AFC North Notes: Steelers, Draft, Ravens

While the Steelers are currently slated to pick No. 15 on Thursday evening, it’s possible that’s not the spot they’ll ultimately end up in, as Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette details. However, the team is far more likely to move down from No. 15 than to move up, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.

“We won’t be trading up because we can’t,” Colbert said, citing the team’s lack of a movable third-round pick. “We can still trade down and, with the depth of the draft, that’s a real possibility. Or, at least, it’s an option that’s available to us.”

Assuming the Steelers stay put, there are just a handful of positions they’ll be considering, but “no position” would be off the table if the team moves back in the first round, says Colbert. Still, it’s very unlikely that Pittsburgh would target a quarterback or running back that early. The GM specifically singled out wide receiver and cornerback as a couple positions where the Steelers love all the talent available.

Let’s round up some more Steelers info, as well as a couple items on one of their division rivals….

  • With the pressure on Colbert and his staff in Pittsburgh this week, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette takes a closer look at the Steelers GM, who former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi calls “the most unheralded GM in the league.”
  • The Ravens aren’t likely to target a quarterback with their first- or second-round pick, but the club will likely add one at some point in the draft, writes Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. GM Ozzie Newsome on the subject: “[We] need to be looking at bringing in another quarterback so we can have someone that is capable of going into the game as we move forward in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, in case we can’t keep Tyrod [Taylor], that we have someone who can go and win games for us if Joe [Flacco] gets hurt.”
  • Speaking of Newsome, Jamison Hensley of reads between the lines of some of the Ravens GM’s comments at the team’s pre-draft press conference and wonders if this could be Newsome’s last year in his current position.
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