Wednesday, March 24, 2010
AFC North mailbag: Steelers
By James Walker
Let's answer some questions from Steeler Nation.
Joe from Indiana, Pa., wants to know if the Pittsburgh Steelers will draft Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.
James Walker: Joe, I'm already on record saying that Tebow will not be a quality NFL quarterback. So if the Steelers draft him with that intention, it will be a mistake. But I don't see Tebow fitting in the AFC North, despite all of the hype and speculation surrounding him. Pittsburgh in particular doesn't run a Wildcat, and even if it did, backup quarterback Dennis Dixon is more athletic.
Raef Cogan from New York, N.Y., writes: Is there another reason for the Pittsburgh Steelers signing Antwaan Randle El than for the occasional trick play?
Walker: Yes, Raef. Randle El also was brought in to add depth to the receiver position. Behind starters Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, the Steelers also have Mike Wallace, Randle El, Arnaz Battle and Limas Sweed. There is a chance that not everyone makes the final roster, but it's a deep unit going into training camp.
Joel from Kansas City, Mo., writes: What is the status of Stefan Logan. He was the main return guy last year. How will work with the signing of Randle El?
Walker: This is something that will develop during offseason camps, Joel. Randle El can contribute more as a punt returner than a kick returner. So there is a decent chance the two could split return duties. But the coaches will look into this over the next several months.
Steve from Dubois, Pa., writes: Do you think the Steelers might jump up in the draft to get Florida cornerback Joe Haden?
Walker: If the Steelers move up, it won't be into the top 10. That would be too costly. Haden ran better 40 times during his personal workout, which erased some questions and likely placed him back in the top 10. But in the event Haden falls to the teens, the likelihood would increase. I think Haden would be a great (albeit unlikely) fit in Pittsburgh.