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    OG/OT Mike Iupati or OT Bruce Campbell should be high in Steelers list at #18.

    While I would love Earl Thomas S/CB, because he could likely start at CB while learning the S position behind Clark and Troy, I think you need some quality upfront.

    Ideally, for me, it would be to draft and start Iupati at RG, or draft Campbell, move Max to RT, instead of Colon, and move the latter inside to RG (or move him all the way to Center).

    (If Iupati is the playing equivalent to Alan Faneca, would more people support the Steelers takig him at #18?)

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    Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

    No franchise has a more storied history at the center position than the Steelers, and they could add another great one to the mix with the selection of Pouncey, who is much better suited to handle Shaun Rogers(notes) and Haloti Ngata(notes) twice a year than Justin Hartwig(notes) ever was.

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    IMO, the line definitely needs to be addressed... It's not something that can be "thrown together", but needs to be developed over time... It won't happen overnight, so there is no better time than the present.
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    If we're going to draft OL then we should trade down into the mid-to-late twenties.
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    I'm for a trade down to get some other team's #2 pick.

    If that occurs, since all of the top OTs and Iupati will be gone, I'd take LB Weatherspoon C/G Pouncey, or DE Odrick.

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    I'm for a trade down to get some other team's #2 pick.

    If that occurs, since all of the top OTs and Iupati will be gone, I'd take LB Weatherspoon C/G Pouncey, or DE Odrick.
    I like one, maybe two of those...dont love Weatherspoon...Pouncey is ok...and Odrick would be so-so I guess.
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    Default Re: Steelers Shouldn't Ignore OL in 2010 Draft

    Pouncey is supposedly on their "short list" at #18. They certainly need an upgrade at C and RG. It wouldn't be "sexy" but I'd have no problem with it.

    Saw this on another board:

    Said recently by Florida Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio about Maurkice Pouncey:

    "He is truly one tough dude. He is a 10 on the toughness scale. He's really smart, he understands the game - fronts, blitzes, coverages. He will decleat a guy and look for another guy. He literally plays every down like it's his last. He can adjust all the protections and be a punishing run blocker."

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    I love Iupati at #18, but will happily take Pouncey--if he comes via Bennie's "trade down"--
    and if we get some other team's Third (or Second), I just would hope OG/OT John Jerry is there when we pick.

    (Pouncey, Jerry, CB Patrick Robinson, and OLB Eric Norwood, would be a nice three round haul.)

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    I will be pretty unsatisfied if the Steelers select a G/C at pick 18. People act like we do not have any players that can fill those roles and I think that's idiotic. Furthermore, we have not even seen some of those players play: Urbik. And the one we have seen, Ramon Foster, played pretty **** well--so well in fact that I think he played like the best OG on our team last season. Does the C position need upgrading? Yes. But at pick 18? No. Where did Nick Mangold, arguably the best center in the NFL, go? Not #18.

    Pouncey is a good player, dont get me wrong, and surely the best C in this draft and possibly in the last two/three drafts. However, the value of picking him at #18 versus picking Matt Tennant in the 2nd or 3rd round? Doesn't make it worth it realistically.

    The Steelers will do well to sit back...wait and see who falls...and then take BPA, likely and hopefully a defensive player, with their pick at #18.
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    If you forget about Legursky, he will come back to haunt you while starring for the Bengals, Browns or Ravens!........Draft defense and wide outs!

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