5 Smoldering Questions: The 2016 Draft Edition
by Hombre de Acero
The Steelers 2016 Draft is now in the history books. The 2016 undrafted rookie free agent class has been signed and tweaked. While the Steelers do have another minicamp scheduled, formal activity will soon cease, only to restart at St. Vincent’s in Latrobe.
But before arriving at NFL’s only true off season (also known in some parts as “The Void”), this corner of Steelers Nation must first resolve these 5 Smoldering Questions on the Steelers 2016 Draft.
1. It’s been two weeks since the Steelers made their first round draft pick, and unless your name is Ralph Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, you didn’t see Artie Burns coming to the Steelers. While all of us know the only true answer is “Time will tell,” the Steelers pick of Burns has been alternatively panned and praised.
What say you about the wisdom (or lack thereof) behind picking Artie Burns?
2. Our own Homer J has done us the annual favor of reminding us of how, the legendary Vito Stellino, practically condemned the Steelers historic 1974 draft the day after it was done. Fair point. But how long must serious draft evaluators really wait to grade an NFL Draft?
3. One of the attendees and later signees following the 2016 rookie minicamp was none other than veteran cornerback Donald Washington, who was last seen (in the NFL) playing safety for Todd Haley’s Kansas City Chiefs. As Ray Fittapaldo points out, Washington didn’t exactly tear it up in the CFL, yet the Steelers are giving him a shot. What’s going on here?
4. Our fourth question deals with the Kevin Colbert’s record in the 4th round.
Together, Bill Cowher and Kevin Colbert drafted Danny Farmer, Mathias Nkwenti, Larry Foote, Ike Taylor, Nathaniel Adibi, Fred Gibson, Willie Colon and Orien Harris.
Some washouts there, particularly at wide receiver, but if my last name was Rooney and I was evaluating Kevin Colbert’s draft record, I’d be more than happy to accept those fourth round busts in exchange for getting Ike Taylor, Larry Foote, and Willie Colon.
However, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin’s 4th round track record looks like this:
Daniel Sepulveda, Ryan McBean, Tony Hills, Thaddeus Gibson, Cortez Allen, Alameda Ta’amu, Shamarko Thomas, Landry Jones, Martavis Bryant and Doran Grant…
Even if we give Doran Grant a waiver, and accompany the pick of Bryant with a BIG asterix, it is hard to deny that Colbert and Tomlin have come close to striking out in the 4th round.
Can anyone hazard an insight in to this seeming bit of Tomlinbert vs. Colchower Steelers 4th round draft schizophrenia?
5. The Steelers attempted trade into the fifth round to draft a running back. Given their current running back depth deficit, should they have increased their offer or where they right to stand pat?
The gauntlet has been thrown down, ladies and gentlemen. Please give your papers to the proctor at the door on your way out…