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NFL Mock Draft 2013: New popular pick for Steelers following combine

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Many mock drafts are suggesting that the Steelers could look to upgrade their pass rush by taking a player that underachieved at the 2013 NFL Combine.

Sarah Glenn

With 50 days until the 2013 NFL Draft, things are far from settled and there still several scenarios available for many teams. Without a consensus at the top of the draft class, mock drafts have largely varied; however, one player has become a frequent prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers after a poor showing at the 2013 NFL Combine dropped him out of the top 10 for most.

Texas A&M's Damontre Moore showed plenty of pass rushing talent during his final season with the Aggies, but managed just 12 reps on the bench press at the Combine and finished with a poor 40-yard dash time to boot. The performance dropped Moore from the top 10 of mock drafts and straight into the waiting arms of the Steelers in several mock drafts, including the latest from SB Nation.

Both Dane Brugler and Rob Rang of CBS Sports agreed that Pittsburgh was a good landing spot for Moore; however, Charles Davis and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com elected to upgrade the team elsewhere.

Davis predicted that the Steelers would look to bolster their defense, although he projected they'd do so on the back-end by taking Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. Only Brooks felt that the Steelers could use some offensive improvement, predicting they will take Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

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