Steelers 2009 Draft Class Is All Gone As Of Thursday

Now that unrestricted free agent defensive end Ziggy Hood has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 draft class is all gone.

The mass exodus of the primary members of that class started last offeason when the Steelers allowed wide receiver Mike Wallace and cornerback Keenan Lewis to walk off uncontested early in the free agency signing period.

Heading into this offseason, only Hood and tight end/fullback David Johnson remained of that class, but the latter signed with the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday with the former officially leaving Pittsburgh today.

Other members of that draft class, guard Kraig Urbik, cornerback Joe Burnett and fullback Frank Summers only lasted a short time in Pittsburgh. Urbik, however, is now a starter with the Buffalo Bills.

The Steelers other seventh-round draft pick in 2009, center A.Q. Shipley, is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

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  • Ben Saluri

    Wow. Like a farm club for the other 31 teams.

  • GNG

    This is why 8-8 seasons happen because of bad drafts like 2008 and 2009.

  • http://batman-news.com steellife007

    Agree for the most part, but there were some good players but amazing how we couldn’t hold onto them. Hood didn’t fit the system–our falt, wallace was a good 3rd pick but got extremely overpaid–not our falt, and Lewis was a great pick and was worth his contract–our falt for not being able to keep him.

  • dgh57

    Add 2008 to that list and you have back to back years of no one left!

  • Steelers12328882

    It would be one thing if they were all busts, like the 2008 class, but almost all these guys are playing for other teams.

  • shawn

    Says A LOT !

  • Ken

    No matter how you spin it, not having any of the draft members from a 2009 is pretty much a disastrous draft. This is the time they should all be flourishing instead of gone. Not all of it was the drafting problems as much as the hang on problems in regards to Keenan Lewis. This is a player they drafted very well and needed to find a way to keep. They messed up there.

  • Alan Felicia

    2010 Draft class is thin with only Pouncey, Worilds, and Antonio Brown left.

  • Dennis Anders

    Which is the case for most teams. Look at the Rams 2009 draft. They were picking #2 have one guy left.

  • GNG

    Outside of Lewis and I guess Wallace and Mendy, those drafts have been bad.

  • DoctorNoah

    Not bad drafts, but profound failure on our part to lock guys up before they hit the open market and bigger failure on our part to develop them early enough to allow them to be real impact players for us (Lewis, specifically).

  • srdan

    ouch

  • srdan

    THat is what the new NFL is. The way the NFL is structured, a 2-12 team can win a superbowl in 2 years and not make the playoffs the next.

  • srdan

    Luckily the way that drafts impacts teams it’s 4 years later. The 2008 and 09 negative imacts should be beyond us after this year. The next draft was pouncey, Worldis and AB.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I don’t care what anyone says, Keenan Lewis was a huge mistake. No way we should be looking for a corner. Many guys want to play in their hometown but guess what, they don’t.

    Too many players were let go and got nothing for them. I’m not opposed to them playing on other teams since it the NFL but to get nothing for them is ridiculous.

  • srdan

    What do you mean by that? 08 was a disaster, actually worse.

    But 09 produced one probowler, and Lewis. We shall see how he fares. I’m glad mike is gone, and lewis wanted to leave to play for his hometown team.

  • Craig Ressler

    Agreed! And not being able to keep and pay the guys that did pan out because we overpaid some veterans past their prime or at the end of their prime.

  • Bill Molinaro

    I remember when the Steelers selected Hood during the draft that many of the analysts had difficulty determining how the team would use him. The consensus was that he was not a good fit for the Steelers. It appears they were correct. I don’t lament the loss of Hood but the loss of Al Woods hurts some. LeBeau must figure out how to use a free agent or a rookie in his defensive schemes. He may have to simplify the play book. The loss of Lewis is just not explainable!

  • Matt Manzo

    Those are solid players though, let’s hope Worilds becomes solid.

  • Steve

    The playbook for our D is set. These guys are College educated and not dropouts. Don’t take a rocket Scientist to lean the scheme. It does take a Rookie to adjust to the long NFL season. If they can’t do the job someone will, it’s that easy. Lewis wanted to leave.

  • grw1960

    Starting to seem like none of the younger drafted players want to stay in Pittsburgh any more.
    I can’t help but wonder if any of them or their agents give the Steelers a chance to match other teams offers before signing with other teams ????
    Or are the Steelers under valuing what their players are worth ?? Better quit giving the ones worth keeping a chance to explore their FA market. Sign them sooner.

  • Miles

    Too bad they do not have better people picking in the draft. Sounds like that is where they sould be getting rid of people.

  • Pete Johnson

    No this is what the new Steelers are. Have mediocre drafts, and the ones you actually hit on leave because you have mismanaged cap so badly you can’t compete with other teams offers. It is a vicious cycle that needs to end NOW.

  • http://batman-news.com Tony P

    Everybody is talking about bad drafts or poor money management. Ok, so who is at fault for this poor performance???? GM, Owners, Head Coach……Who ????

  • srdan

    Um….no.

    You don’t get to keep everyone. If you have a franchise QB, keeping anyone is that much harder. But be happy that we have that problem.

    The other option is to mortgage the teams future how the Broncos are doing, and I don’t want that. That is Elway trying to cement his legacy.

    Why do you think that many superbowl teams don’t make the playoffs the next year. Their players get paid and the team gets gutted. Ask Bmore.

  • Babybull

    Ike should have been let oh but he so far up rooneys butt that they never even gave KL a offer that’s said an why young guys are leaving time for Dick L to go to

  • steeltown

    They drafted accordingly and managed the cap so as to win championships.. and they did, nearly 3 Lombardi’s in a 6yr span…. that’s almost dynasty talk

  • 20Stoney

    You can question the post draft decisions, but a draft that produces 4 starting caliber players and 2 NFL contributors is NOT a bad draft by any means.

  • steeltown

    People want to dwell on losing some good young players or a bad ’08 draft, this and that, that and this, but besides maybe a handful of Teams in this League there are a number of Organizations out there that would kill to have had 3 Super Bowl appearances in the last decade

  • alex

    yeah, and the 08′ class is bagging groceries or writing there memoirs…

  • Andrew

    I think this strengthen the argument to take Nix (NT ND) in the first round because they will move McClendon over to play DE instead of Nose

  • Milliken Steeler

    Lewis did get toasted in the playoffs though, he wasnt perfect and. he told the Steelers he wanted to go home which he considers New Orleans.

  • Steelers12328882

    I would have said no way before, but now I don’t think you can rule that out. Just blows my mind that the Steelers would let both Hood and Woods go. Resign Keisel? I mean, isn’t that what caused back to back 8-8 seasons? Letting young seasoned vets go, resigning aging veterans and drafting unproven players.

  • Jason White

    I have been dead set against that but if it comes to it I’m ok with it at this point. But if so they should trade back and pick up another pick or two and then take him. That way you can get a corner and receiver in rounds 2 and 3.

  • steelster

    I would much rather see them take daquan jones from penn state at the end of the 3rd round or some other NT in round 4. Nix would be a huge mistake with the first pick.

  • Will Hammer

    Pete ,that cap you say that they mis managed got them too 3 super bowls in 5 yrs ..Look around the league it’s a cycle .

  • Jason White

    And at the same time I would like to take advantage of the draft position by nabbing a playmaker at 15. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be drafting anywhere near this high in 2015.

  • Will Hammer

    who hits on every draft ? you hit some and you lose some .Especially when you draft in the bottom half every yr for being so successful..

  • Shannon Stephenson

    What a great draft we had…for other teams…

  • Will Hammer

    In this cap era you don;t and cant keep everyone .. the success of winning has a price . you draft at the bottom every yr .. 3 SBowls in 5 yrs not bad .. I’d say . Lets give the Steelers a chance to rebuild this team with some young blood . It may take longer than everyone wants because we’re spoiled . I bet if Mr Rooney told me there was cheese in the frig ,I’d trust him .. So should you !!!

  • GNG

    But to miss on 2 straight years is ridiculous!

  • GNG

    I don’t think we will have to worry about those three leaving anytime soon. Pouncey most likely gets extended this summer.

  • srdan

    you’re right, prob once we get woodleys june 1st monies.

  • srdan

    Thin? Two pro bowlers and a promising young playmaker. I would call that fat. lol.

  • srdan

    good point. 09 draft was a disaster

  • srdan

    It takes two to sign a contract. I think we always assume that the steelers made no effort. If I were Lewis about to step into a good teams starting role in my contract year. I would turn down a smaller contract and play my cards like he did.

  • Andrew

    I agree, but hey they might end up taking Donald out of Pitt to fill Ziggy’s shoes; wasnt on my list as an immediate need until they didnt resign anyone

  • OIF3gunner

    I hate to be a Nazi…..but it’s driving me crazy. I have seen your attempts at spelling fault and it is wrong. Please, it is spelled fault!

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Another one bites the dust…

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    If having a franchise qb is the reason we are heading into the dumper so to speak, because of the cap, how do you explain new england. And don’t give me that crap about Brady taking less to save jobs, he just got his money up front in a restructure or extension, Ben has done the same thing at least 4 times since he got his big contract, the biggest difference is Belichick , knows when to hold and knows when to cut, trade, whatever, and old guys that can play stay or come for a year or two, if they can’t play , adios.or don’t call us, we will call you but don’t wait by the phone.

  • Brendon Glad

    To my count, the Steelers have 7 pro-bowls during Colbert’s tenure from rounds 2-7….(Bell, m.Smith, Keisel, Woodley, Wallace, and 2 ABrown). Out of 99 players picked. To emphasize the self-evaluation needed by Colbert and staff…undrafted FA’s James Harrison and Willie Parker have 7 Pro-Bowls between them. So while the acumen of Steelers brass is HOF worthy on 1st round, and Undrafted Free-agents…the other rounds are pretty woeful. So as soon as the Steelers first rounder from a given draft is gone…it probably means that that year’s draft class is going to die. Hey, he wins, so I’m not dissing him…but improvement in 2-7 would not hurt matters.

  • Craig Ressler

    That will be a sore spot of mine until we find someone playing just as well, haha. Just hate how we are having to start over at CB. Like the turn around sucks, if you think you have a guy you don’t let him go for a 32 year old CB.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yep…it really comes to fruition 4-5-6 years later…as it’s doing right now. I never expect Steelers draft picks to make squads as often as they should on bad teams…because by gosh, our 2005-2010 lineup was a tough one to crack! But the bad fails do hurt. The 2009 draft doesn’t feel nearly as bad as the 2008 draft…because of the FA compensation rules…and we likely will get something decent for Hood….but man…picks like Limas Sweed, Bruce Davis, Ricardo Colkleigh, Curtis Brown, Urbik, Anthony Smith, and Willie Reid are hard to overcome. Because even on a good team, the 2nd and 3rd rounders are expected to “not flop”. And all flopped. Only Urbik ever improved enough to be “not an overall flop”…but by gosh when the Steelers cut him, he deserved it. Yeah, they need to really evaluate what they are doing in rounds 2-7.

  • Brendon Glad

    So they should not be criticized? Steelers Nation almost always takes a level-headed approach to things….here’s mine: Colbert is a HOF gm if we are basing his resume off of: First round draft picks, Undrafted FA’s, and collaborating with coaches to retain/let-walk actual Steelers players at contract time….but even Steven Spielberg, or Phil Jackson, or…or…probably has benefited from a little criticism here and there. And whether he reads Steelers Depot or not, his 2nd-7th round picks are worthy of criticism, and until they go 190-0 and win about 10 SuperBowls in a row…they should not be “beyond reproach”. Just like I shouldn’t be when I say that Keenan Lewis is not good, and then he turns out to be quite good. Among many…and the crux is…our comments aren’t always correct…but that’s what brainstorming is…so I hope they at least make themselves aware of criticism…even if they don’t act upon it. Trust me, I’m a Steelers/Wizards/Royals fan….and at no point have I ever thought I could gm the Steelers better than they themselves….the others, I’d have liked a swing at a few times. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t point out obvious warts here and there….no?

  • Matthew Suloman

    They have completely botched the draft since 06. Best pick since Ben – would be A. Brown

  • Matthew Suloman

    Bingo… Actually, 06,7,8,9,10,11,12 are as well. How bad can u get. I seriously think Colbert has destroyed are franchise. Probably has the final say in war room. I think someone off the street – would have drafted better

  • Matthew Suloman

    Everybody except A. Brown was a wasteful pick

  • Matthew Suloman

    Agreed..

  • Matthew Suloman

    U mean 06 thru 12.. And probably 13 and this yr. I hope they show Colbert the door sooner than later. Supremely overrated

  • Matthew Suloman

    Cody Wallace and Velasco played at or above Pouncey’s level. He really is overrated. Worilds needs to show me. And yes, once again – the best pick by a long shot, since Ben is Antonio Brown. Not to mention Value, which we never find.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Actually Colbert is the problem

  • Matthew Suloman

    Sir, we lose every time. No hits in the mid to late rounds. Save for Brown and Beachum.. And I’m not sold yet on the latter.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Thank you for stating the reality of our franchise.. Why are others so blind or stubborn to the fact that we have tanked on the draft for years. Here’s a goody – Sean Spence over T.Y. Hilton

  • Matthew Suloman

    Their front office namely Colbert – is a disaster. You could have drafted better

  • Matthew Suloman

    Let’s see Xavier Rhoads last year.. But no had to get the slow beanpole in the first. U could draft better than Colbert sir

  • Matthew Suloman

    Boy, that lb from Ohio state sure panned out. Andre Roberts would have been better than Sanders.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Unless free agency hits them, we however have drafted so disgustingly terrible since 06, that they just get cut.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Uhh sir. ‘Not bad drafts’

  • Matthew Suloman

    And taking Beanpole Jones over Xavier Rhoads last year.. Another stellar Colbert pick

  • Matthew Suloman

    They all were my friend… They all were

  • Matthew Suloman

    The loss of Colbert would be, However. C’mon lord somehow matriculate your omnipotence into the brain of Daniel Rooney to show Colbert the Door

  • Matthew Suloman

    COLBERT… That’s who

  • Matthew Suloman

    Later Colbert…please just leave

  • Matthew Suloman

    You must mean the Swann/Stallworth draft, right?

  • Matthew Suloman

    Way to fry the Burghers. But Colbert is terrible

  • Lance E. Mroz Jr.

    Jesus jump’n Jerry Jones people! You would think we were the Cleveland Browns reading these comments. Bitch Bitch Bitch. We get exciting football on Sundays and we have lots of pretty things to look at in the trophy case. Lots of teams would kill for back to back 8&8. The sky is not falling. We will be competitive this year. Like every other year for the last 10+ years. Geez. Sorry, not to be a hater; but I get to vent too.

  • alex

    slow down there matty, remember, we are the franchise others attempt to emulate, and some have successfully…

    half my comment was a funny… yes 08′ was a bad joke, but in 09′ the FO crushed…8 of 9 pics are still in the NFL, half as backup, but the class of that year, Wallace and K Lew, couldnt be retained because of our overpaid/underperforming seniors…

    the light at the end of the tunnel of these contacts has been reached with the dismissal of Woodley…

    and the greatest addition not really discussed because were all hyperventilating about FA, is the addition of Munchak, who will give our OL the attitude for all to see!!!

    it will take more than 14′ to fully recover, but we will be bad ass SOON!

  • steeltown

    Never said people have to stop being critical of their favorite sport franchise(s) only that some dwell on things and are overly critical on a regular basis, some forget very quickly the great success we had just a short time ago. I imagine most are younger fans who don’t remember what it was like before Colbert and Ben and Company, we had some success in the mid 90’s before moving to the AFCNorth but otherwise we were quite mediocre for nearly 2 decades

  • http://batman-news.com steellife007

    Yes, absolutely a brain fart…thank you, but still don’t give a shit considering the site I am on. Go Stillers!!! Opps, I mean STEELERS!!!
    Thank goodness for spell check

  • Bill Molinaro

    I don’t agree with this! Everybody who is familiar with LeBeau’s defense says it’s very difficult to assimilate and then execute in real time on the field. It’s my position that defensively the Steelers are stuck in the past, a past that allowed years to learn how to grow into the defense. This is the age of free agency; players must be integrated quickly. Thus, I believe a change is not only required in the playbook but also in the mindset of the coaching staff. Today, you need to draft physical players who can dominate and who have the best chance of contributing immediately.

  • steelster

    great, great post

  • steelster

    thankyou

  • steelster

    Donald doesn’t fit our scheme he is a 4-3 DT and could go to the bears with the 14th pick.

  • steeltown

    ???

  • GNG

    No one knew that Spence would get that freak injury.

  • GNG

    Pouncey wasn’t a wasteful pick. Even though a lot of people like to call him overrated, he was a 3 time All-Pro Center before his injury.

  • Brendon Glad

    I think they do a great job. Better than i could do. But i think i always acknowledge their greatness as i criticize them. And that’s what Steelers Nation brings to the table. An ability (if an exec happens to occasionally read our pulse)…to actually get brainstorming activity out of our views. And i will stick with my initial premise: Colbert needs to re-evaluate what he’s doing in drafts round 2-7. And while im at it: id love a re-evaluation of “training/S&C/medical”… But that may be on Tomlin to fix.

  • Brendon Glad

    It’s a bad draft if they dont help the team that drafted them. Simple as that. And that is acknowledging that any “compensatory pick” must always be considered. And of course, wins and losses & championships. So when u factor it all in, Im a big fan of Colbert. But im a big respector of Ben Roethlisberger too…doesnt mean anyone is ill-advised to have expressed diapleasure with some things he’s done in the last ten years…both on and off the field…right?

  • tim

    This draft along with some other moves MAY have had Colbert being made to feel am little bit of heat even if we didnt hear anything……I think thats why KC is being a LITTLE more aggressive in FA this year..key word LITTLE….he still will NOT make a splash signing UNLESS Jesus wans to play for us..