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04-26-2009, 06:06 PM
Draft Day 2: Steelers take Wisconsin guard Urbik
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By Scott Brown and Kevin Gorman, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Last updated: 6:49 pm

The Steelers have used the two third-round picks they acquired from the Denver Broncos on a guard and a speedy wide receiver who can also return kicks.

After taking Wisconsin guard Kraig Urbik with their first third-round pick the Steelers selected Mississippi wide receiver Mike Wallace.

"I wrote these names down three weeks ago that I would love to have on this ball club," Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said.

The 6-5, 328-pound Urbik played both guard and tackle at Wisconsin and the two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection could do the same for the Steelers though guard will be his primary position.

"Big, tough, nasty kind of guy that has position flexibility," Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said of Urbik.

Arians said Wallace has to speed to give the Steelers a deep threat in the passing game if he can makes the transition from college to the NFL.

The Steelers chose Oregon State cornerback Keenan Lewis with their third pick of the third round (No. 96 overall) of today's NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Lewis made 48 career starts for the Beavers, picking off seven passes. He had four interceptions last fall, returning one for a touchdown, and was an Academic All-Pac-10 selection and All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick.

The Steelers selected Wisconsin offensive guard Kraig Urbik with their first pick of the day, the 15th of the third round and 79th overall. They took Mississippi receiver/return specialist Mike Wallace with their second choice, 20th of the third round and 84th overall.

Lewis and Wallace were teammates at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans. They acquired the additional picks from Denver as part of Saturday's trade for their second-round choice.

The Steelers traded their second- and fourth-round picks to the Broncos yesterday for two third-round picks.

The Steelers used their two fifth-round picks in today's NFL draft on UCF cornerback/return specialist Joe Burnett and UNLV fullback Frank Summers.

The Steelers hosted both players for pre-draft visits earlier this month and apparently liked what they saw.

The 5-9, 198-pound Burnett holds UCF's record for interceptions (16). He is also a dynamic return man who ranked among the top 10 in Division I-A football last season both punt and kickoff returns.

The 5-9, 240-pound Summers could provide more size at fullback, and he also has the speed to give the Steelers a running threat at the position.

The Steelers used their sixth-round pick on Oregon defensive tackle Ra’Shon “Sonny” Harris.

The 6-4, 298-pounder started just one season at Oregon and is considered a project. The Steelers hosted Harris for a pre-draft visit earlier this month.

The Steelers took Penn State center A.Q. Shipley, a Moon High graduate, with the first of their two seventh-round selections.

The 6-foot-1, 305-pound Shipley, a three-year starter for the Nittany Lions, won the Rimington Award as college football's top center last season. He played nose tackle as a freshman at Penn State.

The Steelers used the 17th pick of the seventh round (No. 226 overall) — acquired from Tampa Bay in the Sean Mahan trade — on Shipley, and have one pick remaining at No. 241 overall.

04-26-2009, 06:09 PM
I dont get it. If Shipley was the top center last season, why is he behind so many guys like Mack, Wood, Unger, etc.?