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4/23/2010

STEELERS TAKE JASON WORILDS IN ROUND TWO


JASON WORILDS
6'1", 254 LBS
VIRGINIA TECH
COLLEGE COACH: FRANK BEAMER

The Steelers now have a second new player in the fold for 2010, and his name is Jason Worilds, an outside linebacker from Virginia Tech who they selected 52nd overall.

The pick, announced by Steeler great Rod Woodson, was a bit of a surprise, considering it doesn't fill an immediate need; but the selection does give some much-needed depth at the position. That being said, the Steelers passed on several players that could've been a nice fit, such as Notre Dame WR Golden Tate (who went to Seattle at #60) and Alabama DT Terrence Cody, who went to Baltimore at #57.

The early word is that Worilds is an unfinished product who could've benefited from another year in school, yet is still considered a good fit for the Steelers. Worilds had 46 tackles and four sacks for the Hokies in 2009, and was named second-team All-ACC.

NFL.com says:
"Pick Analysis: The Steelers have a knack for uncovering superb pass rushers, and Jason Worilds might be the next one to develop into an all-star player on the edge. The Virginia Tech star has exceptional speed and quickness, and his relentless motor leads to disruptive plays. Given the Steelers' reputation for developing young rushers, Worilds could blossom into a star in the Steel City in a few years."

Notes:
-Went by Jason Adjepong as a freshman, but legally changed his last name to Worilds in the summer of 2007
-Had season-ending shoulder surgery as a freshman in 2006
-Was enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management at Va Tech
-Coming out of high school, was the country's #7 DE in the Rivals rankings and #8 by Scout
-He talked with Troy Clardy of 93.7 The Fan recently, and you can listen to that interview here

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5 comments:

Cornelius said...

I was thrilled with the Pouncey pick, but this one has me scratching my head a bit. A linebacker? Really with the 2nd pick given all of our other needs? Then to take a smallish WR from a Conference USA team in the 3rd round? Lets hope they know what they are doing.

Louis Lipps is my homeboy said...

Every year in the draft, there seems to be a flashy, well-known player available that makes sense at some point (in this case, Golden Tate), but the Steelers take someone else.

It usually works out though.

Like today, I'd be thrilled if the Steelers took Dorin Dickerson. Versatile, can catch, block, play some fullback, extremely fast, the prototypical H-back that coaches love.

Yet I know if he's there, they won't do it.

John said...

I'm a little dumbfounded with another lb taken in round 4.

I thought they might go after a cb or dl, but who am I to question the Steelers brain trust.

the nigerian nightmare said...

What the hell is apparel, housing and resource management?

IN THE KNOW said...

THE STEELERS ACTIONS HAVE ME SCRATCHING MY HEAD. IF THIS DRAFT WAS SO DEEP THEN WHY WOULD THE STEELERS HAVE TO REACH WITH WORILDS IN THE 2nd ROUND?

I LIKE THE GEORGIA TECH KID IN THE 6th ROUND, THOUGH. HE'S A KEEPER.