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Old 04-29-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Ben Roethlisberger 'excited' about Steelers O-line draft focus
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After an offseason of offensive overhaul, Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is happy with the team's O-line focus in NFL Draft, the Altoona Mirror reported.

"I'm really excited," Big Ben said at a speaking engagement on Saturday. "We got some good guys on offense and defense to help add to a team that was good already."

Roethlisberger said he was thrilled the team picked up Stanford guard David DeCastro in the first round and Ohio State tackle Mike Adams in the second round. The Steelers added Southern Methodist tackle Kelvin Beachum in the seventh round.

"You know, at least on paper, it looks awesome," Roethlisberger said. "But you never know until you take the field and the bullets start flying."

Offensive line was a top priority for the Steelers in the draft as the team has consistently been in the lower half of the league in sacks allowed.

The Steelers' offensive line is in flux, dealing with the addition of former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley as offensive coordinator and parting with longtime guard Chris Kemoeatu.

"When DeCastro was there, you got to take him," Roethlisberger said. "Some are saying he's one of the best guards in college since (nine-time Pro Bowler and former Steeler) Alan Faneca. We hope he can live up to the hype."
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i'd be excited too if i spent the last couple seasons either on my back or running for my life....
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A vet challenge to the rookie?
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I was thinking that Sean Kugler must be just giddy. He gets back Willie Colon and now has 4 young O linemen drafted in the first 2 rounds of their respective drafts.

Plus you add some vets like Foster, Legursky, Essex and maybe Jon Scott or Chris Scott and he's got guys to work with and build a strong offensive front. The only concern is that Adams is a bit lacking of the nasty that the rest of the guys have, but they cant all be perfect.
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i'd be excited too if i spent the last couple seasons either on my back or running for my life....
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Lets think of this now and have some fun. Even with this improved O line, I bet Ben still gets sacked at least 35 times this year. Its the way he plays, not so much the O line.

The wildcard is if the new offense doesnt lend him to improvising as much.
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I was thinking that Sean Kugler must be just giddy. He gets back Willie Colon and now has 4 young O linemen drafted in the first 2 rounds of their respective drafts.

Plus you add some vets like Foster, Legursky, Essex and maybe Jon Scott or Chris Scott and he's got guys to work with and build a strong offensive front. The only concern is that Adams is a bit lacking of the nasty that the rest of the guys have, but they cant all be perfect.
Let's hope the new faces and healthy faces on the O-line allow Legursky, the Scotts, Foster, and Essex to return to their normal roles, as backups and spot starters.
They're very good at that.
But not so good when they made up our entire starting front.
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I was thinking that Sean Kugler must be just giddy. He gets back Willie Colon and now has 4 young O linemen drafted in the first 2 rounds of their respective drafts.

Plus you add some vets like Foster, Legursky, Essex and maybe Jon Scott or Chris Scott and he's got guys to work with and build a strong offensive front. The only concern is that Adams is a bit lacking of the nasty that the rest of the guys have, but they cant all be perfect.
Gilbert hasn't been very "nasty" at all. He seems to be a very technical blocker in both the run and the pass. I like that from a left tackle though.
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Gilbert hasn't been very "nasty" at all. He seems to be a very technical blocker in both the run and the pass. I like that from a left tackle though.
Maybe not Nasty in the true sense, but he " finishes" blocks, which appears to be aggressive.

Adams on the other hand appears at times to absorb himself in the defender and not finish well. Something else for Kugs to drill into him.
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