Prisuta On Steelers' Draft:

Mike Prisuta breaks down the Steelers' draft for SteelCityInsider.net:

The David DeCastro pick is being received with the anticipated universal acclaim, given where DeCastro was selected and the state of the Steelers' offensive line prior to his being selected.

But it wasn't universally approved on the South Side.

Had he been asked, linebackers coach Keith Butler would have proposed going in another direction on Round One.

Butler allowed that he was "happy" with what the Steelers had at inside linebacker following the Sean Spence pick.

But had he been offered Dont'a Hightower by the higher-ups on Round One, Butler wouldn't have been so happy with what he already had that he would have taken a pass on the player that could have become James Farrior's eventual replacement.

"They didn't ask me," Butler said. "I was kind of standing on the table a little bit, but they didn't ask me."

Thus, the search for Farrior's long-term replacement continues.

Jason Worilds stays outside.

Stevenson Sylvester backs up Larry Foote and Spence backs up Lawrence Timmons inside.

The Foote-Sylvester duo leaves the Steelers uncomfortably thin at that position in the wake of a draft that offered a couple of potential answers.

Can't have everything.

* Trading up to snag Alameda "County Coliseum" Ta'amu makes sense now and will make more down the road.

Steve McClendon is much more advanced as a backup at nose tackle than Sylvester is as a backup at inside linebacker. But starting nose Casey Hampton remains a huge question mark and is on borrowed time even if he makes it back onto the field and stays there this season.

Ta'amu will provide 348 pounds of Big Snack insurance along the way to developing into the Steelers' next long-term nose.

And with the Steelers, Ta'amu will only have to worry about being destroyed by DeCastro in practice.

* More on Spence as relayed by an NFL assistant coach: "Will struggle in-line and will get covered up by any drive block but can tackle in space. Super-smart player that his coach claims is the smartest player he ever coached. Very quick and excels in space."

Sounds like the special teams just got better.

* This draft will be made or broken by how the Mike Adams saga plays out.

The Steelers stuck their necks out on this one, going against their normal operating procedure and rolling the dice, deciding that a 6-foot-7, 323-pound monster with first-round talent was worth such risks on the second round.

If Adams delivers the offensive line that would take Ben Roethlisberger into retirement might look something like this: LT Adams, LG DeCastro, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Willie Colon, RT Marcus Gilbert.

The Steelers have at least begun to ponder Colon at guard as a potential method of getting what might turn out to be their best five offensive linemen on the field at the same time.

But Adams remains a 6-7, 323-pound enigma.

Consider a tweet he authored on April 27 according to the timeline under @Channel75live:

"I thought I was crazy…last night was CRAZY #sunglassesandadvil."

No wonder Kevin Colbert is less than convinced Adams will pan out as the Steelers anticipate he might.

"I won't be convinced that he made it as a player until the day he retires," Colbert said.

Me, neither.

* Once again it was a great draft in Colbert's immediate, post-process analysis.

"As always, we feel very good," Colbert said.

He has yet to offer any other type of post-draft assessment since 2000.

But as always, the ultimate test will be whether the class of 2012 can help add to the Steelers' collection of Lombardi trophies on the South Side.

If Adams pans out, that'll happen.


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