2019 Mock Drafts – 2/18/19

2019 Mock Drafts – 2/18/19

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The Steelers drafted guys who were bigger, stronger and faster than me, but they never found one who could never take my job away from me. ~ Jack Lambert

Well with the beginning of silly season, that period of time between the end of the season and the actual draft, we normally don’t have much to talk about in Steeler Country.  But this season, with the AB drama, the will they or won’t they tag Le’Veon game there’s a lot to talk about.  Tonight I figure I’d lay out some of the mock draft action from around the web.

Personally, whether AB goes or not, the Steelers need help at inside linebacker, corner back, and outside linebacker.  Of course if AB moves on there will need to be someone brought in at wide-receiver as well.  These are the positions where the Steelers need at least rotational players and likely new starters.  There are needs for depth as well, defensive line, running back and tight-end.

The drafts have not surprisingly flowed around the needs related to starters.  Some have shown first round picks of wide-receivers regardless of AB’s situation.  When the hell will the mock draft folks get it in their heads, the Steelers don’t draft first round wide-receivers.  Who I’ve generally seen so far:

ILB Devin White – this is my dream pick with our current picks (it may change if an AB trade yields a better than #20 first round pick). Unfortunately, I don’t see White dropping to #20, it would be a gift if he did.  He’s a bit raw but his upside is huge and he reminds a bit of a certain #50 fly all over the field linebacker.

ILB Mack Wilson – not quite the athletic freak that Devin White is, or maybe the upside that White has, but Wilson is likely more ready to play at this level and either White or Wilson next to Vince Williams in the middle would be a big improvement over last year.

OLB Jochai Polite – this guy has started showing up in recent mock drafts, he’s an edge rusher from Florida and could be a good addition to a Bud Dupree, Anthonly Chickilo (assuming he re-signs) and TJ Watt rotation.

DB Deandre Baker – another supposedly good cover corner coming out of college.  I’m not being fair to Deandre Baker I know, but the Steelers have been really snakebit on DB draft picks and I have no faith left.

 

Here’s a trip around the Web for some of the Mock Drafts:

Walter Football

Bleacher Report

CBS sports

USA Today

Draftek

Draftsite

Welcome to Jack Lambert’s Toe

Welcome to Jack Lambert’s Toe

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I am very aggressive and very physical. On the field, I guess I am just plain mean.     ~ Jack Lambert

This is quite simply a fan’s blog about the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Jack Lambert’s Toe bit comes from the fact that maybe the toughest, meanest player in NFL history, had to end his career because of turf toe.  Turf toe, I always found the idea laughable until it took down Jack Lambert.  So I thought it was a unique way to pay a homage to one of my favorite Steelers and be a blog name that no  one else was using.

I’ve been a Steeler fan since 1973, not great days for the Steelers back then.  The way a kid from New York became a Steeler fan is a little bit silly.  I was 9, I had a friend who was a bit older and he asked me who my teams were, I told him I was a Pirate fan.  I’d had the privilege of seeing the Pirates beat the Mets live, including the great Roberto Clemente robbing a homerun during the game.  It was his last season and would tragically die at the end of the season.  I also told my friend I liked the Celtics, I’d seen them play a couple of times live.  But I had no hockey or football team so I quickly picked the Islanders because I watched them on cable.  Finally, for football, I didn’t want a NY team, I was, and still am a bit of a contrary bastard, and so I went with Pittsburgh because of the Pirates.

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It was a decision that would lead me to suffer through five seasons of not very good teams, but I stuck with them.  Then in the late 70’s, it became a very good time to be both in junior high and a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It has led to a lifetime fandom, even though I’ve lived in NY, KY, TN and in CA for the last twenty years.  I’ve made my pilgrimages to Three Rivers, Latrobe and Heinz Field over the years.  Even was in San Francisco during the famous Monday Night Football blackout game.

I’ve been a blogger for the last ten years, I write a somewhat popular blog about living a happier life called The Ministry of Happiness.  I write about being happier, about my travels and some hiking trips including hikes to Mt. Everest, across Scotland and a thousand miles on the Appalachian Trail including my book, Appalachian Trail Happiness.  But this blog will focus on one thing, my love of the Pittsburgh Steelers and an opportunity to lay out my thoughts and opinions and to hopefully get yours.

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