The NFL draft is still a long way out.  The combine hasn’t even gotten underway yet, and teams are still putting together their draft boards.  That won’t curb our curiosity on who the selections might be for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  So here’s a short list of what some of the draft “experts” are mocking to the Steelers in the first round.

  1. Mel Kiper (ESPN) – Hassan Reddick (6’2″ 237) OLB Rutgers
  2. Todd McShay (ESPN) – Charles Harris (6’2″ 255) OLB Missouri 
  3. Pete Prisco (CBS) – Adoree Jackson (5’11” 185) CB USC
  4. Daniel Jeremiah (NFL) – Hassan Reddick (6’2″ 237) OLB Rutgers
  5. Charley Casserly (NFL) – Taco Charlton (6’6″ 272) DE/OLB Michigan
  6. Lance Zierlien (NFL) – Corey Davis (6’3″ 213) WR  Western Michigan 
  7. Bucky Brooks (NFL) – Tim Williams (6’4″ 252) OLB Alabama 
  8. Walter Football – Takkarist McKinley (6’2″ 265) OLB UCLA
  9. Dieter Kurtenbach (FOX) – Hassan Reddick (6’2″ 237) OLB Rutgers 
  10. Brent Sobleski (Bleacher Report) – Takkarist McKinley (6’2″ 265) OLB UCLA

As you can see the Steelers’ need for a pass rusher is no secret these days.  Eight out of ten had Pittsburgh going in that direction in the first round.  Right now Tim Williams might be my favorite of the group.  He is a super talented pass rusher from Alabama, and we know how much the Steelers like SEC edge guys lately.  The problem with Williams is the  off-field issues he’s had at Alabama.  It is the only reason he’d even be available at the 30th pick in the first round.  It’s still very early in the process, but it seems almost a lock that the Steelers go edge rusher of some sort in round one.