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- Pittsburgh Selects Santonio Holmes

Chris Pokorny April 29, 2006
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With the twenty-fifth pick in the NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected wide receiver Santonio Holmes of Ohio State University. The Steelers traded up from the 32nd pick to the New York Giants to acquire their pick, but gave up their third and fourth round picks. The Steelers were originally pegged to take Sinorice Moss possibly, but with Chad Jackson and Holmes still on the board, they wanted to quickly get one of them.

Scouting Information on Holmes: Santonio Holmes has been an explosive receiver for the Ohio State Buckeyes the past few years and was a member of the team that defeated the Miami Hurricanes in the Championship game three years ago. He is not returning to OSU after catching 53 passes for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is considered the top receiver in this year's draft.

Although Holmes may be the top receiver, there's a very good chance that he may not go until the 20th pick in the draft. That is a far cry different from year's past including last year, when Braylon Edwards, Mike Williams, and Troy Williamson all went very early. Holmes was best known in college for being able to make the big play down the field. His speed allows him to create separation down the field, but he is not very physical. He doesn't drop the ball very often, but his lack of size will allow some cornerbacks to push him around at the line of scrimmage more often than teams would like. Holmes returned kicks for Ohio State as both a kick and punt returner and was a little better than average at doing so. Holmes does not have as much hype surrounding him as a "must-have" player, but he is the top receiver on the board heading into the draft.

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