First round (25th overall)
Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
5-foot-10, 189 pounds, 4.38 40-yard dash
Notable: Despite leaving school a year early, Holmes ranks fifth in Ohio State history with 140 receptions, a total surpassed only by David Boston (191), Cris Carter (168), Michael Jenkins (165) and Gary Williams (154). … Holmes’ 2,295 career receiving yards trails Jenkins (2,898), Boston (2,855), Williams (2,792) and Carter (2,725). … Holmes’ 25 career touchdown catches were bettered only by Boston (34) and Carter (27). … Holmes was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2005, amassing 53 receptions for 977 yards (an 18.4 average) and 11 TDs, including 19 catches of 20 yards or longer. … Holmes averaged 10.1 yards on 38 career punt returns and returned one for a touchdown. Holmes also returned 19 kickoffs for 425 yards (a 22.4 average) at Ohio State. … Holmes averaged 113.08 all-purpose yards per game in 2005. … Holmes started 28 of 36 career games with the Buckeyes. … In addition to being a potential deep threat and impact player on returns, Holmes is considered an “effort blocker” by the Steelers. … The Steelers also classify Holmes as a polished route-runner, and a player capable of increasing his production level in a more accomplished passing game. … Holmes was a member of state champion teams in football and track at Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla., as well as part of a state runner-up in basketball. … Holmes is a second cousin of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor.
Anthony Smith, S, Syracuse
5-foot-11, 192 pounds, 4.71 40-yard dash
Notable: A first-team All-Big East selection at free safety in 2005, Smith accounted for 71 tackles (50 solo), six interceptions, three sacks, three recovered fumbles and two forced fumbles. … Smith began starting at free safety at Syracuse as a sophomore in 2003. … He wound up with 14 career interceptions after failing to register one while playing as a reserve as a freshman, and also blocked six punts over his final three seasons, two of which were returned for touchdowns. … Smith’s 293 tackles rank third among defensive backs all-time at Syracuse, behind Donovin Darius (379) and Quentin Harris (327). … Smith’s 14 interceptions are third all-time at Syracuse, behind Markus Paul (19) and Tommy Myers (18). … Smith’s six blocked picks are a Syracuse record.
Willie Reid, WR, Florida State
5-foot-10 1/2, 189 pounds, 4.36 40-yard dash
Notable: Arrived at Florida State as a running back but was moved to wide receiver before breaking his leg and missing the 2001 season. … Reid holds the Florida State career record with an average of 15.4 yards on punt returns, the third-best figure in Atlantic Coast Conference history. … Reid touched the ball 239 times overall, gaining 2,722 all-purpose yards. … Reid’s 1,063 yards on 69 career punt returns placed him behind only Deion Sanders (1,429) on the school’s all-time list. Those two are the only two to surpass 1,000 career punt-return yards at FSU. … Reid had 180 yards on punt returns against Penn State in the 2006 Orange Bowl. … Reid caught 91 passes in four seasons, including 50 as a senior in 2005, three of which went for TDs. … He scored one TD receiving and three on punt returns in 2005. … Reid also rushed for three touchdowns at FSU and averaged 5.8 yards per carry through his career (53 for 309), although he carried just once in 2004 and once in 2005.