Steelers Steals: List Of Colbert's Top 10 Mid To Late Round Draft Gems

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Steelers Steals: List Of Colbert's Top 10 Mid To Late Round Draft Gems
Kevin Colbert has a knack for finding big time contributors late in the draft

When Kevin Colbert was hired by the Steelers as Director of Football Operations back in 2000, it had to have been the once in a lifetime dream job for him. Having grown up attending nearby North Catholic High School and going to college at Robert Morris University, he was a Pittsburgh guy thru and thru. While most people never get the opportunity to land their dream job, even fewer succeed at it as well as Colbert has. In his ten years as GM, he has made a living of hitting nothing but home runs in the first round of the draft. Currently, only three first round picks he has made do not play for Pittsburgh any longer: The injury-prone Kendall Simmons, and the trouble-making Plaxico Burress(who had productive years for the Steelers and would not be considered a busted pick), and Santonio Holmes, who plays for the Jets. But where Colbert has really made his niche is finding key contributors in the middle to later rounds of the draft, or off the waiver wire. In this modern era of free agency, Kevin Colbert gives the team a throwback look akin to the Steelers of the 70's, who won four Super Bowls with virtually nothing else other than self-drafted, homegrown talent. The win on Sunday over the New York Jets, a team half-comprised of off-season acquisitions via trades and big name free agents, felt a little more sweeter because of that. Here is a list of the top ten mid to late draft choices of Kevin Colbert, with the third round being the virtual line in the sand. Argument can be made as to what is middle or what is late, and although no pick in any round is a "lock", I think any great contributor after the second round is a steal. Players signed as un-drafted free agents also count, as they are merely just draft picks after the actual draft has ended. 

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