This year, we held our inaugural Steelers Mock Draft Contest.
We got dozens of entries, and lots of variation in how fans thought the draft would play out.
There were a few consistencies in the picks that people made. For example, one thing that was very consistent was that most of you thought that the Steelers were going to take Dont’a Hightower, the inside linebacker from Alabama. Of course we now know that Hightower ended up going to the New England Patriots one pick after the Steelers selected David DeCastro.
Another thing that was pretty consistent was that most of you didn’t get a single Steelers selection right. Not one! (And you call yourselves Steelers fans).
In fact, it’s worth noting that Dawson Payne was the only fan who got more than one of the Steelers’ picks right. He accurately predicted that the Steelers would take Mike Adams and Alemeda Ta’amu. He didn’t win the entire competition, but he deserves recognition for getting more of the Steelers’ picks right than anyone else.
But the overall winner of the competition was…………(drum roll please)………..Shane Hallam. Shane didn’t get a single Steelers pick right (Shame on you, Shane), but he did better on the other teams’ picks than anyone else. Even with the bonus that I awarded for getting Steelers picks correct, Shane still outscored his closest competitor by 2 points.
Shane will receive a free copy of Pittsburgh Steelers – The Complete Illustrated History, by Lew Freedman. Congratulations Shane!