Scouting the Steelers Draft Selections


First Round Selection Evander (Ziggy) Hood, DE, Missouri Height: 6-2 7/8 | Weight: 300 | 40-Time: 4.89 College Career 2005: 18 tackles ‚Äì 1 sack 2006: 36 tackles ‚Äì 4 sacks 2007: 49 tackles ‚Äì 5 sacks 2008: 62 tackles ‚Äì 7 sacks Strengths: Hood played defensive tackle at Missouri but was drafted by the Steelers to be a defensive end in the NFL. Athletic, very good size and bulk which fits the Steelers kind of defensive end for a 3-4 scheme. Has an explosive first step and great quickness which has scouts optimistic that Hood will make the adjustment to defensive end in the NFL, quite easily. High motor and is versatile, can play DT and DE. Best attributes — Seen as being very coachable. A Steelers type of player and is regarded as a hard worker on and off the field. Weaknesses: Not a dominant run stopper, needsRead More »

Steelers select Missouri DE Evander Hood


The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Missouri defensive end Evander (Ziggy) Hood with their first round pick. Hood is the first defensive lineman to be drafted in the first round by the Steelers since Casey Hampton in 2001 and the first time the Steelers drafted a defensive end in the first round since 1988. Going defensive line in the first round was the Steelers top priority and Hood was the Steelers top target since early Saturday morning. Scouting Report on Evander Hood Height: 6-2 7/8 | Weight: 300 | 40-Time: 4.89 Stats 2005: 18 tackles – 1 sack 2006: 36 tackles – 4 sacks 2007: 49 tackles – 5 sacks 2008: 62 tackles – 7 sacks Strengths:

The Latest Steelers Draft Buzz


Five hours until the NFL Draft kicks off and the Steelers will be playing the waiting game as the Super Bowl Champions have the last selection in the first round. There has been a ton of buzz the past 48 hours that the Steelers¬†are looking to go¬†defensive line in the first round. They have two potential targets at the top of their wishlist in Missouri’s Evander Hood and San Jose State’s Jarron Gilbert. If Hood is off the board, the Steelers will strongly consider moving back a few picks, adding an extra draft pick and selecting Gilbert in the early to mid second round. Defensive Line, Cornerback and Offensive Line¬†remains in play with pick #32. Wide receiver to some extent but going wide out is a major longshot and there are only two prospects the Steelers will consider. 10 Prospects under consideration at pick 32, Plus the late first roundRead More »

Five Players on the Steelers radar that are projected to be better in the pro’s


The Latest Steelers Draft Buzz I’m hearing the Steelers have Alex Mack as the top rated center on their board but they like Max Unger better because he can play all three positions and they like Eric Wood better than Mack because he is the better guard of the three. Some see Mack as being one dimensional while Wood and Unger offer much more versatile which is what the Steelers are looking for if they decide to go offensive linemen in the 1st round. Don’t look for the Steelers to land Texas Tech guard Louis Vasquez in this weekend’s draft. I spoke to Robert Sheets the agent for Vasquez this morning and Sheets tells me Vasquez stock is on the rise and he’s hearing Vasquez will be selected somewhere in the middle of the second round. Vasquez, 6-4, 334 lbs, has excellent size and bulk and is one of thoseRead More »