5 Reach Picks the Pittsburgh Steelers Must Avoid in the 2013 NFL Draft
The Pittsburgh Steelers really need to hit on most of their picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and should not be reaching at all early.
After cutting ties with a lot of veterans over the past couple seasons, the team needs to replenish its depth chart and can’t by making bad picks.
Here are five players that the team could be thinking about but should not reach for in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame
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In the First Round
Alright this is probably the most obvious pick for this type of article; however, the Steelers should in no way be thinking about Manti Te’o in the first round.
Most Steeler fans would even argue that he should just be off the team’s board completely, though I think that would be taking it a little too far.
I would consider Te’o in the second round if he fell that far, but I still feel that someone is going to take a shot on him in the first.
Damontre Moore OLB Texas A&M
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In the first two rounds
Damontre Moore was once considered a lock to go in the top five of the draft until his poor NFL Scouting Combine performance.
Like with Te’o, I still think there is a shot a team could take Moore in the late first. I just hope that the Steelers aren’t that team.
I was never too high on Moore to begin with, and I just do not feel he is the type of pass rusher the Steelers need in this draft.
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Before the Sixth Round
The Steelers decided to upgrade the backup quarterback position this offseason with the signing of Bruce Gradkowski, and they still could bring back Charlie Batch.
Gradkowski, at age 30, gives the Steelers a legitimate answer if Ben Roethlisberger gets injured for the next few seasons and eliminates the need to draft a guy in my mind.
It’s not that I don’t like quarterbacks in this draft, because I do. I just don’t feel the Steelers need to waste a draft pick on a guy who will possibly never see the field.
Margus Hunt DE Southern Methodist
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Before the Third Round
I’ve seen mock drafts with Margus Hunt to the Steelers in the second round and possibly him creeping up into the late first round.
Although I agree that Hunt is a great athlete and has the potential to be a good player, I just don’t see him as a good pick in the first or second round for the Steelers.
The team simply has many other needs that they can address rather than taking another 3-4 DE that early in the draft.
Any Running Back
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In the First two rounds
The Steelers obviously need the running game to improve and many have predicted the team will address the RB position as early as the second round in the 2013 Draft.
I may be in the minority in not minding Jonathan Dwyer being given a shot as the starter for the team. I also believe a guy can be had in the third round or later in this draft.
Any of the top backs, Montee Ball, Andre Ellington, Le’Veon Bell, Giovani Bernard etc, could be available in the third round, which is the earliest the Steelers should be taking a back.