2011 NFL Draft: Five Under the Radar Prospects for the Steelers to Consider

Nick DeWitt@@nickdewitt11Analyst IApril 9, 2011

2011 NFL Draft: Five Under the Radar Prospects for the Steelers to Consider

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    Over the years, the Steelers have plucked such gems as Hines Ward, Joey Porter, Brett Keisel and others from under the radar of the NFL Draft's experts and mockers.

    This year, there are several players who fit the same description and could become a steal for the Pittsburgh Steelers while also filling the needs of the team's roster.

    Here's a look at five players that may not be on top of any draft boards, but could eventually be stars for the Black and Gold in the NFL.

Greg Lloyd, LB, Connecticut

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    Who's Greg Lloyd?

    Steelers fans have heard the name before. Lloyd's father, who bears the same name, was a star inside linebacker for the Steelers in the 1990s. He was known for playing with a focused glare and a mean streak that would make Ray Lewis avert his eyes.

    The junior Lloyd is the same type of player. He isn't the best athlete or the best physical specimen, but he is one player that has the look of a future NFL star.


    What's He Got?

    Lloyd is a vicious and willing tackler. He plays with the same intensity and violence as his father. He's good at disrupting the middle and rushing after quarterbacks and runners. He can definitely work in the Steelers' scheme and would be a devastating inside linebacker on the blitz.

Jarriel King, OT/G, South Carolina

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    Who's Jarriel King?

    He's an offensive tackle and guard from South Carolina who possesses good size for the position and isn't a bad athlete either. He's not among the top draft names because he has some consistency issues that likely will require some seasoning and coaching in the NFL, but he's got excellent skills and should eventually become a solid offensive lineman at the professional level.


    What's He Got?

    He's athletic and quick off the snap. He's an excellent run blocker and an improving pass protector. He's got the versatility to play multiple line spots, which is something that Pittsburgh covets as it tries to continue the reconstruction of a line that was once among the league's top units.

    He should be available in the later rounds of the draft, perhaps as late as the sixth round. If he's there, Pittsburgh should consider taking him and grooming him to be one of the starting tackles in the coming years.

Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia

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    Who's Noel Devine?

    If you've ever watched a San Diego Chargers game, you're familiar with the effect that a small, speedy running back can have on a football game. Darren Sproles may not be the biggest player on the field, but he has the devastating ability to score the moment he touches the football.

    Devine is the same kind of player. He's blazing fast and has great skills at evading tacklers and turning the corner. He'll be a top change of pace back in the NFL if he can stay healthy.


    What's He Got?

    He's got the speed and the evasiveness. He's also a relatively healthy player. Derrick Locke is another player in this style, but he's got an injury history a mile long. Devine was a star at West Virginia but hasn't been high on many draft boards because he's not likely to become a starter.

    If he's available late, which there is no guarantee he will be, he's an excellent candidate to be selected by the Steelers, who could use a fast back to pair with the tough running of Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman.

Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh

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    Who's Henry Hynoski?

    He's a fullback. That may not be a premium position in today's NFL, but Hynoski is not your typical fullback. He's a do it all player (think Chris Cooley) who can run, catch and block. He's likely, because of his position, not to be a high priority pick and will fall to someone lucky and late in the draft.

    He can easily be one of the league's most dangerous and underrated players once he suits up. If Pittsburgh gets him, it would add a whole extra dimension to an offense that already boasts some dangerous pieces.


    What's He Got?

    As mentioned about, he's a do-it-all player. In the Pittsburgh scheme, he could be a top blocker for the running game and free up David Johnson to move back to tight end full-time. He could also serve as the third tight end, allowing the team to keep an extra player at another spot.

    His ability to catch out of the backfield and then run and bowl over tacklers makes him a dangerous threat for Ben Roethlisberger to utilize in tough spots as well. Overall, he should be a very good player in the NFL.

Chykie Brown, CB, Texas

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    Who's Chykie Brown?

    You've heard of Curtis Brown and Aaron Williams. This is Brown, not the top corner on the Longhorn's team, but still a force and a promising prospect for the NFL. He's a speedy corner with improving coverage skills. He won't be an immediate NFL starter, but he could eventually develop into a solid play maker at the corner spot.

    He's similar to Ike Taylor in skill set, but needs coaching on coverage. He'd benefit greatly from Carnell Lake's knowledge.


    What's He Got?

    Pittsburgh needs to collect a couple of corners in the off-season this year. Brown is certainly not their top target, but he could be one of those late-round gems.

    He's fast and he can cover. His speed will be very effective in the Pittsburgh blitz packages, where corners are often expected to rush the quarterback to distract from on-coming linebackers and switching coverage schemes.

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