First Down: The Steelers 2009 Draft Pick Breakdown



Round 1 (32nd overall)
Evander Hood, DT; Missouri; 6'3", 300 pounds

Known to most by his childhood nickname "Ziggy," Evander Hood is a textbook Steelers' first-round pick: an unheralded, no-nonsense, smart, physical player who fits the team's needs and scheme. Will benefit from a year or two learning from guys like Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton. Provides immediate depth where there was precious little before.

Round 3 (79th overall)
Kraig Urbik, OT; Wisconsin; 6'5", 328 pounds

Although he played both guard and tackle in the Big Ten, Urbik is most likely a guard at the pro level and could compete for a starting job as a rookie. A "road grader" type of lineman, Urbik is known more for his run-blocking power than for his pass-blocking skill. Is aggressive blocking downfield.

Round 3 (84th overall)
Mike Wallace, WR; Mississippi; 6'0", 199 pounds

Ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash at the combine (4.33). Was not overly productive at Ole Miss (just 39 receptions as a senior) but did lead the SEC in yards per catch (20.1). Could immediately address one of the team's most glaring weaknesses: kickoff returns.

Round 3 (96th overall)
Keenan Lewis, CB; Oregon State; 6'0", 208 pounds

Is known to excel in press coverage. Started 48 games at OSU while earning Academic All-Pac 10 honors as a senior. Known for a strong work ethic and was a high school teammate of Mike Wallace's.

Round 5 (168th overall)
Joe Burnett, CB; Central Florida; 5'9", 192 pounds

His lack of size and speed (4.57 40-yard dash at the combine) pushed him down many draft boards, but scouts like his toughness. Was a four-year starter in college. Could contribute on special teams, possibly as a punt returner.

Round 5 (169th overall)
Frank Summers, RB; UNLV; 5'9", 241 pounds

Nicknamed "The Tank." Rarely got knocked backward in Vegas. Despite his size, is not a prospect at fullback. Will benefit from the off-season release of Gary Russell.

Round 6 (205th overall)
Ra'Shon Harris, DT; Oregon; 6'4", 298 pounds

Also goes by a nickname, "Sonny." Is likely a "project" for D-line coach John Mitchell, having started just one year in college. Known for his quickness and agility.

Round 7 (226th overall)
A.Q. Shipley, C; Penn State; 6'1", 304 pounds

Despite winning the Rimington Award as college football's top center, he dropped to the final round because of his height and short arms. Won a state championship in basketball at Moon High School in 2004. Could benefit from a lack of depth at center.

Round 7 (241th overall)
David Johnson, TE; Arkansas State; 6'2", 260 pounds

Good run blocker who also averaged 16 yards per catch as a senior in college. Could curry favor with referees: His high school team was nicknamed the Zebras.

Craig McConnell is a born-and-bred Pittsburgher. He is a coordinating producer at FSN, where he's worked since 2001. Before joining FSN, Craig worked as a videographer at WSYX-TV in Columbus and WTOV-TV in Steubenville. He lives in Hampton with his wife, Jill, and their two kids, Derek and Leah.

 

Hot Reads

Review: One Thirty One East

Review: One Thirty One East

Located in the southwest suburban community of Carnegie, One Thirty One East embodies the area’s renaissance.
Grow. Cook. Drink.: Maggie Meskey of Butcher and the Rye

Grow. Cook. Drink.: Maggie Meskey of Butcher and the Rye

The charismatic Maggie Meskey had tended bar for years before landing her gig at downtown bourbon haven Butcher and the Rye.
Why Things Get Squirrely Near the Tunnels

Why Things Get Squirrely Near the Tunnels

PittGirl doesn't know why we say "warsh" — but she has figured out why we 'Burghers hit the brakes at the sight of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.
12 Hot New Restaurants

12 Hot New Restaurants

A diverse crop of eateries caught our attention this year, so we’re highlighting some of our favorites.

The 412

Local Developer Creates Pittsburghese Plugin for Google Chrome

Local Developer Creates Pittsburghese Plugin for Google Chrome

Have a little fun as you search the Web.
Pittsburgher Ali Spagnola Releases an App Version of Her 'Power Hour' Album

Pittsburgher Ali Spagnola Releases an App Version of Her 'Power Hour' Album

The creator of the app — which takes any playlist on your smartphone or tablet and plays it in one-minute pieces — reminds users to please drink responsibly.
NPR Blog Team Tries, Critiques Primanti Bros. Sandwich

NPR Blog Team Tries, Critiques Primanti Bros. Sandwich

The group behind the station's Sandwich Monday blog series orders the iconic sandwich and writes a review.
Pittsburgh Has 'America's Ugliest Accent'

Pittsburgh Has 'America's Ugliest Accent'

The results of the Gawker poll are in: We’re No. 1.

Hot Reads

Review: One Thirty One East

Review: One Thirty One East

Located in the southwest suburban community of Carnegie, One Thirty One East embodies the area’s renaissance.
Grow. Cook. Drink.: Maggie Meskey of Butcher and the Rye

Grow. Cook. Drink.: Maggie Meskey of Butcher and the Rye

The charismatic Maggie Meskey had tended bar for years before landing her gig at downtown bourbon haven Butcher and the Rye.
Why Things Get Squirrely Near the Tunnels

Why Things Get Squirrely Near the Tunnels

PittGirl doesn't know why we say "warsh" — but she has figured out why we 'Burghers hit the brakes at the sight of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel.
12 Hot New Restaurants

12 Hot New Restaurants

A diverse crop of eateries caught our attention this year, so we’re highlighting some of our favorites.
13 Bartenders You Should Know

13 Bartenders You Should Know

Get acquainted with this group of charming bar professionals working in various establishments around the city.
40 Under 40: 2014

40 Under 40: 2014

In their own ways, the 40 men and women we introduce here show us daily how we can ensure that Pittsburgh is deserving of its Most Livable City title.