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Impact Second Year Players

There's been a lot of talk among local radio analysts who think that Limas Sweed is going to have to step up and prove that he can be a viable third receiver in order for him to take over for the newly departed Nate Washington.  I completely agree, and the competition between Sweed and rookie Mike Wallace should prove to be an interesting storyline to follow come late-July/early-August. 

The second year player that I'm most intrigued by is Tackle Tony Hills from the University of Texas.  If you are like me, you found yourself raising an eyebrow at the Steelers selection of  Defensive Tackle "Ziggy" Hood in the first round of the draft.  A pick, might I add, that the coaches believe is "light-years away from being able to play."  Although I disagree with the pick, I understand that the Steelers draft philosophy is that you draft the best player on the board at the time.  With that said, I seem to remember Big Ben being sacked the second most number of times in the league last season.  Furthermore, I seem to remember both Max Unger and William Beatty both being on the draft board during the first round of the draft when it came time for the Steelers to pick...

I must, however, let my personal views on the draft go, and accept the Steelers current thought process.  It seems clear, at least, in my estimation, that Tomlin wants to develop the current crop of offensive lineman, and it IS true that we won the Super Bowl with them.  With that being said, that is exactly why Tony Hills intrigues me.  I really think that he could challenge, and possibly win a starting offensive line spot, possibly over Darnell Stapleton.

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