Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has been evaluating NFL players for three decades. And he thinks this year’s crop is the best he has ever seen.
Funny thing though, Colbert said the same thing that makes this the deepest draft is also the thing that makes it a crap shoot. He told Steelers Digest why.
“A lot of (the depth of talent in the draft class) is due to the influx of the underclassmen,” said Colbert, “but what I will also say in regards to that is, although it’s a talented group, it also has a bigger chance of failing because you’re going to get a lot of kids who aren’t physically or emotionally ready for (the NFL)."
"We’re concerned about how many of those players came out prematurely and won’t be ready for this next challenge. I think that we have to be able to sort through them, because they’re not all ready for this.”
Many expect the Steelers to draft a wide receiver early in the draft. Especially is they lose Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. Lucky for Colbert there are many available, and most were at least juniors.