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    Default Steelers Picking in the Top Half of 2010 Draft? The NFL Should Be Scared

    Steelers Picking in the Top Half of 2010 Draft? The NFL Should Be Scared
    by Nick Signorelli
    Nick Signorelli Senior Analyst

    As the Steelers 2009 season continues to crumble, the word "Steelers" is being used as a punchline to all of those teams that hate the Black and Gold.

    The haters are coming out of the woodwork. Keep laughing, it won't be lasting long.

    Pittsburgh is assured of finishing the 2009 season with a record between 6-10 and 9-7. That means, come the 2010 NFL Draft, the Steelers will be picking between No. 10 and No. 14.

    (Can you hear the chuckling?)

    Teams that are certain to be picking prior to the Steelers? Cleveland, Buffalo, Kansas City, Oakland, Washington, Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Saint Louis.

    (Can you still hear the chuckling?)

    Teams that are certain to be picking after the Steelers? Indianapolis, New Orleans, San Diego, Cincinnati, New England, Jacksonville, Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, the New York Giants, Minnesota, Green Bay, and Arizona.

    (Can you still hear the chuckling?)

    Teams that will probably be picking after the Steelers? Miami, the New York Jets, Baltimore, Chicago, and Atlanta.

    So, for argument sake, lets say the Steelers will be picking at No. 12.

    It is not often the Steelers pick in the first half of the draft. How do you think the Steelers do when picking in the top half of the draft?

    2004: No. 11, Ben Roethlisberger

    2000: No. 8, Plaxico Burress

    That's right, since Kevin Colbert took over as the GM of the Steelers, those are the only two picks that Pittsburgh has had in the first half of the draft.

    Oh, but Bill Cowher is coming back to the NFL and will be taking Colbert with him when he goes. That is what I thought as well. Adam Schefter just had a report on ESPN that people close to Colbert have stated that his loyalty towards the Rooneys exceeds his loyalty to Cowher. Colbert will be back in Pittsburgh.

    If you are still laughing at this point, then you really don't understand football.

    Remember this, it was only one short year ago that this same "joke" of a team won the Super Bowl, and it has only lost two starters from that team. This team has the personnel to once again rise to the top. Only this time, they will be armed with more talent.

    Being slotted at No. 12, the Steelers even have a chance to trade up. Twice in the Steelers history they have traded up for players. Once was in 2003, when they traded from No. 28 to No. 16 to take USC safety Troy Polamalu. The other time was in 2006, when they traded from No. 32 to No. 25 to select WR Santonio Holmes from Ohio State.

    Both of those trades were made by Kevin Colbert. If there is a player that Colbert and Tomlin want, they could easily trade into the top 10. Teams are quick to want to trade out of the top 10, because most of them have been picking there, and financially, it is hurting them.

    Here are the top 12 players coming out in the NFL draft.

    No. 1: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

    No. 2: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

    No. 3: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

    No. 4: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

    No. 5: Eric Barry, CB, Tennessee

    No. 6: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

    No. 7: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

    No. 8: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

    No. 9: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

    No. 10: Taylor Mays, S, USC

    No. 11: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

    No. 12: CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson

    Take out the quarterbacks, because Pittsburgh will not draft on of those. Take out Dez Bryant and CJ Spiller, Pittsburgh will not draft those positions this early. After drafting Ziggy Hood in the first round of the 2009 draft, Carlos Dunlap should also be ruled out.

    That leaves the offensive tackles, defensive tackles, and defensive backs.

    Here is my mock draft as to how the top 10 will unfold.

    No. 1: St. Louis, Jake Locker, QB, Washington. Lets be honest, Mark Bulger is not going to lead this team to the playoffs, ever. The rule is that if you don't have a franchise quarterback, you draft one, and that is what the Rams do.

    No. 2: Tampa Bay, Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. Tampa needs to boost their defense, and Suh immediately does it.

    No. 3: Kansas City (Trade with Lions), Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. The Chiefs desperately need a play maker on offense, and have to trade up to take him from Cleveland.

    No. 4: Cleveland, Eric Barry, CB, Tennessee. An instant upgrade to their defense, the Browns take Barry because Bryant is gone.

    No. 5: Seattle (Trade with Detroit), Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. Matt Hasselbeck is way past his prime, and the Seahawks need someone to lead this team into the future.

    No. 6: Buffalo, Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. A new coach is going to want to have HIS guy to build the team around.

    No. 7: Washington, Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. Washington has had defensive line issues for years, and bringing Dunlap in will give them one of the best fronts in the NFC.

    No. 8: Oakland, Taylor Mays, S, USC. Al Davis loves speedsters and hitters. Unless they decide to play smart, and start to protect the passer, Mays is their guy.

    No. 9: Detroit (Trade with Kansas City and Seattle), Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. After drafting a franchise QB last year, they continue building the line to protect him.

    No. 10: San Francisco (from Carolina), Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas. One of the best pass rushers in the draft, Kindle will team nicely with Patrick Willis and Manny Lawson to replace the now retired Jeff Ulbrich.

    If Pittsburgh decides to trade up, who would the likely trade partner be? In my opinion...

    No. 7: Washington, Taylor Mays, S, USC. IF Pittsburgh believes that Mays could be the next Polamalu, don't you think they would be willing to jump ahead of the Raiders for the man to replace Ryan Clark?

    If they decide to stand pat, they could land either Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma, Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State or Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama.

    Williams could start on the right side of the Steelers offensive line, to replace Willy Colon. Terrence Cody would be the replacement for Casey Hampton in the 3-4 defense.

    Anyway you look at it, the Steelers will be adding a first round talent that could one day be considered one of the best in the league. Does it hurt to lose so many games in one season? Yes. Is it worth it if we restock to once again be one of the best teams in the league? Absolutely.

    So, keep laughing! We like it that way. We are consoled by the six Lombardi Trophies in our trophy case, a case we will have to expand again in the near future.

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    Default Re: Steelers Picking in the Top Half of 2010 Draft? The NFL Should Be Scared

    No mock drafts... No mock drafts... No mock drafts...

    No mock drafts in the "Steelers talk" room.

    ... This is a good time to point-out that there is a draft room located within the Steelers Tavern, and it is the perfect place for draft talk, top players available, and mock drafts... Actually, there is already some good stuff there. So if folks haven't checked it out, there's no time like the present.

    I have nothing against folks guessing (and that's all it is) as to who we will take, and where various players fall... Knock yourselves out and have fun... Hell, "tis the season" and I have a Christmas wish list as well... But the rest of management knows how I feel about this stuff...

    No mock drafts in the Steelers talk....

    redrum... redrum... redrum...

    I'm gonna put this in the draft room, but will leave the redirect up so folks can see it...
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    Default Re: Steelers Picking in the Top Half of 2010 Draft? The NFL Should Be Scared

    Id rather the Steelers take an ILB to be completely honest with you. We need DL, ILB, and CB/S. We need to completely rebuild this D and also add to this OL...the LBs, though, are the heart and soul of a 34 D.
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    Default Re: Steelers Picking in the Top Half of 2010 Draft? The NFL Should Be Scared

    I want Rolando McClain. As for that guy's mock draft, it's horrible. Jake Locker won't go first, the Browns would never pass up Clausen for Eric Berry, even though Berry is a better player, and in a million years the Steelers will not trade up to take a safety, especially 7th to take Taylor Mays. They won't take Trent Williams or Russell Okung either because they just paid a fortune for a left tackle. And Cody is too fat to go that high.

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