GM: @AndrewMiley –> 2 OL, 1 CB, 2 DL, 1 S, 1 RB
31. Pittsburgh* (12-4) – @AndrewMiley – Danny Watkins, OG – Baylor
2.31 Pittsburgh* (12-4) @AndrewMiley – Orlando Franklin, OT – Mia
3.31 Pittsburgh* (12-4) – @AndrewMiley – Brandon Burton, CB – Utah St
4.31 (128) Pittsburgh : Greg Romeus, DE – Pitts
5.31 (162) Pittsburgh Steelers: Shiloh Keo, SS – Idaho
6.31 – 196. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dion Lewis, RB Pittsburgh
7.29 – 232. Pittsburgh Steelers): Frank Kearse, DT – Alabama A&M
31 Baylor T/G Danny Watkins — An NFL-ready guard who could also play right tackle if needed.
63 Miami T/G Orlando Franklin — Another starting-caliber talent added to position of major need.
95 Utah CB Brandon Burton — Doesn’t make plays on the ball and lacks ideal speed for a corner.
128 Pittsburgh DE Greg Romeus — Incredibly injury prone with effort and work ethic concerns.
162 Idaho S Shiloh Keo — A gung-ho special teamer who doesn’t project as much defensive help.
196 Pittsburgh RB Dion Lewis — A homeless man’s Ray Rice without much long-term upside.
232 Alabama A&M DT Frank Kearse — Big body with tremendous production at low-level college.
The Steelers didn’t emerge from this draft with enough corner help, but did acquire two potential day-one offensive line starters. Considering Willie Colon’s Achilles’ and free agency, and the rest of the front five save Maurkice Pouncey’s ineffectiveness, this may well have been Pittsburgh’s best approach. The late rounds produced a special teamer, two defensive linemen who may never set foot on an NFL field, and a low-end running back prospect. While it would’ve been nice to see the Steelers do a bit better during the draft’s stretch run, the early portion went pretty well.
Graded by Evan Silva – Rotoworld.com – @EvanSilva