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Steelers Draft Picks Opening Eyes At Mini Camp

The Steelers opened minicamp at their South Side practice facility on Tuesday and their top two draft picks impressed. No. 1 selection David DeCastro, a 6-foot-5, 316-pound guard out of Standford and No. 2 selection Mike Adams, a 6-foot-7, 323-pound offensive tackle from Ohio State caught the eye of teammate and fellow lineman Maurkice Pouncey, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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"They lined up and had an excellent practice, man. And it’d be awesome if they could help us out. All of us are going to help them get caught up to speed. Some of it will be tough. You’re learning a whole new playbook. You’re coming in against bigger guys. In college, you’re usually the strongest guy on the field. Now, you’re going against real NFL guys. … But there’s no question these guys can adjust. Did you see them out there?"

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Kovacevic predicts both players will earn starting spots on the line by the time the regular season comes around, in his Wednesday column about the pair. If they do, they'll be charged with giving Ben Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh quarterbacks some better protection after the line gave up the ninth-most sacks (42) in the NFL last season in addition to the 14th most QB hits (77).

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