NFL Draft 2011: 5 Best Scenarios for the Steelers on Draft Day
One reason fans are always captivated by the NFL draft is the uncertainty. There are thousands of options and potential scenarios for a team whenever it is on the clock.
Between trades, team-specific draft boards and the different approaches to draft strategies, you never know what your favorite team is going to do.
In this slideshow, we will look at five scenarios that would be excellent for the Pittsburgh Steelers during day one of the NFL draft.
First-Round Draft Success Continues
Dating back to 2003, the Steelers have had incredible success with their first-round selections.
The list of names selected with the team's first pick since then includes Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Santonio Holmes, Lawrence Timmons, Rashard Mendenhall, Ziggy Hood and Maurkice Pouncey.
Nearly all of the names called by the team in the first 32 picks have directly contributed to the team winning a Super Bowl trophy.
The others who have not yet established themselves among the league's best have been solid role players.
If the Steelers continue their first-round success, you won't hear a single fan complaining.
Run on Offensive Tackles Starts Late
The Steelers would benefit from adding a top offensive tackle from this draft to their roster.
A guy like Gabe Carimi from Wisconsin would be a perfect fit for the team and could play either tackle position.
In a perfect world for Pittsburgh, the run on offensive tackles would start late in the first round and Carimi would still be an option, along with the other top-ranked tackles Nate Solder and Anthony Costanzo.
Outside of USC's Tyron Smith, no offensive tackles are looked at as possible top-10 picks.
So while it is unlikely that a run would start late for such a premium position, it remains a slight possibility that would have the Steelers' front office dancing in the war room.
Character Issues Keep Teams Away from Jimmy Smith
There is no doubt that the Steelers could benefit from adding a top cornerback prospect to the roster.
Many draft experts believe that outside of Patrick Peterson, a guy named Jimmy Smith is the most talented corner in the draft class.
The only thing keeping Smith away from going in the top half of the draft are his alleged character concerns.
Smith had a positive drug test in 2007 and two arrests for possession of alcohol as a minor.
Smith is a top-15 talent and could fall into the laps of the Steelers if his off-the-field issues scare teams away.
It would be a gift from the draft gods if Smith were available at pick 31.
Trade Out of First Round
There is going to be a lot of action near the bottom of the first round, with teams who are looking to trade back into the first round to select one of the second-tier quarterbacks.
Guys like Ryan Mallet, Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder and Colin Kaepernick could all be in play near the end of the first.
If the top-rated players on the Steelers draft board are already off the clock, don't be surprised to see the team accept a trade offer and move back a few selections and add some extra picks.
Since the team is not desperate for a player at any specific position, Pittsburgh can afford to trade back and add the extra selections.
At the top of the second round, guys like Derek Sherrod, Danny Watkins and Ben Ijalana could all be available to boost the team's offensive line.
Mike Pouncey Falls to Pick 31
Mike Pouncey is the brother of Steelers starting center Maurkice Pouncey, who made an immediate impact in the NFL and quickly became a fan favorite.
Many fans are clamoring for the Steelers to trade up and draft Pouncey. However, Pouncey's stock seemed to be on the rise and he was being talked about as a mid-first round pick.
There is now news that Pouncey's knee could cause concern for some teams and his draft stock could be sliding.
The concern reportedly stems from Pouncey's Combine medical report. Considered one of the draft's safer prospects, there had been no mention of any potential health worries about Pouncey until now. However, this report doesn't sound likely to have a huge effect on his stock, and he remains a good bet to get drafted toward the end of day one.
If the news is accurate and not just a smoke screen, Pouncey may be available for the Steelers to select with the 31st overall pick.
All of those involved will be happy.
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