Reviewing the draft: Pittsburgh Steelers

Coming off the fifth Super Bowl victory in franchise history, the Steelers hoped to fill the few remaining holes they had on the roster. In the end the team drafted for value throughout most of the seven rounds.

With the loss of Antwan Randle-El in free agency Pittsburgh hoped to replace his pass catching and punt return production. They may have done both with two of their first three selections. The team targeted Santonio Holmes and moved up in round one to select him. Holmes is a polished pass catcher who could quickly move into the starting line-up. Willie Reid is a developing pass catcher and devastating return specialist. Reid could produce as a second wide out and impact returning punts this season. He offers terrific upside and his best football is ahead of him. Anthony Smith fits a need at free safety, though round three was a bit early for his services. The same can be said for Willie Colon, a solid guard who would've been available later in the draft but a prospect with terrific upside. Orien Harris was worth a fourth round pick. Besides the need to learn a two-gap system, Harris must pick up his consistency. Omar Jacobs was great value in round five and could develop into trade bait down the road. Charles Davis was a solid selection and has potential as a third tight end. Marvin Philip was good value in round six and offers a young body at center. The teams has always found ways to manufacture running backs and Cedric Humes could be the big bodied replacement for Jerome Bettis if he stays healthy.

The Steelers gave away selections in round three and four in order to move up seven slots and draft Holmes, a hefty price. They did pick up a third rounder after sliding down 19 slots in round two.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

25

Holmes, Santonio

WR

Ohio St

3

83

Smith, Anthony

FS

Syracuse

3

95

Reid, Willie

WR

Florida St

4

131

Colon, Willie

G

Hofstra

4

133

Harris, Orien

DT

Miami (Fla.)

5

164

Jacobs, Omar

QB

Bowling Green

5

167

Davis, Charles

TE

Purdue

6

201

Philip, Marvin

C

California

7

240

Humes, Cedric

RB

Virginia Tech

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