Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The armchair general managers are now on the clock.
With the 255 selections of the 2006 NFL draft in the books, it is currently time for observers from around the league to judge just how much the weekend's festivities changed the balance of power among the 32 franchises.
Did you think we'd let our opportunity to weigh in remain elusive?
Below we take a look at the 2006 draft output of the Pittsburgh Steelers, highlighting the ramifications of their two-day haul and assigning grades for their efforts.1 - Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State (5-11, 179)3 - Anthony Smith, FS, Syracuse (6-0, 194)3 - Willie Reid, WR, Florida State (5-10, 188)4 - Willie Colon, OL, Hofstra (6-3, 320)4 - Orien Harris, DT, Miami (FL) (6-3, 298)5 - Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green (6-4, 232)5 - Charles Davis, TE, Purdue (6-5, 263)6 - Marvin Philip, C, California (6-1, 307)7 - Cedric Humes, RB, Virginia Tech (6-1, 227)
Analysis: Many felt that the Steelers would end up with a receiver, but few expected the team to trade up to take Holmes, one of the top two wideouts on the board. The Ohio State product will be penciled into the role formerly held down by Antwaan Randle El. Elsewhere on the first day, Smith will have an opportunity to compete for a starting job at a position that has been a bit troubling for the team, and Reid could catch on as a fourth receiver. The second-day choices are mostly projects, though Harris was believed by some to have second-round talent and could replace Kimo von Oelhoffen up front. Jacobs, another big quarterback out of the MAC, lacks polish and has "NFL Europe" written all over him. There weren't a wealth of Jerome Bettis-sized running back talents in the draft, so it's not a surprise that the defending champs waited until the seventh round to address that position.
Bottom Line: Filled some important holes, but the expectations heaped upon Holmes could be unrealistic.