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- Round 1 – Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback
- Round 2 – Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle
- Round 3 – Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver
- Round 4 – Kyle Williams, Defensive Tackle
- Round 5 – Sebastian Vollmer, Right Tackle
- Round 6: Phil Taylor, Defensive Tackle
- Round 7: Harrison Smith, Safety
- Round 8: Trent Cole, Defensive End
- Round 9: Troy Polamalu, Safety
- Round 10: Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver
- Round 11: Brent Grimes, Cornerback
- Round 12: Chris Houston, Cornerback
- Round 13: Vinny Curry, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
- Round 14: Jeremy Mincey, Defensive End
- Round 15: Mark Ingram, Running Back
- Round 16: Heath Miller, Tight End
- Round 17:
- Round 18:
- Round 19:
- Round 20:
- Round 21:
- Round 22:
Round 1, Pick 12: Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback
Big Ben was an easy pick here for me at No.12…and not because I am from Pittsburgh. I was shocked that Kaepernick lasted as long as he did, as he was my third overall player only behind Rodgers and Luck. But CK fell right before my pick, so I was happy to take a proven stud quarterback to build my team around. He isn’t as young as I would have liked, but I see plenty of great football still in Roethlisberger.
Round 2, Pick 21: Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle
There were four or five young left tackles that I considered here, but I went with Kalil because of his youth. Left Tackles just don’t grow on trees and after one season in the league, Kalil proved that he can protect Roethlisberger’s blind side-and Big Ben hasn’t had such stability for the majority of his career. I will be concentrating on defense most likely with my next few picks.
Round 3, Pick 21: Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver
Injuries aside, Nicks is a true #1 WR-and I rarely use that term…plus, he is 25 years old! I would have taken Joseph or Melton, but both fell right before my pick. We are going to throw a ton and I think many are selling Nicks short right now. Just think back to one year ago and remember his value then. Nicks is still a stud.
Round 4, Pick 107: Kyle Williams, Defensive Tackle
This is just a great football player-who happens to play in a small market and doesn’t get the credit that he rightfully deserves. He can play in any scheme and is constantly disruptive. To put it mildly, he is a playing bitch for 60 minutes week in and week out.
Round 5, Pick 150: Sebastian Vollmer, Right Tackle
Over Ben Roethlisberger’s career, the Steelers have not done an excellent job protecting him. Some of that is clearly on Big Ben’s shoulders, but at his age and with his injury history, I have put a premium on edge protection-and excellent young edge protection at that. In my opinion, Vollmer is the best right tackle in football, should only get better and has no business being on the board this late.
Round 6, Pick 172: Phil Taylor, Defensive Tackle
Round 7, Pick 213: Harrison Smith, Safety
Round 8, Pick 236: Trent Cole, Defensive End
Round 9, Pick 277: Troy Polamalu, Safety
Round 10, Pick 300: Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver
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