Saw a blurb on PFT that said the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of eight teams who have no players left over from their 2009 draft class. Curiosity got the better of me so I clicked the link to the story.
Yes, we're one of them
Still curious, I decided to research the years from 2009 since just to see where our draft picks were now. Results are below, with info added for anyone not currently on roster and picks that were traded.
1 - DT Star Lotulelei
2 - DT Kawann Short
3 - Traded to San Francisco (Frank Alexander)
4 - T Edmund Kugbila
5 - LB A.J. Klein
6 - RB Kenjon Barner
7 - Traded to Oakland (Louis Murphy)
1 - LB Luke Kuechly
2 - G Amini Silatolu
3 - Traded to Chicago (Greg Olsen)
4 - DE Frank Alexander
4 - WR-RS Joe Adams (out of football)
5 - CB Josh Norman (probably 50-50 to make this year's roster)
6 - P Brad Nortman
7 - S D.J. Campbell (will attend training camp with the San Francisco 49ers)
1 - QB Cam Newton
2 - Traded to New England (Armanti Edwards)
3 - DT Terrell McClain (will attend training camp with the Dallas Cowboys)
3 - DT Sione Fua (backup for the Denver Broncos)
4 - CB Brandon Hogan (playing in the CFL)
5 - WR-KR Kealoha Pilares (long shot to make this year's roster)
6 - LB Lawrence Wilson (will attend training camp with the Chicago Bears)
6 - G Zack Williams (playing in the Arena Football League)
7 - T Lee Ziemba (out of football)
1 - Traded to San Francisco (Everette Brown)
2 - QB Jimmy Clausen (free agent)
3 - WR Brandon LaFell (signed with New England Patriots)
3 - WR-RS Armanti Edwards (free agent)
4 - DE Eric Norwood (playing in the CFL)
5 - Traded to Kansas City (Tank Tyler)
6 - DE Greg Hardy
6 - WR David Gettis (will attend training camp with the Washington Redskins)
6 - S Jordan Pugh (will attend training camp with the New Orleans Saints)
6 - QB Tony Pike (officially "retired")
7 - CB R.J. Stanford (will attend training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals)
7 - CB Robert McClain (backup for the Atlanta Falcons)
1 - Traded to Eagles (Jeff Otah)
2 - DE Everette Brown (free agent)
2 - S Sherrod Martin (will attend training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars)
3 - DT Corvey Irvin (will attend training camp with the Detroit Lions)
4 - RB Mike Goodson (still with the New York Jets; legal issues still unresolved)
4 - FB Tony Fiammetta (will attend training camp with the Chicago Bears)
5 - G Duke Robinson (playing in the Arena Football League)
6 - Traded to Oakland (trade down)
7 - CB Captain Munnerlyn (signed with the Minnesota Vikings)
Nobody left from 2009. Only one player left from 2010 (Greg Hardy) and two from 2011 (Cam Newton, Kealoha Pilares) though I seriously doubt Pilares makes the final roster this year. Realistically, a lot of the "attending camp with" guys will be free agents come September.
The top half of the 2012 draft still looks decent. The bottom half not so much except for Brad Nortman. As with Pilares, I question whether Josh Norman sticks this season.
Obviously, the 2013 class is still writing their story, but outside of Edmund Kugbila and (some would argue) Kenjon Barner, the early returns are good.
As five year histories go though, only three (realistically two) players left out of that three year stretch from 2009 to 2011 is a pretty big red flag for a team whose philosophy is "build though the draft"
Definitely looking for improvement in the years ahead...