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Vince Williams to Steelers: How Linebacker Fits with Pittsburgh

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 15:  Joshua Harris #25 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons is brought down by Vince Williams #11 of the Florida State Seminoles during a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Dan SnyderCorrespondent IApril 27, 2013

One thing's for sure, the Pittsburgh Steelers certainly lacked depth at inside linebacker in 2012. They added Sean Spence during the 2012 NFL Draft, but a devastating knee injury ended his season before it even started. 

So with their compensatory pick in the sixth round, Pittsburgh added former Florida State linebacker Vince Williams into the fold. 

 

Role

Williams actually enters a great opportunity with the Steelers. He's not going to immediately contend for a starting role, but he could be in line for a backup spot. 

Williams is the type of inside linebacker the Steelers have looked for recently. He's a bit undersizedat only 6' and around 230 pounds, but he can attack the line of scrimmage as well as anybody. Expect Williams' name to come up in camp this year. 

 

Scheme Fit

Williams is the type of linebacker the Steelers like to have behind Larry Foote. In fact, he and Foote are relatively the same size. 

Dick LeBeau likes to use guys like Williams who can attack the line of scrimmage and are good against the run. One may think that would work better with a bigger player, but that isn't how the Steelers have drafted. 

 

Early Projection

As I said above, Williams is in a good position to compete for a backup role with the Steelers this season. That could lead to decent playing time for a young player. 

At the very least, Williams should be a contributor on special teams. He's fast and strong enough to make an impact on some coverage units that have been less than average this season. 

 

Grades

I'm not really sold on this pick because I would have like to see the Steelers take someone with a little more size inside. Williams comes off as a bit too small to cover ground inside for the Steelers, but he's fully capable of adding some bulk. 

I give the Steelers a C- for the pick. 

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