I think they had an average draft, which I guess is pretty much what you can expect when you win the Super Bowl.
I can't complain, though. They landed Holmes, a guy who I think was clearly the top receiver in the draft (I was never sold on either Chad Jackson or Sinorice Moss). I think Holmes could play a very solid #3 for us next year and eventually move up to #2 by 2007.
The rest of the picks...ho-hum.
I'm probably a little more critical of the Anthony Smith pick than I should be. A few years ago, fans and media alike were all laughing and ridiculing the selection of a corner from one of the worst defenses in the country, and now we're talking about Ike Taylor as one of the better shutdown corners in the league. Because of that, I'm not going to jam the pick until I see what they do with Smith. But I will say this...I follow Big East football quite a bit, and I've never heard of this kid. Not that that means anything, but still...
I think Humes is a very good value pick for them. I also think the Colon and Harris picks were good. Normally I'd think the Jacobs pick would draw more criticism, but the only time Omar ever sees the field is if Roethlisberger and Batch both get hurt. I don't ever see Roethlisberger going anywhere, so they could afford to take a flyer on a project like Jacobs.
I'll be interested to see who they bring in as undrafted free agents. I've said this before...there isn't a club in the NFL better than the Steelers at getting mileage from late-round picks and undrafted free agents.
and former PITT WR Greg Lee is still there in the draft. Here's the perfect example of a player that came out too early because he needed to work on his strength to block, running routes, speed and consistency catching the ball.
From someone who watched him closely the last couple of years, it doesn't surprise me AT ALL that he wasn't drafted. I understand the reason he came out is because apparently, the wide receiver crop in NEXT year's draft is going to be strong. So he figured he'd take his chances this year.
The problem was that he floated through last season way too much. I've never seen a receiver at the college level with so much promise deliver so little. Worst case of alligator arms I've ever seen from a college #1 wideout. In his defense, I'll give him this much...he was the guy who had to follow the legend (Fitz) and live up to that, so maybe the expectations were too much. He was never consistent enough to live up to replacing Fitzgerald, but he easily could've been as solid as Antonio Bryant. His knack for dropping passes that he clearly should've caught was maddening.