This draft was arguably the most important one for the Steelers in the last 10 years. With so many veterans either already gone or likely to be in the next two years or so, replenishing the roster with quality starters and solid depth was paramount this year. Equally important is the 2nd year players, draftees from last year, who will need to step up and take on a bigger role. For now though we’ll focus on the grades for the Steelers for 2012.
It should go without saying but we’ll say it anyway, you never know how a draft pick will pan out. Sometimes they exceed expectations, sometimes they fall flat on their face. For the purposes of our grading we’ll go with their performance in college and projections based on the Steelers need, and the overall consensus of the Steelers and other draft experts around the league.
So let’s take a look at the team faired the last 3 days.
Round 1 – 24th Overall – David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: This was the steal of the first round, no question about i...