This weekend marked the remaining draft for Kevin Colbert as normal manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A 22-yr veteran of the organization, Colbert had put in the last 12 drafts as GM of the black and gold, buying the gamers who have helped sustain Pittsburgh’s unprecedented good results (18 straight seasons at .500 or greater). It was announced months prior to this weekend’s proceedings that Colbert would step down immediately after the 2022 NFL Draft, even though he’ll probably take on a different purpose in the organization. Pittsburgh has nevertheless to announce a alternative.
Pursuing Day 3 of the draft on Saturday, for the duration of which Colbert and Co. manufactured 4 options, the GM acquired emotional pondering again on his legacy with the club.
“I really don’t want to say better than,” Colbert explained to reporters when requested how he felt he was leaving the Steelers. “I am proud to say we included to that [trophy] room. It was 4 trophies. There was four of them when we acquired right here. And you realized the undertaking. You think about DMR [late owner Dan Rooney] and currently being in a position to increase to that space indicates a ton. It isn’t going to suggest it truly is over. The future phase, I imply we gotta get extra than, and we are going to by no means eliminate that. But it signifies a large amount.”
Given that 2000, when Colbert joined the organization and commenced functioning Pittsburgh’s drafts, the Steelers have chosen 21 Professional Bowlers, 7 to start with-workforce All-Pros and a Hall of Famer (Troy Polamalu). Pittsburgh gained its fifth and sixth Super Bowl titles all through the 2005 and 2008 seasons even though Colbert was director of soccer functions. Given that 2011, when Colbert became the initially Steelers personnel to have the title “typical supervisor,” the workforce has gone 111-64-2 in the frequent period, made the postseason 7 instances, won 4 AFC North titles and attained a single Super Bowl.
“His contributions to this group for 22-plus a long time have been extraordinary and demands no endorsement from me,” Steelers mentor Mike Tomlin reported Saturday. “Pretty frankly, it speaks for itself.”
Some of Colbert’s most notable draft picks because increasing to standard supervisor incorporate Cameron Heyward (2011, to start with spherical), David DeCastro (2012, initially round), Le’Veon Bell (2013, 2nd spherical), T.J. Watt (2017, initial spherical), JuJu Smith-Schuster (2017, next round) and 2021 rookies Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth.
Colbert oversaw the drafting of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, when he was the 3rd signal-caller taken following Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. Now Colbert is next Major Ben out the door, but not without having trying to switch him. Just after introducing veteran Mitchell Trubisky to the roster in free company, the Steelers took Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett with the 20th over-all selection, the first initial-round QB taken by Pittsburgh considering that Roethlisberger.
But Colbert didn’t end there. As he has been wont to do throughout his job, Colbert drafted substantial-worth receivers in George Pickens at No. 52 and Calvin Austin III at No. 138 and a brother of a current Steelers participant in Connor Heyward at No. 208. Then, for the initial time due to the fact 1968, Pittsburgh took a second quarterback, South Dakota State’s Chris Oladokun, deep in the seventh round, just in circumstance. It was Colbert’s remaining selection as Steelers GM.
“It’s like a activity,” Colbert mentioned. “When a sport will come to an close, you recognize it and you feel about it, but you genuinely will mirror on it when it is peaceful and you’re by on your own and it is like, ‘What a moment, what do I go to do following?’ I will not know.”