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2019 NFL Draft Day News, Notes and Rumors: April 25



2019 NFL Draft Day is finally here. What will the Steelers do in the first round? Will they move up or down in the first round? Which other teams will make Draft Day moves? We’ll keep you updated on the deals and rumors here in this page. Check back often for anything you might have missed.

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**Where would the Steelers have to trade up to in order to have a shot at Michigan LB Devin Bush?

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**Could their be movement in the Top 5 of the draft?

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**An interesting name mentioned by a writer from Yahoo Sports in their final Mock Draft.

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**Day 1 of the NFL Draft means rumors, rumors, rumors. Here’s what Rob Rang is hearing-

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**As is usually the case, expect to see a lot of movement in the 1st Round, here’s the latest concerning that courtesy Tom Pelissero from the NFL Network.

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**Devin Bush is a player that Steeler fans want to see the team draft. Problem with that is, the Steelers aren’t the only team that would like to add a fast, athletic linebacker. In order to have a chance at him, Kevin Colbert would have to surrender some draft picks in order to move up in the first round.

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**At some point early in the draft, former Thomas Jefferson and Michigan DE Chase Winovich will hear his name called. He’ll become the latest player to go from the WPIAL to the NFL.

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NFL Draft

Mic Drop: Adam Zielonka of Washington Times on McFarland, Brooks



Instead of trading for a proven running back like Leonard Fournette, the Steelers simply drafted a rookie with their 4th round pick. That rookie is Anthony McFarland out of the University of Maryland. To fully explain what McFarland brings to the table, Mike Asti was joined by Adam Zielonka, who is a sports reporter for the Washington Times. Zielonka also touched Antoine Brooks, the other Maryland product drafted by the Steelers.

Click here to also watch Mike and others discuss if the Steelers should have instead traded for Leonard Fournette on Pittsburgh Sports Live.

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2020 NFL Draft

Colbert Explains Why He Wanted Three Rounds Added to 2020 Draft



Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is offering an explanation as to why he wanted three rounds added to the 2020 NFL Draft.

Speaking with NBC Sport’s Mike Florio on the PFT PM podcast Tuesday, Colbert took the opportunity to clarify his suggestion.

“The reasoning was, part of it was selfish,” Colbert said. “You wanted to have a safety net because we’re dealing with less information, and the more picks you have, maybe you’ll have a little bit of a safety net again.”

With the league’s self-implemented travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were unable to conduct their normal scouting activities prior to the Draft. This included Pro Days, private workouts and in-person interviews.

Less opportunities to watch and speak with prospects results in a larger margin for error.

Colbert went on to say that it also would have benefited some of the fringe prospects in the Draft that never had the chance to showcase themselves at a Pro Day or other setting.

“The other thing was it would give the marginal player that didn’t get his opportunity to go to a Pro Day and to perform. Maybe there will be more players drafted and then those players will then again have the chance they might not get.”

Now without rookie minicamps, the challenges are mounting for clubs and NFL hopefuls.

“Every year a team might stumble upon a tryout player,” Colbert said. “Maybe if we ever get on the field, we can think of a way to help those because there’s a big group of players that aren’t getting opportunities because of the situation.”

Colbert reminded Florio that the Steelers discovered Devlin “Duck” Hodges as a tryout in camp last year.

It is unclear when teams will be allowed to return to the practice field for their offseason programs, with clubs currently conducting theirs entirely from home.

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2020 NFL Draft

Mic Drop: NFL Draft Recap Show



It was eat, sleep, draft coverage, repeat for Mike Asti and the Steelers Now crew this past week. And now that the draft is over, Mike Asti evaluates each pick and gives his thoughts on some moves he says the Steelers should have made.

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