It has been two years now since the 2010 NFL Draft and I am ready to give initial grades to that draft.
Round 1 – Maurkice Pouncey, OC, Florida – Grade A – The Pittsburgh Steelers, coming off a disappointing 2009 campaign decided it was time to move on from Center Justin Hartwig. They elected to select Maurkice Pouncey out of Florida to groom to replace Hartwig. However, what they could not expect was for Pouncey to come in and immediately be able to replace Hartwig. Since entering the leage, Pouncey has been one of the best centers in the NFL and if he can avoid the injury bug, he will be an absolute stud.
Round 2 – Jason Worilds, OLB, Virginia Tech – Grade B- – In the second round, the Steelers elected to add depth at OLB. The pick was kind of surprising at the time since Worilds was viewed as a 3rd round prospect but Worilds has played fairly well in his action. While he has looked lost in run support early in his career, it certainly looks like the potential is there for Worilds to become the next great Steelers OLB but he will have to get stronger.
See the rest of this draft after the jump
Well since the Steelers lost, my draft coverage will begin now and I will start it off with the Steelers needs for the draft this year. Expect 1 to 2 posts per day four to five days a week all the way through the draft.
Number 1 Need: Offensive Guard
Our guard play was awful all year and it will be tough to win without good guard play. Whether it was Kemoatu, Legursky, Foster, or Essex they all played pretty poorly and an upgrade is needed, possibly two. With our higher draft position I think we might get a chance at the #1 Guard in the draft, David DeCastro and if we do, we should take him. I feel like we will address the guard spot somewhere in rounds 1 to 3 and then again in rounds 5 to 7.
After the jump see needs #2 through 7
Note: Even though it foucuses on the Pittsburgh Steelers, this is worth the read for Non-Steelers fans as well because it gives some insight into draft stock and some minor details on over 20 prospects (25 to be exact).
This is a draft piece focusing on key players of the Pittsburgh Steelers that will likely be retiring soon (within the next two years). I will first talk about the player who is retiring soon, then mention a possible 2012 replacement and a possible 2013 draft replacement. Or I will mention if the replacement is already possibly on the team.
Note: Make sure you have time to read all of it as it is a little over 2000 words.
The site will slowly be getting back to our normal coverage, with about one to three posts a week for the next three weeks. Follow the site on twitter @steelersrule125 to get updates whenever a post is made.
The NFL Weekend Stars series will take a look at three offensive and three defensive stars from every week of the season and pre-season. It will also look at one dud from the previous week. I will be keeping track of who appears most on this list to help keep track of the players who made the biggest impacts in the NFL this year. This weeks stars can be seen after the jump.
Finally, back to some good old fashion football talk. Today we are going to look at the 2008 NFL Draft, this time specifically looking at the Cleveland Browns. In 2008, the Browns did not have a pick until the fourth round and had only five total picks. They failed to utilize those picks very well also. Overall, you could call this one of the worst drafts of all time. After the jump, look at specific pick grades and an overall grade.
During this quite period, I am going to take some time to grade the 2008 NFL Draft. We will look at the Pittsburgh Steelers draft today.
Round 1 Pick 23: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois: This was by far the best pick of this draft. Mendenhall has been exactly what the Steelers needed as one of the best RB’s in the league. He has been a workhorse and is coming off his best season ever. His rookie season was ended as soon as it began but since then he has only gotten better. His carrying has improved and his vision has as well. Pick Grade: A