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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Steelers hope for value with compensatory pick

Posted by's James Walker

It doesn't sound fair for Pittsburgh Steelers fans. But it's the reality.

After losing longtime Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca in free agency last year, the Steelers received just a fifth-round compensatory pick in this year's draft. Pittsburgh used the pick Sunday on running back Frank Summers of UNLV, who was selected No.169 overall.

Although you never know, chances are Summers will not be as productive as Faneca. The Steelers will be happy if this late pick simply becomes a solid contributor. Because Faneca had more than 10 years of NFL experience, Pittsburgh by rule couldn't get more than a fifth-rounder.

The Steelers also chose cornerback Joe Burnett from Central Florida in the fifth round to help the secondary.