This was said to be one of the deeper drafts in recent NFL history, and the Steelers walked away with 10 new picks, in addition to welcoming back a familiar face in the form of Bryant McFadden.
Here’s a quick look at the men who hope to carve a role for themselves as Steelers when the team comes together for training camp at St. Vincents in Latrobe.
- Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, 1st round from Florida
Pouncey is the first center drafted by the Steelers in the first round since before World War II. He started 40 games in a tough conference, and looks to immediately challenge Trai Essex for the starting guard position. A very intelligent player, Pouncey is said to have strong character, which appeals to the Steelers for the obvious reason.
- Jason Worilds, OLB, 2nd round from Virginia Tech
Like LaMarr Woodley before him, Worilds played defensive end in college but will need to make the shift to outside linebacker. The Steelers have two Pro Bowlers at outside linebacker, but little depth after that. Jason Worilds would look to contribute immediately on special teams and he comes from a school with a strong special teams tradition.
- Emanuel Sanders, WR, 3rd round from SMU
The pick of Sanders signals that the Steelers are not counting on Limas Sweed to rebound and hold a roster spot on the team. He is small but fast, and looks to help Mike Wallace spread the field for Hines Ward, Randal El, and Health Miller.
- Thaddeus Gibson, OLB, 4th round from Ohio State
Started 23 games at Ohio State, splitting between left and right end. Joins Jason Worilds as the second converted defensive taken in top four picks. LB coach Keith Butler said team was impressed with his improvement as 2009 season progressed.
- Chris Scott, G/T, 5th Round from Tennessee
Scott played both tackle and guard for the Volunteers, where the Steelers also found Ramon Foster. The word is that Scott had trouble controlling his weight….
- Crezdon Butler, CB, 5th Round from Clemson
Butler earned a starting spot as a sophomore and started 40 games for the Tigers. Nonetheless, is said to have been an inconsistent performer with strong pass coverage skills but little ability in run support.
- Steven Sylvester, LB, 5th Round from Utah
Sylvester became a starter during his sophomore season and played all four years. He played on the outside, but it is believed the Steelers could move him inside. The Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette described him as, a “Productive player who is not a great athlete but gives all he has.” Who knows how he will fair in the NFL, but Steven Sylvester was the defensive MVP at Poinsetta Bowl, and no one can ever take that away from him.
- Jonathan Dwyer, RB, 6th Round from Georgia Tech
Big, quick powerful back who is good in short yardage situations, but may have trouble reaching the perimeter. Also not much of a threat to be a receiver out of the backfield. Averaged 6 yards a carry during his final two years.
- Antonio Brown, WR, 6th Round from Central Michigan
Brown made the team as a walk on. He excels as a special teams player winning MAC special teams player of the year honors twice while also playing as the slot receiver for CMU. Averaged 13.5 yards as a punt returner.
- Doug Worthington, DE, 7th Round from Ohio State
Despite being a key area of needs, Worthington was the first and only defensive lineman taken in draft by Steelers. Considered as an “over achiever” by many.