So here's what I'm saying: Don't go blindly drafting Le'Veon Bell an expect him to immediately be the bell cow because of all the pre-preseason hype. He's going to get every chance to win the job, just temper expectations. Not every rookie is Doug Martin, Alfred Morris or even Richardson.
And here is where my Steeler fan bias comes in. I like Dwyer. I think he took a lot of unfair criticism for the team's shortcomings in the running game a year ago. In fact, when you look at his numbers, he had two big games in October, then was injured and when he returned, the Steelers weren't quite the same. Ben Roethlisberger was injured in a game against Kansas City that the entire team didn't seem to take seriously. Then Dwyer was put in a timeshare with Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman while Charlie Batch ran the show.
So here's what I'm saying: Don't go blindly drafting Le'Veon Bell an expect him to immediately be the bell cow because of all the pre-preseason hype. He's definitely the Steelers back of the future. But in 2013, it seems just as likely that Dwyer could be the leading rusher again and approach a 1,000-yard year with disrespect as his motivation. Expect this to be a lot closer to a time share in year one.
One back I won't be drafting is Redman. He burned me last year in a couple of drafts when it looked like he was going to be the clear starter until Mendenhall returned. Whoops. He's best suited as a complimentary and situational back in the NFL. And assuming Dwyer makes the team, it's possible Redman could be cut.