Steelers 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3
Two days down and one more to go for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh has done a great job of addressing some primary needs at pass-rusher, running back and wide receiver early in the draft. Now, the Steelers will have five picks on the drafts final day to try and fill out their roster for the 2013 season and beyond.
Let's check out a few guys the Steelers might be interested in for Saturdays fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.
4th Round (115th Overall)
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The Pick: Jesse Williams / DE / Alabama
It's pretty amazing that Williams is still available on day three, especially considering his game tape. But the fact is he's still there and that's good news for the Steelers.
Williams played both inside and out in Alabama's 3-4 scheme and could do the same in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh hasn't gotten much out of their two recently-drafted ends in Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward and with Hood in a contract year, Williams could be the guy to take his spot if he leaves.
5th Round (150th Overall)
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The Pick: Tony Jefferson / S / Oklahoma
Pittsburgh had a real problem last season getting anyone to play behind Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu. Now, the guys they did get to fill in are both gone, leaving a big void for the Steelers in the secondary.
Jefferson isn't the biggest safety in the draft, but he's got some power behind his hits. He can develop in this defense.
6th Round (186th Overall)
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The Pick: Khaled Holmes / C / USC
The Steelers parted ways with guard Willie Colon this off-season and backup center Doug Legursky is still an unrestricted free agent. Long story short, Pittsburgh needs some depth inside.
Holmes played center at USC, but could bump out to guard if needed. He's good depth behind Ramon Foster, David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey. Good value in the sixth round as well.
6th Round (206th Overall/Compensatory Pick)
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The Pick: Robert Lester / S / Alabama
Even though I have the Steelers taking Tony Jefferson in the fifth round, they still need multiple safeties for depth on this team.
Alabama's Robert Lester played in a 3-4 at Alabama and thrived in the scheme. He's a guy who plays well around the line of scrimmage. He's a development project for the Steelers but they can take a chance on him.
7th Round (233rd Overall)
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The Pick: Michael Mauti / LB / Penn State
The Steelers passed on an opportunity to take Arthur Brown in the second round and that leaves a hole behind Larry Foote and Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker.
Mauti has suffered some major injuries in his time at Penn State, but when he's been healthy, he's electric. He could have a similar path as other Penn State linebackers Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee. That's not half bad at all.