The 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers roster included players from each of the last 13 NFL drafts.
Casey Hampton was drafted in 2001. Larry Foote and Brett Keisel were drafted in 2002.
Even the 2000 draft was represented when first-round pick Plaxico Burress rejoined the Steelers. The benefit of that class essentially was tapped out, however, when left tackle Marvel Smith was injured in Week 5 of the 2008 season.
Before the Steelers show Hampton and/or Foote the door, let’s start our analysis of the Steelers’ draft value with 2001. The Steelers made the playoffs that year after a three-year absence, and playoff appearances have been the standard in Pittsburgh every year since. That, as well as the opening of Heinz Field, makes 2001 a turning point in Steelers history.
For an explanation of the system used in this series, click here.
Casey Hampton, NT: Hampton made five Pro Bowls and has been a regular starter throughout his career. The only season he missed more than ...