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Ranking The Eight Steelers First-Round Draft Picks Under Mike Tomlin

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7. 2014 Ryan Shazier (15) LB Ohio State

Shazier had a rather tough first season in the NFL, again being plagued with injuries to the point where he missed seven regular season games. Overall Shazier played in 9 games with 5 starts and recorded 24 solo tackles with 12 assists. Again a player with a ton of speed who can get all over the field, but at the same time has a long way to go to prove he can be a quality linebacker in the NFL. He needs to take strides in 2015, and the team will give him every chance to do that as a starter this upcoming season.

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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.

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  2. Mario

    April 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Nothing spectacular. Shows Tomlin should let Cowher pick for him this year!

  3. DrGeorge

    April 30, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Timmons and Heyward are the real deal; DeCastro is solid if not spectacular; Shazier excels when he’s healthy; Pouncey ends up in Ben R’s lap too often to be the best center in the NFL, especially since his knee surgery, but he is serviceable. Hood was for all practical purposes a second round pick and a mistake, and Jarvis Jones and Mendenhall are journeymen talents.

    Yet, over all, Tomlin’s picks haven’t been remarkably worse than many other NFL coaches. If Tomlin has a fault, it is not his picks per se, but his tendency to become emotionally invested in his picks and continue to start them when other players are clearly better. Hood, Mendenhall and Pouncey are in this category. Jarvis Jones probably is too; he shows no flashes of brilliance even when healthy; but his frequent injuries make it difficult to assess his true abilities at this level, and he deserves another season to prove himself.

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