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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Peter King Picks Cam Newton First Overall, Steelers To Pick Brandon Harris

In Sports Illustrated’s NFL Draft preview, Peter King has a mock draft of the first round. Cam Newton, Marcell Dareus, and Von Miller go with the first three picks (to the Panthers, Broncos and Bills, respectively), while TCU quarterback Andy Dalton makes it all the way up to the Dolphins at No. 15. King has Mike Pouncey going with the No. 17 pick to the New England Patriots.

He has the Steelers picking Miami quarterback Brandon Harris with the No. 31 overall pick. While he’s not the first NFL mock drafter to guess that the Steelers will pick Harris, Harris’ size (5-foot-9) may steer the Steelers away. The Steelers like taller corners. King doesn’t have Texas’ Aaron Williams in the first round, and my guess would be that the Steelers would take Williams first. It’s also worth pointing out that they brought in Virginia’s Ras-I Dowling and Texas’ Curtis Brown for pre-draft visits, and neither of those cornerbacks are likely to be available when the Steelers pick at the end of the second round.

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