Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Needs: Seven First and Second Round Prospects
The Steeler's offseason has been one more of drama than football so far.
So, let's forget about Big Ben's off the field issues and get back to what the Steelers do best: draft players.
The Steelers have started to earn the respect of scouts and general managers around the league based upon their superb draft in the last 10 years—rightfully so.
This year should be no different.
In this slideshow you will seven possible prospects. The first four could all be taken in the first round, while the last three may be selected in the second.
Please share your opinions too because there are many other possible picks still out there.
Maurkice Pouncey, G/C, Florida
Pouncey is starting to make more sense for the Steelers every day.
At Florida, Pouncey was often asked to pull frequently, along with having a lot of zone blocking plays. This is a good fit for the Steelers, who love to pull their guards and have quick interior linemen.
Pouncey is also a very versatile player. He has the ability to play center or either of the guard positions. Pouncey would be able to challenge for Trai Essex's starting job immediately Justin Hartwig's job too down the road.
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Despite spending a third and fifth round pick last draft on defensive backs—Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett—the Steelers still had major secondary issues.
Ike Taylor is not a No. 1 corner, and Williams Gay is not a No. 2. Both players would be much more suited playing down a position.
Kyle Wilson could possibly be that No. 1 guy. Wilson is a very athletic corner, who makes up for his small stature—5'10"—by playing very tenaciously.
Wilson would be a perfect fit for the Steelers' secondary.
Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
I am personally not too high on Iupati, but I have to acknowledge that he is a serious prospect for the Steelers.
He is a very strong and tenacious player who loves to get out in space and crush his opponent.
Iupati would instantly contend for the Steeler's right guard position. The combination of Chris Kemoeatu and Iupati would be quite devastating running the ball, but still just above average in pass protection.
Iupati also has been said to have some character issues, so it would be interesting if the Steelers would still select him in the first round.
Earl Thomas, S, Texas
With the somewhat recent signing of safety Will Allen this pick is becoming less and less likely.
Still, the ball-hawking safety from Texas would have to be considered by Steeler's management if he was still available at No. 18.
Thomas would be in the Lawrence Timmons role for his first could of seasons. His versatility at corner and safety would let him play a lot of games without even being a starter, and he would be able to make a lot of plays.
Though this pick may not happen, it should still definitely be considered.
Damian Williams, WR, USC
With Santonio Holmes gone, many fans are calling for his replacement immediately.
Damian Williams could be that guy.
He is a very fluid athlete, who despite not being the biggest and fastest receiver, always manages to get open and run the ball well after the catch.
Williams could step in and play either in the slot or at the No. 2 position immediately because of his pro-style experience at USC.
It would not be crazy to see the Steelers select a receiver in the second round, so do not be surprised if that receiver is Williams.
Rodger Saffold, G/T, Indiana
Saffold is a player starting to shoot up many draft boards because of his excellent experience and versatility.
Saffold's ability to play guard, tackle, and even center makes him a very intriguing option for the Steelers. The Steeler's offensive line has many questions already, and Saffold may be able to address a couple of needs.
Getting Saffold in the second round would be an absolute steal, so do not be surprised to see the Steelers trade up a few picks in the second round to select him.
Cam Thomas, NT, North Carolina
A popular pick pre-trades and pre-Ben drama was nose tackle.
Despite signing Casey Hampton for another three years, it would still not be out of the question for the Steelers to reach and select a young player who could spell Hampton.
Cam Thomas would be an excellent fit for this position. At 6'4" 330 lbs, Thomas is a massive man ready to fill holes.
However, do not let his monstrous size give the impression that he is not athletic; Thomas ran a very respectable 5.14 40 at his pro-day.
Thomas in the second round would be a reach but very possible still.