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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers Take Colorado CB Jimmy Smith In SB Nation's Latest Mock

Maybe it's a little bit too early to start thinking about the upcoming NFL Draft; the Super Bowl just happened like 20 hours ago. But maybe looking ahead will help ease the pain of the defeat yesterday. SB Nation just came out with their first mock draft that has the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 31st spot, (which they will be drafting in because they lost the Super Bowl) and they have the Steelers taking Colorado CB Jimmy Smith. Here is their rationale.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers targeted William Gay early and often in Super Bowl XLV, and we all saw the results. An upgrade opposite Ike Taylor is needed, and Smith has the size and physicality to excel in the back end of the Steel Curtain defense.

The Steelers could definitely use some help in the defensive secondary, but there are other parts of the football team that could use upgrading as well. Hines Ward will be another year older next year, and he and Mike Wallace could use some help on the flank. Having said that, the Steelers are in a position of luxury because they have so few major holes to upgrade. There should only be a handful of spots that the Steelers need help by the draft, and this 31st overall pick will be a good opportunity to address one of them.

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