“Mean” Joe Greene represents the rise of one of the NFL’s most historic franchises. Greene was selected with Pittsburgh’s first overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft, which many label as the start of the Steelers dominance in the 1970’s.
Now the next player to join the ranks of Steelers first round picks will forever be tied to Greene, not just as both members of the Steelers family, but on draft night itself. The Steelers announced that Greene will announce the team’s first round pick live on stage at the draft. “It is special,” Greene said to Steelers.com about the honor. “Since my draft day, more than 50 years ago, to be here and to announce the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 1 draft choice is very humbling, very humbling.”
Joe Greene, the man who changed what it meant to play in Black & Gold, will do the honors of announcing our No. 1 pick on the stage in Nashville at the #NFLDraft.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 24, 2019
Greene’s involvement at the draft is part of the NFL Legends program to connect the game’s greatest players with the newest generation. When asked what he will say to the Steelers 2019 first round pick, Greene told Steelers.com, “I will be sure to let him know that this is the best organization in the National Football League. It is good top to bottom. That is what you are looking for. To have a genuine organization that gives you the opportunity to succeed and have fun. That is the bottom line. To succeed and enjoy yourself.”
Greene, who helped lead the Steelers to 4 Super Bowl titles, won’t be the only former Steeler at the NFL Draft. Santonio Holmes will announce the second round pick while Brett Keisel will be on stage for the Steelers in the third round.
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.
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.
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.