AFC North: Revisiting the Steelers' 2007 draft

July, 17, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

This is the final installment of a three-day series examining drafts for each AFC North team over the past three years. Grades are based on performance, where players were picked (too high, too low) and whether they remain with their original team.

Here is a look at the Steelers' 2007 draft:

Pittsburgh Steelers: 2007 Draft
Rd.PickPlayerPos.School
1.15 Lawrence TimmonsLBFlorida State
2.45 LaMarr Woodley LB Michigan
3.77 Matt Spaeth TE Minnesota
4.112 Daniel Sepulveda P Baylor
4.132 Ryan McBeanDE Oklahoma State
5.156 Cameron Stephenson G Rutgers
5.170 William GayCB Louisville
7.227 Dallas Baker WR Florida

Analysis: The Steelers were worried about their aging linebackers and took Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley with the first two picks. Ironically, Woodley -- Pittsburgh's second-round pick -- has developed a little faster and is expected to take over as a full-time starter this year. Tight end Matt Spaeth is rangy and gives quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another big target to look for in the red zone. Punter Daniel Sepulveda has proven to be the top punter in last year's draft with a solid rookie year. Of the later-round picks, Dallas Baker was on the team's practice squad last year and has an outside chance to make the regular-season roster.

Grade: B

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