Revisiting the Pittsburgh Steelers Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers; many times they leave you wondering what they were thinking of after April's draft but to their credit, the organization is always competitive…and that's the bottom line. What would they do to sure up the squad this time around on draft weekend?

UDFA of Note: Brian Robinson /Houston /WR, Rashad Faison /South Carolina /S, Phil Braxton/West Virginia/ WR, Dan Rumishek/Michigan/ DE, David Upchurch /West Virginia/ DT, Jonathan Ruffin /Cincinnati /PK, Jimond Pugh /Memphis/ C, Russell Stuviants /Youngstown St/ S, Dante Brown/Memphis/ RB, Terrence Robinson /Oklahoma St/ ILB

There were several areas of need the Steelers could have looked to fill but in the end, they made a big move up the board to secure a coveted player, Troy Polamalu. The hard-hitting safety is very much they way Pittsburgh likes their centerfielders; a tad undersized yet explosive and fierce. Polamalu plays all out on every down and will endear himself to the coaching staff as well as the fans. Though Polamalu's cover skills are passable, they are not what we like to see in a mid-first round pick. Still, expect him to be quickly inserted onto the field.

Alonzo Jackson was a major reach in round two. A proto-typical Seminole pass rush specialist, Jackson is small and more quick than fast. His combine workouts were terrible, which should have sent up a red flag. He has neither the size to play end in a two-gap system nor the speed to stand-up over tackle.

Fourth round pick, Ivan Taylor is a major project. Taylor is a great athlete but unrefined football player in every aspect. Rarely seeing the field in college due to a multitude of circumstances, Taylor could be destined for the practiced squad.

Though fifth round choice Brian St Pierre needs work and must regain his confidence, he was solid value for a team the needs a young signal caller. St Pierre has the physical skills to be a starting quarterback in the NFL and looked like he was heading in that direction after his junior campaign. Unfortunately, his play in '02 was erratic to the point that he seemingly regressed. Showing little field vision, St Pierre forced too many throws and left wide-open receivers standing alone. If he improves the mental aspects of the position, St. Pierre could be the Pittsburgh quarterback of the future.

Fullback JT Wall is a limited athlete and minimal offensive threat but that is the kind of lead blocker Pittsburgh has success with. He does the little things well and likes the dirty work.

Analysis: The limited picks owned by the franchise could make this a one-player draft, dictated by the success of Polamalu. If St. Pierre develops that will be a major plus.

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