The Pittsburgh Steelers have done a great job so far this offseason by filling in some needed holes. Bringing back Ryan Clark was a huge decision, and he has proven himself to be a very good safety paired with Troy Polamalu.
The Steelers then went out and signed safety Will Allen and receivers Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle. These moves filled in some needed reserve positions.
These great signings will surely help the Steelers come April. They can now pick the best player available and continue to build for the future.
Here is my full seven-round prediction of the Steelers' draft picks.
First Round, Pick No. 18—Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma
Trent Williams is what the Steelers have needed for some time now. Big Ben has become one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league, and it has started with poor play at the tackles.
Willie Colon and Max Starks should not be starters, and if Trent Williams can fall to the Steelers, then he can become a franchise left tackle for the rest of this decade.
Second Round, Pick No. 52—Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
This pick may come as a surprise, but with an aging James Farrior and suspect backups, this sleeper pick could pay off.
Washington is an almost exact mold of Steeler linebacker Lawrence Timmons. He is slightly undersized at this point in his career, but with enough time, Washington could become a starter and potential Pro Bowler.
Third Round, Pick No. 82—Chris Cook, DB, Virginia
Cook brings to the table something the Steelers always look for in defensive backs: versatility. Cook will be able to play corner back, free safety, and many positions on special teams.
Cook is great in run support, but has the athleticism to cover the pass too. If Chris Cook is available in the third round, he is our man.
Fourth Round, Pick No. 113—Tony Washington, T, Abilene Christian
The Steelers take a reach pick in the fourth round by selecting Tony Washington. He has the potential of a first-round pick, but he is not fully developed yet.
Fifth Round, Pick No. 147—Rashawn Jackson, FB/RB, Virginia
The Steelers select Rashawn Jackson for a needed blocker and potential third-down back. Jackson is just barely a full back, and he could be used as a pass blocker or runner on third downs.
Jackson would also give the Steelers a goal-line option. He is a very versatile player, and he could make a name for himself with good blocking, consistent hands, and powerful running.
Sixth Round, Pick No. 178—Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona
Mitchell is one of the most intriguing players in the NFL draft. He spent his first two season as an over-sized full back at Arizona before switching to defense full time.
Mitchell could develop into a consistent backup like Nick Eason or maybe even more. He is a very hard worker and the Steelers could even use his versatility in goal-line situations.
Seventh Round, Pick No. 209—Kyle McCarthy, S, Notre Dame
McCarthy is a very hard working player who could potentially help the Steelers on special teams. He has very good instincts, and he always seemed to be in the right place at Notre Dame.
McCarthy could become one of those players who end up starting due to hard work and luck. He would be a great fit for the Steelers, and he would help the poor pass coverage out.
That is it! The Steelers go strong on defense, and finally address the problems at offensive line. Please let me know what you think, both good and bad!
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