The Steelers needed to address several positions in the draft and could not have executed their plan any better. They became bigger, faster, and more versatile on both offense and defense.
Round 1: Ryan Shazier LB
Shazier is as fast as a LB can get running a 4.38 40 at the combine. I have heard some Steelers fans complain about him being undersized at 6'1" and 237. That is nonsense considering that he is actually the same height and 3 lbs heavier than Lawrence Timmons. What Shazier really allows the Steelers to do is become very versatile on defense. He can play inside or outside and they could even drop him back at safety allowing Troy to roam more freely. Shazier is a playmaker on defense and he can only help a defense that has lacked playmaking ability the past two seasons.
Round 2: Stephon Tuitt DE/DL
If you told me that the Steelers drafted Tuitt in the first round I would have liked the pick. To get him in round 2 I love the pick. Unlike Shazier there is no size issue here at 6'5" 303 lbs. Tuitt will have to play immediately on a defensive line that is very thin. Like Shazier Tuitt can play inside or outside allowing the Steelers more versatility on defense.
Round 3: Dri Archer RB/WR
The pick that most Steelers fans seem to have an issue with. I am biased because I watched a ton of Dri Archer when he was at Kent State and I love this pick. Yes I now he is small but it's hard to get hurt if people can't catch you. 4.26 speed and an outstanding pass catcher is everything you want in a third down back and the Steelers got that with Archer.
Round 4: Martavias Bryant WR
The reason I love the Dri Archer pick so much is that the Steelers were still able to add a receiver that has a huge upside. At 6'4" and 4.4 speed Bryant is the red zone threat and deep threat all in one package. The kid has enormous talent and will be given every opportunity to play given his unique skill set that the Steelers lack on offense. He does drop some passes which is a concern.
Round 5: Shaquille Richardson CB
The Steelers finally drafted a CB in the 5th round. The secondary is a concern on this team especially with what appeared to be a declining Ike Taylor last year. Some of the issues in the secondary are a result of the Steelers not pressuring the QB. Richardson adds depth at this point. He has all the physical tools to become a good player and he does posses the ability to make big plays.
Round 5: Wesley Johnson OT
Another depth pick here is Wesley Johnson. He played OT at Vanderbilt but may be a bit too small to play the position in the NFL. At 6'5" and 297 Johnson projects more as a center for the Steelers. High character and passionate player who was a two year captain at Vanderbilt.
Round 6: Jordan Zumwalt LB
An interesting player to watch is Jordan Zumwalt. At 6'4" and 235 Zumwalt is a fierce hitter and passionate player that plays with an explosive ability. Has a very high football IQ and is rarely out of position on the field. Should step in and play immediately on special teams.
Round 6 : Daniel McCullers DL
A real Earth mover at 6'7" 352 LBs McCullers could rotate in at nose tackle and become a force if he learns to use his body. Needs to learn to use his hands to shed blocks and get pressure. Some had him projected as high as a 2nd round pick.
Round 7 : Todd Blanchflower TE
Blanchflower has great size at 6'4" and 256 lbs. Tough nosed run blocker who was a two year captain at Massachusetts. Short yardage receiver who is not explosive and can drop passes at times.