By Dale Grdnic
PITTSBURGH -- For a team that says it doesn't pick to fill needs, the Pittsburgh Steelers certainly appeared to fill each of theirs with nine selections during the NFL Draft Thursday through Saturday night.
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The Steelers solidified their offensive line with depth for now and possible long-term starters in the future by picking guard David DeCastro from Stanford in the first round and tackle Mike Adams in the second. The future is bright for that position, as center Maurkice Pouncey and tackle Marcus Gilbert were first- and second-round selections the past two years, respectively.
In the third round, the Steelers got the inside linebacker many believed would be picked earlier, as Sean Spence got the call from the Miami, Fla. The nose tackle of the future, Alameda Ta'amu, was taken in the fourth round from Washington. And running back-return man Chris Rainey was picked in the fifth round from Florida.
The Steelers had four seventh-round selections and appeared to make them count as well with wideout Toney Clemons from Colorado, tight end David Paulson from Oregon, cornerback Terrence Frederick from Texas A&M and offensive guard Kelvin Beachum from SMU getting the call.
"The last three days, things unfolded very well for us, in fact,'' Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. "We got a lot of players that we targeted. Every player we picked, we liked, and we didn't feel that we reached for anybody, and we got everybody where we felt very comfortable in taking them.