The Steelers have not been shy about some of the pipelines they have created at the college level, including Georgia, Ohio State, and others that they seem to have in their back pockets. But what if there was an NFL team they seemingly loved to take from as well?
Well, it appears that is a reality. Pittsburgh is looking five hours east and taking plenty of players from the Eagles. After inking Jarrid Williams on Monday, Pittsburgh now has signed a stunning nine players from the team over the past calendar year. That coincides with the hire of assistant general manager Andy Weidl and his impact on the team and who they sign.
The list includes these players:
It is clear what the Steelers are trying to do here in part. Part of the idea is to build the trenches up, just like the Eagles did when they made their Super Bowl runs. Weidl is an offensive lineman-minded guy who loves talking about how the Steelers are looking to dominate the will of teams up front. In his post-draft press conference, he focused on that very sentiment.
“We wanna be able to impose our will.,” Weidl said. “That’s the Pittsburgh Steelers, right? You can break the other team’s sword in the second half of a game.”
This is not the first time that something like this has happened with Pittsburgh. When he was hired, Kevin Colbert did something similar by bringing guys over from Detroit. You simply are lured to guys who you are familiar with and Weidl and the front office is following some of those guidelines. Regardless, there are some interesting parallels between how the Eagles built up their current team and what Pittsburgh is trying to do right now that make this connection a little bit more intriguing.