2013 NN NFL mock draft: With the forty-eighth pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers select ...

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The Niners Nation Community Mock Draft moves to pick No. 48, which belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

We're on to the sixteenth pick of the second round, No. 48 overall in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. If you missed parts of the first round, check out our entire rundown.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are now on the clock, and their Niners Nation GM is TryAndCatchVD. With the forty-eighth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Steelers select Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama.

Explanation: After finding a new piece for their defense in the first round, the Steelers may be looking to the second round for safety, OL, or DT help. In this scenario, I'm expecting the Steelers to pull Alameda Ta'amu from their PS to work the middle of their DL for the season. Furthermore, an early run on offensive linemen and safeties leave this GM with few logical choices that don't include trading or heavily reaching. With that in mind, the Steelers attempt to put some danger back in their offense with a great value pick in Eddie Lacy.

Other possible picks include Safety Baccari Rambo, OT David Bakhtiari, and DT Brandon Williams. However, with the positioning they have in this round, I chose BPA over positional-based picking -- but none of these would be surprise picks in Round Three or trade-down selections.

Trevor Woods: The Steelers are getting a smash mouth power back here. Lacy fits the mold of a couple Steelers legends, Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis. Lacy doesn't have big time speed but has lots of power, good vision, and quick feet. TryAndCatchVD's selection of Lacy will allow the Pittsburgh offense to rely less on the pass, as they can now move the chains running the ball. The fact Pittsburgh retained Emmanuel Sanders lessens the chance of them going for a receiver here, although that is still an option.

Nick Chiamardas: Not a bad value pick in the middle of the second for Lacy, who was once thought to have first round talent. A lingering hamstring injury has scared away a lot of teams, causing his stock to fall rapidly. I wouldn't be shocked if Lacy isn't the first back off the board in 2013. Lacy, if healthy, provides excellent talent to a team looking to get back to it's roots of a hard-nosed ground game. Lacy is a legitimate three down back that could provide stability to what's become a revolving door in Pittsburgh's backfield. Given the depth of the running back class, I'd like to see the Steelers look to fill another need, maybe wide receiver or defensive line. Both Robert Woods and Brandon Williams are still available and would be smart picks in the second round.

Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1

  1. Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
  3. Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
  4. Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
  5. Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
  6. Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
  7. Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
  8. Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
  9. New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
  10. Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
  11. San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
  12. Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
  14. Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
  15. New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
  16. St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
  18. Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
  19. New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia [Explanation]
  20. Chicago Bears -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia [Explanation]
  21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State [Explanation]
  22. St. Louis Rams -- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson [Explanation]
  23. Minnesota Vikings -- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal [Explanation]
  24. Indianapolis Colts -- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA [Explanation]
  25. Minnesota Vikings -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington [Explanation]
  26. Green Bay Packers -- Damontre Moore, DE/OLB [Explanation]
  27. Houston Texans -- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
  28. Denver Broncos -- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State [Explanation]
  29. New England Patriots -- Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist [Explanation]
  30. Atlanta Falcons -- Tank Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State [Explanation]
  31. San Francisco 49ers -- Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International [Explanation]
  32. Baltimore Ravens -- Matt Elam, S, Florida [Explanation]
  33. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas [Explanation]
  34. San Francisco 49ers -- Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State [Explanation]
  35. Philadelphia Eagles -- Kyle Long, OL, Oregon [Explanation]
  36. Detroit Lions -- Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State [Explanation]
  37. Cincinnati Bengals -- D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina [Explanation]
  38. Arizona Cardinals -- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame [Explanation]
  39. New York Jets -- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford [Explanation]
  40. Tennessee Titans -- Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut [Explanation]
  41. Buffalo Bills -- Matt Barkley, QB, USC [Explanation]
  42. Miami Dolphins -- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State [Explanation]
  43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State [Explanation]
  44. Carolina Panthers -- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina [Explanation]
  45. San Diego Chargers -- Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia [Explanation]
  46. St. Louis Rams -- Eric Reid, S, LSU [Explanation]
  47. Dallas Cowboys -- Barrett Jones, C, Alabama [Explanation]
  48. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
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