Experience: 5 years
Steve McLendon has come a long way. From an undersized defensive tackle out of the University of Troy, McLendon is now the man who anchors the defensive line. From his knowledge to his physical size and strength it has been a steady yet difficult progression. Heading into training camp this year Mclendon is the starter at nose tackle.
Last season he faced little competition. This year with sixth round pick Daniel McCullers, the 6’6″ 352 pound tackle from the University of Tennessee, Mclendon has someone behind him pushing him. In the offseason McLendon gained over 20 pounds of muscle, bringing his weight up to 325 pounds according to ESPN.com. In 2013, McLendon was pulled off the field in passing situations, resulting in zero sacks recorded. This year he will be allowed to rush the passer more according to Steelers.com.
McLendon went undrafted out of Troy because he was undersized for an NFL defensive tackle. But fortunately he was tutored by former Steelers great Casey Hampton. With his increased size and another year in Dick LeBeau’s system, McLendon will be counted on to improve. Coming off last season with a career high with 33 tackles and 1 forced fumble, McLendon will definitely be looking to improve.
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