On the Clock: Steelers’ Fourth-Round Projection

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.)

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  • Anonymous

    Mayock just said that Burton is the top player left on his board, and Steelers could certainly use another, so that would make sense. But again, the Texans pick just before the Steelers and are likely thinking the same thing. I don’t think Rodgers is a good value.

    • Aaron

      I wonder why so many are passing on Burton?