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Big Ben Likes What the Steelers Did in the Draft


It looks as if the Steelers Draft over the weekend gets the seal of approval from franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger.  In today’s Tribune-Review, Big Ben spoke out about what the Steelers did over the weekend that he liked.  “I like the draft. We did a good job all around,” he said.  What had to please Ben the most was the weapons the team picked up on offense – first round RB Rashard Mendenhall, and second round WR Limas Sweed.  A “tall” wide out is something that Ben wanted, and it was something the Steelers gave him in Sweed.

With that though, Ben admitted he doesn’t know a whole lot about Sweed.  “I think he only played a couple of games last year and then he got hurt,” Roethlisberger said. “I know the name. People talk about him — I know that much. I don’t know much else.”  When it comes to Mendenhall, it gives the Steelers their best 1-2 punch at running back they have had since the days of Eric Pegram and Bam Morris.  That team went to the Super Bowl in the 1995 season.  “There was some talk a little bit about trying to get a pound-it guy (at running back). We’ve got guys. It’s not like we don’t have running backs,” Roethlisberger said. “Same thing with the wide receiver. We’ve got guys, so there’s no real rush to push anybody into the starting spot. If they develop into it, I guess they develop into it.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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