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(79) The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Wisconsin offensive guard Kraig Urbik with the 15th selection in the third round.
(84) The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Mississippi WR/KR Mike Wallace with the 20th pick in the third round.
(96) The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oregon State cornerback Keenan Lewis with 32nd selection in the third round.
(168) The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Central Florida cornerback Joe Burnett in the 5th round.
(169)  The Steelers have selected UNLV running back Frank Summers in the 5th round.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Oregon DT Ra’shon Harris in the 6th round.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Penn State center A.Q. Shipley in the 7th round.
(241) The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Arkansas St Tight End David Johnson.
* UNLV running back Frank Summers has been on the Steelers radar since March, and the Steelers thought they could get Summers in the 5th round ever since they released Gary Russell. Steelers are very high on  Summers.
Live Updates and scouting reports appear at the bottom of the page

6:25 p.m. – Steelers believe they got a great value pick, selecting Penn State center A.Q. Shipley in the 7th round.
4:00 p.m. – Burnett is not a very good corner but is a solid kick and punter returner. 2008 stats: 34 punt returns for 378 yards — 27 kick returns for 745 yds and two touchdowns.
3:52 p.m. – Combine numbers for Summers — 4.55 forty yard dash, benched press the required 225 pounds – 30 times which was tops for halfbacks and fullbacks
3:40 p.m. – As expected, the Steelers landed Frank Summers in the 5th round.
The Steelers eye Summers as a short-yardage back and is a great catcher out of the backfield. Can play running back and fullback.
3:39 p.m. – Coye Francies was the top cornerback on the board but the Steelers decided to pass on Francies again and selected Joe Burnett out of Central Florida.
2:30 p.m. – Scott McKillop is off the board going to the San Franciso 49ers in the 5th round.
12:50 p.m. – Bruce Arians spoke to the media about 15 minutes ago. Claims Urbik and Wallace were the Steelers primary targets at those spots.
Arians also mentions three offensive prospects the Steelers hold in high regard, remain on the board. Steelers will go with best available player at this point.
12:35 p.m. – 7 picks into the 4th round and Pitt Linebacker Scott McKillop is still on the board. I’m hearing McKillop is on the Steelers radar but unless they move up, it’s unlikely he will be around when the Steelers select.
12:16 p.m. – The Steelers do not have a 4th round pick. They will take the best player available in the 5th round.
There has been a ton of buzz for the past couple weeks that UNLV running back Frank Summers was going to be a primary target in the 5th round.
12:10 p.m. – I’m told character concerns had the Steelers passing on Washington. D.J. Moore was not under any consideration because of his size.
Steelers were going with a corner who had adequate size with this pick.
12:05 p.m. РSome teams zero in on a player and that appears to be the case with the selection of Lewis. The Steelers held Lewis for a private workout in March.
11:58 a.m. – Steelers select Keenan Lewis (6’0, 208 lbs) with their last selection in the third round. Lewis is viewed as a reach in the third round. Scouts INC has Lewis ranked as the 16th best corner in the draft.
11:47 a.m. – Top remaining Corners
1. Donald Washington OSU – Steelers love his size (6-0), I think he will be their selection if he is still on the board. Washington visited the Steelers two weeks ago.
2. D.J. Moore VAN – viewed as top remaining corner but size is a red flag (5-8)
3. Coye Francies SJS – Steelers met with Francies during the combine. Like his size but speed is a concern.
11:46 a.m. -Safety Rashad Johnson will get a look from the Steelers. He is a second round talent.
11:45 a.m. – Everything appears to be falling in line for the Steelers addressing wide receiver, offensive line and defensive line. Next up is the secondary.
11:42 a.m. – Two Penn State wide receivers off the board in the third round. Derrick Willams went to Detroit (82) and Deon Butler went to Seattle (91)
Third Round Selections
Kraig Urbik – Height: 6’5‚Öõ” Weight: 328 lbs
College Career
2005: Started all 13 games of the 2005 season at right tackle.
2006: Started all 13 games at guard
2007: Started 10 games at guard and three games at right tackle.
2008: Started all 13 games at guard
Scouting Report
Strength: Excellent size and bulk, an element the Steelers are missing on their interior offensive line. Plays with a mean streak that fits the Steelers mentality. Has above average upper body and lower body strength.
Weakness: Lack of quickness is regarded as a redflag with Urbik and a reason he went from a 2nd round prospect at mid-season to a third round selection. Due to quickness issues, he has some difficulty changing directions when pulling.
Analysis: Steelers love his size and strength as the Steelers have struggled with short-yardage situations. Getting bigger on the interior line will help fix that issue.
Urbik addresses a primary need for the Steelers and was the best value on the board. Will battle for a starting right guard job in training camp.
Mike Wallace WR, Mississippi
Height: 6’0‚Öú” Weight: 199 lbs 40 Time: 4.33
College Career
2006: 24 rec – 410 yds – 2TD
2007: 38 rec – 716 yds – 6TD
2008: 39 rec – 784 yds – 7TD
Strengths: Wallace ran a 4.33 forty yard dash at the NFL combine, second fastest among wide outs. Excellent speed, outstanding athlete, can stretch the field and is a verticle deep threat.
Terrific return player, had 56 kickoffs for a total of 1,343 yards and two touchdowns at Mississippi. Fills the role of a slot receiver and kick returner for the Steelers.
Weaknesses: Has difficulties catching the ball at times (similar to Nate Washington). Needs some work on his route running as he relied soley on his exceptional speed at the college level. Average production in college.

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