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    The Steelers need to address Center in both free agency and the NFL Draft

    The position is too important to just throw a rookie onto the field.

    By Michael_Beck@MichaelBeck56
    Feb 27, 2021

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are zooming ahead to the start of the 2021 league year. With a handful of moves on the horizon, the team should be cap compliant and looking to plug the holes of their roster. One of the biggest challenges the Steelers are faced with is bringing in a suitable replacement for Maurkice Pouncey. Pouncey, who retired in February, was the vocal leader in the locker room, and was in charge of calling out the line’s blocking schemes.

    With Ben Roethlisberger expected back at the helm, the Steelers can't just trot out some rookie or veteran minimum type player in Week 1. That would be a recipe for disaster. Instead, the Steelers need to take a good long look at the free gent market and compliment that with bringing in a prospect at some point in the draft.

    If the Steelers were able to swing a deal for Corey Linsley, who grew up an hour away from Pittsburgh, they wouldn't have to worry about spending a high draft pick on the position. The reason being Linsley is one of the top center’s in the game, and frankly would never come off the field except for an injury. Working with a Superstar like Aaron Rodgers in the past would mesh well with having Ben Roethlisberger in the pocket.

    Some other free agent that wouldn't need a backup include: David Andrews, Ted Karras, and Nick Martin.

    However, the problem with those free agents is they are really expensive and could possibly become the only move the Steelers could afford to make this offseason. The position is important enough to which I wouldn't sweat bringing a top free agent however.

    What appears more likely is the Steelers bringing in a mid-to-lower tier option and pairing him with a rookie. Someone like B.J. Finney, if he is cut, immediately jumps to mind as an obvious target for the Steelers.

    As for those rookies, the two highest rated players, Creed Humphrey and Landon Dickerson, both project to be second round picks. However, someone could take either in the first round if the need is great enough. After that duio is Josh Myers and Quinn Meinerz, who could likely be found in the third round.

    Bottom line is any of those prospects are going to need some time to marinate before they're ready to step on the field. Not everyone can be like Maurkice Pouncey and be dominant from the first snap of his career, and the Steelers more than anyone need to remember that sentiment.

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...-update-rumors
    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
    3.87 Spencer Brown OT N Iowa
    4.128 Robert Rochell CB Central Arkansas
    4.140 Daelin Hayes OLB Notre Dame
    6.216 Divine Deablo S/ILB Va Teck
    7.245 Sadarius Hutcherson OG/OT South Carolina
    7.254 John Bates TE Boise St

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    I do not see the Steelers drafting Humphries at 24. Does anyone here actually believe he will be their highest rated player on the board? Doubt it. The Steelers will not reach for a Center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    I do not see the Steelers drafting Humphries at 24. Does anyone here actually believe he will be their highest rated player on the board? Doubt it. The Steelers will not reach for a Center.
    I tend to agree here. While I love Humphrey as a player and do believe he will be the best C in this draft, I do not believe he will be their highest ranked player at a position of need at 1/24. Having said that it will take a small miracle (one i'm holding out hope for) for him to drop to 55
    2021 Draft- Would love to drop down 7-10 picks and grab an extra 3rd and then use that 3rd to move up in the 2nd.

    1/??) Creed Humphrey-C-OU
    2/??) Asante Samuel-CB-FSU
    3/87) Trey Sermon-RB-OSU
    4/128- Josh Kaindoh-Edge-FSU
    4/140) Stone Forsythe-OT-Florida
    6/216) Tre Norwood-S-OU
    7/245) Quinton Morris-TE-Bowling Green
    7/254) Derrick Barnes-ILB-Purdue

    2022 Re-sign Minkah and Watt. Grab a stud LT and ILB in FA. Trade up for a QB





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    87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Trey Hill, C, Georgia

    The Steelers could use a replacement for Maurkice Pouncey.

    Hill was phenomenal for Georgia in 2019 and played well in 2020. He is a tough run blocker with the ability to handle pass-rushing defensive tackles one on one. Taking on a future top-10 pick in Auburn's Derrick Brown in 2019, Hill was very impressive, and team sources have said Hill was impossible not to notice while they scouted Andrew Thomas and Solomon Kindley. They felt Hill could be an early-rounder and the top center in his draft class. The 6-foot-4, 330-pounder is big for the position and moves well for a big blocker. He could also move to guard in the NFL.

    https://walterfootball.com/draft2021charlie_3.php
    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
    3.87 Spencer Brown OT N Iowa
    4.128 Robert Rochell CB Central Arkansas
    4.140 Daelin Hayes OLB Notre Dame
    6.216 Divine Deablo S/ILB Va Teck
    7.245 Sadarius Hutcherson OG/OT South Carolina
    7.254 John Bates TE Boise St

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    Alabama center Landon Dickerson ‘plays like a Steeler’

    BRIAN BATKO
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    MAR 2, 2021

    A year ago, longtime ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper deemed Michigan linebacker Josh Uche as a player who “looks like a Steeler.” Uche ended up going to New England 11 picks after the Steelers selected Chase Claypool, but this year, one of the longest-tenured NFL draft analysts has his eye on another college prospect who he believes is a great fit in Pittsburgh.

    That would be Alabama’s Landon Dickerson, a 6-foot-6, 325-pound guard/center who helped the Crimson Tide to yet another national championship season.

    “He’s just a great teammate,” said Kiper, who has Dickerson going to the Steelers in his latest mock projection, to the Post-Gazette on a Zoom call Monday to preview the draft. “Great in the locker room, practice field, great leader, great anchor. Just a great player to have on your football team. He plays like a Steeler.”

    Tough to argue with Dickerson’s resume, given that he was a unanimous All-American last season and won the Rimington Trophy as the country’s best center. Dickerson started his career at Florida State but finished it at Alabama for his final two seasons and did not allow a sack last year.

    He didn’t get a chance to see it through, sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the SEC title game, but his notoriously surly head coach thought enough of him to put him in uniform for the national championship against Ohio State. With the result decided, Dickerson entered the game for the final snap of the 52-24 win.

    “Great intensity,” Kiper said. “Nick Saban speaks to that with what he was doing in the national championship game.”

    Dickerson’s knee made for a nice story there, but it also complicates the draft stock of someone who might otherwise be a no-brainer replacement for Maurkice Pouncey. The injury history is both recent and lengthy for Dickerson, who had all three of his seasons with the Seminoles ended early by injuries, playing just 12 games over three years in Tallahassee.

    The latest one, a torn ACL, was his only major health problem in Tuscaloosa but it could cloud his status going into the 2021 season. And, for the most part, the beauty of drafting an interior lineman in the first round is that he’s often ready to make an immediate impact at that spot.

    “Even though he’s going to be banged up or still working through the injury when the season begins, you put him on PUP [physically unable to perform list], he comes back the fourth or fifth week of the season, then you get a great player anchoring your line,” Kiper said.

    The Steelers have enough holes to fill that they might not want to wait even that long for their top pick to contribute. But if they pass on Dickerson, there’s another team Kiper envisions as an ideal landing spot — and they’re relevant to the Steelers on an annual basis.

    “He has the attitude and approach to play like a Raven. He’s got that,” Kiper said. “They love Alabama players. I would think if he doesn't go to Pittsburgh at 24, maybe Landon Dickerson would help that interior of the offensive line, which was a big problem last year [for Baltimore].”

    The Ravens pick 27th, three spots after the Steelers. Like their AFC North rival, they have other needs, too, and general manager Eric DeCosta even told fans he was paying close attention to receivers at the Senior Bowl.

    Speaking of which, Dickerson didn’t get to play in that all-star game, but he attended the showcase in Mobile, Ala. And his presence “was like having a coach down there,” Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy told Kiper.

    Sounds like a Steelers center, right? Coach Mike Tomlin was once enamored with Pouncey based on seeing his leadership at Florida’s pro day before the draft, and that turned out to be a good sign for a perennial Pro Bowler.

    “I could see him dropping to the second [round] because of the injury concern, but I just felt like he’s too good a player,” Kiper said of Dickerson. “If you’re Pittsburgh or Baltimore, you can afford to wait a little bit and get a guy who’s going to be a heck of a player for you for a long time.

    “The whole injury thing — we’ve had guys come into the league with injury concerns. I go back to Anthony Munoz, when he had all those injuries, and he never had an injury in the NFL. Some guys come in injury-free, and they get hurt right away. So, he’ll be OK. Medical technology will allow him to come back fine from this injury, and hopefully it’s the last injury he has. But on ability, on effort, on intensity and just attitude and approach and the way he played, it all adds up to a first-round pick on Landon Dickerson.”

    https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/...s/202103020131
    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
    3.87 Spencer Brown OT N Iowa
    4.128 Robert Rochell CB Central Arkansas
    4.140 Daelin Hayes OLB Notre Dame
    6.216 Divine Deablo S/ILB Va Teck
    7.245 Sadarius Hutcherson OG/OT South Carolina
    7.254 John Bates TE Boise St

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    “He’s just a great teammate,” said Kiper, who has Dickerson going to the Steelers in his latest mock projection, to the Post-Gazette on a Zoom call Monday to preview the draft. “Great in the locker room, practice field, great leader, great anchor. Just a great player to have on your football team. He plays like a Steeler.”
    This is exactly the type of player that the Steelers have targeted for at least the last 5 years. Sounds like a great character guy. I just can't move off of the injury history. I don't know what kind of people some of the other center prospects are, but this profile screams Steeler pick.

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    There really isn't center that stands out in this draft as a Pouncey level talent, but I do think its a deep class and we can get guy who can start in round three. Usually there are two molds for centers. The big guys who can really block well in line, but sometimes struggle a little in pass protection, and the Centers who are mobile enough to pull and block on the 2nd level, can pass block well, but don't bowl anyone over. Getting both in one man who can fit either mold is rare. Since the NFL values passing a bit more, mold #2 I think is more ideal.

    Drake Jackson did his job in the SEC often facing tough fronts . In 974 snaps, jhe allowed just 1 sack allowed in. Impressive. If he were little bigger, this guy would go higher.

    The colorful Quinn Meinerz showed he could bulldoze people with good athleticism. I suppose teams that need centers love his upside. This small school star overpowered the name players big time and measured out extremely well at the senior bowl. Can he pass block at the NFL level? Unknown.

    Quinn Meinerz
    Position: Offensive Line
    School: Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Current Year: Senior
    Height: 6’3 1/4″
    Weight: 320 pounds
    Wingspan: 82″
    Arm: 33″
    Hand: 10 1/4″
    Last edited by Joel Buchsbaum; 03-03-2021 at 05:49 PM.
    Realistic rebuild mock draft 3-29-2021.Plan to spend $110,094,402 in cap space in 2022 and have 4 comp picks + what we have in the 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

    1) RB Najee Harris - A 3 down back, makes em; miss, runs then over, Gets outside, blocks like a top FB
    2 ) LT Dillon Radunz
    3 ) CB Paulson Adebo -
    4a ) C Drake Jackson-
    4b ) TE Tommy Temble
    6) G / C Cole Van Lanen -
    7a ) S Darmr Hamln -
    7b ) ILB Erroll Thompson

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    When I watch Alabama I'm fixated on Harris or Jones, but I do notice Landon Dickerson, and his play is very impressive. But that injury history means no chances on him until round 3.

    On durability, I do think the NFL is making a mistake. Some guys can barley go or get hurt before 16 games, now you want 17 games played with just one by week? 5 years and you asking guys to play 5+ more times, and this does not include the playoffs with can mean 4 more times a season. Suddenly an 8 year veteran is more like a 10 year veteran. Careers will be shorter. And that 3rd contracts will really be tricky.

    IMO this is way more dangerous than silly kickoff rules which once was a fine play to watch and included mostly back ups that few cared about that are in the NFL for a much shorter time.

    IMO two bye weeks are needed. One in the first 8 weeks, another in the last 8 weeks, apart from each other in a 17 game schedule. Otherwise you are going to have more injuries and more teams limping into the playoffs.

    Some day the next union boss might tell the players you need to prepare for life outside of football too, and get better benefits when your playing days are over. Football isn't a contact sport, its a collision sport. This is 17 game schedule is a money grab, and maybe the best 8-9 cap players will benefit. Bet your boots the majority of them will be broke 5 years past retirement. I'd like to see all 53 men being able to dress and play. Why the heck not?
    Last edited by Joel Buchsbaum; 03-03-2021 at 06:13 PM.
    Realistic rebuild mock draft 3-29-2021.Plan to spend $110,094,402 in cap space in 2022 and have 4 comp picks + what we have in the 2022 draft. We will be back hopefully with better coaching.

    1) RB Najee Harris - A 3 down back, makes em; miss, runs then over, Gets outside, blocks like a top FB
    2 ) LT Dillon Radunz
    3 ) CB Paulson Adebo -
    4a ) C Drake Jackson-
    4b ) TE Tommy Temble
    6) G / C Cole Van Lanen -
    7a ) S Darmr Hamln -
    7b ) ILB Erroll Thompson

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    55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Josh Myers, OC, Ohio State

    The Pouncey brothers have officially retired, marking the end of a long career for Maurkice in Pittsburgh. However, the Steelers now have a hole at center.

    In this center group, taking a super-reliable pro in Josh Myers to man the middle for the next decade makes too much sense. He’ll help keep Roethlisberger and the next Steelers quarterback upright.

    https://www.profootballnetwork.com/2...hulte-march/3/
    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
    3.87 Spencer Brown OT N Iowa
    4.128 Robert Rochell CB Central Arkansas
    4.140 Daelin Hayes OLB Notre Dame
    6.216 Divine Deablo S/ILB Va Teck
    7.245 Sadarius Hutcherson OG/OT South Carolina
    7.254 John Bates TE Boise St

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    Steelers’ OL Coach Adrian Klemm Attends Quinn Meinerz’s Pro Day

    By Alex Kozora
    Posted on March 9, 2021

    We know of at least one stop the Pittsburgh Steelers made during today’s Pro Days. Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm was spotted at Wisconsin-Whitewater’s workout, on hand to see Senior Bowl sensation Quinn Meinerz. That info comes courtesy of Own Riese.

    Meinerz is reportedly putting on a great workout and has consistently timed under 5.00 seconds in the 40.

    Meinerz had a great Senior Bowl week, making up for lost time after sitting out 2020 after Wisconsin-Whitewater was unable to play due to the COVID pandemic. He showed a nastiness in the run game and ability to finish, two traits the Steelers’ 32nd ranked run game could use.

    At the Senior Bowl, he weighed in at 6’3/2, 320 pounds with 33 inch arms.

    It’s hard to nail down his draft projection right now but he could be a Day Two candidate and third round option for the Steelers with the 88th pick in the draft.

    Tuesday began a busy week of Pro Days. Clemson, North Dakota State, and Oklahoma are some of the key ones taking place later this week. We’ll soon post our 2021 Pro Day tracker so you can keep tabs on where the Steelers have been.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2021/03/st...nerzs-pro-day/
    1.24 Najee Harris RB Alabama
    2.55 Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
    3.87 Spencer Brown OT N Iowa
    4.128 Robert Rochell CB Central Arkansas
    4.140 Daelin Hayes OLB Notre Dame
    6.216 Divine Deablo S/ILB Va Teck
    7.245 Sadarius Hutcherson OG/OT South Carolina
    7.254 John Bates TE Boise St

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