The Pittsburgh Steelers have a very workman type attitude to most of things they do, and that includes the NFL draft. With 10 picks in 2010 they addressed the problems on their Offensive line, wide out corps, and of course drafted LB prospects to come in and work with an already strong unit.
This is the Steelers way of doing things, and they just so happen to be the only NFL team to win six Super Bowls. I think it works for them, and their front office team is very adapt at finding guys who fit their system.
With the 18th overall pick in this draft they took Center Maurkice Pouncey and he will be a starter on this Offensive Line for the next ten years or so. He will start at Guard, but will be the center for this team one day. This was a great pick, and exactly their top need.
In the second round they selected DE Jason Worilds, and they think they have found the next big time pass rusher. They have been known to find guys who have excellent pass rushing abilities, and Jason sure looks like they have found another.
Given the loss of WR Santonio Holmes, the team used their third round pick on WR Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders has big play ability, and is a dynamic weapon for a Steelers offense that was not so dynamic in 2009.
In the Fourth round they went pack to their DL/LB ways and selected DE Thaddeus Gibson of Ohio State. He will look to make an impact on special teams as they groom him to be a pass rusher down the line.
The Steelers had three fifth round picks and they picked up OT Chris Scott, CB Crezdon Butler, and LB Stevenson Sylvester. Scott will step in to help solidify the O line. Butler will be developed into a shut down DB by Steelers Defensive Coordinator Dick Lebeau. They also traded for Bryant McFadden to address their needs in the secondary. Sylvester on the other hand is another productive LB for their 3-4 defense.
With two picks in the sixth round the team added RB Jonathan Dwyer, and WR Antonio Brown. At 240 lbs, Dwyer seems a perfect fit for the Steelers power running game, whose stock dropped this far due to the goofy offense he was stuck in at Georgia Tech. The good news is his pay will likely be in Championship rings, not big time guaranteed money. Brown is likely to end up as the third wide out but may challenge for a starting spot given the woes in the Steeler WR crops.
With their final pick in this draft the Steelers took DT Doug Worthington, who will likely compete for a backup DE position in their defensive system.
Now here is a look at the complete 2010 Steelers draft class:
Round One (18)- C Maurkice Pouncey Florida
Round Two (52)- DE Jason Worilds Virginia Tech
Round Three (82)- WR Emmanuel Sanders Southern Methodist
Round Four (116)- DE Thaddeus Gibson Ohio State
Round Five (151)- OT Chris Scott Tennessee
Round Five (164)- CB Crezdon Butler Clemson
Round Five (166)- LB Stevenson Sylvester Utah
Round Six (188)- RB Jonathan Dwyer Georgia Tech
Round Six (195)- WR Antonio Brown Central Michigan
Round Seven (242)- DT Doug Worthington Ohio State
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