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By Scott Brown
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
 

The Steelers met with three offensive line prospects, all from SEC schools, Monday at their South Side headquarters.

The team hosted James Carpenter Jr. of Alabama, Marcus Gilbert of Florida and Jarriel King of South Carolina.

Carpenter may be the most highly regarded of the three.

The 6-4 12, 321-pounder replaced Andre Smith, the sixth overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft, at left tackle and started for two seasons there after transferring to Alabama from a junior college.

The 6-6 Gilbert started at both tackle spots while at Florida and played on the same line as Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

King, who is 6-5 and 317 pounds, started parts of three seasons at left tackle for South Carolina.

Teams are allowed to host 30 prospects in advance of the NFL draft, which will be held April 28-30. The Steelers previously met with seven players from Pitt, but they are considered local and don't count against the visits allowed from out-of-area players.

The Steelers have seven picks in this year's draft, one in each round. Offensive line and cornerback are widely considered two of the Steelers' biggest needs in the draft.

They don't make their first pick until the bottom of the first round, No. 31 overall.

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