Sunday, April 27th, 2008, 10:15 am

If you told me yesterday that the Steelers would end Day 1 of the NFL Draft with Rashard Mendenhall AND Limas Sweed, I would’ve said, "You’re crazy. Stop being crazy". And while the Steelers came into the draft needed linemen on both sides of the ball, you just can’t pass up that sort of talent. The Steelers need a runner who can get the tough yards and move the chains, and Mendenhall fits that bill to a T. Plus he can spell Willie Parker, hopefully prolonging his career and giving the Steelers a formidable 1-2 punch.

Ben Roethisberger said he wanted a tall receiver–when you pay a guy $100 million, you listen to him. Sweed is a different kind of receiver than Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, and when you throw Heath Miller into the mix Big Ben has an embarassment of offensive riches. If Max Starks can play as well as he did at the end of last year, and if Willie Colon can move inside to guard, and if Justin Hartwig can provide an upgrade from Sean Mahan (not hard to imagine) the OL should be better than it was last year.

Still time for the Steelers to go after some big lads in the later rounds. Which is what I think they’ll do. But so far, I’m over the moon about our draft.

No idea why Penn State LB Dan Connor is still available. He’s not fast enough? He’s not athletic? Uh, I watched his whole career and the guy is plenty fast, plenty strong, plenty mean. He’s gonna be an outstanding pro.

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