The Steelers are gearing up for the 2013 NFL Draft Week starting with the Pre-Draft Press Conference held yesterday by Head Coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert. Colbert started the presser off by quickly reviewing the departures and arrivals to the team from the 2012 squad as well as explain that the roster stands at 65 players now and will increase to 90 after the draft so there will be 25 guys added to the Steelers roster over this weekend between draft picks and undrafted free agents.
It’s been said over and over again how this particular draft is not stacked with the kind of talent we have been seeing with young super stars like Cam Newton, RGIII, and Andrew Luck but is deep with talent across the board. Colbert stated that he doesn’t expect the Steelers to attempt to move up from their first round pick at #17 and is confident that whoever is available at that spot will be a talented player.
“There will be a good player at 17. There’s no question about that.” – Kevin Colbert
Colbert and Tomlin went on to say as well that they are not ruling out a return for veterans Max Starks and Casey Hampton, who are still unsigned FA’s. There also has been speculation that the Steelers will look to add QB depth in the draft pointing to the idea that Charlie Batch will not return this year.
I, for one, cannot friggin wait for the draft. I think that we all feel like Tomlin and Colbert have a very important draft ahead of them making up for the fact that their 2008 draft is entirely gone and their draft last year resulted in more offseason arrests and injuries than any substantial contributions. I think overall DeCastro and Adams are going to be good for the O-line but I think we can’t overlook the fact that they drafted Ta’amu and Rainey and probably shouldn’t have.
After ending the season 8-8 and missing the playoffs Steeler Nation has spent the entire offseason stressing over what could be the problems and where the team could be headed. I’m not saying that I haven’t been stressing myself, but it is nice to know that with the draft comes a fresh crop of talent to the team and that there’s no use trying to predict what direction a team is going when the roster is nowhere near being set yet. We’ll see what the roster looks like after this weekend and what they look like in Latrobe in August.
What are your thoughts, Steeler Nation? What are your impressions of Tomlin’s and Colbert’s Pre-Draft Press Conference?