For football betting fans there are a few constants over the past decade or two when it comes to the NFL draft and one of them is that the Pittsburgh Steelers do not draft O-lineman in the first round. But according to a host of online betting sites and numerous mock drafts on sports wagering news sites that’s exactly what the Steelers are going to do with the 18th pick of the upcoming NFL draft.
This move would certainly make sense after watching Big Ben turned into a tackling dummy time and time again over the past few NFL betting seasons but there are also several other moves that make sense as well. NFL gambling experts often point to the O-line as being the Steelers biggest weakness, but it’s not nearly as bad as many NFL wagering critics make it out to be.
At least half of Roethlisberger’s sacks are created by him trying to extend plays past a reasonable amount of time. And the drop in the Steelers run production also has much to do with the pass heavy play calling over the past two NFL gambling seasons. This is hardly the fault of the O-line and so it’s not that likely that the team will break its NFL draft tradition by drafting an o-lineman with its first pick.
However, after trading the team’s top receiver from the 2009 NFL betting season, the team is in need of a top WR. If Dez Bryant somehow falls to the 18th spot because of character issues you can be sure he’ll be a Steeler on opening day of the NFL wagering action.
The team also desperately needs a top shut down corner and would probably jump at the chance to draft either Joe Haden of Florida, the best cover man in the NFL draft, or Kyle Wilson of Boise State, just a notch below according to most NFL betting experts.