Originally Posted by SteelersCanada
That's a good point, no doubt. But, look at it this way, too. How many of those teams are as fortunate as us that they actually can draft in the BPA mode? I mean, most of the 16 teams ahead of us are now forced to pick and choose specific players and holes to fill on their roster. Teams like Buffalo, New York, Kansas City, Arizona and (possibly) the Eagles have multiple holes just on their offense but most glaringly - Quarterback. I have a feeling most, if not all, of those teams will reach for a QB in the first round. Other teams have the possibility of losing multiple franchise guys and have to build for the young Quarterback they already have. Take Miami, for example. There's a good chance they'll make a play for Mike Wallace but that isn't enough. The 'Fins might have to pinpoint and target an offensive Tackle or Guard in order to give Tannehill protection. Or, they go Wide Receiver.
The only team I can see having a legitimate option and being in play for Te'o are the Saints. With Vilma's cap hit and the drama surrounding him, they might not be so keen on bringing him back. If they do decide to part ways with him and Te'o is sitting on the board, I don't see a way they don't take him. That, sadly, is a very likely scenario and one I can see playing out.
Most - if not all - of the teams ahead of us are forced to pick and choose specific positions to fill. We're in a unique situation here in that we're picking high-ish and have the ability and freedom to pick in the BPA mode. I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I like being in this situation. The freedom of who to pick is nice and the ability to take a player - regardless of position or need - because of his elite skillset is something we haven't been able to do in a long while. Whoever we decide to pick (Te'o, Okafor, Van Noy or Jordan are the most likely candidates) we're fixing a hole but also taking an elite prospect.
As always, you're making a ton of sense.
Still, I see FOUR strong possible landing spots for Te'o.
They need a CB, but at 5, there isn't a CB that makes sense. I could see them going Te'o, and then going CB at the top of R2.
They really need O-line help, but they also have needed an ILB for nearly six years... and, Te'o reminds fans out in SD a whole lot if Junior Seau.
As you outlined.
Not that the Rams would take Te'o, but as you mentioned, Jeff Fischer like to trade down & acquire more picks. The NYGiants need an ILB, and the Rams would only have to drop down five spots (while picking up an extra R3 pick). In other words, "a team trading up & taking Revis right before the Steelers pick"... part II.
Going along with what you mentioned (QBs & WRs going early), I usually make a list if players who a) I'd like for the Steelers to draft, and b) players who WILL go top 17, but the Steelers won't draft.
Will go/not for Steelers:
1. Geno Smith, QB, WVU
2. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
3. Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
4. Mike Glennon, QB, NC St.
Possible Steelers picks:
1. Manti Te'o, ILB, ND
2. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
3. Demontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M
4. Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
5. Bjoern Werner, OLB, Florida St.
6. Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Please, add to this list...