Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Wake-up call: Steelers' left tackle situation
By Jamison Hensley
If you like mock drafts, you're going to enjoy today. The eight division bloggers on ESPN.com, myself included, will participate in a creatively named "Blogger Mock Draft" at noon Tuesday. It's expected to last over two hours. I will provide details later on where to go if you want to comment or simply watch the mock draft. There will be updates on the blog as well on my picks for the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. In anticipation of the draft, I will put the teams in their draft order for the wake-up call ...
BROWNS: Several league sources told The Plain Dealer there is a smear campaign to devalue Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner before the draft. There have been reports surfacing about Milliner dropping in the draft because of four surgeries. Milliner, who has been linked to the Browns at No. 6 in this week's draft, had surgery last month to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. He previously had a rod inserted in his tibia near his ankle, a knee scope and a hernia surgery. "Teams have known about these surgeries all along," a source told the paper. "They haven't been a secret and this is not a big issue."
STEELERS: The Steelers will use their offseason practices to determine whether Mike Adams or Marcus Gilbert will start at left tackle, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The other will play right tackle. "I think one of the things that we learned through the trials of the 2012 season is that both of those young men are capable of playing both spots," coach Mike Tomlin said at the team's pre-draft news conference. General manager Kevin Colbert said the door isn't closed to re-sign Max Starks, who started at left tackle last season, but the Steelers aren't expected to bring him back.
BENGALS: Backup Anthony Collins would likely start at right tackle for the Bengals if they don't re-sign Andre Smith or draft a tackle in the first couple rounds of the draft. The Bengals are 11-7 when they start Collins, a fourth-round pick who is the only player remaining from Cincinnati's 2008 draft (which featured linebacker Keith Rivers and wide receiver Jerome Simpson as its top picks). "I'm keeping my head down, not causing any problems," Collins told the team's official website. "When they're ready to play me, I'm going to play. Most definitely I have experience. On both sides. There's a lot of talent in this locker room. Whatever goes on upstairs and with the draft and the coaches and all that, whenever my number is called I'm ready to play."
RAVENS: Ravens officials told The Baltimore Sun that they are reviewing Rolando McClain's latest arrest and had no immediate comment about the linebacker's status with the team. "There is due process on this, and we are paying attention to that," Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said. McClain was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he allegedly yelled an expletive about police officers after they responded to a disturbance at a park in his hometown of Decatur, Ala. If his bonds are revoked from previous arrests, McClain could be held in jail until a scheduled May 7 hearing.