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Pittsburgh Steelers: Could 7th-Round Pick Nick Williams Make the Final Roster?

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 3:  Nick Williams #91 of the Pittsburgh Steelers participates in drills during Rookie Camp on May 3, 2013 at UPMC Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Joseph BrunoCorrespondent IJune 9, 2013

When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected defensive end Nick Williams in the seventh round, most of us pegged him for the practice squad his rookie year.

While that may still be a possibility, there's a chance that Williams could make it on the roster for a redshirt season.

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Al Woods was running with the second-team defense at nose tackle ahead of Alameda Ta’amu and Hebron Fangupo.

It’s only OTAs, so this could simply be the Steelers wanting to try out the versatility of Woods before they get to training camp.

With the inexperience of Ta’amu and Fangupo you would think, though, that the team would want to get them as many reps as possible this offseason if it intends either to be the main backup to Steve McLendon.

To me, this could mean that the team intends to re-sign veteran Casey Hampton and cut one of the young tackles. The team could then try to stash one of them on the practice squad and let them develop for another season.

How this relates to Williams is that if the Steelers re-sign Hampton or feel comfortable with Woods as the backup nose tackle, they could decide to keep Williams on the roster for fear of another team picking him off the practice squad.

The team did the same exact thing with Adrian Robinson last season, and it paid off. Robinson looks to be making a push for a roster spot again this year.

It’s obviously very early to definitively say who has a real shot at making the roster. This could mean, however, that Ta’amu and Fangupo will have to show a lot of improvement in training camp for either to keep a spot on this team.

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