2011 NFL Draft Grades: The Pittsburgh Steelers Get Great Value out of Draft
Cameron Heyward, Marcus Gilbert Top Another Good Draft
The Pittsburgh Steelers did not get Mike Pouncey, but they still got a bunch of good players. Cameron Heyward is going to terrorize the AFC North for years, and Marcus Gilbert will help solidify a Swiss cheese offensive line.
The story coming out right before the draft was the Steelers would be interested in trying to trade up to grab Pouncey and reunite him with his brother if Mike slid past Miami. Then Miami drafted Mike and it was on to plan B.
Plan B simply was hold their ground and take the best player available. Cameron Heyward was that player, and it was a great pickup for the Steelers.
The second round brought an offensive lineman, Marcus Gilbert, who probably will be starting in Week One.
The Steelers waited until the third round to grab a cornerback, Curtis Brown, and he fills a position of need.
Running back Baron Batch was a late-round pickup, and given the Steelers history with running backs, there is no reason to think he will not see some playing time in 2011.
The Steelers grabbed a great group of players and made themselves even better. The Steelers fell just short of another Super Bowl victory this past February, but with the additions the Steelers made, they have a very good chance of winning it in 2011.
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