This is a mock draft, full 7-round, for the two teams making their super bowl appearances.
I want the Packers to win so I'm tempted to make them pick 32nd, but I'm scared I'll jinx it so I have them switching off pick 31 and 32.
The Steelers biggest needs are OT, DL, and CB, which I adressed in the first 3 rounds. For the rest of the picks I tried to address minor needs as well as simply give them good football players.
Round 1 pick 32- Stephen Paea DT Oregon St.- Paea adds strength and youth to a D-line that needs it. The Steelers will need to make a decision to play the 295-pound Paea at DE, or have him put on a little more weight and play Nose tackle. The reason this is a great pick is because the Steelers need help at both positions. Hoke and Hampton are their two nose tackles, and they are both old (Hoke is a FA). Defensive ends Brett Kiesel (32) and Aaron Smith (34) are both old and Nick Eason is a FA. Paea is the answer for the Steelers' aging line.
Round 2, pick 31- Brandon Burton CB Utah- Burton decided to forgo his senior season and enter the draft. Burton is not necessarily a sure pick coming from the Mountain West Conference as a Junior, but he could be Pittsburgh's best corner in a few years. Cornerback is certainly a need for the Steelers, who could lose Ike Taylor and William Gay to free agency.
Round 3, pick 32- James Carpenter OT Alabama- With 3 tackles ready to be free agents this offseason, the Steelers need a legit tackle to protect Big Ben. Carpenter had a good showing at the Senior Bowl and played at a high level all season at 'Bama. Carpenter was an All-SEC First-team selection his senior season.
Round 4, pick 31- Delone Carter RB Syracuse- Rashard Mendenhall is all alone in the Steelers' backfield. Mendenhall rushed for 1273 yards, but no other back had over 300 yards. Carter was a monster in his bowl game vs Kansas State and the MVP of the East-West Shrine Game. Carter can give Mendehall a break so he is not forced to take too many carries.
Round 5, pick 32- Justin Boren OG Ohio State- The Steelers could certainly use more guard depth. Boren was an AP Second-Team All-American at Ohio State. Boren went up against Big Ten talent and was very consistent in run blocking, but needs to improve his pass blocking.
Round 6, pick 31- Justin Rogers CB Richmond- Rogers is a value pick. He didn't play a high level of college, but he was dominant shutting down receivers, and also picking off 13 passes in his career. Rogers also returned kicks and punts, and broke some CAA return records. His major downfall is his lack of experience against legit NFL talent.
Round 7, pick 32- Allen Reisner TE Iowa- Tight end isn't a serious need for Pittsburgh, but there is a chance Matt Spaeth ends up elsewhere due to free agency. Putting team needs aside, Reisner is a very good and versatile football player. He caught 42 balls for 460 yards this past season at Iowa. His subtle yet consistent production lead one to think Reisner could mold into a good NFL player.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers' only major need in my opinion is OT. DL and OLB are definitley minor needs. After addressing those positions, Ted Thompson will select players based on fit and value.
Round 1, pick 31- Demarcus Love OT Alabama- Chad Clifton knees could give away any week, so the Packers need to go ahead and pick up his replacement. I think Love will end up at RT though, as I see them moving Bulaga back to the left side. Love fills Green Bay's number one need with their number one pick.
Round 2, pick 32- Dontay Moch OLB Nevada- I have a feeling that Moch will blow up the combine, and be picked before here. But he hasn't blown up the combine yet. Moch was excellent at Nevada, as he compiled 28.5 sacks in his career. Moch (6'1 245) seems like a good fit opposite All-pro Clay Matthews.
Round 3, pick 31- Ahmad Black SS Florida- Strong safety has been a weakness for the defense all season. Part of it has to do with Morgan Burnett going on IR after week 3. Charlie Peprah and Atari Bigby will both be free agents, and Burnett could have a rough return. Ahmad Black will overcome his lack of height (5'9) and add depth to the Packers' safety group.
Round 4, pick 32- Vincent Brown WR San Diego State- Long-time Packers great Donald Driver is nearing the end of his career. James Jones is a FA who they would need to pay good money. With those two questions looming, the Pack only have two legit recievers who are there to stay. Brown could be the third. Brown (5'11 185 lbs) makes up for his lack of straight-line speed with quickness and acceleration. Brown could get alot of work in the slot when Driver retires after one or two more seasons. Brown has also showed kick/punt return ability.
Round 5, pick 31- Greg Romeus DE Pittsburgh- Romeus had stellar sophmore and junior seasons, combing for 15.5 sacks and 27 TFLs. But Greg couldn't escape injuries his senior season. Those injuries will be the reason he will be available the third day. I believe that if he can stay healthy he can be a force on the defensive line for an NFL team.
Round 6, pick 32- Mario Butler CB Georgia Tech- Butler isn't an interception guy. He only had one this past season, but it came in their bowl game...a 85-yard interception return touchdown. The fact that Butler started 30 straight games for G-Tech shows he is a durable and consistent corner, just what the Packers are looking for this late. His lack of speed and big play ability are his downsides, but those are common for third day defensive backs. What isn't common for third day DBs is consistency, and Butler is consistent.
Round 7, pick 1 (from Carolina)- Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State- This pick simply adds depth to Green Bay's offensive line. There is nothing great about Jackson that draws attention from scouts...he just plays solid football. He doesn't have the combination of size, strength and athleticism to become a starter in the NFL but can be a servicable backup.
Round 7, pick 31- Roy Helu Jr. RB Nebraska- The Pack have their future in James Starks, and Ryan Grant will be back next season, but Helu can add some depth. I imagine Brandon Jackson will be resigned, but if he isn't because some stupid team offers him a big contract, Helu will be the third back. Although he doesn't run with as much as toughness as he should and doesn't have enough open-field elusiveness, he's good value for the second-to-last pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
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