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Wednesday Wakeup Call: The desperate draft

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The Wednesday column tries — and fails — to take seriously the notion put forth by Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert that the Steelers aren’t rebuilding.

You’ll find in that column my preference for the No. 1 draft pick, Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, and as a result — knowing I wouldn’t have space to elaborate all that much in the column — I spent the entire opening of the TribLIVE Radio show on the topic.

Here’s video of that segment …

… as well as the full one-hour radio podcast.

Here’s Lacy’s results from the recent Pro Days. You have to love how .03 of a second in a sprint is allegedly enough to knock him out of the first round in some estimations, even though he’s had a bit of a hamstring.

Here’s an exceptionally detailed Lacy outlook from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel around the time of the Scouting Combine.

And here, for the fun of it, is a widely varied and excellent collection of Lacy highlights, all from his senior year with the Tide. Pay particular note to his pass-catching, something not all that common with a back built on tree-trunk legs …

So, I want to hear from you: We’re one day away, and who’s your pick at No. 17?

Do you think positional need should weigh into the Steelers’ call at all?

>> How has Colbert fared over the years? Our Alan Robinson breaks it down.

>> James Harrison meets the Cincy media and claims he doesn’t hate the Steelers. He gets his own segment in the podcast above.

I will say this for him since that radio show: By nightfall, he posted links to this Associated Press article on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, accompanied by the following five words: “I don’t hate the Steelers.”

>> Tough night for the hockey team, possibly tougher for Brooks Orpik.

Here’s what Jarome Iginla had to say afterward …

>> Terrific night for the baseball team, especially terrific for Jeff Locke.

Oh, and if you missed highlights because the game wasn’t on local TV, here’s the official batch.

>> I’ll visit with John Steigerwald on TribLIVE Radio today at 1:30 p.m.


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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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