NFL teams conduct internal mock drafts, just the same way political campaigns conduct internal polling on election day. With less than four weeks until April’s draft, sources indicate
internal mock drafts within the Steelers organization have the Steelers currently landing Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler at pick 32.
According to a NFL source, Internal results show center Alex Mack and cornerback Alphonso Smith off the board when the Steelers make a selection at pick 32. Smith, and Mack are at the top of the Steelers wishlist of potential targets who could be around in the late first round.
It appears the only way the Steelers go O-Line in the first round is if they trade up or if one of their top targets falls in their lap.
The way everything looks right now is the value pick at 32 will be a cornerback and the Steelers feel they can address the interior of their offensive line in the second round.
Butler, 5-10, 187 lbs, has great hands to go along with his speed and quickness. Butler ran a 4.38 forty-yard dash and was impressive in drills at Connecticut’s pro day where the Steelers had two representatives in attendance.
His performance at Connecticut’s pro day is believed to have guaranteed Butler a first round selection after having a down year in 2008.
Things could very well change within the next three to four weeks but Mack, Smith and Butler are at the top of the Steelers wishlist.
The Steelers will workout Louisville center Eric Wood on April 6th.