NFL Draft 2011: Pittsburgh Steelers Final 7 Round Mock Draft
This is an important draft for the Steelers as they look to reload and make another run to the Super Bowl next season.
The Steelers' most pressing needs are cornerback, offensive line and defensive line. However, does that mean they will draft those positions early?
Here is how I see the Steelers draft looking when it’s all said and done.
First Round (31)
Aaron Williams, CB
Even though I see the Steelers bringing Ike Taylor back, there is no way to guarantee anything with how the CBA situation has been progressing.
That said, regardless of whether Ike is back or not, I see the Steelers taking Aaron Williams with their first pick.
Williams would be able to play corner for the early part of his career with the Steelers and then convert to safety if the Steelers needed him to down the road.
Second Round (63)
Ras-I Dowling, CB
Even though most would not see the Steelers taking defensive backs with their first two picks, if Ras-I Dowling is there in Round 2, the Steelers will take him.
Although Dowling’s stock has risen a bit since his Pro Day, I still see teams shying away from him a bit in the draft, allowing for the Steelers to get him at the end of the second round.
Even with those injury concerns, Dowling has the talent to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL and will be a steal for the Steelers.
Third Round (95)
Tandon Doss, WR
Some may think it is more realistic that the Steelers end up with Austin Pettis here. However, I think Pettis will actually go earlier than this and Doss will fall a bit.
Wide receiver is not a big need, if a need at all, but it is a position that the team seems to draft every year.
Doss would bring that size at the receiver position the Steelers have been looking for, and would give the team more good young depth with Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.
Fourth Round (128)
Greg Romeus, DE
Romeus is an interesting prospect for the Steelers because I think he could become a good 3-4 linebacker or 3-4 end.
The Steelers love converting college ends to linebackers (see LaMarr Woodley). However, I could also see Romeus being able to bulk up to become an end in their system.
It will be up to the Steelers which route they go with Romeus and where they think they will need him the most in the future.
Fifth Round (162)
Jarriel King, OT
The Steelers are going to take an offensive lineman sometime in this draft, but the debate is how early.
Most think the Steelers will take one as early as the first round. However, I really see them waiting to the later rounds unless a guy they love falls to them earlier.
Jarriel King would be able to sit behind Flozell Adams for a season before the Steelers would need him to step in and make a major contribution.
Sixth Round (196)
Frank Kearse, DT
This is another position that most see the Steelers addressing a lot earlier in the draft. Yet again, I feel that they are going to wait.
I see the Steelers bringing Chris Hoke back for one more season to back up Casey Hampton so they will take a guy they can develop.
Kearse really impressed the Steelers coaches—and other teams—at his Pro Day, and he will have the privilege of learning behind one of the best 3-4 defensive tackles in the league.
Seventh Round (232)
Noel Devine, RB
Depending on how the draft falls, Noel Devine could be gone by this point. However, the Steelers would love to see him fall to this spot.
Mewelde Moore is probably gone from the Steelers whenever free agency begins, and the team is going to need a true third down back.
Devine could be a threat out of the backfield, although he would need to get a lot better in pass protection.