What ever happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2008 draft class?
6.188: Mike Humpal, LB, Iowa
Mike Humpal was a late-round selection by the Steelers as they tried to bring some competition into that room. He would get injured early into his rookie year and was released from the team. He would sit on injured reserve only to never come back.
His NFL career was over before it ever really started. Sometimes players, especially those selected in the later rounds, just don’t pan out. Some prospects don’t have what you need to make it in the NFL. Humpal is currently in Iowa where he owns and runs a chiropractor practice.
6.194: Ryan Mundy, S, West Virginia
Ryan Mundy was a local guy that was drafted by the Steelers. He graduated from Woodland Hills High School before he went to college at West Virginia. It was nice to have that hometown feel, but this player is only known for one major gaff.
Mundy had a decent career considering where he was selected in the draft process. He played out his entire rookie contract of four years with the Steelers before he left in free agency. He is mostly known for the infamous Tim Tebow playoff loss against the Denver Broncos.
After he left the black and gold, he joined two other clubs before his career ended. He would play with the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears over the next three seasons before retirement. He was a below-average starting safety that played special teams as well.
This Steelers player now has entered the entrepreneurial side of the world. He has invested in a bunch of different things before he started his own company. He created Ailkeme, which is a platform for mental health and wellness that has a focus for Black communities.
The Steelers had some bad draft classes in their history, but 2008 was one of the worst. It barely produced any talent and kept away from any long-term answers for starting positions.