My Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft was impacted quite a bit by the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February.
It was impacted further when March came in like a lion in Pittsburgh. Hines Ward was released Feb. 29, which would have been March 1 any other year. Only on Leap Day could such a seismic event occur.
Then two other Steelers fan favorites were sent marching when Aaron Smith and James Farrior were cut.
The Ides of March were uneventful, then Mike Wallace told the San Francisco 49ers he wanted to be paid more than Larry Fitzgerald, providing some comic relief amidst all this March Madness and increasing the chances the Steelers will keep their speedy wide receiver in 2012.
The Steelers couldn't keep William Gay, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals. They'll still have Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown competing for the starting cornerback job opposite Ike Taylor, so Gay's loss doesn't have the emotional impact of those departures earlier in the month.
Now, hopefully March will go out like a lamb in Pittsburgh, and with a clearer picture of the Steelers' needs in the draft, we can relax and draw up another Steelers mock draft.
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