2012- two firsts, a second, and a third - 4 picks
2011- one First, two seconds, two thirds - 5 picks
2010- one first, three seconds, one third - 5 picks
2009 - four seconds, two thirds - 6 picks
2008- one first, one second, two thirds - 4 picks
SF has had 11 first round picks out of he past 7 drafts. Plus they were picking way ahead of us so bad example.
Way too many Chicken Little's come out after a bad year.
Chadman thinks we've been witnessing a very purposeful plan put in place over the last few years designed to replace aging stars with high calibre youth. That the young guys are not starting yet is not a problem. If the Steelers had drafted these guys, then had to sign multiple FA's to fill the holes because these draft picks didn't pan out- then you'd have a problem.
Within the next 2-3 years, guys like Polamalu, Clark, Taylor, Miller, Keisel & Foote will be gone to join names like Ward, Harrison, Farrior, Hampton, Smith etc.
For the most part, ready made replacements are on the roster already for these guys- and while doing that, the Steelers upgraded the OL with high picks in the process.
this years draft class will be no different- preparation to move on from guys that will be leaving the team in a couple of years time.
Schiavone's Race Career:
I do think a better question about the drafts is why haven't we gotten many impact players in the first round like we have in past drafts?
How much did Cowher have to do with our drafts in the past? Maybe Colbert got a little too much credit?