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2013 DBN Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Sheldon Richardson at No. 17

Joe Robbins

With the 17th pick in the 2013 Dawgs By Nature NFL Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

This selection and write-up was made by HenryDawg:

The Steelers defense is old, expensive, and at some positions, non-existent. Currently they have not re-signed NT Casey Hampton, they cut OLB James Harrison, and Troy Palamalu is old and usually injured. Last year, they drafted NT Alameda Ta'amu and then cut him for off-the-field reasons, then re-signed him out of need. I think they would rather go a different direction here and give strong consideration to Jonathan Hankins, who has 2 gap NT experience at Ohio State.

I also thought Jamie Collins and his explosive athleticism would be a good replacement for Harrison. In the end, I couldn't pass on the value of Richardson being on the board. He's a high-motor player with exceptional size and athleticism. Brett Keisel is in his 12th year and probably has a little more gas in the tank. The Steelers don't like to start rookies if they don't have to so Richardson can slowly but eventually take over for the bearded one, becoming a dominant force on their defensive line.

If the Steelers take Richardson, we have to hope that he busts, right? Pittsburgh seems to be in disarray every other year, only to "find a way" to get back into contention. Could someone like Richardson guide them to the path of success again?

The Dallas Cowboys are up next, led by jimkanicki.

2013 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Pos School User
1 Kansas City Dee Milliner CB Alabama BuenosAires_Dawg
2 Jacksonville Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon Adrock2099
3 Oakland Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M TuckJob
4 Philadelphia Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan Chalmdeezy
5 Detroit Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB BYU macdowellm03
6 Cleveland Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia Cedarpoint2k3
7 Arizona Chance Warmack OG Alabama Mudville
8 Buffalo Geno Smith QB West Virginia Stigosaurus
9 New York Jets Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee notthatnoise
10 Tennessee Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas pt_999
11 San Diego Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma JamesPowell
12 Miami Desmond Trufant CB Washington Weeden2Gordon
13 Tampa Bay Sherrif Floyd DT Florida LessThanJake
14 Carolina Star Lotulelei DT Utah rossn2007
15 New Orleans Damonte Moore DE/OLB Texas A&M Ted Washington's Belly
16 St. Louis Tavon Austin WR West Virginia nickjs21
17 Pittsburgh Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri HenryDawg
18 Dallas jimkanicki
19 New York Giants Red-Right-88
20 Chicago PaduaDSP
21 Cincinnati troy145
22 St. Louis nickjs21
23 Minnesota Legoman0721
24 Indianapolis Mike Krupka
25 Minnesota Legoman0721
26 Green Bay Jon Stinchcomb
27 Houston The B-Train
28 Denver KillerNut
29 New England roar888
30 Atlanta Matt Wood
31 San Francisco rufio
32 Baltimore Ecwingen