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With nearly every starting position set, the Steelers can contemplate a number of different possibilities in today's NFL Draft in New York. Local sportswriters are left to speculate as well, examining the different options available to the team.
Auburn guard Kendall Simmons is high on the Steelers wish list, according to Tribune-Review article fiend Jerry DiPaola. The team has contacted Simmons in order to ascertain his whereabouts around, oh, say, 4PM or so today. Simmons, a workout monster, will probably be found in the gym. DiPaola's article is near the top of the wire today.
The Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette looks at all the different possibilities without featuring any of them, but continues to ponder the potential joy of Ed Reed still being available. The Steelers are fairly certain to snap up the Miami safety if he remains at 30. With Reed's name being mentioned well above the 20th choice, however, his availability would be a surprise.
Also worth checking out are two columns from solid out-of-town writers. The Indiana Gazette's Rob Weaver talks about the Steeler's propensity for taking defensive lineman, and how this has paid off handsomely within the team's 3-4 defensive set. F. Dale Lolly of the Washington Observer-Reporter discusses how the team might be looking at a safety (echoes of Reed again) and a lineman in this year's draft.
With the Steeler's starting squad set heading into 2003, however, the team has the flexibility to go for depth. Cowher likes the notion of taking an offensive lineman and letting him sit and learn for a year. The one thing that is certain, however, is that surprises will abound this year as always.
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