1. Akiem Hicks to Saints: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

    Akiem Hicks is a risky pick, but also an intriguing one. Hicks' draft stock suffered because he played collegiate football in Canada, but in 2009 he was one of the top junior college recruits in the U...

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  2. 2012 NFL Draft: Nose Tackles on Pittsburgh Steelers' Day 2 Board

    Put a big, fat check mark next to "guard" on the list of Steelers ' needs in the 2012 NFL draft . Now it's time to move on to nose tackle tonight. Inside linebacker can wait...

    Mike Batista Written by Mike Batista about over 2 years ago 3,552 reads 11 comments

  3. 2012 NFL Draft: How the Pittsburgh Steelers Stole David DeCastro

    The Pittsburgh Steelers ' philosophy of sitting back and letting the draft come to them paid off in a big way Thursday night. All hell was breaking loose around the Steelers in the 2012 NFL draft ...

    Mike Batista Written by Mike Batista about over 2 years ago 10,151 reads 9 comments

  4. 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Last-Minute First Round Predictions with Trades

    The closer we get to the 2012 NFL draft , the more draft boards change. We were so young and naive, thinking we knew it all when we did those mock drafts way back in February and March...

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  5. Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft: Final 7-Round Predictions with Analysis

    The 2012 NFL draft is almost here. Just one more day before Roger Goodell announces the name of the newest member of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Radio City Music Hall in New York...

    Mike Batista Written by Mike Batista about over 2 years ago 4,655 reads 14 comments

  6. 2012 NFL Draft: Possible Pittsburgh Steelers Surprises in Each Round

    The Pittsburgh Steelers ' needs in the 2012 NFL draft have been well-documented. Considering the draft buildup has been almost as long as the Steelers ' 2011 season, everyone ...

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  7. 6 Interesting Quirks in the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Schedule

    The 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers schedule is out. We knew the who and the where. Now we know the when. The way the Steelers ' schedule shakes out creates some intriguing "Did you know?" tidbits...

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  8. NFL Draft 2012: How Far Should the Steelers Go to Trade Up for Dontari Poe?

    If the Pittsburgh Steelers want Dontari Poe in the 2012 NFL draft, they'll have to do something they rarely do. They'll have to trade up in the first round...

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  9. Pittsburgh Steelers: Predicting Leonard Pope's Impact as a Free-Agent Signing

    The Pittsburgh Steelers rarely make a splash in the free-agency market. They normally dip their toe in the free agent pool for a cost-effective, under-the-radar player...

    Mike Batista Written by Mike Batista about over 2 years ago 6,072 reads 8 comments

  10. 2012 Steelers Mock Draft: Recap and Analysis of B/R Community Draft Selections

    I am the man behind the curtain, in this case the Steel Curtain, in the recent Bleacher Report Community Mock Draft...

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  11. New Nike NFL Uniforms: Comparing New Nike Jerseys to Old Reebok Ones

    The unveiling of the new NFL uniforms on Tuesday makes it official that this league can make an event out of anything. This is the league that seemingly makes a month-long mini-series out of the release of its schedule...

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  12. Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions and Analysis

    My Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft was impacted quite a bit by the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February. It was impacted further when March came in like a lion in Pittsburgh...

    Mike Batista Written by Mike Batista about over 2 years ago 6,508 reads 38 comments

  13. 2012 Free Agents: 5 Underrated Players Who Teams Must Contact

    The 2012 NFL free-agency period began a week and a half ago, and many of the big names are off the market. That doesn't mean the shelves are bare. There are still plenty of useful, underrated free agents available...

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  14. The 2012 NFL Draft All-Name Team

    By now you've probably heard the name of every player who could possibly be chosen in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft...

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  15. Cortland Finnegan to Steelers: Why Ex-Titans CB Would Look Good in Pittsburgh

    Admit it, you've thought about Cortland Finnegan in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform. It's too tempting not to think, at least for a second, about one of this year's top free agent cornerbacks becoming a Steeler...

    Mike Batista Written by Mike Batista about over 2 years ago 4,070 reads 26 comments

  16. 2012 NFL Mock Draft: The Latest First-Round Projections, Post-Scouting Combine

    Now that the NFL Scouting Combine is over, the 2012 NFL Mock Draft season can really begin. We know Andrew Luck is going to the Colts. I wonder if he picked a locker before leaving the combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis...

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  17. Pittsburgh Steelers: What Steelers Must Do to Lock Up Mike Wallace

    It looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers might be able to keep Mike Wallace after all. Call it "The Immaculate Retention." In the game of offseason NFL moves, the Steelers are making a huge comeback...

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  18. Pittsburgh Steelers: A Look at Life After Mike Wallace

    It looks like next season, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace will be playing 60 minutes on Sundays for another team...

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  19. Hines Ward's 10 Possible Landing Spots If the Pittsburgh Steelers Release Him

    Hines Ward has said he wants to finish his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers . It would have been nice if the Steelers' all-time leading wide receiver could get the Jerome ...

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  20. NFL Draft 2012: Ranking the Top Available Mock Drafts

    Some of us have been studying 2012 NFL mock drafts longer than others. When your team is still playing, you're spared the task of studying scouting reports...

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  21. 8 Ways the World Has Changed Since the Patriots' Last Championship

    While soaking up the adoration of their fans since winning Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants also are getting "thank yous" from fans of other teams. This isn't just a victory for Giants fans...

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  22. Todd Haley Will Bring Emotion Back to Pittsburgh Steelers Sideline

    So everyone's afraid that Ben Roethlisberger is not going to like new Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. If that turns out to be a problem, here's a solution...

    Mike Batista Written by Mike Batista about over 2 years ago 1,376 reads 7 comments

  23. Super Bowl 2012: A Steelers Fan's Guide to Hating the Patriots

    If you're a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and you're still not sure who to root for in Super Bowl XLVI, let me help you out. The New England Patriots have kept the Steelers out of the Super Bowl twice in the last decade...

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  24. Top 5 Super Bowls We Wish We Had Seen

    Other than Baltimore Ravens fans, San Francisco 49ers fans and members of the Harbaugh family, it's hard to find people who aren't pleased with the pairing of teams in Super Bowl XLVI...

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  25. Super Bowl 2012: Ranking the Numbers in the Squares Pool

    Football is a numbers game. Certain numbers come up more frequently than others in football scores. That's the idea behind the Super Bowl squares pool. If you've never played a square before, here's how it works...

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