2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft with Compensatory Picks

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2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft with Compensatory Picks
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The free agent waters have finally begun to settle and the Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to make a free agent acquisition and continue to lose players.

While they made the choice to release Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior and Chris Kemoeatu, the same cannot be said for William Gay.

Gay signed with the Arizona Cardinals, leaving the Steelers minus a starter at cornerback. Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown are expected to compete for the position.

But even with plenty of competition for the spot, it leaves Pittsburgh with yet another position in which they need to add depth, and that depth will likely have to come via the draft.

Pittsburgh got good news this week when they found out they would receive three compensatory picks for losing Matt Spaeth, Keyaron Fox and Nick Eason last offseason.

The addition of the compensatory selections gives Pittsburgh a total of 10 picks in this year's draft and could allow them some flexibility if they wish to acquire a veteran for a late-round draft pick.

While Pittsburgh cannot trade the compensatory picks, having an extra three seventh round selections could allow them to trade a sixth or seventh to add veteran depth as they have in the past for Allen Rossum, Bryant McFadden and Byron Leftwich.

In my fourth mock draft, I will not look to trade for any veterans, but take advantage of the compensatory picks to add some much-needed depth with potentially late-round sleepers.

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