2010 NFL Draft: Should the Steelers Bother With the Later Rounds?

March 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Why do NFL teams even bother with the later rounds in the draft?
Ever since Kevin Colbert became director of football operations in 2000, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been considered one of the most successful teams in drafting new talent.
Have they done maybe even a little better since Mike Tomlin became the head coach in 2007? It is hard to know for sure. The jury is still out on some of the players from the '08 and '09 draft classes. 
My favorite draft class during Colbert's years is 2002. Why? Because five of eight of those drafted that year became starters. The 2008—and especially 2009—draft classes have just as good a chance to make such an impact.
In the three years since Tomlin became coach, 21 of 24 drafted players have made the team or the practice squad in their first year. In the previous seven years of Colbert's reign, 38 of 46 drafted players made the team or practice squad.
So the numb...

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