BREAKING DOWN DAY 3 PICKS
By Dale Grdnic
PITTSBURGH -- While he won't start right away, the Pittsburgh Steelers thought highly enough of Alameda Ta'amu to move up in the fourth round to take him with the 109th overall pick in the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon.
The Steelers swapped fourth-round picks and dumped their sixth-round selection to the Washington Redskins to get the nearly 6-foot-3, 350-pound nose tackle from Washington. If Ta'amu plays much at all this season, it should be as a backup in the middle of the defensive line.
"We're not going to ask him to play tomorrow, in the next week or the next month,'' Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell said. "We're going to take our time with him, and I'm going to get him ready to play. When is that going to be? ... We don't open up until sometime in September, and he'll be ready.''