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Investments on two 1st Round, in addition to two 2nd Round Picks and some undrafted guys that are seizing the moment and you have our current Pittsburgh Steeler Offensive Line.  Steelers Management, and all of Steeler Nation, is now looking for expected returns on the emphasis.  In the upcoming 2013 Draft, an extra new Tackle (playable on both sides) and a clear need for added depth should make the Offensive Line a mid-to-late round priority, but certainly not before.  The only exception would be if something crazy happened and a guy like North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper fell to us, and that isn’t going to happen. Right, DeCastro?  Some oft-talked about Pittsburgh Draft potential in these rounds are Xavier Nixon, OT, Florida and Khaled Holmes, C/G, USC.


Mike Webster dominated at Center for the Pittsburgh Steelers

With the 125th Pick of the 1974 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers SelectCenter – Mike Webster, University of Wisconsin


Mike Webster dominated at Center for the Pittsburgh Steelers

In what is widely considered the Greatest Draft Class in NFL History (inclusive of Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert and John Stallworth) Webster set a Hall of Fame and Super Bowl winning standard as one of the most dominant Center’s of all-time.

Resign Doug Legursky.  Add us some versatile Guard + Tackle depth with our mid-late Draft picks.  Start, and finish, the Season with Adams-Foster-Pouncey-DeCastro-Gilbert.


The best story to follow on our Offensive Line this year is not the full emergence of David DeCastro, it is instead the battle for the starting Right and Left Tackle positions.  NPC colleague Nick Kelly has a perfect breakdown of this primed camp battle and important decision for Coach Bicknell.  For the upcoming 2013 Season, precluded by this week’s Draft, what is your position on the position of Offensive Linemen?

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  • Robert Dadd

    I see Pitt taking OLB Jarvis Jones at #17 and Clemson WR Hopkins at #48

    • JWoo

      Would love to see Jarvis at #17! Having watched a lot of ACC ball Hopkins is a beast – total playmaker. IF a WR like Cordarrelle Patterson was still on the board @ 17 would you take him over Jones?

      • Mike Nichols

        Personally, I would much prefer Jones. The guy has been HIGHLY productive for two years straight against top flight competition. Compare his numbers against Jordan, Ansah or Mingo and its not even close. The only reason he might (fingers crossed) be there for us is the spinal stenosis concern.
        Patterson is intriguing, but he’s awfully raw and there’s rumors he’s another diva type.
        If Jones isn’t there at 17, my money is on either Eifert or Vaccaro. Likely Eiffert.

        • JWoo

          TE is not a popular 1st Round pick, but hey this isn’t a popularity contest! Eifert imo would be a devastating weapon for Ben, with or without Heath, that makes for a highly intriguing pick (and a better value-add than a WR at #1, to boot)

          • Michael Nichols

            Agreed. Honestly, its probably the safest pick we could make. Have to admit that, after our last several drafts, there’s a part of me that wants a “sexy” pick like Jones, though. Our last four first round picks have been: guard, center and two 3-4 defensive ends. Not complaining, but it doesnt get any more bland than that lol.

            Just read a piece that said Patterson is rumored to be their pick if Jones isnt there. Of course, about 95% of what you read this close to the draft is going to be mind games or false information, but its certainly possible.

      • Robert Dadd

        Hey John. With Harrison gone Steelers need Jones who fits well into their defence. Patterson will be there but drops too many balls and I’d rather have Hopkins, Woods or Allen if available with 2nd pick if Jones is at #17

        • JWoo

          Hopkins was actually my mock choice in the 2nd Round – couldn’t be more pleased with Jarvis @ #17 though just what we needed imo – great selection!

  • Bill Sanford

    players like legursky are the reason our ol has stunk for too long, yes he is versatile; but no matter where he plays he is not very good, his best block is falling down and hope the other guy trips over him. We need to do better.