David Todd talks with John Clayton for some football talk!
It's become a yearly tradition to question the value and potential productivity of the Steelers' offensive line, an annual wringing of hands that has been going on for a decade or longer. Even in the Super Bowl seasons of 2005 and 2008, the consensus opinion was that the championships were won in spite of the O-Line and certainly not because of them. Every offseason seems to be the same in this regard, with the big men in the trenches being pointed out as a team weakness. The microscope placed upon them is heightened all the more because of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and the obvious need to protect the franchise player with the $102 million contract.
At this time last year, Steeler Nation had a bit more reason than usual for optimism after the team spent their first two draft picks on highly regarded linemen. Guard David DeCastro of Stanford was selected in the first round while Ohio State tackle Mike Adams was chosen in the second. They were to join an existing group that included All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey and 2011 second round draft pick tackle Marcus Gilbert.
The Cincinnati Bengals have followed the Baltimore Ravens in making quick work in signing draft picks, reaching agreements with six of their 10 selections.
The only remaining unsigned picks are the Bengals' top four -- tight end Tyler Eifert (first round), running back Giovani Bernard (second round), defensive end Margus Hunt (second round) and safety Shawn Williams (third round).