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Steelers Steelers tap Ivan Taylor, Brian St. Pierre, J.T. Wall to wrap NFL Draft Day 2

Sunday, April 27, 2003

By Ed Bouchette, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Louisiana-Lafayette's Ivan Taylor (27). (AP photo)

The Steelers stayed with defense when they drafted their first pick of the second and final day of the NFL Draft weekend. They selected cornerback Ivan Taylor of Louisiana-Lafayette on the fourth round.

Taylor has two things teams covet in a cornerback - size and speed. He stands 6-0 1/2, 191 pounds and runs a 4.33 in the 40. If nothing else, Taylor should be able to help the Steelers immediately on special teams.

They wanted to get a cornerback and a safety in the draft, and they did that with two of their first three picks. They have two more picks today, one in the fifth round and one in the seventh.

Boston College quarterback Brian St. Pierre (2). (AP photo)

The Steelers finally got their young quarterback in the fifth round when they drafted Brian St. Pierre of Boston College.

They will have the luxury of grooming him for at least a couple of years behind veterans Tommy Maddox and Charlie Batch.

Mike Mularkey, their offensive coordinator, compared St. Pierre's throwing style to that of Batch.

"He's an intelligent quarterback who played in a pro-style offense," Mularkey said.

"He's very, very confident, sometimes so confident he'll force some things. I like his demeanor."

Georgia fullback J.T. Wall (49). (AP photo)

St. Pierre is 6-2 3/4, 218 pounds and started at BC the past two seasons.

With their fifth and final pick of the draft in Round 7, the Steelers took fullback J. T. Wall of Georgia. Dan Kreider is the Steelers' starting fullback but he can become an unrestricted free agent next year and they don't have a real backup for the position.

Wall is 5-111/2, 265 pounds.

Find more details and analysis on today's NFL Draft action in tomorrow's print editions of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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