Day 2 Steelers selections
FIFTH ROUND (145th overall)
LB Virginia Tech
Collegiate defensive end who will be converted to outside linebacker in the NFL ... Started 44 of 48 career games and registered 20.5 sacks ... Blocked two kicks while contributing on special teams ... Second-team All-Big East in 2003 as a senior ... Produced 5.5 sacks, giving him 14.5 over his last two seasons at Tech ... Registered a career-high nine sacks as a junior in 2002 ... Won the Virginia Group AAA shot put championship as a high school junior and finished second as a senior.
SIXTH ROUND (177th overall)
Two-year starter at left OT at Arkansas ... Helped pave the way for the offense to average 435.2 yards per game as a member of an offensive line that allowed only 11 quarterback sacks in 2003 as a senior ... Contributed to the offense leading the Southeastern Conference in rushing and ranking 12th nationally at 218.9 yards per game in 2002 as a junior ... Appeared in the final eight games as a reserve LT and on the PAT and field-goal teams in 2001 as a sophomore ... Played 83 snaps, including the entire second half and all seven overtime periods in a 58-56 victory over Mississippi, a game in which Arkansas amassed 531 total yards.
SIXTH ROUND (194th overall)
TE Penn State
Caught 24 passes in 23 games at Penn State (for 352 yards, a 14.7 average per catch) ... Saw limited action but put on 45 pounds after initially arriving at Penn State as a WR ... Graduated in three-and-a-half years with a 3.2 grade-point average ... Hopes to join the FBI once his playing days are over.
SIXTH ROUND (197th overall)
Spent three seasons as a defensive lineman at Stanford before switching to offense for his senior year ... Split time between C and OT for the first four games as a senior in 2003 before taking over at C for the final seven games ... Served as Stanford's long-snapper for his final three seasons ... Timed at 4.82 in the 40-yard dash, which helps his effectiveness sin coverage after long snaps ... Editor of the school newspaper and a member of the National Honor Society at Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Md. ... Achieved Eagle Scout status in the Boy Scouts of America.
SEVENTH ROUND (212th overall)
Projected as a candidate at NT or DE in the Steelers' 3-4 defense ... All-Conference USA as a senior in 2003 ... Started 24 of 39 career games at Memphis, with ix sacks, 150 tackles and a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown to his credit.