clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

NFL Mock Draft 2011: Could Steelers Pick Ben Ijalana?

SBNation.com's latest NFL Mock Draft has the Steelers taking Villanova tackle Ben Ijalana with the 31st overall pick:

↵
↵

A post-season injury has prevented Ijalana from working out, allowing him to stay squarely under the radar. He has the look of a potentially dominant guard, with the athleticism to play tackle - and the Steelers need line depth badly.

↵
↵

The offensive linemen SB Nation has going off the board before that are Tyron Smith (No. 13), Anthony Castonzo (No. 19), Nate Solder (No. 23), Gabe Carimi (No. 26), Mike Pouncey (No. 27) and Derek Sherrod (No. 29). That's most of the big names. Who the Steelers end up taking might depend on who's available at what positions when they pick. Cornerback looks like it might be a more pressing need; the corners SB Nation has going in the first round are Patrick Peterson (No. 3), Prince Amukamara (No. 7) and Jimmy Smith (No. 25).

↵

Quarterback Cam Newton is the top overall pick. Pitt receiver Jon Baldwin, who a month or two ago appeared in many first-round mock drafts, is nowhere to be found here.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.