The other name the Steelers are leaking is Penn State
offensive tackle Levi Brown
(6-5, 323). They love his hands. Hmmm. Many scouts are worried about Brown's feet and believe he'll be nothing more than a right tackle, and the Steelers already have Max Starks
, Willie Colon
and Trai Essex
at that position. Some scouts also worry about Brown's knee problems. Others worry about his performance "on the boards" during interviews.
Regardless, the Steelers bigger problem is their interior, where the good guard is fed up and the bad guard is in the last year of his contract. O-line coach Larry Zeirlein also prefers a big center to handle the nose guards who've given the Steelers so much trouble the last few years, but Chukky Okobi
can't handle nose guards and newcomer Sean Mahan
is only 301 pounds.
The answer at center is not another little technician such as Ryan Kalil
, but a 320-pounder such as Texas
RT-RG-C Justin Blalock
. He had the highest Wonderlic (37) and the most reps (40) at the combine, but the Steelers will likely stick with Mahan since they've already spent the money.
The ideal draft, for me, would be to trade down - perhaps use Darelle Revis as bait - for a pass-rusher such as Purdue defensive end/outside linebacker Anthony Spencer, and then trade back up into the bottom of the first round for Blalock. Add a rugged running back such as Brian Leonard or Tony Hunt and they're on their way. That's the way to go. And if the Steelers are using Timmons as a smokescreen, I'll be the first to praise their unprecedented secrecy this draft season.