The Pittsburgh Steelers are pulling back the curtain, so to speak, on their process of the draft. The Steelers website is showcasing a series of mini documentary-style videos giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the draft process for the Steelers from the end of the 2013 season till Roger Goodell announces the pick.
The first episode of the series begins with the end of the 2013 season where the Steelers finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season. The players shook hands and cleaned out their lockers but the coaching staff and front office personnel returned to work immediately to get preparations started for the draft process.
The series will show the draft process with the perspective of everyone including Coach Tomlin, GM Kevin Colbert, President Art Rooney II, the coordinators and position coaches, and scouts. It will show the fans just how much work and preparation goes into building the draft board and then ultimately making the picks.
This kind of thing appeals to me more than the team ending up on HBO’s Hard Knocks would and I think that a lot of fans can learn a lot from a series like this. Even those who hilariously think that they already know more than the coaches and front office can stand to learn a thing or two about what really goes on in the process; how many months of planning, preparation, and evaluation are involved.
Episode one reveals that the Steelers recognized early that their target for the first pick of the 2014 draft would be a defensive playmaker. You can watch the episode right here.