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Steelers 2021 Undrafted Free Agent Tracker: All the signings and rumors

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 7:47pm
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All the news surrounding the latest undrafted free agents the Steelers are hoping to sign.

With the 2021 NFL Draft now in the books, the Pittsburgh Steelers will quickly switch their attention to eligible prospects who went undrafted. Long before the seventh-round ended, the Steelers will have reached out to players they were interested in who were expected to be available and it should not take long for the first few signings to be made.

Undrafted players are allowed to sign with whoever they chose, with the more popular names likely to be given a signing bonus to encourage them to pick one team over another.

It is worth noting than none of these signings are official until confirmed by the team, with players sometimes changing their mind about a destination at the last minute when another team offers a higher signing bonus.

As rumors begin to emerge of players Pittsburgh is targeting, we will add them in this post, as well as any confirmed signings from the players own social media accounts.

News and rumors:

Breaking: I am learning that former Missouri cornerback DeMarcus Acy is signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers #Steelers pic.twitter.com/6N8nKie4Sc

— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) May 1, 2021

Former Michigan State CB Shakur Brown is signing with the #Steelers, per source.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 1, 2021

Former Penn State safety Lamont Wade is signing with the #Steelers, per source.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 1, 2021

#Kentucky LB Jamar Watson is signing with the Pittsburgh #Steelers

— Brandon Olsen (@WNS_Brandon) May 1, 2021

Former Oklahoma State LB Calvin Bundage is signing with the #Steelers, per source.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 1, 2021

This is cool. Steelers signing Sean Gilbert's nephew and Darrelle Revis' cousin, Mark Gilbert, who was a top cornerback prospect at Duke before multiple injuries hit. Aliquippa the hot bed continues! https://t.co/LcPjB7qMw4

— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) May 1, 2021

Gilbert is heading to the Steel City @MGilbert_3 @steelers #DukeInTheNFL | #GoDuke pic.twitter.com/t62aucGnj3

— Duke Football (@DukeFOOTBALL) May 1, 2021

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— ISAIAH MARQUIS MCKOY (@ZAEGOT6IX) May 1, 2021

Franklin Mac McCain III, CB, North Carolina A&T signing w/ Pittsburgh Steelers. Just lost Mike Hilton to free agency, might have great chance to make team at nickel. Plus athlete w/ instincts & ball skills, playmaker. Full report: https://t.co/aqgXPENlgD #NFLDraft2021 #NFLDraft

— Bex_R (@Bex_R86) May 1, 2021

Source: The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign Florida undrafted free agent safety Donovan Stiner.

A three-year starter for Florida who had 62 tackles last season.

— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 2, 2021

Saturday Night Open Thread: Post NFL Draft Edition

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 7:00pm
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Come and join this merry band of Steelers’ faithful for some lively debate about our Steelers, good food and the merits of the odd cold beverage.

So a bunch of fresh new faces will be with the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2021 NFL Draft is now over. How y’all feeling about the picks?

Please note that as we often find with OTHER open threads, the negativity was strong with many over the past few days. However, this ain’t the place!

Slide up the bar, let uncle canuck pour you a glass of your favorite bevy or better yet let him rustle you up one of his famous burgers. It’s all good baby!

  1. Which pick based on ‘your perceived’ value did you like best and why?
  2. While the pick of Najee Harris surprised like 2% of Steeler Nation, which pick was your biggest surprise?
  3. How did you take the draft in? Snug in your man cave, or at work? Online or did you watch on TV? Gasp, did anyone make it to the mistake by the lake and take it in, in person?
  4. A couple of weeks ago I came upon the “Commitments 2” cd. This made me wonder what movie would you say has the best soundtrack, no it doesn’t have to be a ‘musical’.
  5. Pizza!!! Thin or regular crust? Fork and Knife, or by hand? Pineapple, or NO???

2021 NFL Draft: BTSC Big Board, Top 50 undrafted free agents available

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 6:07pm
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Looking at the best of the rest heading into undrafted free agency following the 2021 NFL Draft.

Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft is over, with the Steelers having selected nine players over the draft’s seven rounds.

The draft may be over, but there are still some quality players available. Below, I’ve listed the top 50 players still remaining heading into the next day of the draft. The rankings are based off of Andrew Wilbar’s top 300, with the analysis and stats being from the BTSC Big Board.

And as always, the consensus rankings are from big boards from CBS Sports, Drafttek, ESPN, Mock Draft Database, and Tankathon.

For the last time, let’s look at the top 50 players remaining:

70. Dylan Moses — LB — Alabama
#32, Sr, 6’3”, 240 lbs
Consensus ranking: 59 (76, 48, 54, 62, 53)
2020 season stats: Tackles 80, TFL 22, Sacks 6.5, FF 1, FR 0, PD 4, Int 1, (13 games)

Necksnation: Once considered a potential top 10 pick, an underwhelming 2020 caused Moses to plummet on draft boards. He is an above average tackler who is very athletic, although it isn’t always evident in his film. Moses’ awareness is a reason for concern. In the film I watched, he was frequently getting fooled by read options, and it sometimes looked like he didn’t know where the ball was. His coverage skills could also use some work, as he only registered two interceptions and four pass breakups in his three seasons at Alabama. However, if he can return to his 2018 form, Moses has the potential to be a quality starter for an NFL team.

107. Tamorrion Terry - WR - Florida State
#5, Jr., 6’4”, 210 lbs
Consensus ranking: 107 (78, NA, 129, 116, NA)
2020 season stats: 23 receptions, 289 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD (6 games)

steelerfan11: Terry has dropped significantly on big boards on national sites, but I am not totally sure why. Terry is not the most sure-handed receiver in the world, but I think a lot of his drops are because of poor concentration and adjusting to the football a bit late. I think he can and will improve in that area. Terry’s size and speed make him incredibly difficult to cover on the boundary one-on-one, and his ability to high-point the ball make him an excellent contested catch receiver. His length allows him to create separation vertically, and his agility and footwork make him dangerous after the catch as well. He is raw, but guys with this much size and speed are not usually available in the middle rounds. If he can solve some of the technical issues in his game, he has a chance to be special.

113. Darius Stills - DL - West Virginia
#56, Sr, 6’1”, 285 lbs
Consensus ranking: 96 (57, 130, NA, 102, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 25, TFL 7.5, Sacks 3.5, FF 1, Int 1, PD 3, (10 games)

steelerfan11: Stills is similar to Jalen Twyman in that nobody seems to be sure where he will fit as an NFL defensive tackle. He is probably best suited as a 3-Technique, but his quickness could allow him to become a solid 5-Tech. His quickness off the snap and violent hands help him to get penetration as a pass-rusher. He also does a good job of winning the battle for leverage and maintaining a good pad level. He has good overall awareness and is very consistent at finishing tackles in the backfield, but he will occasionally take himself out of a play by getting upfield too quickly and overrunning plays that are in obvious rushing situations. Overall, I like the upside he brings and find him to be worth the risk if he is still available on day three.

126. Tariq Thompson - S - San Diego State
#14, Sr, 6’0”, 200 lbs
Consensus ranking: 177 (NA, 138, NA, 216, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 41, Sacks 0, Int 1, PD 4, FF 1, FR 1, (8 games)

steelerfan11: If you like versatility and physicality, this is your guy. When I watched San Diego State during the season, it seemed like Thompson was always making plays. He has the speed and fluidity to cover a lot of ground in the secondary, and he is not afraid to hit people. He has the ability to play nickel cornerback and either safety position, which would be a huge plus for the Steelers. Considering that depth is needed at safety and nickel corner, Thompson should definitely be on the Steelers’ radar. I think he will go in the fifth round range, but if he were to fall to round six, the Steelers should be elated. He would actually have a chance to capture Mike Hilton’s former role as the nickel cornerback in Keith Butler’s defense.

127. Hamilcar Rashed - EDGE - Oregon State
#9, Sr, 6’4”, 235 lbs
Consensus ranking: 103 (110, 86, 127, 98, 94)
2020 season stats: Tackles 23, TFL 2, Sacks 0, PD 1, FF 1, FR 0 (7 games)

Ryland B.: Rashed’s 2019 season was incredible, as he garnered 22.5 tackles for loss, leading the nation and being named a First Team All-American. But his 2020 season was a big step back. Known for his high motor and production, Rashed showed neither in 2020, often looking disinterested in the game and spending more time than usual on the sidelines. He only recorded two tackles for loss the entire season, and his lack of polish really showed. Still, there’s reason to hope that Rashed can regain top form in the NFL, as he has incredible athletic upside and has shown the capacity to be both effective and productive when defending the run and rushing the passer. The other major concern with Rashed is his weight, listed only at 235 lbs. However, Rashed has the frame to bulk up and size was never a huge issue for him in college. He’ll probably be limited to a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker, but Rashed has the potential to be an elite pass-rusher on the next level.

130. Jamie Newman - QB - Wake Forest
#9, Senior 6’4”, 230 lbs.
Consensus Ranking: 149
2020 season: Opted out
2019 season stats (Wake Forest): 2,868 passing yards, 26 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 574 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns.

steelerfan11: I was disappointed to see Newman opt out of the season, because it would have been interesting to see how he would perform in a pro-style offense. It will take him time to transition to the NFL game, but he has the arm talent and athleticism that will get you excited. He failed to show accuracy on a consistent basis at Wake Forest, which is why he is not ranked higher.

144. Marvin Wilson - IDL - Florida State
#21, Sr, 6’4”, 310 lbs
Consensus ranking: 75 (107, 46, 79, 73, 71)
2020 season stats: Tackles 17, TFL 2.5, Sacks 0, FF 0, (6 games)

Ryland B.: Once considered the top defensive line prospect in the draft, Wilson’s stock has taken a nosedive due to a 2020 season in which the star defensive tackle seemed to regress. Wilson is a powerful defender with a strong bull rush and solid athleticism. He’s a decent pass rusher but is strong against the run, although he’s one of those players whose impact may show up more on tape than on the stat sheet. It’s worth noting Wilson has had his share of special teams highlights, having success blocking both kicks and punts. Despite his inconsistency, Wilson has a decent floor, and an even higher ceiling if he can maximize his potential.

148. Josh Imatorbhebhe - WR - Illinois
#9, Sr., 6’2”, 215 lbs
Consensus ranking: 193 (NA, 197, NA, 189, NA)
2020 season stats: 22 receptions, 297 receiving yards, 3 receiving TD (7 games)

Ryland B.: Players like Imatorbhebhe are why it’s worth it to scout late-round prospects. He’s a freakish athlete with great size, speed, and an elite vertical. Problem is he wasn’t very consistent at Illinois and is still incredibly underdeveloped all-around. Still, with some good coaching, Imatorbhebhe’s size, speed, explosiveness, and physicality could turn him into a formidable wide receiver on the NFL level.

149. Nick Eubanks - TE - Michigan
#82, Sr, 6’5”, 236 lbs
Consensus ranking: 202 (NA, 262, 188, 157, NA)
2020 season stats: 10 receptions, 117 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD’s, (5 games)

steelerfan11: Eubanks was never utilized well by Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan coaching staff. Eubanks has a lot of athletic upside, and he was reliable when called upon in the passing game, but I feel as if he was not called upon as much as he should have been. Most scouting reports may knock him for poor blocking skills, but I think that he was actually solid in that department for Michigan. He has the size (256 pounds) and speed that you want in a tight end. While there is no denying that he is raw, he brings fringe TE1 upside who will probably be a solid TE2 in the NFL.

151. Carson Green - OT - Texas A&M
Sr, #54, 6’6”, 320 lbs
Consensus ranking: 280 (NA, 362, 198, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (9 games)

steelerfan11: Green was one of the more unheralded standouts at the Senior Bowl. There is no denying that his hand usage needs to improve and that he needs to get a little stronger, but he brings a lot of upside as a right tackle in the NFL. His footwork is not the neatest, but he is very tough, physical, and relentless as a blocker. Since he is not the most gifted athlete, some project him as a guard, but I liked what I saw from him at the Senior Bowl, and his tape against Alabama was impressive from both pass-blocking and run-blocking perspectives. If he is given time to develop and add functional strength, I think he could have a career similar to what Matt Feiler has had with the Steelers.

152. Jaret Patterson - RB - Buffalo
#26, Junior, 5’9”, 195 lbs
2020 season stats: 1,072 rushing yards, 19 rushing touchdowns, 7.6 YPC, 0 receptions, 0 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns.

steelerfan11: Patterson nearly set a single game FBS rushing record this season before being pulled in the fourth quarter. He shows good balance through contact and the ability to sneak through the tiniest hole. Footwork is tremendous, and he displays natural hands as a receiver. One knock on him is that he doesn’t have top end speed, and it takes him a while to build up his speed. Overall, he projects as a key piece in a committee backfield that can fill in as a workhorse back if necessary.

154. Sadarius Hutcherson - OT/G - South Carolina
Sr, #50, 6’4”, 320 lbs
Consensus ranking: 188 (NA, 171, NA, 205, NA)
2020 season stats: (10 games)

Ryland B.: A good run-blocker with versatility and lots of experience at the SEC level, Hutcherson could turn out to be quite the steal. He’s a good athlete who plays with great power and aggressiveness, but he’s rather underdeveloped and can be inconsistent. He’s the type of player who is best selected in the later rounds with the hope of developing into a starter farther down the road.

155. Drake Jackson - C - Kentucky
Sr, #52, 6’2’’, 292 lbs
Consensus ranking: 132 (129, 107, NA, 160, NA)
2020 season stats: (10 games)

steelerfan11: Jackson does not have the length that some of the other prospects bring to the table, but he has starter potential. Jackson is fairly quick on his feet and has enough functional strength to hold his own against 0-Tech and 1-Tech defenders. He does not have guard versatility like some of the other centers, but he has good hand usage and anchors well. He is somewhat limited physically, but he could become a decent starter in the right scheme.

157. Naquan Jones - DT - Michigan State
#93, Sr, 6’4”, 340 lbs
Consensus ranking: 235 (NA, 225, NA, 244, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 24, TFL 5, Sacks 0, PD 1, FR 1, (7 games)

steelerfan11: Jones is one of my favorite sleepers in this class. His hand usage needs work, and he is not incredibly quick off the snap, but once he gets his body moving in the right direction, he is a threat as a pass rusher from the interior. He is best suited as a 3-4 nose tackle, which makes him a logical fit for the Steelers. He maintains a good pad level in the run game and does a good job of getting leverage on opposing linemen. Jones did not get a ton of opportunities to display his skill set before 2020, but he showed improvement in almost every aspect of his game this season. The Steelers do not currently have a 5th round pick, but he should definitely be considered in round six if he happens to fall that far.

158. Pooka Williams - RB/WR - Kansas
#1, Junior, 5’10”, 170 lbs
2020 season stats: (Opted out during season) 196 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns, 3.8 YPC, 6 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns.

steelerfan11: Williams is an electric playmaker who could not be contained coming out of the backfield in college. He has good vision, quickness, and elusiveness, which makes him nearly impossible to bring down one-on-one in the open field. He runs good routes out of the backfield and displays good hands as well. Size will limit him to being a change-of-pace option in the NFL.

161. Brock Wright - TE - Notre Dame
#89, Sr, 6’4” 255 lbs
2020 season stats: 3 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns

steelerfan11: You are probably familiar with Tommy Tremble, but there is another Notre Dame tight end who has some intrigue as well. Brock Wright was buried on the depth chart behind Cole Kmet in 2019 and then Tommy Tremble and Michael Mayer in 2020. Wright is a good in-line blocker, but not many people are aware of his athleticism. At Notre Dame’s pro day, Wright ran a 4.62 in the 40, a 4.25 in the 20 yard shuttle, a 7.27 in the 3-cone drill, and did 26 reps on the bench. Wright was actually rated higher than Tremble coming out of high school, but he was not used much in the passing game, accounting for only 7 receptions in his collegiate career. However, all indications seem to point to Wright having reliable hands. His athleticism makes me think that he is capable of doing at the NFL level, but his elite blocking by itself makes him worthy of late day three consideration. Wright is also well-respected in the locker room. If he can reach his full potential, he has a chance of becoming a low-end starter down the line.

162. Quinton Morris - TE - Bowling Green
#80, Sr, 6’4”, 251
2020 stats: 20 receptions, 248 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns

Ryland B.: Morris is an experienced tight end with solid athleticism. He’s a good blocker with decent functional strength and technique. He’s not particularly dynamic but has good long speed and is a solid route runner. He has good hands as well and could be a solid depth TE in the NFL.

168. Deon Jackson — RB — Duke
#4, Sr, 6’0”, 220 lbs
2020 stats: 161 attempts, 682 rushing yards, 5 rushing TD’s

steelerfan11: Jackson is an explosive runner who has a nice blend of speed and power. The only major flaw in his game is ball security, as he was accounted with five fumbles last season. That is the main reason why I would be a bit hesitant to draft him. However, he would be more than worth the risk if he goes undrafted. The guy has 4.4 speed at about 220 pounds, and he is a reliable receiver and pass blocker. If he can learn to secure the ball, he could be a nice running back down the line.

172. Mac McCain III - CB - North Carolina A&T
#29, Sr, 6’0”, 186 lbs
Consensus ranking: 390 (NA, 390, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (0 games)
2019 season stats: Tackles 26, FF 1, FR 2, PD 6, (9 games)

steelerfan11: Sleeper alert!!! I absolutely love this guy on tape, and his athleticism isn’t too bad either. He is very aggressive at the line of scrimmage, although being too “grabby” is something that scouts may mark as a negative. I like his competitiveness and physicality despite not being terribly big, and I appreciate his willingness to help in run support as well. He also tested well at his pro day, running a 4.45 in the 40, a 4.12 in the short shuttle, and a 6.94 in the 3-cone drill. This guy may not even get drafted, but he has the tape and talent that is worthy of a day three selection. This dude has serious upside, and somebody is going to get a steal.

173. T.J. Vasher - WR - Texas Tech
#9, Sr., 6’6”, 210 lbs
Consensus ranking: 199 (NA, 196, 123, 279, NA)
2020 season stats: 19 receptions, 227 receiving yards, 2 receiving TD (7 games)

steelerfan11: When you get to the later portions of day three, I find it better to take a shot on a special talent who has had some injuries than take a guy who’s upside is a solid special teamer or career backup. Vasher has had his share of injuries, but the talent is undeniable. Adding more weight to his 6’6 frame could help him from a durability standpoint, but he has good speed and runs good routes for a receiver at that size. He has good ball skills and has shown success on contested catches as well. Yes, the injury concern is real, but an offensive coordinator could really get creative with a healthy Vasher.

175. Paris Ford - S - Pitt
#12, Jr, 6’0”, 190 lbs
Consensus ranking: 92 (98, 82, 109, 83, 86)
2020 season stats: Tackles 45, Sacks 0, Int 3, PD 6, FF 0, FR 0, (7 games)

Itz JustNoah: Ford opted out after playing in only 7 games, and his stock fell heavily (his pro day did not help either). Despite testing poorly, his athleticism is apparent on tape. He plays fast, he hits hard and he can create turnovers. His coverage ability is alright but he is phenomenal inside the box and stuffing runs. Due to his poor pro day numbers and his average coverage ability, he is going to fit solely as a strong safety. Although I do think the he would do well on a team that knows how to use him as a hybrid linebacker/safety, similar to Jeremy Chinn. I like the idea of picking up Ford because depth at safety is definitely needed, but I doubt we can get him in the sixth, and the fourth might be a bit early depending on how the first 3 rounds go.

185. Cade Johnson - WR - South Dakota State
#15, Sr., 5’9”, 180 lbs
2020 season stats: None
2019 season stats: 72 receptions, 1222 receiving yards, 8 receiving TD (13 games)

Ryland B.: Johnson didn’t get to play in 2020 as the FCS season was cancelled due to COVID-19, but he impressed at the Senior Bowl and definitely looked like a draftable prospect. He doesn’t have great size, but he’s a quick receiver with good athleticism all around. Johnson consistently gets separation on his routes, and showed off some great yards after the catch ability at SDSU. He has good hands and usually finds a way to hold onto the ball through contact, which is encouraging due to his smaller frame. I think Johnson is a sleeper in this draft, as he has the skill-set to be a quality slot receiver in the NFL.

187. Jack Stoll - TE - Nebraska
#86, Sr, 6’4”, 260 lbs
2020 stats: 7 receptions, 89 receiving yards, 0 TD’s

Ryland B.: Stoll is a well-built tight end to won’t offer much as a receiver, but could be a solid depth blocking tight end on the next level. He has good size, strength, and technique as a blocker, but lacks the athleticism to be a true receiving threat. He’s battled through injuries during his time at Nebraska as well. The Draft Network notes some special teams value that could help Stoll’s stock.

189. Dicaprio Bootle - CB - Nebraska
#7, Sr, 5’10, 195 lbs
2020 stats: 25 tackles, 1 interception, 0 sacks

Ryland B.: An undersized and underrated corner out of Nebraska, Bootle could be a steal in the 2021 NFL Draft. He’s a quick, explosive corner with great athleticism and ball skills. He’s very fluid in coverage and might have some starter upside in the slot at the NFL level. However, his size is a big issue as is his tackling. Pro Football Network notes that he can be inconsistent as well. Also a candidate for the best name in the draft.

195. Ar’Darius Washington - S/CB - TCU
#24, So, 5’8”, 178 lbs
Consensus ranking: 104 (100, 118, NA, 100, 99)
2020 season stats: Tackles 37, Sacks 0, Int 0, PD 5, FF 0, FR 0, (10 games)

Ryland B.: I really liked this guy’s tape. He isn’t the greatest athlete but has very good game speed, and while he isn’t the biggest he has a physical style of play. As a tackler he’s very aggressive and comes downfield well, although his technique can be a little inconsistent. When playing deep, Washington is very disciplined, almost to a fault as I’d like to see him freelance a bit more, but overall he has solid range and is very fluid in coverage. He has great ball skills as well. Size and speed could be concerns, but otherwise I was very impressed with what I saw from Washington.

196. Sage Surratt - WR - Wake Forest
#14, Jr., 6’3”, 215 lbs
2020 season stats: Opted out
2019 season stats: 66 receptions, 1001 receiving yards, 11 receiving TD (9 games)

Ryland B.: I see Surratt as a less athletic Chase Claypool in this year’s draft, as he’s a jumbo-sized, muscular receiver who is a little lacking in general quickness and speed. Originally committed to Harvard, he ended up deciding to play at Wake Forest where he established a good connection with quarterback Jamie Newman. Despite not being the fastest, one of Surratt’s strengths was vertical routes, where he has adequate long speed and excellent hands to make difficult catches, although he struggles with concentration drops at times. After opting out of the 2020 NFL season, Surratt looked to improve his draft stock at the Senior Bowl, but may have ended up lowering it, as he had a difficult time getting separation all week although he did have some nice catches. Overall, Surratt’s size, hands, intelligence, and physicality make him a solid mid-round target, although some question regarding his athletic ability could drop him to the later rounds.

198. Jah Maine-Martin - RB - North Carolina A&T
#30, Junior, 5’10”, 203 lbs
2020 season stats: No season
2019 season stats: 1,246 rushing yards, 20 rushing touchdowns, 8.3 YPC, 7 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns.

steelerfan11: I was very impressed with Maine-Martin’s explosiveness when I watched him. He has tremendous burst and has a nasty stiff arm. He isn’t easy to bring down on first contact, and he has some sneaky power as well. He is not a dangerous receiver at this point, and he needs to become a more consistent pass protector, but there is definitely potential here.

200. Miller Forristall - TE - Alabama
#87, Sr, 6’5”, 242 lbs
Consensus ranking: 295 (NA, 295, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: 12 receptions, 505 receiving yards, 5 receiving TD’s, (12 games)

Ryland B.: Trevor Lawrence’s high school tight end ended up at Alabama, where he spent five years before declaring for the NFL draft. Forristall isn’t an incredible athlete, but he has enough ability to compete at a high level, with decent speed and route-running ability as well as strong, reliable hands. He’s an excellent blocker as well, with good technique but also a bit of a nasty streak. His injury history could be a problem, but if he can stay healthy, Forristall is an excellent mid-to-late round prospect with a very high floor.

201. Antonio Phillips - CB - Ball State
#21, Sr, 6’0”, 191 lbs
Consensus ranking: 439 (NA, 515, 363, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 32, PD 8, Int 2, (8 games)

Itz JustNoah: Phillips is polished in coverage even though he isn’t super impressive athletically. Phillips is physical, he has good route recognition and great ball skills. He knows when to get his head around and his timing is phenomenal. He’s also a great open field tackler and provides solid run defense on the outside. Despite all this, Phillips is less than impressive with his footwork, change of direction and speed over the top. He can’t make up ground once he’s beaten and if he were to be put one-on-one against most receivers in the league, he would most likely get cooked. He has the coverage ability and ball skills to be a good corner, he just needs time to develop. If a team wants to take a chance on him because they think they can develop him, it could be a good move but very “high risk, high reward.”

205. Javian Hawkins - RB - Louisville
#10, Sophomore, 5’9”, 196 lbs
2020 season stats (Opted out during season): 822 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 6.2 YPC, 16 receptions, 127 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown.

Ryland B.: At this point in his career, Hawkins is merely a scatback and not much else. He’s extremely fast, is fairly shifty, but the rest isn’t great. He’s undersized, goes down on first contact more often than not, and has a fumbling issue. Hawkins is willing as a pass blocker but not great at picking up defenders, and is too small to do much about it when he does. He opted out to prepare for the draft eight games into the regular season, so staying in shape shouldn’t be a problem, but he might have been better off staying in school one more year to round out his game.

206. Kenny Yeboah - TE - Ole Miss
#84, Sr, 6’4’’, 240 lbs
Consensus ranking: 149 (NA, 112, 197, 137, NA)
2020 season stats: 27 receptions, 524 receiving yards, 6 receiving TD’s, (8 games)

Ryland B.: A high-upside, athletic tight end, Yeboah reportedly interested Mike Tomlin at the Senior Bowl this year. Yeboah is a big play threat at the tight end position, with good speed who really excelled going down the seam. He has good hands and the ability to track the ball well, too. As a blocker he’s not great, but shows good effort and isn’t a total liability. Yeboah’s higher ceiling makes him an interesting prospect, and if he’s available in the later in the draft, expect the Steelers to take a look.

208. Shaun Beyer - TE Iowa
#42, Sr, 6’5”, 246 lbs
Consensus ranking: 293 (NA, 386, NA, 200, NA)
2020 season stats: 11 receptions, 158 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD’s, (8 games)

steelerfan11: Those of you that read only the rankings and not the analysis probably stopped to read the analysis for Beyer after you saw that he was from Iowa. Considering the great reputation that Iowa has with tight ends, I don’t blame you. Beyer had to wait his turn behind Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson, and the quarterback play in 2020 was not the most consistent. Although part of his lack of production was due to that, he does have areas that he needs to improve upon. He lets the ball come to him rather than going toward the ball, and he has a few too many body catches. He isn’t the fastest off the line of scrimmage either, but he does a good job of creating separation downfield. He is a consistently good blocker and does a great job of finishing his blocks. Overall, Beyer is a blocking tight end who could potentially develop into a reliable red zone weapon.

212. LaBryan Ray - DL - Alabama
#89, Sr, 6’5”, 295 lbs
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 12, TFL 0.5, Sacks 0.5, PD 0, (7 games)

steelerfan11: Once considered a potential top 50 pick, Ray’s stock began to drop after a foot injury in 2019 that nearly ended his career. He got multiple second opinions, however, and decided that he would try to make a comeback. He struggled to make it through the year healthy again in 2020, only playing five games. Nonetheless, there is too much talent here to ignore. Despite being a backup in 2018 and only starting one game, the former five-star recruit managed to record 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 6.0 tackles for loss. He is an excellent run defender and has the talent to develop into something decent as a pass-rusher, but he has to prove that he can stay healthy. He projects best as a 3-4 defensive end, and considering that Cameron Heyward is not getting any younger, I would find it worthwhile to take a late-round flier on Ray and see what he can develop into.

213. Shaun Jolly - CB - Appalachian State
#3, Sr, 5’9”, 180 lbs
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 41, TFL 2, Sacks .5, FF 1, FR 0, PD 5, Int 0, (12 games)

steelerfan11: Jolly is an intriguing prospect due to his excellent ball skills and incredible instincts. He is a threat to jump on a route and pick the ball off at any time, and his fluidity, tackling ability, and smooth backpedal make him a nice fit in zone coverage. Don’t think that he is limited to zone, however, because he has the speed and awareness to keep up in man coverage as well. His size may limit him to the slot, but he has a chance to become a starter down the line.

215. David Moore - G - Grambling
Sr, #60, 6’3”, 320 lbs
Consensus ranking: 223 (NA, 312, 184, 171, NA)
2020 season stats: (0 games)
2019 season stats: (9 games)

Ryland B.: Moore is an athletic, high-upside guard, who really dominated in 2019 against Grambling’s FCS competition. He’s big, strong, and powerful, with good mobility and quickness. He’s a very aggressive blocker, which can also work against him, as he often lunges forward too much. Moore’s superior athleticism masked a lot of his technical inconsistencies in college, which will be more easily exposed in the NFL. However, Moore has a lot of upside and the right attitude, and a good coach could turn him into a very good lineman on the next level.

216. Shakur Brown - CB - Michigan State
#29, Jr, 5’11”, 190 lbs
Consensus ranking: 106 (82, 132, 139, 71, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 25, PD 4, Int 5, (7 games)

steelerfan11: Brown is not going to wow you with his athleticism, but he has tremendous ball skills and plays a very smart game. I was listening to Trey Wingo and Tony Pauline’s show the other day, and Pauline compared Brown to Buster Skrine. He is not a gifted athlete, but he will be a guy who can play inside, outside, and contribute on special teams. His lack of speed may limit him to zone concepts, but a smart defensive mind may be able to get some solid production out of this guy.

217. Briley Moore - TE - Kansas
#0, Sr, 6’4”, 250 lbs
2020 stats: 22 receptions, 383 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns

Ryland B.: Moore is a big, versatile tight end who has flown under the radar in the 2021 NFL Draft process. He has great size but is still a good athlete, and it shows in his receiving ability and blocking. He’s a high effort player, but his hands aren’t the most consistent and he has had some injury issues. Moore has some upside and would be a good late round/UDFA pickup.

223. Robert Jones - OL - Middle Tennessee
Sr, #64, 6’5”, 330 lbs
Consensus ranking: 186 (125, NA, 179, 255, NA)
2020 season stats: (8 games)

steelerfan11: Jones is a mauler who has the mobility to get to the second level of the defense in the run game. He played some tackle in college, but his lack of elite athleticism will likely keep him at guard in the NFL. Jones’ strong hands make him an effective run blocker, but he is occasionally slow out of his stance, allowing for defenders to win the battle for leverage. Overall, Jones has the upside to be a down-the-line starter, but he is best suited in a power running scheme.

225. Charles Snowden - LB - Virginia
#11, Sr, 6’7”, 240 lbs
Consensus ranking: 240 (NA, 126, 282, 313, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 44, TFL 10, Sacks 6, FF 1, FR 0, PD 0, Int 0, (8 games)

Itz JustNoah: Snowden played as an outside linebacker in UVA’s 3-4 but he has the athleticism and length to play on the inside. He’s smooth in coverage, good with his hands and he has a good first step. However, he’s overall very raw and his ability to shed blocks is not the greatest. He’s 6’7” but carries a thin frame that could lead to him getting bounced around as a pass rusher. Due to his athleticism, length and lack of pass rushing ability, I think he would fit best in a 4-3, where he can still play “outside” but not be a true pass rusher. I like Snowden as a prospect but he’s a low ceiling, high reward type player and I would not want Pittsburgh to draft him.

226. Olijah Griffin - CB - USC
#2, Jr, 6’0”, 170 lbs
Consensus ranking: 208 (NA, 130, 267, 228, NA)
2020 season stats: Tackles 22, TFL 1, PD 4, Int 1, (6 games)

Ryland B.: Griffen is a quicker than fast corner who is a good athlete despite lacking elite long speed (4.53 40 yard dash). He’s lacking in size but plays aggressively and physically. He has good ball skills although his hands aren’t great, as he can be counted on to knock the ball down but not necessarily intercept it. He’s a willing tackler in run support as well. Griffen has his limitations, but he could be a very good corner in the NFL.

230. C.J. Marable - RB - Coastal Carolina
#1, Junior, 5’10”, 200 lbs
2020 season stats: 886 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 5.2 YPC, 31 receptions, 228 receiving yards, 7 receiving touchdowns.

steelerfan11: Marable was a big part of Coastal Carolina’s success on offense this season. He is a speedy and shifty runner who is a dangerous threat as a receiver, averaging 8 yards per reception for his career. He does bring value as a kick returner as well, which is something that gives him value in year one. Pass protection still needs work.

240. Trill Williams - CB/S - Syracuse
#6, Jr, 6’2”, 198 lbs
2020 stats: 24 tackles, 1 interception, 4 passes defensed, 0 sacks

Ryland B.: Williams is a big, physical defensive back with a good athletic profile. Williams has shined in both coverage and run support during his time at Syracuse. He also has some versatility, as he can play both safety and corner. However, despite being a good athlete, Williams can be a little stiff and isn’t the greatest at mirroring receivers. His awareness and feel for the corner position is still developing as well, which is why many see his fit at safety in the NFL.

242. Josh Pederson - TE - Virginia
#86, Sr, 6’5”, 235 lbs
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: 32 receptions, 367 receiving yards, 0 receiving TD’s, Punts: 1, 47 yds, (10 games)

steelerfan11: The son of former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Josh is an intriguing prospect that has gotten very little buzz. He is what you would expect out of a coach’s son and then some. Pederson is smart and has good leadership qualities, but he also brings some athletic upside. He needs to add a good bit of weight, but he runs good routes and has decent speed. Run-blocking is a bit of a work in progress, but he could become solid in that department if he adds a good 20-25 pounds. He is also very good after the catch. In an interview with NFL Draft Diamonds, Pederson said that he models his game after Zach Ertz. He isn’t there yet, but if he is given a couple years to develop and get stronger, I think he could be a force to be reckoned with.

244. Christian Uphoff - S - Illinois State
Consensus ranking: 277 (NA, 389, 229, 213, NA)
2020 season stats: (0 games)
2019 season stats: Tackles 70, TFL 5.5, Int 2, PD 7, (15 games)

Ryland B.: Uphoff is a big, athletic safety who has had some success as a return man on special teams as well. He has a lot of upside, but is also technically sound for the most part, possessing good ball skills and range, while also being a sufficient run defender. Uphoff looked really good in college, but the big question is whether or not he can translate that success from the FCS to the NFL.

245. Matt Bushman - TE - BYU
#89, Sr, 6’5”, 245 lbs
Consensus ranking: 223 (NA, 196, NA, 250, NA)
2020 season stats: None
2019 season stats: 47 receptions, 688 receiving yards, 4 receiving TD’s, (13 games)

steelerfan11: Bushman is older than the other prospects in the class, but he was very productive before an achilles injury kept him out of action in 2020. Bushman is a solid in-line blocker, but his lack of functional strength may keep him from becoming elite in that area of his game. He has decent athleticism and has a big catch radius, but his age and injury are both issues that will cause him to drop to day three. He brings enough upside to warrant a 5th or 6th round selection, but the issues are too worrisome to take him any higher than that.

250. K.J. Costello - QB - Mississippi State
#3, Senior, 6’ 5”, 225 lbs
Consensus Ranking: 314
2020 season stats: 1,283 passing yards, 6 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, -65 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns

Ryland B:. I watched a lot of K.J. Costello when he was at Stanford, and came away fairly impressed. He’s a pocket passer through-and-through, who goes through his reads well and has good throwing mechanics despite some awkward arm angles at times. Costello isn’t very mobile, but can navigate the pocket fairly well and scramble when needed. He’s definitely not a mobile quarterback, though. He has good arm strength and solid accuracy. At Mississippi State, Costello took a step backwards, letting some poor decision-making take over and passing for an ugly 6-11 touchdown to interception ratio. Still, Costello has a chance at a good future in the NFL, even though he doesn’t fit the mold of the modern quarterback.

251. Kevin Jarvis - G - Michigan State
Jr, #75, 6’6”, 325 lbs
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (7 games)

steelerfan11: Jarvis has a good bit of experience at guard for the Spartans. He does a good job of getting to the second level and finishing his blocks,but he will play over his feet at times and lose his balance. He isn’t very quick off the snap either, but he has some versatility and has held his own as a pass protector wherever he has lined up. There is some starter potential here, but considering his experience, one would hope that he would be more technically sound than what he is at this point.

255. Ryan McCollum - OL - Texas A&M
Sr, #77, 6’5’’, 300 lbs
Consensus ranking: 226 (NA, 226, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (9 games)

steelerfan11: Texas A&M had maybe the best offensive line in the country outside of Alabama, and the experienced McCollum was a big part of that. While he may not have the upside of his teammates Carson Green and Dan Moore, he is a fundamentally sound player that provides center/guard versatility. Functional strength is lacking, but he has solid footwork and gets good hand positioning. He could be a very nice depth lineman with the upside to be a spot starter in the right scheme.

256. Marlon Williams - WR - UCF
#6, Sr., 6’0”, 215 lbs
Consensus ranking: 140 (142, NA, NA, 137, NA)
2020 season stats: 71 receptions, 1039 receiving yards, 10 receiving TD (8 games)

steelerfan11: Williams was a productive college receiver who excelled at winning 50/50 balls. He has great hands and the ability to high-point the football. He has good lower body strength and is tough to bring down. However, having the thick frame that he has makes him a little less agile than some of the other receivers that may be available in this range. Route running is not a strength, but Williams uses his toughness and sure hands to make the difficult catches when he is unable to separate from defenders. He is yet another slot option that could be an absolute steal due to the depth of this class.

259. Max Duffy - P - Kentucky
#93, Sr, 6’1”, 190 lbs
42 punts, 45.1yd avg, 75yd long

Ryland B.: Duffy is a rugby-style punter who many have ranked as the best of his class. He’s had good production during his time at Kentucky and is a good athlete for the position. He can hold as well. The only major concerns are Duffy’s age (28), and his history of concussion issues.

There’s certainly a lot of talented players still on the board, and the Steelers should have lots of options in undrafted free agency.

This is the last edition of the 2021 BTSC Big Board, and I’d like to thank the team that worked on it for their great work and effort, as well as all of the readers and commenters here at BTSC for their feedback. We appreciate every click and comment.

Which UDFA’s do you think the Steelers should sign? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, and stay tuned to Behind the Steel Curtain for more NFL Draft news and analysis.

Knee jerk reactions after all the Steelers’ 6th and 7th round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 5:53pm
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One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the Steelers final three selections of the 2021 NFL draft.

Knee-jerk Reactions are immediate responses to a situation without taking the time to analyze the situation. That’s something as sports fans that we typically do. Especially if you are a full blood Yinzer, or even just a part Yinzer. As is the custom, I compile my knee jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game. It’s my version of running my mouth first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here during the last few rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.

  • Now I get to say it one last time... Cleveland sucks.
  • Even trading up, there is still a long wait until pick 216.
  • We’ve reached the point of the draft where I have no idea who most of these guys are.
  • Even though there are a lot of names I don’t know getting announced, there are a lot of names I do know still there.
  • After three picks pretty quick, it was nice to get a break. But that time has passed and now this has been too long to wait.
  • The Steelers original pick was 207, but went to Miami as part of the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. The Steelers are selecting at 216 with the pick the got from Tampa for Jerald Hawkins two years ago.
  • Here we go again. Could really be almost any position.
  • Going with Q from the U. Quincy Roche is the OLB pick we knew they would take eventually.
  • He’s the 2021 version of Alex Highsmith in 2020. Love this!
  • He’s going to get snaps early in this defense.
  • And the seventh round has begun
  • Almost to 245 and then 254 will be upon us before we can finish typing in the name.
  • On the clock again!
  • There’s the corner.
  • It’s Tre Norwood from Oklahoma. Tomlin announced him as a “Swiss army knife safety” is intriguing.
  • The Draft Network has Norwood as strictly a nickle corner. It’s what the Steelers need.
  • One pick left. Punter for Jeff Hartman?
  • YYYYEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!
  • This is a gem for Jeff. The Steelers go punter!
  • It’s Pressley Harvin III from Georgia Tech
  • Dude is a hefty guy.
  • Jeff Hartman will need a new jersey
  • Well, that’s the 2021 NFL draft! I personally like most of what the Steelers did. Even though some were head-scratchers, they made sense after everything else fell into place.
  • I’ll see you all again for the Hall of Fame Game in August. CAN’T WAIT!!!

There you have it, my knee jerks. I’m exhausted. Time to take a week to recover.

Steelers select Pressley Harvin with second 7th round pick

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 5:53pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin with their 7th round pick in the 2021 draft.

Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. Unlike in 2020, with no first round selection in the draft, the Steelers possessed a full allotment of draft picks. With eight picks, the following positions could be viewed as a priority entering the selection process: running back, center, pass rusher and even inside linebacker. Those positions, and more, were positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2021. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do in Round 7 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin, with their second seventh round pick in the draft.

Steelers take Pressley Harvin, Punter, at Pick 254. That's their draft folks.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) May 1, 2021

For those who may not know much about Pressley Harvin as a player, this is his overall breakdown of his game, per his NFL Draft Profile:

Overview

Wide-body punter with extra quick operation time. Harvin was a heralded punter out of high school and seemed to improve throughout his time at Georgia Tech. His quick get-off might need to be slowed to help out his coverage team, though. He has an NFL leg and is consistent as a directional punter, which gives him a shot to be drafted.

Strengths

  • Impressive net average of 44.8 yards per punt in 2020.
  • Able to handle poorly snapped footballs.
  • Directional punts look like passes to the gunner.
  • Touchdown pass of 41 yards on fake punt in 2019.

Weaknesses

  • Inconsistent hang time.
  • High percentage of punts were returned.
  • Displays inconsistent touch on short kicks.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft is now complete, now they turn their attention to Undrafted Free Agent (UDFAs) additions.

What do you think of the selection? Let us know by voting in the poll below and be sure to comment in the comment section below!

For more information on this pick, check out the breaking news podcast below:

Steelers select Tre Norwood with 7th round pick

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 5:31pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Oklahoma DB Tre Norwood with their 7th round pick in the 2021 draft.

Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. Unlike in 2020, with no first round selection in the draft, the Steelers possessed a full allotment of draft picks. With eight picks, the following positions could be viewed as a priority entering the selection process: running back, center, pass rusher and even inside linebacker. Those positions, and more, were positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2021. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do in Round 7 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Oklahoma CB Tre Norwood, with their seventh round pick in the draft.

Steelers take Tre Norwood, CB/S, out of Oklahoma

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) May 1, 2021

For those who may not know much about Norwood as a player, this is his overall breakdown of his game, per his NFL Draft Profile:

Overview

Despite his size and ball production at the end of the year, there is too much tape (including the Senior Bowl) that put his struggles on display as it pertains to fluidity and stickiness in coverage. He lacks recovery speed and open-field athleticism to deal with NFL man coverage, but his 2020 experience at safety could open the door for a position change at the next level. He wasn’t asked to do much more than basic two-deep drops, but he clearly has the coverage experience to adapt to more than that. However, he will have to become both tougher and more consistent as a tackle finisher in order to make that switch a full-time job opportunity.

Strengths

  • Possesses NFL size and frame.
  • Has safety and cornerback experience in background.
  • Decent ball skills with soft hands.
  • Finished with five interceptions over last six games.
  • Took interception back for a touchdown against Florida QB Kyle Trask in Cotton Bowl.
  • Can take on more expanded role as safety.
  • Good downhill speed to run the alley.
  • Recognition of run-play development and where it is headed.
  • Offers kick and punt coverage experience.

Weaknesses

  • Missed 2019 with knee injury.
  • Had issues staying in phase with routes at Senior Bowl.
  • Hiccup in his transitions from press.
  • Once he gets behind, he stays behind.
  • Unable to find acceleration to recover and challenge the route.
  • Below-average pattern reader.
  • Lacks functional agility to recover through coverage missteps.
  • Fails to come to balance in downhill run support.
  • Grab-and-drag tackler.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: Punter, among other positions.

What do you think of the selection? Let us know by voting in the poll below and be sure to comment in the comment section below!

For more on this pick, check out the breaking news podcast below:

Steelers select DE Quincy Roche with 6th round pick

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 4:22pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Miami DE Quincy Roche with their 6th round pick in the 2021 draft.

Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. Unlike in 2020, with no first round selection in the draft, the Steelers possessed a full allotment of draft picks. With eight picks, the following positions could be viewed as a priority entering the selection process: running back, center, pass rusher and even inside linebacker. Those positions, and more, were positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2021. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do in Round 6 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Miami DE Quincy Roche, with their sixth round pick in the draft.

Steelers taking Quincy Roche, OLB, Miami.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) May 1, 2021

For those who may not know much about Roche as a player, this is his overall breakdown of his game, per his NFL Draft Profile:

Overview

Roche has packed the stat sheets for the better part of four years, but he’s very average athletically and doesn’t have the mass to consistently hold up at the point of attack. He’s tight in his lower half, which limits his ability to corner sharply when attacking the pocket. However, he’s limber in his upper body, which creates opportunities to slide off of blocks and make plays at awkward angles. His production should matter, but the athletic profile might push him down the board.

Strengths

  • Durable, reliable and productive.
  • Posted 39.5 tackles for loss and 26 sacks over three years at Temple.
  • Assails the pocket with controlled anger.
  • Subtle hands have some effectiveness in discarding punch.
  • Rip-and-run opens the corner for him.
  • Stays low in edge-to-edge counters, improving success rate.
  • Consistently forced and recovered fumbles.
  • Will work to slide off blocks and find ball-carriers.
  • Strength in upper body to battle tight ends at point of attack.

Weaknesses

  • Thin through his lower body.
  • Tight hips, tight ankles.
  • Not very explosive in race to the top of the rush.
  • Unable to really sink and bend the edge.
  • Looked ineffective and dull against Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw.
  • Body control sabotages balance at times.
  • Below-average reactive athleticism.
  • Not as fluid in movements as desired for 3-4 linebacker.
  • No access to tight turns or sudden change of direction.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: Cornerback, among other positions.

What do you think of the selection? Let us know by voting in the poll below and be sure to comment in the comment section below!

For more information on this pick, check out the breaking news podcast below:

Watch the Steelers welcome Isaiahh Loudermilk, and his first press conference

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 4:03pm
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Check out the first look at the Steelers’ 5th round pick Isaiahh Loudermilk as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers!

The Pittsburgh Steelers made their first trade of the 2021 NFL Draft when they traded with the Miami Dolphins to get a pick in the 5th round. With the pick they selected Isaiahh Loudermilk from Wisconsin. After the pick was made, Steelers fans were excited to welcome the newest member of the organization. Some of the organizational excitement was caught on tape, and is worth sharing.

Check out Loudermilk saying hello to the Steelers’ fan base!

Excited you're coming to Pittsburgh, @iloudermilk111! pic.twitter.com/W73NSVMXzP

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2021

Here is Loudermilk’s first time meeting, and speaking with, the Pittsburgh Media:

#LIVE: Round 5 Pick Press Conference

: 2021 #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC https://t.co/4DbuUqOJJM

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2021

Here are some quotes from the coaching staff with the pick of Isiahh Loudermilk:

'I know traditionally it’s a great defense. I still have so many emotions going on. It’s a team a grew up watching a little bit when I first started watching football, so I am excited to have this opportunity.' - @iloudermilk111

More: https://t.co/i5l6kgcaXJ pic.twitter.com/SL4pwvks3k

— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) May 1, 2021

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Knee jerk reactions after the Steelers trade into the 5th round of the 2021 NFL Draft

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 2:06pm
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One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the Steelers trading into the fifth round of the NFL draft.

Knee-jerk Reactions are immediate responses to a situation without taking the time to analyze the situation. That’s something as sports fans that we typically do. Especially if you are a full blood Yinzer, or even just a part Yinzer. As is the custom, I compile my knee jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game. It’s my version of running my mouth first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here during the last few rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. Or so I thought...

  • I have to say it one last time... Cleveland sucks.
  • We have a long time to wait for the next pick.
  • NO WE DON’T!
  • The Steelers trade up with the Dolphins and are on the clock at 156 in Round 5.
  • Wow. A defensive end. Isaiahh Loudermilk from Wisconsin. Edge rusher or defensive tackle?
  • Since he’s 6’7” and 297 lbs I’m 99.99% sure that’s defensive line and not outside linebacker.
  • Really? Did they need a defensive lineman bad enough to move up? It also looks like some expected him to go undrafted.
  • I don’t mind picking up the extra pick this year, especially with two comp picks scheduled to come next year. But was this player at this position the place to go?
  • The Steelers still have three picks left as they gave up next year’s fourth-round pick.
  • Well, with the extra pick I’m going to roll with this now and come back for the last three selections. At least I get to comment about the host city again.

There you have it, my knee jerks. I’m going to think about this one and see how how I feel about it, and then on to rounds six and seven.

Watch the Steelers welcome Dan Moore and Buddy Johnson, and their first press conferences

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 2:00pm
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Check out the first look at two Texas A&M players in the 4th round as members of the Pittsburgh Steelers!

The Pittsburgh Steelers got two new players in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft when they selected two players from Texas A&M. Offensive tackle Dan Moore and linebacker Buddy Johnson. After the picks were made, Steelers fans were excited to welcome the newest members of the organization. Some of the organizational excitement was caught on tape, and is worth sharing.

Check out “Big” Dan Moore saying hello to the Steelers’ fan base!

Let's get it! @bigg_dan65 pic.twitter.com/KjVQ4T0Fhc

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2021

Here is Moore’s first time meeting, and speaking with, the Pittsburgh Media:

#LIVE: Round 4 Pick Analysis & Press Conference

: 2021 #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC; Draft-A-Thon on @NFL https://t.co/09cOneefc9

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2021

Also, pretty cool to see General Manager Kevin Colbert introduce Moore as the team’s first 4th round pick, but also giving a shout out to the many members of the Steelers who will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer in Canton, OH.

GM Kevin Colbert announces our selection of @bigg_dan65 in honor of the five #Steelers being inducted into the @ProFootballHOF this year.

: 2021 #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/MpmWA8Z3IL

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2021

Here is Johnson’s first time meeting, and talking with, the Pittsburgh media:

#LIVE: Round 4 Pick Press Conference

: 2021 #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC; Draft-A-Thon on @NFL https://t.co/8ViQD19HbX

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2021

Here is ILB coach Jerry Olsavsky talking about Johnson and answering questions from the media:

#LIVE: Round 4 Pick Press Conference

: 2021 #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC; Draft-A-Thon on @NFL https://t.co/lZaUAFozye

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2021

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Steelers select Isaiahh Loudermilk with 5th round pick after trade

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 1:37pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Wisconsin DL Isaiahh Loudermilk with their 5th round pick in the 2021 draft.

Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. Unlike in 2020, with no first round selection in the draft, the Steelers possessed a full allotment of draft picks. With eight picks, the following positions could be viewed as a priority entering the selection process: running back, center, pass rusher and even inside linebacker. Those positions, and more, were positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2021. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do in Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers traded up to select Wisconsin DL Isaiahh Loudermilk, with a 5th round pick in the draft.

Loudermilk was a DE in Wisconsin's 3-4 base defense. I would guess he stays at DE with the Steelers and they ask him to put on some weight.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) May 1, 2021

For those who may not know much about Loudermilk as a player, this is his overall breakdown of his game, per his NFL Draft Profile:

Positives: Aggressive two-gap defensive end with growth potential. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, works his hands throughout the action, and redirects to ball handlers. Focused on by opponents, plays aggressive football, and works hard. Relentless and displays a good head for the ball.

Negatives: Does not consistently play with proper pad level and gets out-positioned from the action. Consistently tied up by a single opponent. Not much of a pass rusher.

Analysis: Loudermilk is a hard-working defender with size, growth potential, and a good degree of athleticism. He must improve his strength at the point but comes with an upside.

Isaiahh Loudermilk Player Profile

Loudermilk heads to the 2021 NFL Draft with an incredible athletic heritage. The Kansas native excelled in multiple sports at West Elk High School. He earned first-team All-State honors in basketball, while he won a conference title in the shot put. Additionally, Loudermilk was an accomplished baseball player, but it was on the football field where the man amongst boys truly excelled.

He was a three-time All-District and All-Area honoree. However, it was his senior season that really stood out. Loudermilk logged an impressive 97 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions while also snagging 5 touchdowns. He earned first-team All-State honors while West Elk went 10-1 and earned their first-ever playoff win.

Even before his standout senior season, the gargantuan athlete was garnering attention. A three-star recruit as per 247 Sports, he had received offers from Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Oregon, and Wisconsin prior to the season. Midway through the year, he paid a visit to Madison. And despite making multiple visits elsewhere, in early January, he committed to play for Wisconsin.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: Outside linebacker, cornerback, among other positions.

What do you think of the selection? Let us know by voting in the poll below and be sure to comment in the comment section below!

2021 NFL Draft: Day 3 Steelers news, updates and open thread, Part 2

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 1:35pm
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Be sure to stay in tune with the Steelers for Day 3 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft is HERE!! No more mock drafts. No more breakdowns. No more educated guesses. No more scenarios.

No, it is time to sit back and see who the Steelers select in Rounds 4, 5, 6 and 7 as the Pittsburgh Steelers have five picks throughout the day.

If you need information on the upcoming event, here is some solid stuff for you below:

2021 NFL Draft Schedule TV: ABC, NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN Deportes Online: Fubo (Click HERE to create a Fubo Account and stream the entire draft), Sling TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Hulu with live TV
ESPN app or ESPN+: Click HERE to watch LIVE! Radio (Nationally): SiriusXM, Westwood One, ESPN Radio
Radio (Locally): Steelers Nation Radio— Viewers can listen anywhere in the world online via Steelers.com or on the Steelers Official Mobile App. Saturday May 1, 2021

12 PM EST Rounds 4 through 7 (picks 106- 259)

Behind The Steel Curtain will be doing a live broadcast on the BTSC Radio YouTube channel following each pick. With the Steelers scheduled to have two picks in both the fourth and seventh rounds, the YouTube shows will run through the second selection in those rounds. Make sure you subscribe to the channel HERE and turn on notifications to be alerted to the live broadcast. Just like the first two days, there will also be a breaking news podcast on our audio platforms immediately following the selection.

Steelers draft picks in each round:

Here are the selections the Steelers are scheduled to make in the 2021 draft:

Round 1

Pick 24

Round 2

Pick 55

Round 3

Pick 87

Round 4

Pick 128

Pick 140

Round 5

None

Round 6

Pick 216

Round 7

Pick 245

Pick 254

The Pittsburgh Steelers trade up to the 156 pick in the 2021 NFL with the Dolphins

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 1:27pm
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For the second time in three years, the Steelers have moved up in the NFL draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the move in the 2021 NFL draft! Rather than stand pat in the fourth round, the Steelers have moved up to pick 156 and are currently on the clock for their selection.

The Pittsburgh Steelers last moved up in the NFL draft in 2019 when they traded the 20th overall pick to the Denver Broncos to move up 10 spots to draft Devin Bush and land their first top 10 pick since 2000. The Steelers also sent their 2019 second-round pick and their 2020 third-round pick to Denver in order to complete the trade.

To move up in 2021, the Steelers have surrendered their 2022 4th round pick.

The Steelers selection is now only moments away! Stay tuned to BTSC for continued coverage and an immediate breakdown of the selection…

And the pick is:

Knee jerk reactions after both of the Steelers’ 4th round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 12:59pm
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One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the fourth round of the NFL draft.

Knee-jerk Reactions are immediate responses to a situation without taking the time to analyze the situation. That’s something as sports fans that we typically do. Especially if you are a full blood Yinzer, or even just a part Yinzer. As is the custom, I compile my knee jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game. It’s my version of running my mouth first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here during the NFL Draft.

  • I feel like it must be said again... Cleveland sucks
  • It feels like the next pick should be defense, but it really doesn’t have to be
  • Michael Carter goes at the top of Round 4. Some had him as a “fall back” running back for the Steelers if they didn't get there guy. But they did.
  • I’d love to meet the people who name their son Amon-Ra with the last name including “Saint”.
  • Rams draft Bobby Brown III. It’s their prerogative. And then NFL Network takes my joke after I type it. Is it a new addition or a New Edition?
  • Getting close to 128. Love how fast things go on Saturday.
  • With picks only 12 selections apart, the Steelers could get two guys they like at 128 by the time they get to 140.
  • On the clock!
  • Steelers select an offensive tackle. Dan Moore Jr. from Texas A&M.
  • Long arms. Not many long-armed tackles this year.
  • He’s a project. So was Kevin Dotson. He’s in a good spot where he shouldn’t be asked to start right away.
  • On to then next pick!
  • Odds say it has to be defense next. But this hasn’t been a “by the numbers” draft for the Steelers
  • On the clock again!
  • Finally a player on defense. The Steelers go Texas A&M again.
  • Buddy Johnson, run-stopping linebacker.
  • A lot of places had him going undrafted but the Steelers take him over other options at the position.
  • This is the day the unexpected happens.
  • Now we get a long break until Round 6. See you all again in a couple of hours!

There you have it, my knee jerks. I’m going to sleep on these and see how how I feel about them in the morning, and then on to rounds six and seven.

Steelers select LB Buddy Johnson with second 4th round pick

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 12:58pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Texas A&M LB Buddy Johnson with their second 4th round pick in the 2021 draft.

Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. Unlike in 2020, with no first round selection in the draft, the Steelers possessed a full allotment of draft picks. With eight picks, the following positions could be viewed as a priority entering the selection process: running back, center, pass rusher and even inside linebacker. Those positions, and more, were positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2021. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do in Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Texas A&M linebacker Buddy Johnson, with their second pick in the draft.

Once again, the Steelers waste no time getting their pick in. They take Buddy Johnson, ILB, Texas A&M.

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) May 1, 2021

For those who may not know much about Buddy Johnson as a player, this is his overall breakdown of his game, per his NFL Draft Profile:

Overview

Blue-collar inside linebacker with good size and a forceful demeanor to stake his claim inside the box. Johnson developed into a highly respected team leader during his time with the Aggies. In just his second year at inside linebacker, Johnson showed great improvement in pursuit leverage and recognition of blocking schemes, but is still learning to recognize the best pathways to the football. He meets power with power when taking on blockers and does a nice job of playing off and finding his way toward the runner. There is still room for improvement as a move tackler in the open field and he’s currently a coverage liability in the passing game. Johnson has the makeup of a two-down inside linebacker with special teams value.

Strengths

  • Team leader through actions and words.
  • Good size, definition and aggression.
  • Durable and tough with experience inside and outside.
  • Took big leap forward with feel for inside linebacker position in 2020.
  • Careful not to overshoot running back’s entry point.
  • Works hard to recover from missteps to get back into the play.
  • Does dirty work to help defense thrive.
  • Physical striker and wrap-up finisher.
  • Attacks the block with aggressive punch.
  • Plays with alpha demeanor to control the action inside.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to get deeper downhill to short-circuit pulling guards.
  • Allowed Alabama’s Landon Dickerson time to climb up and block him.
  • Needs to slip blocks occasionally rather than always going to battle.
  • Hip tightness hinders open-field coverage agility.
  • Looked lost with coverage responsibilities at times.
  • Needs to stay light on his feet as open-field tackler.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: Outside linebacker, cornerback among other positions.

What do you think of the selection? Let us know by voting in the poll below and be sure to comment in the comment section below!

For more information about this pick, be sure to check out the breaking news podcast below:

Steelers select OT Dan Moore with 4th round pick

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 12:24pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Texas A&M center Dan Moore their 4th round pick in the 2021 draft.

Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. Unlike in 2020, with no first round selection in the draft, the Steelers possessed a full allotment of draft picks. With eight picks, the following positions could be viewed as a priority entering the selection process: running back, center, pass rusher and even inside linebacker. Those positions, and more, were positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2021. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do in Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Dan Moore, with their first 4th Round pick in the draft.

Steelers 4th-round pick (128) -- OT Dan Moore, Texas A&M

— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) May 1, 2021

For those who may not know much about Dan Moore as a player, this is his overall breakdown of his game, per his NFL Draft Profile:

Overview

Three-year starter at left tackle against challenging SEC competition across from him. Moore held his own for an offensive line that was a finalist for the Joe Moore Award (nation’s top OL) and he carries a well-proportioned build with good lean mass. He has adequate athletic ability to handle swing tackle duties, but plays with inconsistent hand strength and placement in both the run and passing games, causing him to lose control of the rep. He’s clearly shown improvement at his position and doesn’t have glaring athletic or physical weaknesses. However, he might not be a plus in any one category, which will make it difficult for him to become more than a solid backup.

Strengths

  • Three-year starter.
  • Play was much more consistent in 2020.
  • Pass pro movements are athletic.
  • Decent patience against rush counters.
  • Adequate recovery anchor against the bull rush.
  • Quality ability as cut-blocker.
  • Mindful of footwork and technique on double teams.
  • Runs feet to secure washdown blocks on outside zone.
  • Showed off quality second-level adjustments against Arkansas.

Weaknesses

  • Outside hands are too wide, causing him to gather rather than punch.
  • A bit of a heel-clicker at times in pass slides.
  • Needs to pick a target and fully commit when faced with blitz.
  • Doesn’t feel long enough to control point of attack and execute kick outs.
  • Would like to see more aggression into first contact as run blocker.
  • Inconsistent body control and positioning to consistently secure his block.
  • Rarely controls the action with strong hands.
  • Below-average demeanor as block finisher.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: Cornerback, wide receiver, inside linebacker and outside linebacker among other positions.

What do you think of the selection? Let us know by voting in the poll below and be sure to comment in the comment section below!

For more information about this selection, check out the breaking news podcast below:

Know your new Steelers enemies after Day 2 of the 2021 Draft

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 11:30am
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Get to know the players that were drafted into the AFC North and are now instant rivals of Steeler Nation.

The second day of the NFL draft brought more Pittsburgh Steelers for Steeler Nation to cheer for. But with that, it serves up more players to serve as instant rivals to boo. This time around, I am going to enlist scouting report help from Andrew Wilbar (steelerfan11), Ryland B. and SNW (Itz JustNoah). These guys do a phenomenal job with prospects on the BTSC Big Board. Here’s who will oppose Pittsburgh as new members of the AFC North.

Round 2 Pick 38 Cincinnati Bengals trade pick to the New England Patriots for No. 46 (Round 2), No. 122 (Round 4) and No. 139 (Round 4).

With the trade, the New England Patriots selected DL Christian Barmore from Alabama and the Bengals score to fourth rounders.

Round 2 Pick 46 Cincinnati Bengals select OL Jackson Carman - Clemson

6’5”/345 lbs.

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Carman protected Trevor Lawrence’s blindside at Clemson and did a pretty decent job of keeping the overall top pick alive. The powerful run blocker also paved roads for Travis Etienne. Carman is good at picking up the blitz, but lacks polish. May move to guard in the pros.

steelerfan11: Carman may have the highest upside of any tackle after Penei Sewell, but inconsistency has been the story of his collegiate career. Carman was playing at about 345 pounds at Clemson, which allowed him to be an absolute mauler in the run game. That size became a double-edged sword, however, as he was often unable to win battles against speedy edge rushers one-on-one. His first step is slower than what you would like in a blindside protector, and his pad level could use a little work in the run game. He has every tool you could ever want, but I really think he needs to drop 10-15 pounds if he is going to reach that potential at tackle. If not, I think that a move to guard at the next level is inevitable (Note: Carman weighed 317 pounds at his pro day. Sounds like he wants to stay at tackle).

Round 2 Pick 51 Cleveland Browns trade up to select EDGE Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah - Notre Dame

6’1”/215 lbs.

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JOK ain’t no joke. This guy could cause a lot of headaches for the Steelers. Gotta beef up that line.

steelerfan11: While not the biggest linebacker in the world, Owusu-Koramoah has serious range in coverage and outstanding versatility. His lack of size occasionally bites him when trying to tackle a well-built running back or tight end, but the burst he displays when rushing the passer makes up for it. His versatility also allows him to play safety in certain packages, and he has had no trouble covering receivers and tight ends out of the slot. Adding some weight would only help him, but he will be a valuable piece for a defense that can use his versatility correctly

Round 3 Pick 69 Cincinnati Bengals select Joseph Ossai - Texas

6’4”/254 lbs.

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Cincy needed to add to that defense that has been getting softer with guys like Geno Atkins, Carl Lawson and Carlos Dunlap not in tiger stripes. This does it.

Itz JustNoah: I absolutely love Ossai. He has pretty much everything you want in a 3-4 OLB. He’s very quick off the line, his balance is phenomenal, he uses his hands extremely well and he has a wide range of pass rush moves. The stats may not show it but he is almost always in the backfield whether it be a run or a pass. Unlike a lot of the other edge rushers in this class, Ossai is very versatile. He can easily drop back into zone coverage or even play man against some tight ends or running backs, so he is the perfect 3-4 edge. I see a lot of TJ Watt in him because of his quickness, balance and his knack for creating turnovers. I’ve seen him fall out of the first round in some mocks but I think that any team that uses a 3-4 should take him before any other edge rusher.

Round 3 Pick 91 Cleveland Browns select WR Anthony Schwartz - Auburn

6’0”/175 lbs.

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My ultimate draft crush is gone and now I have to hate him for ending up in the cess pool of an organization known as the Cleveland Browns. This dude is so fast and dangerous. Didn’t expect him to go this early. Let’s just hope he’s a product of draft hype. Ugggh!

steelerfan11: Schwartz is one of my favorite prospects in this entire class. There is fast, and then there is freakishly fast. Tyreek Hill fast. Schwartz honestly disappointed me with his 4.26 40 time at his pro day. Listed at only 179 pounds, Schwartz could probably afford to add ten pounds and not lose his world class speed. Schwartz has pretty good hands for a speed guy, and he is not afraid to work the middle of the field. He can line up on the outside or in the slot, although his best fit in the NFL will likely be the slot. I wish that he was a more willing blocker and had a little more shiftiness to his game, but the sky’s the limit for a guy with Schwartz’s speed.

Round 3 Pick 94 Baltimore Ravens select G Ben Cleveland - Georgia

6’6”/343 lbs.

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The scuttlebutt on Cleveland is that he is a massive and powerful dude that can stop defenders cold. But he is said to be slow of foot and his commitment to football has been questioned in the past. All in all, the Ravens do get an anchor here.

steelerfan11: Cleveland is a powerful guard who has good hand usage and above average power. He doesn’t have a ton of positional versatility, and his lateral mobility is nothing to write home about, but he finishes his blocks when he locks on to his defender, and he has good overall awareness. He may be limited to power running schemes, but he is a good competitor that will bring loads of physicality to the team that drafts him.

Round 3 Pick 104 Baltimore Ravens select CB Brandon Stephens - SMU

6’/213 lbs.

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Stephens is a converted running back with the size that the Ravens like out of their cornerbacks. The transfer from UCLA has the versatility to play the slot and on the outside and could eventually move to safety for B-more.

What do you think of the players who are going to be new to the division? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as the 2021 NFL Draft continues.

2021 NFL Draft: Day 3 Steelers news, updates and open thread

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 10:45am
Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Be sure to stay in tune with the Steelers for Day 3 picks of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft is HERE!! No more mock drafts. No more breakdowns. No more educated guesses. No more scenarios.

No, it is time to sit back and see who the Steelers select in Rounds 4, 5, 6 and 7 as the Pittsburgh Steelers have five picks throughout the day.

If you need information on the upcoming event, here is some solid stuff for you below:

2021 NFL Draft Schedule TV: ABC, NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN Deportes Online: Fubo (Click HERE to create a Fubo Account and stream the entire draft), Sling TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV, Hulu with live TV
ESPN app or ESPN+: Click HERE to watch LIVE! Radio (Nationally): SiriusXM, Westwood One, ESPN Radio
Radio (Locally): Steelers Nation Radio— Viewers can listen anywhere in the world online via Steelers.com or on the Steelers Official Mobile App. Saturday May 1, 2021

12 PM EST Rounds 4 through 7 (picks 106- 259)

Behind The Steel Curtain will be doing a live broadcast on the BTSC Radio YouTube channel following each pick. With the Steelers scheduled to have two picks in both the fourth and seventh rounds, the YouTube shows will run through the second selection in those rounds. Make sure you subscribe to the channel HERE and turn on notifications to be alerted to the live broadcast. Just like the first two days, there will also be a breaking news podcast on our audio platforms immediately following the selection.

Steelers draft picks in each round:

Here are the selections the Steelers are scheduled to make in the 2021 draft:

Round 1

Pick 24

Round 2

Pick 55

Round 3

Pick 87

Round 4

Pick 128

Pick 140

Round 5

None

Round 6

Pick 216

Round 7

Pick 245

Pick 254

Watch Kendrick Green get the phone call from the Steelers and Mike Tomlin

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 10:30am
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The Steelers’ 3rd round pick was more than excited to find out he was going to be playing in Pittsburgh.

There are moments in people’s lives which are life changing. Maybe it is a marriage or a birth of a child, but sometimes it can fall under someone’s occupation. In the case of college football players, if/when they get the call during the NFL Draft letting them know they are going to be drafted, it can be pure elation.

During the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 NFL Draft, they have made that call three times already, and the last pick on Day 2 was certainly noteworthy. The Steelers took Illinois interior offensive lineman Kendrick Green, and Green getting the phone call was something to watch.

No, it wasn’t JuJu Smith-Schuster jumping into the ocean, or James Conner bursting into tears after his battle with cancer, but Green’s simple, yet fierce, response is great.

Watch for yourself:

@The_fridge53... it's Mike Tomlin... @steelers | #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/TTetakydbl

— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) May 1, 2021

Green is known as a very physical player. A player who has a little nasty to him, and that is something the Steelers’ sluggish running game could use. In fact, when you look at the team’s picks so far in the draft, you can’t help but see what the team is planning with their running game.

More physicality.

The addition of Green, who could play from Day 1, tight end Pat Freiermeuth and running back Najee Harris will give the black and gold a very new, and physical, look when running the football. It should be a very fun, and exciting, change of pace for the global fan base.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes as they prepare for the rest of the 2021 NFL Draft and prepare for the regular season.

Stock Report: Whose stock is rising, and falling, after Day 2 of the NFL Draft

Sat, 05/01/2021 - 10:00am
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How will the Steelers 2nd and 3rd round draft picks affect the team?

The Steelers Stock Report is here to give you updates on trends and events that are likely to affect the team in the future. The Steelers selected Pat Freiermuth in the second round, and Kendrick Green in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, what ripples does that send through the organization? The Steeler Stock Report is here to answer that exact reason.

Stock up: Najee Harris

The major question brought up by the Steelers picking a running back with their first round pick was the quality of blocking he would receive. On day two of the draft the Steelers drafted a better run blocking tight end and a center who many consider to be able to start on day 1 of the 2021 season. Both Kendrick Green and Pat Freiermuth provide benefit to the run game, and Freiermuth sets the Steelers up to use more two tight end sets with both tight ends being solid or better receivers. That puts Najee Harris in a much better situation than he was facing 24 hours ago.

Stock Down: Knee-Jerk reactions

Many Steelers fans and analysts were pleased with the Steelers first round pick, others, like myself, questioned the wisdom of addressing running back before offensive line. After the Steelers passed on center Creed Humphrey to draft a tight end, there was even more concern. And when several centers were drafted at the end of the second round, the panic escalated everywhere but with the Steelers, who got their guy in the third round, where Kevin Colbert said they would be able to get an offensive lineman. I’m not saying don’t react to the draft, but it is important to allow the process to play out before passing judgement.

Stock up: Eric Ebron

It may seem strange to put Eric Ebron’s stock higher when the Steelers drafted a competitor at his position, but it makes sense. In 2020 Eric Ebron started the season strong, catching 70% of his targets, averaging over 10 yards per reception over the first 7 games, but with Vance McDonald limited, Ebron’s snap counts rose (highest snap count since he was 23) and he spent more time as an in-line tight end, and his numbers grew worse. Drops increased, catch rate dropped, yards per reception dropped and his run blocking was visibly worse.

After the season Ebron was working with trainer Rischad Whitfield, known as “The Footwork King” and Whitfield posted a video of Ebron working on releases and called out the Steelers for using Ebron in-line so much, instead of in the slot and out wide, where he is much more dangerous. While Pat Freiermuth can also line up in other spots, he is best suited to play in-line, and should allow the Steelers to both reduce Ebron’s snap count, and limit his in-line snaps. I expect to see improved stats, especially efficiency numbers from Eric Ebron in 2021.

Stock Down: The 3rd and 4th wide receivers

Najee Harris is a really good receiver as a running back, and the Steelers now have two good tight ends that can line up as receivers. Last season the Steelers had three receivers with 800 yards and the Steelers fourth receiver, James Washington caught 30 passes, gaining just under 400 yards. That’s more production from the receiver depth than the Steelers and other NFL teams usually see. With more snaps, and likely more targets going to tight ends and running backs, as well as the noticeable focus on running the ball better, expect the Steelers depth receivers to have lower numbers in 2021.

Stock Up: Matt Canada football

Matt Canada, in his years running college offenses, showed the ability to coach very different offensive philosophies, from pass heavy to run heavy to balanced offenses. He used quarterbacks that could run, ones that were statues and ones in-between. But in all those offenses, a few trends show up. One is a lot of motion, in particular motion from interior skill position players. Running backs, wingbacks, but mostly H-backs and tight ends. He also used a lot of formations with multiple players who were H-backs, fullbacks or tight ends. Matt Canada going into the 2021 season has two tight ends that can line up in different places, a fullback who played for him in Wisconsin and was used as an H-back and split out wide last season, and a first round running back who ran wide receiver drills at his pro day to show he has position flexibility as well. Behind Najee Harris in the running back room are Anthony McFarland and Jaylen Samuels, who both played for Canada in college and can line up in different spots on the field. Canada will have a lot of options to use the Steelers players in multiple ways, and motion them into different roles pre-snap.

The Steelers third round pick, Kendrick Green, excels in outside zone run schemes, another staple of Canada’s college offenses. The first three picks of the Steelers 2021 draft all fit what Matt Canada has done with his offenses in the past, and it will be interesting to watch how he uses them this season.

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