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Yahoo Sports Gives the Steelers an “A” on the Draft

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports has broken down the 2008 NFL Draft, and the Steelers in his eyes earned an “A.”  Here is the breakdown from Cole:

Picks: RB Rashard Mendenhall, WR Limas Sweed, DE Bruce Davis, OT Tony Hills, QB Dennis Dixon, LB Mike Humpal, S Ryan Mundy
Positives: Mendenhall, Sweed, Davis and Dixon
Negatives: Hills
Bottom line: A. This is a truly great draft, although it’s unlikely Dixon will get a chance to develop as a passer with Ben Roethlisberger entrenched. A month ago, there was a debate about who the second-best back in the draft was after Darren McFadden and many people thought it was Mendenhall. Then he fell behind Jonathan Stewart and Felix Jones. The Steelers nabbed a falling value, a great move in drafting. Sweed has awesome talent and Davis will convert to an OLB and has the quickness to be another great pass rusher in the Steelers’ 3-4 system. The injured Dixon was a great value in the fifth round.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Tim

    April 28, 2008 at 8:15 am

    At least there are those out there who feel the Steelers had a great draft. John Dudley of the Erie Times News has been bitching the past two days that the Steelers really blew it.

    Hell with John Dudley. Here we go Steelers, Here we go!

  2. mike

    July 1, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Hey just wanted to let you guys know, Humpal is a grab and a half. Go back and watch Illinois at Iowa this year. He’s a hardworker and did more than his share on a crappy D this year. Best of Luck.


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