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Steelers NFL Draft Forecast: Inside Linebackers

Friday, April 20, 2001

By Ed Bouchette, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Dan Morgan
6-2, 240
Miami
1 Steelers love him and he would be their pick if he was still available but he's going to be taken long before they pick. He can play inside or outside. Visited the Steelers on April 3. Tough, dedicated player named best defender in NCAA.

Kendrell Bell
6-1, 235
Georgia
2 Visited the Steelers last week. Transferred from junior college. Covers the whole field and would look good playing next to Earl Holmes. Quick, speedy and athletic. Makes big plays. Loves to freelance.

Torrance Marshall
6-2, 250
Oklahoma
3 Visited the Steelers April 5. Played only two years for Sooners after going to military school and community college. Outstanding athlete with strength and speed. Not as instinctive as the two rated above him. Can play inside or outside. Can cover the pass or stop the run.

Carlos Polk
6-2, 250
Nebraska
4 Pure middle or inside linebacker. More of a two-down player because he's not good in pass coverage. Tough hitter who loves to rush the passer. Starter the past two seasons. Productive over-achiever.

Jamie Winborn
5-11, 225
Vanderbilt
5 Short but solid player who is tough, aggressive and loves the game. Quick reactions to the ball and to blockers. Big-hitter and good at rushing the quarterback. Covers the entire field.

Edgerton Hartwell
6-1, 250
Western Illinois
6 Productive player in Division 1-AA who played well in post-season games. Tough, strong, smart, quick, fast. Has outstanding instincts and never quits. A tad short.

Justin Kurpeikis
6-3, 250
Penn State
7 Played defensive end at Linebacker U, but his best chance in the pros is linebacker. He can cover and has good size for an inside linebacker. Outstanding player and if he can make the transition, could be a real value pick.

Zeke Moreno
6-1 1/2, 245
Southern California
8 He's been moving up on the lists lately. Brother of Moses Moreno, San Diego Chargers backup QB. Overachiever because he works hard to overcome his lack of natural ability. Will do anything that's asked of him and he has an affinity for the game.

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