04-18-2012, 12:44 AM
I have really been following the draft news, I'm off work for a few weeks and pretty much have my TV on ESPN or NFL Network all day. According to many commentators, starting quality O lineman will be available when we choose IN THE 2ND round also, not just the first. IMO getting a starting guard is an ABSOLUTE must. I trust that our new OC will make the offense better but the run game and protection can't get much better without a good guard OR TWO. Although I think O line is the priority, there are those who argue that as important/ almost as important, is a new ILB or NT. There won't be many starting quality defensive players in the 2nd round, but it's likely there will be in the first. So it seems to me the tough decision is do you go for someone like Hightower or a good starting quality NT first round and bet on there being a starting quality guard in the 2nd round, or do you play it safe and take care of your most important need right away by drafting a guard first round? Seems like the general consensus is that there won't be a starting quality NT or ILB in the 2nd round and that we could pick one up in the first round and still get a starting guard in the 2nd. As better as I expect the offense to do without Arians (especially if Wallace stays), I don't think they can get anywhere near their potential without better guards. Plus if we don't address the line this year we might not get another chance to with Ben, how much more can he get hit? Anyway, whatever the Steelers do this draft it has to be near flawless. I don't expect starters from the 4th and 5th rounds or anything unrealistic, but we need starting quality 1st and 2nd round picks and we need our 6th and 7th round pics to be decent backups at least. All that said, how would you guys draft round 1 and 2?