Big Ben says he was upset over Steelers’ draft choices at first

Big Ben was confused.

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Ben Roethlisberger was expecting more with the Steeler’s early choices in early May’s NFL Draft.


Pittsburgh passed on getting its star quarterback some receiver help in the first and second round, instead going with linebacker Ryan Shazier and defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt. Well, that didn’t sit well with Big Ben at first.

Big Ben must have been spending his downtime watching draft coverage across various media platforms, many of which predicted the Steelers would go with a wide receiver early. But when the draft rolled around, the Black and Gold waited until the third round to address the offense, selecting running back Dri Archer. Then, they followed that pick up with wide receiver Martavis Bryant in the fourth round.

A word to the wise: Ben might want to trust his team when it comes to the draft. The Steelers have had success finding receiving gems later in the draft, having selected such weapons as Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown in the third round or late in recent years.

Of course, Wallace and Sanders are now gone, but the team’s track record of solid scouting can’t be disparaged. But Roethlisberger seems to be fine with everything now, so life can go on.