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SteelersCanada
12-31-2013, 02:58 PM
I'm really excited about this draft in May. We're picking 15th which is a little higher than I expected, but we're in a solid position to grab a true play maker this year. With the run on Quarterbacks that is expected to happen in the first 6 - 7 picks, a play maker will fall to us. The only question is, which one?

Here are, in my opinion, the positions of need on our roster with the best prospects to help fill those needs and their projected round.

1. Free Safety

(1) Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama

A big, play making Safety that can roam around our secondary and act as the ball hawk we haven't had in a long, long time. He can be physical as well, but struggles in run support. He's a sure tackler that can track the ball and get turnovers - something this defense has been lacking as of late.

Free Safety is a weird position for us this year. There aren't a lot of top tier prospects here aside from Clinton-Dix. He's really a stand alone guy at this position this year. If we're going to grab the Safety of the future to play alongside Shamarko this year, it's Clinton-Dix or bust.

2. Cornerback

(1) Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

He's athletic and fluid. He can lock down receivers and possess excellent outside and interior speed. Earlier this year, Dennard consistently shut down one side of the field for a top ranked Spartan's defense. He allowed 3 completions on 31 attempts for passes 15 yards or deeper this season. He has phenomenal footwork on the outside and can be physical with receivers at the line, jamming and disrupting their routes. The Spartan's had the top ranked pass defense in the country this year and Dennard had a lot to do with that. He'd be a day 1 starter for our defense and allow Willie Gay to continue playing the Nickle while Cortez was on every teams number one receiver.

(1) Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

The only CB I have that even comes close to Darqueze Dennard is Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State. By close, I mean neck and neck. Dennard is more of Darrelle Revis while Justin Gilbert is more Richard Sherman. The guy just makes plays and creates turnovers. He has by far the best vision and ability to read and react to a receiver and make the interception of any CB I've seen in recent memory. While he might allow an explosive play, he'll make up for it on the following drive with an interception. He's not physical against the run which can be frustrating, but he's a sure tackler.

Beyond these two, there's little day 1 starting talent. Roby, Purifoy and Roberson have all dropped off significantly and have struggled this season. If we're going CB, one of these two would make an instant impact for our defense. Either one would be a starter for this team when they walked on.

3. Defensive End

(2) Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

26 1/2 TFL. 10 sacks. 16 QB hurries. ACC DPOY. Aaron Donald is a monster on the interior of the line for Pittsburgh's defense. He uses his explosive ability, quick hands and burst to disrupt and crash the pocket. He lacks significant size for a 3-4 DE, being as he's only 6'0 285 lbs. I see this as semantics, however. He penetrates the pocket and creates pressure immediately at the snap. While he can struggle at the point of attack and shed blocks to stop the run, this needs to be taken into account with his immense pass rushing ability. The kids ceiling is Geno Atkins. If coached correctly and allowed to rush the passer, he'd make an excellent piece to have on the line with Cameron Heyward, anchored by McLendon.

(2) Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

Tuitt remains a mystery to me for many reasons. Last year he was considered one of the best Defensive Ends at the collegiate level, but this year his play dropped off. He can shed blocks and is extremely powerful at the point of attack, but struggles with consistency. He can split double teams with seemingly no issue, but can struggle one on one against sub par competition the next snap. He already possesses an excellent swim move in getting around Guards and Centers. The big knock on him was his inability to bend the edge, but that's not something he'd be ask to do here. Penetrating the line with Heyward on the other side would be quite the sight to see. If he can get his weight back down into the 300 - 305 range rather than the 320 range he's currently at, he could be a starting 'End for this team. If not, a change of diet and physical training after being drafted would be an absolute necessity.

4. Wide Receiver

(1) Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Watkins is explosive. He's fluid and possesses the ability to pluck the ball out of the air, then make defenders miss and gallop for a touchdown. He did it countless times this season. His acceleration and athletic ability are almost of the charts. His ability to be quick and physical at the line makes CBs who try and play bump and run with him look silly. His vision and athletic ability make route running seamless. He played with Tajh Boyd, a Quarterback in the same mold as Roethlisberger in that the play doesn't really start until chaos ensues. He uses his legs and finds the open receiver which 99% of the time is Sammy Watkins. The best receiver in the draft class may not be there at 15, but if he is, we have to go running to the podium. They can't double AB and Watkins.

(1) Mike Evans, Texas A&M

I've been hearing a lot lately that people want a bigger, more physical receiver that can compliment AB's skill set. Fans, meet Mike Evans from Texas A&M. 6'5, 225 lbs. receiver that can play downfield as well as any receiver in college football. He's not a burner by any stretch of the imagination, but the "deceptive quickness" he possesses can be eyepopping. His ability to jump, locate the ball and bring it down with contested throws reminds me a lot of what Calvin Johnson is able to do with Matthew Stafford. His size and physical ability allows him to ragdoll any CBs that try to play bump and run with him at the line. What the most intriguing thing about Mike Evans is to the Steelers is going to be his ability to realize when the play is breaking down and get open. He did this with Johnny Manziel every single game this season and acted as his safety blanket. When Johnny decided it was time to scramble and find a receiver, Evans was open. While he won't always get separation, his frame allows him to be physical in the red zone and in the middle of the field. Imagine a slightly smaller Heath Miller at receiver and you're starting to see what Mike Evans brings to the table.

(2) Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

If we want to go defense in the first round (something I'm heavily advocating for) then Benjamin in the second might be the best option. Benjamin's 6'5, 235 lbs. frame matches Calvin Johnson's exactly. They're both built like robots. That's not where the comparisons end, however - Benjamin possesses a wingspan that would rival Johnson's and makes his catch radius silly in all the right ways. Route running isn't going to be his forte by any means, but he's slowly and surely developing his route running ability and has shown flashes of crisp routes here and there. In the same vein as Mike Evans, Benjamin possesses that deceptive quickness and elusiveness that make receivers like him rare. Combine his quickness with his physical ability to knock CBs off at the line and break tackles, and you have quite possibility the receiver with the highest ceiling in the draft. Playing with Winston also allowed him to find the open holes in a defense when Jameis began scrambling - something he'd be very comfortable with in the black and gold.

5. Linebacker

Inside

(1) C.J Mosley, Alabama

The second best Linebacker and third overall defensive prospect in the draft, Mosley may indeed be the most pro ready player on defense in the '14 draft. I have never seen a Linebacker's coverage ability so refined and pro ready as Mosley's at the collegiate level. I've wanted a player like Mosley to play with Timmons on the inside of our defense for years. He's almost like having a coach on the field with his ability to diagnose plays and perhaps call audibles for the defense. His ability to communicate is second to none, and would fit in well with our current defense. His phenomenal, almost Madden create-a-player like athleticism at Linebacker make him as dangerous against the pass as he is against the run. He can stuff runs at the point of attack, but also blanket TEs and slot receivers. I don't have a negative aspect to put here. Anything I could come up with would be nitpicking and somewhat dishonest. He could be as good, if not better than Luke Kuechly.

Bowman and Willis, meet Timmons and Mosley.

(4) Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut

Smallwood is a Timmons-like clone. His athletic ability and fluidity at Linebacker almost makes him appear as an Outside Linebacker. Something I've seen him do a lot -- with great success the majority of the time -- are stunts and delayed blitzes off the edge. In our current scheme, he'd fit right in. He has Sean Spence type speed on the interior, but is a run stopping Linebacker that doesn't miss tackles. For the Huskies, he was asked game in and game out to cover TEs and receivers as well as 'Backs out of the backfield and he did so seamlessly. He's a prospect that might fall on draft day, but would be worth a third round compensatory pick if we decide to go that route.

Outside

(1) Anthony Barr, UCLA

The man, the myth, the legend - Anthony Barr is ridiculous. My man crush for him knows no bounds. He's the top ranked defensive player on my board. Yes, that means he's ahead of Jadeveon Clowney. His elite athleticism and explosiveness off the edge make him as pro ready as I've seen a pass rusher... ever. He uses his arms and can shed blocks by using more than just his motor and speed. He's excellent against the run as he possesses the power and ability to move tackles and bring down the Running Back in the backfield, as evidenced by his 20 TFL this past season. He's also phenomenal in coverage, and uses that 4.47 40 speed to his advantage and can cover TEs and receivers on the edges as well as the middle of the field. He's the most pro ready pass rushing prospect I've seen in a long, long time and he's been an OLB for two seasons.

Sadly, Barr is almost a surefire top 7 pick. If he slides for whatever reason into the 10-11 area, trading up for him becomes a necessity.

MOCK

After the rundown of prospects, here's my end of season mock prior to the combine:

(1) Darqueze Dennard, Defensive Back, Michigan State
(2) Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle/End, University of Pittsburgh
(Compensatory Selection - 3) Yawin Smallwood, Linebacker, UCONN
(4) Anton Exum, Defensive Back, Virginia Tech
(5) Telvin Smith, Linebacker, Florida State
(6) Marqueston Huff, Free Safety, University of Wyoming
(7) Colt Lyerla, Tight End, Oregon

harrison'samonster
01-02-2014, 09:39 PM
how did I miss this post? Great post brother!

I guess a lot depends on where the team is at after Free Agency. You list a lot of nice options. I don't know if I'd go with a DE so high, but again that depends if we re-sign Hood, Keisel, or Woods. And I'm still not sold on a CB so high, and it's not a position the Steelers draft in the 1st very often.

SteelersCanada
01-03-2014, 09:22 AM
how did I miss this post? Great post brother!

I guess a lot depends on where the team is at after Free Agency. You list a lot of nice options. I don't know if I'd go with a DE so high, but again that depends if we re-sign Hood, Keisel, or Woods. And I'm still not sold on a CB so high, and it's not a position the Steelers draft in the 1st very often.

I'm definitely torn on that 15th overall pick. Clinton-Dix played amazingly well yesterday against Oklahoma, especially against the run which I noted was one of his weaknesses. On the flip side, CJ Mosley also played well.

Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard are just unbelievable talents that I'm not sure we can pass up on. The CB class, contrary to popular opinion, isn't deep. There aren't a lot of starting caliber CBs after Dennard and Gilbert. Olomu if he declares, but that's looking doubtful at this time.

You're absolutely right though - mocking prior to FA is difficult. Who knows, we might go out and sign Justin Houston to play DE for us and make my entire list moot.

I know that Linebacker isn't pressing and teegre really likes Shayne Skov, but I've honestly been more impressed with what Yawin has brought to the table consistently than what Skov has. In my opinion, Smallwood is the better Linebacker for our scheme.

MDSteel15
01-03-2014, 11:36 AM
Nice list but I hope we are going with either HaHa or Evans.... I want somebody that I know can shore up the DBs or a WR that can step right in if Sanders leaves! :hatsoff:

SteelersCanada
01-03-2014, 12:03 PM
Nice list but I hope we are going with either HaHa or Evans.... I want somebody that I know can shore up the DBs or a WR that can step right in if Sanders leaves! :hatsoff:

Mike Evans at 15 might be a little high considering the red flags that come with him. He's a big, physical receiver, but is he Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams? The personal foul penalties killed A&M against Duke as well. He can be selfish at times and his "me first" attitude reminds me a lot of Wallace.

Evans comes with a lot of red flags, but huge potential and a high ceiling.

MDSteel15
01-03-2014, 12:10 PM
Mike Evans at 15 might be a little high considering the red flags that come with him. He's a big, physical receiver, but is he Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams? The personal foul penalties killed A&M against Duke as well. He can be selfish at times and his "me first" attitude reminds me a lot of Wallace.

Evans comes with a lot of red flags, but huge potential and a high ceiling.

He reminds me of a faster Plaxico with more upside! :popcorn:

teegre
01-03-2014, 12:49 PM
I know that Linebacker isn't pressing and teegre really likes Shayne Skov, but I've honestly been more impressed with what Yawin has brought to the table consistently than what Skov has. In my opinion, Smallwood is the better Linebacker for our scheme.

I haven't seen Smallwood play.

Do tell...

SteelersCanada
01-03-2014, 07:38 PM
I haven't seen Smallwood play.

Do tell...

He plays a lot like a younger, faster Timmons. He's athletic and can stunt and blitz on the edge effectively while having the speed and quickness to cover slot receivers and Tight Ends across the middle. I hate using these words, but he has phenomenal instincts and great intangibles. He was overlooked on UConn due to the overall weakness of the defense, but he was the shining star of the squad.

teegre
01-03-2014, 09:23 PM
He plays a lot like a younger, faster Timmons. He's athletic and can stunt and blitz on the edge effectively while having the speed and quickness to cover slot receivers and Tight Ends across the middle. I hate using these words, but he has phenomenal instincts and great intangibles. He was overlooked on UConn due to the overall weakness of the defense, but he was the shining star of the squad.

He sounds a lot like Sean Spence... (which is a good thing).

devin7558
01-04-2014, 07:50 PM
A later round hybrid linebacker type that very few talk about is Telvin Smith from Florida State. He has a thinner build so he needs to add muscle but he's 6'2 220 and is a Sean Spence clone. Just more physical ability because he has a larger frame. Should he declare he would be in the late 3rd round to mid 4th discussion after the combine. YouTube him. I'm not a huge FSU fan but I saw him play a lot this year. The kid can do it all. I like Smallwood a ton as well and agree hes a better fit than Skov for the Steelers.

BengalDestroyer
01-05-2014, 08:55 AM
If we go defense in round 1 I really really want Dennard, if offense I want one of three wrs Evans,Watkins,or Benjamin. I also wouldn't mind Ebron

cbrunn
01-05-2014, 07:30 PM
Smallwood would make a great Buck LB ... my question is why isn't Vince good enough for a Buck? ... cause he's a 2 down LB?... who cares teams need to get as many Safety / DBs on the field as most as possible in most cases

I think as of right now it's DB or Defensive Line for me... (Dennard , Gilbert , Ifo or Nix , Tuitt , Hagemen) ... as much as I'd love Benjamin I just think our Offense is decent enough and only getting better

harrison'samonster
01-05-2014, 07:34 PM
Smallwood would make a great Buck LB ... my question is why isn't Vince good enough for a Buck? ... cause he's a 2 down LB?... who cares teams need to get as many Safety / DBs on the field as most as possible in most cases

I think as of right now it's DB or Defensive Line for me... (Dennard , Gilbert , Ifo or Nix , Tuitt , Hagemen) ... as much as I'd love Benjamin I just think our Offense is decent enough and only getting better

great post. We'll also possibly have Spence in there this year as well.

A lot still depends on what we do in FA, but I'd like to see us draft in this order:

NT
FS
CB

sprinkle a WR and/or a TE somewhere in there.

SteelersCanada
01-07-2014, 05:38 PM
I'm glad this thread is generating such great conversation.

I agree with everyone in here, honestly. I put up guys who I think are true difference making, franchise type players in the first round for us this year, with the only exception being Mike Evans. I want us to distance ourselves as far away as we can from Mike.

That being said, Mosley, Barr (dear god if we get Anthony Barr), Dix, Gilbert or Dennard will be our first round pick this year. I'd bet the farm on it.

SteeleReign
01-07-2014, 05:58 PM
I'm glad this thread is generating such great conversation.

I agree with everyone in here, honestly. I put up guys who I think are true difference making, franchise type players in the first round for us this year, with the only exception being Mike Evans. I want us to distance ourselves as far away as we can from Mike.

That being said, Mosley, Barr (dear god if we get Anthony Barr), Dix, Gilbert or Dennard will be our first round pick this year. I'd bet the farm on it.

I'm not a big college football guy so I can't break the draft down the way you guys do. Can you post a similar list that would reflect a BPA type draft rather than need-based?

Maybe it's the same, but I'd like to see how they would compare.

What the hell else do we have to talk about?! ;-)

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SteelersCanada
01-07-2014, 06:37 PM
I'm not a big college football guy so I can't break the draft down the way you guys do. Can you post a similar list that would reflect a BPA type draft rather than need-based?

Maybe it's the same, but I'd like to see how they would compare.

What the hell else do we have to talk about?! ;-)

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Absolutely, I'll get working on it tonight. It gives me another thing to procrastinate with. :drink:

SteeleReign
01-07-2014, 06:53 PM
Absolutely, I'll get working on it tonight. It gives me another thing to procrastinate with. :drink:

Cool. I appreciate it. Will check back to see what you come up with!

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PhantomJB93
01-07-2014, 07:28 PM
EDIT: Meant to post in another thread, sorry

SteelersCanada
01-11-2014, 10:49 PM
SteeleReign Ask and you shall receive.

Top Prospects of the 2014 Available at 15th Overall

1a. Anthony Barr, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

[see first post]

1b. Khalil Mack, Outside Linebacker, University of Buffalo

Strong. Physical. Excellent hands. Quick. All of these things are not only accurately describing Khalil Mack, but maybe devaluing on the level he plays game in and game out. If left in one on one situations, he's getting to the Quarterback - it's a foregone conclusion. His burst and first step at the line is matched only by Anthony Barr in this draft class. He's arguably better at the snap than Clowney is at shedding blocks. He already has an excellent array of pass rushing moves and the ability to bend and use a Tackle's size against him.

Mack is my current DROY candidate, depending on which team he goes to.

2. C.J. Mosley, Inside Linebacker, Alabama.

[see first slide]

3. Greg Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Auburn

An athletic Tackle that dominates with his size and exceptional kick slide and first step. He's able to use his frame and natural length to keep even the best pass rushers at bay. He was a big reason as to why Auburn had the success it did in not only the passing game, but the running game as well. He always seems to keep a clean pocket on the blind side, he uses his feet and NFL ready pad level to be a force in the run game. His hand placement needs work, but he's a 6'5 305 lbs. Tackle who ran a 4.9 40 time. He's just an athletic freak with a higher ceiling than Jake Matthews.

4. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Free Safety, Alabama.

[see first slide]

Steelstoned1972
01-11-2014, 11:37 PM
SteeleReign Ask and you shall receive.

Top Prospects of the 2014 Available at 15th Overall

1a. Anthony Barr, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

[see first post]

1b. Khalil Mack, Outside Linebacker, University of Buffalo

Strong. Physical. Excellent hands. Quick. All of these things are not only accurately describing Khalil Mack, but maybe devaluing on the level he plays game in and game out. If left in one on one situations, he's getting to the Quarterback - it's a foregone conclusion. His burst and first step at the line is matched only by Anthony Barr in this draft class. He's arguably better at the snap than Clowney is at shedding blocks. He already has an excellent array of pass rushing moves and the ability to bend and use a Tackle's size against him.

Mack is my current DROY candidate, depending on which team he goes to.

2. C.J. Mosley, Inside Linebacker, Alabama.

[see first slide]

3. Greg Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Auburn

An athletic Tackle that dominates with his size and exceptional kick slide and first step. He's able to use his frame and natural length to keep even the best pass rushers at bay. He was a big reason as to why Auburn had the success it did in not only the passing game, but the running game as well. He always seems to keep a clean pocket on the blind side, he uses his feet and NFL ready pad level to be a force in the run game. His hand placement needs work, but he's a 6'5 305 lbs. Tackle who ran a 4.9 40 time. He's just an athletic freak with a higher ceiling than Jake Matthews.

4. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Free Safety, Alabama.

[see first slide]

Thanks Canada . I'm with u if Barr or Mack is there , how could they not be our BPA ? Anyway , I really don't care , if the Bpa is Ebron, Evans , Dix , Nix , Moseley , etc etc....Just pick some Damn playmakers ! Cheers !

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SteelersCanada
01-14-2014, 10:39 AM
Thanks Canada . I'm with u if Barr or Mack is there , how could they not be our BPA ? Anyway , I really don't care , if the Bpa is Ebron, Evans , Dix , Nix , Moseley , etc etc....Just pick some Damn playmakers ! Cheers !

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Absolutely.

Kony Ealy is another intriguing prospect there at 15.

SteeleReign
01-27-2014, 12:57 PM
SteeleReign Ask and you shall receive.

Top Prospects of the 2014 Available at 15th Overall

1a. Anthony Barr, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

[see first post]

1b. Khalil Mack, Outside Linebacker, University of Buffalo

Strong. Physical. Excellent hands. Quick. All of these things are not only accurately describing Khalil Mack, but maybe devaluing on the level he plays game in and game out. If left in one on one situations, he's getting to the Quarterback - it's a foregone conclusion. His burst and first step at the line is matched only by Anthony Barr in this draft class. He's arguably better at the snap than Clowney is at shedding blocks. He already has an excellent array of pass rushing moves and the ability to bend and use a Tackle's size against him.

Mack is my current DROY candidate, depending on which team he goes to.

2. C.J. Mosley, Inside Linebacker, Alabama.

[see first slide]

3. Greg Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Auburn

An athletic Tackle that dominates with his size and exceptional kick slide and first step. He's able to use his frame and natural length to keep even the best pass rushers at bay. He was a big reason as to why Auburn had the success it did in not only the passing game, but the running game as well. He always seems to keep a clean pocket on the blind side, he uses his feet and NFL ready pad level to be a force in the run game. His hand placement needs work, but he's a 6'5 305 lbs. Tackle who ran a 4.9 40 time. He's just an athletic freak with a higher ceiling than Jake Matthews.

4. Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Free Safety, Alabama.

[see first slide]

Thanks Canada! I can't wait to see how the draft turns out!!

SteelersCanada
02-10-2014, 08:37 PM
Here's my pre-combine Mock.

1. Darqueze Dennard, Defensive Back, Michigan State University
2. Deone Bucannon, Strong Safety, Washington State University
3. (Compensatory Selection) Yawin Smallwood, Linebacker, Connecticut
4. Dominique Easley, Defensive Tackle, Florida
5. Aaron Colvin, Defensive Back, Oklahoma
5. (Compensatory Selection) Antone Exum, Defensive Back, Virginia Tech
6. Joe Don Duncan, Tight End, Dixie State
7. Rajion Neal, Running Back, Tenneessee

Pitt15
02-11-2014, 12:46 PM
With all the defensive needs, clearly a quick/fast safety that is an intercepting machine is certainly a need. I haven't
seen Clinton Dix enough, but some seem to think it is Dix or bust in this regard. Is Dix a settle for at 15 or does he have pro-bowl potential? Buchannon, big hitter, but good enough vs. the pass? Same question with the safety from USC? If Dix is clearly better than these (including Pryor), then I would select him at 15. If not, CB, LB, or DL makes sense.

SteelersCanada
02-26-2014, 10:02 AM
The latest Mock from B/R's Matt Miller.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine Update

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pick: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

Assigning value to players is one of the toughest jobs of a scout and general manager. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at a player and say "he can play," but putting a number value on that player is tough.

All that is to say that Kelvin Benjamin confounds me. He's built like a tight end (6'5", 240 lbs) and ran exceptionally well in the 40-yard-dash (4.61) and in the Gauntlet drill in Indianapolis. I'm in love with Benjamin's raw ability, but his lack of concentration on the field leads to many drops and missed assignments.

The Steelers can roll the dice on Benjamin because of need and potential value. They need a big target to open up the field for Ben Roethlisberger, and the Florida State product has that upside. How well he develops and how each team values his rawness will be the key to where he's actually selected in May.

Round 2.
14. Pittsburgh — TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

Round 4.
18. Pittsburgh — DE Anthony Johnson, LSU (I love this pick.)

Round 5.
17. Pittsburgh — CB Nevin Lawson, Utah State

Round 6.
16. Pittsburgh — OG Brandon Linder, Miami (Fla.)

Round 7.
15. Pittsburgh — OT Matt Patchan, Boston College

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1970832-2014-nfl-mock-draft-post-combine-update/page/1

Pitt15
02-26-2014, 05:39 PM
Don't know all these players, but doubt if the Steelers would select 2 large receivers in the first two rounds-one possible, but can't afford to ignore defense in the first 2 rounds, unless Watkins and Lewan are available.

Pokey Jones
02-28-2014, 01:41 AM
In my opinion our biggest need is a Casey Hampton type NT. Since I don't see one available early I'd go with Dennard if he was available. Ike is getting old. I'd love to convert him to safety but that's unlikely. You need dominant corners to win in this league now. Dennard could be that guy.

PhantomJB93
02-28-2014, 06:16 AM
With all the defensive needs, clearly a quick/fast safety that is an intercepting machine is certainly a need. I haven't
seen Clinton Dix enough, but some seem to think it is Dix or bust in this regard. Is Dix a settle for at 15 or does he have pro-bowl potential? Buchannon, big hitter, but good enough vs. the pass? Same question with the safety from USC? If Dix is clearly better than these (including Pryor), then I would select him at 15. If not, CB, LB, or DL makes sense.

From what I've seen Dix is the "safe" pick because he is very fundamentally sound and physically talented. He's a good wrap-up tackler with good athleticism at the position so his floor is high, he's not likely to bust and at the very worst will be a solid starter at FS, but hasn't really done much to indicate he'll be a game-changing safety at the next level either. Pryor has a much bigger risk factor as he's more a hitter than a good tackler but seems to have a bigger knack for splash plays and more potential to be a "Pro Bowler." At least that's my take on the safeties. After studying both of them I'd rather have Pryor just because this team needs game-changers more than it needs solid role players right now, so I'd take that risk at 15 if it was down to those two.

Buddha Bus
02-28-2014, 06:29 AM
The Pick: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

Assigning value to players is one of the toughest jobs of a scout and general manager. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to look at a player and say "he can play," but putting a number value on that player is tough.

All that is to say that Kelvin Benjamin confounds me. He's built like a tight end (6'5", 240 lbs) and ran exceptionally well in the 40-yard-dash (4.61) and in the Gauntlet drill in Indianapolis. I'm in love with Benjamin's raw ability, but his lack of concentration on the field leads to many drops and missed assignments.

And this is what concerns me. I do not want a "raw" guy or one that's a project in round one. We can't afford to miss on a guy in the first round right now. We need someone who can come in and contribute right away. He has to be ready to make some type of impact.

If they go WR in the 1st, which I'm very much against right now, they have to get a can't-miss guy who starts right away and makes an impact. With all of the holes on this defense right now, we can't take a risk on a WR who has question marks about hands. We still have Derek Moye as a potential tall receiving threat that we can try to mold. We also have the 6'-3" Justin Brown as a possibility. We need defensive players now. Ben can wait another year for that tall luxury WR if Moye or Brown doesn't pan out.

Shore the defense up first, then go after your big WR and other offensive weapons next year.

Pitt15
02-28-2014, 08:26 AM
I am Pitt alum and always pull for Panthers, but don't think Donald fits the scheme, need to get hands up to pressure QB and bat balls. For what it's worth, Mayock thinks Smallwood is overrated, don't recall his reasoning. Haven't seen enough of Exum, looked slow to me at the Combine, but has great size. Smith would be great in the quarters defense , will need some more muscle to play consistently in the base. Always enjoyed watching Lyerla at OR, not sure Steelers want the baggage, but certainly little risk with the last pick. In short, I would just replace Donald with a larger DE, or OLB.

SteelersCanada
03-24-2014, 01:20 PM
Final Pre-draft Mock! I struggled heavily with these picks because, no matter which round I picked a guy in, there was an immense amount of talent that I was leaving on the board. This really is the deepest draft I've seen in a long, long time.

Round 1.

15. DB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State Universtiy.

At the end of the day, we have yet to address CB via free agency and this makes me think that Dennard is going to be the pick. I mentioned mid-February that Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix had a chance of being that dark horse candidate at 15, but with the addition of Mike Mitchell, that takes any Safety off the board at 15th overall. We've addressed WR, FS and DL in the first round, adding quality depth and a high quality free safety in Mitchell. The only other position of immediate, pressing need for this team is CB, and Dennard fits the bill.

I struggled with leaving Mosley on the board as I am absolutely positive that he's going to be an All Pro in this league for a long, long time. With the Steelers looking at Moat, though, it seems like they're just looking for depth behind Williams and Spence at this point.

Round 2.
14. WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson.

6'5, 200 lbs. and ran a 4.35 forty. While the rumors of Roethlisberger asking the Steelers for a tall receiver turned out to be false, we do need a taller receiver for this offense. Bryant fits this billing and while he may indeed be a bit of a project initially, the sky is the limit with this kid. He has the potential to be a very good receiver in the NFL with his mixture of size and speed.

Round 3.
Compensatory Selection. (??) overall. DB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma

He has the potential to be one of the best CBs in this draft, and if he didn't tear his ACL he was looking at a first round billing. He wouldn't need to come in and make in impact immediately, and this would give him time to rehabilitate from his injury. Put this kid in the Nickle for our defense with Dennard and Allen locking down the starting roles and our secondary is looking at a very bright future. Mitchell, Thomas, Dennard, Allen and Colvin would rival the best secondary in the NFL only a couple of years down the road. Speed, athleticism and talent is something this secondary has been missing for a long time and those five provide it in spades.

Round 4.
18. DE Anthony Johnson, Louisiana State University

Round 5.
17. DT George Uko, University of Southern California

Round 5.
Compensatory Selection. (??) overall. RB Storm Johnson, Central Florida

Round 6.
16. WR L'Damian Washington, Missouri

Round 7.
15. OT Matt Patchan, Boston College

teegre I know, no Nix or Murphy, but I couldn't pass on Bryant and loaded up on DB talent.

BKAnthem
03-24-2014, 02:48 PM
I think the Steelers will go NT in the second..but i like this Mock

teegre
03-24-2014, 02:56 PM
teegre I know, no Nix or Murphy, but I couldn't pass on Bryant and loaded up on DB talent.

Dennard: I can "deal" with that. :wink02:

Bryant: I'm not a fan. He never produced, while, surrounded by Sammy Watkins & DeAndre Hopkins.

Colvin: I love the pick... but, at 97??? I think that you could get him in R5.

I'd prefer (keeping the positions the same):
1. Denanrd
2. Troy Niklas, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Davante Adams
3. Gaines, Puifoy, Mitchell

SteelersCanada
03-24-2014, 03:17 PM
Dennard: I can "deal" with that. :wink02:

Bryant: I'm not a fan. He never produced, while, surrounded by Sammy Watkins & DeAndre Hopkins.

Colvin: I love the pick... but, at 97??? I think that you could get him in R5.

I'd prefer (keeping the positions the same):
1. Denanrd
2. Troy Niklas, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Davante Adams
3. Gaines, Puifoy, Mitchell

Colvin's knee is getting better. He's healing, and that is going to push him up boards. There are reports that he's back into the top 100 for teams, I just hope the Steelers is one of them.

SteelerJT
03-24-2014, 03:52 PM
Colvin's knee is getting better. He's healing, and that is going to push him up boards. There are reports that he's back into the top 100 for teams, I just hope the Steelers is one of them.

It really has nothing to do with Colvin himself, but after the Terry Hawthorne experiment I want nothing to do with him. I know he has the greatest boom potential outside of round one, but there's just too many solid prospects out there. And the Steelers don't need another roadblock in the development of a position where they've already been hit or miss.

teegre
03-24-2014, 03:59 PM
Colvin's knee is getting better. He's healing, and that is going to push him up boards. There are reports that he's back into the top 100 for teams, I just hope the Steelers is one of them.

Interesting.

But.... SteelerJT wrote my thoughts...

It really has nothing to do with Colvin himself, but after the Terry Hawthorne experiment I want nothing to do with him. I know he has the greatest boom potential outside of round one, but there's just too many solid prospects out there. And the Steelers don't need another roadblock in the development of a position where they've already been hit or miss.

Yep.
High ceiling, but huge possibility of never being the same player.

R5: bring him on!!!
R3: can't miss on that high of a pick

cbrunn
03-24-2014, 04:18 PM
Look at somebody like Brandon Boykin , 1st round talent , injured senior bowl 4th round, now is a good CB for philly

Colvin same thing ... He won't be there in the 5th , maybe the 4th

Colvin is perfect fit for steeler defense ... And how many 3rd picks really end up playing? ... Nobody is starting over Ike and Cortez and gay has the nickel locked down, with shamarko backing up the nickel

Colvin would be a great investment with the 3rd comp, and a move I think they should look into

Pitt15
03-24-2014, 06:58 PM
Overall, I like these selections; if going DL with 3rd and 4th pick, would like to see these guys be a bit taller. Jones, McCullers, Coleman are 6'4 or above, ranked as mid level DTs.

SteelersCanada
03-24-2014, 08:04 PM
Overall, I like these selections; if going DL with 3rd and 4th pick, would like to see these guys be a bit taller. Jones, McCullers, Coleman are 6'4 or above, ranked as mid level DTs.

AJ from LSU would be an OLB.

Steelstoned1972
03-24-2014, 08:08 PM
AJ from LSU would be an OLB.

Maybe he's talkin bout Dequan Jones from PSu. I dunno. Just a thought.

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