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2020 NFL Draft: Grading the Steelers selection S Antoine Brooks Jr.

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 04/26/2020 - 7:00am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers select Maryland S Antoine Brooks Jr. with the 198th selection of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to dip their toes back into the Terrapin pond by selecting Maryland S Antoine Brooks Jr. with the 198th selection of the 2020 NFL Draft. Many fans, myself included, wanted the Steelers to draft a LB/S hybrid attempting to strengthen two depth charts with one selection, especially considering this year's limited draft capital. It is well known that I had a particular player in mind, but obviously I wasn't the only one thinking along those lines.

The league is evolving from base defenses into a variety of subpackages, based on the opposition and team personnel. This makes the hybrid types, the tweeners if you will, even more valuable in this day and age. Like a defensive specialist in basketball, or a lefty reliever in baseball, hybrid players are beginning to carve out a vital role on NFL teams. They can provide depth at multiple positions, allowing their team to dress another player at a area of need.

Some believe this is the most logical path to NFL success for Antoine Brooks Jr. Brooks stands in at 5'11" and 220 lbs., not bad dimensions for a safety. However, Brooks excels around the line of scrimmage like a undersized LB. He ran a 4.64 forty which is functional for his skill set. Not a quick twitch athlete; but his instincts, football IQ, and diagnostic ability allows him to play even faster. Has superior read and react ability, and arrives at the ball carrier with bad intentions. He is a vicious tackler with excellent form.

Brooks loves to play downhill, and is at his best covering backs and tight ends near or around the line of scrimmage. He struggles in deep coverage, and will not make a living in the NFL if asked to do so. An interesting player comparison for Brooks on one site was the Steelers own Marcus Allen. Interesting because that very well could be the exact player that Brooks could be competing against for a roster spot. One evaluation suggested that Brooks could see snaps in the slot, depending on the matchup and need. That would have me believe he might have a slight edge in coverage over Allen. We shall see I guess.

There are specific criteria necessary when attempting to accurately and fairly grade any draft pick. Only time will reveal their final grades, but I will utilize certain parameters as I attempt to apply an initial grade for each Steelers draft pick. I base each grade on projected roster fit, potential immediate impact, and assumed draft value.

Brooks is a hard initial value to grade. He has a specific set of skills, and he utilizes those abilities to their fullest. I can see where he could provide valuable depth at multiple positions, and he is an impressive tackling machine. He should flourish on special teams, where there is a need. That may be what puts him over the top in his battle for a roster spot, or he could land on the practice squad.

A fellow BTSC member reminded me that the Steelers coaching staff has insider information on the Terrapin players. Means a little more that they chose to draft Brooks where they did.

Based on that criteria, and until he has a opportunity to confirm his hybrid abilities within the Steelers defensive principles, I give this selection a initial grade of C.

What overall grade would you give this selection? Please vote in the attached poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Welcome to the Steelers family from all of us at BTSC and Steelers Nation!

Twitter reaction to the Pittsburgh Steelers Day 3 draft selections

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 04/26/2020 - 6:30am
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Various reactions to the Steelers adding a running back, guard, safety, and nose tackle

The Pittsburgh Steelers had two-thirds of their draft choices on the final day of the 2020 NFL draft. With two draft picks early on with a couple of fourth-round selections, the Steelers also added players in the sixth and seventh rounds.

Once the picks were announced, of course social media exploded! Some with happiness and joy, but also some with angst and frustration. Nonetheless, it is time to take a look at what was said on social media from the Steelers organization, owners, coaches, teammates and former Steelers as they welcomed Anthony McFarland Jr., Kevin Dotson, Antoine Brooks Jr., and Carlos Davis.

Check out the responses below, and remember this story will be updated as more players take to social media to talk about the pick, and their thoughts on it.

Remember to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they continue to shape their roster following the 2020 NFL Draft.

With the 124th pick in the #NFLDraft, we select RB Anthony McFarland Jr. #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/M0Z84X20J3

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020

RB Anthony McFarland

During his freshman season, 39 of his 131 carries went for 10 or more yards. In total, he ran for 1,033 yards on 131 attempts.

He did have 3 fumbles, which isn’t exactly ideal on as few carries as he had, but the explosiveness made up for those mistakes. pic.twitter.com/V1tTx5rlaX

— PFF PIT Steelers (@PFF_Steelers) April 25, 2020

Anthony McFarland's OC in 2018 was Matt Canada. Says it means a lot to him that he's with the Steelers now. Says he's father figure to him.

"Every time I see Matt Canada I pick his brain because I know he knows right from wrong."

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020

New #Steelers RB RB Anthony McFarland Jr. says he is 100% healthy now after suffering a high ankle sprain during Week 2 last year with Maryland.

— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) April 25, 2020

Faulkner says the 2018 tape bodes well for McFarland, and adds if he had a healthy 2019 season, he would've been a higher pick in this year's draft. Says he's a steal at this point in the draft.

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020

Anthony McFarland (@AnttMacc_) told us last summer that Devin Bush delivered the funniest trash talk he's heard.

Any memory of what you told your new @steelers teammate after one of these tackles, @_Dbush11? pic.twitter.com/Lv0lfBSqRi

— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 25, 2020

@AnttMacc_ let’s work!

— James Conner (@JamesConner_) April 25, 2020

With the 135th pick in the #NFLDraft, we select OG Kevin Dotson. #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/KvE8zRlJuZ

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020

Louisiana RG Kevin Dotson (75) shouldn've had a combine invite. Strong as a bull and plays through the whistle. Takes a defender several yards down the field before tossing him to the ground on this play. pic.twitter.com/ueEGC0xOIn

— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) February 24, 2020

Steelers land the highest graded run-blocking guard in the NFL Draft, Kevin Dotson pic.twitter.com/RztDjSlG5x

— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 25, 2020

Kevin Dotson said he followed the @steelers since he was five years old. He said @JeromeBettis36 was his favorite player and all of his passwords used to have '36' at the end. Also said the family has a @steelers mancave. #SteelersDraft

— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) April 25, 2020

I feel like I need to step up my #WFH workout routine now after seeing this from the #Steelers new OL... https://t.co/3vhuos7xJS

— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) April 25, 2020

#Steelers OL Coach Shaun Sarrett called Kevin Dotson a "people mover." #SteelersDraft

— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) April 25, 2020

Shaun Sarrett added that coaching assistant Blaine Stewart worked with Kevin Dotson at the East–West Shrine Bowl and Coach Karl Dunbar's son works at Louisiana and they both raved about him. #SteelersDraft

— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) April 25, 2020

Steelers take the first player not invited to the combine, G Kevin Dotson out of La-Lafayette. Was voted to AP All-American team, was at the Shrine Bowl but not invited to the Senior Bowl or combine.

— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 25, 2020

When you know...you just know. https://t.co/trtBAHRnWE

— Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) April 25, 2020

Kevin Dotson might be the best OG in this class when it's all said and done.

— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 25, 2020

Welcome to the fam ! ✊ https://t.co/2NiV53ewn3

— James Conner (@JamesConner_) April 25, 2020

"To Kevin Dotson, welcome to the family." - @Ike_SwagginU

The ' have another member of the @steelers brotherhood. Congratulations, @kdd7696. Build the #cULture! pic.twitter.com/mu5TJsnLyF

— Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns® Football (@RaginCajunsFB) April 25, 2020

Antoine Brooks S Maryland. The Steelers' selection in the sixth round. Doubling down on Maryland guys #Steelers #dkps

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) April 25, 2020

With the 198th pick in the #NFLDraft, we select S Antoine Brooks Jr. #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/vKnnWbLKc4

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020

.@TerpsFootball S Antoine Brooks talking about the Penn St game & his passion for football. #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/Lb0ZGD9Zvt

— Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan) February 28, 2020

Steelers land the highest-graded safety in run-defense

Maryland's Antoine Brooks Jr. pic.twitter.com/rCjdr2F0E5

— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 25, 2020

Antoine Brooks says he would've been an underdog quarterback somewhere if he hadn't gotten hurt in high school.

"After you get hurt like that, you don't want to be quarterback anymore."

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020

#Steelers Teryl Austin on new S Antoine Brooks: He's a really good physical player who can play everywhere...the biggest thing I like about him is he's always around the ball.

— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) April 25, 2020

Congrats @TwanDoee. @steelers getting a tough blue collar ball player. https://t.co/nEKeTgw51d

— Ryan Davis (@CoachRyanDavis) April 25, 2020

You can find @TwanDoee where the is!

: #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/WkFksTGNr4

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020

When @TwanDoee got the call from Coach Tomlin #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/BLjFCMTMQs

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020

Two-star recruit
Career almost cut short due to injury

Nothing stopped him. Watch the moment @TwanDoee's NFL dreams came true. pic.twitter.com/T9F41cuher

— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) April 25, 2020

.@TwanDoee checkin' in with #SteelersNation! pic.twitter.com/rhYWo5B4wA

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 26, 2020

With the 232nd pick in the #NFLDraft, we select DT Carlos Davis. #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/Xd8NDBbhQR

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020

Steelers end the draft with DT Carlos Davis of Nebraska on the seventh round (232nd overall). Davis is 6-foot-2, 313 pounds, but distinguished himself at the NFL combine by running a 4.82 in the 40

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) April 25, 2020

Colbert said the #Steelers interviewed seventh-round pick Carlos Davis with his twin brother, who also played at Nebraska prior to the draft. #SteelersDraft

— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) April 25, 2020

A big day for the Davis family as BOTH brothers were selected today in the #NFLDraft!

their reaction to Carlos becoming a Steeler!

: #NFLDraft on NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/977IHDeopI

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020

.@_KING_LOS__ is ready to go‼️#SteelersNation pic.twitter.com/iyuLMkhrwy

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 25, 2020

It’s truly a blessing!! A dream come true. @steelers let’s get to work!!

— Carlos Davis (@_KING_LOS__) April 25, 2020

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 NFL Draft class

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 04/26/2020 - 6:00am
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The Steelers selected six players, three on each side of the ball.

The 2020 NFL draft has reached its conclusion, and the Pittsburgh Steelers came away with six new players. Standing pat for all six selections where they were scheduled going into the draft on Thursday, the Steelers have three new offensive players as well as three defensive specialists.

Before the draft began, it appeared there were some key positions in which the Steelers would take players if the opportunity arose. While exactly where each position would be taken was up for debate, the six positions the Steelers exited the draft are not really a surprise.

For anyone who may have missed all the action of the 2020 NFL draft, the six players selected by the Steelers were:

Round 2, pick 49: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame Round 3, pick 102: Alex Highsmith, OLB, Charlotte Round 4, pick 124: Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland Round 4, pick 135: Kevin Dotson, OG, Lousianna Round 6, pick 198: Antoine Brooks Jr., S/ILB, Maryland Round 7, pick 232: Carlos Davis, NT, Nebraska

NOTE: The Steelers third-round selection was a compensatory pick from the loss of free agents in 2019. Their original third-round selection was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2019 for the Steelers to select Devin Bush. The Steelers did not have a first-round or a fifth-round pick because it was traded to the Miami Dolphins as a part of the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. In return, the Steelers received the Dolphins fourth-round pick (which they acquired from Tennessee) at number 135.

Podcast: Reactions from the Steelers draft picks from Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 04/26/2020 - 5:00am

In the latest episode of “Steelers NFL Draft” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-Gold from the week that was.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is over, and although there are no more games, the news is still ongoing. With a surge of Steelers news, it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC flagship podcast The NFL Draft Result Show. On this show Jeff Hartman and co-hosts Dave Schofield and Lance Williams break down all things Steelers!

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Hear our instant reaction to the Steelers picks on Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft
  • Diagnosing the issues with the Steelers using statistics
  • Steelers Q&A
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman, editor of BTSC, and Lance Williams walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Black-and-gold.

If you haven’t heard, we have a YouTube channel, and the main reason for this is to increase the sound quality on our shows. But if you’re a visual learner you can watch the show below. Be sure to subscribe to our channel!

4th Round Picks Recap: RB Anthony McFarland, Maryland / OG Kevin Dotson, Louisiana-Lafayette

6th and 7th Round Picks Recap:

If you missed the live show, be sure to check out all episodes on the following platforms:

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If you’re old-school and just want the audio, you can listen to it in the player below.

4th Round Recap Audio:

Editor’s Note: Audio will be published around 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday

6th and 7th Round Recap Audio:

Editor’s Note: Audio will be published around 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday

2020 NFL Draft: Steelers officially announce the signing of 10 undrafted free agents

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 8:51pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers added another 10 undrafted free agents just hours after the NFL Draft ended.

While the Pittsburgh Steelers may have just added six new players to the roster via the 2020 NFL Draft, their work was far from done at the end of the seventh-round. With hundreds of prospects missing out on selection once again this year, there were still plenty of talented options for the team to sign as undrafted free agents when the draft was finally over.

Pittsburgh added another 10 names to their roster once the draft ended, adding to their robust offseason roster.

FB Spencer Nigh (Auburn)
OG Christian Montano (Tulane)
DB Trajan Bandy (Miami (Fla.))
DB James Pierre (Florida Atlantic)
LB James Lockhart (Baylor)
LB Leo Lewis (Mississippi State)
LB John Houston (Southern California)
DE Josiah Coatney (Mississippi)
DE Calvin Taylor (Kentucky)
P Corliss Waitman (South Alabama/Mississippi State)

We have agreed to terms with 10 undrafted rookie free agents following the conclusion of the 2020 #NFLDraft.https://t.co/8zdQqRMNWB

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 26, 2020

Steelers 2020 Undrafted Free Agent Tracker: All the signings and rumors

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 5:55pm
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All the news surrounding the latest undrafted free agents the Steelers are hoping to sign.

With the 2020 NFL Draft now in the books, the Pittsburgh Steelers will quickly switch their attention to eligible prospects who went undrafted. Long before the seventh-rounded 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 signing 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:

(Editor’s Note: While no news or rumors have come in yet, who would you like the Steelers to add to their roster? Let us know in the comment section below!)

Kevin Colbert said he doesn't expect to sign many undrafted rookies. Filled a lot of roster spots with XFL guys #Steelers #dkps

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) April 25, 2020

The Steelers won't be adding as many UDFAs as usual, GM Kevin Colbert says.

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020

Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers Round 7 selection of Carlos Davis

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 5:40pm
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One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the third round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 232 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Once again, 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. Steeler Nation reacted as such with nearly every selection.

As is the custom, I compile my knee jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game. It’s my version of shooting first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here for the draft and follow up yesterday’s Day Two account with my instant Day Three reactions to each Steelers selection.

Round 7 Pick 232 Steelers select DT Carlos Davis - Nebraska
  • I don’t care who they pick here.
  • Just make it the BPA.
  • So for the second time in three years, the Steelers pick up player who’s twin went higher in the draft.
  • 6.2 and 320. That’s a big fella.
  • The pundits say that Carlos would be even better if he can get his pads lower.
  • Hey Sean is gone and I need another Davis Jersey. This guy has to stick.
  • Looks like he throws a mean discus. This guy is an athlete.
  • Say bye-bye to the Shade Tree, Daniel McCullers.
  • Davis looks dynamic on highlights.
  • Could he be Mr. 2 AM 2.0?
  • Won a citizenship award or two at Nebraska.
  • Love this pick too.

There you have it. I’ll review these thoughts and may think more rationally after I’ve had a chance to iron my brain droppings out. Overall, I’m pleased and feel hopelessly optimistic regarding this draft.

2020 NFL Draft Results: Steelers select DT Carlos Davis with 7th Round pick

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 5:08pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Carlos Davis with their 7th round pick.

Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. With no first round selection in the draft, running back, safety and even pass rusher were still positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2020. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Nebraska DT Carlos Davis, with their pick of the draft in the seventh round.

With pick No. 232, Steelers take defensive tackle Carlos Davis of Nebraska to close out their draft.

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) April 25, 2020

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft is now officially over, but you know they will be adding undrafted free agents soon! So stay tuned for more information on that.

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!

2020 NFL Draft: Grading the Steelers selection of G Kevin Dotson

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 4:20pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers select Louisiana G Kevin Dotson with the 135th selection of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers definitely have a type. Last season, for example, I was sure the Steelers reached for a AB clone in Diontae Johnson in the third round. Though they do have plenty of similarities in physique and abilities, Johnson went on to a impressive rookie season. Definitely not a reach, and I was happy to eat some crow.

The Steelers just did it again, selecting a Ramon Foster type player in Louisiana G Kevin Dotson with the 135th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dotson earned the distinction of being the first player selected this year that wasn't invited to the Combine. Dotson was overshadowed at times by a more renowned teammate, RT Robert Hunt, but it was impossible to scout Hunt and not leave impressed by Dotson also.

Dotson is a powerful run blocker, utilizing superior strength and hand punch to overwhelm and maul opponents. He possess only average athleticism and movement skills, so he excels as a drive blocker and anchor in pass protection. He is seldom knocked off balance or backward due to his strong base. He is not a pulling guard and will seldom reach the second level of the defense. He specializes in winning fights in a phone booth.

Slightly top heavy at 6'4 and 310 lbs., he can lose sight of his opponent by dropping his head at contact. Any issues with technique should be easily corrected because Dotson is fundamentally sound and highly coachable. He projects as a backup who could possibly develop into a starter with additional seasoning.

There are specific criteria necessary when attempting to accurately and fairly grade any draft pick. Only time will reveal their final grades, but I will utilize certain parameters as I attempt to apply an initial grade for each Steelers draft pick. I base each grade on projected roster fit, potential immediate impact, and assumed draft value.

This is a solid, howbeit not spectacular, selection. This is the typically overlooked meat and potatoes acquisition that is extremely important to strengthen the offensive line for future seasons. In no way flashy, but essential nonetheless. I can't see a scenario with Dotson seeing the field this season, barring a unforeseen disaster. His true value won't be realized for a year or two. Therefore I am giving this selection a grade of C. In no way a slight toward the young man, who I feel has a bright future. Based only on initial impact and draft value.

One sidenote I found particularly interesting. Dotson is a lifelong Steelers fan. His family has a Steelers themed man cave in their house. I always love to see a young man's dream come true. Donning the Black and Gold and running onto the field will mean a little more for Kevin Dotson and his family.

What overall grade would you give this selection? Please vote in the attached poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Welcome to the Steelers family from all of us at BTSC and Steelers Nation!

Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers selection of Antoine Brooks in the 6th round

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 3:53pm
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One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the third round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 198 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Once again, 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. Steeler Nation reacted as such with a number of selections this weekend.

As is the custom, I compile my knee jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game. It’s my version of shooting first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here for the draft and follow up yesterday’s Day Two account with my instant Day Three reactions to each Steelers selection.

Steelers picking in Round 6 Pick 198 S/LB Antoine Brooks Jr.
  • Don’t know much about Brooks here, but I was thinking receiver.
  • Some “names” were still out there, but I think this is a scheme pick that fits.
  • Wonder why Prince has dropped so low.
  • He is a hybrid and plays both safety and moves up to LB in the box.
  • A lot of people wanted S/LB Tanner Muse here before the draft, since he went in Round 3...Steelers staying on plan.
  • Terps MVP? That’s good news.
  • Steelers must love juniors from Maryland.
  • He’s an accomplished player with various accolades. I’ll say this is a good grab.

There you have it. I’ll review these thoughts and may think more rationally after I’ve had a chance to iron my brain droppings out. Overall, I’m pleased and feel hopelessly optimistic regarding this draft.

2020 NFL Draft Results: Steelers select safety Antoine Brooks with 6th Round pick

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 3:34pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Antoine Brooks with their 6th round pick.

Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. With no first round selection in the draft, running back, safety and even pass rusher were still positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2020. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Maryland safety Antoine Brooks, with their pick of the draft in the sixth round.

Antoine Brooks S Maryland. The Steelers' selection in the sixth round. Doubling down on Maryland guys #Steelers #dkps

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) April 25, 2020

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

He’s either a versatile defender or one lacking a clean positional fit depending on a team’s assessment and scheme. He’s played in a variety of spots over the past two years, but hip tightness and lack of length do show themselves when matched in man coverage. He’s a freelancer who lacks the range to play single-high, but his instincts and recognition talent improve his ability to challenge effectively as a split safety. He’s a well-built banger with solo tackle talent near the line and should be a quality short zone defender. Brooks offers middle-round value as a split-safety capable of box duties and should offer an upgrade on special teams coverage.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: offensive tackle, inside linebacker and tight end 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!

2020 NFL Draft: Grading Steelers selection RB Anthony McFarland

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 2:30pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers select Maryland RB Anthony McFarland with the 124th selection of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Ask and you shall receive. I have been pleading for the Steelers to acquire a WR with length, long a not so secret desire for Mr. Ben Roethlisberger, for many a moon. Then the Steelers answered our prayers with their second round selection. After watching last year's anemic offense struggle after Ben went down for the season, it became obvious that the Steelers desperately needed an injection of speed at the skill positions. The Steelers just went a long way toward solving that problem by selecting Maryland RB Anthony McFarland with the 124th selection of the 2020 NFL Draft.

McFarland has blazing speed. He ran a 4.44 forty at the Combine. Not just track speed, he has football speed. Incredible vision and great burst. Very elusive due to impressive short area quickness and superior agility and balance. His leg drive through contact leads to a tendency to break tackles, especially on perimeter carries. A rare trait for a undersized homerun hitter who measured in at 5'8" and 208 lbs.

McFarland only had 24 receptions as a Terrapin, which seems like a criminal lack of effort to utilize his game breaking ability in the open field. The jury is still out on his hands obviously, but nothing really stood out on tape. The more probable issue with his limited opportunities was the fact he is almost invisible in pass protection. I am not sure if it his diminutive stature, or a lack of commitment in the role, maybe a little bit of both. He will have to disciple himself and work hard to improve this glaring weakness if he is going to see the field as a rookie. If not, he could get Big Ben killed. He has also dealt with nagging injuries at various points of his collegiate career. He needs a definitive role with the Steelers to improve his durability and longevity.

There are specific criteria necessary when attempting to accurately and fairly grade any draft pick. Only time will reveal their final grades, but I will utilize certain parameters as I attempt to apply an initial grade for each Steelers draft pick. I base each grade on projected roster fit, potential immediate impact, and assumed draft value.

McFarland is a threat to go the distance everytime he touches the football. He provides the Steelers a speed factor at RB they haven't enjoyed since Willie Parker, if ever. I have long pounded the table wanting the Steelers to acquire just such a player. I can foresee a definitive role for the young man right out of the gate, especially if he can become a serviceable pass protector. With all the talented new receiving options spreading the field, McFarland could potentially have a field day with mismatches galore. He was projected as a fourth round pick. Very prophetic as it turns out.

For all those reasons listed above, I am giving this selection a initial grade of B. I would love to give it a higher grade, but his pass blocking struggles and injury concerns could limit his opportunities to see the field.

What overall grade would you give this selection? Please vote in the attached poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Welcome to the Steelers family from all of us at BTSC and Steelers Nation!

Kevin Dotson is out here pulling trucks getting ready for the Steelers

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 2:01pm
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Times are tough when it comes to NFL prospects training, but newly minted Steelers guard Kevin Dotson, he is making due with what he has.

During these crazy times in 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic globally shutting everything down, NFL prospects have had to be extremely creative when it comes to preparing themselves for the next step of their careers.

For Pittsburgh Steelers’ fourth round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Kevin Dotson, his training has been simple. But don’t confuse simple for easy. Dotson is pulling pick up trucks as a method of training for the rigors of NFL life.

Don’t believe it? Just check the video below...

Louisiana OG Kevin Dotson finding a way to get some work in during the quarantine. pic.twitter.com/d2qOYuabMy

— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 1, 2020

Dotson, the Louisiana product, is a monster of a man. Standing at 6’4” and 310 lbs., Dotson is labeled as, “a powerful man with experience blocking in zone, gap and power schemes.” Sounds about right, but what will get Steelers fans even more jacked up is the fact Dotson grew up a die hard Steelers fan.

In fact, his favorite player of all-time was none other than Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis.

Kevin Dotson says the man cave in his house is all decked out in Steelers stuff. Adds his favorite player is Bettis and "all of my passwords used to have 36 at the end of them."

— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) April 25, 2020

The NFL Draft is full of great stories like this, and the Steelers have plenty of them already throughout the first four rounds of the selection process. Without a current pick in the 5th round, the Steelers will have to wait until the 6th round before their next pick. If things stand as they are now, the team will have two more picks, one in the 6th and one in the 7th, which will round out their 6 picks in the draft.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the rest of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers Second Fourth Round pick of Kevin Dotson

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 1:04pm
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One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the third round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 136 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Once again, 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. Steeler Nation reacted as such with the Round 4a selection of Anthony McFarland Jr.

As is the custom, I compile my knee jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game. It’s my version of shooting first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here for the draft with each pick from Day 3.

Round 4 Pick 122 Steelers select G Kevin Dotson - Louisiana
  • Now this I love.
  • The Steelers need a guard and this is a nasty one with plenty of accolades.
  • 6’4” and 321.
  • This guy is one of the highest-graded of lineman in the nation and a first-team All American.
  • The word on Dotson is that he can play on any scheme.
  • Said to play with a junkyard dog mentality who will punch you in the mouth.
  • This guy seems like a true Stiller.
  • This man is an absolute monster...

There you have it. I’ll review these thoughts and may think more rationally after I’ve had a chance to iron my brain droppings out. Overall, I’m pleased and feel hopelessly optimistic regarding this draft.

2020 NFL Draft Results: Steelers select Guard Kevin Dotson with second 4th Round pick

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 12:37pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Kevin Dotson with their second 4th round pick.

Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. With no first round selection in the draft, running back, safety and even pass rusher were still positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2020. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Louisiana guard Kevin Dotson, with their second pick of the draft in the fourth round.

Steelers take guard Kevin Dotson, a guard out of Louisiana with their second fourth round pick #Steelers #dkps

— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) April 25, 2020

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

Backup-caliber guard with the football intelligence, technique and run-blocking ability for eventual starter consideration in the right circumstance. Dotson is a powerful man with experience blocking in zone, gap and power schemes. He’s a little stiff-kneed with sluggish change of direction so slanting fronts and athletic pass rushers could create inconsistencies in his performance. What he can do well outweighs the concerns and he could hear his name called on Day 3.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: offensive tackle, inside linebacker and safety 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!

Knee Jerk Reactions to the Steelers Fourth Round pick of Anthony McFarland

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 12:27pm
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One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the third round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 124 in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Once again, 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. Steeler Nation reacted as such with the Round 3 selection of Alex Highsmith.

As is the custom, I compile my knee jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game. It’s my version of shooting first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here for the draft and follow up yesterday’s Day Two account with my instant Day Three reactions to each Steelers selection.

Steelers in Round 4 Pick 124 select Maryland RB Anthony McFarland
  • Hate this. Ughhhhhhhhh!
  • You have a safety in K’Von Wallace and a ton of good linemen out there and this is what you do?
  • He seems like a fine player, but not where they are taking him.
  • I’m not questioning McFarland, I’m questioning the Steelers for the priority surrounding taking a runner here.
  • I will root for him and welcome him in, I just need some time to crunch tape.
  • I like that is size and speed is better than Hellaire, who went in first round.
  • Running Back by committee looks like the new plan in Pittsburgh.
  • I may come around on this pick. Nonetheless, Welcome to Pittsburgh.

There you have it. I’ll review these thoughts and may think more rationally after I’ve had a chance to iron my brain droppings out. Overall, I’m pleased and feel hopelessly optimistic regarding this draft.

2020 NFL Draft Results: Steelers select RB Anthony McFarland with first 4th Round pick

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 12:04pm
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Anthony McFarland with their first 4th round pick.

Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. With no first round selection in the draft, running back, safety and even inside linebacker were still positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2020. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Maryland RB Anthony McFarland, with their first pick of the draft in the fourth round.

Steelers take RB Anthony McFarland of Maryland

— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) April 25, 2020

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

McFarland runs hard, but he’s not that big and he’s not that creative, so he could struggle to find yardage for himself. A high-ankle sprain may have been at the root of his unimpressive 2019 tape, as he showed a little better burst and tackle-breaking ability in 2018, but in both seasons he needed either clear points of entry or to be operating in open space to get it going. His projection can’t just rely on a couple of splash performances from 2018. He appears to have low-end backup potential, but it’s worth noting that some NFL teams are much higher on him.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: offensive line, inside linebacker and safety 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!

2020 NFL Draft: Revised Steelers mock draft after Round 3

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 11:00am
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With very little expectations, BTSC’s Bryan Anthony Davis keeps his hat in the mock ring with a revised draft projection going into Round’s 4 through 7.

Now that the Steelers have finally added two new players from the college ranks in the form of Chase Claypool and Alex Highsmith. I recognize that my picks of RB J.K. Dobbins and EDGE Bradlee Anae were way off. But that’s fine, I will try again. With welcoming a new WR and Edge the mock has been updated to reflect the hot pickin’ action of Day 2. We’ve left the free agent pickups as the same.

Here’s what we got...enjoy.

Round 4, Pick 124 S K’Von Wallace - Clemson Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Wallace is a good value pick here. He’s a hard hitter and a great blitzing safety. Projected to be a starter by year two for any defense that picks him.

Round 4, Pick 135 (from Miami, from Tennessee) G Solomon Kindley - Georgia Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The 6’3” and 337-pound Kindley is a scrapper that pays with a nasty disposition. The Georgia Bulldog is solid in one-on-one situations and handles a bull-rush well in pass protection. Could be a good depth piece his first year in Pittsburgh with Ramon Foster and B.J. Finney no longer in black and gold.

Round 6, Pick 198 DT Leki Fotu - Utah Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images

Huge and a power rusher with very little effort needed. Needs to tighten up against the run. Could be a great addition to the defensive line and has time to learn the position.

Round 7, Pick 232 OT Colton McKivitz - West Virginia Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The four-year starter for the Mountaineers has spent tackle time on both the right and left sides. The 6’6”/ 306 lb. McKivitz has a blue collar mentality, gets to his blocks and can get nasty. McKivitz can add much needed depth to an aging offensive line.

WR Maurice Ffrench (not a typo) - Pittsburgh

The wideout from Pitt had 96 catches in 2019, breaking Larry Fitzgerald’s 2003 record by four.

CB Reid Harrison-Ducros - Duquesne

The local product has superb agility and incredible speed at 4.38 seconds in the forty. RHD had two picks in 2019.

P Alex Pechin - Bucknell

The two-time AP All-American averaged 44.5 yards-per-punt over five years. He has field goal experience too.

RB Salvon Ahmed - Washington

The scatback doesn’t have great speed, but run for 1,020 yards and 11 TDs in 2019.

DL Robert Windsor - Penn State

The Nittany Lion senior had 14 sacks (7.5 in 2018) in his four-year career.

EDGE Ron’Dell Carter - James Madison

Ninth all-time at JMU with 23 sacks.

TE Nigel Kilby - Southern Illinois

Only 13 catches as a senior, but first TE over 6’7” to run a sub 4.7 (4.66) at the combine.

QB Nate Stanley - Iowa

Stanley could get drafted, he’s been linked to the Steelers. But the 6’4” passer had average throwing stats. He did lead the Hawkeyes to a 27-12 records (3-0 in Bowls) and started all 39 games in his career.

2020 NFL Draft: Day 3 Pittsburgh Steelers news, updates and open thread

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Be sure to stay in tune with the Steelers for Day 3 selections of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Day 3 of the 2020 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 4-7, as the Pittsburgh Steelers have four total picks on the day.

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

2020 NFL Draft Schedule TV: ABC, NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN Deportes Online: Fubo, CBS Sports HQ
(Click HERE to create a Fubo Account and stream the entire draft)
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, April 25 2020

12 PM EST Rounds 4,5,6,7

Behind The Steel Curtain will be doing live broadcasts on the BTSC Radio YouTube channel for a recap and breakdown of each pick. Make sure you subscribe to the channel HERE and turn on notifications to be alerted to the live broadcasts.

Steelers draft picks in each round:

Here are the six selections the Steelers are scheduled to make in the 2020 draft:

Round 2, selection 49

Round 3, selection 102 (compensatory)

Round 4, selection 124

Round 4, selection 135 (from Miami, from Tennessee)

Round 6, selection 198

Round 7, selection 232

Steelers 2020 NFL Draft: AFC North Day 2 Selection Breakdown

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 04/25/2020 - 10:10am
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BTSC digs deeper into the new Day 2 class of the AFC North.

The second round of the NFL draft is now complete and in its virtual form, it worked well again without any problems. I found it more pleasurable this time around with the Steelers actually making a pick in the form of WR Chase Claypool and Alex Highsmith. When it comes to watching the draft any year when the Steelers aren’t on the clock, I vehemently pay attention to who goes to each of the three organizations that comprise the AFC North and consistently supplies Steeler fans 159 players to abhor.

So join me, won’t you, as I breakdown the new Northerners from Rounds 2 and 3.

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have a history of picking up good looking prospects and then turning around and sucking, only to never hear from them again. I could make some fun comparisons, but I probably better not. Day Two of the draft for the Bungles could go just like that, but they may have turned the corner. There are pundits down on Tee Higgins, I think he could be a slight step down from A.J. Green, but that is still pretty promising. Home run. They may have reached with the Logan Wilson pick, I say that because he’s a high character guy at the inside linebacker position and that’s something they are definitely not used to. Vontaze Burfict...anyone. Wilson looks like he’s not old enough to shave, vote or go to an R-rated movie, But you don’t sleep on a guy who has been one of the top five tacklers in all of college football over the last three seasons with 306. What I think Cincinnati needs the most though, is a guy they can protect their new investment. They definitely did not do that. Big mistake. My first inclination is to think that this team is drafting well. But it’s the Bengals, so we will have to wait and see.

Cleveland Browns

A lot of people were salivating over the centerfielder from LSU, Grant Delpit. But there are plenty of holes in his game too. Can’t stop the run is one. I can be wrong, but he might be overrated. Jordan Elliott adds a thumper to the defense on an already crowded defensive line. I hope he has all of his shots up to date playing next to those rabid idiots Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi. Too bad, they’ll probably infect his mind too. With the Phillips selection, The Browns are trying to replace Joe Schobert in the middle. CBS lists him as a jack of all trades and a master of none. Translation: he’s a special teamer and they could have done better. I wish I could say I was overwhelmed by the Browns draft, but I’m not even whelmed. So far, a lot of mistakes by the lake.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens, once again, put on a drafting clinic for the rest of the NFL. Fitting. A large amount of Baltimorons spend lots of time in free clinics. With a plethora of picks, Eric DeCosta was that guy that figures out the carnival game and comes away with a bunch of prizes. The J.K. Dobbins pick felt like insult to injury to Steeler fans that wanted him so bad that they would have sold their soul and their mom’s car to see him with hypocycloids on his melon. But, think about it. Dobbins was the fifth running back picked for a reason. He’s talented, but don’t kick your dog over it. With their other 66 selections, Bmore struck gold with a talented DT in Justin Madabuike, the explosive Longhorn receiver known as Devin Duvernay, run-stopping LB Malik Harrison and the mammoth guard Tyre Phillips. There is a lot of talent drafted by Baltimore added to an already loaded roster. But they do only have 53 roster spots and a zillion more picks.

What did you think of the other AFC North selections? 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 heading into Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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