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In a nod to a couple of key needs, the Steelers added OLB Jason Worilds in Round Two and WR Emmanuel Sanders in Round Three.
Worilds, who notched 15 sacks in three seasons as a defensive end at Virginia Tech, will play outside linebacker in the Steelers' 3-4 front. This is not an easy transition, but Worilds can learn on the job backing up James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Woodley, it should be noted, was a very quick study as outside 'backers in Dick LeBeau's scheme goes, coming on strongly at the end of his rookie season. Ideally, Worilds will pick up the defense in Year One and contribute on special teams.
Sanders could help in the return game (though he needs some refinement in that area) and will challenge to play in three- and four-WR sets. Quick and athletic, he racked up 97 catches in a pass-happy offense as a senior at SMU. The Steelers have had more hits than misses when it comes to picking receivers in recent years, and they are adept at finding players who fit their offense; look no further than their selection of Mike Wallace last year.
Worilds and Sanders don't figure to be key contributors in 2010; from the looks of it, the Steelers have their eye on 2011 and beyond with these two choices.
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