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Steelers NFL Draft Forecast: Defensive Tackles

Friday, April 20, 2001

By Ed Bouchette, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Gerard Warren
6-4, 320
Florida
1 By far the best defensive lineman in the draft and maybe the best defensive player. Warren is the Corey Simon of this year. Should be a dominant player.

Richard Seymour
6-6, 299
Georgia
2 Would be perfect as DE in the Steelers 3-4 defense, but they won't have a shot at him. He can play anywhere in the line, but more likely a DT in the 4-3 defense.

Marcus Stroud
6-6, 317
Georgia
3 Visited the Steelers on April 11. If he doesn't go somewhere else in the top 15, the Steelers would grab him at No. 16.

Casey Hampton
6-1, 315
Texas
4 More of a nose tackle than a defensive tackle in a four-man line because of his lack of height. He's better against the run than the pass. An overachiever who gives everything he has.

Damione Lewis
6-3, 290
Miami
5 A foot injury cut into his performance last season. Not likely a Steelers draft pick. Has good speed and athletic ability to rush the passer, but lacks the size to be a great pro.

Willie Howard
6-3 1/2, 295
Stanford
6 He had great Senior Bowl workouts after a disappointing senior season. Did not miss a start in four seasons. He can play defensive end or defensive tackle.

Kris Jenkins
6-5, 315
Maryland
7 He must learn to stay low because he has a tendency to get too high and is more easily blocked. Ability is limitless and he had good workouts. Came on strong from his junior to senior seasons and became a force for the Terps. Visited the Steelers.

Kris Kocurek
6-4, 280
Texas Tech
8 A sleeper. He does not have the quickness to play outside in a 4-3 but could be a good 3-4 tackle. Needs to add weight and strength.

Shaun Rogers
6-4, 320
Texas
9 He might have been the Steelers' top draft pick, but complications from ankle surgery have put him on the shelf for several months and he might miss the entire 2001 season. Might be worth a gamble.

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