The 2011 draft could have a different feel than most. If there is no new contract with the players union and no free agency before the draft because of the existing contract expiring on March 11, 2011 not all teams or players will know what they need or where they will end up.
1st Round - OG Mike Pouncey Florida, 6'5" 320 lbs.
He is said to be not as good as his twin. But he will be a known
quantity if he is still on the board when the Steelers pick near the
end of the 1st round. No injury history,durable, could be first year
starter at OG, possibly could learn and start at another position like
tackle in year 2.
What do I base that on you ask? Well the week before Florida's last four games in his freshman season. He switched to DT because on injuries on the team, ended up starting the last 4 games of the season at DT and finished with 8 tackles and one interception. Switched back to OG in the next season without
missing a beat. Switched to center in his senior season, got off to a
slow start . Had some problems with shot gun snaps.But finished the season strong and showcased his mobility in the Outback Bowl.
I don't know if he will be on the board when the Steelers pick
because the Eagles need an OL upgrade, the Patriots like Florida
players and who knows what the Jets will do..
2nd Round - FS Jaiquawn Jarret from Temple, 6' 1" 202 lbs. 4.57 speed.
Team Captain and Honor roll student , hard worker in and out of class room.
First team AMA conference defense.Good open field tackler with football smarts reads and reacts well to pass or run. Good side line to side line speed.
3d round- OT/OG Lee Ziemba from Auburn 6' 6" 320 lbs.
A player I started watching after some posters mentioned his name on a site I visit. He is ranked any where from round two to five.
Ziemba will be 22 in 2011 , he not a natural knee bender and lacks some things. but has good quickness and is still young enough to take as a project and coach up to be a back up and eventual starter.
4th round - CB Curtis Marsh from Utah. 6' 195 lbs with 4.45 speed
He is not on many draft boards yet, but will be since he received a senior bowl invite and was selected to the 2010 all WAC second team.
I like him if he falls this far. I like him because he reminds me of Ike Taylor and is doing so well in only his 2nd year at CB,Because his first 2 years at Utah he was a RB.
In his 2nd year at CB he tripled his CB pass defenses with 15 and had 2 INTs last season.He Has a team first mentality.
5th Round - FB/TE D.J. Williams from Arkansas, 6' 2" 251 lbs.
He has been invited to Senior Bowl.I Liked what I saw of him in the Sugar bowl against Ohio. Not Sure he falls in the draft this far.
Just imagine a FB who can play TE on the Steelers offense. Draft him and let him fight for the FB/TE spot against Johnson.
6th Round - DT John Graves Virginia Tech 6' 3" 278 lbs 4.84 forty time
All-ACC second team Good quickness and strength , has bench pressed up to 425 lbs and good leadership abilities.
Voted nicest guy on team when not playing football.I think he could turn into a great future 34 DE.
Has a great motor, works out all the time like he is afraid somebody will take his spot on the team.
7th round - WR Kris Adams from Utep 6' 3" 195 lbs 4.49 speed
The Steelers have signed players from Utep before and while it is unlikely he would turn out to be another Wallace, Sanders or Brown. He has good size, speed and would be good camp competition for Sweed in 2011.