Originally written March 19, 2013 on SteelerAddicts:
To the casual fan, it might not seem like a big deal that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been awarded a compensatory sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, as Pro Football Talk reports. However, in analyzing the round-by-round value of the last 12 Steelers drafts, we were reminded that Antonio Brown and Chris Kemoeatu were sixth-round picks. So, really, how can you not be excited about an extra sixth-round draft pick? So what did we learn in this 12-part series in which the Steelers’ grades ranged from A-plus to F? The purpose of this analysis wasn’t necessarily to grade the Steelers drafts straight up but to grade the Steelers’ ability to find the appropriate value in each round. All eyes are on the Steelers’ first-round pick, No. 17 overall, in the 2013 draft. It will be a crucial pick for the Steelers if they choose to keep it. It’s their highest first-round pick since they had the No. 15 selection in 2007. But winning teams aren’t built on first-round picks alone. The Steelers ha...
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