- In a word, not much.
- Real evaluations of the Steelers 2014 Draft begin this summer at St. Vincents, and will continue for several years.
Colbert and Tomlin Stick to Their Playbook
Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin devised their own draft plan and then told no one about. Everyone expected the Steelers to go for corners and wide outs early in the draft, if not early and often.
- Colbert and Tomlin had other plans, which surprised almost everyone, although it shouldn’t.
- Something similar may have happened here.
- This follows in keeping with past observations that Colbert and Tomlin do not make personnel decisions out of fear.
Of Size and Speed and the Steelers
One of the things that stuck out during the Seahawks Super Bowl win was how incredibly fast they were.
Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert took note, taking the fastest linebacker in the draft in Shazier, and the fastest man in the draft in Dri Archer. Likewise, defensive end Stephon Tuitt is fast for his position, if tapes are any guide.
- But the Steelers didn’t totally sell out on speed.
Steelers 2014 Draft Class at a Glance
Here's a snap shot of the Steelers 2014 Draft Class:
For those longing to delve into more detail, click on the player’s highlighted name for a brief profile and bio:
- 1st round, Ryan Shazier, inside linebacker, Ohio State University
- 2nd round, Stephon Tuitt, defensive end, Notre Dame
- 3rd round, compensatory, Dri Archer, running back, Kent State
- 4th round, Martavis Bryant, wide receiver, Clemson
- 5th round, Shaquille Richardson, cornerback, Arizona
- 5th round, compensatory, Wesley Johnson, offensive line, Vanderbilt
- 6th round, Jordan Zumwalt, linebacker, UCLA
- 6th round compensatory, Dan McCullers, nose tackle, Tennessee
- 7th round, Rob Blanchflower, tight end, UMASS
Some of these men will fail. That’s the simple reality of it.
- But now is not the time to harp on that, nor should it be.
As we welcome the Steeles 2014 draft class to Pittsburgh and Steelers Nation, it is our sincere wish that as many of them succeed as possible.