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Old 03-25-2009, 05:08 AM   #1
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When you play in a hard-nosed division like the AFC North, a division thatís known for itís rushing attacks, adding physical, athletic lineman up front is critical. So, itís no surprise that three of the four teams in the division are after the same interior force. A source told Scout.com that the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns will entertain Louisville C Eric Wood over the next few weeks.

Steelers offensive line coach Larry Zierlein will fly to Louisville and conduct a private workout with Wood on April 6th, the Bengals will host Wood at their facility on April 14th and the Browns will do the same on April 15th.

A four-year starter at center for Louisville, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Wood holds the school-record for most consecutive starts at 49. His durability and ability to dominate in the trenches has been noticed during his career and especially during the draft process. To expand Woodís draft horizons even further, teams have been
http://gnb.scout.com/a.z?s=61&p=2&c=849585

This article indicates a couple of potential scenarios for me now.

1. Alex Mack is the #1 OC and Wood is a target for the second if we miss out on Mack. ( we may have to move up in the second to get Wood)
2. Eric Wood is potentially the #1 OC or #1 OG on the board and the Steelers are seriously looking at him as a candidate at the 32nd Pick.

I am starting to think that the second scenario could become a possibility with a strong workout.

Would love to hear your comments.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:13 AM   #2
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Alex Mack is packing his bags for a pair of visits to AFC North teams this week. According to a source, the former Cal center will spend some time in Baltimore visiting with the Ravens and will also be making a stop in Cleveland to visit with the Browns.

The interesting dynamic at play is that unless the Browns plan to make Mack, Scout.com's top-rated center in this draft class, the No. 5 pick overall, the Ravens could certainly pluck him off the board
http://washington.scout.com/a.z?s=147&p=2&c=849698

The AFC North teams are lining up to look at both Mack and Wood. Those big NT's in the North are having an impact on the pre-draft planning already.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:13 AM   #3
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Default Re: Steelers schedule workout with Eric Wood

I could see us taking him at 32 if he has a good workout and Mack is not there, but there again they may be thinking of taking him over mack if they were both there.I guess time will tell.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: Steelers schedule workout with Eric Wood

Pick Wood at #32 and get a possible starter at OG and then move him to OC if needed when Hartwigs contract is up.

I think I posted the exact same statement about Alec Mack earlier in the year.

I would be happy with either scenario.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:26 AM   #5
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Pick Wood at #32 and get a possible starter at OG and then move him to OC if needed when Hartwigs contract is up.

I think I posted the exact same statement about Alec Mack earlier in the year.

I would be happy with either scenario.
I have to agree I don't think we will go wrong with either of them. They are both stud horses.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:48 PM   #6
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Default Re: Steelers schedule workout with Eric Wood

yeh, I really think the Steelers would be happy with either of these players at Center and maybe Guard to start with. I wouldnt mind it all seeing them taking either one, but my bets right now are that the Steelers are gonna go in the way of DE or DB, but just my opinion.
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Sheesh, a wonder the ratbirds aren't working these guys out

I would love to have either of them
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:00 PM   #8
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Default Re: Steelers schedule workout with Eric Wood

Although Mack might be the #1 Center according to all the "experts" (BTW most of them just echo what they hear the other knuckleheads say, not mention whichever player happens to be represented by thier favorite agent) The Steelers don't base thier decision on outside opinions.

Sad thing is theres GM's who consider what Mel Kiper thinks because dipshits like him sway the opinions of the fanbase. When you start relying on what Mel and the fans think its time to find a new line of work.
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Default Re: Steelers schedule workout with Eric Wood

The Steelers have gone their own way many, many, many times. I LOVE the fact that they do that, too.

They have surprised me so many times on draft day that it actually adds an element of surprise that I think most teams fans never get to experience.
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Said it after watching Wood at the Senior Bowl practice, game and NFL combine......Wood is the real deal. He handled BJ Raji in the game and moved rather fluidly at the combine. Watch the 1st half of the Senior Bowl and you see him pull very well at guard.

If Mack is gone, I have no problem drafting Wood. The Bengals are probably looking at him in the event that he is there with their 2nd round pick. I think Wood is a safer pick than Duke Robinson.
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