I am sick of reading about a shitty team's fans calling a good team's fans front-runners so I decided to throw together a quick Steelers mock draft.
Round 1 Pick 32: Donta Hightower, ILB, Alabama - I believe that when we win the Super Bowl this year, Hines Ward and James Farrior will retire. I highly doubt that Kevin Colbert will let us go into 2012 with just Timmons and Sylvester at ILB. Hightower is a perfect replacement for Farrior, as he is great in run support and is a quality pass rusher. He is the perfect compliment to Timmons.
Round 2 Pick 32: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia - I think we will double dip at OG this year and Glenn is a perfect replacement for Legursky/Kemoatu at LG. He is a beast in the running game and is impressive when pulling on run plays. His pass blocking is above average and he should be able to start right away. Drafting Glenn will allow us to put Legursky back into his most valuable spot, as a backup center/guard that can play 2 to 3 positions.
Round 3 Pick 32: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis - Poe is a big boy that is an ideal 2 down NT. I don't believe we need to spend a first or second round pick on a NT since we still have two years left with Big Snack. Pairing Poe's run stopping abilities with McLendon's abilities as a pass rusher at NT will stabilize our NT spot for years to come.
Round 4 Pick 32: Brandon Taylor, FS, LSU - Taylor is quietly having an awesome year on LSU's star studded defense and I think if we can pick him up in the fourth round, we better do it. The guy is a huge hitter that can also play man coverage. He has good hands and knows how to play the game. I believe that if we needed him too, he could start as a rookie but he would likely get a year or two to play ST and learn from Ryan Clark.
Round 5 Pick 32: Brandon Washington, OG/OT, Miami - Washington came into the year as a 1st or 2nd round prospect but a suspension, an injury, and a disappointing season have dropped his stock. However, he still has first round talent and with a year of grooming, he could take over as the starting RG. A line of Gilbert/Glenn/Pouncey/Washington/Colon would give us a very strong OL for a long time.
Round 6 Pick 32: Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida - Sturgis is the second best kicker in the draft but I believe that the top kicker will go in round 4 or round 5. Sturgis has a very strong leg and good accuracy and can consistently hit from 50 yards out.
Round 7 Pick 32: Cody Johnson, FB, Texas - I think adding a good blocking FB like Johnson will go a long way in developing our running game. Johnson can lay people out and since he has decent abilities with the ball, he could fit in the H-Back role as well.
Round 7 Compensation Pick (for Matt Spaeth): Devier Posey, WR, Ohio State - I think we will get a compensation pick in the 7th round this year for either NIck Eason or Matt Spaeth. If HInes Ward retires, we will need a 5th receiver that can produce and Posey has 2nd round talent but suspension and bad QB play has plummeted his stock. However, as a 7th round pick, their is no risk here and he has huge upside. At 6'2", he would give Big Ben another redzone target.