This draft has a ton of changes. Look for my next full 5 round mock draft sometime this week as well (I have changed the #1 pick). Anyways, on to this version of the Steelers mock draft.
Round 1 Pick 31: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
40 yard dash: 4.41
Last time I had us trade up to get Brandon Harris. However, over the past couple days (including a live mock draft I participated in) Harris has been consistently dropping to the Steelers at #31. Therefore I elected to stay put at 31 in this draft to give us him. Harris is a great tackler and he loves to hit as well. He has very good speed and says he will run in the 4.3's at the combine. I like him as a prospect but like all Steelers defensive players, it will likely not be until 2012 that he starts for us. I think he could contribute as a nickel corner for the first 8 games of this next season (assuming their is a next season) and then maybe, just maybe move to the #2. If not, he will move to the #2 next season.
Round 2 Pick 31: Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU
40 yard dash: 5.20
Cannon is a massive Guard, but he is surprisingly quick. He has played LG his entire career at TCU but he will likely have to transition to RG for the Steelers. A line of Starks, Kemo, Pouncey, Cannon, and Colon is much better than a line of Starks, Kemo, Pouncey, Foster, and Colon. I would say right off the bat Cannon is an upgrade at RG and eventually he will be a huge upgrade at RG.
Round 3 Pick 31 trade along with Round 5 Pick 31 for Round 3 Pick 15 and Round 7 Pick 15 to select Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss
40 yard dash: 5.45
We likely won't be able to wait until the bottom of round 3 to pick Powe because he will likely go in the late teens to early 20's of round 3. So I figure we would jump ahead of those late teens to the mid teens and take him. Giving up a 5th round pick is not a big deal and gaining a 7th will help. Powe will need a year to develop his skills but at Ole Miss he has consistently ate multiple blockers on every down. He is capable of playing 3 downs, unlike Casey. After a year or two of spelling Casey Hampton, I believe he will replace him very successfully.
Round 4 Pick 31: Jeron Johnson, Safety, Boise State
I have watched a lot of tape on Johnson in the past couple days and I have become extremely fond of him as a player. If he is available at the bottom of round 4 (which he probably will since most mocks have him going in round 5) I feel that we have to take him. He has great work ethic and is a play making, very smart, very hard hitting safety. I think with a year of backing up Ryan Clark, he could definitely start over him in 2012 or 2013 at the latest.
Round 6 Pick 31 Trade with Round 7 Pick 15 for Round 6 Pick 20 to select Steven Friday, OLB, Virginia Tech
The Steelers only have one true backup OLB and outside of Worilds they have no depth. Also with Harrison's age, and Woodely's uncertain future it is necessary to find another OLB at some point in this draft or next years draft. I base who will be available at each spot off of a compilation of about 10 other mocks and the average draft selection for Friday in those mocks is Round 6 Pick 22. So I traded us up to pick 20 to select him. He has great speed off the edge and with a year or two of learning has the potential to continue the Steelers legacy of LB's.
Round 7 Pick 31: Kai Forbath, K, UCLA
Forbath is an extremely accurate kicker with a very powerful leg as well. He has great upside and potential to be an elite NFL kicker and is the 2nd best kicker in this years draft. He might not be available here but if he is I think we have to take him.