Good Tuesday to you Steelers’ Fans and sorry for the late edition here… Gotta love technology.
Like almost every other site related to an NFL team, we here at SCB will put out mock drafts leading up to the actual NFL Draft at the end of the month. I recently saw a mock draft by a local journalist where some of the information about the prospects was incorrect. Example: He said Wake Forest Safety Jessie Bates was a Senior and was “full of experience.” Bates is actually a Redshirt Sophomore who is talented but not, “full of experience.” He also had several ‘mock’ trades in his mock draft and when pressed about this he said, “This is just for fun. No need to take it so seriously.”
OK, doing a mock is fun, yes, because it allows anyone to be “General Manager for a day.” But when we do mocks and any mocks that I view elsewhere, I expect to be done with proper research and actual thought in mind. Will trades happen in the first round? Some already have so ya, they can and they will. But projecting trades because you think it would be cool if this happened aren’t realistic. My favorites are the ones that have teams moving from the mid-20’s to the top 3. I can’t say it won’t happen but does the author of said mock understand the ransom that would have to be paid in order for that to actually happen?
My final thought is this; if you’re doing a mock draft “for fun” then say so at the beginning. Most of us actually want to see unique and research-based thought not your favorite trade you pulled off while playing Madden ’18.
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Ten years ago, the 3 best passer ratings by a rookie in NFL history belonged to Dan Marino, Ben Roethlisberger, and… Charlie Batch.
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The Steelers have formally announced the dates of their OTAs and Mini-Camps. Click here for the link. Don’t forget that this is broken into three phases. Phase One runs for two weeks, Phase Two runs for three weeks and then the final phase is OTAs and the tea’s official mini-camp. Do not expect to see Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh for any of these activities.
One argument I’ve seen people make in favor of Bell getting $17 million a season is that he A. has more touches than anyone else and B. he’s used as both a running back and receiver. OK but then what about a tight end or wide receiver that catches 80-110 balls and then is also on the field blocking every play? Aren’t blockers just as important to the teams as the guy who has the ball? In the “money” sense, no they aren’t but in the sense of team success? They are every bit as important. Besides, hasn’t a running back always been an eligible receiver? It’s part of the job Le’Veon.
Very excited to have Wendell Dunn join us on the Steel City Blitz Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh tomorrow night. He’s a defensive end/outside backer from Wake Forest who hopes to be drafted at the end of the month.
Have a great Tuesday Steeler Nation!