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Steelers Spin: Pittsburgh’s Second Round Pick – A Historical Perspective

For those of us hoping…praying…that the Pittsburgh Steelers would select quarterback Mason Rudolph in the second round…we’ll it was pure heartbreak.

Right college. Wrong player.

Yeah, it was Rudolph’s college of Oklahoma State, but it wasn’t the thrower…it was the catcher.

Another draft, another receiver? WR James Washington out of Oklahoma State?

I mean, why get rid of Martavis Bryant for a third round pick if we’re going to have to spend a second round pick and a lot of on-the-field development to replace him?

And Washington isn’t as fast as Bryant. Or isn’t as tall.

And…we’ve lost our chance to get the last of the first round level quarterbacks.

Not happy. Like throw things not happy.

At least, when the selection was first announced.

Yet…with a glance at the historical perspective of Kevin Colbert’s greatest picks in the second round since he arrived at the Pittsburgh Steelers…and a renewed appreciation for his ability to draft “under-the-radar” receivers…

…and four hours of yoga and another three in the steam room (and frankly…amazing news in the third round)…I was able to regain my calm.

So let’s see how the Washington pick compares to Colbert’s greatest draft hits:

Pittsburgh Steelers Greatest Draft Hits From 2000 | Second Round

RANK NAME POSITION YEAR DRAFTED COLLEGE
1 Le’Veon Bell RB 2013 Michigan State
2 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR 2017 USC
3 Marvel Smith T 2000 Arizona State
4 Marcus Gilbert T 2011 Florida
5 LaMarr Woodley DE 2007 Michigan

NEXT UP: Jason Worilds(2010) Stephon Tuitt(2014) Antwaan Randle El(2002) Kendrell Bell(2001)

HISTORY SAYS: Again, as was the case in the first round, none of Colbert’s best selections in the second round were reaches. In other words, reaches defined as developmental prospects or ones other teams didn’t rate as highly. These were all players who helped boost the Steelers overall “draft grades” as they were, for the most part, considered good value as a second draft pick.

On the other hand, recent second round draft picks for Colbert include players like Sean Davis (2016) and Senquez Golson (2015) which put him in somewhat of a slump. Fortunately for Steelers general manager, he chose JuJu Smith-Schuster last year, and that allowed him to get his JuJu back.

THE SPIN: James Washington is probably the safest selection of the 2018 Steelers draft. He has good, if not great measurables to assure he can compete at the NFL level and has the character and resume to provide an opportunity to be the next of the great Steelers receivers. His maturity at the position offers hope he can step in and play this season. The truth is the Spin was not thrilled with the JuJu pick last year and boy…was…I…wrong. Let’s hope Washington equally exceeds expectations.

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