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Old 02-27-2010, 09:28 AM   #1
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Gerry Dulac's piece in today's PG indicates that while Steelers have essentially locked up the Big Snack for the remainder of his career, they will still be very much looking for his successor in this year's draft -- one that is crazy deep with defensive lineman.

Uber-stud from Nebraska Nda-blah-blah-blah Suh will be long gone by the time the Steelers pick at no. 18, as will Oklahoma's man-beast Gerald McCoy, but Dulac says Steelers will be very much in the running for a pair of SEC behemoths, Alabama's Terrence Cody and Tennessee's Dan WIlliams, as well as Penn State's Jared Odrick.

Williams, or "Big Dan" as he goes by, seems like a sharp kid -- at least in this interview he does -- and Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has the Steelers taking the Volunteer in his most recent mock draft as does ESPN's Todd McShay.

Odrick was the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 -- a pretty nice accolade that no less than LaMarr Woodley and former Steeler Larry Foote earned in college and as Dulac noted, has plenty of versatility -- he can play tackle and nose, so he could be valuable as Hampton, Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel continue to get long in the tooth.

Cody, however, looked like the Biggest Loser contestant's before picture at his senior bowl weigh-in (warning: you may stab your eyes aht after looking at this) and better get it in gear and hire R. Lee Ermey to be his personal trainer, lest he be this year's Andre Smith (what is it with these slovenly 'Bama guys?). NFL.com's Bucky Brooks acknowledges Cody's weight issue, but still has the Steelers taking him.

You could fill a Martian crater with all the things I don't know about football, but I just don't see this one happening. Mike Tomlin has already publicly made an example of perennial All-Pro Hampton about his weight, so why would he willingly taking a kid where weight is already an issue and will continue to be throughout his career?

Check out some highlights and features on Williams, Odrick and Cody, below:

Where do you think the Steelers should go in the draft? And what do you think of these three guys? Sound off in the comments ...
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I'd like to grab Chad Jones. We have to think about finding the next Troy.
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I wouldnt mind the Steelers taking a DT in the first round, but I think the only one that I would want after the first 2 would be Terrence Cody. As big as he is and as much as they worked with Casey Hampton and got him down to playing weight I think the Steelers would be a great fit for Cody myself. But is D line more important than our offensive line or secondary? Not sure where the Steelers will go, but I am almost ready to bet that it will be Best Available Player.
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I'd be fine with Odrick. But he's a perfect fit at DE not at NT. 6-5 300 is too lanky to be a Nose tackle. He looks really lean as well. Could be a ST demon in his first year. Too bad there's no more wedges to bust!

I'd be fine with Williams in the first or Cody maybe in the early second (move up to 2.8 maybe?) as well. My feeling is that the team will try to get by with some sort of project guy in the later rounds/UDFA since they just signed Hampton.
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