Gerry Dulac's piece in today's PG indicates that while Steelers have essentially locked up the Big Snack for the remainder of his career, they will still be very much looking for his successor in this year's draft -- one that is crazy deep with defensive lineman.
Uber-stud from Nebraska Nda-blah-blah-blah Suh will be long gone by the time the Steelers pick at no. 18, as will Oklahoma's man-beast Gerald McCoy, but Dulac says Steelers will be very much in the running for a pair of SEC behemoths, Alabama's Terrence Cody and Tennessee's Dan WIlliams, as well as Penn State's Jared Odrick.
Williams, or "Big Dan" as he goes by, seems like a sharp kid -- at least in this interview he does -- and Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has the Steelers taking the Volunteer in his most recent mock draft as does ESPN's Todd McShay.
Odrick was the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 -- a pretty nice accolade that no less than LaMarr Woodley and former Steeler Larry Foote earned in college and as Dulac noted, has plenty of versatility -- he can play tackle and nose, so he could be valuable as Hampton, Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel continue to get long in the tooth.
Cody, however, looked like the Biggest Loser contestant's before picture at his senior bowl weigh-in (warning: you may stab your eyes aht after looking at this) and better get it in gear and hire R. Lee Ermey to be his personal trainer, lest he be this year's Andre Smith (what is it with these slovenly 'Bama guys?). NFL.com's Bucky Brooks acknowledges Cody's weight issue, but still has the Steelers taking him.
You could fill a Martian crater with all the things I don't know about football, but I just don't see this one happening. Mike Tomlin has already publicly made an example of perennial All-Pro Hampton about his weight, so why would he willingly taking a kid where weight is already an issue and will continue to be throughout his career?
Check out some highlights and features on Williams, Odrick and Cody, below:
Where do you think the Steelers should go in the draft? And what do you think of these three guys? Sound off in the comments ...
Finally, two quick things ...
- Also, check out a great little feature from the Arizona Republic about Troy Polamalu playing pickup with some kids in Arizona.
- Pick up the new Sporting News for a rare one-on-one, non-talk show interview of Terry Bradshaw (sorry, no link available that I could find)