The Steelers might be labeled lucky because All-American guard David DeCastro (above) fell to them at No. 24. More accurately, the Steelers were simply prepared when opportunity presented itself. With Ben Roethlisberger's incredible combination of size and pocket awareness, he's consistently able to keep his eyes downfield by stepping up into the pocket, making the three interior linemen more valuable in the Steelers' scheme and offensive tackles less so, which is why the Steelers didn't have to reach and were able to secure Ohio State's Mike Adams when he, too, slipped to them. Just as Pittsburgh reloaded its offensive line, they found fortification on the defensive front with wide-bodied nose guard Alameda Ta'amu in the third round to serve as an eventual replacement for Casey Hampton. The addition of speedy back Chris Rainey served as the icing on the cake, as the Steelers continue their tradition of understated excellence on draft day.
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