Originally Posted by SteelersCanada
It's not bad for a very early mock, but there's a couple questionable picks on here. I'll start with Ogletree. While he's a very talented ILB, he's not necessarily worth a first round pick. Adding to that, he's only a junior and all reports have him very unlikely to come out. If he does decide to enter the draft, though, he'd be a solid second round pick for the Steelers and could potentially end up being the long term answer at MLB.
Regarding Hodges - I think OLB will be addressed in the first round of the draft. Look for the Steelers to draft Dion Jordan, Alex Okafor or Barkevious Mingo in the first round to solidify the ROLB opposite Woodley. They can't ignore this position anymore as Harrison can't produce pressure. This could be attributed to many different things, but simply put, this James Harrison isn't the Harrison of old and his age and ailments are starting to show. One of those three ^ will be the Steelers' first round pick. Bank on it.
I love, love, love the idea of grabbing Rambo in the third round. Sadly, I don't think he falls that far.
Overall, not a bad mock but later on in the year we'll get a more accurate representation of these guys themselves and a more accurate mock will emerge. For example, my early mock is:
First Round / 32 - Dion Jordan / ROLB - Oregon
Second Round / 40 - *TRADE*- Tony Jefferson / FS - Oklahoma
And after that I'm not sure, but I have the Steelers trading their third and fourth round picks to grab Jefferson, so I'll update it after that. If the Steelers grab Jordan and Jefferson, this defense just became the best in the NFL again. With two rookies.
A couple Mock drafts I've seen had Ogletree 1st round ... If he comes out he will be a 1st round pick ... He has all the tools to be the best LB in the draft class... He's even good at blitzing but he's not asked to do that as they have Jarvis Jones... He's super long and spectacular for a LB in coverage seeing that he was a number 1 ranked Safety coming out of High School ... has the speed and the instincts, he needs to get a little stronger maybe but he has the frame at 6'3 to get stronger and he arm tackles
I don't know much about the Oregon LB but i think Mingo is overrated and I don't want the Steelers to go any where close to him ...
Hodges comes from Line Backer U , is a tackling machine and good in coverage ... now with him at OLB you might take away a little bit of pass rush but you gain in sideline to sideline speed and coverage ... but you could also move Timmons to his more natural position OLB and have him always attacking which is what he does best and have Hodges and Ogletree inside ...
I also agree Rambo will probably be gone by then, but most mocks i seen had him available at our pick in the 3rd so I put him there...also the downside to Rambo is there are a ton of safety's this draft class ... so teams might not want to jump on 1 seeing that they can get just as good of one later on the draft
but you're right it's early