How many teams in the NFL have an o-line that consists entirely of 1st and 2nd round picks?
If Starks is not resigned and Gilbert starts at LT (which is the rumor) and we draft Warmack.
We don't have a legit starting running back.
We have a QB that will still take to long to throw the ball and will probably get hurt in the process.
1) The teaching and development of o-line and d-line
2) Talent evaluation at the o-line / d-line position. I think it has less to due with #2 and more to do with #1.
Or do you sacrifice every other position on the team because of #1 and/or #2. I'd prefer to fix the underlying problem myself instead of neglecting the rest of the team.
Everything I read about Kugler was that the players loved the guy and he was a great coach. Not real sure what to think about the DL because we have had Keisel-Smith-Hampton forever.....maybe Heyward and Hood will turn into solid players for us.
Tony Hills was a 4th round pick. Urbik was a 3rd round pick. I thought Hills was going to be solid but obviously, he didn't turn out. The Urbik situation is definitely a head scratcher.
The Kemo and Colon situation was a failure. They should have never been signed to long term deals.
If your draft & they play to their potential...Business side...You can't pay 3 1st round interior OL & 2 2nd round OTs. They will all have to be paid at the same time off their rookie deals. You will be talking 5 players who will earn in the 4-8 mil a year range. You are going to have to develop the "holes". Steelers had good luck over the past three drafts. Well..Luck has a price too. Pouncey is due. Maybe highest paid C. Gilbert to follow. A LT or RT is not cheap. Then Adams & DeCastro in the same year. LG will be open to Beachum and _____, ______, _______ . I have a hard time believing that list will contain a draft choice before the 3rd round given the Steelers sitaution.
I'm not sitting in Colberts & Rooneys meetings but I think the OL & DL are not at the Top of the list of concerns over the next several years. They have alot of high draft choices that need to see the field and they need to move out the vets in favor of them. They paid for a winner...And got 8-8. The next step is obvious.
According to that logic we shouldn't draft another defensive lineman in Round 1 or 2 for at least a few more years. That is just crazy logic to me.
I won't say we drafted bums because I don't think we have an adequete sample size of these guys staying healthy to say anything. But I don't think we can ignore the position just hoping all wil be well. If there is top OL talent at #17 we have to consider that for the long term and depth.