Three days! That’s how long it took the Pittsburgh Steelers to replenish and restock their team. The Steelers knew they had to address their offensive line. Boom! Welcome David DeCastro and Mike Adams. The Steelers had to find a replacement for Casey Hampton. Boom! Welcome Alameda Ta’amu.
The Steelers needed to find another RB that could change the complexion of a game not only on offense but also on special teams. Boom! Welcome Chris Rainey. The Steelers even selected a WR with very good speed and decent size in Toney Clemons late in the draft.
We won’t know how good of a draft class this one will be for another two or three years.
Scouts miss on players all the time and injuries can always derail a player’s career.
The Steelers goal, as long as Big Ben is the QB, is to win now. Ben has at least five great years left at the QB position. The Steelers need to take advantage of his talents and not waste opportunities.
The offensive line has a chance to be scary good from here on out. All of a sudden that unit is loaded with 1st and 2nd round talent.
Big Ben has to be one of the happiest guys on this planet. Can you imagine the numbers Ben and this offense will put up playing behind that offensive line? It’s going to be fun to watch.
The Steelers have ensured everyone in the NFL, after this year’s draft that they intend to remain one of the best teams in the league for the next 10 years.
For some teams, it may take three or four years of good drafting to get back on top. For the Steelers, it took just three days.
All of a sudden the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line is a force. With the selection of Stanford OG David DeCastro at pick 24, the Steelers have solidified a unit that was once considered its weak link.
Protecting Big Ben should have been the Steelers number one priority heading into this draft. Even if the Steelers took Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower with the 24th pick, it was widely believed the Steelers would have taken an offensive lineman in the second round.
That was until Decastro fell unexpectedly into the Steelers lap. When a talent like that becomes available, you have to change plans.
Big Ben has at least five solid years left. He’s won two Super Bowls and played in three. The Steelers are in a win now mode. Giving Ben an above average offensive line enables this to happen.
To put this first round selection of DeCastro in perspective, the Steelers next best option at guard would have been Kevin Zeitler or Cordy Glenn. Glenn wasn’t taken in the first round because of his propensity to take plays off and the Cincinnati Bengals might have reached in selecting Zeitler at pick 27. Glenn and Zeitler may end up being good pros. DeCastro has the potential to be a great pro.
The NFL draft is an inexact science. The first round has to be your most impactful pick. On Thursday night the Steelers once again scored another touchdown.