How did Kiper rate the Steelers in 2011?
Oh boy. Something tells me this will be at least slightly entertaining.
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Mel Kiper’s Draft Grade: B+
Kiper’s Draft Rank: 6
Round 1: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State DE
Round 2: Marcus Gilbert, Florida OT
Round 3: Curtis Brown, Texas CB
Round 4: Cortez Allen, Citadel CB
Round 5: Chris Carter, Fresno State OLB
Round 6: Keith Williams, Nebraska OL
Round 7: Baron Batch, Texas Tech RB
Kiper’s comments: This was a typically unflashy draft, but what I consider an effective one for Pittsburgh. (And it’s hard to be flashy when you always pick late.)
Reality: Cameron Heyward has been a beast throughout his career and should have been on the all-decade team. Marcus Gilbert was a good tackle but had injury issues. Everyone else was somewhere between unmitigated disaster(Chris Brown, Cortez Allen) and special teams contributor for a couple of years (Chris Carter).