The Steelers agreed to terms with two of their draft picks from this year’s NFL Draft, linebacker Thaddeus Gibson and defensive tackle Doug Worthington. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
Gibson (6-2, 243), who was unable to participate in the Steelers’ recent organized team activities (OTA) due to class requirements at Ohio State, was Pittsburgh’s fourth-round pick (116th overall) in this year’s NFL Draft. Gibson played defensive end for the Buckeyes and earned second-team all-Big Ten honors in 2009 with four sacks and 13 tackles for a loss.
Worthington (6-5, 292) was the Steelers’ seventh-round selection (242nd overall) in this year’s Draft and also played on the defensive front for Ohio State. He had 42 tackles his senior season, including two sacks, and helped the Buckeyes rank seventh in the NCAA in holding opponents to 90 rushing yards per game.
Gibson and Worthington are the first two draft picks to sign with the Steelers this season.
Gibson's signing early was extremely important since he missed the OTAs because of Ohio State's graduation date. He'll need to get as much work as possible at training camp - not that it was likely he would hold out.