Pittsburgh Steelers Final Draft Report Card

If medically sound RB Rashard Mendenhall should pay big dividends in 2009. Safety Ryan Mundy and LB Bruce Davis are fast developing prospects and good special teams players. If healthy OT Tony Hills has an upside. WR Limas Sweed is overrated while QB Dennis Dixon is not a professional prospect.

Pittsburgh Steelers Grade - C + NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
32 1 Hood, Evander DT Missouri 6027v 300v 4.89v 1.202
79 3 Urbik, Kraig OG Wisconsin 6052v 328v 5.39v 1.422
84 3 Wallace, Mike WR Mississippi 6003v 199v 4.34v 1.512
96 3 Lewis, Keenan DC Oregon St 6012v 208v 4.49v 1.393
168 5 Burnett, Joe DC C Florida 5093v 192v 4.59v 1.722
169 5 Summers, Frank RB UNLV 5091v 243v 4.60v 1.900
205 6 Harris, Ra'Shon DT Oregon 6036v 298v 5.04v 1.800
226 7 Shipley, A.Q. OC Penn St 6011v 306v 5.21v 1.800
241 7 Johnson, David TE Arkansas St 6014v 260v 4.73v 1.900

The Steelers drafts are never flashy, but year in and year out the club makes sound selections that ultimately upgrade their football club. I like number one selections Evander Hood's quickness, hand use, ability to stretch things and playing character, but in my opinion is going to need to get stronger and develop a second (counter) move as a pass rusher. He's going to play a very long time. Kraig Urbik, is another tough, physical inside player with a chance to play early. Mike Wallace can flat out fly and with further skill development could develop into a strong vertical threat in the near future. Both corners (Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett) are skilled performers who should contribute in back up roles. I like Lewis' size and speed, but is going to need work in off coverage (pressed almost exclusively at Oregon State). He can't be faulted for this, but I really didn't like the the side pedal that Central Florida employs in their secondary. I really didn't like the way he played the run. I thought he struggled to get off blocks, and was not explosive on contact. The best area of his game appears to be as a punt return man. I liked his confidence fielding punts in traffic. I particularly liked his first step quicks and instincts in this area. Frank Summers is an inside hammer, who could surprise. He a downhill runner who was particularly effective on short yardage and red zone situations. A. Q. Shipley kind of grew on me as his season progressed, but what really scares me about the undersized center prospect was his lack of lower body strength and short arms (29"). I'm not as concerned with his arm length on pass protection or as a run blocker at close quarters, but rather his ability to get the ball up on center snaps.

BEST IN 3 YEARS: Kraig Urbik
OVERRATED: Joe Burnett
UNDERRATED: Mike Wallace
PROJECT: Ra'Shon Harris
BEST COLLEGE F.A.: Ramon Foster (OT)

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