2011 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers 7-Round Projections

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers 7-Round Projections
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The Steelers were riding the stairway to seven, their seventh super bowl that is, but couldn’t finish the season as Super Bowl champion. Many put the blame for that loss on the coverage by the secondary. I am not one to disagree with this assumption. The Steelers will likely go after a cornerback early in this year’s draft and may even look for insurance at that position later on. Don’t rule out an early defensive line pick either. Ziggy Hood stepped up admirably in Aaron Smith’s absence, but Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel are both over 30.

In 2010 the Steelers had immediate impact from three different rookies. Center Maurkice Pouncey made the Pro Bowl and receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown seem poised to replace Hines Ward and be the No.2 and No.3 receiver, respectively. The offensive line did play better than Steeler fans had become accustomed to in 2010, but injuries ravaged the offensive line and will force the Steelers to add depth as well as a future starting right tackle.

The Steelers always build through the draft and more often than not will take the best player available when they don’t see good value at their pick. Some think the Steelers will try and trade up in the draft to go after Mike Pouncey, G, from Florida but I expect the Steelers to keep a cool head and pick this year’s draft as they would any other.

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