AFC North 3-year Draft Review
Nothing really shocking, just an interesting look at the draft breakdown the last three years. I was suprised that we have the lowest amount still on the active roster though.
Total picks: 27. Picks still on roster: 20 (74 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 9.
Best player: Wide receiver A.J. Green (first round, 2011). The fourth overall pick in 2011 was taken after Cam Newton, Von Miller and Marcell Dareus. He has 162 catches in his first two seasons, which is the second-most in NFL history.
Best value: Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (fourth round, 2010). He's the best interior pass-rusher in the game with 20 sacks over the past two seasons.
Biggest disappointment: Linebacker Dontay Moch (third round, 2011). Injuries and migraines have limited him to one game in two seasons.
Total picks: 27. Picks still on roster: 22 (81 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 13.
Best player: Cornerback Joe Haden (first round, 2010). The best player could turn out to be running back Trent Richardson by the end of the 2013 season. In three seasons, Haden intercepted nine passes and broken up 47.
Best value: Guard Jason Pinkston (fifth round, 2011). He made starts in the first 22 games of his career before a blood clot in his lung sidelined him.
Biggest disappointment: Running back Montario Hardesty (second round, 2010). The 59th overall pick of the draft three years ago has more career fumbles (three) than touchdowns (one).
Total picks: 23. Picks still on roster: 22 (95 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 6.
Best player: Wide receiver Torrey Smith (second round, 2011). He's averaged 17.1 yards per catch and scored 15 touchdowns in two seasons. Now, Smith will become the No. 1 receiver with Anquan Boldin gone.
Best value: Tight end Dennis Pitta (fourth round, 2010). Pitta had a breakout season last year when he caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns (which tied Todd Heap's 2005 team record for tight ends).
Biggest disappointment: Sergio Kindle (second round, 2010). Kindle created more headlines off the field, from fracturing his skull after falling down two flights of stairs to his drunken driving arrest. He played a total of three games and is the only player from the past three drafts currently not on the roster.
Total picks: 26. Picks still on roster: 18 (69 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 9.
Best player: Center Maurkice Pouncey (first round, 2010). The 18th overall pick three years ago has been named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro team every season.
Best value: Wide receiver Antonio Brown (sixth round, 2010). Over the past two seasons, Brown has totaled 135 catches for 1,895 yards and seven touchdowns. He is now the go-to receiver after Mike Wallace signed with the Dolphins in free agency.
Biggest disappointment: Linebacker Jason Worilds (second round, 2010). He hasn't been a bust, but he hasn't lived up to the expectations of being a second-round pick. In 10 career starts, he has four sacks. This is why many project the Steelers taking Jarvis Jones in the first round.