When the Steelers waived Kraig Urbik, apparently a whole lot of teams were lining up to claim him.
According to the National Football Post, five different teams put in waiver claims on the 2009 third-round pick with the Bills winning the claim because they had the worst record among the five teams last year.
The fact that Urbik is in demand does make it clear that his improvement this August was noticed by other teams. And there were surely teams who liked his scouting report last year when he was coming out of Wisconsin.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the Steelers made a mistake by waiving him. Pittsburgh just ran into a numbers game. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a whole lot of starting caliber offensive linemen, but it was overflowing with backup caliber guards with some potential.
Pittsburgh was stuck choosing between Doug Legursky, who is likely on the gameday roster because of his ability to play center, guard and fullback; Ramon Foster who can play both guard spots and right tackle, and Urbik. Urbik may have the best pile-pushing ability of the three, but he also has the least mobility and the most difficulties blocking linebackers and other moving targets at the second level.
Considering the Bills’ lack of depth on the offensive line, I wouldn’t be shocked if Urbik is starting for them at some point. And it would have been great to see him make it to the Steelers’ practice squad, but it’s hard to say he’d help the Steelers win in 2010 more than Foster or Legursky.