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WR DeAndre Hopkins could be a second-round option.
The Steelers have eight picks in the 2013 NFL draft—a full complement of picks in Rounds 1-7, plus an additional compensatory pick in the seventh round. The hope is that the Steelers can find players to fit immediate needs who can start right away, a feat they've struggled to accomplish in recent years.
Here's my latest full mock draft for the Steelers (Updated April 15).
Round 1, Pick 17: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Round 2, Pick 18 (48 overall): OG Kyle Long, Oregon
Round 3, Pick 17 (79 overall): RB Johnathan Franklin
Round 4, Pick 18 (115 overall): OLB Corey Lemonier, Auburn
Round 5, Pick 17 (150 overall): S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse
Round 6, Pick 18 (186 overall): TE Joseph Fauria, UCLA
Round 6, Pick 38 (206 overall; compensatory): ILB Vince Williams, Florida State
Round 7, Pick 17 (223 overall): P Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
I didn't do much to change the Steelers' full mock draft on my second attempt, except to push wide receiver into the first round and offensive guard into the second. Though the Steelers managed to hold onto Emmanuel Sanders, giving him a one-year deal worth $2.5 million to keep him out of the Patriots' clutches, he reportedly would like quite a bit of money to stay beyond 2013.
That may not be feasible for the Steelers, so they'd be best off by filling the receiver position in the first round and guarantee they have a starter who will stick around for a few years and hopefully eventually get paid once the Steelers' perennial salary cap issue die down. Plus, Cordarrelle Patterson's a better receiver than Sanders with a higher ceiling. Might as well make a splash in Round 1.