Good Thursday to you Steelers’ Fans.
There are numerous things we can point to over the career of Kevin Colbert that help us to understand his approach to first round talent in the NFL Draft. He’s drafted Power Five Conference players every year since Ben Roethlisberger was drafted in 2004. Each of those players also played for a team that finished in the final top 25 poll. There’s another important factor that you should be aware of and it has to do with age. Colbert and the Steelers prefer young players. They like guys who are often juniors and are 20-21 years old. What they don’t like is older players which is why I think you can check Chase Winovich off the list of potential first round selections. Winovich is a redshirt senior and is already 24 years old. That means that if taken in round one he would be 29 years old in his fifth option year. I don’t see the Steelers wanting to be in this situation. A potential second contract for a guy that’s pushing 30 is not optimal. Winovich is a great young man who plays with a ton of energy but there’s also the on-field issues. He doesn’t posses many pass rush moves and can disappear at times during games but when it comes to the Steelers? The age thing in round one is the biggest reason he won’t be selected.
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The situation with Pats’ Owner Robert Kraft is absolutely dripping with irony. His attorneys are now arguing that the police use of cameras was not legal. I’m going to let the lawyers and judges decide that but talk about coming full circle. Kraft’s team is no stranger to cameras being used inappropriately so this whole thing is just the universe enacting some form of karma.
Pro Football Talk reports that new Broncos’ Coach Vic Fangio will run “an old school, 1960’s style training camp.” I guess I’d like to know exactly how he plans to do this. There are so many limitations now on how much contact players can have and how much actual field time there is that the days he’s reportedly talking about are over. Having two to three long practices where players knock heads in each one is a thing of the past.
Remember to take every single one of the Steelers’ Pre-Draft visits with a grain of salt. Last year they had a bunch of tight ends in and drafted none. They had a bunch of linebackers in and they drafted none. Sometimes these visits are as much about getting to know guys you may play against or may have a chance to sign in the future than anything else.
There is a growing problem in professional sports and officials are at the heart of it. Some have decided that they are going to be a part of the game (see Astros’ game last night) rather than just officiate it. The other side of the coin is what I’ve seen happening in the NBA. The stars of the Golden State Warriors openly mocked an official whose call they didn’t like earlier in the game. Then we had Rockets’ star Chris Paul openly mocking an official last night. Both of these issues have to be addressed or we won’t have officials much longer.
The NFL Draft is three weeks from today!!
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