Pittsburgh Steelers: 2008 NFL Draft Do-over with Analysis

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Pittsburgh Steelers: 2008 NFL Draft Do-over with Analysis
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The Steelers chose Rashard Mendenhall with the No. 23 pick in the 2008 NFL draft.

How is it that the 2012 NFL draft, which looks like a good one for the Pittsburgh Steelers, reminds us of the 2008 draft, their worst of the past decade?

The Steelers' 2012 and 2008 drafts are similar in a couple of ways.

Both times, the Steelers were coming off wild-card playoff losses, which is why they picked in a similar position. They were in the No. 23 spot in 2008 and the No. 24 spot this year.

Both times, a player projected to go somewhere between No. 10 and No. 15 slid to the Steelers.

In 2008, it was Rashard Mendenhall. This year, it was David DeCastro.

Like DeCastro this year, Mendenhall seemed like a steal in 2008.

While it's too early to grade the Steelers' 2012 draft, it's not too early to slap a "C-minus" on the Steelers' 2008 draft.

That grade could improve if Mendenhall comes back from his ACL injury and contributes next season. But according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it's likely that we've seen the last of Mendenhall in a Steelers uniform.

If that's the case, then the Steelers' 2008 draft would have essentially yielded a running back who had a couple of decent seasons and a backup safety in Ryan Mundy.

Let's take a look at who the Steelers would pick if they could do it over again, as well as how the last three seasons would have been different.

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