Found April 28, 2012 on Bleed Black & Gold:

This draft just keeps getting better.  The Steelers moved up in the fourth round to get a player they needed.   The Steelers drafted Alameda Ta’amu NT from Washington.  The Steelers gave up their 4th and 6th round pick to the Redskins to get Ta’amu.

Ta’amu is a huge man.  He was expected to go in the second or third round in the draft.  For the Steelers to go up and get him is a big move.  Ta’amu is 6’3 and 348 pounds.  He will not do much in the pass game but he could be a run stuffer on first and second down.  The same thing Casey Hampton is now.  With Hampton possibly out for the first month or so of the season Ta’amu could get some good reps early in the year.  That will give him some much needed experience.

Ta’amu did have some motor issues.  There were times when he was a total beast and others where he looked like he did not belong on the field.  That and some injury issues are what made him drop.  To get him in the fourth round though is a solid pick for the Steelers.


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