This is your thread to talk the draft, free agency, labor issues — anything but William and Kate.
First, thanks to everyone for hanging with us through the weekend. The first-round live chat was a huge success. Also, to paraphrase Ali G, mad props to SL draft guru Ted Kian. Pretty sure he’s a robot. A very opinionated robot at times, but one with a singular focus come draft time. Hats off to you, sir.
If you’re looking to relive the 2011 Draft magic, some handy links:
* Non-draft-related, but I didn’t want this to get lost in the mix. SL reader and attorney Jeremy Clark has an enlightening take on the recent labor issues. Great read.
* Post-draft Steelers presser. Colbert says they identified 100 players prior to the draft who could help the team and “we got seven of them.”
* Finally, this seems like the perfect way to wrap things up: Mayock’s take on the Steelers’ draft haul:
(It was a) typical (Steelers draft). I mean, Kevin Colbert, I can’t say it enough, is one of the most underappreciated decision makers in the National Football League.
Picking at 31 he gets Cam Heyward, just bring your hard hat and go to work, tough kid, he’s an ideal five-technique. Marcus Gilbert will play tackle for them. Trai Essex has been hurt, they’ve had all kinds of issues at the tackle position. Curtis Brown a corner, Cortez Allen a developmental corner.
Chris Carter, an explosive edge rusher from Fresno. Stuck his hand in the dirt there. He’ll stand up and be a lot like Woodley, a lot like Harrison. Keith Williams is an interior offensive lineman. And then a great character guy at the end of it, Baron Batch. I mean, that is a typical Pittsburgh Steeler.
And when I talk about Kevin Colbert, it doesn’t matter if the head coach is Bill Cowher or Mike Tomlin, the consistency of the organization stays the same.
Now feel free to predict the Steelers’ undrafted free-agent signings. Even though no one knows when the hell that will actually happen.