Super Bowl 2011: 10 NFL Draft Picks For The Packers and Steelers
Since the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers made the 2011 Super Bowl they will have the last two picks of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Steelers will pick at 31, and the Packers will pick at 32.
However, it is not that important where these teams draft, they have already shown that they have the talent to reach the ultimate stage.
For these teams it is more about free agency than the draft for the immediate future, but if they want to build a team for the future they will need to draft a couple of key players.
Keep in mind that these are targets for these teams. Some of these players will be taken before they are on the clock, some of these players won't.
Here are potential first-round draft picks for the Packers and Steelers.
Steelers: Derek Sherrod, OT
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School: Mississippi State
Vitals: 6'6''/312 pounds
Overview: Sherrod will most likely be gone by the time the Steelers make their selection, and for good reason. He is a beast at 6'6" and will become a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. He might not start for the Steelers, but he will add depth at a position you need depth.
Sherrod is expected to be drafted in the mid-to-late first round, and if he is available at 31, the Steelers should think about drafting him
Packers: Brandon Harris, CB
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School: Miami (Florida)
Overview: The Packers' secondary is getting old, and this is one area of concern for the Packers moving forward. Harris would make a great addition and could step in and play with an injury or once Charles Woodson's' career comes to an end.
Chances are Harris will be gone by the time the Packers are on the clock, but he is somebody the Packers should look at with the 32nd pick.
Steelers: Gabe Carimi, OT
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Overview: One of the Steelers biggest needs is the offensive line position, and with the 31st pick that is what I expect them to draft.
There is a lot of first-round talent in regards to the offensive line position and Carimi is another player the Steelers should look at. Carimi might be gone, but there are a couple of other players they can also look at.
Packers: Cameron Heyward, DE
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School: Ohio State
Vitals: 6'5''/288 pounds
Overview: With the 32nd pick, the Packers aren't going to draft an immediate impact player. They already have a core group of players that they have locked in already.
But drafting Cameron Heyward is more about the future and adding depth to the great defense they have.
The key to having a great defense isn't having 11 starters, but very good backups to these 11 starters. A defense is only as good as its second string, and Heyward would improve the depth of this defense.
Steelers: Mike Pouncey, OG
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Vitals: 6'4''/310 pounds
Overview: Why not add another Pouncey to the Steelers offensive line?
There is a good chance Pouncey will available and the Steelers should strongly consider drafting Pouncey.
Pouncey would add depth to a position where the Steelers need depth. He wouldn't start in the first year, but this is more of a pick looking towards the future.
Packers: Jon Baldwin, WR
Vitals: 6'5''/ 230
Overview: The Packers have a strong core of young receivers, but there is room to grow. Top receivers will already be gone by this point, and Baldwin will be their best bet if they decide to go the receiver route.
This is a bit of a stretch, and he isn't there best option. but he is still a potential player that will be available when they draft at 32.
Steelers: Stephen Paea, DT
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School: Oregon State
Vitals: 6'1''/ 295
Overview: Defensive line is a position where you can never have too many players. The Steelers have a very good front seven, and adding depth is something that they should look at.
Although I think they would be better served drafting and offensive lineman, a defensive lineman wouldn't hurt either. Paea might be available with the 31st pick, and if he is, the Steelers should think about drafting him.
Packers: Aaron Williams, CB
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Overview: The cornerback position is a need for the Packers in this offseason, and Aaron Williams is a talentend defensive back that the Packers could draft.
Williams is expected to go mid first round to early second round, and if he is available the Packers should consider him. He wouldn't make an immediate impact. You normally don't get that with the 32nd pick, but Williams would have an impact years' down the road.
Steelers: Danny Watkins, OG
Vitals: 6'4''/ 312
Overview: One of the Steelers biggest areas of needs for the 2011 is the offensive line position. Watkins should be available at 31, but I think the Steelers could do a little better with the previous prospects.
Offensive line is a position where you need depth and talent, and I think Watkins will add to their team. It is hard to judge the impact of an offensive lineman, but Watkins has the skills to make an impact.
Packers: Jimmy Smith, CB
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Vitals: 6'2''/ 205
Overview: Smith would add depth to the Packers secondary which is a need area for them looking ahead to the 2011 NFL Draft.
Charles Woodson is 34 years old, and the Packers need to add depth to this area. Smith is an exceptional talent, and will make an impact in his first year. Even if he doesn't start, he could still play quite a bit.