Yes the line got pushed around a little bit.. But this is the same line from the Super bowl run..so I dont see a spot where a pure upgrade can occur..Maybe a stand out center.. but we dont fully know Okobis potential yet.. Marvel is fading but Colon will take that over...Next year sign Starks and Simmons.. I think were fine with what we have.. We'll see this year
Its not the same line from the SB. Hartings is gone, Faneca is upset and Marvel is 1.5 years older and seemingly fading. The right side took a big step back last year. The Steeler OL is substandard at every position other than LG.
The only reason not to take an OL in this draft is because you think that at least 2 of Kemo, Essex, Colon and Starks will take big steps forward this year. I have no problem with developing these kids - and I think Speitz will assist in this development - but if the Steelers are wrong and the young OL do not develop than they won't have someone behind them. They will be forced to draft OL next year regardless of whether it is actually value or they will be forced to chase free agents (and potentially overpay).
Either overpaying or draft reaching is a bad way to build a team.
All that said I generally like this draft. I like the Timmons pick and Woodley, and see them as a clear indication that the 4-3 will arrive in 2008. I was initially very confused about Speitz, but after reading about him don't have a problem with the pick. I like the Okie and think he also has a good chance to make the team because of the impending 4-3 switch. I think Gay could have been signed as a FA - possibly the Rutgers guard as well. The two 5th round picks I liked the least. I think Baker from Florida has better than a 50-50 chance to make the team.
I really really like the punter pick. Think of it this way - he will hopefully improve the net from each punt by about 5 yards a punt. Assuming we punt around 6 times a game thats a 30 yard improvement for the game. That's huge.