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Wexell Articles

Wexell has been doing a series of articles for the Herald-Standard on Steelers draft prospects by position.  They have some good scouting information and are filled with all the subtleties that make Wexell the most insightful beat writer for the Steelers.  He recently posted articles on the OL and DL, and since that's what most of our focus has been on, I thought I'd link them here.  Here are a few excerpts:

It's just fact that Starks lacks foot-speed and Simmons lacks strength. Throw the latter in next to 290-pound center Sean Mahan and you have a hobbled quarterback running a sweep behind Trai Essex on the most important third-down of the season. Last year's rookie backup, Darnell Stapleton, is the project. His weight's up to 315 and he's now working to shave off a few pounds for conditioning purposes.

The first one is classic, but the second one interests me more, since we've all been hoping that Stapleton could be the center of the future, but obviously he couldn't be weighing 285 lbs.  It makes me hope that of all the people who could have gotten the roster spot last year, there was a good reason they picked Stapleton.  That's a lot of weight that he has gained, and I doubt it's cheeseburger weight, since he can't think his job is secure.  UDFA's try harder.  

Anyway, the articles have plenty of other new information in them.  There's some older ones, too, but after a week or so, they enter the Wexell vault and you have to pay for them.  Here is the WR article, which as of right now is still free.  Enjoy.

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