The Eagles could look at running back Derrius Guice with this pick if he’s still available, but adding a top swing tackle would be a great luxury pick and a long-term move they’ll be happy they made once Jason Peters retires.
He left the Steelers in 2007, and the period in which he was accused of steroid and HGH trafficking did not overlap with his employment with the team. He was accused of acquiring more than 21,000 Vicodin tablets from February 2005 through October 2011.
Rydze was tried in Cleveland since he had been the doctor for the FBI in Pittsburgh, and prosecutors in Ohio presided over the long trial.
“Rydze violated his legal, professional and ethical obligations,” Justin E. Herdman, U.S. attorney for the northern district of Ohio, said in a statement. “He flooded Pennsylvania with dangerous painkillers and prescribed steroids to enrich himself.”
Rydze was also ordered to pay $32,390 in restitution and $18,300 in special assessments according to the statement from prosecutors.
An undrafted free agent out of college, Harrison signed with the Steelers in 2002 and began to make in impact in 2004, eventually ending up playing 14 of his 15 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh, twice earning first-team All-Pro honors and being named to the Pro Bowl five times in consecutive seasons from 2007-11.
He also was the 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year in helping lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory. He was a part of the Steelers’ Super Bowl winning team following the 2005 season, as well.
He finishes his career with 84 1/2 sacks (a franchise-record 80 1/2 with the Steelers), 34 forced fumbles and eight interceptions to go along with 573 tackles and 222 assists.
Harrison played one season, 2013, with the Bengals and one game in 2017 with the Patriots after being released by Pittsburgh in late December.
Moving down from ninth overall would allow the 49ers to stockpile even more draft picks and still get a player they like in Vander Esch. The linebacker is oozing with potential, and the team can’t bank on Reuben Foster ever playing for it again.