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Pittsburgh Steelers Select Oregon TE David Paulson with Their Second Seventh Round Selection in the 2012 NFL Draft

April 28th, 2012 at 6:59 PM
By Mark Mihalko


The Pittsburgh Steelers continued to add some depth to the offense with their second seventh round selection, Oregon tight end David Paulson.

While not as athletic or highly touted as some of the other prospects the team has brought in, he has shown the ability to make plays with his short-area quickness, body control and solid hands in traffic. A student of the game, the 6-3, 246 pound tight end is rising up some boards after an impressive pro day, where he turned in a solid 4.61 40-yard dash.

Yes, he is not the biggest, fastest or explosive tight end in this class, but he is a high effort guy who works hard for what he accomplishes. More of a wall-off, effort blocker, he can be dominated in the trenches do to his smallish frame, lack of power and weak base.

One of the biggest problems projecting Paulson at the next level is the offense he played on. In Oregon’s spread attack, he was used differently from other prototypical tight ends, focusing more on chipping defensive ends and linebackers, vice being a true in-line tight end. Over his career, he has shown to be a consistent receiver (especially in the red zone) that helped move the chains when called upon.

Tags: David Paulson, Football, NFL, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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