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    Grading the Steelers' 2009 draft

    Grading 2009 draft: Pittsburgh Steelers

    July, 6, 2012
    By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com


    All this week, the AFC North blog has taken a look back at the 2009 draft for each team in the division. For Friday, we'll wrap up the draft reviews with the Pittsburgh Steelers:


    First round: Ziggy Hood, DE

    Third round: Kraig Urbik, G, Mike Wallace, WR, and Keenan Lewis, CB

    Fifth round: Joe Burnett, DB, Frank Summers, RB

    Sixth round: Ra'Shon Harris, DT

    Seventh round: A.Q. Shipley, C, and David Johnson, TE

    Thumbs up: The Steelers came away with one of the steals of the 2009 draft by getting Wallace at the 84th pick. He was the 11th wide receiver taken in this draft after the likes of Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders), Mohamed Massaquoi (Browns), Brian Robiskie (Browns), Derrick Williams (Lions) and Brandon Tate (Patriots). Wallace's 3,206 yards receiving are the second-most by an active wide receiver in his first three seasons (ranks only behind Anquan Boldin). Hood has quietly stepped up as a starter the past two years when Aaron Smith was injured. Some suggest he's been a disappointment. Hood was the lowest graded 3-4 defensive end, according to Pro Football Focus. The Steelers have gotten some use out of Johnson, who could become the team's fullback this season.

    Thumbs down: Urbik was a bust for the Steelers, getting cut after one full season when he lost the backup job to Ramon Foster. But Urbik proved to be one of the top pass-protecting guards in the NFL after making 13 starts last season for the Bills. Maybe the Steelers gave up on Urbik too quickly. Lewis, the last of the Steelers' three third-round picks in this draft, has been a role player behind William Gay and Bryant McFadden. With those veterans gone, this year will tell a lot about Lewis and his future with the Steelers. Burnett is now playing for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos after playing 15 games and recording no interceptions for Pittsburgh.

    Hensley's grade: B-minus. The only established starter in this draft has been Wallace, who happens to be the AFC North's best player from this draft. It's not even close. Hood has been adequate as a fill-in starter, and Lewis has yet to make a significant impact. Johnson has provided production as a seventh-round pick, which is a pleasant surprise.

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    It'll be interesting to see what Lewis does this year.

    We also got some undrafted guys in Legursky and Foster out of that class as well. That's 2 good backup Olinemen that are quality fill in starters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flippy View Post
    It'll be interesting to see what Lewis does this year.

    We also got some undrafted guys in Legursky and Foster out of that class as well. That's 2 good backup Olinemen that are quality fill in starters.
    Good point, you would have to call 2009 a success. 'A' grade if we just hadnt rid ourselves of Urbik so quickly. Who do we blame for that ? haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by flippy View Post
    It'll be interesting to see what Lewis does this year.

    We also got some undrafted guys in Legursky and Foster out of that class as well. That's 2 good backup Olinemen that are quality fill in starters.

    And probably 2012 starting running back Ike Redman was also signed as an undrafted free agent that spring, too. And super 2009 return man Stefan Logan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Grading 2009 draft: Pittsburgh Steelers

    July, 6, 2012
    By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com


    All this week, the AFC North blog has taken a look back at the 2009 draft for each team in the division. For Friday, we'll wrap up the draft reviews with the Pittsburgh Steelers:


    First round: Ziggy Hood, DE

    Third round: Kraig Urbik, G, Mike Wallace, WR, and Keenan Lewis, CB

    Fifth round: Joe Burnett, DB, Frank Summers, RB

    Sixth round: Ra'Shon Harris, DT

    Seventh round: A.Q. Shipley, C, and David Johnson, TE

    Thumbs up: The Steelers came away with one of the steals of the 2009 draft by getting Wallace at the 84th pick. He was the 11th wide receiver taken in this draft after the likes of Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders), Mohamed Massaquoi (Browns), Brian Robiskie (Browns), Derrick Williams (Lions) and Brandon Tate (Patriots). Wallace's 3,206 yards receiving are the second-most by an active wide receiver in his first three seasons (ranks only behind Anquan Boldin). Hood has quietly stepped up as a starter the past two years when Aaron Smith was injured. Some suggest he's been a disappointment. Hood was the lowest graded 3-4 defensive end, according to Pro Football Focus. The Steelers have gotten some use out of Johnson, who could become the team's fullback this season.

    Thumbs down: Urbik was a bust for the Steelers, getting cut after one full season when he lost the backup job to Ramon Foster. But Urbik proved to be one of the top pass-protecting guards in the NFL after making 13 starts last season for the Bills. Maybe the Steelers gave up on Urbik too quickly. Lewis, the last of the Steelers' three third-round picks in this draft, has been a role player behind William Gay and Bryant McFadden. With those veterans gone, this year will tell a lot about Lewis and his future with the Steelers. Burnett is now playing for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos after playing 15 games and recording no interceptions for Pittsburgh.

    Hensley's grade: B-minus. The only established starter in this draft has been Wallace, who happens to be the AFC North's best player from this draft. It's not even close. Hood has been adequate as a fill-in starter, and Lewis has yet to make a significant impact. Johnson has provided production as a seventh-round pick, which is a pleasant surprise.

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    Steelers did give up on Urbik too quick. It would have nice to have a Guard who could actually pass block.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jooser View Post
    It woulda been nice to have a guard who could push the pile into the endzone on 2nd and short at the GL. -Just Sayin
    We haven't had that the past couple of years with the Foster, Kemo Legursky combo. They are the main reason our short yardage performace has sucked.
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    We haven't had that the past couple of years with the Foster, Kemo Legursky combo. They are the main reason our short yardage performace has sucked.
    The Steelers' short yardage performance hasn't sucked...when Redman was in the lineup...

    Last year Redman converted 9 of 11 first downs on 3rd and less than three...

    He also converted 1 of 1 first downs on 4th and less than three...

    Arians had the annoying tendency of taking Redman out when the Steelers O made it inside the five...

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    Arians had the annoying tendency of taking Redman out when the Steelers O made it inside the five...


    So rather than tip his hand he would keep Mendenhall in, who's a legit threat will his legs and his hands.

    Sounds like a smart football decision, no?

    Or do you condone predictability when it features the run game?



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