Pittsburgh Steelers: Grading the second and third round picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers continued to boost their defense in the second round and added their third running back in the third round.

The Steelers drafted Stephon Tuitt, defensive end, out of Notre Dame. A big need for the Steelers was at the defensive end position and Tuitt is a great choice to help the defensive front. Tuitt, at 6-foot-5, 303 pounds, was very productive during his time at Notre Dame.Pittsburgh Steelers

Tuitt recorded 127 tackles and 21 and half sacks during his three years with the fighting irish. He fits the mold of an ideal player for the Steelers. His athletic ability allows for him to be versatile when applying pressure and his long arms allow for better a tackling edge. He was highlighted for his tackles for losses during his college years and that’s something the Steelers will want to have translated over.

After taking inside linebacker, Ryan Shazier in the first round it’s clear the Steelers are approaching the draft with the intention of enhancing their pressure on the front of end of Dick LeBeau’s defense.

It’s an area that needs improvement and with the addition of Shazier and Tuitt the team may be getting the help the need.

Grade: A

The Steelers got away from their defense in the third round and turned their attention to the offense, specifically their backfield. The Steelers’ backfield saw a clear started in last year’s draft choice, Le’Veon Bell and the team added former New England Patriot LeGarrette Blount to the mix.

Bell and Blount are two great backs and the Steelers running game should see positive improvement this season. Normally the team carries three backs and that’s why the team drafted Dri Archer, a running back from Kent State in the third round.

The Steelers made a great move by picking up this young man. I initially thought a good fit for their backfield would be West Virginia running back, Charles Sims who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Steelers took a guy similar to Sims. A player who excels at receiving out of the backfield.

Versatility is Archer’s middle name. He can play running back, wide receiver and return kicks. He’s fast, a 4.2 40-yard dash proves that and he gives Ben Roethlisberger another toy to play with in the passing attack. The Steelers are in need of receivers and with Archer’s ability to be productive outside of running the ball, it’s a huge advantage for the Steelers. He’ll need time to improve al aspects of his game as he isn’t the best at running back or receiver but with speed like that it’s hard not to like all they he could be capable of.

Grade: A+

Both Tuitt and Archer are solid players and I really like both picks. The defense is getting the most focus but adding Archer shows the team knows where the concerns on offense are as well. They still need secondary help and that draft pick should arrive soon.