The Pittsburgh Steelers looked to improve their defensive line and drafted a center with their first pick. With the Roethlisberger situation ruled on the day before by Goodell, no one would have blamed Pittsburgh for taking a quarterback in the fourth or fifth round. Pittsburgh addressed other problem areas after they picked up Byron Leftwich as a free agent the day before.
Leftwich is a great choice for a band aid for Pittsburgh but it won’t stop the hemorrhaging that will occur in the off season next year. A solid quarterback prospect could have been had as late as the sixth round with gun slinger, Dan Lefevour. Still most of Pittsburgh’s draft picks can be defended but only time will tell what kind of a draft Pittsburgh had. This of course is true for every NFL team’s draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers first NFL Draft pick and 18th overall Maurkice Pouncey.
Maurkice Pouncey, the center from Florida was an interesting pick in the number one spot for Pittsburgh. Maybe Mike Tomlin the Pittsburgh head coach found the next Pittsburgh Steelers next Dermontti Dawson. A center may not have been the sexy pick in the first round for Pittsburgh but it was a move to land a solid center for the next 10-12 years. Pouncey will see limited action in the 2010 NFL season but he will be a Steeler for many years.
Pittsburgh Steelers second NFL Draft pick and 52nd overall Jason Worilds.
Jason Worilds, a defensive end out of Virginia Tech, is a solid pass rusher that could develop as a great NFL pass rusher. Worilds may not see much time in his first NFL season but he could be a major part of Pittsburgh’s defensive line in 2011. Watch for Pittsburgh to slowly move Worilds into the defense but that is the best for Worilds. Worilds will play in the 2010 NFL season at the end of games.
Pittsburgh Steelers third NFL Draft pick and 82nd overall Emmanuel Sanders.
Emmanuel Sanders, a wide receiver out of SMU, is a lanky,skinny wide receiver prospect that may develop into a slot receiver in the next year or two. Sanders is very similar to Santonio Holmes, the recently departed, problem child. Sanders doesn’t have the baggage of Holmes and should slowly work his way into the offense. Look for Sanders to see limited action in his first NFL season and then develop slowly into a solid 800-1000 yard receiver down the line.
Pittsburgh Steelers fourth NFL Draft pick and 116th overall Thaddeous Gibson.
Thaddeous Gibson, a defensive end from the Ohio State Buckeyes, is another possible star of the future for Pittsburgh. Gibson is a force, with a great reaction time from the snap of the ball. Gibson knows how to find the rusher or the quarterback and has great instincts. Gibson will start on special teams and be a key player in spot defensive situations in his first NFL season.
Pittsburgh Steelers fifth NFL Draft pick and 151st overall Chris Scott
Chris Scott, an offensive tackle from Tennessee, will see action in the 2010 NFL season but he is a work in progress. Scott will see limited action in the 2010 NFL season but he will be an integral part of Pittsburgh’s O line in the future.
Pittsburgh Steelers sixth NFL Draft pick and 164th overall Crezdon Butler.
Crezdon Butler, a speedy corner out of Clemson has plenty of ability when it comes to covering a receiver but has no pop once the receiver comes down with the ball. Butler will gravitate to special teams and he will eventually make his way onto the A team in the defensive secondary. Butler will play in his first NFL season on special teams.
Pittsburgh Steelers seventh NFL Draft pick and 166th overall Stevenson Sylvester.
Stevenson Sylvester, a linebacker coming out of Utah, is a strong addition to the Pittsburgh defense. He may not make his mark in the 2010 NFL season but Sylvester is an inspirational player. Look for Sylvester to play special teams in his first NFL season and make a bigger impact in years to come for Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Steelers eighth NFL Draft pick and 188th overall Jonathan Dwyer.
Jonathan Dwyer, a running back from Georgia Tech, fell like a rock in the NFL Draft and Pittsburgh loved it. They acquired a big hitter in the backfield that will make an immediate impact. Look for Dwyer to shoulder a lot of the load in the running game in his first NFL season.
Pittsburgh Steelers ninth NFL Draft pick and 185th overall Antonio Brown.
Antonio Brown, a wide receiver from Central Michigan, is a catalyst to start some competition in the wide receiver department . Brown will have a tough road to travel to make the NFL with Pittsburgh but if he does make the Pittsburgh roster that will mean Limas Sweed lost his job. Brown may not make the Pittsburgh roster but he may make the practice squad.
Pittsburgh Steeler tenth NFL Draft pick and 242nd overall Doug Worthington.
Doug Worthington, the second Ohio State player to be drafted by Pittsburgh, is a defensive tackle who has an outside chance to make the Pittsburgh roster. Don’t be surprised if Pittsburgh’s last draft pick makes the team but is also with Pittsburgh in ten years.
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