Heading into this weekend’s draft almost all of the talk around the Pittsburgh Steelers was centered on Florida Gators guard/center Mike Pouncey. The connection was obvious: He’s the twin brother of last year’s first-round pick, Maurkice Pouncey, so naturally, everybody was all over the possibility of putting them side-by-side.
The Steelers, of course, didn’t get anywhere near Pouncey 2.0 (he went in the top-15 to the Miami Dolphins), and instead selected defensive end Cameron Heyward at No. 31.
In the second round, however, with the 63rd overall pick, the Steelers came away with a Pouncey twins teammate: 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert.
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said Gilbert’s capable of playing either side of the line and provides youth and athleticism (and here’s the NFLDraftScout.com scouting report), so that’s nice, especially since Willie Colon’s free agency status is still up in the air and Flozell Adams may or may not return for 2011. It’s also continuing with the Steelers’ recent trend of drafting big people early, joining Ziggy Hood, Pouncey and Heyward as linemen selected in the first two rounds since 2009.
Still not a cornerback, but after Brandon Harris went to Houston with the 60th pick anyone selected may have been a reach (edit: and who knows, maybe this will turn out to be, too). In semi-related news: Jim Wexell tweeted just before the Steelers pick that he’s heard good things today about the Steelers signing Ike Taylor.