Tomlin-Era Drafts Have Stunted Steelers' Growth

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Tomlin-Era Drafts Have Stunted Steelers' Growth
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The Steelers have a rich and bountiful history, especially when it comes to drafting and developing their own players. 

Experts always talk about the "Steeler Way" of building a team. That is, building the core of your team through the draft and filling out some role positions via free agency. The Steelers are never going to make a big splash, but they've hardly ever been among the league's worst. 

But since Mike Tomlin took over the organization in 2007, Pittsburgh seems to have lost a step in terms of their player evaluation. Taking players that don't fit their system or just don't seem to ever develop has become a little more common than most would like. 

That has had a direct effect on the lack of success the team has seen recently. 

Now sitting at a record of 7-7 and playing for their playoff lives, let's take a look back at some of Tomlin's drafts and where it all went awry. 

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