It was a tight end in the first round, because they didn?t have one, at least not one who can contribute in the passing game like this guy. It was a cornerback in the second round, because an NFL team never can enough who can run and hit and cover like this guy. And if there?s another area besides the defensive backfield where a team must have depth to succeed, it?s the offensive line.
The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded the first day of their 2005 NFL Draft with the belief that they had added a different dimension to their offense, another component to their pass defense and a body to a depleted group of backup offensive linemen.
Their names are Heath Miller, Bryant McFadden and Trai Essex, and by virtue of their status as first-day draftees they already have gained a measure of fame among Steelers fans.