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Default Final Mock Draft -full scouting reports (long)

Here is my final version. It's a complete breakdown of all 7 rounds, no trades, for the Steelers. It includes their scheme/personnel habits as well as preferences. I mixed in some best player available scenarios and realistic options to meet needs. I included more comprehensive reports on the first 4 picks. Please comment and enjoy.




#1 (15) CB Darqueze Dennard Michigan State 5'11 199

Pros: Young, four year player, three year starter, refined his game as a senior. Was well coached. 2013 Thorpe Award Winner for the nations best DB. Allowed a BCS era record setting 0.88 yards per target on his way to 4 INTs in 2013. Stays in a WR's hip pocket down the field. True #1 shutdown CB potential. Adequate back pedal. Physical. Excellent jammer. Rarely passed up in tight coverage on film. Excellent tackler & strong run supporter. Big hitter. Fits an immediate and future need. Can play early. Best man to man cover corner in this draft. Is a leader & a better athlete than he gets credit for. Was a standout prep basketball/track star out of high school. Career 167 TKL, 10 TFL, 10 INTs, 26 PD's, 3 FF. Played extremely well in big bowl games vs Georgia & Ohio State. Has multiple pro bowl potential.

Cons: Stiff hips, not a great zone cover man, tends to be grabby down the field leading to unnecessary interference calls. Has had some injuries early in his career. Can be baited in as he is overly aggressive at times. Lacks top end 4.4 type speed.

Use: As a rookie he can be a very solid #3/4 nickel dime rotational DB. Could see some time in the slot or on the boundary as a rookie. Can step in to play a bigger role if injury occurs to Ike or Cortez. Future #1 starter in year 2 and can play on special teams. Future leader of the secondary/defense.

Pro Comparison: Darelle Revis New England



#2 (46) DE/OLB Scott Crichton Oregon State 6'3 273

Pros: Fiery, determined, hard worker, productive, 51 TFL, 22.5 sacks, 10 FF in his career. Playmaker & a disruptor. Powerful hands, long arms. Nonstop motor. Attacks with low pad level, balance & good functional leverage/strength. Anchors & sets a hard edge. He never stays blocked for an entire play & can disengage smoothly. Strong tackler. Powerful finisher & wears down opposing lineman. Good instincts & smart. Three year starter. Coachable with a high ceiling.

Cons: Tweener traits. Stiff and not an edge bender. Played end w/ little experience in coverage. Overruns plays at times and can get washed out in the trash. Needs better counter moves on the rush.

Use: He is easily the BPA at this point. He can backup Worilds/Jones & crush on special teams while having added value as a nickel or dime rusher as a base end. He is a great insurance policy if the front office doesn't get a long term deal for Worilds or decides to push Jones in year 2.

Pro Comparison: OLB Robert Mathis Indianapolis



#3 (97) WR Jarvis Landry LSU 5'11 195

Pros: Led LSU the past two seasons in catches/TD's. Boxes out well. Runs precise routes & separates because of it. Has outstanding balance & body control. Willing & hard blocker in the run game. Big strong dynamic hands. Consistently catches away from his frame, high points the ball & is a 50/50 go get it type despite lack of leaping ability & average size. Can grab the highlight reel catch. Clutch performer, chain mover type for a possession attack. Smart & incredibly competitive. Works back to the QB & is field aware for the boundary & first down marker. Strong, coachable w/ very low bust factor.

Cons: no second gear, no top flight speed (4.67-4.77 40 time) or leaping ability. Can get jammed because of it. Needs moved around pre snap to get the most out of him likely limiting him to a slot role in the NFL. Average size and length.

Use: Excels on tape in a ton of sets the Steelers run. Adept in bunch formations, in motion, & most of all....in big moments. The team needs this. He is a cagey smart WR with glue on his hands & hate in his heart. Toughness & blocking is apparent. He improves your outside run game immediately. He has upside as a #2 but is likely a solid #3 in the Steelers scheme. He will remind fans of Hines Ward. He comes with a massive chip on his shoulder & should compete as a top gunner on special teams as well. Will contribute early if called upon.



#4 (118) DE Will Clarke West Virginia 6'6 271

Pros: Fast for his size (4.77) has long limbs & a strong motor. Durable. Has great hands & redirects well. Has good effort in the rush game. Loose athlete. Plus strength. Locates ball carrier, wraps up & has a nasty edge. Bends well for his height. Works down the line of scrimmage to tracks down ball carriers. Solid in the run game but can improve technique. Has the frame to carry 15-20 more LBs of muscle. Is always in great shape. Lives in the backfield. Coachable, reliable, productive 3 year starter. 110 TKL, 28.5 TFL, 1FF on 9.5 sacks.

Cons: Can get overwhelmed, gets beat up against double teams, needs to anchor better to hold the edge. Technique is still raw. Lanky build. Needs to get his hands up on passing plays when he's sealed off. Pet project type 5 technique talent. May never command double teams or control 2 gaps.

Use: Needs a year or two but can eventually be a dual threat end on Jarvis Jones side of the field. Has better athleticism than the man who played that former role (Kiesel). Has 4-7 sack potential per year & has to be respected on the same side of the field as Jones. Can push Arnfelt and Nick Williams in camp. Future starter potential or depth pass rusher. Can work in an even or odd front.



#5 (157) ILB Denicos Allen Michigan State 5'11 235

Allen is a smaller faster OLB in the mold of Sean Spence. He may have to move inside in the NFL. He has the instincts & strength to burst through gaps & make plays behind the LOS. Fast twitch athlete. Sorts well through the trash. 4 year starter for a great defense, well coached & productive with 278 TKL, 46 TFL, 19.5 sacks, 8 PD's, 1 INT in his career. He is a great depth piece for now who can play special teams or fill roles as a nickel LB or situational rusher. Does everything well. In my opinion he is the best pure tackler in this class and a diamond in the rough. One of my favorite overlooked athletes. He has the skill set to be a 3 down backer later in his career. If you watch the tape he stands out. Always around the ball making plays and containing backs and receivers. Hammers the QB and closes in a flash.




#5 (172) FS Brock Vereen Minnesota 6'199

Vereen made waves at the combine. His performance (4.47, 25 reps #1 in both) opened some eyes. He has short arms, small hands & lacks elite take away skills (4 career INTs) so he will slide but he is instinctive & smart lining up the defense, is durable, has all the range you want from a backend defender & has good height & vertical. He has pedigree, his brother Shane is a RB for the Patriots. Above average athlete who pops out of, and is adept in his zone which is a huge plus for the Steelers. Lacks man to man skills against top TE's but can replace Will Allen next year & is a great complimentary piece as a cover safety. Every defense needs these & Brock is perfect here for the Steelers. He will be a special teams hammer year one as well. Possesses gunner traits with speed & instincts. Could play at CB one day.



#6 (215) CB Bene Benwikere San Jose State 6' 200

A physical developmental type CB is needed. Benwikere could contribute on special teams while he refines his game. He is a read/react zone corner with the ability to make plays on the ball. He could even project to FS for depth purposes. He's got good length, above average instincts & plays downhill with a mean streak. He may not see the field for a year or two & may require practice team seasoning but he's the type of player the team values late & could be even better than advertised. You rarely get a prospect in the 6th that has the athletic tools, instincts and edge that Benwikere has. He smashes WRs and TE's who do not separate and has ball skills for days. 4 year starter with 14 INTs on 31 PD's, 3 FF's, 214TKL, 11.5 TFL.




#7 (230) WR John Brown Pittsburgh State 5'11 179

Wowed scouts at the combine but played against low level competition throughout his career. Outstanding quickness, agility, explosiveness and top end speed (4.35). Can excel in the return and screen game someday as well as after the catch. Has very solid hands. Raw prospect who needs refinement on technique and beating the jam. Slim build who can stand to get stronger and put a few pounds of muscle. High upside. 3 year player with 124 career catches for over 2100 yds & 20 scores. Broke out this season. Over 10 ypa as a punt returner & took one kickoff return to the house.
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Here is my final version. It's a complete breakdown of all 7 rounds, no trades, for the Steelers. It includes their scheme/personnel habits as well as preferences. I mixed in some best player available scenarios and realistic options to meet needs. I included more comprehensive reports on the first 4 picks. Please comment and enjoy.




#1 (15) CB Darqueze Dennard Michigan State 5'11 199

Pros: Young, four year player, three year starter, refined his game as a senior. Was well coached. 2013 Thorpe Award Winner for the nations best DB. Allowed a BCS era record setting 0.88 yards per target on his way to 4 INTs in 2013. Stays in a WR's hip pocket down the field. True #1 shutdown CB potential. Adequate back pedal. Physical. Excellent jammer. Rarely passed up in tight coverage on film. Excellent tackler & strong run supporter. Big hitter. Fits an immediate and future need. Can play early. Best man to man cover corner in this draft. Is a leader & a better athlete than he gets credit for. Was a standout prep basketball/track star out of high school. Career 167 TKL, 10 TFL, 10 INTs, 26 PD's, 3 FF. Played extremely well in big bowl games vs Georgia & Ohio State. Has multiple pro bowl potential.

Cons: Stiff hips, not a great zone cover man, tends to be grabby down the field leading to unnecessary interference calls. Has had some injuries early in his career. Can be baited in as he is overly aggressive at times. Lacks top end 4.4 type speed.

Use: As a rookie he can be a very solid #3/4 nickel dime rotational DB. Could see some time in the slot or on the boundary as a rookie. Can step in to play a bigger role if injury occurs to Ike or Cortez. Future #1 starter in year 2 and can play on special teams. Future leader of the secondary/defense.

Pro Comparison: Darelle Revis New England



#2 (46) DE/OLB Scott Crichton Oregon State 6'3 273

Pros: Fiery, determined, hard worker, productive, 51 TFL, 22.5 sacks, 10 FF in his career. Playmaker & a disruptor. Powerful hands, long arms. Nonstop motor. Attacks with low pad level, balance & good functional leverage/strength. Anchors & sets a hard edge. He never stays blocked for an entire play & can disengage smoothly. Strong tackler. Powerful finisher & wears down opposing lineman. Good instincts & smart. Three year starter. Coachable with a high ceiling.

Cons: Tweener traits. Stiff and not an edge bender. Played end w/ little experience in coverage. Overruns plays at times and can get washed out in the trash. Needs better counter moves on the rush.

Use: He is easily the BPA at this point. He can backup Worilds/Jones & crush on special teams while having added value as a nickel or dime rusher as a base end. He is a great insurance policy if the front office doesn't get a long term deal for Worilds or decides to push Jones in year 2.

Pro Comparison: OLB Robert Mathis Indianapolis



#3 (97) WR Jarvis Landry LSU 5'11 195

Pros: Led LSU the past two seasons in catches/TD's. Boxes out well. Runs precise routes & separates because of it. Has outstanding balance & body control. Willing & hard blocker in the run game. Big strong dynamic hands. Consistently catches away from his frame, high points the ball & is a 50/50 go get it type despite lack of leaping ability & average size. Can grab the highlight reel catch. Clutch performer, chain mover type for a possession attack. Smart & incredibly competitive. Works back to the QB & is field aware for the boundary & first down marker. Strong, coachable w/ very low bust factor.

Cons: no second gear, no top flight speed (4.67-4.77 40 time) or leaping ability. Can get jammed because of it. Needs moved around pre snap to get the most out of him likely limiting him to a slot role in the NFL. Average size and length.

Use: Excels on tape in a ton of sets the Steelers run. Adept in bunch formations, in motion, & most of all....in big moments. The team needs this. He is a cagey smart WR with glue on his hands & hate in his heart. Toughness & blocking is apparent. He improves your outside run game immediately. He has upside as a #2 but is likely a solid #3 in the Steelers scheme. He will remind fans of Hines Ward. He comes with a massive chip on his shoulder & should compete as a top gunner on special teams as well. Will contribute early if called upon.



#4 (118) DE Will Clarke West Virginia 6'6 271

Pros: Fast for his size (4.77) has long limbs & a strong motor. Durable. Has great hands & redirects well. Has good effort in the rush game. Loose athlete. Plus strength. Locates ball carrier, wraps up & has a nasty edge. Bends well for his height. Works down the line of scrimmage to tracks down ball carriers. Solid in the run game but can improve technique. Has the frame to carry 15-20 more LBs of muscle. Is always in great shape. Lives in the backfield. Coachable, reliable, productive 3 year starter. 110 TKL, 28.5 TFL, 1FF on 9.5 sacks.

Cons: Can get overwhelmed, gets beat up against double teams, needs to anchor better to hold the edge. Technique is still raw. Lanky build. Needs to get his hands up on passing plays when he's sealed off. Pet project type 5 technique talent. May never command double teams or control 2 gaps.

Use: Needs a year or two but can eventually be a dual threat end on Jarvis Jones side of the field. Has better athleticism than the man who played that former role (Kiesel). Has 4-7 sack potential per year & has to be respected on the same side of the field as Jones. Can push Arnfelt and Nick Williams in camp. Future starter potential or depth pass rusher. Can work in an even or odd front.



#5 (157) ILB Denicos Allen Michigan State 5'11 235

Allen is a smaller faster OLB in the mold of Sean Spence. He may have to move inside in the NFL. He has the instincts & strength to burst through gaps & make plays behind the LOS. Fast twitch athlete. Sorts well through the trash. 4 year starter for a great defense, well coached & productive with 278 TKL, 46 TFL, 19.5 sacks, 8 PD's, 1 INT in his career. He is a great depth piece for now who can play special teams or fill roles as a nickel LB or situational rusher. Does everything well. In my opinion he is the best pure tackler in this class and a diamond in the rough. One of my favorite overlooked athletes. He has the skill set to be a 3 down backer later in his career. If you watch the tape he stands out. Always around the ball making plays and containing backs and receivers. Hammers the QB and closes in a flash.




#5 (172) FS Brock Vereen Minnesota 6'199

Vereen made waves at the combine. His performance (4.47, 25 reps #1 in both) opened some eyes. He has short arms, small hands & lacks elite take away skills (4 career INTs) so he will slide but he is instinctive & smart lining up the defense, is durable, has all the range you want from a backend defender & has good height & vertical. He has pedigree, his brother Shane is a RB for the Patriots. Above average athlete who pops out of, and is adept in his zone which is a huge plus for the Steelers. Lacks man to man skills against top TE's but can replace Will Allen next year & is a great complimentary piece as a cover safety. Every defense needs these & Brock is perfect here for the Steelers. He will be a special teams hammer year one as well. Possesses gunner traits with speed & instincts. Could play at CB one day.



#6 (215) CB Bene Benwikere San Jose State 6' 200

A physical developmental type CB is needed. Benwikere could contribute on special teams while he refines his game. He is a read/react zone corner with the ability to make plays on the ball. He could even project to FS for depth purposes. He's got good length, above average instincts & plays downhill with a mean streak. He may not see the field for a year or two & may require practice team seasoning but he's the type of player the team values late & could be even better than advertised. You rarely get a prospect in the 6th that has the athletic tools, instincts and edge that Benwikere has. He smashes WRs and TE's who do not separate and has ball skills for days. 4 year starter with 14 INTs on 31 PD's, 3 FF's, 214TKL, 11.5 TFL.




#7 (230) WR John Brown Pittsburgh State 5'11 179

Wowed scouts at the combine but played against low level competition throughout his career. Outstanding quickness, agility, explosiveness and top end speed (4.35). Can excel in the return and screen game someday as well as after the catch. Has very solid hands. Raw prospect who needs refinement on technique and beating the jam. Slim build who can stand to get stronger and put a few pounds of muscle. High upside. 3 year player with 124 career catches for over 2100 yds & 20 scores. Broke out this season. Over 10 ypa as a punt returner & took one kickoff return to the house.
Nice mock. I intend to do my mock soon.

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I have never watched as much tape as I have this year. This is a crazy draft. The value of the guys from 15-50 is so even this year. If our draft endsbup anything close to this we will be set for awhile.
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I think you did a really great job with this mock draft and the Darqueze Dennard comparison to Darrelle Revis was spot on (although Revis is more agile and much faster).
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I love the Will Clarke & Bene Benwikere picks... LOVE them. Both of them dominated the East-West Shrine game.

The top three are good (obviously), but what sets this mock apart from most mocks, are the two aforementioned picks.

Again, I love those two picks.
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Thanks guys. I really like all of these prospects a ton. I doubt we can snag them all but if we did we'd steal a crop of young athletic talents that can contribute some now and especially in the next two seasons.

Benwikere and Clarke have so much upside it's scary. The film you can find on them is stellar.
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As a WVU grad, I'm a big fan of Clarke and think it's entirely possible he could end up being a Steeler (he's a Pittsburgh native and he's won the "Iron Mountaineer" 3 times for being the best conditioned athlete on Defense). However, right now I think he is rather lean to play DE in an NFL 3-4 scheme unless it's in a 3rd and long situation (he'd be a developmental player... it's more likely he ends up going to a 4-3 team). I think the Steelers go after a player in the mold of Caraun Reid (Princeton) to play DE in the 3-4.
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^^^Caraun Reid was on my radar for the slot I ended up taking Clarke. At the end of the day I didn't care for his level of competition and to be honest I just couldn't find enough tape on him. The tape I did find he drew consistent double teams but most of the lineman I saw him busting through were light guys. Like 270-290 LB guards and centers. Reid will be a stout player but he comes with considerable bust potential as well. I still wouldn't be disappointed with that pick. We need some DL help, I just hope it doesn't go over looked in this draft.

You make valid points about Clarkes frame but he's tall and with a good strength and conditioning program he could bulk up some. I think he would be more of a penetrating rusher type who disrupts rather than controls two gaps. If he was allowed to run around or through one gap he'd add some serious pass rush juice to whatever OLB lines up behind him. Pick your poison.

I've been watching more film on other players and I'm also a big fan of QB David Fales. He impresses me on tape. I'd like to see the front office stash a QB here and there in drafts to try to get a quality guy they can groom for when Ben retires someday.
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