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The Carolina Panthers have been linked to taking Cam Newton and to trading their pick so someone else can take Cam Newton. It would just be way too much speculation to try and look at a scenario where they trade their first overall pick and then try and trade in to the end of the first round, so we will assume they are going to draft Marcel Dareus with the No. 1 overall pick and they try to move in to the back end of round number one.
If the Panthers and the Steelers were to make a trade, Carolina would send Pittsburgh:
The Panthers don't have a second round pick, something that would be an absolute deterrent to the Steelers trade plans. If the Panthers were to trade with the Steelers, they would send all six of their remaining picks from the third round to the sixth, and it still wouldn't be worth the value of No. 31 overall.
If the Steelers and Panthers were to make the deal, the Steelers would then have 13 draft picks in 2011. The Steelers would have one pick in the first two rounds, however, severely hampering their ability to find a cornerback with 2011 starter potential and certainly would have to find a diamond in the rough if they want to upgrade their offensive line.
But, we will mock it anyway. Using my seven round mock draft, we will draft the new picks based on needs and the best players available.
Here are what we expect the Steelers' new draft picks to look like:
3.1 (65) - Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson: Jenkins will play defensive end in the NFL and could be a very good one for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Having the chance to take Jenkins here will change my mock a little. as they will likely pass on Lawrence Guy in this case. Still, Jenkins is a huge defensive end that could help the Steelers defensive line start to swat balls down at the line of scrimmage, something on Brett Keisel does well.
3.33 (97) - Shareece Wright, CB, USC or Curtis Brown, CB, Texas: I know, I know; it is pretty cheap to name two guys, but I definitely think the Steelers go after a few cornerbacks in this year’s draft and the added high pick gives them the luxury to take the best available, or somewhere between Curtis Brown and Shareece Wright.
4.1 (98) - Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton: This is the Steelers boom or bust pick. I actually feel dumb for saying they take Ellis here since I just mentioned his character flaws were too great for him to be a Steeler. Ellis does have the perfect frame and skill set to fit the Steelers 3-4 scheme and would be great insurance to Casey Hampton. The Steelers will only take a guy with as many red flags as Ellis if they have this many picks.
5.1 (132) - David Arkin, OG, Missouri State: I am a big fan of Arkin; he is the prototypical Steeler. A hard worker that never misses a beat, Arkin could be another Doug Legursky for the Steelers. The addition of Arkin makes the Steelers interior line one of the toughest, and nastiest, in the NFL.
6.1 (166) - Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU: I have said before that the Steelers could always look for a tall receiver to appease Ben Roethlisberger, and Tolliver could be that guy. They swung and miss on Limas Sweed in the second round, but won't put the same pressure on Tolliver. At 6'4" Tolliver obviously wins the deep ball and would be great for Big Ben. His character flaws could keep him from being a Steeler, however.
6.38 (203) - Greg Lloyd, ILB, Syracuse: Does that name sound familiar? It should; his dad was pretty good as a Steeler. The younger Lloyd and his dad have an awkward relationship, but Steeler fans will love him all the same. If you check my seven round mock, you will see that I have the Steelers taking an ILB from Temple. But what position do the Steelers love more than linebacker?