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04-26-2009, 06:03 PM
Pittsburgh Steeler report: Bruce Arians take on Kraig Urbik and Mike Wallace
April 26, 1:20 PM

Matt Pawlikowski
Pittsburgh Sports Examiner

PITTSBURGH - The Steelers fullfilled two needs with its first two picks of the third round as they took Wisconsin guard Kraig Urbik and Ole Miss wideout Mike Wallace. Here's what offensive coordinator Bruce Arians had to say about the two.

Arians on Mike Wallace.
Hes a guy with good size 60, 200-pounds with 4.3 speed. Hes a burner. Outside guy that can take the top off the coverage. Hes not been a guy whos gone over the middle a lot, that is part of his game that well train him for. Hes an outside speed guy who is an excellent kick returner. We really liked him.

Will he work on punt returns too?
He will work on it, but he has primarily been a kick-off guy and a very good one.

Will he give Limas Sweed some competition, or will he just go into the mix?
Well just throw him in the mix and the best ones will come out. Were looking for that guy that is going to take Nates (Washington) spot in the 3-wides. Hes a very capable player for that.

How are his hands?

Are you going to need to polish his route running?
Yeah, outside hes fine, but inside that takes time when you start running option routes, and decision making routes. Which we still have Hines (Ward) for that. Well train him and let him play fast if he develops into that type of player. There are still some kids on the board that would fit the inside roll extremely will later on.

Whats your take on Kraig Urbik?
I love him. Big, tough, nasty type of guy that has position flexibility. Hes played some tackle. Like they showed him on TV, if you just go out and play one-on-one you arent picking him on your team. When you put him in a football game, on offensive line there a lot of guys that dont play good one-on-one. Its learning how to play together. This kid understands football. Hes a big physical guy that we think can play guard or tackle. Well stick the ball between his legs and see if he can do that too, so he has the ability to dress on Sunday and be a guy that could possibly be a three position player for us.

Hes never played center before?
No, hes practiced it but thats not something that he has done a lot of.

Why do you need big guys at guard now?

Youve got the big strong three-techniques. For us, were playing in a division where there are no guard doubles. So it is more can he go to the second level and still come down and block the big nose guards that we have to face on our division. He has the ability to do both. We dont pull a lot, we pull some. So the smaller more athletic trapping guards are not really in vogue for a lot of teams anymore because there are very few trapping teams. A lot of teams only pull the left guard. If they want to run the power they want to run it one way. Thats being going on for fifteen years. But he is a right side player, more physical player.

Would he have to go out on a linebacker much at Wisconsin?

Oh yeah. They are a zone blocking team. Very similar to us, combination blocks. He understands the game very well.

Would you expect him to compete to start?


Were these the obvious two names you had yesterday?

Yes. I wrote these two names down three weeks ago as guys I would love to have on our ball club. Just happened they fell.

What was the next name on your list?

Theyre gone, but Ive got three more and they will be at the perfect spot for us and they will fit extremely well if they fall to us.

Will your pick possibly be a center?

Dont know if there is one left that could come in and really compete.

How is their character?
Thats exactly what they are. They are good people on the field, they have really good football character, but they are really good kids off the field. Michael has come from a very tough situation in New Orleans and has worked his way to where he is extremely happy to be a Steeler. His hard work has paid off and you will hear all about his family history and Kraig is a solid guy.

04-26-2009, 06:08 PM
It does not seem like the Steelers have much faith in Sweed or Nance to take reach for a guy in the third round ( Wallace) who probably would have been there in the 5th.

04-26-2009, 06:36 PM
It does not seem like the Steelers have much faith in Sweed or Nance to take reach for a guy in the third round ( Wallace) who probably would have been there in the 5th.

I think its more to tell Sweed that you dont inherit the 3rd WR spot, you have to earn it. And if he doesnt, they'll have someone who does. Besides, you can never have enough speed on your team.

04-26-2009, 07:18 PM
from what i've seen of sweed, i don't have confidence in him right now either. we'll see.......

04-26-2009, 08:18 PM
Looks like Kraig is our mauler at RG. Darnell had a lot of heart and hustle, but i think Kraig just might catch that starting spot if he picks up quick enough. I love these two picks.

04-27-2009, 09:16 AM
Did BA just say we were a zone blocking team?

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-27-2009, 09:39 AM
Did BA just say we were a zone blocking team?

Yeah, it looks like he did. But he also seems to think Zone blocking is the same as combination blocking (double-teaming). I think he is confused and still thinking about installing his pony backfield and going 4 and 5 WR sets like he said they would.

Seriously though.....zone blocking is basically taking a step to the right and blocking the man in front of you. If there is a guy between say Hartwig and Stapleton, they would "combination block" brifely and then once Hartwig has the defender.....Stapleton would move onto the next guy(most likely a ILB).

Basically Arians is saying that Urbik will be pretty familiar with briefly double teaming Shaun Rogers with Hartwig, then scraping to the 2nd level to get a LB because he did that in Wisconsin's zone system.