Draft Day!

April 23rd, 2020
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Beer We Go Nation, It is easy to be caught up in the malaise right now, with COVID-19 and no 1st-Round Pick, but Draft Day is a very special day for the Steelers. The Steelers need a big draft this time around and have to address some needs. Where the Steelers have made their mark, isn’t in the 1st Round, it is the diamonds in 2-5 where they make their mark!

This morning Bleacher Report had an article about the Steelers biggest draft bust; Huey Richardson, who was the last 1st Rounder of the Chuck Noll Era. It was a bust and Richardson was out within a year(trade for a pick that turned into Jeff Zgonina). What the article didn’t write was who else went in that draft. The Steelers grabbed Jeff Graham and Ernie Mills both of whom anchored the receiving core for over five years, Leroy Thompson and Adrian Cooper, both were serviceable and solid backups. While that isn’t a great draft class, the Steelers made something out of it.

Here is a look at the last ten years 1st Round Pick, it is underrated, so not having a first rounder is going to be tough, but not fatal as you will see what Round 2 held.

Year Player Pos Rating Comment
2019 Devin Bush ILB Inc Too Early to tell although he looks like the real deal
2018 Terrell Edmunds S Inc Has shown flashes of brilliance but needs a bigger body of work
2017 T.J. Watt LB A+ The new face of the franchise!
2016 Artie Burns CB D Only reason this isn’t an F is his early contributions were promising
2015 Bud Dupree LB B+ This would have been a C last year, but came into his own finally
2014 Ryan Shazier LB A No matter how this ends, he was a word class talent and still is missed
2013 Jarvis Jones LB F A total bust and absolute disappointment
2012 David DeCastro G A+ Already making his case for Canton
2011 Cameron Heyward DE A The Anchor of the defense
2010 Maurkice Pouncey C A In the argument as the best Center in Football

Here is the good news, the Steelers have made some big moves in Rounds 2:

Year Player Pos Rating Comment
2019 NO PICK
2018 James Washington WR Inc His best football is ahead of him, this is the make or break year
2017 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR A Last year aside he has been a great addition and a key player
2016 Sean Davis S C His early body of work, was solid, but injuries derailed a promising career.
2015 Senquez Golson CB F Injuries derailed him and he never contributed
2014 Stephon Tuitt DE A Part of the Dynamic Duo, when healthy he is a force
2013 Le’Veon Bell RB A No matter how this ended, he was a top five RB in the league while in the Burgh
2012 Mike Adams G F Total disappointment and a total bust
2011 Marcus Gilbert T B+ Started at RT for almost his whole tenure, solid performer!
2010 Jason Worilds LB B- Was a contributor during his starting tenure and registered 25.5 Sacks in five years

ROUND 2 Will hit on the Steelers big wins in the later rounds tomorrow!


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