2013 NFL Draft: AFC North 2nd and 3rd Round Analysis and Grades

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Nov 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Michigan State Spartans running back Le

 

Pittsburgh Steelers: 2nd Round.

The Pittsburgh Steelers needed some RB help and chose Le’Veon Bell. Although Lacy was still on the board, he fell quite hard and the Steelers were one of many teams to go a different way than Lacy. The Steelers chose Bell, and he seemed to fit the Steelers mold for RB when you looked at his measurables. But then one has to look at the tape. Bell struggled to hit holes quickly and didn’t run as fast as someone his size should. A problem with his running is he is sideline to sideline, and he is also an upright runner. He has some concerns, and should expect some early struggles in his career. If coached right, he could turn into a decent RB, but has too many question marks. He tends to hold the ball away from his body, which could be a problem in the NFL. However,Bell showed that be can move piles of the players with his lower body strength and if he uses his lower body, he can knock people over. He will need to be coached and there’s no guarantee that he will be all that great either.

Grade: C+

 

3rd Round.

The Steelers had lost Mike Wallace in free agency, but they have found a great replacement in Markus Wheaton. Wheaton possesses great speed and agility to get in and out of cuts. Once watching tape, he was almost always a step ahead of his man and showed awareness to stay in bounds on passes near the sideline. He may lack blocking ability and struggle against physical corners, he is still a very good threat no matter where he plays. He has elite speed and also does a very good job at trying to earn extra yards after the catch. Wheaton played consistent while in college, and was always a threat to take it all the way any time he had the ball. He will have to learn how to beat certain jams, but overall this is a great pick for the Steelers. He may end up being a huge steal in this draft. Steelers hit a need with the BPA.

Grade: A+

 

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