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Old 01-22-2013, 04:55 AM   #1
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Default Steelers' Mocks around the Web

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.



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Old 01-22-2013, 05:01 AM   #2
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From WalterFootball.com

First Round:
Pittsburgh Steelers: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
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:
Pittsburgh Steelers: Chase Thomas, DE/OLB, Stanford
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:
Pittsburgh Steelers: Chase Thomas, DE/OLB, Stanford
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:
Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
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.
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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/1...ne-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.
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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.
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From New NFL Draft. 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
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.
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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.
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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...asons-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."
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2013 NFL Mock Draft: What Are the Experts Projecting in the First Round?

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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/1...-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.
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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.
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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.
Exactly. I have been saying this for years. He's simply a backup LB. He also reads poorly and takes bad angles.
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