Good Tuesday to you Steelers fans.
One of the worst things you can do when run a business is make fun of some of the elements that help your business be successful. (It’s like taking food out of your own mouth…) I make this mistake every year around this time because even though I do mock drafts for the Steelers, I also understand how futile and silly they can be. After all, none of us truly knows how the draft will unfold and none of us truly knows exactly what Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin are thinking. When I do mock drafts for the Steelers, I do my absolute best to do them in a way that I believe represents how those two are thinking. It doesn’t make any sense to me to call it a “Steelers Mock” if I draft guys that I personally want to be on the team. Furthermore, many people who do mock drafts also fall prey to the “Madden Effect.” These are the folks who do one trade after another or do a trade and have completely unrealistic trade proposals but push them anyway in order to fit their agendas. Are there practical uses to doing mock drafts? I think so. They help understand where and why some experts have guys higher or lower than you do and they help you create an overall understanding how the draft may unfold. During this draft preparatory season, I did three mock drafts for the Steelers. Then last night, I released my final version. Enjoy! Or not…
This week we’ll be doing two podcasts. Tonight we’ll be laying out how we think things will go in the draft both overall and more specifically our thoughts on what the Steelers want to do. On Thursday night, we’ll be recording during the draft to give you our real time reactions of what the Steelers do in the first round.
Tweet of the Day… This is exactly what I was talking about above.
Also: “I’ll be so glad when all the mock drafts are done” ? pic.twitter.com/DeFW87dvdo
— Rich Sandera ✈️ (@richsandera) April 26, 2022
A Slip of the Lip?
Yesterday during their annual Pre-Draft Press Conference Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert answered questions heading into the Draft. Colbert was asked about trading up and the value it may take. He said, “We’ll calculate the value to move up from 20 to 7” as an example. That would actually be pretty spot on in terms of where they would need to go in order to get Malik Willis. With Carolina desperate for a QB at 6, it’s unlikely they’d trade out. At seven are the NY Giants. That’s their second pick of the first round. In order to get there, the Steelers would likely have to part with #20 and a first from next year along with a second and third in some combination of this year and next. For my blood, it’s too rich for any of these QBs but I definitely got the feeling from their presser that they are taking one as surely as I am typing this now.
A Running Back?
One of the toughest decisions I had to deal with while “mocking” was whether to add a running back. I firmly believe that they should simply because Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland are not guys I trust in a long-term fill-in role or as a change of pace guy. Furthermore, I cannot see Tomlin moving away from his “run the wheels off” approach which we’ve seen with Le’Veon Bell, Najee Harris and others. I wish he would but I don’t see it happening. Therefore, I didn’t include on in my mock.
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