2011 NFL Mock Draft: Will Pittsburgh Steelers Stick to Strong Defensive Roots?
2011 NFL Mock Draft Once Again Has the Steelers Going for Williams
There aren’t many picks that I’ve consistently stuck with over the last couple months. Mark Ingram to the Dolphins is one, and I’ve also been pretty adamant about Jake Locker going to the Seahawks. If I recall correctly, I’ve also been pretty consistent with Texas cornerback Aaron Williams going to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Well, with just a couple days before the draft, I see absolutely no reason to back off. Williams fits the Steelers’ need for secondary help, and he’s probably going to be available when the Steelers are on the clock at No. 31. If the pieces are there, the pick will be made.
For a guy who’s a hair under 6’0”, Williams is pretty thick. He weighs in at a little over 200 pounds, but still manages to run in the 4.4 range. He’s pretty raw as cover guy, but I’m of the mind that Pittsburgh’s beastly pass rush will allow Williams to get away with certain things that he wouldn’t on other teams.
The other option for Pittsburgh at this juncture would be somebody like Brandon Harris out of Miami, but I’m just not so sure he fits the Steelers’ philosophy. Besides, the word from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post is that the Steelers just hosted Williams for a visit, and he apparently got quite a few looks from Pittsburgh at Texas’ Pro Day. Sounds like legit interest to me.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB |
2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, OLB
3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
|17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE
7. San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley, DT
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Brooks Reed, OLB
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Robert Quinn, DE
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Jake Locker, QB|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Pouncey, OG
27. Atlanta Falcons: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
28. New England Patriots: Justin Houston, OLB
|13. Detroit Lions: Aldon Smith, DE |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: J.J. Watt, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT|
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT
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