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Updated Walterfootball.com Steelers 6 round Mock Draft 04/14/09

32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Mack, C, California
Sean Smith is an option here - I've had him going at this spot in the past few updates - but I really have trouble seeing Pittsburgh pass up on Alex Mack if he falls to them.

The Steelers need upgrades all over their offensive line, including the center position. Justin Hartwig surrendered more sacks (6.5) than any other center in the NFL in 2008.

Mack, arguably the best center prospect in 25 years, could continue the tradition of great centers in Pittsburgh, picking up where Mike Webster, Dermontti Dawson and Jeff Hartings left off.

 

64. Pittsburgh Steelers: Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma
If the Steelers want to increase Ben Roethlisberger's lifespan in the NFL, they'll have to acquire better protection up front. Adding Phil Loadholt to the right tackle position would allow Mike Tomlin to move Willie Colon inside.

 

96. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alex Magee, DE/DT, Purdue
The Steelers need a successor for Aaron Smith, who turns 33 in April.

 

132. Pittsburgh Steelers: Asher Allen, CB, Georgia
With Bryant McFadden gone, the Steelers need some help at corner.

 

168. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Ogletree, WR, Virginia
With Nate Washington gone, the Steelers don't have much behind Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and Limas Sweed. The clock is also ticking on Ward - he just turned 33 - so Pittsburgh will need a wideout ready once their gritty veteran moves on.

 

169. Pittsburgh Steelers: Terrance Knighton, NT, Temple

Casey Hampton's contract expires after the 2009 NFL season. He'll be 32 at that point. The Steelers should consider bringing in some insurance.

 


205. Pittsburgh Steelers: Frank Summers, FB, UNLV
The Steelers need a punishing, short-yardage back. Rashard Mendenhall didn't exactly instill Mike Tomlin with confidence after fumbling multiple times in the preseason.

 

 

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