Steelers get handed grades for their first-round picks of the last decade
2012: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
David DeCastro fell to the Steelers in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. This was considered tremendous value at the time and this player continued to show it throughout his career. He went on to be one of the top guards during his career in the NFL, all with Pittsburgh. He retired early, but he was a great player that was always one of the best at his position.
This was a tremendous pick that helped secure the offensive line during his entire career. He was rarely off the field due to injury and was a reliable starter that was underrated when compared to other players across the league. He is a player that might be forgotten about as time goes on, but fans should remember the tremendous play that he displayed on the football field for the black and gold.
2013: Jarvis Jones, EDGE, Georgia
Jarvis Jones was a highly productive player coming out of college before his medical concerns started dipping into his draft stock. The Steelers still took the gamble on him, and that bet did not pay off as this player became a first-round bust. He barely produced any pressure on the quarterback, and he was out of the league within five seasons.
This was just too much of a gamble that did not pay off for the club. They needed another pass rusher for a rebuilding defense at the time, but this was too much of a reach, especially with the medical concerns. This was one of the biggest first-round busts in the last decade for Pittsburgh.