The Morning Cup of Black and Gold

Here is Saturday’s edition of The Morning Cup.  Three offensive tackles visited the Steelers yesterday:  Jarriel King of South Carolina, James Carpenter of Alabama and Marcus Gilbert of Florida.  Nothing much has been reported on the visits as of yet.  All three men are tackles, so I think the clouds are thinning a bit as to who/what the Steelers will be looking for in the first couple of rounds.

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SI.com has conducted another mock draft and now has the Steelers taking OL Benjamin Ijalana from Villanova with the 31st pick.  Most experts are starting to place Texas corner Aaron Williams as a safety in the NFL, which doesn’t really help the Steelers in filling their needs.  As we get closer to the draft, I think the Steelers will begin looking at more and more tackles along with a smattering of defensive linemen for the later rounds.  In fact, I will be surprised if the Steelers take a corner in the first three rounds.  Pouncey watch – SI has Mike Pouncey going to the Eagles… Eagles?!

More Pouncey news.  It appears that the Giants are interested in Pouncey.  But at this point, who really isn’t?  There are about a dozen other teams that could either take or pass on Pouncey (although I feel anyone who does who has a serious need at center/guard is stupid).
Jon Baldwin had a pretty good career at receiver for the Pitt Panthers.  He had almost 2,000 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns combined in his final two seasons with Pitt.  And he’s pretty speedy.  James Walker of ESPN feels that Baldwin could very well get picked up somewhere within the AFC North division.  Would he be a threat to the Steelers if he does?  I seriously doubt it, unless he goes to the Ravens – who have far more needs to address than at wide receiver.  He could bring a spark to already impotent offenses in Cincinnati and Cleveland, but if he does, he could end up the way of the Chad Johnson or Josh Cribbs.

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