Pittsburgh Steelers: Views And News From Across The AFC North Division


For the Pittsburgh Steelers, one item on the “to-do list” during the off-season is in the books as the 2015 National Football League Scouting Combine ended Monday.

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The event was held from Feb. 17 – 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. There were more than 300 of the best college football players present to be evaluated for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Coming up quickly, for the Black and Gold, is Monday, March 2 which is the deadline to designate franchise or transition players. They will need to make a decision if they want to tag linebacker Jason Worilds for the second year in a row.

Worilds contributed 41 tackles and 7.5 sacks to the Steel Curtain in 2014. Tagging him would increase his value by 20 percent.

One alternative for the Black and Gold could become available with the official start of the NFL free agency on Tuesday, March 10. The Cleveland Browns’ Jaball Sheard could be a possible replacement. The former University of Pittsburgh Panther linebacker has 23 career sacks in five seasons. He had two sacks and 44 tackles in 2014.

Let me know who you think could be on the Steelers defense this season in the comments section below. In the meantime, let’s throw another log on the fire and inspect the American Football Conference’s North Division to see what the Steelers opponents are up to during the last week of February.

The Dawg Pound Daily‘s Jared Mueller examines three potential prospects from the NFL Combine that Cleveland could target at the draft.

Nick Dudukovich from the Factory Of Sadness asks the question “Should the Browns trade the No. 19 pick for St. Louis Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford?”

Rolling down the Ohio River, David Petrocelli at Stripe Hype sees Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson as more of a project that will need time to develop and not a player who could step in right away to help the Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Adam Hughes over at Riverfrontball would like to see the Bengals draft defensive help and sees Kentucky lineman Alvin Dupree as a potential target.

Heading over to the east coast, Brett Foote at the Ebony Bird would like to see the Baltimore Ravens take care of the secondary by re-signing safety Jeromy Miles.

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    Time to check in and see what the writers are saying about Mike Tomlin’s squad on the internet this week.

    Craig Gottschalk at the Still Curtain blog would like to see Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant’s name be called at the draft by the Steelers.

    Veteran linebacker James Harrison has said he is not ready to retire. The Pittsburgh Sporting News‘ Gar Bercury asks the question, “Should the Steelers bring him back?”

    Dave Bryan at the Steelers Depot thinks running back DeAngelo Williams could be on the Black and Gold’s radar after being released by the Carolina Panthers.

    Anthony Defeo from Behind The Steel Curtain at SB Nation has five reasons why Pittsburgh should draft a cornerback in the first round.

    That concludes this session Steelers Country. Next week we will take another look at what is going on around the AFC North.

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