Steelers: QB or CB?

We all now that trying to predict what will happen in the NFL Draft the weekend of April 24-25 is an inexact science at best. <br><br> There is a wealth of information on the Internet concerning the upcoming draft. And if the so-called experts are to be believed the Steelers are leaning toward taking a quarterback with the number 11 pick.

I looked at 10 mock drafts recently and six of them had the Steelers taking North Carolina State QB Philip Rivers and three had the Black & Gold tabbing cornerback DeAngelo Hall of Virginia Tech.

The Steelers needs are well documented. The Steelers need help at cornerback, quarterback and on the offensive line.

Selecting Rivers would be a departure from what Pittsburgh has done in the past. You have to go back to the 1980 draft to find a QB taken with their first pick and that was Mark Malone.

The needs in the secondary make Hall a very interesting option and his stock has skyrocketed since his on campus workout in March.

"Don't say I said it, but DeAngelo Hall is putting on a freak show in there," said one NFL scout, ducking out for a few minutes of fresh air midway during those proceedings.

Steelers' coach Bill Cowher viewed that workout along with a horde of NFL types. He even offered Hall some words of encouragement as he was leaving.

"Good luck, DeAngelo," smiling coach Cowher said.

Hall figures to be the first corner selected on draft day, which means he could go anywhere from the eighth pick on. Most mock drafts have him going at about the 10th or 11th pick.

Hall knows where he stands with the scouts.

"I'm real satisfied how things went. I set some high marks that I don't think anybody will be close to in this Draft, period.

"Definitely, I made the right decision [to leave early]. When I was making my decision, I looked around the board and saw the guys who might come out and who were seniors. And I knew hands down that I would be the No.1 corner. And I think now guys are just now starting to believe it."

Hall appears to have all the other angles covered in his skills package. His draft stock already soaring from his 4.34-second 40 at the NFL combine, Hall solidified his blue-chip status at Virginia Tech's pro-day with a vertical leap of 39 inches, a standing broad jump of 10 feet, 9 inches, and doing 18 reps in the 225-pound bench press. Hall, a 5-foot-11, 198-pound Chesapeake native, punctuated his day with what several witnesses tabbed a "near-flawless" performance in the cornerback skills drills.

Hall could be taken by Atlanta with the number eight selection or he could go to Houston at number 10 or he could still be on the board when the Steelers pick at number 11.

If he and Rivers were still on the board at number 11, I would like to be a fly on the wall in the Steelers war room. What a lively debate that could be.

Even if Hall is available, I'm still betting on the quarterback. Pittsburgh is still smarting from passing over Chad Pennington in favor of Plaxico Burress in the 2000 draft.

With Tommy Maddox getting long in the tooth - the time is right for Pittsburgh to take a quarterback. And Rivers has indicated that Pittsburgh would be a good spot for him to land.

"I would be excited to go anywhere, Rivers explained. "You mention a team like Pittsburgh and that fires me up that it could be a possibility."

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