Steelers Want Business As Usual for NFL Draft

Building from Draft is still the way to win

Jim Colony
April 22, 2019 - 1:18 pm

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) - As usual, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and Coach Mike Tomlin revealed very little of their 2019 draft strategy but don’t expect much to change when the annual Player Selection Meeting convenes later this week in Nashville.

Colbert says that he and Tomlin (at least try) uphold the system - and standard that Chuck Noll and Art Rooney, Jr. started nearly 50 years ago which was continued under Bill Cowher and Tom Donohoe.  “We do what we do,” Colbert explains which is whyabout 10 years ago they did away with mock drafts trying to figure out what other teams will do in front of them.

Colbert says he and his staff will hold their own mock draft Wednesday, identifying the top 20 players as they would draft them so, presumably, the top rated player when their turn comes around will be the Steelers pick. “But we will go beyond 20 players in case we trade down,” Colbert continues.

Since the Steelers are drafting earlier in the first round than they have since 2015 – when they picked Ryan Shazier 15th overall – Steeler nation would love to find Shazier’s replacement but the cost of moving into the top 10 to select either LSU’s Devin Bush of Michigan’s Devin Bush could be prohibitive.

“We’re always open to moving up or down,” Colbert says, “so our scouts will be on contact with other teams this week (to see which teams will be willing to move)” but explains there’s no way of knowing who is really willing to move until the draft proceeds.

Colbert says the free agent signings of LB Mark Barron, CB Steve Nelson and WR Donte Moncrief will not affect the team’s draft plans but Tomlin says one development has affected the ways they have to evaluate players.

“You talk about what’s trending in recent years,” Tomlin notes, “is the number of sub package players on both sides of the ball, whether it’s defensive nickels, sub package linebackers, third down back-like people or slot receivers. We’re seeing more specialization.”

The Steelers have 10 selections – 2 in the third round and 3 in the 6th – wth round one Thursday evening, rounds two and three Friday and the final four rounds Saturday afternoon.

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