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02-12-2012, 09:13 PM
S Mark Barron, CB Chase Minnifield Appear in Steelers Mock Drafts
Bison_tiny by Neal Coolong on Feb 11, 2012 12:00 PM EST

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NFL.com has a slew of mock drafts from several writers employed by the site, and while several predict the Steelers will take Georgia combo lineman Cordy Glenn with the 24th overall pick, Alabama S Mark Barron and Virginia CB Chase Minnifield came up in two of them.

Barron, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound safety, looks like a strong run defender, but today's safeties will really be looked upon more for pass defense. Considering the onslaught of nimble and huge tight ends, bringing in a safety-sized defensive back to play the nickel position is becoming more en vogue.

Bucky Brooks has the Steelers taking Barron, who, physically, looks like the kind of player who could grow into that kind of a role, but many other mocks have him off the board by the time the Steelers are on the clock.

Minnifield, son of former Browns DB Frank Minnifield, is probably a stretch at 24, but he has Steelers size (6-foot-0, 197 pounds) and tackles well for his position.

Considering the stable of young and talented (not to mention big) cornerbacks the Steelers have, a cornerback with their first round pick doesn't seem likely. There's an adage in football, though, you can never have enough cover guys. Depth is crucial at that position, and while there seem to be too many needs at other positions, it wouldn't be surprising if the Steelers again dip into a project cornerback in the middle rounds.

Elliot Harrison, Chad Reuter and Charles Davis all have Glenn going to Pittsburgh.

Glenn is the fourth-best guard on our own Steel34D's board, and Seton Hall and Steelersisn't very high on him either. SHS has the Steelers selecting Ohio State OT Mike Adams at 24.

Opinions seem to vary on Glenn. The guys at DraftCountdown.com have Glenn going at 31 (their mock was made before the playoffs were over), and the Steelers taking Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler.

BTSC exchanged emails with Draft Countdown writer (and reputed Steelers fan) Shane Hallam, who seemed to disagree with his site's prediction of Glenn getting past the Steelers at 24.

"If Glenn is sitting there at 24, the Steelers will more than likely consider him," Hallam wrote. "Though it may be tough for a team to devote three Top 50 picks over the past three years on offensive line, the poor depth and quality of the left guard position has hurt both the run and pass game.

"Glenn is the type of player that Kevin Colbert and the Steelers look for, so it would be a natural fit. Depending on what other players are available, the Steelers would likely scoop up Glenn without looking back and plug in at guard as a Day 1 starter."

02-12-2012, 09:21 PM
Interesting that hightower or poe aren't mentioned in there. No way we take minnifield in round one. He's not ranked high on any of the boards I've seen. But id have to think hightower or poe are strong candidates

02-13-2012, 08:48 AM
Mark Barron has just had double hernia surgery.


02-13-2012, 04:41 PM
They will not attack any of these guys with their 1st pick. They are committed to taking a lineman, either OL or DL.

Fire Arians
02-13-2012, 04:44 PM
^ prolly smoke and mirrors to get people who pick ahead of us to reach for picks that we aren't interested in, so they don't pick who we want lol. I'm sure a lot of that goes on behind the scenes

67 calsteel
02-14-2012, 04:22 PM
maybe we can barron in the 3rd-4th round or some one like brandon taylor from lsu.wish Mc Donald DIDN'T GO BACK TO USC

02-14-2012, 08:52 PM

02-14-2012, 08:58 PM
Despite barron having hernia surgery he will still be a first round pick. There was a big concern with heath miller having a hernia issue and he had surgery and hasn't had a problem since so barron should be no different