Steelers Trades, Talented Draft, Ray Lewis Speech


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 Wednesday, April 29th.

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Trade Winds Blowing

The Steelers say every year that they are open to trading up or down, depending on their situation, in the draft but how does that actually work out in logistical terms? Teresa Varley has Steelers GM Kevin Colbert’s take on the topic of draft day trading.

"“We just talk to a team. We say, ‘Look, we are interested in maybe coming up or going down.’ It depends on what we are looking at. ‘Are you interested?’ Usually it’s, ‘Oh yeah, we can go either way.’ We may say, ‘Okay, we have this position of excess. We might be able to move somebody. Do you have any excess?’ Sometimes they give you a position. Sometimes they give you a name. It’s really just an exercise.” – Kevin Colbert"

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin also chimed in on the subject and explained that it’s not necessarily about worrying what other teams might be interested in a particular player, but how much interest the Steelers have in that player and where they are on the team’s board.

"“Trading up is more about where we have a particular player on our board as opposed to speculating where others might have them on their board. The trade up mentality might be geared toward where we have someone on our board relative to where we pick as opposed to trying to forecast who else might be interested in Player-A.” – Mike Tomlin"

Steelers in luck

It’s no secret that the Steelers’ biggest draft needs lie with the secondary and the pass rush. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if everyone was a bit over talking about the Steelers paper-thin depth at cornerback as well as outside linebacker. But, good news is just around the corner.

Mark Kaboly of the Trib notes that where the Steelers are thin at the draft is deep so the team should be able to fill the holes of their two biggest positions of need by the end of the weekend. Kaboly suggests the two players the Steelers are zeroing in on are Washington’s Marcus Peters at corner and Nebraska’s Randy Gregory at outside linebacker. Both have some “off of the field issues” but issues the Steelers could be overlooking in terms of what they learned in their own interviews.

Lewis takes a stab at motivating Baltimore

Ray Lewis

spent seventeen years playing for the Baltimore Ravens so in the wake of the riots occurring following the death of Freddie Gray. On Tuesday he shared a video of himself giving an emotional plea to the young people of Baltimore to stop rioting and return home, calling for an end to violence. Even though he may or may not have killed a guy or two in his own past. Well, he gave it a try; there will be no blood on his hands.

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