The release of former third-round pick Dri Archer offers a reminder that the Steelers, like every NFL team, can miss on draft picks.
One player who is validating his second-round billing is Stephon Tuitt, who has missed the last two games with a sprained knee but is listed as probable for the Raiders game.
Safety Will Allen (ankle) also will return to the lineup.
Tuitt is still refining all areas of his game, but his presence is felt up front. He's got the strength to win at the line. He's starting to garner double-teams on occasion. And his 3.5 sacks through the first six games led the team.
Bookends Cam Heyward and Tuitt give the Steelers a positive outlook up front for the next few years. It will be interesting to see what the Steelers do with nose tackle Steve McLendon upon Tuitt's return. McLendon got some rush opportunities last week and recorded a sack. He would love to be on the field for more third downs. Let's see how defensive coordinator Keith Butler works this Sunday against an improving Raiders offensive line.
The Steelers missed on Archer, a 2014 pick, and are getting minimal help from the 2015 draft, save Bud Dupree (four sacks). But the franchise also scooped up players with high, high ceilings. Martavis Bryant is one. Tuitt is another.