Steelers Chances, Bell’s Knee, Troy Proud


The 2015 NFL Draft is just a few days away and offseason workout programs are starting across the league. While the Steelers get ready to build their big board and head out on the practice fields we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Sunday, April 24th.

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Good news and bad news

Ed Bouchette of the PPG explains that if you’re going into the 2015 NFL Draft looking for specific positions, you might be out of luck. The Steelers don’t pick till the 22nd overall pick in the first round and they’re going to have to wait and see how the early first round plays out to determine who is available.

Odds are there won’t be many top rated pass rushers left, as that group is rated to be talented but thin. The draft seems to be deep at wide receiver and running back but not at safety or tight end. The Steelers have good news in that the cornerback position seems to be plentiful in this draft; their biggest position of need.

Bell’s knee

There was a thought in the playoffs that while Le’Veon Bell was resting his hyperextended knee for the Wild Card game against the Ravens, he might have been available should the Steelers have won and advanced to the Divisional Round. According to Chris Wesseling of Around the NFL, Bell’s knee still isn’t back to 100 percent.

Bell just recently admitted that his knee was getting close to 100 percent which means that he’ll probably be fine for offseason workouts and training camp but definitely wouldn’t be available for the Steelers last season if they had gone further in the playoffs.

Making Troy Proud

Last offseason Shamarko Thomas traveled to California to train with Troy Polamalu and he hopes to put that training into good use this season now that Polamalu is gone. Mike Prisuta points out that Thomas and Polamalu are still close and Thomas is working to make his mentor proud.

"“I still talk to Troy because he’s a great mentor. He’s always going to be a great mentor, even a father role in my life and a big brother role.” – Shamarko Thomas"

The retirement of Polamalu seems to have opened the door for Thomas, who has had injury troubles plague his first two seasons, to be the successor at the strong safety position.

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