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NFL Draft: Rounds 2-3

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to Day 2 …

Event: NFL Draft 2013, second and third rounds

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Site: Radio City Music Hall, New York, for main event, with Steelers conducting all business from their South Side headquarters

TV, radio: ESPN, ESPN Radio

Live draft tracker: NFL.com

Steelers’ picks: No. 48 overall, No. 79 overall.

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 more, including 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 top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

95 Comments

  1. Let’s do this!!

  2. time to chat, how did steelers fit the hyphen under the cap, cuts coming?

    DK: They swear money’s there. Must be right.

  3. DK, your thoughts on the Steelers 2nd pick? If Lacy is there, I find it hard for them to pass him up, or Te’o for that matter.

    DK: I’d be delighted if tonight were all about offense. RB and WR. La’Rod doesn’t alter that.

    • Agree 100%, I think La’Rod is a good pickup for what he brings, third down player and returner. I hope we’re both right re: RB.

    • I can’t see them taking linebackers in round 1 and 2.

      DK: Think offense.

    • I like Monte Bell better at RB than Lacey. I feel Lacey’s stock rose because of one good game he had. Granted, it was the National Championship. If it were Trent Richardson, I’d say absolutely.

      To me, I’d take Ball.

  4. Thinking the Steelers, signing a speedy third down back in LaRod Stephens-Howling, have to be targeting one of the top tier “big backs” in round two now, like Lacy, Le’Veon Bell, or Montee Ball.

    DK: Magnificent call on Bell, Joe, hours before the fact!

  5. Non-Steelers question here. For the Pens: while personnel have changed a bit since earlier in the season when we strung together some losses, how would you categorize these last two games (compared to our short-term struggles in the past)? Would you say that it’s “laying back” heading in the post-season, distractions, or just straight-up “it happens” losses?

    DK: TOTALLY laying back. And rightly. Zero on line. Just don’t get hurt.

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  7. Kaboly”s all over it

    Mark Kaboly‏@MarkKaboly_Trib15m
    With displacement and assuming Stephens-Howling signed for minimum ($715K), it cost #Steelers approx $235K in cap space. Now have $372 left

    DK: Call him Omar Kaboly! :)

  8. Mel Kiper is Earl Cannonbear

  9. Looks like Aaron Rodgers is the next $100 million dollar player. Congrats to him, from 45 minutes north of me.

  10. I’m hoping that Lattimore gets picked by the Stillers, a good story, and sounds like a good fellow to boot.

    Look what A Peterson did after ACL surgery, if anyone is coming back its that kid

    And again, I hope they get Ray Graham either with a pick or as an unsigned guy

    Lots of things in life are achievable by people with character

    • Biz, I’ve watched Lattimore play since he was in middle school. He grew up a couple miles down the road from us. He’s a great kid. He was always a popular guy because of football. All of the kids around here looked up to him. When he was in high school, being recruited by every major school in the country, he’d show up to pee-wee league games and root on the neighborhood children.

      Whether or not Marcus ever plays football again, he’s going to do something special with his life. I’ll guarantee that.

  11. bill polian just skewered some LSU player for failed drug tests, tyrann mathieu, said they would take him off board when he was GM.

  12. what makes a grown man, in NY, within range of the nfl network cameras, by himself, chant eagles suck, eagles suck after the pick?? perspective anybody? its freaking draft day, not a playoff game.

    DK: And booing the alumni announcing picks. Unreal.

  13. if its the NFL network, funded by the league to promote its product, why do they have commercials? viewership would triple espn’s if they eliminated commercials during coverage. #advertisingruinseverything

  14. I think it is hilarious that Jason LaCanfora is tweeting the picks WAY before they are shown on tv.

    If NFL and ESPN don’t like it, then compete with new age media and speed up the announcements.

  15. Manti Te’o goes to Chargers

    Gino Smith to J-E-T-S

  16. Jets fans in attendance not exactly the physics faculty from NYU

  17. Colbert made a good, safe pick last night.

    Now time to get value at positions of need…………….. WR, RB, S.

    If they start reaching to get an ILB, or TE, that wouldnt be too good.

    Lacy would be an excellent pick in the 2nd round if available.

  18. Sapp? nice suit for a bankrupt guy, huh

  19. Someone they like will as it were, drop into their laps

  20. Getting close, Lacy is there, I think, but might not be, more typing than watching

    RB or a Safety?

  21. Steelers drafting Ja’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

  22. Eddie lacy!!!!

  23. I like that pick. A lot.

  24. Why did they pass on lacy? Bell is awfully slow.

  25. later all, thanks for chat

  26. Time will tell, but I’d have preferred Lacy.

  27. With the selection of Bell, it may be that teams are viewing Lacy as a product of Alabama’s system, and O-Line.

    Bell is slow, but so was Bettis.
    Bell has great hands.

    I like the pick.

  28. Personally I might have preferred Keenan Allen even though it would leave a huge hole at running back.

  29. I don’t know enough to pass judgment, or even an opinion, but this comment concerns me:

    ” Bell is a thumper in the running game, but tends to do a little more dancing at the line of scrimmage than a large back should.”

    Sounds like Rashard.

    • Bell can actually catch the ball and block as well

    • People used to say that about Franco. Seriously.

      Can he run? I watched Mich St last year when the, you know, “A” League didn’t have a game on. But I don’t remember him. That says nothing about his skill and everything about my memory.

      • I did think of Franco. But I also thought of Rashard. If he’s like the former, great.
        Just curious, did they say that about Franco while he was at Penn State, or was that something that came later in his career with he Steelers? (genuine question– gotta be careful if you know what I mean)

    • Rashard hits the holes much faster than Bell.

  30. I think the Bengals have the best draft so far.

  31. Got to laugh when someone says he has tremendous “ball skills”.

  32. I was out for the La’Veon Bell signing, and I said WTF probably like everybody else. But then I remembered to trust in Colbert and everything would be ok.

    Only game I saw of Bell’s is when he stomped all over Boise State at the beginning of the season last year. Now I know that Boise State isn’t exactly Alabama, but they’re not nothing. And Bell really had his way with them in the 4th quarter. Lots of unhappy people around here that day.

    • And considering its right around pick 60 right now, maybe some other teams got the same bad word about Lacy. If the very next team after the Steelers had drafted him I might have thought something was up.

  33. Keenan Allen just has to fall 14 more spots!

  34. Getting close to another pick!

    I say WR or S in this round.

  35. Why don’t I believe the emotion of Mathieu? Kid has been given chance after chance. He just said 7 months I had everything taken away from me; No Mathieu you GAVE IT UP. And he got busted AGAIN after he got kicked off the team.

    I just don’t get why ESPN is glorifying this kid. Totally ridiculous.

  36. Why hasn’t Keenan Allen been picked yet?

  37. I’m guessing they’ll go Phillip Thomas safety of Quinton Patton WR

  38. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State. WR

  39. Marcus Wheaton? Top end speed; sounds like a Wallace replacement

    • Wheaton ran a 4.45 40. not close to Wallace speed. Wheaton’s not slow by any means but Wallace is sub 4.3.

      I think Goodwin, taken 1 pick before Wheaton, is more like Wallace. 4.29, raw route runner, mostly vertical routes.

      Wheaton seems like a good pick. Seems like good character from what I’ve read. Even though WR a big need, I would not have been upset with Jenkins in 3rd.

  40. I can live with Wheaton. Good pick

  41. Well, off to the Pirate thread.

    Good picks so far.

    Good night, guys and gals.

    DK: Night!

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