Steelers 2011 Draft Needs According To Brian Billick
Although Brian Billick is a few years removed from being the head coach of the Ravens, he still does quite a bit of analyst work. He is currently doing short video segments team draft needs for Fox Sports and recently he addressed the Steelers draft needs. He pretty much thinks along the same lines as I do in my latest Steelers Mock Draft 2.0 and pretty much hits on the offensive line, the cornerback position and perhaps an inside linebacker as needs for the Steelers heading into the draft. Although he says the interior part of the line might need to be addressed, I think unless the Steelers trade up and draft Mike Pouncey or go out of character and draft the elder Danny Watkins in round one, I think they will likely wait until much later in the draft to draft a guard, if they draft one at all. They could choose to bypass addressing the interior line altogether if the free agency status of Willie Colon is settled prior to the draft. I have mentioned several times that Colon could be kicked inside to right guard should he be back in a Steelers uniform in 2011. Mike Tomlin recently did not rule that out either in some recent comments. It would of been nice to see Billick go a little further than the obvious positions here and perhaps he will closer to the draft, but I would not bet on it. I do like the idea of an inside linebacker being drafted in the middle rounds to be groomed right along with Stevenson Sylvester. The Steelers will likely have a roster spot available with Keyaron Fox unlikely to return and Lawrence Timmons contract is also up after next season as well. Although tagged, LaMarr Woodley has yet to be signed to a long term deal yet as well, and another great season by Timmons might make him very expensive. Regardless, James Farrior is likely heading into his last season with the Steelers and there is no guarantee that Larry Foote makes the 2011 53 man roster just yet.
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