Total Grade (Six Classes): C
Maurkice Pouncey / First Round / 2010
First-round picks don't usually qualify, but Pouncey has helped solidify a once pathetic offensive line.
Antonio Brown / Sixth Round / 2010
Last year's team MVP looks to become a staple in the Steelers offense for years.
Mike Wallace / Third Round / 2009
Although his time may be up in Pittsburgh, Wallace was still electric to watch while here.
Limas Sweed / Second Round / 2008
Absolute definition of a bust.
Rashard Mendenhall / First Round / 2008
The sheer talent Mendenhall was taken over (Rice, Forte, J. Charles, Chris Johnson) is sickening.
Matt Spaeth / Third Round / 2007
Spaeth spent four years in Pittsburgh never catching more than 17 balls in a season. Steelers passed up DE Brandon Mebane and OG Marshal Yanda to take Spaeth.
Looking back on it all now, Tomlin and the organization have been just average drafters since the coach took over in 2007, possibly accounting for the mediocre record today.
Tomlin's first few years were led by guys who were here before he arrived in the Steel City, and now the fate of the team rests on how his players transition and develop into the NFL.
So far, it hasn't been an easy go.
But looking at a class like 2010 provides hope. Tomlin and the Steelers nailed the draft two years ago and may have another great class in the making this season. But drafts like 2008 and 2011 cannot become commonplace in the city, or the Steelers could be looking at a bleak future.
Some of the blame obviously has to fall on Kevin Colbert, general manager of the Steelers since 2000. Colbert has been part of three Super Bowl teams, bringing two rings to the city, and has brought in some serious talent. But of late, the combination between the two hasn't worked.
It also hasn't just been the drafting that has plagued the Steelers. A lot of the guys Pittsburgh takes come in with serious talent; they just haven't translated to the NFL game. That also falls on the coaches, who have failed to transition their players into the pro game.
Personally, I've got faith that Tomlin and Colbert can get the ship righted because being a middle-of-the-road drafting/developing team is not going to get it done.