The 2019 NFL Draft is over and the Steelers certainly made a splash, filling their most pressing need on the first day.
In an uncharacteristic move for the usually staid team, the Steelers moved up in the Draft, from 20 to 10 and selected Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush.
Bush was widely regarded as the second best inside linebacker in the draft after Devin White and virtually every pundit had him being taken before the Steelers picked in the 1st round. The trade cost the Steelers their 2nd round pick this year and a third in 2019, but that blow was lessened by the Steelers having an extra 3rd round pick from Oakland, which they picked up in the Antonio Brown trade, and the expectation of a 3rd round pick in 2020 from losing Le’Veon Bell.
With their 3rd round picks, the Steelers selected 5’10” Toledo receiver/kick returner Diontae Johnson who they hope helps fill the role left by the departed Antonio Brown and Justin Layne, a cornerback out of Michigan State.
In the 4th round the Steelers picked bruising Kentucky running back Benny Snell, in the 5th, Michigan tight end Zach Gentry.
The Steelers went all defense with their three 6th round picks: NIL OLB Sutton Smith, Alabama DL Isiah Buggs and Akron LB Ulysses Gilbert. With their last pick, the Steelers drafted an offensive lineman, Derwin Gray from Maryland.
With all of that behind us, what do you think? Are you happy with the Steelers’ haul? Have they done enough to replace Bell and Brown? You can check out Parker Hurley’s final draft grade here then give us your opinion below.
Poll: Will You Still Buy Madden 21 with Lamar Jackson on the Cover?
Baltimore Ravens quarterback and 2020 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is going to grace the cover of the Madden 21 video game.
Does the presence of a Raven make you less likely to buy it?
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) June 16, 2020
While most fans probably won’t let who’s on the cover stop them from buying the latest edition of the legendary sports video game franchise, Steelers fans can hope that Lamar Jackson’s appearance curses the Ravens, much like it has for cover athletes in the past. Pittsburgh knows that history all too well with the drama that ensued after Madden awarded Antonio Brown the cover.
Poll: What Will the Steelers Record be in 2020?
Last night, in an event full of pomp and circumstance, the NFL has released its 2020 schedule.
Now it’s time for speculation and way-too-early judgments on which teams will be better, or worse, than last season’s records would indicate.
Despite opening the season on the road for the sixth straight season, the Steelers will get to play the relatively weak NFC East and the AFC South.
On paper, it looks like a favorable draw for the Steelers. They will play four of their first six games in the friendly confines of Heinz Field and their opponents have the second lowest average winning-percentage based on last year.
After a stop over in New York to start things off, the Steelers will play at home against the Broncos and Texans. A road game against the Titans is sandwiched between two more home games versus the Eagles and Browns. The Steelers second half schedule features a trip to Dallas, a home date with the Ravens and a trip to Buffalo, but also a lot of cellar-dwellers in the Bengals, Jaguars, Redskins and some .500 clubs like the Browns and Colts.
Our 2020 season schedule has arrived!
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 7, 2020
Will the Steelers, with the return of a top five defense and a healthy Roethlisberger, be able to improve on last year’s 8-8 record?
How many wins can you find? Are you an optimist, a pessimist or a “wait and see” type of fan?
Cast your vote below.
Poll: Grade the Steelers 2020 Draft Haul
The Pittsburgh Steelers, along with the rest of the NFL, have wrapped up the 2020 NFL Draft. The team had six total draft picks (but no first-rounder). With the six picks, they selected Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool, Charlotte linebacker Alex Highsmith, Maryland running back Anthony McFarland, Jr., Louisiana guard Kevin Dotson, Maryland safety Antoine Brooks, Jr. and Nebraska defensive lineman Carlos Davis.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Steelers graded out at a pedestrian B-. Undoubtedly the grade suffered because of a lack of first-round pick, because PFF wasn’t unhappy with the Claypool, Highsmith and Dotson picks in particular.
What do you think? How would you grade the Steelers 2020 Draft, particularly in light of the fact that the team, in their own words, used their first-round pick on Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Give them a grade.