In a mock draft released on Monday, Dane Brugler, a draft expert from CBS Sports, has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks. Pittsburgh finished the 2012 season with an 8-8 record and will select 17th in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Injuries depleted the Steelers secondary this season and they could use some young talent to add depth and challenge the starters next year. Despite their injuries, Pittsburgh still allowed the fewest passing yards in the league this year, holding their opponents to a total of 2,963 yards through the air.
Banks, a 6'2 senior, won the Jim Thorpe Award this season, handed out to the top defensive back in college football. He racked up 59 tackles and four interceptions on the year, with opposing quarterbacks often throwing away from his side of the field. The last two winners of the award were Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, both high first-round draft picks out of LSU.