Pittsburgh Steelers: Grading the 2008 Draft

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Grading the 2008 Draft
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The Pittsburgh Steelers rarely enter a draft looking to add immediate impact players. Instead, they let their draftees develop behind a veteran presence for a year or two.

The drafting and development pattern established by the Steelers has worked well, helping them to three Super Bowl appearances, including two championships, since 2005.

However, even the Steelers are not without their faults.

Enter the 2008 draft. Pittsburgh had a disappointing home playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and needed to add some pieces to take the next step to a title.

Pittsburgh achieved the title, but it was without much help from the draft. Now three years later the Steelers have an aging roster in need of youth at key positions. Parts of these issues are a direct result from the lack of success in the 2008 draft.

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