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

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5. 2008 Rashard Mendenhall (23) RB Illinois

The master of the spin move, Mendenhall had a good run with the Steelers, putting up 3549 yards and 29 touchdowns in his five seasons with the Steelers. He had two 100+ yards seasons, one in 2009 and another in 2010, when as the workhorse of a team that went to the Super Bowl, he ran for 1273 yards and 10 touchdowns, his best season with the franchise. He lasted two more seasons before leaving for the Cardinals, where he played for just one season before suddenly walking away from the game.

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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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