4 Different 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Drafts

Below are four potential Steeler mock drafts that take into account the needs I detailed in Tuesday’s article.

Two of these mocks have hypothetical trade scenarios. The trade-value chart was consulted, but not perfectly followed, because more teams are moving away from that formula and later picks will be valued more than usual throughout this draft due its depth in all rounds at many positions.

Any of these players may be gone by the round they are slotted below, but all have been listed as available in that spot through multiple mock drafts or scouting rankings from outlets such as ESPN, CBS Sports, etc. Moreover, different names were added for all picks in each mock draft to provide a variety of possibilities.

Remember that compensatory picks rewarded cannot be traded. Thus, the Steelers enter this draft with the following nine selections: 1(15), 2(46), 3(97 C), 4(118), 5(157), 5(173 C), 6(192), 6 (215 C), 7 (230).

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2014 Pittsburgh Steelers’ NFL Draft Needs, Positional Analysis

Once considered by many the best general manager and drafter in the NFL, the selections, roster management and salary-cap wisdom of the Steelers’ Kevin Colbert have been suspect since 2008.

The team had an amazing run of successful 1st -round picks from 2000-08, but recently-departed 2009 pick Ziggy Hood can now be labeled the worst opening-round selection of the Colbert era.

In fact, the Steelers no longer had any players on their roster from the 2008 and 2009 drafts entering the 2013 season. Whereas Pittsburgh still had playoff-caliber starters last fall, the bottom 15 players on the Steelers’ roster were less-talented than any such contingent since the pre-Chuck Noll era, which began in 1969. NFL teams must have quality depth to advance to the playoffs, which Pittsburgh has now missed for two seasons ongoing for the first time this century. Continue reading

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View From 522: Are you serious?

Since Gretz is a season ticket holder he is going to tell you about all of the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands. 

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Week 17 Game Thread: Browns vs. Steelers

Keep hope alive.

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The Yancey Thigpen redemption game: What was Mike Tomlin thinking?

It was Christmas Eve, 1995, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in Green Bay and positioned on the five-yard line with a chance to win the game with 10 seconds to play.

It was at that point when an 11-year-old Adam Gretz sat in his living room and watched his favorite player at the time, Yancey Thigpen (a player that had caught more passes that season than any other wide receiver in Steelers history up until that point), let a perfectly thrown Neil O’Donnell pass slip through his hands in the corner of the end zone, giving the Packers a 24-19 win.

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Week 16 Game Thread: Steelers vs. Packers

The Steelers are still in, even if just barely.

So there’s that.

In related news, does anybody think LaMarr Woodley shouldn’t be cut in the offseason, even if that means waiting till June 1 for salary-cap reasons?

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View From 522: Steelers vs. Bengals

Since Gretz is a season ticket holder he is going to tell you about all of the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands. 

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Week 15 Game Thread: Steelers vs. Bengals

Technically, the Steelers are still in the playoff mix but let’s be honest: There are 120 minutes left in the season.

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View from 522: Steelers vs. Dolphins, what a crazy ass game

Since Gretz is a season ticket holder he is going to tell you about all of the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands. 

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Week 14 Game Thread: Dolphins vs. Steelers

Yes, there’s still a chance at the postseason.

(FYI: We’ve been working through some issues with the site that hosts SL, so things have been a little wonky the last week or so. We’re hoping to iron all that out in the next few days. Feel free to blame Mike Tomlin since he’s responsible for everything else that has happened since Thanksgiving.)

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