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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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McCullers and Stephon Tuitt of Notre Dame — taken by the Steelers in the second round — will get a chance to prove themselves in a group marked by free agency departures.
Pittsburgh took tight end Rob Blanchflower of Massachusetts with its final pick. Like the rest of his brethren, the 6-4, 256-pound Blanchflower isn’t one-dimensional. Tight ends coach James Daniel praised Blanchflower for his ability to excel in both blocking and receiving at a position that has seen more specialization in recent years.
That’s not the case with the Steelers, who are near the end of a massive roster overhaul. Only a handful of players remain from the team’s last Super Bowl win in 2009. Tomlin and Colbert hope the work they did over three frantic days helped reset the foundation for another long run of success.
“If you look at the men that we had an opportunity to select this weekend, their size, their speed, their versatility, obviously those are the things we value,” Tomlin said. “We buy into the upside of these young men and we look forward to getting down to business and putting them in the group that’s already here.”

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