The Steelers were hit with a bit of bad PR at the beginning of the year. You may have heard about it. There was an instance concerning franchise Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and an underage coed in Milledgeville, GA. Of course you heard about it, everyone did and it was all the more shocking he would play for a team like the Steelers.
The Steelers franchise has been heralded for their commitment to having players that are both great on the field and off of it. Lately there have been some chinks in the Steelers armor, however. Besides Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers saw former first round pick Santonio Holmes run in to the law far to often during his tenure as a Steeler and even James Harrison was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in recent years.
A few rotten apples can't ruin what 78 years of history have done for the Steelers organization, but the team can't afford to make a habit of signing players with character concerns. In the 2011 NFL Draft there are players that will make or break the futures of certain franchises. Some of those players come with off-the-field baggage that will be ignored because of their athletic prowess. Certain organizations will ignore the red flags to take a game changer, hopeful for success.
The Steelers won't be one of those organizations. The Steelers will have to be even more careful not to make a personnel mistake in this year's draft considering they are more under the microscope than they ever have been.
The list of possible Steelers is long and has some big names involved. The list of guaranteed Non-Steelers in this years draft may not be as long, but it does have some big name players.
The Steelers only have one pick in each round, so there is no point in making a laundry list of 50 players with anything from a serious red flag to a few parking tickets. I will list the players that will be available around the time the Steelers will pick, but we can be sure won't be selected because of their own red flags.