Now that the 2014 NFL draft is over, and we’ve all had a little time to digest the picks, it is that time. What time you say? Time to completely second-guess the Pittsburgh Steelers’ front office. I kid of course, but no matter how loyal you are: If you don’t partake in a little hindsight, you are doing it wrong.
So, for this little exercise we are going to have ourselves a good old-fashioned redraft. Same picks, and the same cumulative positions. The Steelers original picks are below:
- Round 1, Pick 15: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
- Round 2, Pick 46: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
- Round 3, Pick 97: Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
- Round 4, Pick 118: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
- Round 5, Pick 157: Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
- Round 5, Pick 173: Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt
- Round 6, Pick 192: Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
- Round 6, Pick 215: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
- Round 7, Pick 230: Rob Blanchflower, TE, UMass
This time around, the splits will remain the same, but the names will change. Probably should rephrase that and say "some" of the names will change. When you consider value of the pick, and value of the available players, several of these picks really were the best option.
Nevertheless, there were some spots where it looks like the Steelers could have gotten better value for their picks. Let’s take a look and see what we find.
All draft data courtesy of the NFL draft page.