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Pittsburgh Steelers

1. (25) WR Santonio Holmes, Ohio State
The Super Bowl champs traded up for Holmes, our top-rated receiver. He?ll replace Randle El as their starter in the slot. Cedrick Wilson moves to the third role and Quincy Morgan should no longer be a major factor.
Grade: A+

3. (83) S Anthony Smith, Syracuse
Smith was an elite college player who fell due to a lack of elite speed. He could compete with Ryan Clark and Tyrone Carter to start at free safety. Many are high on his pro potential.
Grade: B

3. (95) WR Willie Reid, Florida State
They already had wideouts, so Reid becomes the Steelers return ace. His 4.3 speed should allow Holmes to focus on being a full-time receiver.
Grade: B-

4. (131) OG Willie Colon, Hofstra
Guard depth was a need even though we didn?t think he?d get drafted. Colon could be their No. 3 as a rookie.
Grade: C

4. (133) DT Orien Harris, Miami FL
Another down lineman labeled a talented underachiever, Harris was a find in the fourth. He?ll be their third nose behind Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke.
Grade: B-

5. (164) QB Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green
Jacobs was pegged as high as the second round, so it?s a good value. He could push Charlie Batch to be the No. 3 and send Rod Rutherford back to the practice team. The Steelers don?t seem to mind his short-arm delivery.
Grade: B

5. (167) TE Charles Davis, Purdue
Davis was often split out wide in college. He?ll be the third tight end in Pittsburgh.
Grade: B

6. (201) C Marvin Philip, California
It was a good draft for centers and they found a good one in the sixth round. He?ll sit behind Jeff Hartings and Chukky Okobi in his first year, but Philip could make the aging Hartings dispensable after 2006.
Grade: B

7. (240) FB Cedric Humes, Virginia Tech
Humes projects as Duce Staley?s eventual replacement in short-yardage. He?s currently fourth in depth.
Grade: B

Overall Draft Analysis: From top to bottom, this was a solid draft with no complaints. It?s clear why teams like Pittsburgh and New England stay on top year in, year out.

Overall Draft Grade: B+

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