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Steelers 2010 Mock Draft


Below is my 2010 Steelers mock draft for the upcoming NFL draft on April 23rd, 24th & 25th. Unless anything major happens in the next few days like trades, suspensions or earthquakes, I will be sticking with this mock draft as my official mock. Please feel free to comment below on why they will or will not draft the players below. Do not get pissy or upset. Do not let me know that guys will go earlier or later. I read everything, all the major media mocks as well as smaller ones. Yes, I know, I get it that you are a self proclaimed internet guru. This is where I see these guys going. Notice the “I”, it is not a “You”! Get it?

On the flip side I hit 2 picks last year in Mike Wallace and Ra\’Shon Harris. I like my odds at hitting at least 2 picks again this year. Anything I hit more then 2 and I will be ecstatic. Bitch if you want to as it is your dime, but I have nasty rebuttals ready as well.

Round 1 – C Maurkice Pouncey – Florida
– Overall best center in the draft and can play guard if need arises. Groomed to take over center position. Seems like the surest of 1st rounders.

Round 2 – CB Kareem Jackson – Alabama – Could indeed slide or Steelers could go up to get him. Could be the best corner in the draft. Knows how to win and played under Nick Saban, who knows how to get kids ready for the NFL.

Round 3 – RB Toby Gerhart – Stanford – Yes, I drank the Kool-aid. You know you could see this guy in the Black & Gold. Could change his name to Steely McBeam. In all seriousness, he fits in every facet of what the Steelers do and is a high character guy.

Round 4 – T Selvish Capers – West Virginia – Could be the future at right tackle. Better run blocker than pass blocker. Very coach-able player who played at West Virginia.

Round 5 – WR Joe Webb – Alabama Birmingham – A pure athlete. The Steelers like drafting quarterbacks-turned-receivers. See Hines Ward and Antwaan Randle El as past examples. A great 5th round project that could make team as 5th receiver.

Round 5 – SS Larry Asante – Nebraska – Has speed and will hit. Could be groomed for future strong safety and future insurance for Troy Polamalu. Needs help in coverage skills, but fits a Dick LeBeau mold at strong safety and run supporter.

Round 5 – NT Jeff Owens – Georgia – Wide body nose tackle that could surprise and be the future behind Casey Hampton. Project player that needs coaching at the next level.

Round 5 – RB LeGarrette Blount – Oregon – Not the character you want, but has a chip on his shoulder and can power run. Short fuse and risky pick for sure. Steelers need running back depth.

Round 6 – ILB Pat Angerer – Iowa – Inside MIKE backer from Iowa that can hit, has speed and can cover. A true three-down player that is a bit undersized, but not in heart. Another kid that just looks right in Black & Gold.

Round 7 –  OLB/DE Adrian Tracy – William & Mary – A classic tweener that could be a gem in the 3-4 defense. He is smart, instinctive, competes well versus the run and the pass. Also has good lateral pursuit.

Round 7 – QB Jevan Snead – Mississippi – Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner attended his pro day. He is what he is, but Tom Brady was a 5th round pick. We all know the Ben situation. This is merely a gut selection by me. Taking a flier last round does not hurt.
EDITED: 4/20/10- Removed the Snead pick now that a 7th round pick has been traded to Tampa for Byron Leftwich.

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  • dave

    That seems pretty realistic. I think it will come down to either Pouncey or Kyle Wilson at pick 18. (I think Iupati will go before 18 – maybe to the 49ers at 17)

    Seems to me, Pouncey is head and shoulders better than the next Center, but you can still get a good CB in round 2 (Kareem Jackson, Brandon Ghee, etc). I’ve come around to Pouncey….I used to think he was a “reach” at 18 and liked him much better as a trade-down, but the more I read, the more I think he won’t last much past 18. Peter King wrote about Pouncey in MMQB last week, supposedly lots of teams are interested…of course this time of year 99% of what teams say is a smokescreen, so who knows….? He could plug in to RG early in 2010 and move to C in 2011.

    The other thing is – there could always be that “I can’t believe he fell to us” type guy – like maybe Joe Haden or Bryan Bulaga, that changes everything…. But I still think Pouncey or Kyle Wilson are safe bets at 18.

    Overall, I like the picks and wouldn’t be upset if this was the actual draft class.

    About LeGarrette Blount – I don’t think he is a huge character risk…I could be wrong, but my understanding is, he’s not a troublemaker away from football, i.e. he hasn’t been arrested for DUI, or domestic abuse, he didn’t fail a drug test, etc.. He let his anger get away from him and he punched that guy who was taunting him… Kemoatu had some “anger management” issues in college too… I’m not condoning what Blount did, but it seemed to me to be a “heat of the moment”. thing. I’d have no problem taking him in the 5th round. He’s a power runner.

    As for any trade of Ben – they better get at least what Denver got for Cutler. At least… No fire-sale like with Santonio.

  • Tanner

    I agree with who you picked but if Jackson isn’t there in the second round, and if we have to trade to get him we should just try and get golden tate. but if we don’t want to trade i would love to see Cam Thomas in the 2nd round. In the third round Brandon spikes or Jacoby Ford would be good picks also.

    Something else the steelers need to work on is there return game. I am not that big of a Stefan Logan fan. Brandon James I think could get the job done.

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  • Tanner

    I agree with who you picked but if Jackson isn’t there in the second round, and if we have to trade to get him we should just try and get golden tate. but if we don’t want to trade i would love to see Cam Thomas in the 2nd round. In the third round Brandon spikes or Jacoby Ford would be good picks also.

    Take Maurkice Pouncey this year then next year we can take Mike Pouncey. Nasty offensive line. But that would never happen.

    Something else the steelers need to work on is there return game. I am not that big of a Stefan Logan fan. Brandon James I think could get the job done.

  • Rich

    Looks fine if the Steelers are going to use all 11 picks. Do you have any mock scenarios that fit your opinions stated in “Is 11 Picks 3 Too Many?”

    ” When the smoke clears on Saturday night, I truly believe that the Steelers will only have made 7 or 8 picks. 11 is just too many.”

  • admin

    It is fruitless to do a mock based on only 7 or 8 picks as there are so many scenarios involved in what picks are dealt for what. Safest thing for me to do is mock with the picks they have. If any trades are made prior to Thursday, I will adjust, otherwise you get what they get.

  • http://none Eric

    What do you think about drafting Dorin Dickerson Pitt TE & playing him at WR?
    Dickerson – 6-2 – 226lbs – 4.40 speed
    Dez Bryant – 6-2 – 224 lbs – 4.52 speed

    Same weight & height .. Dickerson is faster .. might be a nice sleeper pick (by thinking outside the box)

  • Jonathan

    I like it! For some reason, I thought Pouncey and Iupati would be gone by 18 but I like them both. I would be thrilled with Gerhart. I wouldn’t mind Rolle in the second round either. He would complement Troy.

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