Steelers Best Draft, Vets in Danger, Brady Out?


The 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone and your Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 draft class is preparing to enter rookie minicamp. There are just a few more phases of the offseason training program before the team breaks in June before training camp. While the new Steelers get acclimated with the Steel City we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, May 7th.

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Steelers still run the north

The ESPN AFC North bloggers collaborated to determine which of the four teams had the best overall draft last week. Your Pittsburgh Steelers came out on top, besting Baltimore by a few votes. ESPN Raven’s homer Jamison Hensley was none too pleased with the results and his response is rather hilarious.

"“How did the Ravens not get selected for the best draft this year? It feels like my AFC North colleagues are conspiring against Baltimore here. If nothing else, the Ravens should have been No. 1 based on trading up in the second round to steal the draft’s best tight end away from the Steelers. The fact that the Ravens teamed up with Bruce Arians, who was forced out of Pittsburgh, to get Maxx Williams should give them extra bonus points. The Steelers didn’t get a coveted cornerback in the first round and took Dupree, who could follow Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds as underachieving pass-rushers. The Browns were still the Browns, failing to come out of the draft with a quarterback or a top-tier wide receiver. And the Bengals are still the Bengals, taking risks with players who have character issues (Paul Dawson and Josh Shaw.) Coley (Harvey), how could the Bengals ignore their needs at edge rusher and wide receiver?” – Jamison Hensley"

From the rest of the writers it seems like the consensus was that the Dupree pick in the first round and, surprisingly, the Coates pick in the third won the Steelers the title of Best Draft in the AFC North. Do you agree?

Watch your back

The Steelers have just added eight draft picks and twelve undrafted free agents to their roster. Add those to the 48 guys already coming back from last season (including FA signing DeAngelo Williams) and you’ll have some competition for some jobs on the team. Ray Fittipaldo of the PPG gives us his list of 13 veterans who could be challenged for their roster spot this summer.

The list includes defensive backs B.W. Webb, Ross Ventrone, Robert Golden and Will Allen who could each be unseated by draft picks Senquez Golson, Doran Grant and Gerod Holliman. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey could be out after having just been re-signed since the Steelers added Sammie Coates with their third-round pick.

Chris Hubbard and Mike Adams could be two offensive linemen that might be edged out if Mike Munchak doesn’t get to carry nine linemen on the 53-man roster again. Cam Thomas might be on the hot seat but it’s not very likely; they’d probably part with Clifton Geathers over Thomas.

Josh Harris could be the odd-man out of the running back corps if he doesn’t make himself useful on special teams. And Fittipaldo even went as far as to say that Dri Archer could be-but won’t be-cut citing that he’s a specialist who doesn’t fit into the offense. Yeah, I don’t believe that one either.


The Ted Wells report on Deflategate came out yesterday and it was pretty damning against Patriots QB Tom Brady. You can check out the entire 239 pages here. The text messages between Patriots’ locker room staffers are by far the highlight.

The Commish is apparently “considering” punishment for the team and/or Brady for the Patriots personnel deliberately deflating balls before the AFC Championship Game and Tommy Boy being “at least generally aware” of the whole thing.

Dejan Kovacevic raises the most important question out of all of this which is: Could Brady miss Week 1 against the Steelers? Goodell has got to do something, right? I mean this isn’t weed smoking, DUI’s, or domestic violence or anything but it’s kind of the integrity of the game and Brady totally held a press conference last January denying all kinds of stuff this Well’s report basically proves he was in on.

Could the Steelers be so lucky as to be without Le’Veon Bell for his suspension to go up to Foxboro to face the defending Super Bowl Champs to only have to face Janeane Garofalo or whatever his name is? That would be sweet indeed. Wicked sweet. Do the right thing here, Rog.

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