There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2013 draft.
Jarvis Jones could make opposing quarterbacks fear the Steelers again.
Le’Veon Bell could be the Steelers’ first iconic running back since Jerome Bettis.
Markus Wheaton could be Mike Wallace with a brain.
Shamarko Thomas could fly all over the field and make plays.
That’s a lot of “could”s.
Was this really a good draft for the black and gold, or is it just fool’s gold?
The 2013 season will go a long way toward answering that question.
Grading a draft before any of the players put on pads is like asking a 5-year-old to write a college application essay. However, it should be evident in the first year if a draft will have any impact.
The Steelers’ 2011 and 2012 draft classes are still in wait-and-see mode. David DeCastro and Mike Adams, the first- and second-rounders in 2012, showed some promise but combined to play in just 14 games because of injuries. Fourth-rounder Alameda Ta’amu didn’t dress for a...