2011 NFL Draft: 3 Players the Steelers Can Realistically Trade up for

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIApril 1, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 07:  Defensive tackle Phil Taylor #11 of the Baylor Bears watches from the bench during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are an elite franchise and they build their team through smart draft selections.

The Steelers once again will be amongst the favorites for next year and unlike almost every team in the league, the Steelers do not have major pressing needs.

If the Steelers fall love in love with a player, they could trade up to acquire an elite talent in the draft.

Here are thre players the Steelers could trade up for.

NT Phil Taylor

Casey Hampton turns 34 in September and a successor will be needed, especially considering he is playing fewer snaps these past years.

Phil Taylor started his career at Penn State, but was suspended and kicked off the team. He came back in 2010 and dominated since.

At 335 pounds, Taylor carries his weight well enough and actually lost weight from the day of the combine to his pro day, showing his dedication to play football at his highest potential.

Taylor recorded 62 tackles and 2 sacks last season and manhandled opposing offensive lines.

He can bull rush, driving the lineman back, and is agile enough to move side to side. He even ran in the 5.18 range at his pro day.

Like Hampton, Taylor can occupy more than one blocker, freeing up edge rushes for James Harrison and Lamarr Woodley.

Taylor proved to be quick and had quick feet evidenced by his great workouts.

The Steelers could fall in love with a guy like Taylor, who could eventually replace the aging Hampton.

OG Mike Pouncey

First off, Mike Pouncey is not as good as his brother Maurkice, who is one of the best centers in the league. Mike though can solidify the right guard spot for the Steelers, their weakest offensive line spot.

Like his brother though, he is athletic and has quick feet allowing him to maintain balance when shifting side to side.

Unlike most college guards, Pouncey is quick out of his stance and is a strong lead blocker, sometimes making it to the second and third lines of defense.

If Mike ends up anywhere close to what Maurkice is, then the Steelers would have a solid piece to an improving offensive line.

He can even play center, so if Maukice ever suffers a serious injury, Mike could be plugged in at center.  

DE Cameron Jordan

The 6'4,'' 287-pound Jordan is a the generic 3-4 defensive end. Jordan is a three down defensive lineman, as he could be another piece in improving an already elite pass rush.

At California, Jordan was a staple in the 3-4, recording 51 tackles, 6 sacks and a forced fumble.

He is very quick, running a 4.71 in the 40-yard dash and is disruptive in the run game, using his leverage to shed blcokers.

His instincts are one of his greatest assets and he is a disciplined and sound tackler. Jordan has a unique ability of reading and reacting quickly to make the correct play.

He has a relentless motor and one of the quickest first steps in a defensive lineman.

With long arms, Jordan can wrap up tacklers and can push offensive lineman out of the way.

Jordan could form a nice tandem with Ziggy Hood and the rest of the defensive ends in the Steelers defense. With Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith aging, the Steelers can take Jordan to add youth to the defensive line.