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Draft Experts No Longer In Such Agreement About Steelers' First Round Options

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As a guy that's increasingly intrigued by the NFL Draft, I'm constantly checking various mocks. I've noticed a recent trend that has me worried that the Steelers will be in a real dilemma when it's their turn at 23. There's a general consensus that there are 5 'premiere' offensive linemen in the draft this year (Long, Clady, Otah, Williams and Albert - in no particular order) and most of us would probably be more than happy if any one of these guys was still on the board when we selected in the first round. The problem is they likely will not be available, which poses the question of what the Steelers are going to do if those guys are in fact gone as is likely? Should they reach for Gosder Cherilus (consensus 6th overall OL)? Reach for Balmer or just take the best available player? Let's take another look if others believe the 'Big 5' will indeed be off the board:

NFL Draft Scout - The 'top 5' are gone by the 18th pick with STL, BAL, CAR, CHI and HOU eac taking one of the guys. Their prediction?

Steelers take Mike Jenkins CB - USF

Despite ranking first in overall defense and third against the pass, the Steelers ranked dead last in the league with only 11 interceptions. Cornerback isn't a huge area of need, but should a talented prospect fall into their lap - especially one as versatile as Jenkins, who could eventually switch to free safety - the Steelers would be tempted.

Pro Football Weekly - The 'top 5' are gone by the 19th pick with MIA, DEN, CHI, HOU and PHI each taking one of the guys. Their prediction?

Steelers select Gosder Cherilus OT - Boston College

Cherilus possesses the power and strength that defines the Steelers' ground game. With Marvel Smith struggling to stay healthy, Cherilus could easily be pressed into duty early.

NFL.com's Pat Kirwan - The 'top 5 are gone by the 18th pick with KC, NE, DEN, CHI and HOU eac taking one of the guys. Their prediction?

Steelers select Gosder Cherilus OT - Boston College

Cherilus is a very physical player who is a better fit at right tackle, but has played left tackle. He has a "Steelers attitude" when he plays the game.

ESPN's Todd McShay - The top 5 are gone by the 19th pick with MIA, BAL, DEN, CHI and PHI eac taking on of the guys. His prediction?

Steelers select Gosder Cherilus OT - Boston College

The Steelers are expected to invest multiple draft picks in offensive linemen. Cherilus is a right tackle prospect who struggled a bit on the left side as a senior, which is something the Steelers have to consider. Regardless, he has good feet for his size, and he's experienced enough to start at one of the tackle spots as a rookie.

As you can see I don't think there's any doubt that Branden Albert is skyrocketing up the draft charts (Pat Kirwan even had him in the top 10) and he was the most likely to be there just a couple of weeks ago. If they're all gone then there should be a top tier corner or one of the top ranked wide receivers. As of a few weeks ago this didn't even register on the radar of most draftniks. Now, a few weeks later, the cards have been shuffled completely, though that could just be a product of these sites and analysts wanting to continue drumming up debate on their respective sites.

Regardless, it's worth asking you guys: if the 'top 5' are gone, what would you do if you're the Steelers front office?