May 18, 2021

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. gives Steelers lowest draft quality in NFL


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Cleveland Browns fans have received two good news after last weekend’s 2021 NFL Draft.

The first was that the Browns were considered among the biggest and most astute winners in the draft.

Almost all sports writers rate the team’s draft as an “A” effort.

The second good news is that AFC North’s perennial rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, was rated low on the draft, especially from ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

Kiper’s take

It’s no surprise that Kiper’s initial comment relates to drafting a first-round running back.

Kiper said:

“I’m a big fan of Najee Harris (24) but I’m almost always against taking a running back in the first round. The first round is too precious, and we’ve seen over the past decade that good running backs can be found in any round – or even as an undrafted free agent. And when I look at this list from Pittsburgh, I see bigger holes. Offensive line, corner, edge rusher – could the team have gotten better value at another position? “

When the Steelers finally managed to draft offensive linemen, Kiper failed to understand the selection of Kendrick Green in 87th place overall.

“I just don’t see a lot of value in the Pittsburgh class, and the offensive linemen they’ve taken have been picked too high.

Quarterback shot

Kiper also can’t understand how the Steelers continue to ignore their pressing quarterback issue.

Signing Mason Rudolph for a one-year contract doesn’t seem like a long-term solution.

Kiper said:

“I didn’t even mention that the Steelers still didn’t have a life plan after Ben Roethlisberger.

Others disagree with Kiper on the quarterback’s situation, believing Ben won’t retire if he has a great 2021 season.

What is important

It makes good headlines that analysts of Mel Kiper’s caliber like the Browns’ plans don’t understand what the Steelers are doing.

However, that doesn’t equate to wins and losses when the 2021 season begins.

The most heavily loaded list on paper should be ready to run.

Time will tell how careful all of the NFL teams, including the Browns and Steelers, were.