This is the 2nd edition of my Mock Draft for the Steelers. Only 4 Rounds this time.
1st Round: DE/OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
Dion Jordan seems to be an excellent pick for us, and could very well be on the board when we pick at 17. From what I have seen and heard about him, Jordan seems to be a cross between Aldon Smith and Von Miller in terms of potential. He is a raw prospect, but just look at a few of the "raw prospects" that made a name for themselves quickly in the NFL (JPP, Aldon Smith). He has also shown the ability to cover Tight Ends and Slot WRs, which makes him a VERY intriguing prospect to watch. The only issue I have with him is that he has a significant injury history, and the last thing the Steelers need is another player on Defense who gets injured. However, in my opinion, his upside far outweighs the risks.
Alternate Picks: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas; WR Keenan Allen, California; ILB Alec Ogeltree, Georgia; DT Jesse Williams, Alabama; DE Datone Jones, UCLA
2nd Round: G/C Barrett Jones, Alabama
This is the benefit of picking higher in the Draft. At 18 in the 2nd Round, the Steelers have a chance of who would otherwise be 1st Round picks falling to them. Jones' position of G/C along with his recent injury could cause him to slip just far enough for the Steelers to grab him up. Barrett Jones could be perfect for our OL, as he has started significant time at EVERY position on the Offensive Line at Alabama. He would provide GREAT versatility as a backup in his first season in case someone gets injured. He could also be a final piece in what could be a potential switch from a Man Blocking system to a Zone Blocking system (at least that is how I see the Steelers moving forward based on the players they have Drafted). He is technically sound and was part of a now legendary Offensive Line that dominated Notre Dame's vaunted Defensive Front 7 in the BCS Championship Game.
Alternate Picks: RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama; S Eric Reid, LSU; ILB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers; OLB John Simon, Ohio State; CB David Amerson, North Carolina State
3rd Round: S Baccari Rambo, Georgia
What a name. Rambo. Can you just imagine Steeler fans chanting that in the stands? Rambo made a name for himself at Georgia making plays as a ball-hawking safety, picking off a total of 16 passes in College, with 8 of them coming in 2011. With a year sitting behind Troy and Clark, Rambo could become a very good starter at Safety for the Steelers, who desperately need to get younger depth at that position.
Alternate Picks: WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall; T/G Justin Pugh, Syracuse; DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina; ILB Jonathan Bostic, Florida; QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State
4th Round: RB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
This isn't the first time Graham's name has been linked to the Steelers and it won't be the last. The University of Pittsburgh Running Back was on a tear before injuring his ACL (no pun intented) in 2011. He was on pace to break records set by Panther legend Tony Dorsett. As 2012 went on, Graham began to look more and more like his old self, even having a standout game against then #3 Notre Dame, rushing for 172 yards on 24 carries with a TD. He could be a good fit in our Offense. He is a shifty back with some explosiveness and has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and in slot situations, making him a valuable asset in any "dink-and-dunk" Offense.
Alternate Picks: ILB Gerald Hodges, Penn State; S Robert Lester, Alabama; CB Tharold Simon, LSU; DT Kwame Geathers, Georgia; WR Connor Vernon, Duke