Happy Friday to yinz and welcome to the first weekend of March Madness for 2019.
I’ve been trying to watch a few of the NCAA tournament games so far but have failed to make it through an entire game. Instead, I’m choosing to use this extra time to further evaluate a few draft hopeful players and put together some contextualization posts in the process. I’m working on a few more Notre Dame players currently now that we know the Pittsburgh Steelers had a strong presence at their pro day this past week.
The Steelers pro day tour is now in full swing and we already have a small list of players set to come to Pittsburgh for pre-draft visits. The next month should move fairly quick and the 2019 NFL Draft will be here before we know it.
I might take most of Sunday off to go to Mount Charleston here in Las Vegas to unwind my mind for a little bit. Wifey has been on me about working too hard for a while now so I might oblige her request and take a rare day off. At least most of the day.
As usual, I have five questions for yinz to answer in the comments below this post and I look forward to reading all of the replies. Have a great rest of your weekend and thank you for visiting the site this past week. We continue to post record traffic numbers and that’s all thanks to each one of yinz.
Peace and love, peace and love!
1 – Name a player other than Devin White, Devin Bush, Greedy Williams and Byron Murphy that you believe could wind up being the Steelers first-round selection this year.
2 – Rank the three outside unrestricted free agents signed by the Steelers thus far this offseason, cornerback Steven Nelson, wide receiver Donte Moncrief and linebacker Mark Barron, from most-liked signing to least-liked signing.
3 – What are the Steelers more likely to do in this year’s draft?
a) trade up in the first round
b) trade up in the second round
c) trade up in the fourth round
d) not trade up in any round
4 – Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will meet the media next week at the league owner meetings. What one question would you like him to be asked after all that has transpired since the end of the regular season?
5 – If you could choose to never have to read another story or report about either former Steelers players Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell, which one would you choose? In short, which one of the two are you most sick of reading or hearing about at this point?
BONUS – Which team are you rooting for to win March Madness this year and which team do you think ultimately will win this year’s tournament?
Question 1: Steelers Depot respondents gave the Steelers a B- for their signing of cornerback Steve Nelson and wide receiver Donte Moncrief. On a 4-point scale the average grade given was 2.79.
Question 2: 45% of Steelers Depot respondents said that it is true that the Steelers would sign another outside unrestricted free agent that was originally selected in the first three rounds of a draft prior to this year’s 2019 draft. Linebacker Mark Barron signed a two-year deal after the Rams cut him on March 8th. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Barron in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.
Question 3: An overwhelming 93% of respondents believe the Steelers will NOT release safety Morgan Burnett before this year’s draft. However, several readers commented that the Steelers would release him after the draft. The question was asked prior to Mark Barron signing his two-year deal with the Steelers.
Question 4: The Alliance of American Football (AAF) League has not captured most Steelers Depot readers undivided attention based on the 69% of respondents who said they have not watch a single full AAF game. Many said they watched highlights or parts of games. A few folks have watched 5 or 6 games. The average response was 1 game watched.
Question 5: All nine of the rule changes proposed by NFL teams received some support. The most popular (65.5% favored) was the Chiefs proposal to give both teams at least one possession in overtime along with eliminating the overtime in the preseason and forgoing the second coin toss. None of the other proposals go more than half the vote. The favorability of the rule proposals was: a. 65.5%. b. 34.5%. c. 48.3%. d. 37.9%. e. 31.0%. f. 27.6%. g. 41.4% h. 34.5%. i. 37.9%