1 (30) Heath Miller; TE - Virginia
2 (62) Bryant McFadden; CB - Florida State
3 (93) Trai Essex; OG - Northwestern
4 (131) Fred Gibson; WR - Georgia
5 (166) Rian Wallace; OLB - Temple
6 (204) Chris Kemoeatu; OG - Utah
7 (228) Shaun Nua; DE - BYU
7 (244) Noah Herron; FB - Northwestern
Analysis: Adding another weapon in the passing game was a significant move for the Steelers heading into the draft. The tight-end position had become very stale in Pittsburgh and the selection of Miller is a positive development. Miller will provide the Steelers with a serious threat, as a dump-off option and downfield threat. Miller is an adequate blocker, but his offensive production will be a welcome sight in the Steel City.
Depth and a look to the future make the selection of McFadden a solid pick in the second round for the Steelers. A three-year starter at FSU, McFadden has solid coverage skills and is not afraid to stick his nose into stopping the run. McFadden was under-valued heading into this draft and the Steelers filled needs with their first two selections in the draft.
Essex is an interesting pick in the third round for the Steelers. Essex has the tools to be a quality offensive lineman at the professional level, but has lacked the dedication to further develop. Under the tutelage of assistant coach Russ Grimm, Essex could develop into a starting quality left tackle, but may see some time at guard to get accustomed to the professional game.
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