Mile Hi Stiller: Are the Steelers going to surprise us tonight with a trade of Mike Wallace for a number one, about mid round number one?
Gerry Dulac: No, sorry to disappoint you. I'm not sure if there are going to be any suprises, though I wouldn't be shocked if they traded down.,
Tship: Jerry, We've heard all the likely candidates who may be available any off them stick out to you as a bad fit ? I know we need o line help but Adams from OSU just seems risky
Gerry Dulac: Mike Adams is not a Steelers type player, all the way down to his drug testing. He tested poorly at the combine, is not very strong and really isn't that athletic. I don't think he is on their radar at all. They like the ability of the inside backer from Arizona State, Vontaze Burfict, but he has so many other character issues that he is a bad fit, too.
t-rex: Don't you think drafting Offensive Line, and a star #1 receiver to go along with Wallace and Brown would make this offensive unstoppable? With an aging Ben, it's time we made offense more of a priority in the draft this year.
Gerry Dulac: First of all, they don't need a star No. 1 receiver. They have one -- Wallace. Second, one of those "star" receivers won't be available when the Steelers pick, although keep in mind they found Wallace on the third round and Antonio Brown on the sixth. I will interrupt here to point up that both those players were targeted in the draft by your former offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians. But, because you referenced age, the biggest priority as far as age is on defense, and thats what the Steelers need to address early, not offense.
Gerry Dulac: I was at first, but after a brief discussion, I'm sure they did it to prevent the Vikings from trading with another team who might want to move up to draft Tretnt Richardson. So, I actually give them credit for doing that to ensure getting the player they wanted. It's a great move for the Vikings because they didn't want Richardson, they picked up a fourth and seventh round pick, and they can still make a trade with a team that might want to move up to No. 4
Gerry Dulac: Oops, I forgot to insert the previous question. That was the answer, here was the question....
Guest: The Browns just traded up a spot with the Vikes to get Trent Richardson. Surprised?
Guest: Todd McShay just had the Steelers taking Cordy Glenn in his last mock draft to play right tackle. Thoughts?
Gerry Dulac: Not going to happen, I don't think. Glenn can play both guard and tackle, but I don't think the Steelers have a high grade on him. I would be surprised if that happened.
Bruce: I read something earlier this week from a former NFL personnel guy saying that the value in the draft is round two, and teams would be wise to try to get more picks there. That said, given their needs do you think the Steelers would be better off trading down 8-10 spots if there are takers?
Gerry Dulac: Bruce, I agree, and that's why I said earlier that I wouldn't be surprised if the Steelers traded down in the first to try to move up in the second. The Steelers think there are fewer sure-fire players this year, but they also think there is a lot of good value in the second and third rounds.
Guest: Steelers just resigned Byron Leftwich, which means he and Batch are now signed. Do you think the team would be better off with both of these guys on the roster next year, or having a young qb in the mix? I still think Kellen Moore of Boise would be a great late pick. What do you think, Jerry?
Gerry Dulac: Well, after re-signing Batch and Leftwich, and signing two other quarterbacks to their offseason roster -- one of whom is former Heisman winner Troy Smith -- I no longer think the Steelers will take a quarterback in the draft. Prior to the Batch and Leftwich signings, I thought they might draft one sometime after the fifth round.
JoePa: Derek Moye of Penn State will either be a late round pick or free agent. He played with lousy quarterbacks in Happy Valley. He has size, but not great speed. I think he'd be a terrific fit for the Steelers, do you?
Gerry Dulac: I like his size, too, but if you don't have the speed you're going to have a short shelf life in the NFL. Unless you're a possession type receiver, and I'm not sure Moye is that.
Tship: Zeitler from Wisconsin will be available , fills the biggest need and is a good player seems like the pick to me.
Gerry Dulac: I agree, but I'm not so sure on the first round. He's a great value in the second round, but he won't be there when the Steelers pick in the second round. A lot of it is going to depend who is on the board at No. 24. The last thing I will say is that I think the Steelers No. 1 pick will come from among three players -- NT Dontari Poe, ILB Dont'a Hightower and USC DE/OLB Nick Perry, depending who is there.
Gerry Dulac: Well, that's all the time we have tonight kids. Let's see what happens. Good questions. Till next week....
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