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ricardisimo
01-22-2013, 04:55 AM
Feel free to update this thread with new mocks, but let's keep it to the more reputable mock draft site (not "Joe ****owski's NFL Mock Draft Extravaganza" or whatever) and let's just post the Steelers' picks, not the entire mock draft. And make sure to include links! Thank you.

:hatsoff:

:tt02:

ricardisimo
01-22-2013, 05:01 AM
From WalterFootball.com

First Round:
http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: Manti Te'o (http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2013mteo.php), ILB, Notre Dame http://walterfootball.com/college/NotreDame_logo.gif
I think this is a good spot for Manti Te'o. He was brutal in the national championship, but that shouldn't erase all of his other great tape. He's still the favorite to be the first inside linebacker off the board, and the 16-25 range seems right for him. Besides, this is the type of move the Steelers normally make. They often are able to snag talented prospects who fall to them later in the first round for whatever reason.

The Steelers have shown interest in first-round inside linebackers. They wanted Dont'a Hightower last April, but David DeCastro was just too good to pass up at No. 24 overall. Pittsburgh still has to find an inside linebacker because Larry Foote was awful this year. He finished near the top of dubious rankings like missed tackles and touchdowns allowed by players at his position.



Second Round:
http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: Chase Thomas, DE/OLB, Stanford http://walterfootball.com/college/Stanford_logo.gif
James Harrison may not be back next year. He'll be due $6.6 million as a 35-year-old who is having trouble staying healthy. The Steelers may spend an early pick on a rush linebacker.

Pick change; previously Cobi Hamilton, WR



Third Round:
http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: Chase Thomas, DE/OLB, Stanford http://walterfootball.com/college/Stanford_logo.gif
James Harrison may not be back next year. He'll be due $6.6 million as a 35-year-old who is having trouble staying healthy. The Steelers may spend an early pick on a rush linebacker.

Pick change; previously Cobi Hamilton, WR



Fourth Round:
http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall http://walterfootball.com/college/Marshall_logo.gif
The Steelers never shy away from a play-maker if one provides good value. The butterfingered Mike Wallace could be gone after this season.

Pick change; previously Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB

I'm not real fond of this mock, and I don't get the "Larry Foote was awful this year" comment. Some of these guys don't actually watch the NFL, just college, and it shows.

SteelersCanada
01-22-2013, 01:34 PM
This is a mock I'm really fond of. It's on BR which I recognize people on this site discredit offhand, but they do have quality articles especially regarding the draft and CFB in general. This one isn't written by Matt Miller - their best writer - but it's still a very, very good mock.

Steelers Mock Draft: Updated 7-Round Projections After East-West Shrine Game

By: Dan Snyder

Round 1: Dion Jordan / OLB / Oregon

With the No. 17 selection in the 2013 draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Dion Jordan, defensive end, Oregon.

Commissioner Roger Goodell may call Jordan a defensive end when his name is announced on draft day, but he's a prototypical outside linebacker if I've ever seen one. The long athleticism Jordan brings to the field is reminiscent to that of 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith.

The Steelers have been known for their pass-rushers throughout the years, but if you check the sack numbers, they're way down over the past two seasons. A lot of that had to do with injuries to LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison, but Harrison is due to make $16 million in 2013 and is on the wrong side of 30.

Jordan is still a raw talent, and his numbers won't line up with this high of a pick, but his genuine athleticism and his pass-rush ability are astonishing. If he can be coached up to play in the Steelers defensive scheme, we could be looking at an All-Pro for the next decade-plus.

It's likely that Jordan could be off the board at this point, but if he's still available, I don't see any reason the Steelers wouldn't be interested in the pass-rush specialist.

Round 2: Robert Woods / WR / USC

As it grows more and more likely that the Steelers will be unable to bring back speedster receiver Mike Wallace, it becomes more apparent that Pittsburgh will be in the market for a wide receiver in the draft.

USC's Robert Woods was once regarded as the top receiving prospect in the 2013 class. Following a disappointing junior campaign, his stock has fallen off a bit.

In his sophomore season, Woods hauled in 111 passes for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns. But as the Trojans fell off in 2012, so did the star receiver's numbers.

In 2012, Woods hauled in only 76 passes for 846 yards and scored just 11 times.

Still, Woods has the capability of becoming an elite receiver at the next level. He's got good deep speed and at 6'1", he actually adds some height to a small Steelers receiving corps.

It's possible Woods' draft stock could rise with a good combine and pro day performances, jettisoning him back in the first round. As of now, Woods should be available when the Steelers pick in the second round.

Round 3: Shayne Skov / ILB / Stanford

I'll start by saying I'm fully aware that the Steelers took an inside linebacker in the third round of the 2012 draft in the form of Sean Spence. I'll also say (and I've been pretty adamant on this topic) that I don't think Spence is a long-term answer on the inside.

At 5'11", 220 pounds, Spence doesn't fit the mold of a typical inside linebacker for the Steelers' scheme. That's where Shayne Skov comes in.

The former Stanford linebacker is big, to say the least. Standing at 6'3", 245 pounds, Skov is a great fit on the inside of the Steelers' defense, especially for what the team calls the BUCK position. That spot allows Skov to become almost strictly a run stopper.

At Stanford, Skov was the leader of a very good defense. He finished the season at 12-2 and with a Rose Bowl title. Skov finished his 2012 collegiate season with 76 tackles and 2.5 sacks, all while missing the first game of the season.

Skov's size alone makes him an intriguing prospect and could push him up draft boards. He's got a lot of developing to do in terms of pass coverage, but those Stanford guys tend to be pretty smart.

Skov would be a good pick for the Steelers in the third round.

Round 4: Bacarri Rambo / S / Georgia

In the 2012 draft, Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo would have been regarded as a potential first-round pick. But following a four-game suspension by the team for failing a drug test, his stock is way down the charts.

Rambo was also suspended for the team's 2010 season opener against Boise State for an unnamed team rules violation.

Despite the somewhat checkered past Rambo has made for himself, he's still one heck of a football player. Despite playing just 10 games this season, Rambo still managed to record 73 tackles and three interceptions. Rambo never recorded less than five tackles in a single game this season.

At 6'0", 210 pounds, Rambo has the size to play both strong and free safety at the next level. That versatility is a bonus for a team like the Steelers that has struggled to stay healthy at the safety position.

Rambo's troubled time at Georgia will surely cause a slide down draft boards, but it only takes one team to pull the trigger on a talent like his. The Steelers have taken chances on troubled players in the past, there's just not a whole lot of tolerance for repeat offenders.

Round 5: Kapron Lewis-Moore / DE / Notre Dame

A lot of people might be stunned to find Notre Dame's Kapron Lewis-Moore available in the fifth round, but after tearing knee ligaments in the BCS National Championship Game, health concerns may push him down draft boards.

If Lewis-Moore's knee checks out with teams and his recovery goes well, he could be a solid contributor at the NFL level. He's got a unique blend of size and speed and could bring pass-rush to a position that generally lacks that skill.

The Steelers defensive front has proven over the last few seasons that they're not up to the standards this team is used to. At the least, Lewis-Moore provides the team with good depth at a position they're currently lacking.

At Notre Dame, Lewis-Moore played in a 3-4 and understands the defense that the Steelers would employ. If he's still around in the fifth round (and there's a pretty decent chance he falls there with the injury) he'd be a nice contributor on a Pittsburgh defensive front that has underachieved the last few seasons.

Round 6: Theo Riddick / RB / Notre Dame

With the news coming that the Steelers will be cutting running back Chris Rainey following an arrest for battery (via CBS News), it seems pretty apparent that the team will be looking at some backs in the draft.

This year isn't a banner season for running backs, but Pittsburgh could find the perfect replacement for Rainey in Notre Dame product Theo Riddick.

He isn't the biggest back in the world, but he's a guy who can catch the ball out of the backfield and return kicks. Those are roles the Steelers used Rainey in extensively. Riddick also proved he can shoulder the load, carrying the ball nearly 200 times for the Irish this season.

Riddick isn't going to be a workhorse, but he could be a nice third-down option for an NFL team. That team could be the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Round 7: John Sullen / OG / Auburn

Last year, the Steelers used their first two selections in the draft to shore up an offensive line that had been one of the worst in football. Although David DeCastro and Mike Adams fought through injuries this season, they both showed signs of how good they can be.

All across the Steelers' offensive front, injuries mounted, forcing more and more rotations and a whole lot less continuity than Pittsburgh would like to see. Couple that with the fact that the team could lose Max Starks and Ramon Foster to free agency and you have a big need for a backup offensive lineman.

Auburn's John Sullen is a big mauler up front, something the Steelers like to see from their guards. Standing at 6'4" and 336 pounds, Sullen is one of the biggest guards in this year's draft. He's just the type of guy the Steelers like.

Pittsburgh could go in a different direction late in the draft and try to find a suitable backup quarterback for Ben Roethlisberger. But if a guy like Sullen is available, they'd have to be interested.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1492948-steelers-mock-draft-updated-7-round-projections-after-east-west-shrine-game/page/8

-- I don't like the Shane Skov pick and would replace him with Nico Johnson. I also wouldn't take Rambo if someone like McDonald is on the board, but I'm not necessarily against that pick either. All in all, it's a pretty good mock and addresses all of our needs while still taking BPA. I love, love, love the Jordan and Woods picks. In fact, they're my 1/2 in my mock.

bhandsome08
01-22-2013, 05:04 PM
Round 3: Shayne Skov / ILB / Stanford

I'll start by saying I'm fully aware that the Steelers took an inside linebacker in the third round of the 2012 draft in the form of Sean Spence. I'll also say (and I've been pretty adamant on this topic) that I don't think Spence is a long-term answer on the inside.

At 5'11", 220 pounds, Spence doesn't fit the mold of a typical inside linebacker for the Steelers' scheme. That's where Shayne Skov comes in.

The former Stanford linebacker is big, to say the least. Standing at 6'3", 245 pounds, Skov is a great fit on the inside of the Steelers' defense, especially for what the team calls the BUCK position. That spot allows Skov to become almost strictly a run stopper.

At Stanford, Skov was the leader of a very good defense. He finished the season at 12-2 and with a Rose Bowl title. Skov finished his 2012 collegiate season with 76 tackles and 2.5 sacks, all while missing the first game of the season.

Skov's size alone makes him an intriguing prospect and could push him up draft boards. He's got a lot of developing to do in terms of pass coverage, but those Stanford guys tend to be pretty smart.

Skov would be a good pick for the Steelers in the third round.

-- I don't like the Shane Skov pick and would replace him with Nico Johnson. I also wouldn't take Rambo if someone like McDonald is on the board, but I'm not necessarily against that pick either. All in all, it's a pretty good mock and addresses all of our needs while still taking BPA. I love, love, love the Jordan and Woods picks. In fact, they're my 1/2 in my mock.

Skov is staying another year in college. So I think a safety will be pick in that round or an ILB.

ricardisimo
01-23-2013, 02:48 AM
From New NFL Draft. (http://newnfldraft.com/2013-nfl-mock-draft-17-24/) As usual I wonder if they watched a single Steelers game during the year.

2013 NFL Mock Draft | 17-24

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi (http://newnfldraft.com/tag/johnathan-banks/)
Cornerback

The Steelers had a tough year this year. With this 2013 NFL Mock Draft selection they get the best overall player they can get. Banks should help with their secondary.

ricardisimo
01-23-2013, 02:50 AM
DraftKing.com:

17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (6'3" 230)
Age has caught up with Pittsburgh's front seven on defense, and any number of options might appeal to the Steelers here along those lines.

teegre
01-25-2013, 08:48 AM
I found this mock. Now, bleacherreport tends to do a LOT of mocks (one per day), with a wide assortment of players being drafted in each version; so, take this with a grain of salt. Regardless, this is interesting.

http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/1463276-pittsburgh-steelers-mock-draft-full-7-round-projections-at-regular-seasons-e/page/2

I find these picks to be very good/interesting.

R1: Vaccaro, SS, Texas
I like Elam, but Vaccaro is 1-a. Thus, I am a fan of this pick.

R2: Ertz, TE, Stanford
I've asked: if the Steelers are planning on drafting a big WR, why not go for a TE instead? I've also averred that if Ertz drops to them in R2, he'd be difficult to pass on. This is a very intriguing pick.

R4: Hodges, LB, Penn St.
A player that many have mentioned.

R6: Carder, QB, Western Michigan
I like this pick... because, it's who I had the Steelers taking. Nowhere else have I seen Carder's name mentioned, let alone mentioned in connection with the Steelers. I'll take this as a "sign."

SteelersCanada
01-27-2013, 04:07 PM
2013 NFL Mock Draft: What Are the Experts Projecting in the First Round?

By
Jon Dove

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Mel Kiper Jr.: Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, BYU

Rob Rang: Jesse Williams, Defensive Lineman, Alabama

Matt Miller: Dion Jordan, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Oregon

Walter Football: Dion Jordan, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Oregon

Drafttek: Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas

My Mock: Jesse Williams, Defensive Lineman, Alabama

Analysis: Issues with an aging defense make adding youth to that side of the ball a major need for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As represented above, they could use a young playmaker at all levels of the defense. The key veterans who are rapidly aging include Casey Hampton, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu.

Rob Rang and I both have Alabama's Jesse Williams as the Steelers' pick. He's a versatile defensive line prospect capable of playing either the 5-technique or nose tackle. That versatility will make it easier for him to make an immediate impact. Pittsburgh could move him around the line until it finds the best fit.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1497615-2013-nfl-mock-draft-what-are-the-experts-projecting-in-the-first-round/page/18

-- It's easy to see the guys who actually watch Steelers games and the ones that look at the Steelers roster on paper, see Hampton is retiring and assume that we need a NT without looking at the fact that McLendon is a beast and we have Ta'amu waiting in the wings. I don't know how they call themselves 'experts' as it's obvious they do little-to-no research on teams before writing articles. Guys like Rob Rang are the perfect example of this.

El-Gonzo Jackson
02-06-2013, 11:51 AM
I'm not real fond of this mock, and I don't get the "Larry Foote was awful this year" comment. Some of these guys don't actually watch the NFL, just college, and it shows.

Ric, I was watching the entire first part of the season and saw Foote not engaging the blockers in the run game, but rather waiting until the OG came to him. He got a few sacks on blitzes and made tackles 5 yards + downfield.....so he had some stats and the majority of Steeler fans were pimping his greatness.

THEN, I decided to tape and break down his play in each of the Giants, Chiefs, Ravens, Browns, Ravens games, to see if my at a glance evaluation was correct. I saw exactly what I was seeing the first few games and it confirmed that FOOTE WAS AWEFUL.

The 2nd Ravens game he really had a good game, but for the majority of the year he played like a guy that didnt want to get hurt, rather than a guy that wanted to make the tackle for loss or meet the RB in the hole.

Steeldude
02-07-2013, 06:38 AM
Ric, I was watching the entire first part of the season and saw Foote not engaging the blockers in the run game, but rather waiting until the OG came to him. He got a few sacks on blitzes and made tackles 5 yards + downfield.....so he had some stats and the majority of Steeler fans were pimping his greatness.

THEN, I decided to tape and break down his play in each of the Giants, Chiefs, Ravens, Browns, Ravens games, to see if my at a glance evaluation was correct. I saw exactly what I was seeing the first few games and it confirmed that FOOTE WAS AWEFUL.

The 2nd Ravens game he really had a good game, but for the majority of the year he played like a guy that didnt want to get hurt, rather than a guy that wanted to make the tackle for loss or meet the RB in the hole.

:thumbsup: Exactly. I have been saying this for years. He's simply a backup LB. He also reads poorly and takes bad angles.

ricardisimo
02-14-2013, 02:39 AM
Ric, I was watching the entire first part of the season and saw Foote not engaging the blockers in the run game, but rather waiting until the OG came to him. He got a few sacks on blitzes and made tackles 5 yards + downfield.....so he had some stats and the majority of Steeler fans were pimping his greatness.

THEN, I decided to tape and break down his play in each of the Giants, Chiefs, Ravens, Browns, Ravens games, to see if my at a glance evaluation was correct. I saw exactly what I was seeing the first few games and it confirmed that FOOTE WAS AWEFUL.

The 2nd Ravens game he really had a good game, but for the majority of the year he played like a guy that didnt want to get hurt, rather than a guy that wanted to make the tackle for loss or meet the RB in the hole.
It's difficult to see how a guy who was awful, avoiding contact and taking bad angles could lead the league's #1 defense in tackles. I'm not saying he was an All-Pro, but you have to think in terms of expectations. Be honest: despite being an inside linebacker in a 3-4, I don't think any of us, before the season started, would have picked Foote to lead the team in tackles. No one. We would have picked Timmons, either safety, maybe Harrison or even an abused Keenan Lewis for that honor. And Foote was third on the team in tackles for loss, after Timmons and Harrison, so clearly he was getting some penetration while taking all of those bad angles.

Words are our friends and should be treated accordingly. To call Larry Foote "awful" this past season is an abuse of that poor word. "Fair"? OK. "Mediocre"? Absolutely. "Sub-par"? Why not? And don't forget that clearly he was the best of limited and limiting options for Tomlin and Lebeau.

ricardisimo
02-14-2013, 02:48 AM
From FFToolbox (http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/2013/2013-nfl-mock-draft.cfm?writer=19):

17. PIT (http://www.fftoolbox.com/football/teams/team_page.cfm?nfl_team=PIT): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=3368)
Mike Wallace might leave in free agency and Antonio Brown wasn't the breakout star many predicted.

ricardisimo
02-14-2013, 02:50 AM
From NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah:

Barkevious Mingo
DE - LSU
<section> Overview

Mingo’s long, lean frame sticks out to fans and scouts alike, almost as much as his unusual name. His svelte build was one reason his mother (who combined her name, Barbara, with the name Kevious to make his unusual moniker) did not want him or his two brothers playing football. But his athleticism and height eventually got him on the gridiron as a high school junior –- and he proved too productive wherever he lined up to be taken off the field.



Though "KeKe" only started three of the 14 games he played in 2011 due to the team’s depth at the position, the Louisiana native received second-team All-SEC notice from league media after racking up 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks (including two against SEC West rivals Arkansas and Auburn). This breakout season was portended by his flashes of brilliance in his redshirt freshman season (35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks) where league coaches named him to their freshman All-SEC team.



Mingo’s production slipped a bit during his junior season (38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks), but he once again earned second-team All-Conference honors. His usage at LSU didn’t totally fit his skill set, and he has some holes in his game, but his overall talent as a pass rusher will likely be too great for teams to ignore.
</section> <section> Analysis

<article> Strengths

Tall, long and explosive pass rusher who projects best as a stand-up, weakside edge rusher in the NFL. Incredible first step off the snap, can turn the corner on the outside and shimmy inside against leaning tackles. Not a contact-shy player despite his slight build, often lines up on the strong side and/or inside of tight ends in a tight alignment. Strong player setting the edge against the run. Willing to take on tackles man-up, extends his arms to keep distance and can get off to grab backs trying to get through the hole. Takes tight ends backwards into the background using his length and foot work. Works through blocks to get down the line to chase plays. Overall agility and length make him effective in coverage, can stay with running backs out of the backfield and wrap up receivers in space. Excellent straight-line speed shows when chasing down plays from behind. Uses his length and jumping ability to knock down passes if unable to reach the quarterback. </article> <article> Weaknesses

Very lean player, likely too thin in the hips to grow into an every-down defensive end. Needs to shed more consistently to prevent plays from getting outside of him. Long legs get in his way at times when trying to change directions quickly. Often gets too focused on scrapping with his blocker instead of getting his eyes in the backfield to find the ball. Did not progress in terms of pass rush moves during his career. Great player off the snap of the ball, but too often allows the offensive tackle to recover because he lacks a move to disengage. </article> <article> NFL Comparison

DeMarcus Ware </article> <article> Bottom Line

Mingo looks almost too lean to handle the physicality of NFL linemen, but has surprising strength to go along with the elite length and straight-line speed to rack up double-digit sack numbers (he had eight in 2011) and track down ball carriers (15 tackles for loss) as a 3-4 rush linebacker at the next level. He is a proverbial boom or bust prospect. Mingo's production dropped as a junior, and he failed to show much overall growth in his game over the course of his career. However, KeKe flashed the talent and projectable skills to be a dominant NFL pass rusher, and a position switch will likely serve him well, as the LSU Tiger was too often asked to play in a tight alignment on the strong side in college – a poor use of his strengths. Mingo's length, athleticism, and pass rush talent figure to make him a top 20 selection in the draft. </article> </section>

ricardisimo
02-14-2013, 03:11 AM
From DraftCountdown (http://www.draftcountdown.com/sub/Mock-Draft-B.php):

<label>
</label>
<label>17</label> PITTSBURGH STEELERS: JOHN JENKINS, NT, GEORGIA


<center>http://www.draftcountdown.com/headshots/dt/johnjenkins.jpg
Scouting Report (http://www.draftcountdown.com/ScoutingReports/DT/John-Jenkins.php)
</center> For the most part the Steelers haven’t drafted based on immediate need in recent years. Instead they’ve been content to grab the best player available and let them develop for a year or two before being thrust into a starting role. Some examples include Lawrence Timmons, Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward, just to name a few. That won’t be the case this year though as the aging Steelers have more holes to plug than usual. Perhaps the biggest, both literally and figuratively, is at nose tackle where Casey Hampton is nearing the end of his fine career. http://www.draftcountdown.com/images/mockimg/johnjenkins.jpg John Jenkins of Georgia is simply a massive presence in the middle of the line, checking in at 358 pounds. Jenkins isn't going to offer much from a pass rush perspective but he is a classic two-gapper with excellent strength and power who is stout at the point of attack and can clog running lanes. Other potential options for the Steelers could include an inside or outside linebacker, a safety or perhaps even a running back or wide receiver if they choose to let free agents Rashard Mendenhall or Mike Wallace leave.


[How the hell does a NT get the number 6 on his jersey?]

Galax Steeler
02-14-2013, 04:48 AM
From NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah:

Barkevious Mingo
DE - LSU
<section> Overview

Mingo’s long, lean frame sticks out to fans and scouts alike, almost as much as his unusual name. His svelte build was one reason his mother (who combined her name, Barbara, with the name Kevious to make his unusual moniker) did not want him or his two brothers playing football. But his athleticism and height eventually got him on the gridiron as a high school junior –- and he proved too productive wherever he lined up to be taken off the field.



Though "KeKe" only started three of the 14 games he played in 2011 due to the team’s depth at the position, the Louisiana native received second-team All-SEC notice from league media after racking up 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks (including two against SEC West rivals Arkansas and Auburn). This breakout season was portended by his flashes of brilliance in his redshirt freshman season (35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks) where league coaches named him to their freshman All-SEC team.



Mingo’s production slipped a bit during his junior season (38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks), but he once again earned second-team All-Conference honors. His usage at LSU didn’t totally fit his skill set, and he has some holes in his game, but his overall talent as a pass rusher will likely be too great for teams to ignore.
</section> <section> Analysis

<article> Strengths

Tall, long and explosive pass rusher who projects best as a stand-up, weakside edge rusher in the NFL. Incredible first step off the snap, can turn the corner on the outside and shimmy inside against leaning tackles. Not a contact-shy player despite his slight build, often lines up on the strong side and/or inside of tight ends in a tight alignment. Strong player setting the edge against the run. Willing to take on tackles man-up, extends his arms to keep distance and can get off to grab backs trying to get through the hole. Takes tight ends backwards into the background using his length and foot work. Works through blocks to get down the line to chase plays. Overall agility and length make him effective in coverage, can stay with running backs out of the backfield and wrap up receivers in space. Excellent straight-line speed shows when chasing down plays from behind. Uses his length and jumping ability to knock down passes if unable to reach the quarterback. </article> <article> Weaknesses

Very lean player, likely too thin in the hips to grow into an every-down defensive end. Needs to shed more consistently to prevent plays from getting outside of him. Long legs get in his way at times when trying to change directions quickly. Often gets too focused on scrapping with his blocker instead of getting his eyes in the backfield to find the ball. Did not progress in terms of pass rush moves during his career. Great player off the snap of the ball, but too often allows the offensive tackle to recover because he lacks a move to disengage. </article> <article> NFL Comparison

DeMarcus Ware </article> <article> Bottom Line

Mingo looks almost too lean to handle the physicality of NFL linemen, but has surprising strength to go along with the elite length and straight-line speed to rack up double-digit sack numbers (he had eight in 2011) and track down ball carriers (15 tackles for loss) as a 3-4 rush linebacker at the next level. He is a proverbial boom or bust prospect. Mingo's production dropped as a junior, and he failed to show much overall growth in his game over the course of his career. However, KeKe flashed the talent and projectable skills to be a dominant NFL pass rusher, and a position switch will likely serve him well, as the LSU Tiger was too often asked to play in a tight alignment on the strong side in college – a poor use of his strengths. Mingo's length, athleticism, and pass rush talent figure to make him a top 20 selection in the draft. </article> </section>

How I would love to see this guy in a Steelers uniform this year but I have to believe he will be gone by the 12th pick.

SteelerfanKinche31
02-27-2013, 01:56 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1544722-pittsburgh-steelers-2013-post-combine-mock-draft

I would LOVE it if the Steelers took Tavon Austin in round one! With them probably letting Wallace go, they need another play maker and he IS that! Plus they could use him to return kickoffs. He is not a tall WR like Wallace but what he doesn't have in height, he makes up with athletic ability, speed and play making ability. Give him the ball in space and he could take it to the house!

Then like this mock draft indicates, they could pick up a tall WR later in the draft with Rodgers from Tennessee. However, we do need help at S, DL and OL also.

teegre
02-27-2013, 02:49 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1544722-pittsburgh-steelers-2013-post-combine-mock-draft

I would LOVE it if the Steelers took Tavon Austin in round one! With them probably letting Wallace go, they need another play maker and he IS that! Plus they could use him to return kickoffs. He is not a tall WR like Wallace but what he doesn't have in height, he makes up with athletic ability, speed and play making ability. Give him the ball in space and he could take it to the house!

Then like this mock draft indicates, they could pick up a tall WR later in the draft with Rodgers from Tennessee. However, we do need help at S, DL and OL also.

I agree that Tavon is going to tear up this league. He will be to WRs what Sproles is to RBs: 2100 all-purpose yards (plus 8-10 Tds) per season.

That said, I just do not see the Steelers going WR early. I see them going S or OLB.

ricardisimo
04-09-2013, 01:24 AM
From FFToolbox (http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/2013/2013-nfl-mock-draft.cfm?writer=19):

Round 1:
17. PIT (http://www.fftoolbox.com/football/teams/team_page.cfm?nfl_team=PIT): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=3368)
Mike Wallace's time in the Steel City is officially over. The Steelers have had success with middle round receivers so perhaps they go that route, but taking a first round option should help fill need quicker. The 63 Patterson, who averaged 17 yards a catch last season and set a school singleseason record with 1,858 allpurpose yards, is a notable draft riser .

Round 2:
48. (2.16) PIT (http://www.fftoolbox.com/football/teams/team_page.cfm?nfl_team=PIT): Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State (http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2927)
The Steel Curtain is showing age and lacking some bite. Adding a perimeter linebacker threat would help.

ricardisimo
04-09-2013, 01:26 AM
From Football's Future (http://www.footballsfuture.com/2013/nflmockdraft.html):

Pittsburgh - Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
The Steelers do a great job drafting for value, and Jones is big time value at this point. James Harrison has been released, and the team isn't sold on Jason Worilds, so Jones will fill a role immediately as well.

ricardisimo
04-09-2013, 01:28 AM
From NFL Draft Dog (http://www.nfldraftdog.com/Mock-Drafts/2013-nfl-mock-draft.html):

Round 1:

<table border="1" width="550"><tbody><tr><td>http://www.nfldraftdog.com/draftdogimages/nfl-logos/Steelers.jpg (http://www.nfldraftdog.com/nfl-team-columns/pittsburgh-steelers.html)</td> <td>17.</td> <td>LB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU</td> <td>Has the size (6' 6" 276 lbs) to play in the Steelers 3-4 alignment.</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4">Ansah has top notch athletic ability and might even be able to play outside linebacker.</td></tr></tbody></table>

ricardisimo
04-09-2013, 01:34 AM
From WalterFootball:

Round 1:


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones (http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2013jjones.php), OLB, Georgia http://walterfootball.com/college/Georgia_logo.gif
Walt said it best in his mock, (http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2013_1.php) dumb groupthink will lead to Jones falling to a smart team like the Steelers, Giants or Ravens. The Steelers could use a young play-maker to replace James Harrison, and Jones would be a dream come true for them. Sources said Pittsburgh sent its entire front office contingent to the Georgia pro day - including head coach Mike Tomlin.

Jones previously decided not to work out at the Combine, but that wassn't surprising. Scouts at the East-West Shrine told WalterFootball.com that Jones would slide on draft day (http://www.walterfootball.com/nfldraftrumormill.php) because they believe he will test poorly before the 2013 NFL Draft and isn't a hard worker in the weight room. The scouts said that watching the game tape, Jones is worthy of being a top draft pick, but they don't believe he will go that high.

At his pro day, Jones verified what the scouts told us with a 40 time in the 4.9- to 5.0-second range. His other drills didn't go well either, but scouts told us he looked better in position drills.

Jones was one of the best pass-rushers in college football in 2011. He tied for the second-most sacks in the nation, 13.5. Jones also had 70 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.

The junior was excellent this season. He dominated Missouri, stepping up with huge plays to help lead the Bulldogs to a win. Jones had nine tackles with two sacks, a forced fumble, a pass batted and an interception returned 21 yards to the goal line against the Tigers. He also caused two other forced fumbles that he wasn't given credit for. The turnovers the linebacker created came late in the game and sealed the win for Georgia.

Jones did the same thing to Florida. He totaled 13 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Jones also made the game-saving play with a forced fumble around the Georgia 5-yard line in the final minutes. It was a tremendous outing that illustrated his ability to make big plays in big games.

Jones is a dynamite pass-rusher. The way he runs down signal-callers in the pocket and flies around the football field is similar to former Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller. Jones' speed and pass-rushing skills make him extremely disruptive. He has a good burst off the edge which takes tackles by surprise and sets them up for him to beat them around the corner or dodge back to the inside.

Jones never takes plays off given his non-stop motor; he gives relentless effort. Jones amassed 85 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles, three passes broken up and a pick in 2012. He led the nation in sacks, tackles for a loss and forced fumbles.

The USC transfer fit well in the Georgia defense and looks like an ideal 3-4 outside linebacker for the next level. For a 4-3 defense, he could play in a similar manner to Von Miller. The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder could be the top talent in the 2013 NFL Draft at any position.

[ricardisimo: I cannot imagine us passing on Vaccaro in this mock, but...]


Round 2:


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy (http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2013elacy.php), RB, Alabama http://walterfootball.com/college/Alabama_logo.gif
The Steelers could use a franchise running back and Lacy is a great fit.

Lacy is in the mold of recent Alabama running backs. Nick Saban's ball-carriers have all had a combination of size, quickness and power. Lacy (6-0, 220) is more like Mark Ingram rather than Trent Richardson. However, Lacy has more elusiveness than Ingram as Lacy has a nice spin move that he regularly used to break away from defenders.

Following his dominant performance versus Notre Dame in National Championship Game (20-140), Lacy's 2012 totals reached 1,322 yards (6.5 average) and 17 touchdowns on only 204 carries. He was the power runner for the Crimson Tide, but lost carries to standout freshman T.J. Yeldon. Lacy caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, too. He had a massive performance against Georgia (20-181) in the SEC Championship.

Lacy was the backup in 2011 to star back Richardson. However, when the sophomore received carries, he made the most of them running for 631 yards on 84 carries with seven touchdowns.

Pick change; previously Robert Woods, WR

Round 3:


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State http://walterfootball.com/college/OregonState_logo.gif
Pittsburgh lands its replacement for Mike Wallace.

Wheaton (5-11, 183) put together an excellent senior season with 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns. He displayed a nice combination of reliable hands and play-making ability. Wheaton recorded 73 receptions for 986 yards and a touchdown in 2011.

Wheaton had a strong week at the Senior Bowl. He showed good route-running ability and the speed to stretch the defense downfield.

Pick change; previously Le'Veon Bell, RB

Round 4:
http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern http://walterfootball.com/college/GeorgiaSouthern_logo.gif
The Steelers could use some safety depth.

Wilcox (5-11, 214) is a good athlete who contributed as a runner, receiver and kick returner for Georgia Southern. He finished his career at safety and recorded 88 tackles with three passes broken up and two interceptions as a senior. Some feel that Wilcox has the speed and athleticism of a cornerback. He averaged 24 yards per kick return in college.

A strong performance at the Senior Bowl really helped Wilcox's draft status. He showed the ability to play man coverage and really competed well with the talent from the big schools.

Round 5:
http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif Pittsburgh Steelers: Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia http://walterfootball.com/college/Georgia_logo.gif
The Steelers could use another option at nose tackle.

Geathers (6-6, 350) is a mountain of man who is difficult to move at the line of scrimmage. He would be a good fit to remain in a 3-4 defense as a nose tackle. For a 4-3, Geathers could play as a nose tackle who occupies blockers and shuts down the inside ground game.

The junior has some speed to go with his power and size, but will need to improve his conditioning in the NFL. He was dominated in the second half of the SEC Championship by Alabama center Barrett Jones.

Geathers was the backup this year to John Jenkins, but they were also on the field at the same time in certain packages. Geathers totaled 40 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack and a blocked kick. He had 14 tackles as a sophomore in 2011. Geathers should've gone back to school for his senior year.

saint0917
04-24-2013, 01:41 PM
7 round mock by Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl from Scouts Inc.

Round 1
Jarvis Jones ,OLB, Georgia

Rounr 2
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Round 3
Le'veon Bell, RB, Michigan St.

Round 4
Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida

Round 5
T.J. McDonald, S, USC

Round 6
Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio St.
Josh Johnson, CB, Purdue (Compensatory)

Round 7
Branden Brown, OT, BYU