Former Steelers quarterback Dick Shiner was a 20th round draft pick.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 Draft Grade: B+

The Steelers traded their first round pick for Minkah Fitzpatrick who looks like the next Troy Polamalu.  In the second round they plucked WR Chase Claypool.  Every other year they take a 2nd/3rd round wide receiver and they've turned that into Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster.  Claypool should be the next in line.  He's a star in waiting with tight end size but wide receiver speed.   Alex Highsmith was a great third round pick.  He had otherworldy stats and tested well at the Combine.  We're not sure why he wasn't drafted a round earlier.  Maryland running back Anthony Mcfarland has break away speed and shoudl slot in as a third down back as a rookie.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 NFL Draft Grade: C

After the Combine, we thought we were going to have a first round grade on Terrell Edmunds.  Then we watched his film.  Terrell, like his brother but even more so, has a tendency to misdiagnose plays.  In the front seven you can occasionally get away with it because there are safeties behind you.  But when you're the safety and you're misdiagnosing, it's a whole nother ballgame.  We're not sure the Steelers will ever be able to trust him as a starter.  James Washington was a nice value pick who should see the field as a WR3 as a rookie.  We really like the Mason Rudolph pick as he has a lot of Big Ben characteristics.  Marcus Allen could be a sub-package hybrid and Jaylen Samuels is a Swiss Army knife type who could eventually become a fan favorite and important role player.  With all of that though, we don't see an obvious 2018 starter and that's a concern.  

Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 Draft Grade: B

None of the Steelers first five picks were tremendous values, but none were reaches either.  We had first rounder T.J. Watt ranked as the 30th player and he went 30th to the Steelers.  The same could be said for second rounder Juju Smith-Schuster and third rounders,  CB Cam Sutton and RB James Connor. We had them all ranked about where they were selected. Joshua Dobbs is a nice developmental pick in the fourth round as Big Ben could bail if the Steelers don't make a playoff run in 2017.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 Draft Grade: C

The good news is that the Steelers finally drafted some positions of need in the secondary, but the bad news is that there were better players available than CB Artie Burns and S Sean Davis. Their pick of DT Javon Hargrave, who we have ranked as a top 20 player, in the third round salvaged the draft. OT Jerald Hawkins and LB Travis Feeney have the physical characteristics to be starters but they will need to be coached up.


The Steelers had great picks throughout the draft, with the notable exception of their first round pick.  It's becoming a running joke that the Steelers take a linebacker in the first round almost every year.  We don't think Bud Dupree is a first round talent and with the Steelers needing defensive tackles, how could they pass on Malcom Brown?   After Dupree, however, they hit on Senquez Golson and Doran Grant, one of whom will be lining up as a starter on opening day.  Wide receiver Sammie Coates and tight end Jesse James add huge targets for Big Ben, and we think 6th round defensive end Anthony Chickillo was undervalued.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Whomever wins the C/G battle between Auburn's Reese Dismukes and Kansas's B.J. Finney.


Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Draft Grade: B+

The Steelers major needs were in the defensive backfield, the offensive line and at wide receiver, so naturally they selected a linebacker with their first pick.  Linebacker, their position of strength.  They do it almost every year and they routinely produce a top ten defenseRyan Shazier is a potential superstar and if Jarvis Jones develops good luck cracking that defense even with a sub-par secondary.  Second round DE Stephon Tuitt is loaded with potential if the Steelers can somehow squeeze it out of him. We liked the picks of explosive wideouts Dri Archer and Martavis Bryant in the 3rd and 4th rounds.  The Steelers needed a speed infusion.  5th round offensive lineman Wesley Johnson can play all five positions on the line but he needs to add a few pounds in order to contribute.

UDFA most likely to make the team: Josh Mauro- DE, Stanford