Steelers Pleased With Their Picks
Of course, drafting college ball players is not going to take care of every need the Steelers currently have to fill. The team knows that, but they appear to be happy with their draft picks.
Including Jarvis Jones (refer to the previous post for the stats on Jones), the Steelers chose another linebacker, a defensive tackle, a running back, two wide receivers, two defensive backs and a quarterback. That's certainly spreading it around.
- Second round draft pick Running Back Le'Veon Bell, 224 pounds at 6-1 comes from Michigan State. Carried 671 times for 3,346 yards (4.99 average) and 33 touchdowns. He appeared in 40 games. His rushing attempts rank him sixth in Spartan history averaging 102.85 yards per game. Michigan State went 18-3 when Bell scored at least one rushing TD.
- Third Round draft pick WR Markus Wheaton, 5-11 at 182 pounds comes from Oregon State. He appeared in 49 games. His 227 receptions was Oregon's all time record. He had 16 touchdowns. He gained at least 100 yards receiving 11 times ranking sixth on the school-career record list.
- Fourth Round draft pick QB Landry Jones of the University of Oklahoma. Jones stands 6-3 at 221 pounds. Jones started 50 of 52 games. He set the university record with 48 consecutive starts. His passing yardage total ranks third in NCAA history at 16,646 yards. He averaged 320.12 yards per game.
- Fifth round draft pick DB Terry Hawthorne of the University of Illinois. He stands at 6-0, 190 pounds. Having played in 44 games, he posted 163 tackles, 12.5 TFL's, 1.0 sack, six interceptions and 28 passes defended. He was honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2011 and 2012.
- Sixth round draft pick WR Justin Brown of the University of Oklahoma. Stands at 6-3, 209 pounds. Brown started 39 of 49 games in his career. He joined the Sooners after transferring from Penn State in his final season. He registered 146 receptions for 1,926 yards (13.2 average).
- Seventh round draft pick DE Nicholas Williams from Samford. Stands at 6-4, 309 pounds. He played in 11 games in 2012 and recorded 31 tackles (15 solo). He also registered at least one sack in three consecutive games.