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A one time only mock draft because Steelers fans have suffered enough this offseason"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsNFL DraftLatest News2019 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers 7-round mock draftNew JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey White ,28commentsA one time only mock draft because Steelers fans have suffered enough this offseasonEDTShareTweetShareShare2019 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers 7-round mock draftRick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsWe have finally reached that stage of the offseason where I subject readers to my annual mock draft, a one-time only offering that has not really been accurate since correctly predicting the opening few rounds of the 2013 draft. That year I called the selections of Jarvis Jones, Markus Wheaton, Shamarko Thomas and Landry Jones, arguably one of the worst draft classes the Steelers have picked in recent memory.That should give you some sort of indication of my eye for talent and it is perhaps also worth noting that the one player I missed out on in the early rounds that year was Le’Veon Bell. I went with Eddie Lacy instead. In 2018, James Washington in round two was the only pick I had right, while James Conner was the only player I correctly identified in 2017, albeit going to the Steelers in round five. Genius right?If you are still reading at this point, I can only assume you are interested to see which names I have cursed by slotting them to Pittsburgh. So what that in mind, I apologize for jinxing any of your favorites by including them in my mock.It is hard to picture the Steelers using all 10 of the picks they currently own and it would not surprise me to see a move up in the first-round to grab Michigan linebacker Devin Bush if they get close enough to take him. For all the talk of Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin as the name the coaching staff has zeroed in on at No.20 https://www.thesteelerslockerroom.com/a ... ter-jersey , I struggle to see Pittsburgh taking him over names like Byron Murphy and Greedy Williams. My conviction it will not happen probably means that Ya-Sin is the pick.Among the other players I considered for my curse this year were Penn State running back Miles Sanders and Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman in rounds three or four, Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson or Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne in round two and Williams or Murphy in round one. Wisconsin edge rusher Andrew Van Ginkel also narrowly avoided being included as a round six selection and LSU tight Foster Moreau was almost the pick in round five. Hopefully I have not jinxed them all just by mentioning them here. LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The unofficial credo as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff for Darryl Drake this season was, “Shut out the noise,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger relayed as training camp wrapped up Thursday.Drake perhaps was tacitly referring to some of the offseason off-field drama surrounding the Steelers, much of it in the wake of his star pupil, Antonio Brown, engineering a trade out of town.But after Drake was found dead in his Saint Vincent College dormitory room early Sunday morning, “Shut out the noise” could in some small way be applied to the grief the Steelers are feeling as they head back to work preparing for the season.“you what to do, he’s not out there yelling Womens James Conner Jersey ,” Steelers receiver Ryan Switzer said. “So it’s hard — but it’s part of our profession, and it’s something we have to do. And something that coach Drake would want us to do. Quite frankly, he’d be (ticked) at me right now for taking it as a hard as we are.”Switzer repeatedly stopped to compose himself and multiple times appeared to hold back tears during a three-minute session of speaking to reporters Thursday, the first time he felt able to do so since Drake’s death.The team attended a memorial Tuesday evening for the longtime NFL and college position coach who joined the Steelers prior to last season. Drake, who was 62, was beginning his 16th consecutive season as an NFL wide receivers coach.His death hit many of the Steelers receivers hard.“Coach Drake always called us his sons,” Switzer said. “He didn’t have any boys; he always called us his sons.”Drake, who had three daughters, quickly made an impression with the Steelers that extended beyond the wide receivers’ room.“I think in that year and a half he meant more to me than some people that I’ve known for my whole life,” Roethlisberger said. “I know he was an amazing football coach — but he was an even better man T. J. Watt Jersey , a better husband, better father, and a better man of God than he was a football coach.”As the team’s oldest and longest-tenured member and co-captain, Roethlisberger strived to be a source of comfort to younger players who worked more closely with Drake.“Sometimes, the best thing you can do for grief is to listen,” Roethlisberger said.Switzer was one of the players who needed to be consoled when the Steelers returned to practice Tuesday following two days to mourn.On Thursday, Switzer characterized Drake’s impact on his life as “immeasurable.” Switzer said that when he joined the Steelers in late August 2018 as his third NFL team in 16 months since being drafted, he immediately took to Drake as a “trustworthy person … so welcoming and so warm.”“Coach Drake, beyond a shadow of a doubt, was that special person Jerome Bettis Jersey White ,” Switzer said. “The outpouring of love and support and kind words he’s gotten from everyone he came into contact with, I certainly quite didn’t understand the amount of people he reached and touched until I saw it. But it didn’t surprise me because I knew the man.”The Steelers have not yet announced who will take over Drake’s duties or if they will hire a replacement. They also have not divulged any formal plans to honor Drake this season, though coach Mike Tomlin indicated such ideas were being formulated.“What he brought to this team and to me and our relationship together, is truly something that can be never replicated,” Roethlisberger said. “He will be very dearly missed, but we know he will be with us and that he’s in a better place.”

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