SO says the Bleacher Report's latest Steelers mock. Here's the whole draft.
1st Round: Mark Baron, Safety, Alabama
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What? I'm crazy? Hear me out.
The Steelers are going to draft the best available player at one of their biggest positions of need. Translation: They are NOT going to be drafting either the offensive or defensive line in the first round of the draft.
Don'ta Hightower? Sure, a lot of Steelers fans would like to think this is the route the Steelers are going to go, but that simply isn't a need at a position where the player (Hightower) is at the top of the Steelers draft board.
Hightower may become an amazing player, but that would mean that either the Steelers wasted a pick on Stevenson Sylvester, or either Hightower or Sylvester are going to be on the bench for a few years, simply because we know that Lawrence Timmons is a lock as one of the starting positions.
That leaves the Steelers secondary.
Troy Polamalu is an all-world player. He is a first ballot Hall of Fame lock, and he has changed the way that the safety position is played. Problem is, he is on the wrong side of 30, and even though he has not slowed down, the risk of injury is certainly there.
Then you have Ryan Clark, who also is on the wrong side of 30, and hits players with the reckless abandon of a missal. The problem with that is, one serious injury, and his playing days could be over.