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Steelers NFL Draft Forecast: Tackles

Friday, April 20, 2001

By Ed Bouchette, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Leonard Davis
6-5 1/2, 370
Texas
1 Size matters in football and he has the size and ability to be a dominant NFL tackle. The only thing bigger than him is his family of 21 brothers and sisters. Finding food apparently wasn't a problem for Leonard. He needs to become a more dedicated player, however.

Kenyatta Walker
6-4 1/2, 315,
Florida
2 Good package, if a bit immature. Had a year of college eligibility left. Played right tackle but is quick enough to play on the left side. Good pass blocker, not surprising for a Gator.

Jeff Backus
6-5 1/2, 310
Michigan
3 Not a great athlete and some teams may want to move him to the right side. Good Senior Bowl has improved his standing. Four-year starter who became a consistent blocker.

Maurice Williams
6-5, 310
Michigan
4 Started at right tackle, opposite Backus. Has improved greatly since 1999 when he was a part-time starter. Moved from defense to guard in 1998. An outstanding worker and good personality.

Kareem McKenzie
6-5 1/2, 325
Penn State
5 Depends more on finesse than being overpowering as a blocker. He had a better season in '99 than he did in '00. Outstanding size and agility. Played left tackle but may be moved to right in the pros.

Marques Sullivan
6-5, 340
Illinois
6 Good size and ability but it was not always reflected in his performance. Not a hard worker and he had too many penalties. Four-year starter, two on the right side and the past two on the left.

Brandon Winey
6-6, 305
Louisiana State
7 Former tight end. Soft player who does not spend enough time with the weights. Could easily add weight and strength if he wants to, and if he does he could be a good pro. His dedication has been questioned.

Dennis Norman
6-4, 305
Princeton
8 An Ivy League offensive tackle starting in the pros is as rare as a Nebraska offensive tackle going to Oxford. But it has been happening with more regularity, at least for the Ivies. Good athlete who did not dominate his league, however. May be a late-round pick.

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