The fact that Steelers' draft picks through rounds 4-7 don't catch on with other teams is hardly shocking...
Most NFL teams would give an opportunity for their own draft picks to make the team before taking late round draft picks from other teams...
I'm just very glad I'm not a Raiders fan...
Raiders pulling plug on 2011 third-round pick
Posted by Mike Florio on September 3, 2012
As Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie continues to settle in as the new captain of the team’s front office, he’s not afraid to overturn the decisions of his predecessor, the late Al Davis.
Per a league source, McKenzie and company will be waiving today cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.
Van Dyke, a third-round pick in 2011 who appeared in 14 games with four starts last year, fit the former vision for the franchise. He was fast. The fastest man at last year’s Scouting Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds.
The move comes two days after the Raiders and McKenzie parted ways with cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, a fourth-round pick in 2011 who ran the 40 in 4.33 seconds at the Combine. Both Chekwa and Van Dyke are listed as second-team corners in the Raiders’ most recent depth chart, with Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell the starters. Joselio Hanson recently was added to the team, which apparently triggered the decision to dump Van Dyke.
Van Dyke will now hit the waiver wire, with the Colts continuing to have dibs.
The broader message is that McKenzie must see something in the player the team took in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft, quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Otherwise, he’d be gone, too.
Then again, who knows what the next move from McKenzie will be?
Al was infatuated with pure speed. And it's not the dumbest thing to value, ever, but he went a little overboard. The reason I would be glad not to be Raider fan is the DeMarcus Russell debacle. When you F up that bad, on the #1 over all pick, you set your franchise back years and years. What a colossal F up.
Back to the original post, why did Rainey last until the late 5th round? I know he's not an every down RB, we all get that. But considering what else he brings to the table, how did so many teams miss out on grabbing him at least by the 4th round? Isn't even a great return man worth taking in the 4th, even if that's all they do? He is going to make splash play after splash play for Pgh. That is becoming obvious.
No, you did not accurately detail any comparison, in part because you gave no information about other teams drafts. Your summary of the players reflects opinions you have but almost no objective measurable facts. The Steelers, fielding a team based highly upon the draft, have been nearly annually a playoff team. That presents an effective draft record overall, and that becomes the proof that matters most to me as a fan. I'd choose to focus on the success, which the Steelers have provided abundantly, relying highly upon the draft.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE TROLL
just watching the carolina game now and bruce campbell is playing LT
a raiders 2010 4th round pick
According to the Steelers’ depth chart, rookie Chris Rainey is the primary kickoff and punt returner after having a pair of long punt returns in a six-minute span wiped out by penalties. Rainey averaged 22 yards on three kickoff returns and 8.7 yards on seven punt returns during the preseason.
— Alan Robinson