Mister Pittsburgh, I think you misunderstood my point. What I was trying to say is that we are not just missing on picks 4-7. We are also missing on picks 1-3. Regardless of how many early picks other teams have had, we are not finding quality people/players with the picks that WE have. I do believe this falls on more than just Colbert. It falls on the organization as a whole.
Mendenhall, and Wallace wore out their welcome here. Whether you agree with why they wore out their welcome or not, the fact is that those players didnt pan out for us long term. Ziggy has been a below average player. Heyward has done very little. Gilbert IMO is terrible. Looking through the list of drafts over the previous 4 years its no wonder why we have zero depth at almost every position.
I do think the Steelers had a good draft class last year. I cant blame Colbert for the barrage of injuries we had. Decastro and Adams were great picks, and I think they will pan out. i think Spence would have been, and perhaps still will be a player.
Obviously the future replacements for Polamalu & Clark will have to come from this draft, or the next. Chadman believes Taylor's replacement was Cortez Allen, but due to financial restraints, they will lose Lewis & probably have to add a CB in this draft (Desmond Trufant..). Foote's long term replacement was obviously Spence, but injury obviously might force a re-think. Worilds WAS the replacement plan for Harrison. That the Steelers don't have a replacement plan for the replacement plan is a little understandable.this years draft class will be no different- preparation to move on from guys that will be leaving the team in a couple of years time.
Thing is, the Steelers are NOT losing Polamalu, Clark, Taylor, Miller this year. (Miller will be around a few years yet). Here's betting we see at least 2 DB's drafted this year, however, in preparation.
The guys that HAVE moved on, DO have replacements in place though- Harrison/Worilds, Starks/Gilbert-Adams, Wallace/Sanders, Mendenhall/Dwyer...
Schiavone's Race Career:
Who is saying Sanders, Gilbert, Adams and Dwyer lack guts?
Ahh, that would be Chadman's brain working faster than his fingers (hard to believe, if you know Chadman personally..).When you said 'these guys' you didn't list Wallace or Starks or Mendenhall
The guys the Steelers are losing in 2013- "these guys"- already have the progression plan replacements in place. For the others- the Polamalu's, Clark's, Taylor's...those progression plan replacements will come from this draft- just watch.
As for Mendenhall/Dwyer... is Dwyer a genuine 'replacement'? Well, he was last season. Can he be improved on? Absolutely. But in losing Mendenhall, and tendering Dwyer, the Steelers effectively have a player in place to take on that role that now has experience.
Schiavone's Race Career:
1) Takarist Mckinnley-OLB-UCLA
2) Adoree Jackson-DB-USC
3) Pat Mahommes-QB-TT
4) Samaje Perine-RB-OU
5) Bryan Cox-Edge-Florida
6) Akhello Weatherspoon-CB-Colorado
7) Billy Butler-TE-Shepherd