2011 NFL Mock Draft: 7-Round Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft, Version 1

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: 7-Round Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft, Version 1
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The 2011 NFL draft is just less than three weeks away and it will be the first hint of action since the offseason began.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to reload with young talent to help reach the Super Bowl for a second consecutive season.

The last two drafts following Super Bowl appearances, the Steelers traded up to draft Santonio Holmes in 2006 and stood pat and selected Ziggy Hood in 2008.

Neither player helped Pittsburgh make the playoffs the year following their Super Bowl victory, but both became integral pieces to the team, including Holmes' game-winning touchdown reception and MVP performance in Super Bowl XLIII.

Unlike the previous two drafts following a Super Bowl, the Steelers have a very specific need in this year’s draft: to draft a highly rated cornerback.

But just because Pittsburgh needs a major upgrade at the position, it does not mean that they will get one in the first round. However, if they can, it could be just what the defense needs to help shut down the elite passers in the league.

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