Archive for April, 2021

The pick is in….

April 30th, 2021

It’s Najee Harris… RB ….Alabama!

Here is the best scouting report I can share…. from one of BWG’s favorites Merril Hoge:

“I watched every run, catch and play Najee Harris had in 2020! He has extraordinary balance and agility for a back of his size. He runs with great power and grace. He is gifted enough to be dynamic on the perimeter as well. His receiving skills also separate him. He is a very good route runner and has natural instincts to catch the ball. He’s also a willing participant to block, which makes him a complete player. What an awesome weapon to help get this offense back on track!! Welcome to Pittsburgh!”


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A ten year look back at the Steelers 1st Round Draft Picks!

April 29th, 2021

Since 1969 the Steelers have built their teams through the draft. Here is a look back at the recent history of the Steelers in the last ten years with a grade for each first round pick!

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Ranking the Steelers Last 10 Draft Picks
Year, Player, College, When Chosen Grade Reason
2020: No first-round selection A Alright cheating a little, but this Pick is Minkah Fitzpatrick so going A
2019: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan (No. 10 overall) INC Early signs are that this is a great pick, but still too early to tell
2018: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech (No. 28) INC Too early to tell, lot of haters on this guy, but he is coming into his own
2017: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin (No. 30) A+ Not sure it could get better than this guy, new face of the franchise
2016: Artie Burns, CB, Miami (No. 25) F Never lived up to potential and is now a memory
2015: Bud Dupree, LB, Kentucky (No. 22) A- Took a little longer to develop but was an outstanding contributor
2014: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (No. 15) A Would have been an A+, was on track for an amazing career, was still great!
2013: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia (No. 17) D Never realized his potential and is now out of football
2012: David DeCastro, G, Stanford (No. 24) A+ One of the best guards if not the best guard in football (Special to KGB and me)
2011: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State (No. 31) A+ The Anchor of the defense for the past ten seasons!

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Draft Preview from Beer We Go!

April 27th, 2021

Thursday marks the 2021 NFL Draft after a year like no other. The draft should be a nice reminder of what lay ahead for the Black and Gold and hopefully helps put the disastrous end to the 2020 season in the rear view mirror. Kevin Colbert has a solid track record of building the team through the draft. The team is in transition and need to make some wise and strong picks to replenish the cupboard.

The Steelers front office has hit and hit pretty big on five of the last ten picks, with two undecided (Terrell Edmunds, S /Devin Bush, LB),  two misses (Jarvis Jones, LB /Artie Burns, CB) and of course no first rounder last year.

Draft Needs:

Offensive Line: For the first time in a very long time the Steelers offensive lines has more questions than answers. Maurkice Pouncey, who anchored the Center spot for about a decade, is headed to retirement, so is Bloomsburg Alumni, Matt Feiler, who headed west for greener pastures and an even greener bank account. Alejandro Villanueva also is in flux and depending on the draft is most likely leaving the Burgh.  The Steelers need a minimum of a prospect at Center and at Tackle. The good news is this is one of the strongest offensive lineman drafts in recent history, with tackles being slightly stronger than interior lineman and there should be all kinds of value picks. Colbert excels at getting value later in the draft.

Running Back: With James Conner never recapturing his first season magic, the Steelers are in need of a replacement at running back. The running game was atrocious a year a go and all but bottomed out. It was probably the single biggest reason they made an early exit from the playoffs. The Steelers desperately need a back but it is hard to see them using the 24th pick to do it. This will be a mid-round selection but again has to be addressed this year.

Cornerback: This could have been recycled from two years ago. Steven Nelson was a cap casualty after a solid tenure in the Burgh. Justin Layne is more than likely done now because of off field troubles. The Steelers lack any talent or depth at the spot and need a talent injection here. It might be worth looking at grabbing an elite corner prospect at 24 or even making a move to grab one in the first round.

Edge Rusher: Bud Dupree a former first round pick is now gone from Pittsburgh too. The Steelers need someone opposite T.J. Watt and they think Alex Highsmith might be the answer. Finding linebacker talent has always been a team strength and this year they will grab the best edge rusher available. Don’t be surprised if they use one of the first two picks on this spot, even thought Offensive Line and Running back are the more glaring needs.

Quarterback: It should go without being written the Ben Roethlisberger era is about to draw to a close. Contrary to what the mainstream press said, he had a very good year overall in 2020 and the team is better with him than without him. It was a tale of two seasons for Roethlisberger, the total lack of a running game and the fact that he simply just wore down over shadowed a very good overall season. The Steelers have the very interesting Dwayne Haskins, who needed a change of scenery. on the roster with Mason Rudolph who has shown some signs of success and Joshua Dobbs who is still somewhat of a mystery. It would be wise to invest in the position and see what falls into their lap.

Below is the Steelers current picks barring any trades.

Round 1, No. 24 overall

Round 2, No. 55

Round 3, No. 87

Round 4, No. 128

Round 4, No. 140

Round 6, No. 216

Round 7, No. 245


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