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Cincy Jungle Writer's Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers on the clock

The Steelers need to boost their secondary, and with their first-round pick, they do just that.

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The latest edition of the Cincy Jungle Writer's Mock Draft is here. Be sure to keep up with all of the picks in a out stream page.

Next up are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who hopefully screw this pick up, but that will be hard to do with several prominent on the board, and that's their biggest position of need.

Mickey: Steelers take Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

The Steelers have a ton of needs but one of them they can address here is at corner. Dennard is a strong guy wth long arms, he is physical enough to not get bullied and is the type of player the Steelers would love to have in their secondary. He plays strong in man to man coverage and is great at run support. Has been described as gritty and the Steelers could plug him in as a starter this season. With the age of the veteran corners on their roster Dennard will have the opportunity to win the job very soon.

Anthony: Steelers take Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

I think that this pick comes down to four different picks: cornerback, defensive tackle, wide receiver or offensive tackle. When you look at the position groups on the Steelers' roster right now, corner needs the most help. They have addressed wide receiver of late with additions like Markus Wheaton (who I really liked in college) last year and free agents like Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

I actually was tempted to have the Steelers take Louis Nix here, the big defensive tackle from Notre Dame, but the value doesn't seem to be there as it does with Dennard and another need position of theirs (Nix is slated to go at the end of the first/beginning of the second). Dennard would fit the Steelers mold of a cornerback: tough, physical and a guy who will jam at the line.

Jason: Steelers take Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Steelers are in need of a corner who can come in and start as a rookie, and Kyle Fuller fits the bill. Of this year's top CB prospects, Fuller might be the best fit for Dick LeBeau’s off-man coverage scheme.

He's also a better matchup for a speedster like A.J. Green or Josh Gordon, two of the best receivers in the NFL who they have to face a combined four times per year.

A four-year starter for the Hokies, fuller was named a Walter Camp second-team All-American and a first-team All-ACC selection this past year.

Over his career, Fuller deflected 32 passes and intercepted 10 more while forcing four fumbles and notched 23.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. That's the kind of physical, play-making corner that LeBeau would love to add to his defense.





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2 - Rams Greg Robinson FALCONS TRADE: Jadeveon Clowney Greg Robinson
3 - Jaguars Teddy Bridgewater Blake Bortles Khalil Mack
4 - Browns Blake Bortles Sammy Watkins Blake Bortles
5 - Raiders Khalil Mack Greg Robinson Johnny Manziel
6 - Falcons Jake Matthews RAMS TRADE: Mike Evans Jake Matthews
7 - Buccaneers Sammy Watkins Jake Matthews Sammy Watkins
8 - Vikings JETS TRADE: Mike Evans Khalil Mack Teddy Bridgewater
9 - Bills Eric Ebron Eric Ebron Eric Ebron
10 - Lions Justin Gilbert Justin Gilbert Justin Gilbert
11 - Titans Anthony Barr Aaron Donald Antony Barr
12 - Giants Aaron Donald Anthony Barr Aaron Donald
13 - Rams Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Taylor Lewan Mike Evans
14 - Bears Taylor Lewan Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Timmy Jernigan
15 - Steelers Kyle Fuller Darqueze Dennard Darqueze Dennard