Happy Friday, and here is hoping your weekend is off to a great start!
The Pittsburgh Steelers have made for a busy couple of days, re-signing QB Josh Dobbs and ILB Vince Williams. We’ll see if they add anyone else before the draft, which is less than two weeks from now. We’re finishing up draft content with our final player profiles, draft studies, and will have final mock drafts dropping soon.
Soon enough, we can put all the speculation to bed and talk about exactly who the team has drafted.
As usual, we have five questions for yinz on this Friday night, and I look forward to reading the responses. Please take time to answer each one in the comment section below.
Have a great rest of the weekend and please stay safe. Thank you for visiting the site this past week, as well.
Peace and love, peace and love!
1- Who do you believe will be the Steelers’ starting inside linebacker come Week 1? Robert Spillane, Vince Williams, or a rookie?
2 – After signing Josh Dobbs, what percent chance would you give the Steelers to draft a QB?
3 – Vince Williams reportedly will consider retiring after this season and get into coaching. What other player on this roster do you think would make a great coach?
4 – Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 13 times in 15 games last season. Over/under being sacked 16 times in 2021?
5 – What is the earliest round you could see the Steelers drafting an outside linebacker?
Question 1: Steelers Depot forwarded the following player rankings to Kevin Colbert so he can make any necessary adjustments to Pittsburgh’s draft board. Respondents ranked the following players from most to least likely to be the Steelers’ first round pick in 2021:
Najee Harris/RB Alabama
Travis Etienne/RB Clemson
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah/LB Notre Dame
Asante Samuel Jr./CB Florida State
Azeez Olujari/EDGE Georgia
Landon Dickerson/C Alabama
Alex Leatherwood/OL Alabama
Baron Browning/ILB Ohio State
Question 2: With less than two weeks to the draft, over 75% of respondents favored the Steelers selecting a running back in the first round. And this was before the news that James Conner signed with the Cardinals.
Question 3: Steelers Depot respondents do NOT support the NFL moving to a 17-regular season by a two-to-one margin. Almost the exact results as last week. From time to time Steelers Depot uses a process called “inter-item reliability” to validate that responses follow a consistent pattern outside other variables being introduced.
Question 4: Over 75% of respondents believe the Steelers will not draft a quarterback after the second round in the 2021 draft. The responses were received before the Steelers re-signed Josh Dobbs.
Question 5: Steelers Depot respondents overwhelmingly would be fine with the Steelers not drafting a tight end in 2021. Several hope that Jesse James returns to the fold. The only other position mentioned was cornerback. Respondents hold running back and tackle positions too thin to ignore in the draft.