News: On Day 3 of the NFL draft the Steelers selected Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne, Oklahoma receiver Justin Brown, Florida State linebacker Vince Williams and Samford defensive tackle Nick Williams.
Analysis: Jones is the most intriguing player on the list because of his position. He's got a good arm and comes from a quick-hitting Oklahoma offense. There's concern that he's still raw as a downfield passer because of all the check-downs he threw in college so he really needs time to learn to read coverage. Thomas is small (5-foot-9) but stout, aggressive and fast to make a play. He's really solid against the run and could be a decent source of stats if given the opportunity. Hawthorne has the speed and athleticism to be effective but needs to add a little bulk and needs to stay healthy (he was concussed in 2012). Brown has real nice size (6-foot-3, 207 pounds) but is a bit slow compared to other receivers. He was productive for the Sooners after transferring from Penn State, catching 73 passes and five touchdowns and seems polished, so he could contribute before too long. Williams has nice acceleration and is aggressive but is slow to recognize a play and has dealt with back and leg injuries over his career. Williams is a fairly quick big man who is versatile enough to play anywhere on the Steelers' D-line. None of these guys are worth drafting in seasonal leagues. Thomas and Brown are the most appealing in dynasty/keeper leagues with late-round choices. In rookie-only drafts Thomas and Brown are worth mid- to late-round picks while Jones is a late-round flier.