2011 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Full Seven Rounds

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Full Seven Rounds

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the best drafting teams in the NFL and have 8 of last year’s draft picks still on the roster.

    The Steelers are routinely one of the hardest teams to pick in the draft because they fully believe in picking the best player available over need.

    The team has needs on the offensive line, defensive line, and secondary, however no one knows how the draft is going to go at this point.

    So here we go with a an early look at what the Steelers draft could look like.

Round 1

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    Derrick Sherrod OT

    I have done a first round mock and an article about prospects that could be available when the Steelers pick, and this makes the most sense to me.

    Sherrod can start at right tackle as a rookie, giving the Steelers the option of moving Willie Colon to right guard, and could develop into a solid left tackle.

Round 2

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    Ras-i Dowling

    Dowling has great size and was once considered a 1st round pick before being injured for most of this past season.

    The Steelers usually like to let their rookies sit for most of their first season, although I believe Dowling could win that third corner spot out of camp.

Round 3

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    Robert Sands S

    I think there is a chance the Steelers cut Will Allen in the offseason and Ryan Mundy is currently a free agent.

    Sands is about 6’5’’, 220 pounds, and has great speed, the ability to come up in run support, and good field awareness.

Round 4

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    Lee Smith TE

    I think Matt Spaeth has finally played his last game as a Steeler and David Johnson has been used more as a full back.

    Smith could be another pick to help out the offensive line since he is solid as a blocker and his good hands and size would make him a nice red zone target.

Round 5

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    Kenrick Ellis DT

    The Steelers have been avoiding drafting a young defensive tackle to learn under Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke.

    I still don’t see them drafting a guy early and Ellis would be great value here with good explosiveness and ability to push the pocket.

Round 6

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    Benjamin Jacobs ILB

    Linebacker is not a need for the Steelers with good young guys like Jason Worilds and Stevenson Sylvestor, yet they did lose Thaddeus Gibson during the season and Keyaron Fox is a free agent.

    The Steelers seem to always take at least one linebacker every year no matter what and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was earlier than this.

Round 7

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    Alex Henery K

    Jeff Reed was cut by the Steelers during the season and Shaun Suisham is currently a free agent.

    In Heinz Field, the kicker is critical and Henery has proved to be accurate and to possess a strong leg.