The Steelers have locked up the 17th pick in the draft with Sunday's 24-10 victory over Cleveland.
That's not a bad place to be, especially considering the success the Steelers have had selecting in the teens in recent years.
In 2010, they grabbed Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th pick in the draft. He's worked out OK.
In 2007, it was Lawrence Timmons taken with the 15th selection. He's become the team's best defensive player.
In 2004, they took Ben Roethlisberger 11th. Enough said.
Same goes for Troy Polamalu at 16 in 2003 - though they had to trade up to make that pick.
Add in Casey Hampton at 19 in 2001 and you have to go all the way back to Troy Edwards in 1999 - a Tom Donahoe/Bill Cowher pick - to find a selection in the teens that hasn't worked out.
@ Phil Taylor's blindside shot on Kelvin Beachum was as cheap as they come and deserved all of the ire it raised with the Steelers.
But was it that much worse than Doug Legursky diving at the knees of linebacker Craig Robertson earlier?
That kind of got the ball rolling in the cheap shot department in this game, though the Browns also submarined guys on a PAT, drawing a pair of unsportsmanlike penalties.
Maybe the heat will start coming back for the Cleveland-Pittsburgh series.
@ If that didn't do it, then Greg Little (!) catching a pass and staring down the Pittsburgh sideline like he has actually done something in the NFL might.
@ It won't so much be what the Steelers do in the first round of this year's draft that makes a difference as much as it is what they do in rounds 2 through 7.
I think everyone trusts Kevin Colbert and company to get a player who will help immediately in 2013 in the first round. History tells us that will happen.
But the Steelers need solid picks this year in the later rounds to help make up for a 2008 draft that is now a total washout.
At least it will be if Rashard Mendenhall leaves, as expected. At this point, only Mendenhall and Ryan Mundy, a sixth-round pick, remain on the Steelers roster.
@ The Steelers need to do what's necessary to keep Keenan Lewis, even with the late emergence of Cortez "Turnover" Allen.
You need three solid corners in this league and the trio of Ike Taylor, Lewis and Allen is outstanding.
Pair that with a healthy Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark next year, and you don't have to worry about the secondary.
Josh Victorian showed enough that he deserves to come back, and Curtis Brown was the team's best special teams player and might still develop into a solid corner.
As I said last week, I'd also teach Allen to play safety if they don't get a young stud to groom at that position.
@ The Steelers were without leading receiver Heath Miller, their receiving yardage leader, Mike Wallace, and had a pair of Dougs, Legursky and Malecki, playing guard with Ramon Foster at right tackle after Beachum and David DeCastro left with injuries in the first half.
Is it any wonder the offense was a bit limited?
@ The key to playing defense in the secondary in today's NFL is the ability to get turnovers.
With the way the rules now favor the offense, you don't necessarily need good cover guys as much as you need guys who can catch or force fumbles back there.
Allen has shown that he has the instincts to be a turnover guy. I think with a full year of starting under his belt, Lewis will be better at that in 2013 as well.
And, according to the other defensive backs, Brown has the best hands of any of the corners.
@ It's a shame Brett Keisel's season ended the way it did, but it gave Cam Heyward a chance to play. He was his typical feisty self and disruptive in the passing game.
The run defense, however, wasn't nearly as good after Keisel left.
@ If I'm putting this roster together for 2013, I try to find a way to keep Casey Hampton around - though maybe as the backup to Steve McLendon.
I also want Larry Foote back, at least as a locker room presence and insurance plan in case Sean Spence isn't ready to take over and I don't get someone in the draft.
But I also want Plaxico Burress back to help mentor my young receivers.
Jerricho Cotchery is a great guy and solid citizen, but he doesn't command the respect among his peers that Burress can. And Burress showed Sunday that with a whole offseason under his belt, he could be a factor in 2013.