The Pittsburgh Steelers are known as one of the best drafting franchises in the NFL; they almost never miss in the first round and then are able to get steals throughout the later rounds.
Coming into the 2012 NFL Draft the Steelers knew they needed to upgrade the offensive line and find the eventual replacement for Casey Hampton at the NT position.
Here is my take on each of Pittsburgh’s selections, followed by an overall grade for the Steelers 2012 draft.
First round: David DeCastro, G, Stanford. The draft’s best guard had 316 knockdowns and 68 touchown-resulting blocks at Stanford.
Second round: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State. He was once taken off the board for character issues but eventually given a first-round grade.
Third round: Sean Spence, ILB, Miami. Outside linebacker in college will move inside where he will back up Lawrence Timmons.
Fourth round: Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Washington. Steelers traded their sixth-round pick to move up 10 spots for the potential replacement for Casey Hampton.
Fifth round: Chris Rainey, RB, Florida. Explosive playmaker can be used as a running back, receiver and returner.
Seventh round: Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado. A vertical threat who needs to get stronger.
Seventh round: David Paulson, TE, Oregon. An overachiever who has steady hands yet lacks speed to get separation.
Seventh round: Terrence Frederick, CB, Texas A&M. He has good instincts and works best in zone coverage.
Seventh round: Kelvin Beachum, G, SMU. He’s an aggressive blocker but he has limitations as a pass protector.