Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
It’s generally known that you can’t judge a draft class until five years down the road to give players time to develop.
Well I think we all know by now that the 2008 draft was a complete and abject failure for the Steelers, with zero players remaining on the roster.
I was one of those people who loved the promise the class had for the Steelers, with Rashard Mendenhall and Limas Sweed seemingly dropping right into the teams lap.
The first three rounds went like this:
Rashard Mendenhall — First Round (23rd Overall)
Rashard gave the Steelers a few really good seasons as the starting running back but got injured and left when he got the opportunity this offseason.
Limas Sweed — Secound Round (53rd Overall)
Sweed had one good block in his career; however, he forgot that to play receiver you needed to actually catch passes.
Bruce Davis — Third Round (88th Overall)
Does anyone even really remember Bruce Davis was on the roster for one season?
There were some other players the Steelers would've much rather selected in hindsight:
Brandon Flowers, CB (35th Overall), Ray Rice, RB (55th Overall), Matt Forte (44th Overall), Jamaal Charles, RB (73rd Overall)
Just like I didn’t list the entire draft class, I only looked at players that were taken in the first three rounds in 2008. With Mendenhall not lasting as long as we all would have liked, it’s tough to see all of the top running backs that actually went in the second and third round.
Draft results from Mynfldraft.com.