So the Steelers owner said today that it wouldn't happen. So what? When was the last time you trusted anything from a team's front office?
The bottom line is that Big Ben has officially worn out his welcome in Pittsburgh. The fans (not all of them) apparently hate the guy. After reading the police report from Milledgeville, Ga I can definitely understand why the two-time Super Bowl Championship QB would be hated.
What better place for a hated quarterback to go than the Oakland Raiders?!
What better place for a hated anything to go than Oakland, right?
Of course, such a deal would send shock waves throughout the league, and most importantly the upcoming NFL Draft.
Luckily, such a disaster scenario does exist and it goes something like this...
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, QB
Bradford is as "can't-miss" as any quarterback can be coming out of college. Can't-miss and young quarterback usually do not go together in the same sentence, but this guy is different.
There has been talk of the Rams potentially trading this pick to Cleveland or Pittsburgh. There's plenty of merit to a Roethlisberger/Steelers First Round pick for the No. 1 overall pick. I could see the benefits for both teams.
I simply cannot see it happening.
Some think that the Lions should go with an offensive lineman at this spot. I would be inclined to believe that myself—if Suh were not available.
Ndamukong Suh is a difference making defensive lineman. Not only that, but he has incredible character as well. You cannot put a price tag on that aspect of Suh.
Just ask the Steelers.
Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, DL
McCoy was thought to be a No. 1 pick early on in the process. But once it became apparent that the Rams would take Bradford, McCoy fell to No. 2 in most mock drafts.
Recently he has fallen to No. 3 with the re-emergence of Ndamukong Suh as the Lions top choice. Bottom line—you can't go wrong with either player.
Russell Okung, Oklahoma State, OL
Franchise Quarterback? Check. Someone to keep said franchise quarterback from getting killed? Not so much, until now.
Okung will be the primary building block for the 'Skins O-Line. He may not be enough to keep Donavan McNabb upright all season long, but he definitely wont be the cause of McNabb's getting to know the FedEx Field turf.
Trent Williams, Oklahoma, OT
They'll regret passing on Eric Berry, but Trent Williams is about as good as it gets other than Berry at this spot.
For those of you who think building a top offensive line is paramount to rebuilding a franchise, you'll see that you are exactly right when the Chiefs take Trent Williams.
Bryan Bulaga, Iowa, OT
They need a quarterback. But Pete Carrol doesn't seem enamored with Rick Clausen. So the first year Seattle coach will have to settle for Bulaga.
There are about 30 other coaches that wouldn't mind "settling" for one of the top O-Linemen available in the 2010 draft.
Eric Berry, Tennessee, S
Two words. Unbelievable athlete. Watching this guy do his thing for three years as a member of the Tennessee Vols left this writer in awe.
Eric Berry will be a top safety in the league within two seasons. As the cornerstone of the Cleveland defense, Berry will do everything within his power to take that Browns unit to the next level.
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame, QB
The guy learned under one of the finer NFL offensive minds of the past decade and a half—Charlie Weis. There's no doubt in my mind that Clausen is ready to contribute right away in the NFL.
The Steelers would need that, since they will have traded away their two-time Super Bowl Champion QB away to Al Davis.
Anthony Davis, Rutgers, OT
It's either Clausen or Davis for the Bills. It would have been Clausen, in a no-brainer had the Steelers not traded Ben Roethlisberger to the Raiders for the pick previous to this one.
Buffalo will definitely be happy with Davis on the offensive line, though.
Rolando McClain, Alabama, LB
McClain is probably the most talented linebacker in this draft. He's athletic and has a nose for the football.
The Jags will try to decide between McClain and Spiller until the last possible minute. In the end, Jack Del Rio has to rebuild his defense before getting to the offensive side of the ball.
Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, WR
Sure he's somewhat eccentric. Sure he came to his Pro Day without shoes.
That's just fine with the team who just traded the top wide receiver in the game. No way will Bryant do everything that Brandon Marshall did, but if his energy and attitude can be harnessed into being a top wide receiver the sky is the limit for Dez Bryant.
Dan Williams, Tennessee, DT
Throughout his career at Tennessee, Dan Williams has been one of the hardest working Vols. The fact that he's projected as a top 15 pick is proof of that.
Williams stock has skyrocketed at the right time. He will be the perfect Nose Tackle in Miami's 3-4 scheme.
Joe Haden, Florida, CB
I've witness what Haden can do firsthand for a few years. He's a lockdown, speedy corner and will be just what the doctor ordered for the porous San Francisco secondary.
CJ Spiller, Clemson, RB
Spiller could go as high as No. 10, but with the Jaguars interested in defense, I believe he'll drop to the Seahawks.
Spiller provides the speedy, athletic running back that Seattle desperately needs.
Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri, LB
Weatherspoon has been called a prototypical 3-4 linebacker. But that alone doesn't do this dual-threat defender justice. Weatherspoon has the speed of an end with the tackling ability of a top LB.
The Giants need a boost on defense. New York accomplishes that with this pick.
Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida, DE
Kyle Vanden Bosch is gone. The Titans already needed help on the defensive side of the ball as it was. Since Pierre-Paul is still available at this point, the Titans have to take him.
Mike Iupati, Idaho, OL
The 49ers need an offensive lineman. Iupati fills that need. He's projected anywhere from No. 10 overall to No. 25. San Francisco gets him right in the middle of that span.
Maurkice Pouncey, Florida, OL
The Steelers offensive line has been less than acceptable the last few years. With a brand new quarterback, the Steelers will do all they can to protect him.
Drafting Pouncey will definitely be a step in the right direction.
Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech, DE
Maybe it is a stretch to think Morgan will fall this far. Then again, with all the moving and shaking created by the Roethlisberger deal this isn't such a leap of faith.
Morgan would be a fan-favorite having played his college ball just down the road at Georgia Tech.
Taylor Mays, USC, FS
The Texans need a running back. But for the life of me, I cannot understand why they would settle for a second round RB at pick No. 20 when some of the best defensive backs are still available for the taking.
This draft is deep in running backs after round one. They'll take one later and improve their defense with this pick.
Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma, TE
Carson Palmer needs another weapon. No two ways about it. Gresham is a big, strong target who will be a tremendous pro Tight End. Lucky for the Bengals, no one in front of them has TE as a top priority.
Sergio Kindle, Texas, LB
The Patriots are known for getting primo value for their draft picks. Mission accomplished, yet again.
They're lucky Kindle is still available at this slot. He'll fit in nicely with Jerrod Mayo.
Earl Thomas, Texas, S
I know the Packers need help on the O-Line. But when a talent like Thomas is still available this late, AND all the first round O-Line options are gone, you have to take the safety.
Paired with Nick Collins, Thomas would be a great addition to the Packers secondary.
Kyle Wilson, Boise State, CB
To get a player of Wilson's caliber this late is a steal for the Eagles. May be the steal of the first round.
Many analysts think Wilson is the top cornerback in the draft. With the Eagles lack of depth at the position this is the perfect fit.
Jared Odrick, Penn State, DE
The Ravens need a Tight End, badly. Todd Heap is getting older by the day.
With TE Gresham already gone to Cincinnati, the Ravens will be forced to look at the defensive side. Odrick fits perfectly into the Raven 3-4 scheme.
Jerry Hughes, TCU, LB
Hughes hasn't received a ton of publicity lately, but this could be one of the sneakiest picks in the draft. After losing so much talent at linebacker earlier this offseason, Hughes would be a tremendous get at No. 26 overall.
Bruce Campbell, Maryland, OT
Wow. That's pretty much all you can say about this behemoth. He should have been gone earlier in this draft, but once again, the Big Ben trade causes a domino effect that inadvertently helps the Cowboys.
Who would have thought it?
Ryan Mathews, Fresno State, RB
The Chargers need a running back. I maintain that there is no first round quality running back to be had—which is why the Chargers need is the only reason Fresno State's Ryan Mathews gets taken in the first round.
Everson Griffen, USC, DE/OLB
The Jets have had arguably the best offseason of any team in the NFL. As they say, "The hits keep on coming" with this pick.
Griffen is ready to contribute now. Comparable to Terrell Suggs, who Rex Ryan coached in Baltimore, Griffen should thrive in Ryan's 3-4 scheme.
Devin McCourty, Rutgers, CB
The Vikings have to look to address the secondary with this pick. Devin McCourty fits the bill for Minnesota.
Alabama's Kareem Jackson may have a higher upside, but McCourty's blazing speed at the combine should be the determining factor in this pick.
Brian Price, UCLA, DT
The Colts have needed a top Defensive Tackle for some time now. Lucky for them Brian Price is the perfect fit at the perfect pick in 2010.
It's always hard to pin down Bill Polian when it comes to projecting his draft, but if he doesn't take Price with this pick, many fans and analysts will be quite surprised.
Daryl Washington, TCU, LB
What is almost as crazy as the Saints winning the Super Bowl? TCU having two players drafted in the first round.
But that's exactly what's going to happen Thursday.
Washington has been grading out in round two all along, but with the final pick of the first round, the Saints will take the best defender on the board. And that will be Washington.