2011 NFL Mock Draft: The Pittsburgh Steelers Select...

With the thirtieth pick of the 2011 CSC Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers (represented by WVPiratesfan) select...

Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

If there is one thing that this year showed the Steelers, it's that their defensive secondary just isn't going to cut it. The current line up of Ike TaylorBryant McFadden, Willie Gay, Troy Polamlu and LSU Alum Ryan Clark needs some help. Outside of Ike and Polamalu , the Steelers need to upgrade at those positions. While it could come from Crez Butler or Kennan Lewis, Butler spent most of his time inactive and Lewis tended to lose his temper, costing the Steelers valuable penalty yards.

So this brings us to Ras-I Dowling, who has Ike Taylor's height and speed and McFadden's size and physicality. At 6'1", 198 lbs., Dowling notched 19 reps in the bench press and ran a 4.40 40-yard dash, meaning he has all the desired measurable's. Then you look at the tape and see that he is also a good tackler and plays bump-and-run very well. Both of those are very important skills for playing in Dick LeBeau's defense.

Then there is the $1 million question: can he stay healthy? His senior season he missed a good part of the year with a broken ankle. Then he pulled up during his 40-yard dash at the Combine while still running a 4.4. This is what has caused him to fall out of the first round according to some. But I believe these are things that can be helped with the benefit of a professional training staff.    

   

Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this years community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible. 

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft. 

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2011 CSC Community Mock Draft Section.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Carolina Panthers  QB Cam Newton - Auburn DatFan 35%
2 Denver Broncos  DT Marcell Dareus - Alabama Jeff.l.b 71%
3 Buffalo Bills  QB Blaine Gabbert - Missouri SpreeGoogs 52%
4 Cincinnati Bengals  DE Da'Quan Bowers - Clemson coldpizza 73%
5 Arizona Cardinals  CB Patrick Peterson - LSU GRIZZ 61%
6 Cleveland Browns  DE Cameron Jordan - Cal theprogrammerman 11%
7 San Francisco 49ers  LB Von Miller - Texas A&M who dat patate 68%
8 Tennessee Titans  WR A.J. Green - Georgia shipgoalie05 48%
9 Dallas Cowboys  CB Prince Amukamara - Nebraska saints fan in cowboyland! 67%
10 Washington Redskins  WR Julio Jones - Alabama VAsaintsfan 56%
11 Houston Texans  DE/OLB Robert Quinn - UNC Jon Banks 62%
12 Minnesota Vikings  OT Tyron Smith - USC HansDat 46%
13 Detroit Lions  OT Anthony Castonzo - BC NorthFan 48%
14 St. Louis rams  DT Nick Fairley - Auburn hakimdropstheball 54%
15 Miami Dolphins  RB Mark Ingram - Alabama SpreeGoogs 48%
16 Jacksonville Jaguars  DE J.J.Watt - Wisconsin Jay Preece 41%
17 New England Patriots OT Derek Sherrod - Mississippi St. FriarBob 27%
18 San Diego Chargers DT Muhammad Wilkerson - Temple DrewBreesManCrush 39%
19 New York Giants OL Mike Pouncey - Florida mknkachow 64%
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn - Iowa iori125883 45%
21 Kansas City Chiefs DT Phil Taylor - Baylor YESSaints/iori125883 63%
22 Indianapolis Colts DT Corey Liuget - Illinois MobileSaint 48%
23 Philadelphia Eagles OT Nate Solder - Colorado DeuceisLoose926 43%
24 New Orleans Saints DE Ryan Kerrigan - Purdue Dave Cariello 70%
25 Seattle Seahawks QB Colin Kaepernick - Nevada natde1016 20%
26 Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith - Colorado Dave Cariello 63%
27 Atlanta Falcons DE/OLB Justin Houston - Georgia Dave Choate 51%
28 New England Patriots DE Aldon Smith - Missouri FriarBob 54%
29 Chicago Bears OT Gabe Carimi - Wisconsin GRIZZ
30 NY Jets DE/OLB Akeem Ayers - UCLA jful
31 Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ras-I Dowling - Virginia WVPiratesfan
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