With the Pittsburgh Steelers missing out on the playoffs for the first time since 2009, the focus now turns to the upcoming draft. By virtue of their 8-8 record, the Steelers will have the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
According to WalterFootball.com's Charlie Campbell, the Steelers could look to replace some parts on their defense with their first-round pick this year. In Campbell's latest mock draft he forecasts Pittsburgh to select Dion Jordan from the University of Oregon with the 17th pick. Campbell calls the young outside linebacker/defensive end "a replacement for the aging James Harrison" and "a raw prospect with upside."
About Jordan, Campbell wrote:
Jordan has been playing outside linebacker this year and has done well as a defender in space. He has demonstrated the athletic ability to drop into pass coverage as well as rush the quarterback off the edge.
As Campbell notes, Jordan has athleticism since he started his career as a tight end before being shifted to defense.
Jordan recorded 44 total tackles this season including 10.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks. He also forced three fumbles and batted down a pass in 2012.