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After having Rashard Mendenhall surprisingly fall to them in the first round of the 2008 draft, the Steelers appeared to strike gold again when Limas Sweed dropped to them in the second round.
Pittsburgh appeared to have two young and talented offensive weapons for Ben Roethlisberger.
Sweed had the size and speed that teams crave in its receivers and was able to create separation from defensive backs. What more could you ask for?
How about that Sweed could catch the ball. He could not do the most fundamental, but important job for a wide receiver.
Whether it was concentration or some other mental block, Sweed could not make a catch.
In his first two seasons with Pittsburgh, Sweed dressed for 20 games and made only seven receptions. He spent the entire 2010 season on the injured reserve.
Sweed’s defining moment in his NFL career came in his rookie season during the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.
With a chance to put the game away, all Sweed had to do was haul in a deep pass in which he was wide open. It would have resulted in a touchdown.
But Sweed dropped the ball and then on top of it, faked an injury because of the embarrassment, costing the team a time out.
To his credit, Sweed came back later in the game to make a devastating block.
Overall, Sweed has been one of the most disappointing draft selections that the Steelers have had in recent memory, but he still remains on the roster and is on the final year of his contract.