2010 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Add Depth on Day Two

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent IApril 23, 2010

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 06:  Defensive end Jason Worilds #6 of the Virginia Tech Hokies gets past offensive tackle Rich Lapham #66 of the Boston College Eagles in the 2008 ACC Football Championship game at the Raymond James Stadium on December 6, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. Virginia Tech defeated Boston College 30-12.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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In the first round of the 2010 NFL draft the Steelers upgraded their offensive line and selected C/G Maurkice Pouncey from Florida.

I thought Pouncey was a great pick up and I wrote an article about the Steelers' first round selection .

I could not wait to see how the rest of the draft unfolded and who would be available for the Steelers in the second and third rounds.

In the second round and with the No. 52 pick in the draft the Pittsburgh Steelers selected the athletic, under-sized defensive end from Virginia Tech, Jason Worilds.

This is the typical Steelers pick as Worilds is set to become a perfect 3-4 outside linebacker with explosive edge rushing skills and is also a very sure tackler. He will be able to learn behind former Defensive Player of the Year, James Harrison, who had 10 sacks last season, and former Michigan defensive end-turned-linebacker Lamar Woodley, who had 13.5 sacks last season.

This selection brings some much needed youth and depth to the linebacker core in Pittsburgh, and Worilds will be a valuable backup to Harrison and Woodley, letting them be more fresh during games and thus being able to get after the quarterback more. I believe Worilds will be used similarly to how Lawrence Timmons was used his first couple seasons as a blitzing, havoc creator for Dick LeBeau to play with.

In the third round and with the No 82 pick in the draft the Steelers selected Emmanuel Sanders, an undersized wide receiver from SMU. Sanders has good hands coming off a 98-catch season and has some tremendous speed and quickness. He will help out on special teams and will add some depth to the position with the departure of starter Santonio Holmes.

Sanders will be given a chance to win that fourth or fifth receiver spot on the roster however he will probably more likely just sit and learn behind the veterans such as Hines Ward, Antwaan Randel El, and Arnaz Battle. He will be groomed to possibly become the eventual replacement for Hines Ward when he retires in a couple years and can develop into a playmaker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On day two of the 2010 NFL draft the Pittsburgh Steelers added some much-needed depth to the roster and are now set up for day three tomorrow.

There are still quality players left on the board and in my opinion the Steelers need to focus on getting a cornerback and a defensive tackle in rounds four through seven. Other needs include a running back to back-up Rashard Mendenhall and a nice blocking full back like we use to have in Dan Kreider.

With our other picks the Steelers will need to add more depth at positions such as quarterback, linebacker, and possibly another cornerback.

So far I think the Steelers have done a good job at this point in the draft and I can’t wait to see how the last day of the draft unfolds for us.