More draft goodness for those draft gurus who can't get enough mock drafts we are doing our third look at what other mocks around the internet are looking like with the draft less than a week away. Here was the 1st Round Up; and the 2nd. -DYM-
1) NFL Draft Coutdown- Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
In fact, based on pure talent Davis might be one of the Top 10 players in this entire draft but concerns about his character and intangibles will likely cause him to slip on Draft Day. Davis may not fall quite this far but it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility and if he did former defensive back Mike Tomlin and the Steelers could be ready to pounce.
Previous picks from NFL Draft Countdown- Max Unger, OL, Oregon; Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
2) Sports Illustrated's Don Banks- Alex Mack, C, Cal
We had him going to the Steelers a couple mocks ago, and nothing has happened to change our minds. His presence would address Pittsburgh's need for help in the interior offensive line.
Previous pick from SI's Don Banks- D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
Pittsburgh hasn't given up on Tony Hills yet, but might be planning to draft the best offensive tackle available after sticking to its value board in 2008. Britton, who played left tackle in college, projects better on the right side as a pro. If the underclassman develops quickly, he could allow current Steelers RT Willie Colon, who's only 6-foot-3, to kick to guard.
Previous pick from NBC Sports- Eben Britton, OT, Arizona, Vontae Davis, CB, Illinios
4) Draft Tek- William Beatty, OT, Connecticut
Previous pick from Draft Tek-Eben Britton, OT, Arizon, D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
5) Sports Agents Blog- Alex Mack, C, Cal
I like OT William Beatty to develop into something special, but he just doesn’t fit the kind of player Pittsburgh covets on the line. Britton doesn’t have a finesse bone in his body and brings nice versatility where it is needed most. This pick fills a huge need and has decent value as well.
Previous picks from Sports Agents Blog- Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma; Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
6) NFL Draft Source- Alphonso Smith CB, Wake Forest
The Steelers will find themselves a steal if the ACC career leader in interceptions falls to them here. He is only 5’9", but plays bigger and will replace Bryant McFadden.
Previous pick from NFL Draft Source- Max Unger, OL, Oregon, Jarron Gilbert DE/DT, San Jose State
7) Football's Future-Jarron Gilbert DE/DT, San Jose State
Gilbert has had a meteoric rise up the draft board in recent months. His potential as a 3-4 end will make him attractive to a lot of teams, and he might even come off the board higher to one of the teams trying to transition to that scheme. The offensive line and corner could be spots that are address here as well, but Gilbert plays the toughest spot to find for their early needs.
Previous pick from Football's Future- Alex Mack, C, Cal
8) Mock Draft Guru's- Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma
Ben Roethlisberger is probably going to push the direction for linemen. He was sacked 46 times this year, 47 last year and 46 times in 2006. The O-Line is clearly the weakest link and getting some help is essential if Big Ben wants to stay off his derriere next year.
Previous pick from Mock Draft Guru's- Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma
9) Mocking the Draft- Alex Mack, C, Cal
The Steelers need help on the interior of their offensive line and Mack is a perfect fit. He's a rugged in-line blocker who can hold up against the large AFC North defensive tackles. Plug him in 12 years and watch him become a star.
10) Walter Football- Alex Mack, C, Cal
Sean Smith is an option here - I've had him going at this spot in the past few updates - but I really have trouble seeing Pittsburgh pass up on Alex Mack if he falls to them. The Steelers need upgrades all over their offensive line, including the center position. Justin Hartwig surrendered more sacks (6.5) than any other center in the NFL in 2008.
11) NFL Draft Dog- Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
Robiskie has a decent speed (4.51) and size (6' 3" 209 lbs) combination. Very quick in and out of his cuts. A blue collar athlete that is one of the safest picks in the 2009 NFL Draft.
12) War Room Report's Rob Triblett- Jarron Gilbert DE/DT, San Jose State
The Steelers could also target an interior linemen, perhaps Max Unger, who has the ability to play a variety of positions on the line. San Jose State's Jarron Gilbert is a physical specimen and had a huge year with 22 tackles for a loss. All of the starters on the Steelers D-line are on the wrong side of 30, and drafting Gilbert here would go a long way to securing a vital position on the Steelers defense.
Previous pick from WRR's Rob Tribett- Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma, William Beatty, OT, Connecticut
There ya go Steeler fans, a multitude of options for Pittsburgh to consider this Saturday. The Steelers definelty need help at all the positions mentioned in these mock drafts but the front office will surely be careful to take the best player available since we have so few needs. It should be a great couple of days to get us enegerized and excited for the 2009 season!