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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Could Steelers Wait For Ras-I Dowling In Second Round?

Behind The Steel Curtain is back with one of its massive seven-round NFL Mock Drafts. Blaine Gabbert goes to the Panthers with the first overall pick, followed by Marcell Dareus and Cam Newton. After that, BTSC has the Steelers grabbing Temple DE Muhammad Wilkerson with the No. 31 overall pick:

I know a lot of people in Steeler Nation would prefer Texas’ Aaron Williams or Miami’s Brandon Harris but the simple truth is that the Steelers draft based on value and not on need and Wilkerson is the better overall prospect. However that doesn’t mean the Front Office won’t take either for the CB’s. From a schematic standpoint Aaron Williams would be a better fit for the Steelers defense than Brandon Harris.

That’s a fair point, and I also agree with the assessment that Williams would be a better pick than Harris. In the second round, BTSC has the Steelers taking Virginia corner Ras-I Dowling. The Wilkerson pick makes a ton of sense if the Steelers can be reasonably sure that Dowling will fall to them in the second round, and clearly the Steelers are interested, because Dowling has a pre-draft visit with them.

BTSC’s mock has the Steelers taking Central Florida offensive lineman Jah Reid in the third round, followed by West Texas A&M wideout Stephen Burton in the fourth.

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