Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 NFL Draft: Pick-by-Pick Analysis with Grades

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 NFL Draft: Pick-by-Pick Analysis with Grades
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The Steelers tapped the University of Florida in the draft for the third straight year.

The 2012 NFL draft is in the books.

With the Rockettes back on the stage at Radio City Music Hall, it's time to grade the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2012 draft.

Is it more like 1974, when the Steelers landed Hall of Famers Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster?

Or is it more like 2008, from which the only contributors remaining are Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Mundy?

Today's grade won't be set in stone. It will change when we see what the nine men the Steelers drafted can do on the field.

There will be a lot of things written in this article that will be laughed at in the years to come.

I might have asked what the Steelers were doing picking Antonio Brown in the sixth round of the 2010 draft when they already chose Emmanuel Sanders in the third round.

I couldn't wait to watch fullback Frank "The Tank" Summers bust open holes for Rashard Mendenhall after the Steelers chose him in the fifth round in 2009.

I figured David Johnson was a throwaway pick in the seventh round of that draft. The Steelers didn't need a tight end. He'll never see the field.

I thought red zone problems would be a thing of the past with Limas Sweed towering over defenders to pluck down Ben Roethlisberger passes in the end zone.

Before any of the players have put on a uniform, it's silly to grade a draft.

With that in mind, let's grade this Steelers draft.

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