Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 Mock Draft One
I have factored in at that least 30 Juniors will declare for the 2011 draft.
Mock one, is if the Steelers Resign CB Ike Taylor
I have come to a personal conclusion that the Steelers offensive line is the Weakest part of the team. The offense routinely fails to keep ball possession and sustain drives. That are required to put the Steelers team into the lead in games it should win easily. Much of which I believe is the fault of the weakness in the OL and some is Bens slow start in many games.The only way the Steelers will be able to consistently beat teams like the Patriots is to have an offense that can play ball control and keep the patriots offense off the field.
1st round, 29 th pick - WR Michael Floyd; Junior Notre Dame 6' 3" 227 lbs. 4.50 speed
Floyd is the type of receiver the Steelers lack. Tall with good hands and ball adjustment capabilities.With ARE on the decline. Ward nearing the end and having little confidence in Sweeds future on the team. I think this could be a highly possible pick.
Two other possibilities are CB and OT.
2nd round, 58 th pick - OG Benjamin Ijalana; Villanova, 6' 4" 320 lbs.
I believe he is every bit as good as Mike Pouncey and could possibly be still on the board this late in the second round or not. Much will depend on What he shows in the Senior Bowl ,The combine and his mental abilities. Also oddly his actual height,There are a few scouts who believe if he does well in these things he could play LT in the NFL and could push him up into the first round or the top of the second.. OH and he hates losing.
The Steelers could go with a CB here, But I don't see it if they resign Ike Taylor.
3d round, 87 th pick - FS/CB Marcus Gilchrist; Clemson , 5' 11" 190 lbs
A good special teams player , kick , punt returner. Played one year at SS and part of senior year at CB. Has 4.49 speed to cover side to side. He probably is best suited to play FS in the NFL Clemsons coverage schemes are also similar to what the Steelers use.
4th round ,116 th pick - DE/DT Cedric Thornton; Arkansas. 6' 4" 285 lbs. has the tools needed to develop into a Starter for the Steelers at DE.
Another player I like if he drops past the third round is OT Chris Hairston out of Clemson. Which would give more needed competition for the spots on the OL. A very smart player who could eventually start at guard or tackle
5th round ,145 th pick - ILB Mark Mohamed; California 6' 3" 245 lbs. A sure tackling ILB. Doesn't have the speed I'd like . Might be closer to a sixth rounder. We will just have to wait and see.
Another player who the Steelers could consider taking if he falls this far would be RB Da'Rel Scott from Maryland, 5' 11" 205 lbs with good speed. If the Steelers decide not to resign RB Moore.
6th round ,174 th pick - RB Derrick Locke; 5' 9" 190 lbs. Could provide the out side Speed at RB the Steelers lack for swing passes and tosses to the RB in the backfield.
Two other players I see possible here are K Alex Henry and QB Ricky Stanzi from Iowa. It is unlikely Stanzi falls this far,but you never know till draft day.
7th round , 203 pick - DT Chris Neild; West Virginia 6' 2" 304 lbs.Plays NT ,but could be a Hoke like player in the future. A DT that could play any where on the defensive line.