2014 NFL Draft
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The Steelers finally selected a cornerback(!) in Shaquille Richardson, then followed it up with offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, defensive tackle Daniel McCullers, and tight end Rob Blanchflower.
The Steelers used picks from the 2014 draft to select two players who ran sub-4.4 40s, weigh well over 200 pounds (Thomas is listed at 217 and Shazier weighed in at 237 at the Combine) and both play in the back seven on the defensive side of the ball
BTSC writer Jeff Hartman joins the crew on Speaking on Sports to discuss the draft and what's next for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
How much did the Steelers miss their 3rd round pick? Is getting 3 starters out of a draft "good enough." Do the Steelers have the inhouse bandwidth to justify not drafting a corner for so long? Answer these & other Burning Questions on the Steelers
Tackle Wesley Johnson comes to the Steelers as a lower round pick with a less than impressive draft profile. However, Ramon Foster and Kelvin Beachum came to Pittsburgh with much the same credentials and are now starting along the offensive line.
It used to be the 250-pound linebacker vs. the equal weight fullback. Now, the lighter, athletic linebackers are being employed to counter four receiver offenses. Mike Tomlin's Run and Hit Linebackers are becoming the standard.
Veteran NFL reporter Peter King summarizes the Steelers' first four picks succinctly and positively in his post-draft review.
NFL.com reported the Steelers would have taken Justin Gilbert or Odell Beckham if either were available. The Steelers didn't likely have Ryan Shazier as the best player in the draft, so it isn't unreasonable to think other players were rated higher.
The Steelers addressed their defensive line needs both during and after the NFL draft this past weekend. Josh Mauro, their free agent signing out of Stanford, is receiving high marks from NFL Network.
Admitting to breaking his own rules, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay selects two players as his favorites of the Steelers 2014 draft class.