Originally Posted by JackH
In my opinion, the Steelers first pick in the draft should be a tight end, specifically Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame or Zach Ertz of Stanford.
Letís talk critical need. When will Heath Miller be ready to go? Week 5 like Mendenhall or Week 1 like Adrian Peterson? Are you going to take a chance you wonít have a quality tight end for a fourth of the season? And I donít even want to hear about Pope and Paulson.
Who was the most productive receiver on the Steelers this season? Heath was. Why is that? First of course, heís an awesome player. Second, Haleyís offensive scheme featured the role of the tight end in a middle of the field ball control game plan.
Are any of our wide receivers Hines Ward? It appeared to me that Wallace, Brown, and Sanders donít like going over the middle to catch it all that much. Hence, dropped balls and fumbles. Another quality tight end means the possibility of more two tight end sets. You know, like Gronk and Hernandez.
Eifert and Ertz, the two top rated tight ends in the draft, are about the same 6í6í 250 pound size and I donít see much to distinguish one from the other. Both are projected to go mid first round to mid second round in the draft.
The Steelers could possibly move down in the first round and still get one of these guys and pick up an extra pick. To wait until our pick in the second round, however, might mean both are gone.
Nice first post. Well thought out & rational.
Now... even though I want an OLB & a S, you make a solid argument.
I was posting to SteelersCanada just this morning that the Steelers' solution to their red-zone woes might just be a tall WR or another TE.
As you said, TE is key to BB's success... and they line up with two TEs for enough plays to warrant a high pick. At 17, no. Trading back, maybe. R2, I'm listening. R3, sure.
I've made a concession with others. I get my S in R1, and a LB in R3... and you can have your TE (or WR) in R2. Deal?
I'd risk Ertz dropping. If he's gone, then there are a bunch around the end of R2/beginning of R3. In which case, I suggest waiting to R3 for Gavin Escobar (he plays more like Aaron Hernandez, less like Gronk).