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    Why the Steelers should select Creed Humphrey in the 1st round of the 2021 NFL Draft

    Creed Humphrey, center, Oklahoma, should be the Steelers first-round pick.

    By Anthony Defeo@Defeoman Mar 29, 2021

    If you were to ask me what I think the Steelersí biggest need is heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, I may tell you offensive tackle. Why? Because itís safe. Sure, itís not exactly exciting, but you can probably wrap your head around it if you are an intense Steelers fan who takes every single mock draft and draft opinion as gospel.

    If you asked me for a different answer, I might say running back, cornerback or even inside linebacker.

    However, if you were to hook me up to a lie-detector and ask me what I think the Steelers' biggest need is heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, I would tell you centeróespecially if I need to pass the test to stay out of jail.

    I realize this isnít a popular opinion, but if you really look at things and consider all of the Steelers needs, how deep other positions are heading into the draft and who likely will be there when Pittsburgh selects at 24, it just has to be center, doesnít it?

    ďBut you can get a quality one in the second round!Ē you might be screaming, right now. Maybe, but can you get the best one in the second round?

    Thatís a rhetorical question because I think the answer is no, no you cannot. After doing some research, Iíve concluded that Oklahomaís Creed Humphrey is the best center and safest choice at that position heading into the 2021 NFL Draft; Iíve also come to the conclusion that he will be gone by the time Pittsburgh is set to pick in the second round. A big part of my research has been conducted with the help of the Pro Football Network Mock Draft Simulator, a website that Bryan Anthony Davis turned me on to (so, if you want to blame him for this first-round center bs, be my guest).

    Anyway, Iíve done 21 simulated mock drafts since Friday afternoon, and Humphrey has been taken in the first round 15 times. Sure, most of the time itís either been by the Packers at 29 or the Chiefs at 31, but that makes a ton of sense considering they both need centers. If the Packers can theoretically select a center in the first round to replace Corey Linsley, for example, why canít Pittsburgh take a center five spots higher to replace the recently-retired Maurkice Pouncey?

    What is so bad about that?

    True, Alabamaís Landon Dickerson is a possibility in a later round, but how is his injured knee? Quinn Meinerz is intriguing, but the competition is much different at Wisconsin-Whitewater than it is at Oklahoma.

    As for the other positions, I really do think offensive tackle is a need, but itís a rather deep class with like seven or eight prospects slated to go in the first or second round. What about cornerback following the release of Steven Nelson? You want the Steelers to select a cornerback in the first round? Have you gone loco?

    OK, what about running back? Go take a look at the current crop of free-agent running backs still available; they look worn out for their agesókind of like Keith Richards by 1981 (no offense to him). You know the nature of the running back position and what it does to a person. By the time most running backs hit their late 20s, they are no longer in their primes. When you see one, donít you just want to quote comedian John Mulaney and scream: ďWhoa, that tall child looks terrible! Get some rest, tall child; you canít keep burning the candle at both ends!Ē

    OK, maybe you never want to quote comedian John Mulaney, but surely you know that a team can usually get a pretty sweet running back in the second or third round, someone who will be productive for four years before a general manager decides not to give him a fat second contract.

    Really good centers tend to last much longer (you may cite the careers of Mike Webster, Dermontti Dawson and Pouncey if you wish). Centers aren't sexy, but a bad one can really mess up a romantic picnic in the grass, though, right?

    Still not sold on Humphrey? Need more convincing? Fine. Below is a paragraph full of positives courtesy of Pro Football Network:

    ďDynamic zone-blocking center who started the three years he played at Oklahoma. Fundamentally-sound lineman, sets with a wide base, and bends his knees. Explosive at the point, fires into blocks and stays square. Keeps his feet moving, can slide in space and displays good blocking range. Possesses outstanding vision, keeps his head on a swivel, and displays a good feel for whatís happening on the field. Terrific with the shotgun snap.Ē

    Maybe nothing will ever convince you that the Steelers should take Humphrey in the first roundónot even the presence of B.J. Finney and/or J.C. Hassenaueróbut I think it makes a lot of sense. Again, I believe the Steelers can find really great value with other positions of need later in the draft. Center might be a different story.

    It has to be Humphrey.

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...fl-news-update
    Planet Steelers 2021 Mock Draft:

    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Walker Little OT Stanford

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast View Post
    Hadn't seen this writeup before but after reading it, man I think the Steelers need to think long and hard about grabbing a center in Rd 1. I didn't think the drop-off from Pouncey was that great but I stand corrected. Although there may be some other factors contributing as well.

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...urkice-pouncey
    That is an amazing read. Insight that goes beyond the surface. It very much supports my "fix the line first" thoughts.

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    We really should have gone hard after Fournette. Dude would not break the bank and free us from having RB as a position of need in the draft.

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    The more I think about it...Founette behind this kid, Dotson, and a hopefully healthier DD?

    Run game is fixed right there.

    By seasons end as the kid gains experience?

    Run game could easily be a strength.

    Best available tackle in the second in a deep tackle draft might even win a job by seasons end.

    Should have made a play for Fournette.

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    Creed Humphrey still makes a lot of sense at #24. D be very ok with this selection.
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    The last time I felt so hopeful for a player to still be around for the perfect place and time was Heath Miller. And that fell perfectly.

    Humphrey is the perfect player to elevate the entire offense and would make a huge and immediate impact.

    If he is still there I have zero doubt he is the pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreegking View Post
    The last time I felt so hopeful for a player to still be around for the perfect place and time was Heath Miller. And that fell perfectly.

    Humphrey is the perfect player to elevate the entire offense and would make a huge and immediate impact.

    If he is still there I have zero doubt he is the pick.
    I haven't felt this way about a player we might draft since Jarv.....um, nevermind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreegking View Post
    The last time I felt so hopeful for a player to still be around for the perfect place and time was Heath Miller. And that fell perfectly.

    Humphrey is the perfect player to elevate the entire offense and would make a huge and immediate impact.

    If he is still there I have zero doubt he is the pick.
    The only player I want more at #24 is Zaven Collins. He is a freak who can play inside, outside and cover.
    Taking pride in the fact that I'm right so often and he is wrong so often, that Steel Maniac has to have me on "Ignore"

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    2021 NFL Mock Draft: ESPN GM mock has the Steelers going with a center in Round 1

    The latest ESPN NFL Mock Draft has the Steelers looking for, and hopefully finding, their next long term center in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

    By Jeff.Hartman@BnGBlitz Apr 6, 2021

    With the 2021 NFL Draft on the horizon, NFL outlets are pumping out content as fast as they can. That would include the annual Mike Tannenbaum General Manager (GM) Mock Draft on ESPN.

    This is where the former NFL executive takes a stab at who he projects will go to all NFL teams who have a first round selection in the upcoming draft. In this yearís mock draft, he has the Pittsburgh Steelers taking, what they hope would be, the next long term center for the future.

    Tannenbaumís pick for the Steelers is none other than Oklahoma C/G Creed Humphrey. See what he had to say about the pick, and why he made the selection:

    24. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Creed Humphrey, C/G, Oklahoma


    Itís still too early for a running back, and there isnít a first-round quarterback left on the board. So my initial leaning becomes even stronger: Get Pittsburgh a lineman. Finding a center you can form an offensive line around is Team Building 101. A former high school wrestler, Humphrey is tough, physical and smart.

    One thing to know: According to Pro Football Focus, Humphrey did not allow a single sack on 401 pass plays in 2020 or 799 plays in 2019.

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...-humphrey-news
    Planet Steelers 2021 Mock Draft:

    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Walker Little OT Stanford

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreegking View Post
    The last time I felt so hopeful for a player to still be around for the perfect place and time was Heath Miller. And that fell perfectly.

    Humphrey is the perfect player to elevate the entire offense and would make a huge and immediate impact.

    If he is still there I have zero doubt he is the pick.
    He's a stud. No doubt about it. No one can say he wasn't a tremendous need for us. Hell of a way to jump start the new O-line of the future.
    From the 2010-2020 season, (A 10 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks.

    Dolphin fans in the 90ís who wanted to hold on to Don Shula for what he did in the playoffs in the 70ís...
    Are the same as Steeler fans (of 2020 ) holding on to Tomlin for what he did in 2008, with Cowher's players & coaches

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