Steelers end NFL Draft suspense by keeping Roethlisberger

The biggest NFL betting story heading into the NFL draft wasn’t even about which players were going to be selected first in the process this year. Instead, the fallout created by Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger bled over into the NFL draft action and threatened to overshadow the entire process.

After being under investigation for sexual assault, for the second time in two years, Big Ben’s off field antics took center stage in the run up to the biggest off season event for NFL gambling fans. Rumors were rampant that the Steelers would trade the troubled, but talented franchise QB on or before the NFL draft.

That kind of deal had the potential to shake up the entire NFL betting scene and so it’s little wonder why the sports betting universe was more interested in Big Ben then the NFL draft.

But as most NFL gambling experts and Steelers fans expected, Big Ben will wasn’t traded and more likely than not the Steelers were using the trade rumors as an opportunity to see what cards it’s NFL betting competitors were holding.

At the end of the day the Steelers even managed to salvage a pretty decent draft after the dust settled the football betting discussions drifted from the Roethlisberger scandal back to the NFL draft picks. In the first round of the draft, the Steelers fooled no one by taking C/G Maurkice Pouncey out the University of Florida. Pouncey has been a college football betting standout for years in the rough and tumble SEC and is a perfect fit for the Steelers. Many NFL gambling experts had Pouncey pegged as one of the surest things in the draft and he should start immediately when the NFL betting season gets under way.

In the second round the Steelers selected the lesser-known Jason Worlids from Virginia Tech. This guy flew under the radar a bit at the college football betting level but had NFL betting scouts drooling in the run up the NFL draft. An OLB, Worlids has one of the quickest first steps off the edge and in a Blitzberg defense he should emerge in a year or two as the best pass rusher in the 2010 NFL draft.

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