Tomlin: 'They'll be given an opportunity'

As the 2014 NFL Draft came to a close, General Manager Kevin Colbert and Coach Mike Tomlin looked happy and satisfied with what they accomplished over the three days.

"It was really a unique draft when we entered this thing," said General Manager Kevin Colbert. "And when we talked about it going into it, we talked about how deep this draft was. We certainly saw that throughout the draft. Usually in a draft the first or second round will usually follow suit because everybody likes the better players. It usually opens up as you go through when teams are grabbing guys, and you usually have more guys available to you that you have a particular feel for. This year it seems like everybody was selected from the same group of players because it was so deep. It was really interesting to see how it broke, but we thought it broke well for us. We are very happy with the results."

They selected nine players, five defensive players and four offensive players, and Tomlin said he would be open to the possibility of several earning a starting position.

"It's not something that's going to be given to them," said Tomlin. "They'll be given an opportunity to earn it. But I do believe that within this group there are some guys that are very capable of doing just that.

"I think they have a chance to start if they earn it every year. That's just the reality of it. There have been some years where we've had an extremely strong unit and that makes it a tough nut to crack; we'll see what this unit is made of. I'm not going to prejudge and go into it with any preconceived notions. I'll let those guys sort themselves out on the grass of Latrobe like we always do."

Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Draft Picks

Ryan ShazierLB6-1237Ohio State
Stephon TuittDE6-5303Notre Dame
Dri ArcherRB/WR5-8173Kent State
Martavis BryantWR6-4211Clemson
Shaquiille RichardsonCB6-0194Arizona
Wesley JohnsonOL6-5297Vanderbilt
Jordan ZumwaltLB6-4235UCLA
Daniel McCullersDL6-7352Tennessee
Rob BlanchflowerTE6-4256UMass

Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Rookie Free Agents

Chris ElkinsOL6-4300Youngstown State
Ethan HemerDE6-6285Wisconsin
Kaycee IkeOT6-5293UAB
Howard JonesLB6-4238Shepherd
Brendon KayQB6-4228Cincinnati
Josh MauroDE6-6282Stanford
Roy PhilonDT6-3291Louisville
Will SimmonsOG6-5342East Carolina
Eric WatersTE6-5245Missouri

Make sure to check www.steelers.com on Wednesday, May 14, for the first part of "Countdown: Behind The Scenes Story of the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Draft." The documentary will air beginning at 12 noon, and a new installment will air every Wednesday for four weeks (May 14, 21, 28 & June 4).

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