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Carter’s Classroom draft profile: Marcus Williams, safety

Marcus Williams (20) - AP

While the Steelers consider their options available in the later parts in rounds they have to factor in the possibility of having to look at positions on defense that don't involve their primary concerns.

Why? Because at the 30th pick, there are 29 teams ahead of the Steelers that are also looking at premier pass rushers and good prospects at inside linebacker. Those two positions are of the most important immediate issues which the Steelers need to address in the coming draft.

But if all the first and second round talent is gone at those positions, it would be wise of the Steelers to invest in a different spot on defense into players that might be more worthy of a late first or second round selection rather than reaching for a linebacker that could be selected in the middle parts of the second or third round.

Sean Davis was a solid addition to the Steelers' defense at safety and looks like a good partner with Mike Mitchell in the secondary. But with Mitchell at the age of 29 and his impact on the salary cap increasing from roughly $4 million to $8.1 million, the Steelers may be wise to look to find his successor soon.

This draft class has multiple talents at defensive back which could become good starters in the NFL within their first few seasons. The Steelers would just need an athletic player that could play behind Davis and Mitchell, learn the defense, and eventually be groomed into being Davis' long-time partner in the secondary.

Considering Davis can play both deep safety and in the box, we are going to keep consideration open for either type of safety as a potential companion. But players like Malik Hooker, Jamal Adams and most likely Jabril Peppers will be long gone by the time the Steelers' pick comes around.

This leads us to the centerfield style free safety from the Utah Utes, Marcus Williams:

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