Originally written June 24, 2013 on Football Nation:
No matter what decade or who is the team’s head coach, the one thing the Pittsburgh Steelers have been able to do better than most of the teams in the NFL is scout talent and draft players.Whether it was the famed Draft of 1974 (Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster) or the 1987 Draft the produced Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh puts a premium of building its franchise through the Draft.This season is no different.Of the players drafted and signed as rookie free agents, head coach Mike Tomlin and his staff assembled a core of young players who could make this team and contribute. There are some who won’t make this team, but will be contributors with other franchises.This year, especially, is an important season for these Steelers. Age is now a factor. James Harrison is no long on the team. The running game must step forward and the receivers must attribute for the loss of Mike Wallace.As a group, this may be the most important rookie class in a decade and here are some...
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