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Default Which OT should Steelers chose?

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My question for you all is: If the Steelers take an OT in the 1st round, who should it be and why?

Frank Coyle's analysis of the class:
This year's offensive tackle group is an above-average class. The addition of juniors Ryan Clady and Anthony Collins certainly helped the depth at this spot.
Jake Long will likely be the first player selected at this position, and he should go in the top 10. There will be at least three first-round picks with prospects like Clady, Gosder Cherilus, Chris Williams and Jeff Otah all possible first-round selections - depending on their performances at the NFL Combine.

This class should have at least eight players selected in the first 100 picks, and the group could produce as many as 12 players who will develop into NFL starters. #rankcontainer {font-size:8.5pt; text-align:left; color:black; width:638px;}#bluebar {padding:4px; background-color:#0a4ea3; font-weight:900; color:white; text-transform:uppercase; font-size:8.5pt;}#logos {padding:8px 0px; width:50px; float:left; text-align:center;}#logos img {width:40px; height:25px;}#rankteam {padding:6px; background-color:#f6f6f8; text-align:left; font-size:8.5pt; line-height:150%; vertical-align:middle; border-bottom:#e4e7eb 1px solid;}#rankteam em {font-weight:900; text-transform:uppercase; font-style:normal}
2008 NFL Draft Offensive Tackle Rankings
1. Jake Long, 6-7, 305, Michigan
Long is a physical player who has the skills and collegiate experience to start as an NFL rookie.
2. * Ryan Clady, 6-5, 320, Boise State
Clady is a nimble junior left tackle who is prepping for a strong NFL Combine effort after a dominant career in the WAC.
3. Gosder Cherilus, 6-6, 320, Boston College
Cherilus is a massive, yet athletic, left tackle. He has developed nicely and had a big performance at the Senior Bowl - which puts him right there with the elite prospects in this group.
4. Chris Williams, 6-6, 315, Vanderbilt
Williams is a big, mobile prospect who has developed nicely over his career. He graded out high against top SEC talent and closed his college career with a strong Senior Bowl performance.
5. Jeff Otah, 6-6, 340, Pittsburgh
Otah is a huge and mobile prospect who has very good footwork. He has the size, weight and speed to be one of the fastest rising prospects in this class.
6. Sam Baker, 6-5, 308, USC
Baker faced a key week at the Senior Bowl after an injury-marred final season. He performed fairly well in Mobile, and could move up on draft boards if he shines at the Combine. 7. Tony Hills, 6-6, 305, Texas
This big and mobile prospect developed nicely over his college career, but he is still rehabbing a broken leg suffered in early November.
8. * Anthony Collins, 6-6, 310, Kansas
This underclassman is a nimble player who developed nicely over the 2007 season. Collins has all the tools necessary to be a fine pro.
9. John Greco, 6-5, 320, Toledo
Greco is a physical prospect who has displayed a fine combination of power, technique and quickness. The question is if his skills will translate against top competition.
10. King Dunlap, 6-8, 310, Auburn
This very tall Tiger has good footwork and his technique is improving. Dunlap has the power to develop into a potential NFL starter.
11. Heath Benedict, 6-6, 320, Newberry
This former Tennessee Volunteer has the size and skill to play in the NFL. He will compete for playing time on the outside as a pro with further development.
12. Duane Brown, 6-5, 305, Virginia Tech
Brown completed a fine college career, displaying good footwork and technique to play either inside or outside. His versatility will be an asset.
13. Kirk Barton, 6-5, 310, Ohio State

14. Chad Rinehart, 6-5, 315, Northern Iowa

15. Barry Richardson, 6-6, 345, Clemson

16. Carl Nicks, 6-5, 335, Nebraska

17. Pedro Sosa, 6-4, 290, Rutgers

18. Shannon Boatman, 6-6, 320, Florida State

19. Akim Millington, 6-5, 310, Illinois

20. David Hale, 6-6, 310, Weber State

Frank Coyle is a nationally known NFL scout who publishes Draft Insiders' Digest and In it's 16th season, Draft Insiders' Digest is dedicated to year-round coverage of NFL and NCAA Football. He covers the NFL Draft and free agency extensively with a veteran scouting staff that provides insightful and unique information on players and team potential in the coming seasons. Draft Insiders' Digest is an extensive publication that produces over 20 issues throughout the year, beginning with an Online Pro Prospects Preview and Fantasy Football Rankings in August and a 200-page Draft Yearbook in March.
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