Walker's weekend mailbag: Steelers

April, 3, 2010
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The AFC North inbox received a lot of Pittsburgh Steelers questions this week. So let's get right to it.

Joshua from Orlando, Fla., writes: What would it take for the Steelers to trade back into the bottom of the first round, while keeping their own first-round pick?

James Walker: This isn't something that happens every year, Joshua. The last time I recall this scenario within the division was in 2007 when the Cleveland Browns traded with the Dallas Cowboys to take Brady Quinn. It's a costly proposition, because the Browns gave up the following year’s first-round pick as part of the deal. Friday we published a value chart where you can get an idea of what it takes to make trades on draft day. So get a calculator and go through any scenario you wish.


Tom from Pittsburgh writes: Any thoughts on the popular mock draft pick of Idaho guard Mike Iupati to the Steelers?

Walker: No complaints here, Tom. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know I feel Pittsburgh needs to get better and tougher on the offensive line. I've been saying that for nearly two years now. Iupati could be that big guard the team can run behind in third-and-short situations to move the chains. In fact, the Steelers could go several different directions in the first round -- cornerback, offensive tackle, nose tackle -- and it would make sense as long as they picked the right player.


Luke from Pullman, Wash., writes: When you said a major decision could be coming in Ben Roethlisberger's case, what exactly do you mean? What kind of decision, good or bad, for the Steelers?

Walker: Luke, Georgia police told the Atlantic Journal Constitution that the investigation will end soon. Once it collects all the facts, the local district attorney will decide whether there is enough evidence to press charges against Roethlisberger. This is big for Roethlisberger and the Steelers, because if no charges are filed the case will be closed. If charges are filed, the case will proceed.


Antonio from Hartford, Conn., wants to know if Steelers cornerbacks William Gay, Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett are busts?

Walker: I wouldn't consider these players busts, Antonio. None of them were drafted very high to begin with. Right now, I just don't trust any of them as starting cornerbacks considering the Steelers are not a rebuilding team. They're challenging for a Super Bowl. Gay was a good nickel cornerback, and I think he could be solid there again. Lewis and Burnett are both young and didn’t show much as rookies. Maybe they will make major strides this offseason. Stay tuned.


Nick from Walton, Ky., writes: With the recent release of Cowboys OT Flozell Adams, what are the chances that the Cincinnati Bengals will make a move on him?

Walker: Nick, my initial hunch is it's probably not a match unless Adams wants to move to full-time offensive guard. I don’t know if Adams has that desire, especially if he gets opportunities to play tackle with other teams. But as long as Andre Smith develops, the Bengals feel content at tackle with Smith and Andrew Whitworth.


Daniel from Walkersville, Md., writes: How secure do the Ravens feel about their QB situation behind Joe Flacco?

Walker: Daniel, the Ravens like backup quarterback Troy Smith, just not enough to supplant Flacco and that makes perfect sense. The problem is Smith, a restricted free agent, is eager for a chance to start, and I think he could have a shot to compete on several other teams. But someone has to make an offer. John Beck is a player who is very comfortable in Baltimore offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s system and would likely be the backup if Smith is shipped out.


Aaron Shrider from Cleveland writes: Do you think that running back James Davis could surprise people and be the every-down back for the Browns this season?

Walker: I don't expect it, Aaron. Davis showed some good flashes in the preseason. But he got hurt too early and the Browns don’t quite know what they have in Davis. He adds depth to Cleveland's running backs, but the team still needs to add a bigger back to go with Jerome Harrison.

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