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Let's hop into the DeLorean with Marty McFly and take a look at how history would have been different if the Steelers could go back in time and make the aforementioned picks in the 2008 NFL draft.
We've gone over how with Andy Studebaker on their side, the Steelers would have won in Kansas City, finished 10-6 instead of 9-7 and made the playoffs.
In reality, the Ravens were the No. 6 seed in the playoffs and traveled to New England. On the first play from scrimmage, Ray Rice ran for an 83-yard touchdown, the Ravens jumped out to a 24-0 first-quarter lead and won 33-14.
In our alternate reality, Rice is a second-round pick for the Steelers. The Steelers would have been the No. 5 seed in the playoffs, so they wouldn't have gone to New England, and Rice wouldn't have had that defense to gouge for 83 yards on the game's opening play.
Instead, the Steelers would have gone to Cincinnati, who hasn't won a playoff game since 1990. They probably could have handled the Bengals and advanced.
Because they made the playoffs in 2009, the Steelers don't have a later pick in the 2010 NFL draft and don't get Maurkice Pouncey. The Steelers still go to Super Bowl XLV, though, because, in reality, Pouncey missed most of the AFC Championship Game.
Even with Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 32 times in the 12 games he played in 2010.
In our alternate-reality Super Bowl XLV, the Steelers don't have Rashard Mendenhall to fumble in the fourth quarter and kill their momentum when they're 33 yards away from taking the lead.
In reality, Mendenhall also fumbled in the Steelers' 31-24 win over the Ravens in the AFC Divisional Playoff game. So did Rice. So having Rice instead of Mendenhall in that game would have been a wash for the Steelers.
Rice opened the 2011 season with a 36-yard run, setting the tone for the Ravens' 35-7 romp of the Steelers in Baltimore.
Had the Steelers picked Rice instead of Limas Sweed in the 2008 draft, maybe he does that to the Ravens, and the Steelers win that game. That would have given them a 13-3 record and the Ravens an 11-5 record.
The Steelers would have not only won the AFC North, but had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Their victory over the 13-3 Patriots would have given them the tiebreaker.
So instead of going to Denver and having their defense shredded by Tim Tebow, the Steelers would have had a first-round bye, had a week to heal from their injuries and awaited Tebow in Pittsburgh.
It's doubtful things would have worked out the same way for Tebow.
The Steelers won the Super Bowl in 2008 because they didn't need much help from their 2008 draft class.
However, an argument can be made that one bad draft cost them a playoff berth in 2009, a Super Bowl victory in 2010 and home-field advantage in the 2011 playoffs.
If the Steelers didn't get it right in 2012, get ready for more disappointments.