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flippy
04-26-2009, 07:45 PM
WooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOO!

We got some big boys, some skill players, athletes, and football players....

THere's a player in there for everyone to love.

If you like speed from the combine, playmakers on the field, potential, etc, there's a player for everyone.

This was a really well rounded draft.

And the best value picks just might be the CBs imho.

Mister Pittsburgh
04-26-2009, 07:56 PM
Seems like we added some depth/ development guys in areas we needed to and the CB and WR picks might be able to contribute sooner rather than later. Who knows, Aaron Smith or Keisel goes down and Hood might get some playing time.

I think the Summers pick might allow them to release Carey Davis so he could fill in as the FB and short yardage/goalline RB.

Overall pretty enthused about who we got.

BATMAN
04-26-2009, 07:59 PM
I'm not going to knock this draft with the track record our front office has had.


I do like the idea of upgrading Carey Davis.

Eddie Spaghetti
04-26-2009, 08:00 PM
looks very solid.

high character guys too.

i love it.

Steelerphile
04-26-2009, 08:14 PM
I think they addressed their needs extremely well. They got some bonafide good prospects on the O-Line and D-line.

They addressed their lack of return specialists by drafting two players who have return ability. Drafted a prospect who very possibly will be an upgrade to Carey Davis. I think they needed to bolster the secondary with McFadden's departure. Townsend is getting older and even though I like William Gay for his headiness, he is not exactly your prototype big physical corner. It still remains to be seen if he is very effective as a full-time player.

I know most people think Ryan Clark is very good, but I think they need to start grooming someone as his successor also.

They left alone LB, TE, QB, Punter, they don't need those positions at all. So when the whiners start with the predictable "they don't get this draft" junk. I really don't get them because I think this was very well conceived and executed. Now if remains to be seen how good the talent is.

Because some guy who thinks Roethlisberger, Timmons and Nate are all bad players, says the prospects are weak, means zero from my point of view. His evaluation skills are below average.

In the final analysis, I trust only my own eyes, but I like to listen to people who try to be fair and have demonstrated credility. That includes a few people on the message boards but not many.

The talent evaluation ability of Tomlin and Steeler brain-trust seems very good to me. So I feel confident that some of these guys will be solid contributors at least.

feelthesteel
04-26-2009, 08:16 PM
i like it overall
of course we all wish we upgraded the O line more.
but HOOD looks mean.
DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS....

And we got the TANK.. :Cheers :Cheers :Cheers :Cheers :Cheers :Cheers

oh and perhaps a game breaker on ST.

steelcityrules!!
04-26-2009, 08:33 PM
guys, we picked LAST in most rounds.
-we got a big, mean, penetrating Dlineman (from what she says anyways) who is humble and a tireless worker.
-one of the highest rated OG's in the third, who will upgrade our running game at the very least
-as someone stated before, excellent value and depth at corner, with lots of true ball players to compete at camp
-an absolute panzer tank to shore up the goal-line issues we have been having. If this kid can't punch it in, there are more issues than the guy toting the rock.
-the hometown favorite at center, many on the board wanted him somewhere between rounds 4-6... the rimington award winning center, in the 7th round.

throw in a project Dlineman for depth/camp work and what do you have?

the F-ing superbowl champs... the wealthiest of the wealthy... getting richer.

I'm usually salty about a few picks in the draft, but honestly this thing played out better in my eyes than I expected.

Early report from SCR's is an A

:Clap

decleater
04-26-2009, 08:39 PM
Great draft and we didn't sell the farm to buy the horses!

phillyesq
04-26-2009, 08:56 PM
I'm very pleased with this draft. There are usually a few picks that really leave me scratching my head. Aside from the FB/TE in the 7th, there were none of those picks in this draft. They addressed all of their needs, got some immediate contributors as well as some developmental guys. I'm very happy.

stlrz d
04-26-2009, 09:31 PM
I'm as pleased as punch...or as some would say, kool aid.

I think we addressed a lot of needs and I like what I'm reading about these guys.

Oviedo
04-26-2009, 09:35 PM
Another solid job. Three straight solid drafts in the three post-Cowher year. That is no accident.

Of course we will have the internet talent evaluators trying to find fault but we got a player for every need we had and most important we got good players.

papillon
04-26-2009, 09:46 PM
Now, hopefully, Kevin Colbert's second day draft woes will be put to rest by some of these guys. Lets check back in 3 years and see how they're doing and who they're doing it for.

Pappy

Northern_Blitz
04-26-2009, 10:22 PM
Now, hopefully, Kevin Colbert's second day draft woes will be put to rest by some of these guys. Lets check back in 3 years and see how they're doing and who they're doing it for.

Pappy

I think that Colbert gets a bad rap for his 2nd day picks. There are 2 reasons why these guys don't make the team:

1) We have strong deep teams. There aren't too many spots open.

2) We've been excellent at picking up UDFAs. These guys take the spots of those late day picks (or starters at say RB or OLB).

Djfan
04-26-2009, 10:30 PM
Aside from the FB/TE in the 7th, there were none of those picks in this draft.

It seems reasonable to think that he will play as a FB.

AngryAsian
04-26-2009, 10:38 PM
Depth, Depth, Depth.

This draft was all encompassing. We shored up areas of deficiency and have drafted some really high character guys (worthy to wear the uniform). I love the big/uglies and glad that it extended down to the RB/FB position. The skilled players on the outside on both sides of the ball I think were the best value for the rounds we chose them in. I really anticipate a very competitive camp. Another great day for the good guys in Black and Gold.

Lebsteel
04-26-2009, 10:47 PM
At first I was disappointed when the Stains took Mack, but when we got Hood, I was very excited. I didn't think he would still be on the board. IMO we got at least four future starters (Hood, Urbik, Summers, and Shipley and added some great depth and Special Team players). All in all, I think it was a great draft for the Steelers!

NorthCoast
04-26-2009, 10:58 PM
While I agree they seemed to hit every need, NO ONE can tell how things might pan out lest we forget the 2006 draft and names like Anthony Smith, Orien Harris, Charles Davis, Willie Reid, Omar Jacobs, and Cedric Humes. We cannot afford to 'miss' that many times on this draft and still maintain a competitive team. We are fortunate enough to be drafting for depth rather than need for most positions so it only makes sense that we would select BPAs.

Pumped for TC to start....

SteelStallion
04-26-2009, 10:59 PM
I followed the draft with pleasure. I also enjoyed reading the draft info on this board so thanks everybody who participated. In short I also thought they had a great draft. In a year where one might think they have too many picks because it's a superbowl team with a lot of veteran contracts turning over, and very tight cap and all these picks can't possibly make the team, they make every pick count with high quality, high character, interesting athletes who should make training camp very interesting and hopefully help the team.

MeetJoeGreene
04-26-2009, 11:00 PM
I feel better that we got Shipley in the 7th.

But I don't love the draft.

I was really hoping for an OT.

I was hoping for 2 OL and 2 DL (including an NT) with the first 4 picks.

I really think we needed that.

steelernation77
04-26-2009, 11:02 PM
I feel better that we got Shipley in the 7th.

But I don't love the draft.

I was really hoping for an OT.

I was hoping for 2 OL and 2 DL (including an NT) with the first 4 picks.

I really think we needed that.

We all hope for certain things but it matters where the value was. There wasn't really any good value for NTs when we picked.

papillon
04-26-2009, 11:04 PM
I feel better that we got Shipley in the 7th.

But I don't love the draft.

I was really hoping for an OT.

I was hoping for 2 OL and 2 DL (including an NT) with the first 4 picks.

I really think we needed that.

Okay Dr. Gloom you can come off the ledge now. The draft is over the Steelers did some good things for depth and the future. You can only do so much in one draft. Hey, WTF, they drafted a PSU guy just for you PSU homers to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. :moon :P

Pappy

Oviedo
04-27-2009, 07:45 AM
I feel better that we got Shipley in the 7th.

But I don't love the draft.

I was really hoping for an OT.

I was hoping for 2 OL and 2 DL (including an NT) with the first 4 picks.

I really think we needed that.

Okay Dr. Gloom you can come off the ledge now. The draft is over the Steelers did some good things for depth and the future. You can only do so much in one draft. Hey, WTF, they drafted a PSU guy just for you PSU homers to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. :moon :P

Pappy
We don't know what we don't know and I choose to look at the glass as half full. It was a solid draft picking as late as we did. I think the fact they did not grab an OT probably means that Tony Hills is coming around and the staff is pleased with what they see.

The Colbert/Tomlin team has delivered three solid drafts in a row picking low pretty much every year.

papillon
04-27-2009, 08:33 AM
I feel better that we got Shipley in the 7th.

But I don't love the draft.

I was really hoping for an OT.

I was hoping for 2 OL and 2 DL (including an NT) with the first 4 picks.

I really think we needed that.

Okay Dr. Gloom you can come off the ledge now. The draft is over the Steelers did some good things for depth and the future. You can only do so much in one draft. Hey, WTF, they drafted a PSU guy just for you PSU homers to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. :moon :P

Pappy
We don't know what we don't know and I choose to look at the glass as half full. It was a solid draft picking as late as we did. I think the fact they did not grab an OT probably means that Tony Hills is coming around and the staff is pleased with what they see.

The Colbert/Tomlin team has delivered three solid drafts in a row picking low pretty much every year.

My only concern is that the solid drafts are all because of first day picks and this year we only had one. The modus operandi of missing second day picks will really hurt if that were to come fruition as in the past. The positions and value drafted this year really set up nicely; now it's up to the players to make the FO look like geniuses.

Papillon

Oviedo
04-27-2009, 08:43 AM
I feel better that we got Shipley in the 7th.

But I don't love the draft.

I was really hoping for an OT.

I was hoping for 2 OL and 2 DL (including an NT) with the first 4 picks.

I really think we needed that.

Okay Dr. Gloom you can come off the ledge now. The draft is over the Steelers did some good things for depth and the future. You can only do so much in one draft. Hey, WTF, they drafted a PSU guy just for you PSU homers to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. :moon :P

Pappy
We don't know what we don't know and I choose to look at the glass as half full. It was a solid draft picking as late as we did. I think the fact they did not grab an OT probably means that Tony Hills is coming around and the staff is pleased with what they see.

The Colbert/Tomlin team has delivered three solid drafts in a row picking low pretty much every year.

My only concern is that the solid drafts are all because of first day picks and this year we only had one. The modus operandi of missing second day picks will really hurt if that were to come fruition as in the past. The positions and value drafted this year really set up nicely; now it's up to the players to make the FO look like geniuses.

Papillon

Separate the drafts between Cowher drafts and post-Cowher drafts. I think the Colbert/Tomlin brain trust has done as well as anyone on Day 2 selections and most of their picks turn out to be as good as anyone elses particularly when you factor in UDFAs.

I admit that when Cowher was running the show (and don't think he wasn't the final decision maker) they missed a lot on Day 2. Not so much the last three drafts.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
04-27-2009, 08:49 AM
Now, hopefully, Kevin Colbert's second day draft woes will be put to rest by some of these guys. Lets check back in 3 years and see how they're doing and who they're doing it for.

Pappy

I think that Colbert gets a bad rap for his 2nd day picks. There are 2 reasons why these guys don't make the team:

1) We have strong deep teams. There aren't too many spots open.

2) We've been excellent at picking up UDFAs. These guys take the spots of those late day picks (or starters at say RB or OLB).

3) We usually pick late every round. It is a lot easier to hit on guys at 1-5 than 25-32. Picking late also does not give you as much leverage to move around in the draft.

stlrz d
04-27-2009, 10:02 AM
I feel better that we got Shipley in the 7th.

But I don't love the draft.

I was really hoping for an OT.

I was hoping for 2 OL and 2 DL (including an NT) with the first 4 picks.

I really think we needed that.

Okay Dr. Gloom you can come off the ledge now. The draft is over the Steelers did some good things for depth and the future. You can only do so much in one draft. Hey, WTF, they drafted a PSU guy just for you PSU homers to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. :moon :P

Pappy
We don't know what we don't know and I choose to look at the glass as half full. It was a solid draft picking as late as we did. I think the fact they did not grab an OT probably means that Tony Hills is coming around and the staff is pleased with what they see.

The Colbert/Tomlin team has delivered three solid drafts in a row picking low pretty much every year.

My only concern is that the solid drafts are all because of first day picks and this year we only had one. The modus operandi of missing second day picks will really hurt if that were to come fruition as in the past. The positions and value drafted this year really set up nicely; now it's up to the players to make the FO look like geniuses.

Papillon

Keep in mind that rounds 1, 2 and 3 used to be on day one. Now only rounds 1 and 2 are on day one. :)

frankthetank1
04-27-2009, 11:08 AM
this draft couldnt of turned out better imo. they addressed every need except for OT, but they got so much value in every round even picking late. shipley in the 7th is amazing, i also loved summers, burnett and wallace. the trade to denver paid off big

BDESteel
04-27-2009, 11:37 AM
I like what I saw from this kid Burnette. looks like he could give immediate help with our return game. I can't wait for the season to start!

With a healthy Mendenhall and these new young bucks, no. 7 isn't far away! :tt1

Oviedo
04-27-2009, 11:40 AM
I like what I saw from this kid Burnette. looks like he could give immediate help with our return game. I can't wait for the season to start!

With a healthy Mendenhall and these new young bucks, no. 7 isn't far away! :tt1

You can never predict that you will be in the Super Bowl because a couple of injuries can totally derail a season but if we stay healthy you have to like our chances for being in the mix come play off time.

The FO did a great job augmenting our solid starting line up with some potentially key role polayers and developmental talent.

This is why we are in the play off mix year after year.

grotonsteel
04-27-2009, 12:21 PM
Steelers got solid players in this draft. The only disappointment i had from the draft was no OT taken even though they had a chance to draft one.

I am assuming FO thinks Tony Hills will take over Tackle position in a year or they can extend Max Starks.

BDESteel
04-27-2009, 12:36 PM
I like what I saw from this kid Burnette. looks like he could give immediate help with our return game. I can't wait for the season to start!

With a healthy Mendenhall and these new young bucks, no. 7 isn't far away! :tt1

You can never predict that you will be in the Super Bowl because a couple of injuries can totally derail a season but if we stay healthy you have to like our chances for being in the mix come play off time.

The FO did a great job augmenting our solid starting line up with some potentially key role polayers and developmental talent.

This is why we are in the play off mix year after year.

Agreed, it really is too early to start talking SB. I'm just being a highly optimistic fan.

I do think it was a good draft in that most of our soft spots were addressed. I think a good return game is more important than a stellar O-line. Field position is everything IMO.

pfelix73
04-27-2009, 12:37 PM
This was a superb draft performed by the FO. The first 4 or so picks were all at different positions and that's the way it needed to be.

Go Steelers

:tt1

papillon
04-27-2009, 03:20 PM
Wallace may shock some folks this year. I watched some of his combine workout. Physical gifts are off the charts; adjusted to the deep ball well and caught them over his shoulder, his double move wouldn't have fooled anyone, but, the Steelers know his route running is his achilles right now.

He only let one of the balls get into his chest and he handled the sideline toe tap at full speed very well. Appears to be able to control his body while running at top speed.

It should be an interesting year if Sweed improves (which seems to be the theme heard out of OTAs) and if this guy can be the 4th WR and kick returner.

Pappy

buckeyehoppy
04-27-2009, 03:37 PM
I'm neutral on this draft. This one will take AT LEAST two years to pan out because the guys we got were selected more on projected impact rather than immediate impact.

The return capabilities of Wallace and Burnett capture immediate attention. Hopefully, it will be attention for the right reasons. If these guys turn out to be Lee Mays or Willie Reid, we may well be back on square one.

I'm already on the record for this elsewhere, but I'll repeat it here: if it's a competition between Darnell, Trai and Urbik for the starting RG job then I say Urbik wins hands down. I think he will win over the coaching staff with his ability to open up the run and that's something that can't really be said for the two vets. Otherwise, why bother drafting him? Urbik may well break camp as the starting RG.

Getting Shipley where we got him was a fabulous value...he'll be even more valuable if he can LS. He may or may not eliminate the need to replace an actual LS...but at least Jimmy Hate won't be called upon again... :lol: :lol: :lol: And if he can pick up the C position well enough to allow Hartwig to walk then the Steelers will have successfully panned gold out of the 7th Round

papillon
04-27-2009, 03:49 PM
I'm neutral on this draft. This one will take AT LEAST two years to pan out because the guys we got were selected more on projected impact rather than immediate impact.

The return capabilities of Wallace and Burnett capture immediate attention. Hopefully, it will be attention for the right reasons. If these guys turn out to be Lee Mays or Willie Reid, we may well be back on square one.

I'm already on the record for this elsewhere, but I'll repeat it here: if it's a competition between Darnell, Trai and Urbik for the starting RG job then I say Urbik wins hands down. I think he will win over the coaching staff with his ability to open up the run and that's something that can't really be said for the two vets. Otherwise, why bother drafting him? Urbik may well break camp as the starting RG.

I'm counting on this happening.

Getting Shipley where we got him was a fabulous value...he'll be even more valuable if he can LS. He may or may not eliminate the need to replace an actual LS...but at least Jimmy Hate won't be called upon again... :lol: :lol: :lol: And if he can pick up the C position well enough to allow Hartwig to walk then the Steelers will have successfully panned gold out of the 7th Round

I can't see Hartwig being around after this year, unless, it's for depth. I'm not sure I want two rooks on the o-line to start, but, I'm thinking that Shipley turns some heads in camp and makes them at least consider it.


Pappy

buckeyehoppy
04-27-2009, 04:06 PM
I'm neutral on this draft. This one will take AT LEAST two years to pan out because the guys we got were selected more on projected impact rather than immediate impact.

The return capabilities of Wallace and Burnett capture immediate attention. Hopefully, it will be attention for the right reasons. If these guys turn out to be Lee Mays or Willie Reid, we may well be back on square one.

I'm already on the record for this elsewhere, but I'll repeat it here: if it's a competition between Darnell, Trai and Urbik for the starting RG job then I say Urbik wins hands down. I think he will win over the coaching staff with his ability to open up the run and that's something that can't really be said for the two vets. Otherwise, why bother drafting him? Urbik may well break camp as the starting RG.

I'm counting on this happening.

Getting Shipley where we got him was a fabulous value...he'll be even more valuable if he can LS. He may or may not eliminate the need to replace an actual LS...but at least Jimmy Hate won't be called upon again... :lol: :lol: :lol: And if he can pick up the C position well enough to allow Hartwig to walk then the Steelers will have successfully panned gold out of the 7th Round

I can't see Hartwig being around after this year, unless, it's for depth. I'm not sure I want two rooks on the o-line to start, but, I'm thinking that Shipley turns some heads in camp and makes them at least consider it.


Pappy

Oh, I don't see Shipley starting this year unless Hartwig gets hurt. Even then, they may go with Darnell as the insurance policy instead of Shipley at C.

Urbik, however, is a totally different story. If he comes as advertised, he will make the coaching staff's job very hard at the end of August.

RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2009, 04:25 PM
I'm neutral on this draft. This one will take AT LEAST two years to pan out because the guys we got were selected more on projected impact rather than immediate impact.

The return capabilities of Wallace and Burnett capture immediate attention. Hopefully, it will be attention for the right reasons. If these guys turn out to be Lee Mays or Willie Reid, we may well be back on square one.

I'm already on the record for this elsewhere, but I'll repeat it here: if it's a competition between Darnell, Trai and Urbik for the starting RG job then I say Urbik wins hands down. I think he will win over the coaching staff with his ability to open up the run and that's something that can't really be said for the two vets. Otherwise, why bother drafting him? Urbik may well break camp as the starting RG.

I'm counting on this happening.

Getting Shipley where we got him was a fabulous value...he'll be even more valuable if he can LS. He may or may not eliminate the need to replace an actual LS...but at least Jimmy Hate won't be called upon again... :lol: :lol: :lol: And if he can pick up the C position well enough to allow Hartwig to walk then the Steelers will have successfully panned gold out of the 7th Round

I can't see Hartwig being around after this year, unless, it's for depth. I'm not sure I want two rooks on the o-line to start, but, I'm thinking that Shipley turns some heads in camp and makes them at least consider it.


Pappy

Oh, I don't see Shipley starting this year unless Hartwig gets hurt. Even then, they may go with Darnell as the insurance policy instead of Shipley at C.

Urbik, however, is a totally different story. If he comes as advertised, he will make the coaching staff's job very hard at the end of August.

Agreed. Urbik can compete for the RG job off the bat. Hartwig will be the starting C this year. If he gets hurt, Stapleton would be the starting center. Shipley is a developmental prospect who probably won't contribute at all as a rookie but could certainly compete with Stapleton for the starting center job in 2010 when Hartwig is not re-signed (there are too many other more important guys to sign after this season that there will not be enough $$$ left to retain a mediocre veteran center).

BradshawsHairdresser
04-27-2009, 11:55 PM
This guy didn't love our draft--I wonder how much time he really put into looking at who we got?

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/vi ... p?t=542934 (http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=542934)

Grading the NFL draft: Four 'A' teams top report card
April 26, 2009

Clifton Brown

The true measure of each draft class won't be known for at least three years, but here's the first judgment:

Chicago Bears: A
Trading for Jay Cutler before the draft was factored into this grade. But they also added talent without having a first-round pick. Defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert could develop into a solid run-stopper, and wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias is a possession receiver for Cutler to try and build chemistry.

Cincinnati Bengals: A

Love this draft, if tackle Andre Smith and middle linebacker Rey Maualuga keep their heads on straight. Smith might be the best tackle, and Maualuga has first-round talent. Defensive end Michael Johnson is highly skilled but must be more consistent, and tight end Chase Coffman could be a nice target for Carson Palmer.

Philadelphia Eagles: A
Their offense has become more dangerous. Jeremy Maclin is a threat as a receiver and a returner. Running back LeSean McCoy can make people miss and can catch the football. Tight end Cornelius Ingram fits their system as a receiver. And they traded Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters before the draft.

Detroit Lions: A

A potential franchise quarterback (Matthew Stafford), the best tight end (Brandon Pettigrew) and a solid safety (Louis Delmas) give the Lions pieces to rebuild with. They will not have another winless season.

Green Bay Packers: A-minus
They targeted defensive help and got it. Defensive tackle B.J. Raji is a run-stuffer with agility, and outside linebacker Clay Matthews is excellent in pass coverage. Both might start in Week 1. Tackle T.J. Lang and fullback Quinn Johnson are physical blockers. This team should be improved.

St. Louis Rams: A-minus

They made the right move, taking elite tackle Jason Smith instead of quarterback Mark Sanchez or linebacker Aaron Curry. Linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive tackle Dorell Scott and cornerback Bradley Fletcher should help the defensive scheme brought in by new coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Denver Broncos: A-minus
They should not have traded Cutler, but this was not a bad job. Running back Knowshon Moreno can run it and catch it, a nice fit for Josh McDaniels' offense. The next three picks -- defensive end Robert Ayers, cornerback Alphonso Smith and safety Darcel McBath -- should help a defense that sorely needs it.

Cleveland Browns: A-minus

They improved their talent base by making trades and moving around in the draft. Center Alex Mack should be good, and linebacker Kaluka Maiava never stops hustling. Wideouts Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie provide depth in case Braylon Edwards is traded.

Atlanta Falcons: B
After addressing the offense last season, they went defense with three players -- defensive tackle Peria Jerry, safety William Moore and cornerback Chris Owens -- who got solid grades from scouts. GM Thomas Dimitroff keeps building this team astutely.

New England Patriots: B

They stockpiled picks for 2010 and still got players who might help them, particularly on defense. Safety Patrick Chung, nose tackle Ron Brace and cornerback Darius Butler will have time to develop.

Houston Texans: B
Outside linebacker Brian Cushing should bring attitude and sure tackling to the defense. Defensive end Connor Barwin should be more effective because of Mario Williams' presence, and center Antoine Caldwell is a high character guy. More help for a team on the rise.

Minnesota Vikings: B

If off-field issues do not hamper wide receiver Percy Harvin, he could be an elite playmaker. Trying to stop Harvin and running back Adrian Peterson could be a nightmare for opponents. Tackle Phil Loadholt and cornerback Asher Allen also could contribute.

Arizona Cardinals: B-minus
Chris "Beanie" Wells was not expected to fall to No. 31, but he gives the Cardinals a quality back. This team is a juggernaut on offense, so it made sense to add defenders like outside linebacker Cody Brown and safety Rashad Johnson. However, the Anquan Boldin contract standoff must be resolved.

Kansas City Chiefs: B-minus

It does not matter whether defensive end Tyson Jackson deserved to be the No. 3-overall pick. They got the player they wanted, and he fits their system. Defensive tackle Alex Magee and cornerback Donald Washington will add depth. And don't forget they traded for quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel before the draft.

New York Giants: B-minus
They did not get Boldin or Edwards but drafted promising receivers Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. Clint Sintim will add speed at linebacker, and tackle William Beatty is an interesting prospect. A talent-rich team got richer.

New York Jets: B-minus

Don't get too giddy yet, Jets fans. This draft is all about whether Sanchez becomes a franchise quarterbacl. Give the Jets credit for having the guts to trade up to No. 5. And running back Shonn Greene is an intriguing prospect.

Seattle Seahawks: C
Curry falling to No. 4 was a blessing. He should be a Pro Bowl linebacker. They traded up to get Max Unger, a talented center who also can play guard. After passing on wide receiver Michael Crabtree, they were smart to grab Deon Butler, a deep threat.

Buffalo Bills: C

They needed a home run in this draft after trading Peters. This was more like a long double. Defensive end Aaron Maybin could be an elite pass rusher if he gets stronger. Center Eric Wood and guard Andrew Levitre should help the offensive line, and tight end Shawn Nelson is a sleeper prospect.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C
They got the quarterback they coveted in Josh Freeman, but he will take years to develop. They traded their second-round pick to get tight end Kellen Winslow, who is better than anyone they would have gotten at No. 50.

Jacksonville Jaguars: C

Crabtree might have been a better choice at No. 8, but left tackle Eugene Monroe is a talented player who fills a serious need. Right tackle Eben Britton is not as polished, but the line is much better.

Tennessee Titans: C-minus
This team did a nice job addressing two skill positions. Wideout Kenny Britt and tight end Jared Cook could be nice targets for Kerry Collins. If either can earn regular playing time, the offense should become more dynamic.

Carolina Panthers: C-minus

They traded up to get defensive end Everette Brown, whom they hope will become a strong pass rusher no matter whether Julius Peppers stays. Cornerback Sherrod Martin has the size to cover big receivers. This was not a terrible draft for a playoff team.

Miami Dolphins: C-minus
Vontae Davis might be the best corner in the draft, critical for a team facing Randy Moss and Terrell Owens twice a year. Quarterback Pat White could take the Wildcat formation to the next level, but he is raw as a receiver.

Baltimore Ravens C-minus

Trading up to get tackle Michael Oher was a nice first-round move. Outside linebacker Paul Kruger will not make anyone forget Bart Scott, and GM Ozzie Newsome will need late-round hits to make this draft sizzle.

Indianapolis Colts: D
Running bck Donald Brown is a complete player, and backs have a history of doing well in Indy. Bill Polian has a great track record with late-round picks. Defensive tackle Fila Moala better be an overachiever because the Colts need help stopping the run.

Dallas Cowboys: D

They avoided an "F" because they traded their first-round pick last season to acquire wide receiver Roy Williams. That trade has been a bust so far. The Cowboys sat out Saturday, trading out of the second round when several players they liked were off the board.

San Francisco 49ers: D
They were fortunate to get Crabtree, who will make life easier for the quarterback. The rest of their draft did not bring much help. This is a rebuilding team with plenty of holes.

Washington Redskins: D-minus

This team had an anemic pass rush, and end Brian Orakpo could change that. A lack of picks made it hard to address other needs. Their big move came in free agency, the signing of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

Oakland Raiders: D-minus
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey best have a better NFL career than Crabtree. There is no logic in trading up to take safety Michael Mitchell. Bad teams cannot afford to make mistakes. The Raiders might have set themselves back.

New Orleans Saints: D-minus

Whether he plays corner or safety, Malcolm Jenkins will help the secondary. But they surrendered their second-round pick to get tight end Jeremy Shockey last year, a move that has not paid dividends.

San Diego Chargers: F
They took a chance grabbing outside linebacker Larry English at No. 16 when they could have taken Maualuga or Matthews. GM A.J. Smith has enjoyed great drafts. On paper, this does not look like one.

Pittsburgh Steelers: F

It's hard to have an impressive draft after you win the Super Bowl and pick 32nd. Defensive tackle Evander "Ziggy" Hood could be a nice pickup on a line that needed to get younger. Wideout Mike Wallace is an intriguing deep threat.

Senior writer Clifton Brown covers the NFL for Sporting News. E-mail him at cliftonbrown@sportingnews.com.

Copyright 2009 All rights reserved.

stlrz d
04-28-2009, 01:07 AM
^

I sent the dude an email. :P

feltdizz
04-28-2009, 12:26 PM
He gave us an F? That is pure hate... He gave the Bungles an A. I bet he is a fan.

RuthlessBurgher
04-28-2009, 12:36 PM
He gave us an F? That is pure hate... He gave the Bungles an A. I bet he is a fan.

The only thing "F" about this draft is that the guys we picked will surely "F" you up!!!

Sugar
04-28-2009, 12:41 PM
I'd be curious to see what the guy really thinks should have been done that was not in order to give an F grade.

RuthlessBurgher
04-28-2009, 01:16 PM
I'd be curious to see what the guy really thinks should have been done that was not in order to give an F grade.

Stop winning all those d@mn Super Bowls all the time. There must be some unwritten rule that the Champs of the Actual Season are not allowed to be Champs of the Offseason.

Since these "experts" think that we suck at drafting are incompetent in free agency, they must think that we are destined to pick in the top 5 in the near future. Then they can give us an "A" draft grade. :wink:

steelernation77
04-28-2009, 02:03 PM
I advise you all to check out the Sporting News' 2009 mock draft.
http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/draft/m ... 09&round=2 (http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/draft/mock_draft?season=2009&round=2)

Especially check round 2 and count how many guys went early in round 1.

Draft grades may be the dumbest things sports journalists do. You cannot grade a draft for 3 years. They're always laughable later on.