The Pittsburgh Steelers will need some help from their 2011 NFL Draft class if they want to avoid a second straight season that ends in December.
It will be a few years before the value grade for this draft is set in stone. Six of the seven players chosen are still with the Steelers.
If some of these players tap their upside, this draft could help the Steelers regain their status as perennial Super Bowl contenders.
If these players have reached their plateau, however, this could be the Steelers’ worst draft since 1996, not just in terms of value but overall. That hunk of junk was a factor in the Steelers’ three-year playoff drought from 1998 to 2000.
In terms of round-by-round value, this is the ideal draft to apply our formula (click here). It’s the only one in which the Steelers have had one pick in each of the seven rounds.
Cameron Heyward, DE: Drafting the son of former University of Pittsburgh star Craig “Ironhead” Heyward provided a sentimental consolation for Pit...