AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Draft Analysis And Grade

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April 26, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones is introduced by Steelers president Art Rooney II at the UPMC Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers surprisingly had many holes to fill during this draft class, and they went after as much as they could. With their first pick, they selected Jarvis Jones, a player who played extremely well but has a huge medical red flag. The Steelers looked at him to fill the hole on defense that was left by James Harrison. In the 2nd round, many people (including myself) believed that the Steelers would choose Eddie Lacy, but they went a different route and selected Le’Veon Bell as their RB instead.

With their 3rd pick, they chose WR Markus Wheaton, someone I like a lot at the WR position and think will add a very good dimension to that offense. The Steelers than traded up in the 4th round to take Shamarko Thomas. Though he is undersized, he’s very physical and a huge hitter, something the Steelers love in their defenders. The Steelers than chose a backup QB to Big Ben by drafting Landry Jones with their other 4th round pick. The Steelers then went after a CB in Terry Hawthorne, a player who has played well but is extremely inconsistent. Justin Brown was the Steelers next pick, followed by Vince Williams, both in the 6th round. The Steelers then chose Nick Williams with their last pick in the draft.