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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Ryan Shazier (Ohio State) holds up his jersey after being selected as the number fifteen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Draft Recap


The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone but the discussion surely doesn’t end there. Before we spend the rest of the spring analyzing and critiquing the picks that were made let’s run down everything that took place since Thursday night. Let’s recap the Steelers 2014 Draft picks.

The Steelers added nine players to the roster through the draft, five defensive and four offensive. Like GM Kevin Colbert said, every position group was addressed except for the quarterbacks. You can listen to Colbert and Head Coach Mike Tomlin summarize the draft here.

Round 1: LB Ryan Shazier (Ohio State) @RyanShazier 

This pick definitely surprised a lot of people who were expecting the Steelers to go after a cornerback in the first round. Shazier apparently was the “defensive playmaker” the Steelers coveted with their first round pick, and have already talked about the excitement in seeing him get on the field.

Round 2: DE Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame) @DOCnation_7

The Steelers stayed defensively minded with their second round pick and grabbed a defensive end to fill a glaring need. Tuitt had a better 2012 than a 2013, here’s hoping his 2014 is even better than both because he certainly has the opportunity to start and contribute right away.

Round 3: RB Dri Archer (Kent State) @Dri_Archer1 

The Steelers went rather Raiderish with this pick in taking the kid with the fastest 40-yard time from the Combine. Also it seems as though a short running back/wide receiver/kick returner was kind of a luxury pick and didn’t address any overwhelming need.

Round 4: WR Martavis Bryant (Clemson) @ThaBestUNO 

The Steelers finally got their “tall” receiver for Ben with their fourth round pick in Clemson’s Martavis Bryant. He’s a 6’4” target for Ben who wide receivers coach Richard Mann thinks has the potential to start opposite of Antonio Brown.

Round 5: CB Shaquille Richardson (Arizona) @Dr4_Richh 

The Steelers waited until the fifth round to address the need at cornerback that they apparently didn’t see it as big of a need as others did. A fifth round guy certainly doesn’t have any guarantees to start or even contribute much this season.

Round 5: OL Wesley Johnson (Vanderbilt)

The Steelers picked a versatile offensive lineman with their second 5th round pick. He’s played all positions on the line and, if he makes the roster, can provide some depth to a line that always seems to have to deal with injuries each season.

Round 6: LB Jordan Zumwalt (UCLA)

Seems a little weird to keep adding to a linebacking corps that just got back Sean Spence and drafted Ryan Shazier but the Steelers will throw Zumwalt into the mix with Terrence Garvin and Vince Williams and see who comes out on top I suppose.

Round 6: NT Daniel McCullers (Tennessee) @_bigdan98

The Steelers drafted a giant with their second 6th round pick. McCullers is a 6’7”, 352lb whole lot of man. Kevin Colbert describes him as an “obstruction”. Can’t see how that could hurt having on the defensive line. I can’t wait to see a picture of him standing next to Dri Archer though.

Round 7: TE Rob Blanchflower (UMass) @Rob_Blanch 

What could a tight end hurt at this point? There certainly wasn’t an overabundance of highly rated tight ends in this draft, and there certainly wasn’t a ton available late Saturday evening so it’s a 7th round pick. Not much to get excited about either way.

Some immediate reactions to the Steelers draft was mixed, mostly due to the fact that the Steelers failed to address their projected need at cornerback. Overall I’d say the Steelers had a successful draft, about as successful as you can say a draft is at this point in time. The rookies will not have a lot of time to rest on their good feelings of being drafted as rookies mini camp opens just next weekend.

The reactions across the board seem to be favorable for the Steelers for this draft. From Mark Kaboly of the Trib, who gave the Steelers an overall “B”, to CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco, who gave the Steelers a “B” as well. ESPN’s Mel Kiper handed out an “A-“ to the Steelers saying that while they didn’t do enough at cornerback, they “got everything else right.” NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer gave the Steelers a “sticker” for the draft, which seems to amount to a “B” grade.

Of course only time will tell how successful this draft really was.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Daniel McCullers Draft Dri Archer Featured Jordan Zumwalt Kevin Colbert Martavis Bryant Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh Steelers Popular Rob Blanchflower Ryan Shazier Shaquille Richardson Stephon Tuitt Wesley Johnson

  • Scott

    If the Steeler “brain trust” didnt feel corner was a priority they’re bigger idiots than I think they are. Guess they want to see Ike getting toasted again this year.

    • Kimmy

      Let’s see they ranked 21st against the run last year and 9th against passing so maybe those “idiots” thought improving the front seven of the defense was a higher priority?

  • OVP66223

    Excellent draft by the Steelers. Too many fans all stuck on getting a DB can’t see that the talent they DID get is a darn good value and haul. The DB situation isn’t exactly dire, just that fans seem to get too much mock draft propaganda. DB was a need, but so was speed on defense, another LB (or two as Worilds won’t return after 2014 and we’d be down to 2 LBs), DL was a huge need with only Heyward as a true starter.

    So, we filled several needs (Shazier fills speed, playmaking and LB and flexibility of 3 down LB that could play a safety hybrid when needed), but we have a bit a need at DB depth still. We can’t fill every need. Had we drafted Dennard, we’d be even slower than we already are (he is slow for an NFL CB), instead we got the fastest LB in the country that can cover various positions in the passing game.

    The late round picks were good flyers on size or tenacity or depth. A good draft for sure and most pundits are lauding the Steelers draft, just not some of our nutty one-track mind posting friend here on NPC and other Steelers fan sites.

  • SDAZT.STEEL66

    As much as I hated what the team did on Days 1 & 2, they totally deserve an “A” for what they did on the third day of the draft.

    Save for Richardson (who was selected with far better CBs left on the board), I loved that they were able to address WR w/Bryant, got an immediate versatile backup and future starter at C or LG in their zone-blocking scheme w/Johnson, a guy w/experience under Lou Spanos & in a 3-4 scheme on inside & outside w/Zumwalt to push Williams, Garvin & Spence, a technically-unsound yet raw and talented NT for John Mitchell to mold and a tight end who can catch & block, can line up in multiple places, and will immediately push Paulson & Palmer (and hopefully Spaeth) on the depth chart.

  • datdudedre’

    Though I’m still somewhat critical of our 1st round pick, I Think it was a good draft haul for the Steelers. Most draft pundits gave the Steelers very high grades. I gave us a B minus. Shazier was a surprise pick at 15. ILB wasn’t a major need. The speed and athleticism he displayed as an OLB in a 4-3, may not translate right away as an ILB in a 3-4. Especially with the Steelers’ woes up front. But I do like his upside. I loved the selections of Tuitt in the 2nd round and Martavius Bryant in the 4th. Both will provide immediate depth, and each has the look of a future starter. Plus, Bryant’s 6’4″ frame finally gives Ben the “big” target everyone has been begging for. Wesley Johnson lasted until the 5th because of physical limitations that may force him inside to guard, but he is another nice developmental lineman that at least provides more depth. I saw a 4th round grade on Daniel McCullers on one draft report, so to get a 6’6″ 330 pound NT two rounds later was good value. But I had some head-scratching moments. Dri Archer in the 3rd, when solid corner prospects Jaylen Watkins and Bashaud Breeland were still on the board?!! His speed is undoubtedly enticing, but why spend such a high pick on a player that’s looking at maybe 5 touches a game? One of those corners would have added better value with that pick. Speaking of corner, our total exclusion of this position until the 5th round is a major reason why I wouldn’t give us an A. It was a glaring need, and this draft was full of solid players there. 5th round corner Shaquille Richardson offers good size (6’1″ 186 lbs) and was a 3 yr starter in a major conference, but he’ll be hard-pressed to make a challenge for a starting role by 2015. Zumwalt in the 6th was actually good value, as he had a 3rd/4th round grade. But he played inside at UCLA, and we’re good there now with Shazier, Vince Williams and Sean Spence returning from injury. Another missed shot at a corner. Even as a 6th rounder, one could’ve at least provided some competition. It was a good draft, not a great one. All in all, I like where we’re headed. We’ll have solid competition and depth at a multiple positions, and field a good, young, fast team.