Friday, April 27, 2012
Kiper: Steelers among first-round winners
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. named the Pittsburgh Steelers among his winners in Thursday night's first round. No other AFC North teams made his list of winners or question marks.
It's an Insider piece , so you'll need a subscription to read the entire article. Here's what Kiper had to say about the Steelers, who selected Stanford guard David DeCastro at No. 24:
Nothing sexy about this, but the value is off the charts. For instance, the first six guys on my Big Board make up the first six picks in the draft. Only two guys in my top 10 didn't get drafted in the top 10. Melvin Ingram fell to No. 18, and DeCastro falls all the way to No. 24. Again, nothing thrilling -- no nifty trade to swoop in and get top value, but look at the interior of that offensive line now. Maurkice Pouncey and DeCastro are both studs, and I had guard as a key need for Pittsburgh.
DeCastro certainly adds stability to the Steelers' offensive line. Last season, four linemen started at least two games at guard for Pittsburgh: Chris Kemoeatu, Ramon Foster, Doug Legursky and Trai Essex.