Forget the second day,second round that's special

While we in the media were less than enthusiastic about the second day of the Steelers' draft, there were certainly those within the organization who were thrilled with the outcome.

Director of football operations Kevin Colbert could barely contain himself talking about first and second-round picks Ben Roethlisberger and Ricardo Colclough.

But let's be honest, it's pretty difficult to get too excited about the team's second day. Tight ends who were backups on the worst Penn State team in decades, long snappers and offensive linemen who might turn into swing guys aren't exactly picks to write home about.

Colbert and company have done a great job in the first two rounds of the draft, but at some point they have to quit throwing away the second day. Former director of football operations Tom Donahoe was the exact opposite. Donahoe would miss in the first two or three rounds with regularity, but would hit on some late picks.

Maybe if the Steelers could get Colbert and Donahoe's draft boards together, they'd have the perfect draft.

© While the media couldn't stop talking about Roethlisberger, it's Colclough that has the Steelers excited.

The front office types can't rave enough about the Tusculum College cornerback.

You have to admit that if everything works out and Colclough and Ike Taylor are the team's starting cornerbacks in two seasons with Troy Polamalu at strong safety, the Steelers will have made the transition from one of the slowest secondaries in the league to one of the fastest.

© While the team won't release its list of rookie free agents until Monday, here is one of the gems, defensive tackle Brandon Calton of East Tennessee State.

The Steelers had the 6-4, 295-pound Colton rated pretty highly, while Spicer, who had 28 career sacks and 58 career tackles for a loss, should have an excellent chance to make the team.


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