Seems like the Steelers war room has one name per round written on a little sheet of paper. We got three guys, they should all play, but there's zero consideration of value. Seems like years from now the discussion will be Yeah, but we COULDA had...
This is the feeling I have with their drafts of late, also. It seems like they go into the draft with the idea that they'll just use the top three picks to fill the most immediate needs -- as opposed to picking the best available player with a vision for 2 to 3 years down the road.
Oh, we lost Harrison? Let's draft an OLB. We lost a WR we drafted in the 3rd a few years ago? Let's replace him. Our RBs didn't produce? Take one of those, too.
I don't have much of a beef with any of our picks, really, except for round 2, I hate that pick. I wouldn't have minded taking Keenan Allen in round 2 AND still taking Wheaton in round 3. RBs are a dime a dozen, I think, unless you have one of the top 5 or 6. The next 50 RBs are basically interchangeable, and produce yards based on the supporting cast, the system they're in, and all that.
My draft, given who was available when, would have go like this. I would go into this draft wanting offensive skill players, which I think we seriously lacked last year, but the draft doesn't always shake out that way. When it doesn't line up with your needs, you go with the best available players who you're going to need in 2 or 3 or 4 years from now.
1st round) CB Xavier Rhodes (because he's going to be a very good, physical corner, and this may not be a huge need now but in two years Ike will be gone or seriously long in the tooth)
2nd round) ILB Arthur Brown, Kansas State (he's going to be a starter or a quality situational player really soon)
3rd round) WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State (I'm fine with this pick, but after spending the top two picks on defense, I might double-dip on WR)
4th round) If available in order of preference
(a. ) OLB Alex Okafor (Texas)
(b. ) RB Jon Franklin (UCLA)
(b. ) OLB Chase Thomas (Stanford)
(c. ) WR Da'Rick Rogers (Tenn Tech)
5th round) (a. ) WR Chris Harper, Kansas St (has a Hines Ward-like body and play style I think)
(b. ) TE Ben Cotton (Nebraska)
(c. ) S Duke Williams (Nevada)