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Pittsburgh Steelers Ink Vince Williams

Williams becomes the second member of Pittsburgh's 2013 class to sign a four year deal with the team.

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Steelers sixth round pick Vince Williams has signed a four year contract on the first day of OTA's, making him the second player from the 2013 class under contract.

The inside linebacker is expected to compete for a roster spot mainly serving on special teams, but the young man will compete for a larger role in the defense - particularly in run defense - if he can develop a bit during training camp and the pre-season.

Neal has already expressed his love for his "favorite player" in this draft, taking the time to highlight Williams' ability to take out 300 pound interior lineman and still make a play on the ball carrier.

A similar sentiment was shared by Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler, highlighted in the Post-Gazette: "The thing that attracts us to him is that he will hit you," Butler said. "There are two things you can't teach linebackers in this league. One of them is how fast are you going to be and the other one is will you hit somebody."

Butler also spoke about viewing Williams as an eventual three-down linebacker, and the aforementioned Post-Gazette article makes comparisons between Williams and current Pittsburgh starter Larry Foote.

I don't know about you, but I'd be excited if the Steelers have found a young Larry Foote in the sixth round. Welcome aboard Vince.