Originally Posted by 56crash
well I hate to tell you this but the but the Steelrs have done just fine in this areia...that and Arziona is kings in this department because they got there QB\WR in the 2nd round !!!!!!!!
oh and with that logic no NFL team would draft WR's because most take 3 years for the lights to turn on lol
The Steelers drafted Antwaan Randle El in the 2nd round of the 2002 draft and Hines Ward in the 3rd round of the 1998 draft. In 2002 Pittsburgh drafted Kendall Simmons in the 1st round, and in 1998's 1st round they drafted Alan Faneca, who has been an All Pro since 2001. Both players cornerstones of their OLine, and (because they were 1st round picks) were expected to be such.
Randle El was the punt returner and 3rd WR for the Steelers in his rookie season. He was not expected to produce like he did, but because he played in the slot didn't have to have precise routs.
Ward played QB in college only briefly, then in 1996 (I believe) switched to WR. He had 2 years to hone his craft before being drafted, and then it took him about 4 years in the pros to become an elite receiver.
The Steelers are a bad example because they consistantly
draft well. They don't reach for players, and they develop them into solid, if not great, players.
The Cardinals, however, don't draft well.. In fact, I might go so far as to say they are horrible at drafting. Before Denny Green arrived, their past three 1st rounders have been:
2003: Bryant Johnson
2002: Wendell Bryant
2001: Leonard Davis
Johnson is in danger of becoming the teams #3 WR. Boldin is the clear #1 and Fitzgerald will probably take over at #2. Wendell Bryant is too undersized to play DT. In his career he has 1.5 sacks. Look it up. That's not what you want from a 1st rounder. Leonard Davis has been a solid player. He could actually turn into something good. But all in all, the Cards are not a favorable sandard to compare anyone to.