It’s almost that time of year, when owners, coaches, general managers, and the rest of the front office lock themselves in a room and heavily debate which players to draft to improve the team. This room is called the “War Room” for a reason. Everyone in this room is heavily opinionated and has become attached to a prospect that they don’t believe the team can do without.
In this segment, we will put ourselves in the war room and go over the picks we believe teams need to make when they’re on the clock. We’ll cover all 32 teams, but today’s segment is dedicated to the: Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh once again, made it to the Super Bowl but lost this time. A key contributor to them losing was their cornerback play and most importantly the depth of the cornerbacks on this roster. Green Bay picked them apart with their array of wide receivers. They could also look to find a youthful replacement for Casey Hampton. Hampton is aging and the Steelers would be wise to draft a nose tackle to groom under Hampton. They’re also are limited at the position directly behind Casey. Lawrence Timmons is fine here but James Farrior doesn’t have much time left.
On the offensive side of the ball, they drafted a couple of young, talented receivers last season. They helped Ben Roethlisberger out in that aspect but they need to protect him better, so he could have the time to get these receivers the ball. They need help at offensive tackle and offensive guard. In the later rounds they could look to take a more talented to back, to be a better second option to Rashard Mendenhall. The complete stable of backs, doesn’t impress me. They need a stronger 1-2 punch.
There are a few lesser needs on this team that they could look to address in the later rounds or maybe earlier, if a huge talent falls to them. The positions I could see them looking to draft later are either one of the safety positions, an outside linebacker, defensive end, or a guy who would be a developmental #1 caliber receiver.
Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft
Round 1 Pick 31: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin Badgers: Carimi has to develop more at the next level but he will be a welcome change from “The Human False Start” Flozell Adams. I don’t believe that Carimi will make it as a left tackle in Pittsburgh but he’ll be a solid right tackle for years to come and will do his part to keep Big Ben upright.
Round 2 Pick 63: Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss: Powe is a big kid that can eat up space in the middle of the Pittsburgh 3-4. He can give Casey Hampton a break during games, to keep them both fresh and eventually he’ll take over as the foundation of this defense.
Round 3 Pick 95: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah: The Steelers need cornerback help immediately. Burton proved that he can cover the bigger, NFL size receivers in college. Burton will play the nickel to start but has the skill set to be a starter for the team before the year is out.
Round 4 Pick 128: Demarcus Love, OG, Arkansas: I have the Steelers waiting to the 4th round to get their interior lineman but Roethlisberger can sleep well at night, with Demarcus Love stepping in between Carimi and Maurkice Pouncey to protect him.
Round 5 Pick 162: Greg Lloyd, ILB, UConn: Everyone believes that the Steelers will look for current Steeler bloodline in this draft, by drafting Maurkice Pouncey’s brother, Mike. I have them drafting former Steelers’ bloodline, in this draft, with them going with Greg Lloyd’s son. There would have to be a sense of excitement to see the name Lloyd on the back of a Steelers’ uniform, lined up next to Lawrence Timmons in the middle of this defense.
Round 6 Pick 196: Korey Lindsay, CB, Southern Illinois: The Steelers go back to the well for more cornerback help with this pick. I have them getting a player that would go a lot higher if it wasn’t for injury concerns. Lindsay can play at the next level but teams don’t like drafting guys that aren’t a 100% healthy.
Round 7 Pick 232: Donald Buckram, RB, UTEP: The best kept secret in this draft is…Donald Buckram. He’s a beast that could come in and ease Mendenhall’s workload. He will be a playmaker in the NFL. Pittsburgh will be laughing all the way back to the Super Bowl with that combination of running backs.
That’s how it played out in our Mock of the Pittsburgh Steelers “War Room”