Steelers 2022 Potential NFL Draft Outlook and Open Wire
welcome to Week 3 of the college football season.
I’ll start off by saying I have nothing against “The Ohio State University” but I’m not going to lie, I love it when one of college football’s playoff stalwarts loses. I like the idea of having new teams in the dance and that makes the CFP committee wiggle a bit.
Don’t worry, there is still time to bring Ohio State and Clemson back into the playoff table.
Don’t look now, but there is a team that wears similar colors to the Steelers and has a strong defense that is moving up the rankings quickly. Coincidence? The Iowa Hawkeyes moved up to 5th place in the AP poll.
While not a featured game, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Oklahoma Sooners # 3 game. The rivalry began in 1912 and due to multiple realignments (yadda yadda yadda), the two multi-story universities rarely meet. The Huskers and Sooners have met 86 times – Oklahoma 45 wins, Nebraska 38 wins and they have tied 3 times. The game is played in Oklahoma and can be seen at noon on FOX.
Desmond Ridder # 9 QB 6’4 ”215lbs – Okay I admit I have a huge Draft Crush on this young man, it dates back to the 2020 college season. He was high on my radar that year, but he decided to go back to school, probably a smart move on his part.
The young man was quoted as “there is unfinished business”. You have to respect this, I know I do. Cincinnati knocked on CFP’s door last year and if they do business they might have the chance to put the Bearcats a little further and in the bottom four.
What he doesn’t like is he has the height, the size and a cannon for an arm. If you like your quarterback with some mobility, he won’t disappoint. He is not fortunate enough to have tremendous speed (Lamar Jackson) but due to his size he has long strides that devour the ground. Let me say he’s not a top guy he’ll keep looking down or maneuvering in the pocket trying to complete those passes.
Ridder is able to change arm angles to find windows in tight spaces and has decent accuracy, but he’ll have to work on ball placement to the next level. And while I like the strength of his arms, he needs to work on the touch throws. He’s not a finished product, but there are intangibles that just can’t be taught and he ticks a lot of those boxes.
Right now he’s scattered among the teens and until the middle of the second round across the different boards. He has a few tough games ahead with Indiana this week and Notre Dame on October 2. I know there are several members of our great community who are part of the Ridder Bandwagon, take a look and see for yourself.
Alec Pierce # 12 WR 6’3 ”208lbs
Josh Whyle # 81 TE 6’6 ”245lbs
Myjai Sanders # 21 EDGE 6 “5” 255lbs
Ja’Von Hicks # 3 SAF 6’2 ”205lbs
Ahmad Gardner # 1 CB 6’3 “200lbs
Matt Bedford # 76 OT 6’6 ”310lbs
Ty Fryfogle # 3 WR 6’2 ”205lbs
James Head # 6 EDGE 6’5 ”262lbs
Micah McFadden # 47 ILB 6’2 ”232lbs
Tiawan Mullen # 3 CB 5’10 “180lbs – Keep an eye on this guy
Watch the matches
Kaiir elam # 5 CB Florida vs John Metchie III # 8 Alabama
I’m not sure how often these two will be matched due to the pattern, but both are considered first-round picks in the next draft.
Elam has the size and length and matches an aggressive playing style. The Florida junior is considered one of the best players in his role and could come out of the table in the Top 10.
Metchie lll has speed for days and is a solid road racer. Some are projecting him as a slot machine player at the next level, but he will line up on the outside as well.
In the famous “White Out”, a battle between the Big 10 and the SEC. Thinking about this game, can Penn State find a way to get more contact with Jahan Dotson.
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Rasheed Walker # 53 LT 6’6 “320lbs
Jahan Dotson # 5 WR 5 “11” 184lbs
Jaquan Brisker # 1 SAF 6’1 ”200lbs
Ellis Brooks # 13 ILB 6’1 ”241lbs
Brandon Smith # 12 OLB 6’3 240lbs
Bo Nix # 10 QB 6’3 ”214lbs
Zacoby McClain # 9 OLB 6’0 219lbs
Owen Pappoe # 0 ILB 6’1 ”226lbs
Smoke monday # 21 SAF 6’3 “199lbs – Has to be one of the coolest names in college football
Roger McCreary # 23 DC 6’0 190lbs
Jayden Daniels # 5 QB 6’2 ‘200lbs
Dohnavan West # 61 Center 6’4 ”300lbs
Merlin Robertson # 8 LB 6’3 ”240lbs
Chase Lucas # 24 CB 6 ‘185lbs
James Empey # 66 Center 6’4 ”303lbs
Gunner Romney # 18 WR 6’2 ”195lbs
Tyler Alger # 25 RB 5’11 ”220lbs
Tell us which games you are watching and which you think would be the best looking in Black and Gold. As always, stay safe and go Steelers!