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Old 04-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #1
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Apr 23 2010

Steelers not so good after first round

Friday, 12:45 p.m.

The easy part of the draft is over the hard part begins tonight. You don’t need to be a football genius to spot first-round talent. The job becomes more difficult after that.

As Mike Vukovcan points out at KDKA.com, the Steelers under director of football operations Kevin Colbert have been ``average to below average’’ after the first round since 2003.

Vukovcan has gone through every draft since 2003 and rated every player. The results are not pretty.

Here's his year-by-year, round-by-round analysis. -- Bob Smizik



2nd Round (1 good pick)

2009: No pick
2008: Limas Sweed (Awful)
2007: LaMarr Woodley (Great)
2006: No pick
2005: Bryant McFadden (Average)
2004: Ricardo Colclough (Awful)
2003: Alonzo Jackson (Awful)


3rd Round (2 good picks)

2009: Kraig Urbik (Undetermined, but can't be looking too impressive because they just drafted another guard)

Mike Wallace (Very good)
Keenan Lewis (undetermined)
2008: Bruce Davis (Disaster)
2007: Matt Spaeth (Below Average)
2006: Anthony Smith (Disaster)
Willie Reid (Awful)
2005: Trai Essex (Average to Below Average)
2004: Max Starks: (Very Good)
2003: No Pick

4th Round (2 good picks, 1 OK pick)

2009: No Pick
2008: Tony Hills (Disaster)
2007: Daniel Sepulveda (Average, but has he been worth a 4th round pick?)

2006: Willie Colon (Solid)
Orien Harris (Awful)
2005: Fred Gibson (Awful)
2004: No Pick
2003: Ike Taylor (Above Average)

5th Round (0 good picks, so far)

2009: Joe Burnett (undetermined)
Frank Summers (undetermined)
2008: Dennis Dixon (undetermined)
2007: Cam Stephenson (Cut)
2006: Omar Jacob (Cut)
Charles Davis (Cut)
2005: Rian Wallace (Bad)
2004: Nathaniel Adibi (Cut)
2003: Brian St. Pierre (Below average)

6th Round (1 good pick)

2009: Ra'Shon Harris (Undetermind)

2008 Mike Humpal (Cut)

Ryan Mundy (undermined)
2007: No pick
2006: Marvin Philip (Cut)
2005: Chris Kemoeatu (Above Average)
2004: Bo Lacy (Cut)
Matt Kranchick (Cut)
Drew Caylor (Cut)
2003: No Pick
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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Classified Starks as Very Good and Ike Taylor as above average...Awesome article.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:53 PM   #3
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Well, that explains our lack of success the past decade...oh wait.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:54 PM   #4
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Default Re: Steelers not so good after first round

And 8 starters off of a super bowl winning team have been picked after round one in the last 7 years, when you put it in perspective, that is pretty good
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:59 PM   #5
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Default Re: Steelers not so good after first round

So maybe we are one of the teams that will benefit from having round 2 the day after round one.
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You don’t need to be a football genius to spot first-round talent.
No, but some personnel evaluation acumen over and above the ability of the average armchair GMs who usually write these blogs is required to repeatedly find UDFA gems, something Colbert and company has done fairly consistently.
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2nd Round (1 good pick)

2009: No pick
2008: Limas Sweed (Pending Devlopment)
2007: LaMarr Woodley (Great)
2005: Bryant McFadden (Above Average, won the Colts game with back to back plays against Harrison)
2004: Ricardo Colclough (Pretty not Good)
2003: Alonzo Jackson (serviceable on Special Teams)

3rd Round (2 good picks)
2009: Kraig Urbik (Undetermined)
Mike Wallace (AWESOME)
Keenan Lewis (undetermined)
2008: Bruce Davis (Disaster)
2007: Matt Spaeth (Average)
2006: Anthony Smith (Average but a head case)
Willie Reid (Awful)
2005: Trai Essex (Average)
2004: Max Starks: (Very Good)

4th Round (2 good picks, 1 OK pick)
2009: No Pick
2008: Tony Hills (Disaster)
2007: Daniel Sepulveda (Average, but has he been worth a 4th round pick? Why not Moron? Its not like you get Probowlers every year in the 4th round)
2006: Willie Colon (Solid)
Orien Harris (Awful)
2005: Fred Gibson (Awful)
2004: No Pick
2003: Ike Taylor (GREAT Stone Hands but Great)

5th Round (0 good picks, so far)
6th Round, PRACTICE SQUAD GUYS FOR 99% of the League!!!
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Default Re: Steelers not so good after first round

I had been thinking that the mid to late round success in the draft would go a long way towards ensuring us as contenders imo.

It is very important for us to start hitting on more of these picks.
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I'd like to see the same list for the 31 other teams in the league.. what a joke of an article.. the whole draft is a crapshoot.
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