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Insider Only Is it a reach to draft a center in the first round?

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With the last pick in the first round, the Steelers approach is to take the best player available just like they did last year in the first round, selecting Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall. The only positions they have ruled out in the first round are quarterback, running back and tight end.
With a strong focus on upgrading their interior line, internal discussions are on-going about whether the team will draft a center over a better value pick.
Some Steelers insiders believe you never draft a center in the first round, especially in this year’s draft with a deep group of centers and guards.
Two players who will be under serious consideration at 32

are Cal’s Alex Mack and Louisville’s Eric Wood. Wood and Mack are the top two centers on most draft boards but both players are considered a reach at 32. Neither player will be around when the Steelers make their selection in the second round.
The Steelers are very high on both players and the problem the Steelers have is Mack and Wood will not be the best value at 32 as the Steelers can find a center in the mid-rounds
Inside the war room this is one of the most highly contested topics going on right now.
Draft Visits
Scott McKillop, LB, Pitt
C.J. Davis, OL, Pitt
A.Q. Shipley, C, Penn State
Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona
Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma
Joe Burnett, CB, UCF
Ra’Shon Harris, DT, Oregon
Frank Summers, FB, UNLV
Alex Mack, C, Cal
Eric Wood, C, Louisville
Herman Johnson, G, LSU
Fili Moala, DE, USC
Don Carey, CB, Norfolk State
Donald Washington, CB Ohio State
Richard Quinn, TE, North Carolina
Sherrod Martin, CB, Troy
Lawrence Sidbury OLB, Richmond
Two under the radar players that Steelers brass seem to be very high on are North Carolina tight end Richard Quinn and USC defensive end Fili Moala.
Quinn only had eight catches last season but scouts believe he will be a receiving threat at the next level, above average blocker. Matt Spaeth is not working out.

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Key Upcoming visits
Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose State

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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