NFL Draft 2011: Pittsburgh Steelers Have Two Ways to Get Their Man
As the draft unfolds on ESPN, surprises are abound. Those have a way of wearing off sometimes as the most-watched round of the draft progresses, but there's really no way to tell.
1. Take Aaron Williams, CB, at 31st Overall
Why not? He's bound to be the best corner available when the Steelers select unless Jimmy Smith somehow continues to fall. Even if he does, Smith's character issues scare me.
I'm not going to be excited about him if he can't get his life straight. Neither are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who've had enough character issues last year for a generation or three.
Williams is a great playmaker who will likely develop into either a shutdown corner or a big playmaking safety. Either way, he can help the Steelers' woeful secondary and team up with the already scary Troy Polamalu to terrorize NFL defenses.
The Steelers likely don't have to go higher to get him unless something happens in the middle of the round. There usually aren't runs on corners in the draft.
With that in mind, he might just be the best possible selection for the Steelers.
2. Trade Down, Still Get Williams
Williams is certainly among Pittsburgh's top targets, especially with the Mike Pouncey rumors put to rest by the Miami Dolphins.
That said, he may be available in the second round.
Why not bank some extra picks and still get the man? It involves some risk, but there is bound to be a team early in the second round that's sweating over a quarterback (I'm looking at you, Buffalo) that might be willing to give up some picks to get their man.
This is my favorite scenario and it feels right for the Steelers. They can use the extra picks to fix the offensive line and get another corner in the fold too.
With only seven picks, this is the best choice for Pittsburgh.