Needs at This Spot: Best-player available could be RB, OL, CB, WR, TE, NT, S
Most Likely Possibilities (With 123 off the Board and Steelers Picking at No. 128): RB Taiwan Jones, Eastern Washington; TE Virgil Green, Nevada; ILB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina; TE D.J. Williams, Arkansas; RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State; CB Brandon Burton, Utah; RB Jordan Todman, UCONN; OL Lee Ziemba, Auburn; NT Ian Williams, Notre Dame; OL Marcus Cannon, TCU; CB Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech
The Pick Should Be: 1. Jones, 2. Rodgers, 3. Burton, 4. Sturdivant, 5. Ziemba (lots of other good options as well. There is great depth for later rounds at RB, but Jones or Rodgers would make the Steelers’ offense considerably more dangerous in 2011).
The Pick Should Not Be: OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State; CB Buster Skrine, Chattanooga; WR Dwyane Harris, East Carolina
The Pick Will Be: TE Virgil Green (value really falls off after Green and Williams at TE, so the front office may factor that into this pick. Based on visits and scouting, they seem to really want to add a receiving tight end/h-back in this draft. In contrast, there will still be value at all other positions of need after the fourth round.)