Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 40 times last season, and if Pittsburgh spending first, second and seventh-round picks on offensive linemen can change that, he’s going to be very happy.
Roethlisberger said he knew before the draft that the Steelers’ brass liked first-round pick David DeCastro and second-round pick Mike Adams.
“I had an idea,” Roethlisberger told the Altoona Mirror. “They kept me in the loop a little bit. When DeCastro was there, you got to take him. Some are saying he’s one of the best guards in college since Alan Faneca. We hope he can live up to the hype.”
The Steelers also grabbed SMU offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum in the seventh round, and three potential late-round targets for Roethlisberger in Florida running back Chris Rainey, Colorado receiver Toney Clemons and Oregon tight end David Paulson. Roethlisberger likes what he sees.
“I’m excited,” Roethlisberger said. “You know, at least on paper, it looks awesome. But, you never know until you take the field and the bullets start flying. I’m really excited. We got some good guys on offense and defense to help add to a team that was good already.”