3 drafts Steelers GM Kevin Colbert would like to do over if he could

Limas Sweed #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Defensive lineman Ziggy Hood #96 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

Steelers 2009 draft

It was a rough couple of years for Kevin Colbert during the 2008 and 2009 drafts. These poor classes set his team back a bit, but he quickly salvaged his reputation with perhaps his best draft class in 2010).

In 2009, the Steelers whiffed on nearly everyone despite having 9 draft choices (4 inside the top 100 picks). Pittsburgh opted for Evander “Ziggy” Hood in round one. Sadly, he was a colossal disappointment. Hood played in all 64 games in his first 4 seasons (39 starts), but managed just 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for a loss over this span.

With their second draft choice (79th overall), Pittsburgh swung and missed on offensive lineman Kraig Urbik. Urbik never appeared in a game for the Steelers. He was released and signed with Buffalo after just one season.

Mike Wallace and Kennan Lewis were the lone bright spots of this draft, but Lewis didn’t start until his fourth season and he signed with the Saints the following year. Likewise, Wallace proved to be one of the best deep threats in the league, but he played just 4 years in Pittsburgh. Mid-round picks like Joe Burnett, Frank Summers, and Ra’Shon Harris never really did anything for the team.

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Kevin Colbert had some outstanding drafts over his legendary career, but these are three that he would love to take back. Regardless, Steelers fans shouldn’t have much to complain about after Colbert built championship rosters and helped keep this team competitive for most of the past two decades.