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Seventh, 234th: Kevin Koger, TE, Michigan
I’m not really keen on a tight end in the draft. There’s no real need unless the team is considering moving on without the promising but suspended Weslye Saunders.
I do think Koger is a decent pick. I just don’t think he fills any kind of need for the Steelers, who still could use a back-up quarterback and a running back.
Pick Grade: C-
Seventh, 243rd: Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri
Why not get some more defensive line depth? I’d rather see them take a second defensive tackle here, but I can’t really argue about anything in Round 7.
Smith is as good as any pick here, and he seems like a guy who could develop the same way Brett Keisel did when he was taken in this round.
Pick Grade: B
Seventh, 249th: Josh LeRibeus, OG, Southern Methodist
I love the fact that they’re giving multiple picks to the offensive line this year. The Steelers need to really address the depth along the line. An offensive tackle would be good here, but any depth consideration is successful.
LeRibeus would be a good fit in this system and should be able to develop within a few years into a solid player. At worst, I’d say he’s a back-up guard on either side of the line.
Pick Grade: B+
Seventh, 251st: Derrick Shelby, DE, Utah
I do not at all like another defensive end. That would be three defensive linemen in one draft. While the Steelers routinely move in that kind of direction, addressing one position, there is nothing that indicates that amount of need.
The Steelers would be much better served with running back or quarterback here. Not getting one at all is inexcusable.
Pick Grade: D