The Steelers have agreed to terms on contracts with rookies OLB Thaddeus Gibson and DT Doug Worthington, the club announced Friday. Gibson and Worthington, the first of the Steelers' draft picks to sign, played collegiately at Ohio State.
Gibson, a fourth-round pick, will play outside linebacker in the Steelers' 3-4 scheme. The 6-2, 243-pound converted defensive end notched four sacks last season for the Buckeyes.
In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote that Gibson "is tightly wound and not a natural pass rusher and always could struggle to convert his speed to power as a rusher and function on his feet as a linebacker."
The 6-5, 292-pound Worthington, a seventh-round pick, notched 42 tackles and two sacks in 2009.
In the 2010 Draft Preview, Nawrocki wrote that Worthington is a "size prospect who might warrant some interest as a developmental five-technique or inside run defender."
Terms of the contracts were not disclosed by the Steelers.
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