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Old 03-21-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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1. CB Brandon Harris, 5-10, 190, Miami: An intelligent, hard-working coach’s son, Harris is arguably the second best man-coverage corner in the draft, an area where the Steelers were awful last year. Taylor is their only corner who can cover in man and he is a free agent. Harris is more quick than fast. He is similar to former Bears’ corner Walt Harris (no relation), who was a good NFL cornerback but had some matchup problems. Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau likes playing veterans, but the studious Harris would likely start before the end of his rookie season.

2. DE Christian Ballard, 6-3, 285, Iowa: Ballard may well be off the board by this spot, but there is decent chance he may not due to the absurd level of depth at 3-4 end in the first two rounds of this draft. Overshadowed by Adrian Clayborn at Iowa, Ballard still had a solid career, although he would be un-noticeable at times on the field. However, he possesses great upside and would be steal in the late second-round.

3. FS Robert Sands WVU, 6-5, 221 Sands is a big hitter and, he is a big free safety who can get his body behind those hits.

4.RT/G Jason Pinkston, 6-3, 315, Pitt: Excellent college player at LT, who needs to play RT or G in the pros. Horrible-looking body, though, so he needs a season in the weight room and working with a nutritionist before he could contribute. However, the Steelers do not mind short, stocky right tackles and Pinkston could always end up at guard.

5.NT Sione Fua, 6-2, 310, Stanford: Productive, smart and aggressive player who has experience in a 3-4 defense. However, he may not have the mass to be an every-down 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL.

6. K Alex Henry, 6-2, 175, Nebraska: I like Shaun Suisham and am not calling for this pick, but Henry is the best kicking prospect in the draft, and also punted at Nebraska. However he likely is not good enough to punt in the pros and did not kick-off at Nebraska, which has long been a weakness for the Steelers, who adamantly refuse to keep a kick-off specialist on the roster even though kickoff coverage has been a regular detriment to this franchise for 20+ years. Still, Henry has a very strong leg, so there is no reason why he could not improve on kick-offs. Plus, if the Steelers are going to keep often-injured punter Daniel Sepulveda for another year, it would be nice to have another serviceable punter on the roster.

7. (for william Gay) OLB Bruce Miller, 6-2, 255, UCF: Fails the eyeball test badly, but is a big-time producer every weekend, especially against superior opponents. Finished career with 35.5 sacks and posted 35 reps of 225 pounds on the bench-press at the combine. However, is a subpar athlete who will be exposed in coverage and likely will be a limited NFL contributor on special teams.

7. WR DeAndre Brown, 6-6, 235 Southern Miss: Highly-touted prep recruit who battled multiple injuries in an under-achieving college career. Boom/bust type, who will most likely bust. But a player with his physical talent would be tremendous value at this spot in a pretty deep draft for receivers and could likely be stashed on the practice squad for a year.
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