The Pittsburgh Steelers are known throughout NFL history for having elite defenses that can rush the passer and be a menace to opposing offenses. After the last few years where their defense has struggled at times, Pittsburgh addressed their defensive needs at multiple points throughout the three-day NFL Draft. Here is a breakdown of their picks.

Best Pick

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Third RoundSammie Coates WR (Auburn)
After the introduction saying the Steelers focused in defense in the draft, their best draft selection was actually WR Sammie Coates from Auburn. Coates should fit in nicely with the receiving corps of Antonio Brown, Martavius Bryant and Markus Wheaton, and could eventually replace Brown who is holding out for a new contract this offseason. Coates has great physical tools, but is still learning the receiver position.

Sammie Coates Draft Profile and NFL Comparison.

Worst Pick

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Second RoundSenquez Golson DB (Ole Miss)
Golson is a solid cover-corner, but struggles against physical big-bodied receivers meaning he may have to be a nickel corner at the NFL level. Those are important, but I would consider it a reach in the second round with many other talented options out there. Golson will fit in nicely in Pittsburgh’s scheme, so it is not a terrible pick, it does not provide enough value for the spot.

Value Pick

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Seventh RoundGerod Holliman FS (Louisville)
I was not a fan of Holliman heading into the NFL Draft, he has a lot of flaws for the hype he was receiving early on in the draft process, but that was as a day one or two pick. The Steelers selected Holliman 239th overall, not bad for the NCAA interceptions leader in 2014. Holliman has good ball skills, but is an ugly tackler. That can be improved with proper coaching and technique, so this pick presents high reward with little-to-no risk.

Gerod Holliman Draft Profile and NFL Comparison

Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 NFL Draft Selections

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1st round (22)- Alvin “Bud” Dupree (Kentucky)
-NFL Draft Profile and NFL Comparison

2nd round (56)- Senquez Golson DB (Ole Miss)

3rd round (87)- Sammie Coates WR (Auburn)
-NFL Draft Profile and NFL Comparison

4th round (121)- Doran Grant DB (Ohio State)

5th round (160)- Jesse James TE (Penn State)

6th round (199)- Leterrius Walton DT (Central Michigan)

6th round (212)- Anthony Chickillo DE (Miami FL)

7th round (239)- Gerod Holliman FS (Louisville)
-NFL Draft Profile and NFL Comparison

Overall Draft Grade: B

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Dan Schalk studies the NFL Draft for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk

 

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