The Pittsburgh Steelers had only one need to enter the project. Nobody does. But everyone knew he needed an offensive line, above all else.
Don’t run backwards. Not a tight end. People to block Ben Rothsieberger’s refusal.
The Steelers handed over ambulances with their first two picks. They took center / keeper Kendrick Green of Illinois with the 87th overall pick and Green will help immediately. He must.
But unless the Steelers made a few Day 3 choices, they didn’t seem to make enough. Especially if Green doesn’t make an impact right away, and that’s never a sure thing in the third round.
The Steelers line disappeared at the end of last season. Pittsburgh was unable to shoot the ball, putting more pressure on Rothlisberger, who looked like a 38-year-old quarterback coming down from major elbow surgery in the past few weeks. Then, in the off-season, starters Alejandro Villanueva, Matt Fayler and Mauricis Punsi left. The Steelers had no room to limit salaries to fix the line at the free agency.
The first-round pick Najee Harris is a good player, but running backs don’t usually thrive behind bad lines. Pat Freyermouth’s tight end can be a nice addition, but he doesn’t play in wrestling or guarding.
The Steelers pinned their hopes on Rotlisberger, now 39, to bounce back physically behind a line that could be one of the worst in the NFL. Theoretically, Harris could have a great season and this relieves the pressure from Roethlsiberger, but again it is difficult to do so behind a bad line. The front Steelers will have the remarkable guard David DeCastro and a bunch of guys who have never started regularly in the NFL. It doesn’t seem like a great formula for success.
Drawing up for need often does not work. Teams reach for smaller talents when that happens. But sometimes this is a necessity. It seemed necessary for the Steelers to restore the line by draft. Steelers disagreed.
Here are the winners and losers of the second day of the NFL draft:
Sam Darnold: Proponents say he just needs a chance in a better environment. He will get this.
The Carolina Panthers did not make a quarterback draft in the first round, even with Justin Fields and Mc Jones on board. They were already trading with Teddy Bridgewater.
In the second round, Panther chose LSU Terrace receiver Marshall Jr., a fantastic college player who slipped due to fears of injury. It will be paired with DJ Moore and Robby Anderson, a pair of 1000-yard receivers. Darnold also has superback Christian McCaffrey with him. Then in the third round, the Panthers added to the line, preparing a BYU tackle Brady Christensen. This is a good situation.
The Panthers show a lot of faith in Darnold and not much has been gained from it. The dysfunctional situation with Jets is blamed. We will now have the opportunity to see.
Offensive line of the bosses: The last time we saw the chiefs, their offensive line was broken by injuries and Patrick Mohames was running for his life at the loss of the Super Bowl.
The bosses have tackled this problem.
Kansas City have attacked the line out of season. They signed former Patriot guard Joe Tuney. They traded for the Ravens in the fight against Orlando Brown Jr. Then on Friday I got a good value choice with Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey at the end of the second round. They also added Austin Blythe, Kyle Long and must return Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from his resignation.
Mahomes don’t have to worry about defense this season.
Texas by Houston and Deschawn Watson: No one knows what’s going on for the Texans and Watson, but the Texans don’t act like everything’s going to work out.
The Texans signed a contract with Tyrod Taylor in March. They exchanged the late election for Ryan Finley. Then on Friday, the Texans used one of their few selections for drafts in the quarterback of Stanford Davis Mills. This does not make a team with a stable situation in quarterback.
Of course, we know the previous story. Watson wanted a trade, and then the story took a dark turn when more than 20 women accused Watson of sexual misconduct. Watson continues to deny any wrongdoing, but it is not yet clear what will happen next.
The Texans, due to some bad deals, had no choice until the start of the third round. They used their first choice of Mills, a promising quarterback, but not a necessity if they had faith that Watson would be around for a while.
Watson’s story is far from over, but the Texans have said a lot through their quarterback moves this season.
The project capital of the Bears: When you have a general manager and a coach who are on thin ice doing a project, you can’t expect many moves with the future in mind.
The Bears made a great move to climb and get quarterback Justin Fields in the first round, but it wasn’t cheap. In the second round, they made another expensive climb, trading in the second, third and sixth rounds to climb 13 places and take offensive battles with Teven Jenkins. The Bears also won back the fifth round.
To move from number 20 to 11 on Thursday night, the Bears traded in first- and fifth-round selections this year and first- and fourth-round selections next year.
It’s hard to argue with the Fields movement. Jenkins can be a great help online. But as more teams realized that the best way to work on the project was to adopt the inaccurate science of player selection and down trading to accumulate more peaks, the Bears gave up a lot on their first two players. Better worth it.
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