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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Steelers (finally) address o-line

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

It was surprising that the defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers didn't address their inconsistent offensive line on the first day of the NFL draft.

Therefore, it was no surprise that Pittsburgh addressed arguably the team's biggest need with its first pick Sunday.

The Steelers took Wisconsin guard Kraig Urbik in the third round. Urbik is durable, starting 45 consecutive games for the Badgers. The streak was broken last season because of a knee injury.

Urbik will provide depth and competition at guard for the Steelers. Their struggles running the ball and protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last season were well documented.

The Steelers also took receiver Mike Wallace from Mississippi with their other third-round pick. Wallace is a speedster who also can provide depth and has potential to return kicks.