I’ve always been taught a few things about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft philosophy:
No. 1: They take the best player available.
No. 2: They build on defense first.
No. 3: You won’t see that guy play a ton for a few years because they like to develop.
Pittsburgh picking Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft followed every Steelers maxim.
He was named an All-American last season with 144 tackles and seven sacks playing in a 4-3 defense.
Making the transition to Dick LaBeau’s 3-4 shouldn’t be a problem.
Shazier can slide into a low-ish slot on the Steelers’ depth chart and learn from one of the most experienced defensive units in the league.
Pittsburgh is starting to see returns from its previous Ohio State pick, Cameron Heyward.
It’s not a sexy pick by any means.
Two of the three teams before them took Pittsburgh’s possible “sexy” picks in Odell Beckham Jr. and Kyle Fuller.
This was a Steelers pick, which hasn’t stopped working yet.
And remember: you can’t grade a draft on one pick. There’s still two days to go.