Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 Number 1 pick Jarvis Jones. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers MMQB: NFL Offseason News


What We Learned This Week in the NFL Offseason:

  • 2013 NFL Draft concludes
  • New York Jets pick Geno Smith and release Tim Tebow
  • Packers sign Aaron Rodgers to giant contract extension
  • Steelers finish up draft weekend by signing undrafted free agents

Each year the NFL Draft becomes a bigger and bigger spectacle.  Maybe because each year we’ve somehow grown hungrier and hungrier for even the tiniest bit of NFL action by April.  Whatever the reason, NFL junkies were full by Sunday night after seven rounds of solid picks, surprising picks, unpredictable trades, and Roger Goodell bro-hugs.  With the No. 1 pick overall the Kansas City Chiefs made OT Eric Fisher from Central Michigan the answer to many a trivia question for years to come.  Andy Reid made his first non-barbeque related move in Kansas City by drafting the tackle and hoping the unsexy pick proves to be a smart one.  Other notable picks from the weekend included the Miami Dolphins moving up nine spots to nap DE Dion Jordan, San Diego picking Manti Te’o in the second round, and USC QB Matt Barkley free falling to the fourth round and getting nabbed by Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Undoubtedly there has to be a Brady Quinn in every draft now, a player who is projected to be picked early and shows up in his pretty new suit with his Mom, girlfriend, cousins, neighbors, and anyone else who wanted to take in the joy of getting drafted into the NFL and then just sits there round after round not being called and getting more depressing by the minute.  This year’s Brady Quinn was WVU’s Geno Smith, who was rewarded for his patience for not being called in the first round of the draft by being picked up by the Jets in the second round.  Poor guy.  Immediately following the pick-up of Smith speculation of the Jets moving Mark Sanchez surfaced but this morning it was Tim Tebow who got his walking papers.  The Tim Tebow Experiment in New York has come to an end and they were so nice they did it to him at a time where he most likely won’t get picked up by another team since we just had this thing called a draft this weekend where teams typically address all their needs and wants, if that could happen anyway seeing as how his “talents” weren’t exactly showcased in New York aside from that one shirtless jog in the rain he did.  Even with a new GM the Jets are still a train-wreck and I’d strongly suggest avoiding all ESPN coverage until further notice.  There’s no telling how low they’ll reach to continue to keep Tebow in their continuous coverage.  Best of luck Timmy, here’s hoping you find a nice place in Canada to play someday.

The Green Bay Packers made Aaron Rodgers the highest paid quarterback in ever yesterday when they signed him to a five-year $110 million contract extension.  Rodgers got an NFL record breaking $62.5 million guaranteed, blowing Joe Flacco’s deal right out of the water.  Apparently Rodgers’ cap-number should stay relatively manageable for the life of the deal for the Packers, never going over $21 million.  The Packers just resigned Clay Matthews to an extension last month, and apparently had made re-signing Rodgers a priority after that.  Rodgers and Flacco now join Drew Brees to have the biggest contracts of quarterbacks with just one Super Bowl victory.  If only this kind of money was floating around in Trent Dilfer’s time.

Your Pittsburgh Steelers concluded the 2013 NFL Draft weekend by adding 15 undrafted free agents to their nine draft picks.  The Steelers made LB Jarvis Jones out of Georgia their No. 1 overall pick when Jones was still available to them at their #17 spot.  In the second round the Steelers went offense by drafting Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell.  Some criticized this pick as Bell is another “big back” and Alabama’s Eddie Lacy was still on the board at the time.  It’s been reported that the Steelers were not comfortable with Lacy’s toe injury he is nursing and were not convinced he’d be ready in time to risk the pick on him.  I’m a sucker for a big back in Black & Gold with good feet.  I sure as hell hope that Bell fits into this category.

The Steelers then went on to address needs at wide receiver, defensive back and even quarterback with the later rounds of the draft.  I’m not quite sure how I feel about the Landry Jones pick in round four still, to be honest with you.  I’m also a sucker for Charlie Batch.  I totally understand the move to sign a Bruce Gradkowski to a long term deal hopefully solidifying the backup QB spot for a while and I get that you need to start thinking about the future when Ben is not able to perform at a top level anymore but I can’t imagine the roster without Charlie Batch on it and that’s how it’s looking now that they’ve drafted Jones.    In the undrafted free agent pool the most notable player the Steelers picked up was Mike Golic Jr OL from Notre Dame and son of ESPN Radio Host Mike Golic.  Below is the complete list of draft picks and undrafted free agents from steelers.com.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2013 DRAFT PICKS

Rnd.

No.
in
Rnd.

Overall

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

College

1

17

17

Jarvis
Jones

LB

6-2

248

23

Georgia

2

18

48

Le’Veon
Bell

RB

6-1

230

21

Michigan State

3

17

79

Markus
Wheaton

WR

5-11

189

22

Oregon State

4a*

14

111

Shamarko
Thomas

S

5-9

213

22

Syracuse

4b

18

115

Landry
Jones

QB

6-4

225

24

Oklahoma

5

17

150

Terry
Hawthorne

CB

6-0

195

23

Illinois

6a

18

186

Justin
Brown

WR

6-3

207

22

Oklahoma

6b**

38

206

Vince
Williams

LB

6-1

233

23

Florida State

7

17

223

Nicholas
Williams

DE

6-5

309

23

Samford

* Acquired 14th pick (111th overall) in the fourth round via a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers traded their 2014 third-round selection in return for the 111th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.

** Compensatory selection

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 2013 ROOKIE FREE AGENTS

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

College

Brian Arnfelt

DE

6-4

298

Northwestern

Alan Baxter

LB

6-0

238

Northern Illinois

Nik Embernate

G

6-4

304

San Diego State

Reggie Dunn

WR

5-9

178

Utah

Mike Farrell

T

6-6

303

Penn State

Mike Golic, Jr.

T

6-4

300

Notre Dame

Cordian Hagans

DE

6-4

299

Louisiana-Lafayette

Chris Hubbard

G

6-4

286

UAB

Omar Hunter

DT

6-0

318

Florida

Luke Ingram

LS

6-5

258

Hawaii

Joe Madsen

C

6-3

310

West Virginia

Curtis McNeal

RB

5-7

191

USC

Ivory Wade

C

6-4

313

Baylor

Anthony Rashad White

DT

6-1

335

Michigan State

J.D. Woods

WR

6-0

203

West Virginia

 

What are your thoughts on the draft weekend as a whole, Steeler Nation?

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    I love me some Charlie Batch!