Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Aaron Williams a Good Fit for Pittsburgh Steelers
Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft Has the Steelers Filling a Big Need
For a team that made it all the way to the Super Bowl last year, the Pittsburgh Steelers were not without their share of flaws. The offensive line left a lot to be desired, and the secondary looked pretty ordinary at times. Considering the Steelers had the Defensive Player of the Year in their secondary, that's not good.
It is therefore not all that surprising that most draft pundits think that cornerback depth is definitely an area of need for the Steelers. Mel Kiper has them taking Texas' Aaron Williams with the No. 31 pick in his most recent 2011 NFL Mock Draft (must have ESPN Insider), and I for one think he would be a fine choice.
Williams is not quite as polished as somebody like Nebraska's Prince Amukamara, but Kiper thinks he has his merits:
[Williams] has a a lot of natural ability, likes to steal a look into the backfield and turn errant passes into six points going the other way. While some see him ultimately becoming a great cover safety, I'm not ready to push him off the the edge.
Williams would probably be a mere average corner on another team. But because of the kind of heat the Steelers front seven can put on enemy quarterbacks, his tendency to slip up in coverage probably won't be as big a deal as it would be on a team like, say, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Moreover, the fact that he does have good ball skills will work with a playmaking defense like Pittsburgh's.
Another one of Williams' valuable assets is his ability to help in rush defense. He gets off blocks well, and he's a pretty good tackler for a guy who is a hair under 6'0". The Steelers were the best rush defense in the NFL last season by a pretty wide margin, so adding Williams could make a strength even stronger.
While I don't think any team ahead of the Steelers would take Williams before they can get their hands on him, I do think that the Steelers brass would have a pickle on their hands if an offensive lineman like Nate Solder or even Mike Pouncey fell to them. I don't necessarily see that happening, but you never know.
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