The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team in transition and will be more dependent on their young, developing players in 2012.
Several key players for their team this season come from the 2009 draft. These players have finally come into their own after three years and will fill prominent roles this fall.
Looking back on the 2009 draft, Pittsburgh had four players play significant roles in their lineup last season, including two starters.
The players that remain from this draft will be a part of the new foundation of the Steelers with the recent releases of Hines Ward, James Farrior and Aaron Smith.
However, Pittsburgh may have been in a better situation this year if more players had been able to stay on the roster, even as backups.
Here is a look back on the 2009 draft and where these players grade out after three seasons.