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« on: Apr 12, 2009 at 12:57 »



32. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) Eric Wood, C, Louisville:

Height:   6'4"
Weight:   310 lbs

Wood has been a player on the rise of late, and with his size and skills he could find himself a Steeler for a very long time.

Great playing experience. Recognition skills are improving. Will still get caught out of position on occasion but did a better job in 2008 of picking up stunts and blitzes than earlier in his career. Does an outstanding job of selling screens.

Shows sound footwork and works hard to stay in front of defender. Shows good initial quickness but lacks ideal mirror-and-slide skills. Plays a bit high at times and gives too much ground to bull rushers when he's not playing with good leverage.

Fast enough to turn the corner when asked to pull and gets downfield quickly on screens but plays with a narrow base and loses balance at times. Rarely takes false steps, gets adequate hand placement and feet are active once in position. Displays adequate strength at the point of attack and shows mean streak to finish his blocks. Still, he doesn't deliver a violent initial punch and isn't going to drive many two-gap nose tackles off the ball.

Plays with a mean streak and stays in position once locked on. Shows adequate but not great lower body strength and doesn't deliver a violent initial punch.

2004: Louisville red-shirts Wood. 2005-'08: Wood starts 37 consecutive games during his four seasons of eligibility. Earns first-team All-Big East honors in 2007 and 2008; second-team All-Big East honors in 2006 and Freshman All-American honors in 2005.

Position Rank:   3

64. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jairus Byrd, CB, Oregon

Height:   5'10"
Weight:   207 lbs

Smart, instinctive and tough football player.  Diagnoses plays quickly and frequently a step ahead of receivers.  Physical and can jam receivers when asked to line up in press coverage.

A driven and competitive person. Knows what it takes to succeed in the NFL. Father, Gill, was a Pro Bowl DE for the Chargers and is currently a DB coach for the Bears.

2005: Oregon red shirts Byrd. 2006-2007: Byrd starts 24 of the 26 games he appears in recording a total of 119 tackles including 4.5 tackles-for-loss. He intercepts a total of 12 passes and breaks up a total of 22 passes. Byrd returns seven punts for a total of 63 yards. 2008: Byrd appears in all 13 games recording a total of 83 tackles including 1.5 tackles-for-loss. He intercepts five passes and breaks up 14 passes. Byrd returns 26 punts for a total of 320 yards (12.3 yard avg.) including one he returned 87 yards for a touchdown against Purdue.

Position Rank:  7

96. Pittsburgh: Quinten Lawrence, WR, McNeese St.

Extremely fast and quick, gets on top of corner before the db knows it.  Catches the ball with his reliable hands, able to go outside his frame.  Has quick feet and is a naturally elusive runner.  Only punt return of career was returned for 70 yard TD.

Height:   5'11"
Weight:   184 lbs
Position Rank:   45

132. Pittsburgh: Sen'Derrick Marks, DL, Auburn

Has bulk and strength to rank as one of the draft's top run defenders; nearly one-third of his career tackles are for loss.

Height:   6'2"
Weight:   306 lbs


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