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May 11, 2014

Steelers focus on speed during busy NFL Draft

Pittsburgh took four offensive players and five defensive players with its nine picks

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“With the reach that he has, the arms, and the wingspan, I feel like we can get some cheap touchdowns down there,” Mann said. “He’s not afraid.”
Bryant’s selection led a busy final day of the draft for Pittsburgh, which had six picks over the final four rounds.
The Steelers finally addressed a need at cornerback by taking Shaquille Richardson out of Arizona in the fifth round. Richardson has a history with Lake, who recruited him to UCLA when Lake was an assistant with the Bruins. Four years later they’re reunited, with Lake hoping the 6-foot Richardson can provide an aging secondary with a physical presence.
“He gives us good size out there and somebody that has the ability to put a lot of pressure on tall receivers that have been drafted lately in the last few years,” Lake said.
Pittsburgh grabbed Vanderbilt offensive lineman Wesley Johnson with a compensatory pick in the fifth round. Johnson started more than 50 games for the Commodores and ended up playing four of the five positions along the line.
He’ll be asked to do the same for the Steelers, who have been forced to shuffle the line around in each of the last three seasons due to injuries.
The Steelers took linebacker Jordan Zumwalt out of UCLA with their first pick in the sixth round then grabbed massive nose tackle Daniel McCullers from Tennessee with their second pick in the sixth.
General manager Kevin Colbert described the 6-foot-7, 352-pound McCullers as “an obstruction.” Though McCullers will likely shed some weight before camp starts, the player nicknamed “Shade Tree” during his time with the Volunteers understands his job is to take up as much space as possible.
“I feel like I can be a dominant player if I just get in the best shape possible,” McCullers said.

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