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Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: Seven Rounds

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Mock Draft Week 3

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This week’s update for the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 7 round NFL mock draft is going to be a little different. For one thing this will include the additional 6th round pick the Steelers were awarded as part of the compensatory pick system. An additional 6th round pick will be added, and in a draft this deep there could be a very nice player available.

The NFL draft is only five weeks away, but what is normally a time when the picture of which players and positions each of the 32 franchises are targeting is becoming more clear it seems this year there is less and less consensus about who the top players are, so making any predictions becomes much more problematic.

As far as the Steelers go, there are a few players we have heard about their interest in. First is Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray who the entire Steelers staff has spent some time courting. This included a night before pro day dinner with Bray and their full attention during his workouts. Bray is a fascinating prospect who could be the long-term replacement for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Another player the Steelers seem to have more than a casual interest in is Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine. After showing up at the scouting combine looking very fit and healthy after suffering a late season knee injury, he would certainly fill a void as a pass rushing outside linebacker should they choose to draft him.

This version of the mock is going to be a dream draft for me. Less about projections and players of potential interest. This is going to be the players I’d most like to see become Steelers. The eight players who I think would make the best new members of the Steelers. So without further ado, here’s the latest mock draft.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.

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First Round-Kenny Vaccaro, S Texas

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There's a good chance Vaccaro will be gone before the Steelers pick at 17, but if they can get him here, he'd be a steal. Vaccaro's ability to defend the run and cover in press man is a real plus and his overall skill set is far and away the top among the safeties in this class.

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Second Round-Corey Lemonier, LB Auburn

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Whether or not the Steelers can count on outside linebacker Jason Worilds can step up and be a starter is up for debate. Adding Lemonier would give the Steelers a great rotation of players to rush the quarterback from the outside. Lemonier has an excellent first step and plays with very good leverage and energy. He might not start from day one, but he'd be a starter very soon.

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Third Round-Larry Warford, OG Kentucky

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It's a longshot that Warford is still on the board in the third round, but with other positions of need there's a chance he will slide a little. This would make him an excellent value for the Steelers as he's athletic enough, with good enough footwork to come in and start early on the right side.

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Fourth Round-Tavarres King, WR Georgia

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The only reason that an experienced and sure handed player like King slides to the 4th round is because teams have become so fascinated with guys who are home run threats on every catch. King is instead a polished route runner with sneaky speed who will make all the catches in traffic and move the chains. He'd be an excellent addition to a team that could be very short handed at wide receiver.

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Fifth Round-Vance McDonald, TE Nevada

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With the Steelers wondering if tight end Heath Miller will be ready to start the season after his injury, adding a young tight end would be an excellent pick at this point. McDonald is a huge target who doesn't do a lot of blocking, but he's got huge hands and can make all the catches. He lines up more as a slot receiver than a in-line tight end, so his blocking in the run game isn't ideal.

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Sixth Round-Dennis Johnson, RB Arkansas

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If not for some fumbling and an overall miserable season by the Razorbacks, Johnson would be ranked much higher. He has an NFL skill set and can be a 3-down back if he can improve ball security. It's an added bonus that he's also a dynamic kick returner. The Steelers have some nice backs on the roster, and Johnson would add serious depth to the unit.

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Sixth Round-Mike Hermann, QB RPI

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Hermann is a fascinating project type player. He's got ideal size, excellent athleticism, and in his limited experience has shown a very good arm. He's raw and hasn't been able to hone his skills against good competition so he might have to make a position change to tight end or h-back.

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Seventh Round-Jonathan Stewart, LB Texas A&M

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In studying the Aggies for other players, I found myself watching Stewart quite a bit. He's a big inside linebacker who is physical and a willing tackler. Not overly athletic but he's strong and could be a nice fit inside in a 3-4 defense where he can defend in a small area. This is a nice developmental player who would start on special teams.