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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers past three Draft Classes: Part 3, Class of 2018

As we go back and review the Pittsburgh Steelers’ past three draft classes, we continue with the 2018 grouping. Now that the grades have been handed out for the 2016 and 2017 draft classes, it’s time to turn towards the 2018 draft. The previous two drafts saw a wide range of players from budding superstars to guys now out of the league. These grades may not seem fair because the players have only taken part in one season, but that is the point. They are being graded solely on the 2018 season, and not their future success. Here is the way the draft class will be graded. The letter...

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The Steelers, and Kevin Colbert, make it clear they want a ‘significant draft pick’ in return for Antonio Brown

But if Pittsburgh cannot find the value they are looking for, the GM did not count out the prospect of keeping him - “I don’t think any relationship is irreparable.” If the “experts” in the national media are to be believed, the Pittsburgh Steelers could struggle to find a team willing to give them a high draft pick in return for Antonio Brown. With questions about his attitude and an apparent desire for a new contract with guaranteed money, some have suggested the shine has come off the NFL’s best wide receiver. Brown’s reaction to his meeting with the Steelers on Tuesday...

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Midweek Mock Draft Roundup 5.0: A look at the Steelers latest mock draft projections

We take a look at 10 of the latest mock draft offerings from some of the more notable names in the game. With the Pittsburgh Steelers finally having agreed to trade Antonio Brown on Tuesday, it should be expected that future mock draft offerings will take something of a turn in the coming weeks as more and more experts prioritize wide receiver as a position of need for the Steelers. Each and every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, we will bring you a selection of the latest mock draft projections from around the NFL draft community in an effort to help identify some of the players...

Still Curtain

Steelers Draft Profile: Outside linebacker Oshane Ximines

Oshane Ximines was a dominant player at a small school in college and could be an option for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2019 NFL Draft. All stats and measurements come from odusports.com School: Old Dominion Position: Outside Linebacker Height: 6’-4’’ Weight: 255 Ibs Career Stats: 176 Total Tackles, 51.5 Tackles for Loss, 33 Sacks, […] Steelers Draft Profile: Outside linebacker Oshane Ximines - Still Curtain - Still Curtain - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Kevin Colbert: Le’Veon Bell will not be franchise or transition tagged in 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager put an end to the endless amount of rumors surrounding the team and their plans for Le’Veon Bell. Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert stated Wednsday during a press conference that running back Le’Veon Bell will not be franchise or transition tagged in 2019 and will become an unrestricted free agent. There has been rampant speculation the Steelers would use one of the tags hoping to generate a higher draft selection than they would garner as compensation if Bell was allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent. There are several...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ray Fittipaldo's first 2019 Steelers mock draft

The Steelers get a corner and an inside linebacker with their first two picks in mock draft 1.0. 

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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers past three Draft Classes: Part 2, Class of 2017

As we go back and review the Pittsburgh Steelers’ past three draft classes, we continue with the 2017 grouping. In the first part of this three-part series, the 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers draft class was examined and graded. Javon Hargrave and Sean Davis were the only two from the 2016 class to be graded favorably while the others harshly graded for their performance or lack thereof. The top of the 2017 draft class shined when compared to the 2016 class. Unfortunately, the bottom half of the 2017 class hasn’t fared as well as the previous years. T.J. Watt and JuJu Smith-Schuster have...

Predominantly Orange

Denver Broncos mock draft with a trade for Antonio Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown are going their separate ways. The Denver Broncos get him and more in this mock draft scenario. The Denver Broncos have already made some major waves this offseason, trading for Joe Flacco and creating a frenzy in Broncos Country. Is John Elway done wheeling and dealing? I highly doubt […] Denver Broncos mock draft with a trade for Antonio Brown - Predominantly Orange - Predominantly Orange - A Denver Broncos Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Big Easy Mafia

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. pegs Georgia CB Deandre Baker to Steelers in 1st round of NFL Draft

Cornerback is a position the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to address early in the NFL Draft, and ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. thinks he has the perfect prospect for the organization.

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Grading the Steelers last three Draft Classes: Part 1, Class of 2016

As we go back and review the Pittsburgh Steelers’ past three draft classes, we start with the 2016 grouping. People have been ingrained most of their life by grades or assigning numbers in their daily lives. Letter grades show how well students do in school while numbers are assigned to show students did on their SAT or ACT tests. Once people get into the world of employment, their employers may show their job evaluations by grade or broken down into a numerical performance. The media breaks down players’ performances in the same way whether it be during the NFL draft, after the draft...

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Mel Kiper Mock Draft Monday: Steelers go after an NFL ready CB in Round 1 of 2019 NFL Draft

It is mock draft season, and the ESPN expert has an interesting selection for the black-and-gold. The NCAA College Football season is over, and with the NFL offseason going full throttle, attention now turns away from the play on the field, to the characteristics and intangibles off the field. Yes folks, it is mock draft season! While mock drafts are nothing more than lofty projections for teams, the analysis of diagnosing team needs can be a valuable one. The Pittsburgh Steelers have some glaring needs on their football team, and most reside on the defensive side of the football. Below is...

Pride Of Detroit

Oklahoma star Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has surgery, will miss Combine and Pro Day

One of the rising stars of the 2019 NFL Draft class, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, suffered a serious injury that required surgery and will miss drills at both the NFL Combine and his Pro Day. The past few weeks have not been great for the Brown family. Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown has been embroiled in non-stop drama in his quest to be traded from what appears to be a toxic relationship with his soon-to-be-former team, and we now learn that his cousin, Oklahoma receiver and 2019 draft prospect Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, suffered a Lisfranc injury that required surgery. The...

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Mason Rudolph “chomping at the bit” to get his chance, but knows patience is key

The Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback is itching to get a shot, but knows he is going to have to wait his turn. During the 2018 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers were wheeling and dealing. The team sent troubled wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders for a third round draft pick. What happened with that pick? The Steelers swapped it with the Seattle Seahawks to move up in the third round to take Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. Many Steelers fans were extremely happy, and excited, with the pick. For once, it seemed as if the organization was planning for life...

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2019 NFL Draft Prospects: FAU RB Devin Singletary is a legitimate jitterbug

If the Steelers want to get a bit more dynamic in the backfield, Singletary is a wonderful option Running Backs are replaceable they say, but not all the attributes of specific Running Backs are replaceable. For example, Le’Veon Bell is one of the best RBs in football, but his production was all but replaced last season with James Conner and Jaylen Samuels emerging onto the scene as quality backs. However, that does not mean the backfield cannot get a bit more dynamic. Meet Devin Singletary, who is one of the most electric prospects I have watched this draft season....

Cincy Jungle

The Orange and Black Insider Bengals podcast: 2/13 livestream

Zac Taylor is finalizing his coaching staff, as the Bengals gear up for one of the biggest offseason events in the form of the NFL Combine. With some recent news in the AFC North, might Cincinnati be shifting its NFL Draft focus? The 2019 picture of the Cincinnati Bengals is finally starting to come into focus. Zac Taylor has nearly assembled the rest of his staff, as the team begins to gear up for all of the pre-draft festivities and the opening of free agency. Meanwhile, there has been some big news with the Bengals’ biggest rivals. Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown tweeted goodbye...

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Midweek Mock Draft Roundup 4.0: A look at the Steelers latest mock draft projections

We take a look at 10 of the latest mock draft offerings from some of the more notable names in the game. With the drama surrounding wide receiver Antonio Brown reaching new levels on Tuesday, we will attempt to distract ourselves from this ongoing fiasco with our weekly look at the next generation of players who could be joining the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. Each and every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, we will bring you a selection of the latest mock draft projections from around the NFL draft community. So far, we have looked at 30 contrasting offerings from some of the more...

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Rod Woodson shares stories about his time with the Steelers and his decision to leave

The former Steeler and Hall of Fame cornerback sat down with Dan Patrick for a must watch interview about his life growing up and his years in the NFL. As someone who only found the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1983 and missed out on the glory days of the 1970’s, there is little doubt in my mind who was the greatest player I ever saw wearing the Black and Gold live in my 35+ years following the team. Drafted with the 10th pick of the 1987 NFL Draft, Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson was not only the best defensive back of his era, but arguably one of the greatest cornerbacks of all-time. His...

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Steelers 2019 Free Agent Market Watch: Inside Linebackers

BTSC examines available Inside Linebackers in free agency and whether they would be a possibility for Pittsburgh. The Steelers defense missed Ryan Shazier greatly after his devastating injury on December 4th in 2017. They didn’t adequately address the ILB position in both the draft and free agency. Jon Bostic was serviceable, but wasn’t enough. L.J. Fort played honorably, but he might not be enough, and his contract is up as well. This year, they have cap space to look outside the organization. Here is a look at what is currently available at this crucial position. C.J. Mosley -...

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Silver Mining 2/13: Raiders 2019 home could be in Arizona and Birmingham

News surrounding the Raiders and rest of the NFL. Raiders News Raiders 2019 home could be in Birmingham and Tucson Both cities are trying to share the Raiders, but pingponging all over seems like poor decision when they could just stay in Oakland. Antonio Brown officially requests trade rom Steelers and Raiders have the draft capital to trade for him Let the games begin. ‘Productive’ talks resume for Raiders 2019 return to Oakland Of all the options on the table, this one makes the most sense for Mark Davis and his team. Should Raiders be interested in signing newly released pass...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers draft needs 2019: The top 10 receivers in the draft

If the Steelers trade Antonio Brown there are plenty of receivers of all shapes and sizes to choose from in this year’s draft. 

Big Easy Mafia

Gambling site ignores other needs, has QB Kyler Murray on Steelers' radar

By using draft picks on a quarterback in the past two years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have no need to address the position in 2019. That's ...

Silver And Black Pride

Antonio Brown officially requests trade from Steelers and Raiders have the draft capital to trade for him. Let the games begin

It’s official. Antonio Brown has requested a trade from the Steelers. He made that request known to the world today on twitter when he said goodbye to the Steelers. Replete with a hashtage #NewDemands and a short video set to music that says “Now I do what I want.” Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward..........✌ #NewDemands pic.twitter.com/fbIoFNdqK4— Antonio Brown (@AB84) February 12, 2019 Let’s face it, no team will be more talked about with regard to where Brown could land than the Raiders. They have a desperate need at receiver and...

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Steelers Draft Day Hypotheticals: A top quarterback falls to pick 20

Steelers Draft Day Hypotheticals takes a look at potential situations that could affect the Pittsburgh Steelers draft strategy and selections. There are only two quarterbacks that have consensus first-round grades in the 2019 draft class and is unlikely either is available for Pittsburgh to select with the twentieth pick. With former Oklahoma State quarterback Mason […] Steelers Draft Day Hypotheticals: A top quarterback falls to pick 20 - Still Curtain - Still Curtain - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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The end of the Steelers season, not to mention the end of the Super Bowl, is a sad, sad time

This is the worst time of year: The NFL offseason. It used to be I’d get really depressed after the Steelers’ season officially came to an end. I’d log on to BTSC to write my article about what just went wrong for Pittsburgh, and usually the first thing I’d see was another author crafting a mock draft. You talk about reality setting in. You talk about adding numbness to that feeling of depression. “Is it really over? Have those Super Bowl dreams been dashed, yet again?” Now, for those of you who want to write something about “Fire Tomlin!” just know that the majority of...

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Should the Oakland Raiders bring back Martavis Bryant?

The Oakland Raiders gave up a third round pick to get Martavis Bryant from the Pittsburgh Steelers, but should he be back for another year in 2019? During the 2018 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders made a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers to acquire wide receiver Martavis Bryant for a third round draft pick. At […] Should the Oakland Raiders bring back Martavis Bryant? - Just Blog Baby - Just Blog Baby - An Oakland Raiders Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Profile: Michigan ILB Devin Bush

The Pittsburgh Steelers have their eyes on defense in the 2019 NFL Draft, and the first-round could bring plenty of options at a number of positions. All stats and measurements come from mgoblue.com. School: Michigan Position: Inside Linebacker Age: 20 Height: 5′-11’’ Weight: 233 Ibs Career Stats: 194 Total Tackles, 19.5 TFL, 10.5 Sacks, 1 […] Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Profile: Michigan ILB Devin Bush - Still Curtain - Still Curtain - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Did the AAF debut give football fans something to cheer about?

The timing of the Allegiance of American Football could help bridge the gap from the Super Bowl to the NFL Draft. Well, I gave it a try. With football entering its seven-month dormant season from on-the-field play, I decided to give the newly formed AAF a shot. After reading several articles here at BTSC, I thought it would be interesting to see what the league could offer. Between former Steelers on the rosters and some interesting rules which could be an improvement over situations in the NFL, I thought there just might be enough to help cut the offseason wait down by several weeks. By...

Ryan Shazier Announces the Steelers 2018 1st Rd. Draft Pick | NFL

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Ben Roethlisberger denies asking Steelers for TE

Ben Roethlisberger has released a statement saying that he didn't ask the Pittsburgh Steelers to draft a tight end. However, could this be a tactic to avoid upsetting fellow teammates?

Eli Maning preps for Steelers, talks Ben Roethlisberger

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning discusses facing fellow QB draft-class mate Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.