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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Could Steelers Take A Cornerback?

Mocking The Draft's latest mock has Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley going first overall to the Carolina Panthers, and after that it's Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers (Broncos), Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus (Bills), and Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green (Bengals).

Pitt's Jon Baldwin goes to the Rams at No. 14, and as I've written before, this is a pick that makes sense for the Rams as long as Green and Julio Jones are off the board, but the only question is whether St. Louis feels Baldwin represents good value that high. If they definitely want a wideout, they might consider trading down a few spots, because if they don't take Baldwin, it's hard to see him going before the Chiefs pick at No. 21 - or at least that's how it looks right now.

Moving further down, Derek Sherrod, Mike Pouncey, Nate Solder and Anthony Castonzo all come off the board before the Steelers pick, so Mocking The Draft has them looking away from the offensive line and instead taking Texas cornerback Aaron Williams. One would think that a cornerback would be a lower priority for the Steelers than an offensive lineman or a defensive lineman, but it's not unreasonable to think they might take one - Ike Taylor and Bryant McFadden aren't particularly young (and, in McFadden's case, not particularly great), and who knows whether they'll retain Taylor after the season.

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