Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 first-round mock draft

How NFL.com analysts are projecting the first-round picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft:


Matt "Money" Smith

No. 17: Keenan Allen, WR, California

The Steelers need an upgrade at wide receiver and are fortunate it's a deep receiver class. I'm not giving up my Pac-12 bias on this one. You can't convince me there's a better receiver in the draft than Allen. He will be the steal of the draft.
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Charles Davis

No. 17: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Medical and speed concerns are present, but his tape says he plays fast. A wide receiver will merit serious consideration here, too.
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Daniel Jeremiah

No. 17: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

The best way to sum up Jones: excellent in pads, horrible in shorts. His stock took a bit of a hit following his pro day, but I don't see him falling too far, thanks to his proven ability to get after the passer.
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Bucky Brooks

No. 17: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

The Steelers' offense needs more juice after losing Mike Wallace in free agency. Patterson is an exceptional playmaker with the ball in his hands; with his talents, he could thrive in offensive coordinator Todd Haley's quick-rhythm passing game.
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

No. 17: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Rhodes plays the game like a throwback physical corner in press coverage. The Steelers like that style of play.
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Gil Brandt

No. 17: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

I'm not sure he'll be able to play in space; he'll probably have to play with his hand on the ground. When he's going forward, he looks pretty special, but is he big enough to succeed in the NFL? He posted a pair of slow 40 times (4.92 seconds) at Georgia's Pro Day; does that lack of speed mean the difference between getting a sack and the quarterback getting the ball off? I like some things about him, but overall, I'm not nearly as enthusiastic as many other observers. Star Lotulelei also could go here if his health checks out.
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Charley Casserly

No. 17: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

The deep threat to replace Mike Wallace.
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Josh Norris

No. 17: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

A surprise, yes, but unless the Steelers opt to address a need at linebacker, they can roll the dice on an explosive playmaker.
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MOCK DRAFT CENTRAL

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins*
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks*
* Do not have first-round picks