Happy Friday to all of you once again.
Well, my accountant delivered the annual bad news to us earlier today so now I am drowning my sorrows in copious amounts of coffee and Diet Mountain Dew. I sure need to find a way to get little Finley Pearl a social security number so I can claim her as a dependent.
Speaking of Finley, she is scheduled to be fixed and chipped on Saturday and while both are minor procedures, please say a quick prayer for her just the same if you will.
The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly had a busy week as not only did they attend the LSU pro day, they also hosted several pre-draft visitors. Next week I imagine another 12 or so draft hopefuls will be in town. Three weeks from tonight we’ll be talking about new Steeler players as the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft will be underway.
As usual, I have five questions for all of you to answer in the comments below and most of them are related to the draft.
Have a great weekend and thank you for visiting the site this past week.
Peace and love!
1 – How many cornerbacks will be drafted before the Steelers 30th overall selection in the first round?
2 – Will the Steelers select an inside linebacker in the first three rounds of this year’s draft?
3 – If forced to choose between quarterbacks Brad Kaaya, Joshua Dobbs and Davis Webb, which one would you pick and why?
4 – True or false: Edge rushers Derek Rivers, Carl Lawson and T.J. Watt will all be drafted in the second round.
5- The Steelers 2017 preseason schedule will be released on Monday and we can probably count on the Carolina Panthers being their fourth and final game. Make your best guess as to who the other three teams will be.
Question 1 – Vince Williams seems to have found a seam among Steelers fans – at least those that follow Steelers Depot. 57% of respondents were “mostly” to very confident that VW is capable of being an every down player in 2017. The key question among the sceptics was whether he could handle coverage assignments. Almost everyone agreed that he was strong against the run. However, a couple people pointed out that he had been used on passing downs and Sean Spence on running downs a couple seasons ago.
Question 2 – Will following Kevin Colbert’s Pro Day travels help us prognosticate the Steelers 1st round pick? 59% think it will pay off. Some thought that perhaps his trips were a smokescreen to throw the other teams off who the Steelers were really coveting for the 30th pick of the draft. According to Alex Kozora’s 2017 Steelers Pro Day Tracker, Colbert has visited eight schools so far. Not sure who he met at Alabama but notable players there include OLB Tim Williams, OLB Ryan Anderson, S Eddie Jackson, CB Marlon Humphrey. Auburn with OLB Carl Lawson & NT Montravius Adams. Wisconsin where he met with OLBs TJ Watt and, Vince Biegel. Clemson where DE Carlos Watkins was met. QB Mitch Trubisky is the top prospect at North Carolina and Steelers QB coach Randy Fichtner accompanied Colbert on this visit. Michigan has two projected first rounders in SS Jabrill Peppers and DE Taco Charlton (converted 3-4 OLB?) but they reportedly met with Taco and DE Chris Wormley not Peppers. Florida doesn’t have any projected 1st rounders but a bevy of 2nd & 3rd rounders. Colbert met with S Marcus Maye. Miami (Fla) has big TE David Njoku who was met by Colbert along with QB Brad Kaaya a projected 3-4th rounder. Of course, maybe Colbert snuck in somewhere without Alex catching him. Is the Steelers first round pick named in here? We’ll see!
Question 3 – Straight forward, 64% do NOT believe TJ Watt is a “bonafide first-round prospect.” Not to say he won’t be picked in the first round but many probably agree with RickM who projected Watt being somewhere from the 25th to 40th pick of the draft. His pedigree was noted but most do not see him as the top edge rusher. Many draft projections have him going in the second round. We’ll see!
Question 4 – This question had the most consensus. 82% identified Demarcus Ayers as the remaining member of the 2016 draft class that would not make the 53-man roster this year. Not that folks don’t like him, just that wide receiver is overflowing with talent. Those supporting his chances point put the need for him to prove himself as a returner.
Question 5 – Another question with decisive results. 75% said Dennis Dixon was the latest quarterback drafted that got them excited. Omar Jacobs didn’t get any love. Landry Jones was beat out by “none of the above” by 3 percentage points.