In the 2009 draft, both director of operations Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin were excited about their first round, 32nd overall pick, Evander "Ziggy" Hood. The 6'2", 300 pound defensive linesman is Steelers material.
In an interview with head coach Mike Tomlin, he had said, "You don't find many of these body types. We are comfortable with his capability of playing five techniques in a 3-4 defense."
While they picked a defensive linesman in the first round, they traded their second round pick for two third picks.
Among those picked in the third round were corner back Keenan Lewis from Oregon State, a 6'0", 208 pound terror who was picked 96th overall. They got Mike Wallace, wide receiver, at 6'0", 199 pounds from Mississippi, who was picked 84th overall. Also in the third round, the 79th overall pick, is a guard, Kraig Urbik, a 6'5", 323 pound pure destructive force from Madison, Wisconsin.
For the fifth round choices, we have full back Frank Summers, a 5'10", 230 pound speed demon from Las Vegas, Nevada. Then, we have a promising pick, Joe Burnett, a corner back from UCF. He comes in at 5'9", 192 pounds and the 168th pick overall.
When it came down to the sixth round pick, they didn't have to think long about their decision. They picked 6'2", 298 pound defensive end Ra'Shon Harris from Oregon.
For their seventh round, 241st overall pick, they got Davis Johnson from Arkansas, a 6'2", 260 pound tight end.
Overall, it looks like the Steel Nation is on the right track with their draft picks for 2009. They have covered most of the positions that were giving them trouble.
I'm glad to see the power drafted both for offense and defense. With the addition of this year's draft, we should make it to the Super Bowl.
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