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Reader’s Mock NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers On The Clock


Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers helmet on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Picks

1.17, 2.16, 3.17, 4.18, 5.17, 6.18, 7.17

2012 Draft Recap

1.24 David DeCastro, G, Stanford
2.24 Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
3.23 Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
4.14 Alameda Ta’amu, DT, Washington
5.24 Chris Rainey, RB, Florida
7.24 Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado
7.33 David Paulson, TE, Oregon
7.39 Terrence Frederick, CB, Texas A&M
7.41 Kelvin Beachum, OG, Southern Methodist

Biggest Needs

Running back

3-4 Nose tackle

Wide Receiver

*Tight end

*Based on health of Heath Miler

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a pretty rough offseason, but were able to keep receiver Emmanuel Sanders, which means they won’t be forced to take a receiver with their first pick, though with several quality prospects still on the board, don’t be surprised if Pittsburgh drafts Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson or Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton.

One position of need that hasn’t been mentioned with the Steelers enough is at tight end. Everyone assumes Heath Miller will be back in time for the start of the 2013 season, but coming off of a torn ACL, are the Steelers confident that he’ll be close to the Pro Bowl level he’s played at over his 8-year NFL career?

With the draft’s top TE prospects still likely on the board still, don’t be shocked if Pittsburgh goes with a TE in round 1.

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