The 1996 draft was almost half over by the time Florida A&M linebacker Earl Holmes received a call from Steelers coach Bill Cowher congratulating him on being selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round. "No," replied Holmes, "congratulations to you for selecting the best linebacker in the draft." In '97 Holmes finished second among the Steelers with 96 tackles, and last year he had 80 stops and 18 quarterback pressures. Overshadowed by Pro Bowl inside linebacker Levon Kirkland, Holmes is one of the AFC's most underrated players. He not only can stuff the run but can also chase the ball from sideline to sideline.