Unaware of his own first-round OT history, Kevin Colbert believes in depth of position in draft class
With days to go before his final NFL Draft as general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kevin Colbert is completely unaware of his history when it comes to picking players or avoiding certain positions in the early rounds.
Appearing in a one-on-one segment with Steelers.com reporter Missi Matthews, Colbert was alerted to the fact that in his 22 years in charge of roster decisions at the helm of the Steelers, he never did not write an offensive tackle once in the first round.
Don’t expect that to change on Thursday either, based on the story of Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin in the first-round pick Pro Days, as the only Pro Days offensive tackle the two attended in some form or fashion were Alabama with Evan Neal and North Carolina State with Ikem Ekwonu, both of whom are expected to leave the board in the top five picks.
“Honestly, you just gave me some information that I didn’t know,” Colbert told Matthews, who said Colbert drafted every position (no kicker or punter) in the first round of the NFL Draft, according to the video via the official Steelers YouTube page. “I never realized that we drafted a player from every position. So could that happen? Of course.”
Colbert would never really rule out drafting a position based on how the board falls in front of him. However, based on the pre-draft process and Pro Days, Colbert and Tomlin weren’t around for some of the attacking tackles that will be available to them at No. 20 overall (assuming they don’t trade for write a tackle), likely ruling out the position in the first round on Thursday night.
That doesn’t mean the Steelers won’t address the position somewhere in the draft, as Colbert likes the class depth at offensive tackle overall. While the Steelers like what they currently have in Dan Moore Jr. and Chukwuma Okorafor, not to mention Joe Haeg’s swing tackle, there are plenty of deep, high-ceiling players at the position who could get some attention. of Colbert.
“Again, does this have to happen? Absolutely not,” Colbert said. “There are great players. We’ve talked about tackle depth in previous sessions, and we still believe this is a deep group. We also understand that these guys are being looked down upon for a reason – it’s a very valuable commodity, but there’s depth and there are players who can help us at every level.