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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #18 Pittsburgh

The Steelers are coming off a disappointing season, one in which the team struggled a year after winning the Super Bowl. Add a lot of off the field issues and it’s been an interesting off season in Pittsburgh.

And with the 18th selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select..

OG Mike Iupati, Idaho

The more film I watch of Iupati, the more I like him. He has excellent footwork for a player his size and a constant motor which doesn’t stop. His ability to pull on running plays is uncanny and should help the Steelers in the run game.

NFL Gridiron Gab Senior Editor and Steelers Gab writer Matt Loede feels the same way about his selection at #18..

Some say that Iupati is overrated, but he’s just what the Steelers are looking for at this spot. He’s got size, and is a senior with great character which is what this team needs right now, not a player to come in and rock the boat anymore than it’s been rocked this offeason.

He is a very good run blocker, and if the Steelers are truly trying to get back to “Steeler Football” which means running more, this is the guy to grab.

331 pounds and is very aggressive, he meets what the Steelers are looking for in an O-lineman.

Tony Pauline of the Philadelphia Eagles offers his scouting report on Iupati and lists his potential in the NFL.

Large, athletic blocker with a tremendous amount of upside potential. Quickly gets into blocks, immediately gets his hands up, and easily anchors at the point of attack. Blocks with good lean, gets underneath defenders and turns them off the line or gets movement run blocking. Fluid in motion, gets out to the second level and easily adjusts to hit moving targets. Keeps his feet moving, displays the ability to slide laterally, and effective in space. Stays square and keeps opponents in front of him. Overwhelms defenders driving them off the line or engulfs them altogether. Effectively picks up stunts or blitzes and works well with teammates. Easily handles quick or athletic opponents

Iupati is a terrific prospect whose best football is ahead of him. He’s been a dominant guard yet has the body type to get consideration for one of two tackle positions. Time may be needed for Iupati to get accustomed to the NFL, yet he has legitimate starting potential at the next level.

Here’s a peak at what we got so far..

18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

Next on the clock…those Falcons from the NFC South.

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