The journey toward Super Bowl LII ended far too prematurely for the Pittsburgh Steelers, sending them into offseason mode before we were ready for it. But we are in it now, and are ready to move on, through the Combine, through free agency, through the draft, into OTAs, and beyond.
We have asked and answered a lot of questions over the years and will continue to do so, and at the moment, there seem to be a ton of questions that need answering. A surprise early exit in the postseason will do that to you though, especially when it happens in the way it did.
You can rest assured that we have the questions, and we will be monitoring developments all throughout the offseason process, all the way down to Latrobe. Pending free agents, possible veteran roster cuts, contract extensions, pre-draft visits, pro days, all of it will have its place when the time arises.
Question: Which Steelers draft pick was your least favorite from last weekend?
I warned you yesterday this would be the question of the day. I was honestly surprised by the amount of responses, and the number of positive responses, from yesterday’s post, but I’m wondering if this question will outdo the other.
It’s impossible to please everybody with every draft pick. I don’t think it’s ever been done in history, and never will be. A number of the Steelers’ draft picks from this past weekend have been subjected to a variety of criticisms right off the bat.
The criticism started at the top with Terrell Edmunds. There are those who believe he’s not even a first-round talent, while others are simply annoyed, believing that they could have drafted him in the second round.
I don’t think there have been a lot of knocks against James Washington, though the Martavis Bryant true believers may have something against him. Those opposed to a quarterback will be against Mason Rudolph even in round three, while developmental tackle Chukwuma Okorafor has been painted as the least sensible pick.
Marcus Allen has been knocked as redundant, projected to be no better than fourth, and likely start out fifth, on the depth chart at safety. I’m sure Jaylen Samuels is being questioned about what he will be able to bring to the table against NFL defenses. Joshua Frazier? Why he wasn’t even a starter in college!
So which of these are you least enthusiastic about? Again, this can be based on any criteria you want to use, whether it’s based on the value of the pick or whether or not you like the player or anything else.
No matter what you might feel toward a particular selection, it’s worth keeping in mind now that they’re all Steelers and are helping to work toward winning the franchise another Super Bowl. None of them seem to have off-field concerns at least. In fact, it was a very ‘hearts and smarts’ class.