Mini camps are beginning in the NFL world and that means the season is one step closer to returning. If you are in need of some Steelers new to get you through your Thursday, here are a few links.
Steelers Big Board
The good folks over at Behind the Steel Curtain have been putting together a very comprehensive big board for the Steelers 2014 NFL Draft. I won’t try to explain all of the guidelines for how they put it together, as they did a much better job of that than I could, but I will elaborate on a few of the rankings. Not surprisingly the top two players on their board are Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack. Clowney and Mack are generally thought of as the two best defensive players in the draft and the Steelers would be lucky if either one was available at pick 15. They would add an electric aspect to the defense the day they step foot into the practice complex. Another thing that I like about their board is how high they have Cockrell graded compared to the mainstream opinion. I gave Cockrell a fourth round grade, and while he may not be worthy of a third round selection as a player, he is about as perfect of a fit for Dick LeBeau’s defense as you could find. I don’t have a single doubt in my mind that if he is there when the Steelers pick in the fourth round that he should be the pick. Barring an unexpected drop from a second day player of course.
Men Accused of Stabbing Adams Acquitted
All three men that were accused of stabbing Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams last summer were found not guilty on most charges yesterday. Michael Paranay was found not guilty of all charges, Dquay Means was found not guilty of all charges except for escape, and Jerrell Whitlock was found guilty of all charges except for fleeing police. While they were found not guilty, you can’t argue with the fact that Adams was stabbed twice yet no one was charged. I haven’t been following the issue and I haven’t read much about the acquittal, but from what I gather the court just let the men who everyone knows stabbed Adams off without any serious charges. If I’m wrong please correct me, but this seems like another failure for the U.S. justice system.