Good Friday to you Steelers’ Fans.
If you tuned into the NFL Draft last evening at 10pm eastern expecting to be just in time for the Steelers to pick at 20 then you missed EVERYTHING. For the first time since they traded up for Santonio Holmes in the first round the Steelers moved from pick 20 to pick 10. With that selection the Steelers chose Michigan LB Devin Bush. In the deal, the Steelers sent their 20th overall, 52nd overall and a 2020 third rounder to the Denver Broncos. Entering the Draft with 10 selections, the Steelers still have some ammunition remaining if they want to try and move up and into the second round. As for the selection of Bush… We must give Kevin Colbert credit here. With Devin White off the board and with Cincinnati and Denver looming as potential suitors for Bush, Colbert pounced. He addressed an area of need and an area of want. Not that fan opinion has ever swayed him, but overwhelmingly the Steeler Nation wanted one of those two linebackers and now they have him. There are many other deals and transactions we have slayed Colbert for but this is one to celebrate.
So how does Bush fit? With Mark Barron already having signed the Steelers will likely work Bush in slowly but surely. The idea of not playing him a lot in his first year is in my mind preposterous and here’s why. It’s one thing to take a player at 27 or 28 and give them a year to learn and grow but this is a kid that you just paid a lot of collateral to move up and get at 10. There’s no way you don’t play him sooner rather than later. What could be really exciting is utilizing both Bush and Barron on the field in passing situations at the same time.
We had a fun show last night on the Steel City Blitz Steelers Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh. We recorded live as the Steelers selected Bush.
Tweet of the Day… Ya, what about that suit Devin?
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 26, 2019
I was waaaaaay off… In my one and only mock draft I had the Steelers staying at 20 and taking Clemson EDGE rusher Clelin Ferrell. He ended up going fourth to Oakland. Didn’t see that coming by a long shot.
The Steelers did an excellent job of secrecy this year when it came to dining with prospects. Prior to the Draft the only one any of us knew about was Chase Winovich, Bush’s Michigan teammate. Bush confirmed last night though that he too was at the dinner. Well played Steelers.
The Ravens took Antonio Brown’s cousin Marquise Brown last night. I like him a lot but I question his hands and overall durability at 160 lbs soaking wet.
Two names to keep on your radar are Artie Burns and Bud Dupree. Wouldn’t surprise me if either were mentioned in potential trades.
We didn’t spend a lot of time on QBs in our Draft prep this year but there’s no way in the wide world of sports I had Daniel Jones as a first rounder. Too many errant throws in my opinion and I think because he was coached by David Cutcliffe, the same guy who tutored the Manning’s, that moved him up draft boards. Not a lot of thrilled Giants’ fans this morning.
Take a look at the best guys available for the Steelers today from Ian who posted this last night.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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