First Call: Ranking all 10 of Steelers first round picks of 2010s – TribLIVE

NFL.com posted this ranking of the No. 1 overall picks within the draft from 2010-19.

That’s what you enact while you are within the center of a coronavirus shutdown and to boot you’ve got no say material to converse of.

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On story of, appropriate now, I’m steali … ahem … ”borrowing” this idea for our Pittsburgh viewers.

Here is how I’d sinful all 10 of the Steelers first-round picks from the the same decade.

1. Maurkice Pouncey (center, 2010): I’m going to claim this appropriate out of the gate for all of the predominant three slots.

Set up all three of those guys in a sack, hit it with a stick, and on the opposite hand they spill out, you’re appropriate.

I’m gruesome.

I’m gonna watch within the feedback portion on the bottom of this column, my electronic mail field and my Twitter interactions, and can perhaps be plagued by “hot takes” about how insane it’s to hang Pouncey in entrance of David DeCastro. Or DeCastro in entrance of Cam Heyward. I’m appropriate going to claim, “OK, reader, you’re appropriate.”

On every occasion.

You can moreover be appropriate since all three are neck and neck. There just isn’t this kind of thing as a obvious winner. All three of the Steelers first-round picks in 2010-12 hang been home runs.

They are all going to be Steelers for the bulk of their careers, if no longer their entirety. They’ve all lived up to expectations. They’ve all been Expert Bowlers. They’ve all been clubhouse leaders and obvious influences.

Expert Soccer Point of curiosity isn’t going to love my name of Pouncey at No. 1. But all americans else who has watched him seems to love the person.

Eight Expert Bowls. Five All-Expert nods (two first crew, three 2d crew). All Decade crew. He continued the legacy of the Steelers center situation after Mike Webster, Dermontti Dawson, and Jeff Hartings. Plus, mediate how factual he would’ve been if he didn’t lose all of 2013 and 2015 attributable to damage.

Pouncey did it appropriate as successfully — for longer — than anybody up for this debate.

Oh. Then there used to be that rant after Le’Veon Bell didn’t disclose up in 2018. He deserves first situation for that alone.

He will get the extinguish situation, grudgingly over DeCastro and Heyward.

2. David DeCastro (guard, 2012): I’m shamefully the field’s ideal DeCastro fan. I even regarded as him for the extinguish situation.

So perchance some of you might perchance well perhaps hang him decrease. Five Expert Bowls and three All-Mavens (two on the predominant crew) give me a factual case, though. Don’t you mediate?

Unfortunately, he disregarded nearly his total rookie season with a knee damage. Then he had that weird, how did it happen, out of nowhere, what used to be he thinking, flubbed decrease block that took out Pouncey in 2013.

So I had to deduct blueprint in my decision making there.

3. Cameron Heyward (defensive extinguish, 2011): Some direct the local media and fan inferior overrate Heyward.

Nope. The nationwide followers and media don’t worship him sufficient.

The Steelers 3-4 extinguish situation has developed. Heyward and Stephon Tuitt hang been grew to become free more most frequently. Which potential, Heyward has performed most of his damage as he has gotten older.

I’d argue he’s recuperating with age. Twenty-9 of Heyward’s 54 occupation sacks hang come over the very best three years. Those are years seven, eight and 9 of his Steelers tenure.

The Steelers hang been perhaps too slack to do him a paunchy-time starter sooner than 2013. And an damage imprint him plenty of 2016. Otherwise, Heyward might perchance moreover be tops on this list.

4. T.J. Watt (initiate air linebacker, 2017): Let’s buy a watch lend a hand at this list when Watt has as decades below his belt as the three in entrance of him.

I’ll guess he’s within the extinguish slot sooner than he leaves Pittsburgh.

5. Ryan Shazier (Interior linebacker, 2014): What might perchance moreover’ve been.

What else are you able to direct?

As factual as the four guys in entrance of him are, Shazier used to be en route in opposition to equaling their prowess.

After some wildly up-and-down, damage-plagued campaigns in 2014 and 2015, Shazier repeatedly confirmed that flash in 2016.

He used to be on his potential to his ideal season in 2017 with 89 tackles and 5 compelled turnovers when he suffered that occupation-ending spinal damage in Week 12 in Cincinnati.

The Steelers hang been attempting to resolve out easy how one can replace him ever since.

We’ll come lend a hand to that almost at the moment.

6. Bud Dupree (initiate air linebacker, 2015): Damage, ineffectiveness and an inability to take hang of methodology restricted “Alvin” to 20 sacks over his four years.

He used to be usually factual. As soon as in a while invisible. Always maddeningly below his physical skills.

Then perfect year came about, and “Bud” looked love the predominant rounder all americans in Pittsburgh has been in a position to have a study.

What’s he going to have a study love on the franchise imprint? No longer obvious.

Is he going to be value preserving on a prolonged-term, ample-cash deal going into 2021? Is dependent.

What else will the Steelers hang on the lend a hand of him by then?

Also, are they unnerved about making one other first-round utilize in an are trying to replace him that pans out appropriate as badly as ….

… successfully, stick around for slot No. 9.

7. Devin Bush (inner linebacker, 2019): twelve months in? No longer inferior. No longer inferior at all.

Is he Shazier but? No longer but. No longer but at all.

Nothing I’ve viewed out of Devin Bush suggests to me that the Steelers overspent to transfer up within the draft to buy him at No. 10 within the predominant round.

But nothing the Michigan product has performed but affords me the the same stage of self assurance that he’ll reshuffle this deck within the the same potential Watt will finally.

He’s making me wait and see, though.

8. Terrell Edmunds (security, 2018): The extinct Virginia Tech Hokie hasn’t performed something else to warrant other folks calling him a bust.

Some hang. Most haven’t. To this level.

Equally, Edmunds has performed little to do himself watch great of being the 28th overall utilize. That used to be a lofty achievement that many — myself included — felt used to be bigger than a stage too high for him.

On the plus facet, Edmunds has taken on colossal accountability and has proven phenomenal durability, playing in all 16 video games both of his first two seasons.

Between particular groups and protection, Edmunds has logged 2,292 snaps. Spectacular.

He has one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery. Unimpressive.

9. Jarvis Jones (initiate air linebacker, 2013): What hang been we announcing about slot No. 9?

Oh. Honest.

See, in 2013, the Steelers famous an initiate air linebacker. Jones used to be an initiate air linebacker. The first one taken off the board that year. After being the SEC defensive participant of the year at Georgia.

I cherished him. I used to be on the Jarvis prepare your total offseason. I even applauded his Subway meat-head likeness.

The total factor made sense. I couldn’t hang been happier.

Unless he performed.

Smartly, until he tried to play.

10. Artie Burns (cornerback, 2016): The Steelers reached to gain him at utilize No. 25 because they hang been determined at cornerback. And a bunch of corners went within the predominant round that year sooner than him.

Quick the franchise grew to become appropriate as intriguing to replace him.

Substandard perfect title for a cornerback within the NFL. Substandard utilize by the Steelers.

So how would we collectively wrap up the last decade? Let’s mediate.

Four supreme-attempting number 1 picks (Pouncey, DeCastro, Heyward, Watt). Two hang been frightful (Jones, Burns). Two more are restful in construction (Bush, Edmunds). One used to be so-so (Dupree). And the very best used to be rendered incomplete (Shazier).

Forward of we mosey, watch at this experiment. Review out the extinguish six picks overall on that NFL list.

1. Cam Newton

2. Andrew Excellent fortune

3. Myles Garrett

4. Kyler Murray

5. Jared Goff

6. Jadeveon Clowney

Would you purchase those six or the Steelers high six — if Shazier had stayed healthy?

It’s a tricky comparison since four of those guys are quarterbacks. But I’d mosey with the Steelers six.


Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review crew creator. You might perchance contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or by potential of Twitter. All tweets will most definitely be reposted. All emails are self-discipline to newsletter unless specified in another case.

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