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Steelers not drafting for need … who you kidding?


I believe that exact quote from Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert went something like this:


“I don’t like to say we ‘need’ something more than we ‘want’ something,” Colbert said.


That’s nice and all but what happens when need and want intersect? Then you get what happened the first two days of the NFL Draft when it comes to the Steelers.


They needed … ah, wanted, an outside linebacker, a running back and a receiver and, wouldn’t you know, they got a outside linebacker (Jarvis Jones), a running back (Le’Veon Bell) and a receiver (Markus Wheaton) with their first three picks.


Surely the Steelers won’t admit drafting for need because that goes against their organizational philosophy, but you cannot deny the facts.


And really, it’s just fine that they did draft partly out of need because they needed a lot.


It is OK to draft for need if it is within reason (unlike the Buffalo Bills), and that’s what the Steelers did. Sure, they could’ve went with inside linebacker Arthur Brown instead of the running back in the second round, but the need was much more greater at running back. Arthur Brown won’t help you better your team in the upcoming year, but Bell very well could.


It’s not a true change in philosophy of how the Steelers went about their business in the first three rounds, but it is a philosophy that I truly believe needed to be done this year.


Remember, the Steelers didn’t NEED Rashard Mendenhall, Jason Worilds, Limas Sweed, Bruce Davis and all the others they took over the past couple years. They WANTED them … and how did that turn out?




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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