- Scott Brown, ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter
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This week we are taking a look at the caliber of player the Pittsburgh Steelers could get with their first five picks in the NFL draft with a review of recent history.
The final one is the Steelers' fifth-round pick, No. 160 overall, and here is look at the last five players taken in that slot.
2014: DE Ed Stinson, Arizona Cardinals -- The former Alabama standout played in 10 games as a rookie and started two of them. Stinson, who recorded nine tackles last season, is equipped for the grunt duty that comes with his position. His work up front for the Crimson Tide allowed more celebrated teammates to make plays behind him.
2013: RB Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams -- Stacy emerged as one of the rookie surprises in 2013, rushing for 973 yards and seven touchdowns. The Vanderbilt graduate lost his starting job to rookie Tre Mason last season and managed just 293 yards and a touchdown. Stacy's role in the offense could be further compromised if the Rams take a running back early in the draft.
2012: OL Ryan Miller, Cleveland Browns -- Miller played in eight games as a rookie before the Browns released him. He spent last season on the Denver Broncos' practice squad before getting released in November. Miller is now with the Dallas Cowboys.
2011: QB Nathan Enderle, Chicago Bears -- The Idaho product spent one season with the Bears before getting released after the team made a change at offensive coordinator. An interesting note: Five picks after the Bears took Enderle the Ravens selected linebacker Pernell McPhee. McPhee recently parlayed a 7 1/2-sack season in 2014 into a five-year contract worth almost $40 million with the Bears.
2010: S Larry Asante, Cleveland Browns -- Asante made the Browns' practice squad as a rookie but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him to their 53-man roster later in the season. The Nebraska product has bounced around but may have found a home in Oakland. Asante played in six games last season -- he started two of them -- and recorded 24 tackles and forced a fumble.
Analysis: I really like the Steelers taking a wide receiver or even a running back in this spot. They need depth at wide receiver and another loaded draft class at this position could translate into them landing a good player. The same is true of running back. The Steelers may want to steer clear of drafting a cornerback here. They have used a fifth-round pick on a cornerback the last two years and neither Terry Hawthorne nor Shaquille Richardson played in a regular-season game with the Steelers or is with the organization.