right now, and go round by round after that.

First tier (top 20 picks): Alex Smith, Vince Young, Matt Leinart, Jay Cutler, Jamarcus Russell, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Josh Freeman, Sam Bradford ” >”>

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Option at QB: Position Break Down LINK

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Option at QB: Position Break Down

Position by Position break down: Quarterbacks

I am starting a serious of post on position by position break down of what is on the roster, and what possible late free agency moves and draft moves that could be mad to improve these positons.

Quarterback:

The Quarterback position for the Steelers has now become high priority to address in this year than others. While Ben will be back for at least 1 more year there are some questions after this season. This leads to the question what does the future of the Steelers look like without Big Ben?

The answer two this question could go one of two ways. First the Steelers could find a long term QB in the draft. The second is simply put a Band-Aid on it and keep playing. This means the Steelers will address the position by using Landry Jones as a long term option or bringing in a FA quarterback to fill the void.

2018 Free Agency Option

Let’s examine the ladder choice, bringing in a FA to replace will likely not happen for two reason. One there are no franchise QB free agents, if there were they wouldn’t be free agents. Secondly the Steelers will hope for a young back-up, ie, Jimmy G, McGloin, or possibly Hackenberg in 2018 to come and take the reins; this seems like a great decision the problem is Colbert and company won’t spend 15 million a year for a Free Agent QB.

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Ranking the Steelers team needs heading into the 2017 NFL Draft FEATURED ARTICLE

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Ranking the Steelers team needs heading into the 2017 NFL Draft

A lot has changed with free agency, and it is time to update the Steelers’ team needs heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.

When it comes to team needs, a lot can change throughout the offseason. Free agency can single-handedly alter a team’s plans as they head into the NFL Draft. Although the Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t big players in free agency, which they never are, their team needs certainly have shifted as the draft quickly approaches.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert recently told media their activity in free agency won’t impact their approach to the draft, and this is a logical approach, but at the same time when the team adds veteran talent, it makes some positions on the team much more important, and vital, to address in the upcoming selection process.

With that said, it is time to update the team’s needs heading into the draft, and it should be noted these rankings could c ” >”>

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