Steelers 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7 Round Predictions, 1 Week Ahead of the Draft

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Steelers 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7 Round Predictions, 1 Week Ahead of the Draft
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The 2013 NFL draft, which begins April 25, is a pivotal one for the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise.

The Steelers are coming off an 8-8 season and haven't won a playoff game since 2010. A productive draft would provide this organization with a much-needed face-lift.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that while there might not be a lot of elite prospects at the top, it's a deep draft.

Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway, according to NFL Draft Scout, also talked about the depth of this draft, saying, "We feel like we can get as good a player at No. 28 as we could at 10."

In a draft that seems ripe for stockpiling picks, the Steelers could have had an extra selection in the third round, but they matched the New England Patriots' offer for Emmanuel Sanders rather than take the No. 91 pick as compensation.

Another way the Steelers could acquire more picks is to trade down from the No. 17 spot in the first round. It might be hard to find a trade partner, though, because there aren't many must-have players that teams will want to trade up to get.

The Steelers have glaring needs at running back, outside linebacker and wide receiver. They also have depth concerns at safety, inside linebacker and tight end.

They have eight picks in the 2013 draft, including a compensatory pick in the sixth round, to plug as many of those holes as possible.

Heights and weights in this mock draft are from NFL Draft Scout.

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