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Pittsburgh Steelers: Seven-Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Mock Draft

Jason Bridge-US Presswire

The 2013 NFL Draft might still be nearly 4 months away, but the time to start digging deep into the prospects is now. Every team has specific needs that are starting to surface whether it’s caused by a lack of talent or an impending loss of a player due to contract restrictions.

This is 1 part of a 32 part series where I will break down a full 7 round mock draft for every NFL team. I am doing this based on several factors. First is their relative position in the draft. After the end of the regular season the top of the order will be set and as each weekend of NFL playoffs end more teams will be set in place for their picks. Second is based on team needs. I’ve gone to great lengths to get as much input from fans for this as possible, but I have to be honest, some fans don’t know their teams as well as they think they do. This will also included any traded or forfeited picks, but by all means if you see I missed a pick that was traded for or away, post it in the comments below so I know.

I am going to start at the top of the draft order, bounce between the top middle and end, and give you all 3 or so a week until we’ve covered all 32 teams.

This week we move to the middle of the draft and focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was a team most believed would make the playoffs this year, but a combination of injuries and poor play left them at 8-8 on the season and on the outside and looking in. This is a team with a lot of serious financial decisions to make this offseason and that could leave them with some serious gaping holes on both sides of the football. Not the least of which will be finding an adequate backup quarterback, and the future at positions like safety and inside linebacker. Could be a tremendous amount of turnover, and some of these young players may need to step up in a hurry.

In addition to these team specific mock drafts, I will be updating my 1 round mock draft regularly here on Rant Sports, along with full scouting reports on the top prospects, so keep an eye out for those and follow on Twitter @nfldraftboard for all my other football ramblings.

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First Round-Kenny Vaccaro, S Texas

Brenden Maloney-US Presswire

I continue to put Vacaro here as the first round pick because I understand how important the safety position is to the Steelers defense and how much he can bring to the table. As the offseason goes on, there could certainly be a new name in this spot, even a different safety, but for now I think Vaccaro has the best shot to impact this team early.

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Second Round-Jordan Poyer, CB Oregon State

Jamie Valdez-US Presswire

There is a very good chance the Steelers are going to lose cornerback Keenan Lewis to free agency this year, and if that happens there will be a big hole at cornerback. It makes drafting one a top priority and I really like Poyer's style of play and how he'd fit with the Steelers. He's got nice size and plays with a lot of poise and confidence.

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Third Round-Shayne Skov, LB Stanford

Carey Edmonson-US Presswire

I'm not exactly sure what the state of the Steelers linebackers will be once the dust settles, but I think it's safe to assume they will at the minimum need to add depth to both the inside and outside. Skov is a great choice here because he comes from a 3-4 scheme, and he's position versatile, and can play inside or outside at a high level. He's a hard working, high intensity player who always finds himself at the football.

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Fourth Round-Zac Dysert, QB Miami(OH)

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Everyone saw what happened this year with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with injury. The quarterback position crumbled. It's a must that they add a talented young player to groom behind Roethlisberger, so why not being in another Redhawk in Dysert? He's got a great skillset and was really mired by being stuck on a terrible team this year.

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Fifth Round-Marcus Davis, WR Virginia Tech

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I understand the need the Steelers are going to have at wide receiver. It's likely Mike Wallace is gone, and Plaxico Burress may be as well. I just can't decide on which mid round wide out to take as a replacement. I have Davis in here at this point because a) he's got tremendous size at 6-4 and 230lbs, b) he has breakaway speed for his size and c) he's going to slide a little due to some consistency problems, making him a great value.

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Sixth Round-Jake Knott, LB Iowa State

Spruce Durden-US Presswire

Knott is one of the best tackling linebackers in the history of the Big 12. Unfortunately a shoulder injury has sidelined him for a good chunk of the season, hence his fall to the 6th round. I'm not sure what the long term prognosis is for Knott and his shoulder, but if the Steelers could get him in the 6th round, and he can get healthy, he's be a great inside backer in this scheme. He's got a high football IQ and is a born leader who makes others around him better.

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Seventh Round-Blaize Foltz, G TCU

Jerome Miron-US Presswire

This last spot has been reserved for a plug in depth offensive lineman for awhile now. This week it's the giant Foltz, who really got better as the season went on. He is a veteran lineman who has been the leaders along that group and another player who if not for a nagging injury this year would have been rated much higher. Another roll of the dice, but at this point well worth it.