Just like that, the 2015 NFL Draft is over. Here is a review of what the Pittsburgh Steelers did this weekend.
Round 1 (Pick #22): OLB Alvin “Bud” Dupree, Kentucky
Round 2 (Pick #56): CB Senquez Golson, Mississippi
Round 3 (Pick #87): WR Sammie Coates, Auburn
Round 4 (Pick #121): CB Doran Grant, Ohio State
Round 5 (Pick #160): TE Jesse James, Penn State
Round 6 (Pick #199): DT Leterrius Walton, Central Michigan
Round 6 (Pick #212, compensatory pick): OLB Anthony Chickillo, Miami (FL)
Round 7 (Pick #239): S Gerod Holliman, Louisville
Best Pick: OLB Alvin “Bud” Dupree, 1st round
As the draft approached, many people––including myself––mocked Dupree in the top 10 due to the off-the-field issues of other pass rushers. Dupree fell slightly, but the 22nd pick aligns much better with his value than the top 10. Pittsburgh needed to add a pass rush early on with only James Harrison (soon to be 37-years old), Arthur Moats (a good rotational player) and Jarvis Jones (a 2012 first round pick with only three career sacks) at outside linebacker. Dupree fits what the Steelers want at outside linebacker, so this is a great pick for them.
Worst Pick: CB Senquez Golson, 2nd round
I like what Golson brings to the table as a prospect, but this was just too early in the draft for my liking. I felt like the earliest he would go was the mid-third round. Instead, the Steelers took him at pick number 56. Pittsburgh desperately needed help at cornerback, so I understand why they made they pick. He was second in the FBS in interceptions last season with 10, but at 5-foot-9, he may be limited to just slot duties in the NFL.
Rounding out the AFC North’s great draft, the Steelers earn a “B” grade just like Cincinnati and Cleveland. Dupree was great value in the first round and is exactly what the team needed. Golson and Grant should contribute at cornerback from the start. Coates is a project, but was good value in the third round. Pittsburgh will hope that James can be Heath Miller‘s understudy and then take over for him in a year or so. Chickillo and Holliman provide great value with their last two selections.