The Steelers going into the draft made it a necessity to revamp their aging and missing puzzles on the defensive side of the ball and did so as well selecting a back-up for their quarterback "Big Ben".
Pittsburgh Steelers-Round 4 (no. 111 overall): Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
Thomas is another great pick for what is turning out to be quite the draft for the Steelers. He uses a combination of speed, aggressiveness along with big hitting ability to a defense where his attitude will fit in perfectly.
Pittsburgh Steelers-Round 4 (no. 115 overall): Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
The selection of Jones might be the only one in which Steelers fan can question. Jones has a tremendous arm and good pocket presence, but his feet are slow and he doesn't move around the pocket or on the run very well. He should become a capable backup to Big Ben, and can function at the NFL level if called upon as a game manager.
Pittsburgh Steelers-Round 5 (no. 150 overall): Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Another piece added to a defense that has been reloaded in this draft, Hawthorne is one of the more underrated corners coming in to the draft. He possesses the nice combination of big physical play, and is an absolute burner. He is in the Steelers mold of defenders, and is another great pick for what has already been an excellent draft for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Steelers-Round 6 (no. 186 overall): Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Steelers were looking to add a solid, well balanced, all around receiver and that is what Justin Brown is. The former Nittany Lion struggled to pick up Oklahoma's offense once he was there, but proved more than capable at making the routine catch and moving the chains. Brown is a good route runner, which also bodes well for players trying to improve their game at the pro level. He adds more depth to a Pittsburgh receiving core that lost Mike Wallace to free agency.
Pittsburgh Steelers-Round 6 (no. 206 overall): Vince Williams, LB, Florida State
The Steelers took a calculated risk with Williams at this selection. He is stout, perfectly built for inside play, and really helped his draft stock at the combine as well as his pro day after a lackluster college career in Tallahassee. He is raw, but has a nose for the football, and could develop into a very serviceable middle linebacker for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh Steelers-Round 7 (no. 223 overall): Nick Williams, DT, Samford
One of the prized underrated players of the draft, Pittsburgh hit the jackpot again with this athletically gifted big man from Samford. He is raw, having only 5 seasons of football to his credit, including one at the high school level. He is explosive and strong, and can contribute at both defensive end or at defensive tackle.