Originally posted on Draft Board Insider  |  Last updated 3/19/12

When you think about a Steelers draft, and I’ve been doing if for several decades, the one thing you have to do if you want to come close to being right the key if to do everything you can to not try too hard to make sexy picks.  If there’s one thing the Steelers don’t do is bow to popular opinion.  For better or worse they draft their kinds of players and hope they work out.  Sometimes it’s a home run and others it’s a total flame out.  But you rarely see them chase high profile players over hard nosed blue collar types that can provide depth initially with no hurry to get them into the starting lineup.  This draft would be no different.

 

 1-Kevin Zeitler, OG Wisconsin-In this scenario guys like Dont’a Hightower and David DeCastro are gone. The Steelers offensive line is in shambles with Maurkice Pouncey as the only returning starting I have any confidence in. Zeitler is a day one starter which would allow career backup Greg Legursky to go back to providing depth.

2-Brandon Thompson, DT Clemson-The Steelers have resigned Casey Hampton and they have starters on the ends in ZIggy Hood and Cameron Heyward. Thompson could be a rotational player at all 3 spots until he settles into one, probably NT.

3-Trumaine Johnson, CB/S Montana-Johnson has the size of a safety with the coverage skills of a corner. Despite being the best defender for the University of Montana he was still very productive. I can see him a a nickel/dime corner initially covering tight ends out of the backfield and eventually becoming a very athletic FS in the attacking Steelers defense.

4-Bruce Irvin, OLB West Virginia-The Steelers have not had great luck adding to the OLB position being starters Lamarr Woodley and James Harrison, but adding an edge ruser like Irvin might change some of that. He has a lot of learn in terms of coverage but has a dynamic first step.

5-Vontaze Burfict, LB Arizona State-I am just guessing that Burfict falls this far, but I have heard some teams have taken him completely off their draft boards. If the Steelers could get him here, he’s be zero risk and if they could get his head screwed on straight they’d have a dominant ILB.

6-Terrance Ganaway, RB Baylor-The Steelers running back situation is tenuous at best with Rashard Mendenhall questionable to start the year, so adding some bodies is a plus and Ganaway is a big buiser with quick feet who might remind some of former Steeler Jerome Bettis.

7-James Brown, OT Troy-This late you take a flyer on an athletic player, and Brown at tackle certainly qualifies. Might never make the roster but given time I think could start on the right side in the NFL.

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