2013 NFL Draft: To trade up or trade down? That is the Steelers' question

Rob Carr

There have been people in both groups this year. The group that wants to trade up and the group who wants to trade down and pick up more picks. These two mock drafts will show you what you would be looking at with a trade up in round one and then a trade down in round one. I am using Walter Football's mock draft as a base guideline for players being available but not a hard set in stone rule.

Trade Up: In this scenario, the Steelers decide that Barkevious Mingo is a good enough prospect to sacrifice a second round pick and make sure they get him. The Jets decide that moving down is an option because they have plenty of needs and could use to add an extra second round pick.

Steelers trade Round 1 Pick 17 (950) and Round 2 Pick 18 (400) to the New York Jets for Round 1 Pick 9 (1350) -

Round 1 Pick 9 - Barkevious Mingo, outside linebacker, LSU - The Steelers trade up to get their guy and add a dynamic pass rusher who will be able to make a huge impact from day one. He gives the Steelers a trio of talented pass rushers (Worilds and Woodley).

Round 3 Pick 17 - Stedman Bailey, wide receiver, West Virginia - The Steelers lost their second round pick and are still able to find a dynamic receiver in the third round. Bailey is undersized but is incredibly productive and runs great routes. He has breakaway speed and is incredibly shifty.

Round 4 Pick 18 - Will Davis, cornerback, Utah State - Cornerback is not a huge need but Davis is the best player available and will be able to come in right away and compete for a starting job. In the likely event that Keenan Lewis is not resigned, Davis could start as a nickel and eventually replace Ike Taylor as the number one corner.

Round 5 Pick 17 - Earl Wolff, strong safety, N.C. State - Wolff had a phenomenal senior bowl and really raised his stock. He is a big time hitter with great instincts and good ball skills. He has the size necessary to play the position and with a year of grooming, he could replace Clark or Polamalu.

Round 6 Pick 18 - Stepfon Jefferson, running back, Nevada - Jefferson has the potential to be this year's Alfred Morris. He was unbelievably productive at Nevada, rushing for over 2,000 yards. He has good size, great vision, and above average speed. He fits well in a zone blocking scheme (comes from a pistol, zone-read system at Nevada) and would likely have a shot at starting as a rookie.

Round 7 Pick 17 - Steve Beauharnais, inside linebacker, Rutgers - Beauharnais lacks the physical gifts of his teammate Khaseem Greene but he has the same type of instincts. He is a physical player who is great at getting off blocks and thrives on special teams. He would be able to push for a roster spot.

Trade Down: In this scenario, the Kansas City Chiefs decided not to select a quarterback with the first overall pick and instead decided to jump into the middle of the first round to get their guy before a run on QBs happens. The Steelers add a first round pick in the potentially epic 2014 Draft.

Steelers trade Round 1 Pick 17 (950) to the Kansas City Chiefs for Round 2 Pick 34 (56) and a 2014 First Round Pick

Round 2 Pick 2 - DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver, Clemson - In this scenario, the Steelers don't see anyone worthy of taking at pick 17 and decide to gain a potential top five pick in next year's draft. In the second round, the Steelers grab the talented Clemson receiver. Hopkins is a great route runner, has good hands, and good speed. He has shown blocking ability as well and is not a diva at all.

Round 2 Pick 18 - Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle, North Carolina - At a touch under 320 pounds, Williams has the size and strength to be the anchor of a 3-4 defense. However, he fits better in a 4 down linemen set, which the Steelers use more often now. Instead of reaching for an outside linebacker here, the Steelers decide to bolster their pass rush from within. A 4 man line that has Williams and McLendon on the inside would be very hard to stop in terms of pass rushing.

Round 3 Pick 17 - Johnathan Cyprien, safety, Florida International - Cyprien soared up NFL Draft boards after an incredible senior bowl. He has the instincts and speed to be a phenomenal safety and just needs some slight technique adjustments. After a year of contributing on special teams, he would give the Steelers the ability to release or trade Ryan Clark or Troy Polamalu.

Round 4 Pick 18 - Marcus Lattimore, running back, South Carolina - Marcus Lattimore, in terms of talent, is the best running back in this draft but he has major health concerns. However, he is a physical freak like Adrian Peterson and if he recovers back to full strength, this could go down as one of the biggest steals of all time. He has Adrian Peterson size and talent and a great work ethic to go along with it.

Round 5 Pick 17 - Trevardo Williams, outside linebacker, Connecticut - Williams has an unbelievable first step but needs to add strength. He likely could have been a 3rd or 4th round pick if he had not gotten injured at the senior bowl. With some technique work and some time in the weight room, Williams could become a dynamic pass rushing linebacker.

Round 6 Pick 18 - Damion Square, defensive end, Alabama - Square has experience in a 3-4 as a defensive end and he is a very good run stopper. He does not provide much in the way of pass rushing but he would provide additional depth at defensive end.

Round 7 Pick 17 - Mark Harrison, wide receiver, Rutgers - Harrison is a huge wide receiver with great speed as well. He is raw as a route runner and has to work on catching with his hands but he has the potential to make the roster. He is also a very good and willing blocker.

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