NFL Draft 2011: Three Offensive Linemen Visit Steelers; Are Any Worth Drafting?
Which Offensive Linemen Who Worked Out With Pittsburgh Steelers Should be Drafted?
The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out three offensive linemen this past Friday. The three that came in were not names I recognized, so as a result I went ahead and tried to figure out exactly who they were.
The first player of note was Jarriel King of South Carolina. Projected as a possible undrafted free agent, or maybe a seventh-rounder, King has a great frame and has the athleticism to make an NFL roster. He could be a reserve tackle and learn under the Steelers.
He has an irregular heartbeat though, which would be a red flag for anyone. If the Steelers are convinced that it won't be a problem, he's worth a pick at the end of the draft.
The second player was James Carpenter of Alabama, who is projected much higher in the draft, at the early part of the third round. He has good size and toughness, which is great for Pittsburgh, but I'm not as convinced about his athleticism. There are better players to grab with the 63rd pick.
The third player was Marcus Gilbert of Florida, who is currently projected as a fourth-round pick. Of the three, I think he best fits the mold of a Steeler. He's not fast, but is a huge player that has a lot of upside, though he will not be a starter immediately. If he can improve his awareness, he could be a steal.
If Gilbert actually falls to the 128th pick, or if the Steelers get an extra fourth-round if they trade their 31st one, then I see them selecting Gilbert, and they may grab King as well for insurance. Two out of three is quite good for any team; the Steelers are definitely doing their homework.
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