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2016 NFL Draft Grades: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Day 1 – Artie Burns, CB, Miami (Rd 1, #25)

The Steelers biggest need is by far and away their secondary. They had to address safety and cornerback as high in the draft as possible, and they did do that, but a bit of a reach. Burns is a good looking prospect, he has good measurables and does seem to fit into their scheme quite nicely, but he is raw and doesn’t have the game tape to back up being a first round choice.

Grade: B-

Day 2 – Sean Davis, S, Maryland (Rd 2, #58), Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State (Rd 3, #89)

With their second pick of the draft the Steelers went right back to their biggest need by taking Sean Davis. Davis will be able to play at virtually any position in the Steelers secondary, and that is a very good thing for the Steelers. Hargrave was a very good pick in the third round and he fits with what the Steelers like to do with their interior d-line.

Grade: B

Day 3 – Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU (Rd 4, #123), Travis Feeney, LB, Washington (Rd 6, #220), DeMarcus Ayers, WR, Houston (Rd 7, #229), Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple (Rd 7, #246)

Unlike the Ravens and Bengals, who nailed their late round draft picks, the Steelers didn’t really add the talent and depth they needed. Hawkins and Feeney both need to develop and get a lot stronger before they can really contribute. Ayers is an okay pick and will be an asset in the return game but there were, arguably, more talented receivers available at the time. I do like the Matakevich pick, though. He’ll help on 1st and 2nd down and on special teams.

Grade: C

Overall Grade: C+

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

2016 NFL Draft Grades: Pittsburgh Steelers

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