'See where life goes': Kevin Colbert wraps up final draft as Pittsburgh Steelers GM - Pittsburgh Steelers Blog

PITTSBURGH — Late Saturday afternoon, Kevin Colbert went on the clock for the last time as the Steelers’ basic supervisor.

With the No. 241 choice in general in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL draft, Colbert and the Steelers chosen South Dakota State quarterback Chris Oladokun.

There weren’t any tears in the draft space, no nostalgic minute of reflection as Colbert sent the choice.

But it wasn’t for absence of attempting.

“It’s not in his DNA,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated with a chuckle. “We tried to take him there, and he led us — maybe — to the doorstep.”

Speaking with the media after he concluded his 23rd draft with the Steelers and 10th as the main basic supervisor, Colbert acknowledged the feelings would overtake him quickly, however because minute, he was functioning as normal.

“It’ll hit you a little bit later,” Colbert stated. “But it’s like a game; when the game comes to an end, you appreciate it and you think about it, but you really will reflect on it when it gets quiet and you’re by yourself and it’s like, oh, wait a minute, what do I got to do next? I don’t know.”

But that minute of peaceful reflection came earlier than anticipated. Three concerns later on, Colbert, who assisted construct 2 Super Bowl-winning groups in Pittsburgh, was asked if he liked how he left the franchise.

“I don’t want to say ‘better than,’” he stated. “I’m proud that we’ve added to that room.”

His voice began to split and he bounced the pen in his hand versus the table in front of him.

“There was four trophies.”

Tomlin reached over and patted Colbert on the back, reassuring his long time buddy as he assessed his life’s work.

“There were four when we got here. And you knew the task.”

As Colbert gazed at the table and attempted his finest to keep back tears that were coming, Tomlin continued to comfort the basic supervisor.

“It’s all right, brother,” the coach stated.

Colbert took a deep breath and continued.

“You think about DMR [late Steelers chairman Dan Rooney], being able to add to that room means a ton,” Colbert stated. “It doesn’t mean it’s over. The next step, we’ve got to get more than. We’ll never lose that. But it means a lot.”

Colbert’s right. While his period as basic supervisor is over, the Steelers’ company — and its objective — continues. And in his last draft, Colbert did whatever he might to leave the Steelers company primed for success.

Not just did he prepare the potential quarterback of the future in Pitt item Kenny Pickett, the company’s very first first-round quarterback considering that picking Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, however he likewise restocked the pass receiver space with quality gamers in Georgia wideout George Pickens and Memphis speedster Calvin Austin III. He offered the Steelers more depth on an aging protective line with Texas A&M’s DeMarvin Leal and he included another Heyward to the lineup — Connor — to fill a flexible function in Matt Canada’s offense.

“This was the final draft for general manager Kevin Colbert, and he did a nice job plugging holes,” ESPN senior draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. composed in his post-draft analysis. “If Pickett becomes a star, Colbert might have set up the Steelers for the next 15 years with this group.”

The fruits of Colbert’s labor won’t be completely understood for a while, however he provided gamers to fill the most glaring holes on the lineup, the ones that didn’t get total responses in totally free firm.

“His mark and impact on us will continue to be felt, played out in the lives of the men that we selected here today,” Tomlin stated.

At the extremely least, Colbert needs to hope this group is much better than the very first one he assisted draft in 2000, when the Steelers chosen pass receiver Plaxico Burress with their first-round choice. Only one member of that nine-member draft class made a Pro Bowl: second-round offending lineman Marvel Smith, who won 2 Super Bowl rings with the company. Burress won one with the New York Giants.

With the draft behind him, Colbert will continue in his everyday function as basic supervisor till the Steelers choose his follower. The 2nd round of interviews is anticipated to start in earnest after the Steelers formerly talked to 16 prospects in the preliminary, consisting of internal prospects Omar Khan and Brandon Hunt.

“We’ll move into that process, whatever the next step is, when Art [Rooney] decides to continue that search, and we’ll see where it goes and how I may or may not be able to fit into it,” Colbert stated. “I just want to make sure that, again — I’ve said it before — whatever the next step is, if I can help and not hinder, great.”

The night after the draft, Colbert attempted to continue like regular, too.

“I’ll go back down to the room and make sure we get the free agents all wrapped up and button things up for tonight and go home and spend time with Janice, my wife,” Colbert stated Saturday night. “And see where life goes.”

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