Grading the Steelers’ 2007 Draft

March 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Leading up to the 2007 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers were entering an unusual transition. They were coming off a disappointing 8-8 season after winning their fifth Super Bowl the previous season. More importantly, the Bill Cowher era came to an end and the Mike Tomlin era began. There was much speculation as to what direction that Tomlin would take the Steelers. Pittsburgh released punter Chris Gardocki. Starting center Jeff Hartings retired and was replaced with Sean Mahan. While this was a major transaction it paled in comparison with the release of team leader and All-Pro linebacker Joey Porter. The Steelers didn’t just take a linebacker to replace Porter, they spent their top two selections on linebackers. It has been three years since Tomlin’s first draft and the players have had an opportunity to establish themselves. Here is a look at how the draft graded out and how it will impact the upcoming draft. Begin Slideshow

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