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Ben Roethlisberger 'excited' about Steelers O-line draft focus

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After an offseason of offensive overhaul, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is happy with the team's O-line focus in NFL Draft, the Altoona Mirror reported.

"I'm really excited," Big Ben said at a speaking engagement on Saturday. "We got some good guys on offense and defense to help add to a team that was good already."

Roethlisberger said he was thrilled the team picked up Stanford guard David DeCastro in the first round and Ohio State tackle Mike Adams in the second round. The Steelers added Southern Methodist tackle Kelvin Beachum in the seventh round.

"You know, at least on paper, it looks awesome," Roethlisberger said. "But you never know until you take the field and the bullets start flying."

Offensive line was a top priority for the Steelers in the draft as the team has consistently been in the lower half of the league in sacks allowed.

The Steelers' offensive line is in flux, dealing with the addition of former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley as offensive coordinator and parting with longtime guard Chris Kemoeatu.

"When DeCastro was there, you got to take him," Roethlisberger said. "Some are saying he's one of the best guards in college since (nine-time Pro Bowler and former Steeler) Alan Faneca. We hope he can live up to the hype."

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