The blood is being let out on teams across the league, one particular position has me optimistic. The CB market seems to be flooding with talent, leaving me pretty optimistic on the resigning of Keenan Lewis. With names like Chris Gamble, Talib, Christ Houston, Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, Brent Grimes, and Nnmadi Asomugha... Keenan Lewis could get lost in the mix and settle for a reasonable contract with the Steelers. With that said, I think that Harrison, Hampton, and Ryan Clark could be gone nexy offseason. I am not sleeping on any players being chopped because of the need for cap space for RFA and the new draft class.
With that said, here is my next stab at a mock draft.
Round 1: Kenny Vaccarro S, Texas
Everything in me wanted to mock Jarvis Jones here like the rest of SN, but I am thinking his health will check out enough for a higher team to take a look at him. With a solid safety class, I think the Steelers will double dip at the safety position. Vacarro can fit the box safety type role and play with the finesse that LeBeau's D requires. His speed at the combine was less than stellar, but his tape is his bread and butter.
Alternative picks: Jarvis Jones, Tavon Austin, Chance Warmack, Dion Jordan
Round 2: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
I don't know that Hunter will fall this far, as I have read numerous reports stating that he will not slip out of Round 1, but for this mock we will be optimistic. Hunter fills the role of the big receiver in the Steelers' offensive attack. Hunter has great speed and size; 6'4" and ran a 4.4 at the combine. He is a prayer answered for Big Ben and gives the Steelers a big target that they have been missing since Plax left the first time.
Alternative picks: Giovanni Bernard, Matt Elam, Jonathan Cyphrien, Barrett Jones
Round 3: Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn
Lemonier has been a player that the Steelers' have reportedly shown interest in. He is also a player that was the one bright spot on Auburn's whole team since Cam and Nick Fairley left for the NFL. He injects youth at the OLB position and will not be thrust into the lineup unless injury happens. Would be a nice developable OLB with Adrian Robinson.
Alternative picks: Ryan Swope, Philip Thomas, Gavin Escobar, Montee Ball
Round 4: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
Here is your double-dip. Thomas is becoming one of my most favorite players in this draft after reading into him. He is not only an aggressive, talented player, he is a high character guy. Both of his parents have passed away, leaving him to take care of his siblings. He has unquestioned leadership in that regard and I think would be a great understudy to our veteran safeties.
Alternative picks: T.J. McDonald, Kenny Stills, Joseph Randle, Andre Ellington
Round 5: Brian Winters, G, Kent State
Provides good depth to both interior line positions, and challenges Beachum. Kent State was fairly stout on both sides of the ball, and Winters was one of the reasons.
Alternative picks: Stephan Taylor, Chase Thomas, Nico Johnson, Shawn Williams