2012 Steelers Mock Draft Version 5.0 – Final Version

Here we go with my final mock draft of the 2012 draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let me start of by disclaimering that I would be floored if I have the same success that had last year, as I picked the first three players correctly, albeit I had rounds two and three flip flopped. I may never be able to duplicate that success again as long as I live. No matter how many player rankings you read and how much tape you watch, you never know how far a player will fall or how high another player may be on another team\’s draft board and rankings. I know quite a bit about the team needs of all of the teams in the NFL, but my main focus is the Steelers, and it is enough trying to decipher what they will do.

If you followed the mocks last year and this year, you notice how vastly they can differ from the first mock to the final one, especially in the first few rounds. Most of my early mocks are done with just brief film study and tons of reading. The deeper I get into the process, the more tape I watch and the more reading and research I do. I also look at draft history, pro days, pre draft visits and of course combine information. No matter what you read, there is no substitute for watching as much film as you can on a player. It doesn\’t have to be a full game worth, but your tape selection should include at least portions of three games and against good competition if you can find it. The more diverse of a tape selection you have the better.

My mocks are a process to me, as are the post about players that go along with them throughout the months leading up to the draft. While it might seem that I am in love with a certain player at times (Coby Fleener), I know better than to do that. I love looking at the knowledgeable comments that some of the mocks and post produce as I believe my readership consist of some very knowledgeable fans, and that type of feedback is very useful to me.

Also I reserve the right to adjust these picks after day one and before day two starts if there is a trade on the first night!

I hope you have enjoyed the mock drafting season as much as I have and I thank all of the writers for their work and all of the feedback on each mock. My goal is to at least hit two of these picks straight up and nail at least 6 picks with the 70 players listed in the each round of this post.

Previous Mock Draft Versions:
Steelers 2012 Version 4.0
Steelers 2012 Version 3.0
Steelers 2012 Version 2.0
Steelers 2012 Version 1.0

OK, enough disclaimer and forward.

Let me start of by saying that I do not think the Steelers will draft an offensive lineman in round one unless Matt Kalil, Riley Reiff or David DeCastro fall all the way down to 24 and that is just not going to happen. I think it is safe to say that Mike Adams is off the Steelers draft board as well now and I am just not convinced that Cordy Glenn is worthy of the pick, even if he falls that far. Jonathan Martin is more of a second round right tackle, as is Bobby Massie, despite his rise up the draft board the last several weeks. The guard class is deep enough to stretch into the second round in my opinion and I do not think that tackle is that big of primary need this year on the Steelers big board, but a good guard with versatility to play tackle is. A tackle could likely be added in the later rounds as well. There is always the chance that they have plans to bring back Max Starks right at the start of training camp for depth purposes if he is healthy. I am not ruling them out drafting one, but I am not in this particuliar mock.

Round 1 – Pick 24 – OLB Nick Perry – USC

4.58 40-yard dash

1.57 10-yard dash

2.59 20-yard dash

4.66 20-yard shuttle

7.25 three-cone

38 1/2 inch vertical jump

10’4” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times

33 inch arm length

9 1/2 inch hands

77 7/8 inch wingspan

20091301  24  16  0800-00 00 0-0 09.0-63  00 08.0-58   10
20101209  25  15  1001-08 02 0-0 07.5-39  03 04.0-27   18
20111212  54  31  2301-00 03 0-0 13.0-64  03 09.5-52   23
TOTAL3722103  62  4102-08 05 0-0 29.5-166  06 21.5-137   51

Why an outside linebacker here? James Harrison is nearing the end of the road and Jason Worilds may or may not be the long term answer to replace him on the right side. There is speculation that Worilds might be in for a move inside, but there is nothing concrete really to base a decision on just that unfounded speculation. In short a move inside for Worilds does not make sense from a depth perspective in my opinion. For now I consider Worilds better suited for the left side and a backup to LaMarr Woodley. Chris Carter, last years 5th round pick, has given us no indication he is a long term solution to take over for Harrison either. He still is considered a project in my eyes and likely in the eyes of the Steelers as well. The Steelers 3-4 defense thrives on their outside linebackers to provide pressure on the quarterback and that element of the defense was missing last year with both Woodley and Harrison were sidelined with injuries. Lawrence Timmons was pretty much useless outside and it took away from what he does best inside, making tackles.

Before I get to Perry let me start of by saying that I think the real prize here that the Steelers hope falls to them is outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus from Illinois. The junior is just 21 years old, his character is impeccable, and the only real down side is that he only has one real year of production under his belt. Illinois did him no favors sitting him so long in my honest opinion. He recorded 16 sacks as a junior to go along with 21 quarterback pressures. He had 22.5 thrown for losses to go along with 57 tackles, 28 of which were solo. As a pass rusher, Mercilus can beat defenders with either his speed or power and has very good body control and excellent hip snap. His pro day really cemented his first round status. A source informed me that the Steelers were present at his pro day and another source told they have privately worked him out. Mercilus would not name a few of the teams that worked him out privately as they wanted to keep it on the down low. I believe the Steelers were one of those teams and they didn\’t bring him in for a pre draft visit as they had no need to and wanted to keep his name out of the lime light. In my opinion he will be the pick if he is on the board, but the Chicago Bears or the Tennessee Titans could very well snatch him up a few picks earlier, as both have shown strong interest in him.

My job is to mock what I think will happen and with Mercilus presumably off the board, I think the Steelers turn their attention to Perry, who they had in for a pre draft visit. The junior measured in at the combine at 6026 and weighed 271 pounds after deciding to bulk up prior to the combine. Even with that extra weight he ran a 4.58 according to some scouts, but his short shuttle time suffered I believe as a result. That clocked in at 4.66. Perry is a lot more agile on tape at a lower weight, so I suspect he will be asked to drop back down to the 260 range and that should help with his shuttle times. Like I said, the shuttle did not match what I saw on tape.

Perry has admitted that he wants to play in a 4-3 system if it was his choice, but is open to learning outside linebacker in a 3-4, which most of the scouts think he is best suited for. He can line up on either side, but seems best suited on the right. His ability to disrupt the pocket and track down ball carriers in the backfield allowed him to post 21.5 quarterback sacks and 29.5 tackles-for-loss, in addition to 51 hurries during his USC career. In 2011 he led the Pac-10 in sacks (9.5) while making the All-Pac-12 first team. That was the most sacks by a Trojan since 2007. He also led the team in tackles for losses with 13 and added 3 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery to go along with 54 total tackles last year.

The explosion that Perry shows on tape is really impressive and it is backed up by his 35 reps on the bench, a 38.5 inch vertical jump and a 10\’04” broad jump. That equates to an impressive 83 explosion rating, which is out of sight in that metric. He has a very quick twitch in addition. Perry will need to adjust to life standing up in the 3-4 and will have a bit of a learning curve as a result, mostly in drop situations. He has shown that skill set to scouts at his impressive pro day and that will improve even more at the next level in my opinion. He shows good recognition and discipline against the run and offers great back side chase ability. His first step is tremendous. Perry is a high character kid that interviews well.

A few things to end up pick one here. I am not as high on inside linebacker Dont\’a Hightower as most are and that primarily is because of his lateral agility and ability to flip his hips and drop fluidly. He is a crash inside linebacker that makes plays and that can\’t be denied. He also has high character, is a solid team leader and understands the 3-4 defense. I do not believe the Steelers are ready to give up on Stevenson Sylvester just yet as the heir to the James Farrior throne in addition. I believe that the Steelers might have brought him in as a smoke screen being as so many people have linked him to the Steelers at 24. The Steelers also have never drafted a “true” inside linebacker in the first round in the Super Bowl era.

Should both Mercilus and Perry be off the board at 24, and that is a possibility, I could see a scenario unfolding where the Steelers take calls for the pick in attempt to move down a few spots to select Shea McClellin or Andre Branch. Keep your eyes on McClellin as he is screaming up the draft boards after his pro day. There is some talk he could be drafted now anywhere in the mid first round to the early second round as a result. It is so hard to gauge his stock right now, but he very well could be the second or third best outside linebacker in this class. I just do not have enough confidence to make him the pick here and I really wish I did.

I am 75% confident the Steelers pick in round one will be a linebacker.

Players to be considered here: Whitney Mercilus, Shea McClellin, Kevin Zeitler, Cordy Glenn, Mark Barron, Dontari Poe, Dont\’a Hightower, Coby Fleener, Stephen Hill – ((Dropped Branch added Zeitler))

Round 2 – Pick 56 – G Brandon Brooks – Miami (Ohio)

4.99 40-yard dash

1.74 10-yard dash

2.84 20-yard dash

4.58 20-yard shuttle

7.42 three-cone

32 inch vertical jump

9’2” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times

33 1/2 inch arm length

10 inch hands

80 1/4 inch wingspan

Brooks was a combine snub that wowed teams during his pro day by running a 4.99 40 yard dash and clocking a 4.58 short shuttle time. When you look at his measureables it computes to a 77 explosive rating and that explosiveness shows on the game tape. His versatility is another asset as he played left tackle, left guard and right guard. During his time with the Redhawks Brooks started 41 of 45 games he played in and registered 287 knockdowns and 47 touchdown-resulting blocks (35 of those were for the ground game, an impressive figure, as Miami ran for only 40 touchdowns in games started by Brooks during his career)

Brooks showed his stuff at left guard in the East West Shrine game at left guard and was very impressive. He drives well with his powerful legs and shows great core strength in both his run blocking and pass protection. He uses proper hand technique and hip swerve in his retreat setting up in pass pro and his first punch usually hits its mark.

Brooks shows he has ability to get off his blocks and to the second level with a great deal of consistency and is also finisher. His athleticism makes it hard for second level linebackers to avoid him a good bit of the time, but he is not nimble enough to be completely without misses. He has good short area quickness to trap if asked to run power.

The Steelers would likely jump at the chance to draft the nasty Amini Silatolu should he fall this far, but I do not see that happening. Silatolu is a move left tackle that projects as a guard at the next level, but offers that flexibility like Brooks has in a pinch. Did I mention that Silatolu is nasty? The Steelers need a left guard so Doug Legursky can return to being a swing interior lineman. Both Brooks and Silatolu were pre draft visitors along with Mitchell Schwartz, yet another versatile guard/tackle type, so it figures that round two could be one of those three players. I have had Brooks in several of my mocks up until this point and I think round two is a great place to snag him.

Players to be considered here: Amini Silatolu, Derek Wolfe, Mychal Kendricks, Bobby Massie, Lavonte David, Harrison Smith, Bobby Wagner, Dwayne Allen, Mitchell Schwartz

Round 3 – Pick 86 – NT Mike Martin – Michigan

4.92 40-yard dash

1.66 10-yard dash

2.75 20-yard dash

4.25 20-yard shuttle

7.19 three-cone

33 1/2 inch vertical jump

9’5” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times

32 1/4 inch arm length

9 1/8 inch hands

78 1/8 inch wingspan

20081200  20  09  11 00 00 0-0 04.5-19  00  2.0-15   00
20091212  51  20  31 00 01 0-0 08.5-26  00  2.0-08   02
20101212  37  21  16 00 00 0-0 06.0-39  00  2.5-32   02
20111313  64  20  44 00 00 0-0 06.0-24  00  3.5-18   03
TOTAL4937172  70102 00 01 0-0 25.0-108  010.0-73   09

This selection was tough for me. Will the Steelers go running back or nose tackle in this round? They of course could target other positions, but these two stood out the most in my opinion. Once I narrowed it down to nose tackle, the choice was either Martin or Josh Chapman, neither of which came in for pre draft visits. My heart told me Chapman, but my gut told me Martin.

Martin met with the Steelers at the combine and they also showed up at his pro day, where they reportedly worked him out on the side. Martin has said in many interviews since the combine that the Steelers seem genuinely interested in him and recently said on SiriusXM Radio that he’s added weight since the combine, and has had quite a few conversations with the Steelers. He measured in at the combine at 6012 and weighed 306 pounds. He is rumored to be at about 315 right now.

His 4.92 40 yard dash at the combine along with his scout reported 4.25 short shuttle time matches his quickness and agility that I saw on tape. Martin uses his wrestling background and ox like strength to hold the point of attack as he maintains solid leverage when asked to two-gap. I must admit on my first initial look at the tape, I did not see him asked to work double teams and was concerned he may be a 1 gap defensive tackle only. After a deeper study I saw he could indeed manage two gaps like a good 3-4 nose tackle should. He maintains great balance consistently and uses his hands to punch well off of the snap. Those hands stay very active during his battles in addition. He is very disciplined at working inside his thick frame.

Martin showed that he can play the 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and even 5 technique at various times in games and this is a plus. He understands technique and gap control and seems to be a student of the game. One thing that stuck out on tape was his ability to drop a few times into a short middle zone and deliver a legal chuck to a receiver coming across on a slant. He also shows great effort in chase and you don\’t see him on the ground very much. At times he will get lazy and not stay square and he will try to spin off of contact at times. That can be fixed. He also needs to be a more violent tackler instead of a drag down guy at times.

As far as pass rushing goes, Martin can push the pocket and is more of a bull rusher as you would expect. He recorded 10 sacks during his career at Michigan to go along with 9 total pressures. He started 37 of 49 games while at Michigan and finished his career with 172 tackles (70 solos), 25 tackles for losses and forced one fumble.

Martin anchored a defense that was second in the Big Ten in rush defense and first in red zone defense during their regular season. He also was a team captain with great character and happy personality. He really gives a great interview and would look great in the black and gold. Woodley, who also played at Michigan, has been reportedly pushing Martin hard to the coaching staff.

Players to be considered here: Josh Chapman, Isaiah Pead, LaMichael James, LaMarr Miller, Greg Childs, Ladarius Green, James-Michael Johnson, Sean Spence, Kelechi Osemele

Round 4 – Pick 119 – RB Ronnie Hillman – San Diego State

4.43 40-yard dash

N/A 10-yard dash

N/A 20-yard dash

N/A 20-yard shuttle

N/A three-cone drill

37 inch vertical jump

N/A broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times

30 inch arm length

8 1/2 inch hands

72 1/4 inch wingspan

20101308 262  1532 5.85 17   93   117.85
20111312 311  1711 5.50 19   99   131.62
TOTAL2620 573  3243 5.66 36   99   124.73
2010 09     06807.56 01   20   2  2  0  0  0
2011 24     27011.25 01   71   1  1  0  0  0
TOTAL 33     33810.24 02   71   3  3  0  0  0
201013     271     068  1532        0        0    1600 18 5.90   123.08
201113     335     270  1711        0        0    1981 20 5.91   152.38
TOTAL26     606     338  3243        0        0   3581 38 5.91   137.73

Tomlin and Colbert have pretty much admitted that they will add another running back this offseason via free agency or the draft. So far one has not been added through free agency and it looks almost certain that Mewelde Moore will not be brought back. The Steelers have some question marks at the position, especially in the 3rd down and change of pace department as last years 7th round pick Baron Batch looks to return from a torn ACL that cost him his rookie season. While Batch looks to be fully recovered, he has yet to play a down in the NFL.

The Steelers had Isaiah Pead and LaMichael James in for pre draft visits, but it would be surprising if either fell down to the fourth round. If either of them do, it could be the pick. Not to be left out of the possibilities is LaMarr Miller as well. The Steelers had a large contingent at the Miami pro day and eyes could have been watching him closely. Like Pead and James though, Miller too is likely to be off the board by round four.

Enter Hillman, who measured in at the combine at 5091 and weighed 200 pounds. The red-shirted sophomore ran a 4.41 40 time according to a few scouts. He was unable to go fully at his pro day due to a hamstring problem and that could allow his stock a bit. The Steelers reportedly had people present at the San Diego State pro day.

Hillman has shown the ability to run both inside and outside with both patience and agility. He can stop and start on a dime and smooth turn the corner where he accelerates quickly. He is also a big play type of back as of his 36 touchdown runs, 19 were for 10 yards or longer, including 9 carries for at least 40 yards and 6 others for 50 yards or more. He became much more involved in the Aztec passing game last year, finishing fourth on the team with 24 receptions for 270 yards and a touchdown. He also led the conference and placed 15th nationally with an average of 152.38 all-purpose yards per game.

Hillman does tend to run too upright at times and this will need to be corrected at the next level. While he is a decent and willing pass protector, he is a long way from being polished in that area. A little more weight and muscle could provide him with a better base. This would help him run better between the tackles as well, He likes to bust runs outside more times than not and is careless with the football at times. Should he mature in the passing game even more as a receiver, he could very well be a perfect compliment type back, but in my opinion will never be an every down back. He has low mileage and age on his side, so his development is far from other.

Players to be considered here: T.Y Hilton, Michael Egnew, Senio Kelemete, Trenton Robinson, Cam Johnson, Zebrie Sanders, Aaron Henry, Keshawn Martin, Tony Bergstrom

Round 5 – Pick 159 – CB Keith Tandy – West Virginia

 4.51 40-yard dash

1.49 10-yard dash

2.47 20-yard dash

4.29 20-yard shuttle

6.91 three-cone

35 inch vertical jump

10’0” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times

32 7/8 inch arm length

9 1/8 inch hands

76 1/4 inch wingspan

Tandy is a well put together cornerback that lacks elite size and length. He measured in at his pro day at 5102 and weighed 197 pounds. He posted a decent 40 time of 4.51 to go along with a 4.29 short shuttle. He put up 16 reps on the bench and his vertical was 35 inches.

One thing that shows up on tape with Tandy is his physicality as he is not afraid to tackle. He registered 64 of them last year alone for West Virginia. He also led the team in interceptions with 4 in 2011 and was credited with a team leading 9 pass breakups in addition.

Tandy likely projects as a nickel type corner at the next level and possibly could be a candidate to move to free safety. He shows great body control, but lacks ideal foot work. He does break quickly on balls thrown in his area underneath and that is why he likely fits better in zone. He makes plays and is solid on special teams.

His run recognition is great and he is always eager to come up and offer that support, but could use more core strength and work on his ability to wrap up. His transitional quickness will limit him in man responsibilities, but he seems to have a good football mind and great anticipation. He was a team captain and is noted as a dedicated worker with a good character to go along with it. The Steelers attended the West Virginia pro day and had Tandy in for a pre draft visit. He should be available in round 5 and seems like a perfect Steeler type player.

Players to be considered here: Nate Potter, Tommy Streeter, Marvin McNutt, Lucas Nix, DeAngelo Peterson, Tom Compton, Hebron Fangupo, Nate Potter, Chase Minnifield

Round 6 – Pick 193 – TE Derek Carrier – Beloit

4.51 40-yard dash

1.57 10-yard dash

2.53 20-yard dash

4.08 20-yard shuttle

6.65 three-cone

38 inch vertical jump

10’2” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times

31 3/8 inch arm length

9 3/8 inch hands

77 inch wingspan

20080904  16     21713.56 01   58 1.78     24.11
20091010  34     60017.65 04   50 3.40     60.00
20101010  64   104416.31 12   82 6.40   104.40
20111010  75   125016.67 12   60 7.50   125.00
TOTAL3934189   311116.46 29   82 4.85     79.77

Judging by the pre draft visits and roster, the Steelers look likely to add a tight end at some point during the draft. The 6th round is the perfect opportunity to do that and Carrier is a small school guy that seems to fit the bill.

I knew nothing about Carrier until scout Dave-Te Thomas turned me on to him and he has seen his stock rise from the undrafted ranks after an impressive showing at the Wisconsin pro day, which the Steelers attended.

Carrier measures in at 6033 and weighs 238 pounds. He ran a 4.51 40 yard dash and had an out of sight short shuttle time of 4.08. An impressive 38 inch vertical jump also caught the eyes. While Carrier played wide receiver at Benoit, many scouts project him as a move tight end/h-back type at the next level that would more than likely line up detached from the line.

In a quick look at the limited tape I could find on him, Carrier appears to get off the line well and into his routes. He uses his speed to get into the seem and usually gets good separation. He fights for the ball with good body control. The blocking aspect I did not get a chance to watch, but as a wide receiver it likely was limited. He definitely would not be considered an in-line type tight end prospect. He is a pass catcher only right now in my opinion and he did that at a small school level.

Carrier is what he is and that is an intriguing move tight end prospect from a small school.

Players to be considered here: Andrew Datko, Markus Zusevics, Levy Adcock, George Bryan, Miles Burris, Akiem Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Michael Smith, Jeff Fuller

Round 7 – Pick 231 – DE Ryan Van Bergen  – Michigan

4.96 40-yard dash

1.76 10-yard dash

2.87 20-yard dash

4.43 20-yard shuttle

7.69 three-cone drill

30 inch vertical jump

9\’04” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times

32 7/8 inch arm length

9 inch hands

79 1/4 inch wingspan

Van Bergen had the eye of the Steelers coaching at the Michigan pro day and they worked him out on the side along with Martin according to reports. He certainly projects as a 5 technique defensive end at the next level and on tape I saw him play on both the right and left sides at the 3, 4 and the 5 technique line-up. He had a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 2011.

Van Bergen measured in at 6044 at his pro day and weighed 290 pounds. He moves great on film and that showed with his 4.96 40 yard dash time and his 4.43 short shuttle time. He also put up 31 reps on the bench. He very well could have increased his stock enough that he might be off the board in the 7th, but I will take my chances that he will there for the Steelers.

Could this be another late round defensive end gem for the Steelers? He did not make a pre draft visit, but with his solid character and good football smarts, it likely wasn\’t needed. He kind of reminds you of a young Brett Keisel when you see him with a beard. That is not fair to do that though to either player. I think the Steelers could do worse by adding him

Players to be considered here: Blair Walsh, Micah Pellerin, Donte Paige-Moss, Johnnie Troutman, Corey Harkey, David Paulson, Kelvin Beachum, John Hughes, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste

Round 7 – Pick 240 – WR Toney Clemons  – Colorado

4.43 40-yard dash

1.53 10-yard dash

2.28 20-yard dash

4.33 20-yard shuttle

6.93 three-cone drill

36 inch vertical jump

10\’08” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 11 times

31 3/4 inch arm length

9 3/8 inch hands

78 1/4 inch wingspan

When in doubt in the late rounds, go with players brought in for pre draft visits is my motto. Clemons is a local kid that has produced enough buzz that he will likely be drafted in the late rounds. Several have a 6th or 7th round grade on the Michigan transfer, who is the cousin of Steve Breaston. Notice the connection in there?

At his pro day Clemons measured in at 6021 and weighed 210 pounds. He ran a head turning 4.43 40 time to go along with a 4.33 short shuttle. He is not the purest of route runners, but gets a good release off of the line and gets open nonetheless. The thing that stuck out the most to me on tape is his strong hands and his ability to high point the ball instead of letting it into his body.

Clemons played on poor offense yet still managed to score 8 touchdowns and averaged almost 16 yards per catch on 43 catches last season. His two year career average at Colorado was 13.5 yards per reception on 86 catches.

He graduated with a degree in Sociology last December and was a two-time recipient of the CU Gold Group Commitment Award (Fall 2009, Spring 2010), presented to those who have achieved “Excellence with Class” in their academic, athletic and personal lives.

Players to be considered here: Blair Walsh, Micah Pellerin, Donte Paige-Moss, Johnnie Troutman, Corey Harkey, David Paulson, Kelvin Beachum, John Hughes, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste

Round 7 – Pick 246- DB Jeremy Jones – Wayne State

4.58 40-yard dash

1.56 10-yard dash

2.57 20-yard dash

4.19 20-yard shuttle

7.18 three-cone drill

31 1/2 inch vertical jump

9\’08” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times

30 1/2 inch arm length

9 1/8 inch hands

72 1/2 inch wingspan

Yet another pre draft visitor that the Steelers seem to be intrigued with from a small school. Jones is another undersized cornerback like Tandy that makes plays. He measured in at the combine at 5094 and weighed 197 pounds. He put up an impressive 20 reps on the bench and that matches his physical playing nature on tape. He has great explosion and uses his hands well. Also like Tandy he is not afraid of contact.

Jones recorded a whopping 106 tackles in 2011 and nearly 300 for his career at Wayne State. In the 46 games he played in he totaled 17 interceptions to go along with 23 pass breakups. He\’s a tremendous competitor, a team player and fearless. In my opinion he could be a candidate to be a strong safety in the Steelers 3-4. He covers like safety and hits like a linebacker. Sound like another strong safety? The more you read about him and the more you watch of him on tape, you can tell he might be a small school steal. Keep your eye out for where he goes on draft day and I bet Carnell Lake would love to get his hands on him.

Players to be considered here: Blair Walsh, Micah Pellerin, Donte Paige-Moss, Johnnie Troutman, Corey Harkey, David Paulson, Kelvin Beachum, John Hughes, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste

Round 7 – Pick 248 – LB Jerrell Harris – Alabama

4.68 40-yard dash

1.63 10-yard dash

2.68 20-yard dash

4.51 20-yard shuttle

7.40 three-cone drill

34 inch vertical jump

9\’08” broad jump

Bench pressed 225 pounds N/A times

32 3/4 inch arm length

9 3/4 inch hands

80 5/8 inch wingspan

Harris played both inside and outside during his time at Alabama and likely projects as either a BUCK or MACK at the next level. He measured in at his pro day at 6022 and weighed 239 pounds. He ran a 4.68 40 time to go along with a short shuttle time of 4.51.

Harris is not overly quick, but runs with power and balance. He is not afraid of contact against the run, but he could use a bit more weight on his frame as all you see are limbs when he runs. He pass drops better than Hightower in my opinion in drills and in games and snaps his hips better in addition. That being said, he will never be a man coverage linebacker, but could do well in zone situations. He reads plays quickly and seems to know where he belongs on the field at all times.

Harris would likely be a great practice squad candidate depending on how things go. The Steelers were all over the Alabama pro days and Harris was a pre draft visitor in addition.

Players to be considered here: Blair Walsh, Micah Pellerin, Donte Paige-Moss, Johnnie Troutman, Corey Harkey, David Paulson, Kelvin Beachum, John Hughes, Nicolas Jean-Baptiste

  • Daddeeekip

    Everyone seems to overlook a K, I know we can sign one as a UDFA but do not want to chance someone challenging Suisham in camp.

  • Tacomaman54

    If this is how it turned out, I would be extremely happy. Great job!

  • Jrfcalif

    Ibeen watting for this great job!!# dave! Hope your right like last year!


    The OLBs you consider appear to be the best value compared to prospects at other positions who might still be available at 1.24, and when have the Steelers been hesitant to pickup a LB with strong potential? History tells us where our FO puts its money and picks. (LB) I feel that Brandon Brooks is a ‘must have’ and hopefully we beat others to the punch. Too many other oft-mentioned OLine candidates all project as RTs. Martin over Chapman shows testicularity on your part, but film doesn’t lie. Shame we can’t wait until next year for NT, as 2013 will have a much deeper class. I’m still in favor of Akiem Hicks at some point, if we can get him.



  • Took the words out of my mouth. I agree with your comment about next years NT class. Even if the Steelers pick up Martin, I don’t think that would prevent them from drafting another NT next year, if the value is right. Would it be so bad, having Martin playing the roll of Chris Hoke for the next 10 years? I don’t think so. That said, Martin could surprise a lot of people this year, especially if he can show up to camp at 320 lbs!

  • Jefferson St. Joe

    Regarding first round picks, it’s interesting that almost everyone buys in that the Steelers always take the best player available, but you see the decision probably coming down to the best OLB available. I happen to agree and think that the Steelers give more weight to position than many other teams. That doesn’t mean they draft to their most glaring needs, but when they say they draft people who fit their system that is code for selecting players at particular positions who will have an opportunity within their first couple of years. An OLB fits that pattern and I think it will be Perry.

  • Nice job Dave. I would be very happy if the first three rounds went down this way. I don’t know if you caught “Movin’ the Chains” on Tuesday. PK summarized a conversation he had with a friend of his, who happens to be a long time O-line coach. Long story short, he stated that this years O-line class is very weak at the top, compared to the last few years. Most of the OL projected as first rounders this year, would have been considered 3 rounders in the 2011 draft.

  • SteelersDepot

    Rumors surfacing tonight that Chapman still has medical red flag on him according to Lance Z and it COULD drop him further down the board as a result.

  • Kysteeler

    Wow, great work on the draft Dave! I would be pleased if things fell this way. Martin is a good pick very high motor and will be out to prove himself every play. Love Clemons in the 7th.. don’t really know too much about the RB, I’ll have to give him a look.

  • SteelersDepot

    After watching the tackles after top 2, I agree. Top guards are good though.

  • Harvard guy

    I’d like to see a safety and a kicker and, depending on whether or not Leftwich comes back, a developmental QB like Austin Davis in there somewhere……..

  • Intropy

    Here’s mine. This is not really meant to be predictive, though I do consider visits and the like. I’ll regard these picks as “somewhat hopeful” since I some of these guys will undoubtedly end up gone; I try to avoid anything egregious, and assume a historically average number of “reaches” but just plain old probability means your guy has a good shot at being gone unless you put reaches in your mock too. It also assumes that trade partners want to play ball as well, but I haven’t really looked into why the other team would want to do that, but rather relied on the trades being “fair” according the the standard values.

    Pit 24 (740), 193 (14.2) NE 48 (420), 62 (284), 126 (46)
    Pit 119 (56), 159 (27.8) Seattle 105 (84)

    48: Kevin Zeitler (OG)
    55: Alameda Ta’amu (NT)
    63: Brandon Brooks (OG)
    86: Mychal Kendricks (ILB)
    105: Greg Childs (WR)
    193: Keith Tandy (CB)
    231: Oliver Vernon (OLB)
    240: Blair Walsh (K)
    246: Drew Butler (P)
    248: Adrien Robinson (TE)

  • Intropy

    I like the Perry pick. What I think is going to happen in the real draft is that a few reaches in round one means that someone the Steelers like who shouldn’t fall has to fall. Who that is I can’t say, but I think Perry is about the most likely candidate, maybe after Upshaw.

  • PoKey21

    My Final Version:

    1) Hightower – LB
    2) Tammu – NT
    3) Brooks – G
    4) Robinson – S
    5) Mosley – T
    6) Rainey – RB
    7) Posey – WR
    7) Persa – QB
    7) Bullock – K

  • steelerfanmatt1933

    Dave, as always, I appreciate the work you put into this. Additionally, I have always liked Ronnie Hillman and I would love to see the Steelers give him a shot.

  • Tim

    Love it. I was a big fan of Mercilus back in the winter but wrote him off him off as a 4-3 guy primarily. Would love it if the TO sees him as a viable OLB. I also reallyheard like the idea of Hightower or Perry. Completely on board with Brooks at 56. Praying he’ll last that long. Mike Martin is another real solid guy who sounds like he’d also provide great value at the end of the third. As for the rest I’ll take it. Really hope this is how Thursday pans out.

  • James

    Good read – 2 days ago I posted on the nfluk forum that I thought the steelers will go OLB in round 1 (although admittedly I mentioned McClellin) Glad I wasn’t going crazy!

    I like Brooks in round 2 & i’m also thinking a NT in round 3 (although I mocked Chapman)

  • Nolrog

    It’s possible that they will look to OLB given Harrison’s age, however, you have no ILB drafted, which is where the immediate need is. Harrison is old, but Farrior is gone. Plus, you only have one offensive lineman drafted and no kicker.

    I think they will draft a couple OL, one at least in the top 3 and one maybe even at 4 and then another one in the 7th, and they will draft a PK in the 7th as well.

  • notjustasteelerfan


    Not bad, tell me what you think of mine mock draft..
    The ranking is provided by CBS Sports.com 8/4/11 – 4/23/12
    If these Players drop or fall, IMO these players fit BPA vs PON.

    1st C. Upshaw ILB/OLB/DE 1stILB-26ova – 3rdDE-24ova-1st rd
    2nd J. Crick DE/DT + 2ndDE-11ova – 7thDE-58ova-2nd rd
    3rd A. Ta’amu DT/NT 4thDT-30ova – 10thDT-85ova-3rd rd
    4th C. Gray RB 5th-75ova – 10th-107ova-3rd-4th rd
    5th T. Robinson FS/SS 5thFS-121ova – 3rdFS-115ova-3rd-4th rd
    6th T. Streeter WR n/r – 20th-161ova-5th rd
    7th A. Datko OT + 4th-31ova – 19th-224ova-6th-7th rd
    7ath L.Adcock OT 5th-35ova – 23rd-271ova-7th-fa
    7bth E. Whitley FS/CB 8thFS-171ova – 16thFS-353ova-fa
    7cth D.Paige-Moss DE/OLB+ 3rdDE-10ova – 29thDE-381ova-fa

    Please tell me what you think, I value your opinion.
    thank you

  • notjustasteelerfan

    here’s mine..Rankings provided by CBSSports.com. Dated from 8/4/11 to 4/23/12.
    if these players fall then IMO they best fit BPA vs PON.

    !st C.Upshaw ILB/OLB/DE 1stILB-26ova – 3rdDE-24ova-1st rd
    2nd J. Crick DE/DT + 2ndDE-11ova – 7thDE-58ova-2nd rd
    3rd A.Ta’amu DT/NT 4thDT-30ova – 10thDT-85ova-3rd rd
    4th C. Gray RB 5th-75ova – 10th-107ova-3rd-4th rd
    5th T.Robinson FS/SS 5thFS-121ova – 3rdFS-115ova-3rd-4th rd
    6th T. Streeter WR n/r – 20th-161ova-5th rd
    7th A. Datko OT + 4th-31ova – 19th-224ova-6th-7th rd
    7ath L.Adcock OT 5th-35ova – 23rd-271ova-7th-fa
    7bth E.Whitley FS/CB 8thFS-171ova – 16thFS-353ova-fa
    7cth D. Paige-Moss DE/OLB + 3rdDE-10ova – 29thDE-381ova-fa

  • Bubba54

    no way they pick OLB. There is not a need this year. Our inside guys make the higher percentage of plays. i.e. run, pass, rush. Hightower is needed now.

  • Tanner

    Any thoughts on Robert Turban from Utah State?

  • Nolrog

    I would be quite satisfied with this draft.

  • Kingmagyar

    I like the draft, but I hope they pass on Mike Martin. He would be a much better DT. Although he looks like he should be in a Conan movie, he will not be able to hold up against double teams and be effective. See his many weaknesses in this area in his analysis at cbssports.com. Josh Chapman would be the much better NT if he were there.


    Not a need this year? We could have used a couple last year, and now Harrison is a year older.

  • Alleghenys

    Great mock, Dave. And thanks for all of the draft information and insights the last few months. Because the Steelers largely draft the best player available as opposed to need (as most other teams do), they are perhaps the most difficult team in the NFL to forecast. You have to predict what their board looks like and when those players will be selected by all teams, which is no easy feat. That makes it all the more impressive that you got the Steelers’ first three picks last year right.

  • Jprankster2005

    I don’t like that mock don’t think but 2 of them would ever be starters…….. This will be my final prediciton……….
    1. Hill
    2. Brooks
    3. Chapman
    let’s see if I can come close with those three………

  • Grw1960

    I think it has very real possibilities. Providing Perry and Brooks are BPA when the Steelers pick. But since they signed a TE, I have my doubts that they will draft one late

  • Yup. The Steelers pass rush dropped from first in the league, in 2010, to 17th in the league, in 2011.

  • The Steelers would like to upgrade the ILB position, but they don’t NEED to upgrade. They have the same amount of depth at inside backer, as they do on the outside. Inside LB is one of the easiest positions to fill. The same can’t be said for OLB.

  • Bleebo77

    Really solid effort, Dave! I’d love this as a result. Round 1 might be the most interesting choice the Steelers will have, and I agree that OL just doesn’t offer value (except maybe for Glenn). If they stay at 1.24, I could definitely see DE/OLB as the pick. I’m a little nervous about Perry since I saw him on KC Joyner’s “overrated” list. Joyner points out that very few of Perry’s sacks came “one-on-one,” which apparently is a good measure of future pass rush success. I don’t know the #s on Mercilus.

    I think you’ve identified potential contributors down the line. Love Brooks, Martin (although also torn w/ Chapman), Tandy, Carricker, Van Bergen, and Jones. I wouldn’t mind a small school developmental OT somewhere. I don’t mind you skipping ILB, esp. if the Steelers think Sylvester can be the guy with a full offseason. Part of me wants a K, but I’m also okay with signing an UDFA for competition.

  • moderatelysane

    Rumors could come from a team that needs him to drop.

  • moderatelysane

    Absolutely a need this year. Also, any way you mock the first round, it’s likely that the best players available at 1.24 include several OLB, few OL, and Hightower.

  • zbluez1

    As usual great insight, as up to the moment info as is available to non team personnel, solid picks Rd’s 1-3, but my best guess is in Rd’s 4 or 5, you will see a second O-lineman taken in one of those slots, most likely a tackle, probably from Florida State. Looking at the roster I see more secondary depth currently then I do O-line, even with Essex losing enough weight that he could actually be mobile again. But I do not doubt a late round DB, LB & TE. Great picks!

  • Bleebo77

    P.S. Like others, I could see picking up a S or a QB if the value is there in later rounds. However, I also don’t think we can give too much attention to the OL. Dave, you seem to think Foster actually graded out well last year, so would you feel good about an interior line of Foster, Pouncey and Brooks with Legursky as the swing backup? And at OT, do you like Gilbert and Colon with a grab bag of back-up options (Scott, Starks, someone yet unsigned)? Maybe someone like Compton from SD is the mid-rounds for development. Do you think the practice squad OT from Abilene has a chance to see the active roster?

  • moderatelysane

    Great work, Dave. I like the draft. I think any way you mock the rest of the 1st round, several OLB are among the best available players at 1.24. I’m beginning to buy into your argument that Hightower is slightly behind the times in the mold of ILB for us, although I wouldn’t be shocked to see him picked. I think at least one of Upshaw, Mercilus, Perry will fall to us, and all three would probably get picked over Hightower. I also believe Glenn may fall. Although we may not like him, the FO may, and he most certainly is a road grader who could help our short yardage game as Dave’te pointed out. In my mock, I’ve got Upshaw falling to us, though I’m not 100% confident he will. I love the pick of Brooks in 2. Not sure I’d take Martin in 3, with the exception that he would make a great Chris Hoke replacement and get us by until next year with the obviously deep NT class; I’m just not sold on him as a 3rd rounder when we could get Fangupo later to be our next Hoke. I’d rather see Chapman, Childs, or ILB in the 3rd. I completely agree with Dave’te that Childs has stud potential. I’m a Razorback alum (maybe homer), and this guy was unstoppable before the injury; pro day suggests he’s back in form. I like the rest, although I might consider Robinson in the 4th.

    Great work again! You are totally going to have a depressive episode once this is all over next week.

  • PoKey21

    I feel Thats all of the Steelers major needs. All but a CB. I think Robinson is good value at Safey in the 4th, and I think Posey is a steal if he is still there in the 7th. Rainey can return Punts and Kicks to keep Brown healthy. And we re-load on D.

  • superguru

    Don’t like this Mock. Understand Steeler philosophy, draft inside out. Thats where the best value is in this draft. Will pick up at least (2) or (3) offensive linemen and a NT. LB will be addressed in later rounds as well as skill positions such as DB and RB,In all their selections they are looking for “beef”. Large TE’s not H-back types and large size NT’s (see K. Weston). Quit listening to Mel Kiper and Todd McShea.

  • John Hinton

    Dave…Great analysis as usual. I would like to see us bring in a punter with the 9th or 10th pick.

  • Broderick Wallace

    I like the first 3 picks, especially round 2 and 3, but I do not see Tomlin breaking his 1st round pattern.

    Why spend a 4th round pick on yet another unproven/inexperienced RB? We already have plenty. Steelers would be wise to wait for RB to free fall like J. Dwyer in round 5 or later. There are still experienced FA RB’s out there.

  • SteelersDepot

    Not ruling out a tackle in mid rounds at all. I just couldn’t fit one in my mock. yes, I thought Foster was the most consistent of all linemen last year.

  • moderatelysane

    I like the first round. I also have Upshaw in the first. Ta’amu won’t make it to 3.24. Derek Wolfe would be better than J. Crick at 2.24. Need OL, especially OG, somewhere, most likely in the 2nd or 3rd at the latest. Like rounds 5-7 alot.

  • LOC

    Would much prefer value of OLB R Lewis in 2nd or 3rd….

  • sweetleb

    Ilike the first 2 rounds and perry is 1 of my 2 picks for the first round. hate the 3rd round, I think the steelers will chill on nose tackle until later in the draft. maybe a corner or rb in the 3rd . a qb in the 5th or 6th could be a possibility. best on the board will be the way to go through the whole draft.

  • Intropy

    Hah, I traded 193 to NE and used it anyway. That would be ideal. But I also failed to use 126.

    48: Kevin Zeitler (OG)
    55: Alameda Ta’amu (NT)
    63: Brandon Brooks (OG)
    86: Mychal Kendricks (ILB)
    105: Greg Childs (WR)
    126: Michael Egnew (TE)
    231: Oliver Vernon (OLB)
    240: Kellen Moore (QB)
    246: Blair Walsh (K)
    248: Drew Butler (P)

  • guest

    I think both Brooks and Martin are the most logical, especially since Brooks is very high to them. I also think its interesting that Martins favorite player is Woodley, so that’s another positive.

  • mokhkw

    Thanks for the excellent Draft coverage again this year Dave, always interesting to read your thoughts.

  • guest

    Another guy to look at is Shawn Loisseau out of Merrimack. He’s a linebacker that is described as hard to cut because he is such a hard worker and high effort player.

  • Delilah

    Once again, Dave & I have a very similar mock draft. He & I agree on many of the same names, and the few differences involve different names, but the same type of position player.

    Here’s what I got:

    1) Perry, OLB
    2) Brooks, OG/T
    3) Pead, RB
    4) Wolfe, DL
    5) Fangupo, NT
    6) Adrien Robinson, TE
    7) Akiem Hicks, DL
    7) Clemmons, WR/KR/PR
    7) Harris, ILB
    7) Zuerlein, K

    I agree with Dave regarding Perry. As always, the Steelers FO likes to go with the best player available, going with an as close as possible to a can’t-miss player. With a 3-4 defense, they are always looking for LBs, James Harrison is getting old, and there are better OLB pospects in the 1st round than ILBs. Hightower is intriguing, but I see him as a 2-down player due to his large size and lack of mobility required for pass coverage. And Poe is just WAY too much of a gamble to take in round one. I don’t know what Bouchette is thinking! I also considered Andre Branch in this spot, as he is more willing to transition to OLB, but his stock it too low to use a 1st round pick. Maybe if the Steelers traded down, they might go for him in the early 2nd rd.

    I think Brooks is a slam dunk in the 2nd rd. He is graded to go late 2nd – early 3, so this is the right place to take him. The Steelers FO spent as much time with him as any prospect, they really need O-line help, so this pick was easy.

    I think I may be thinking more with my heart than my head on the next two picks. I believe the Steelers will take a 3rd down RB and a DL in these two spots, as there are many prospects available at these two positions in these two rounds. Maybe they get Pead or Wolfe, but maybe not both. And maybe not either, picking at the 24 spot in these two rounds. So, if not these two particular guys, I believe they will go for two other guys very similar to them. So Dave having Martin & Hillman is very plausable, IMO. Also, this is the point in the draft where lots of dropping prospects start to build up. So, maybe there is a small chance that my picks, Pead and/or Wolfe, are available here in rds 3 & 4. We’ll see.

    Another thing, I am trying to determine is the Steelers are changing their thinking regarding to NT body types. With NFL offences becoming more pass happy, are the Steelers considering a leaner body type (310ish lbs.) for NT as opposed to the standard C. Hampton body type (325+ lbs.)? When you look at all the DL prospects they looked at (Wolfe, Martin, Worthy), this may be the case. They’ve only looked at 2 true traditional NT body-types used in a 3-4 defense that I have read (Poe & Fangupo).

    That being said, I am still thinking traditional NT body-type, so that’s why I have the Steelers taking Fangupo in the 5th rd. If they truly are changing their thoughts regarding body type, I may be wrong and Dave may have it correct with Martin, or someone like him.

    Dave & I both have a TE in the 6th rd., but I like Robinson better than Carrier. Robinson has the right size to be a Steelers TE – Carrier is just too small. I think Dave-Te Thomas talked Mr. Bryan into something wrong here. Also, there is no way the Steelers will move Worilds to ILB – another Thomas boo-boo.

    All Dave’s and my 7th rd. picks are pretty close. But, I do see the Steelers using one of these picks to bring in a kicker. If not Zeurlein, then someone similar. Instead of DLman Van Bergen, I’m also going with another DL guy – Akiem Hicks. I have seen Hicks projected anywhere from rd. 3 to FA, so I have no idea if he’ll still be available in the 7th rd. I guess him playing in Canada is what makes him so hard to peg. I like Clemons, Jones, & Harris too, but I don’t see the Steelers using a pick to get Jones. Maybe they bring him in as an UDFA. Better yet, they should bring in Pitt’s Buddy Jackson as an UDFA. He plays CB like Jones, is bigger & faster than Jones, and he is an all-around special teamer, including KRer. Clemon’s size, speed, AND ability to return punts & kicks makes him an easy pick.

  • PoKey21

    I really like Mike Martin too actually. If we do not get Tam’mu in the 2nd I would love to see them get Martin in the 3rd.

  • PoKey21

    I think our first 4 will go ILB, NT, OG, DB. Its just a crap shoot as to who we take. Its all about the first round. I think the steelers priorities should look like this. 1) Decastro 2) Poe 3) Hightower, 4) Glenn, 5) Fleener, 6) Hill. I think decastro and Poe will be gone if we dont make a trade. i predict the first 4 picks to be Hightower, Tam’mu, Brooks, Robinson. That covers the 4 areas of main concern.

  • Agent kent

    1.24 trade to San Francisco for picks 30 and pick 94 overall for picks 24 and 231 ( Steelers original 7th rounder) The 49ers move up to get ahead of the Texans to select WR Stephen Hill GT.

    1.30 Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi –  Tomlins comments about the doubt of Willie Colon to stay healthy and a sever lack of depth at Tackle makes this seem like a cross section of need and value. 

    2.24 Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH)- Back to back lineman how is this possible. The last time Art Rooney II was so out spoken about the offense after the season the line coach was let go and the Steelers drafted a Center in the 1st. This time the OC was not asked back and I think the coach and Gm make a concerted effort to finish the overhaul of the line by adding starter quality depth for an injury plagued o line.

    3.24 James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada
    3.30 ( From trade with SF) Oliver Vernon, OLB, Miami
    4.24 Robert Turbin, Utah State
    5.24 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
    6.24 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State – call me crazy he’s the complete opposite of Ben but he reminds me of Tyler Palko a smart coaches son with limited physical ability and could be our new OC development project. 
    240 Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State 
    246 B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State  
    248 Randy Bullock K Texas A&M

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Bullock is my fav kicker this year followed by Wiggs…maybe be able to get either UDFA

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I love the guy…not change of pace and needs help in pass protect but He is a guy I hope we target.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Upshaw should be there when we pick and he is a beast!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Only Brooks is a guy who I feel is a good pick up…Perry is too much of a question in the 1st whether he can even be a 3/4 LB…Martin doesnt have the size…Better choices out there than Hillman….Tandy skill lvl isnt as good as u like…after that I thought u did well but the meat of it didnt like. 🙁

  • Jprankster2005

    I would love for Chapman to be there in the 4th round….. Get a TE in 1st or 3rd either Fleener or Egnew…… Then OL in 2nd And Chapman in 4th…. LB in 2nd If they got a OL in first would be a great draft….. I know for a fact that they will draft someone from Alabama because Bama plays like the steelers and they have had alot of Bama;s players visted…… So I wouldn’t mind if we picked up 2 guys from Bama

  • My steelers mock draft:
    1 Glenn OG
    2 Dennard CB
    3 JMJ LB
    4 Chapman DT
    5 Hilton WR
    6 Reynolds OT
    7 Moore QB
    Young FS
    Walsh K
    Dunsmore TE

  • Dave

    Good logical analysis as usual, and I wouldn’t be too surprised if this is close to the actual result.

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing them trade up if a “stud” falls into range, a la the 2003 Troy Polamalu deal.

    If they trade down, I’d love to see them get a 2013 first rounder out of it, like the Patriots always seem able to do.

    For what it’s worth, in Mayock’s top 100, Perry is only 49th. Mercilus is 22

  • Michael Marshall

    iI will be attending the N.F.L. Draft in New York City for the FIRST time, tomorrow! I have a Cousin who is an Assistant in The Steelers Scouting Department, having been with The Franchise in some capacity for the last 22 Years… He has “assured” me that The Steelers will draft “THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE, REGARDLESS OF POSITION ” in the First Round.
    The Steelers “Big Board” stands @ this as of 10:00p.m. (E.S.T.) on Wednesday April 25th:

    Round One : Georgia Guard/Tackle Cordy Glenn

    Round Two : California Linebacker Mychal Kendricks

    Round Three : Miami (of Oxford, Ohio) Guard Brandon Brooks

    Round Four : Michigan Defensive Tackle Mike Martin OR Oregon Running Back LaMichael James

    Round Five : Boise State Running Back Doug Martin

    Round Six : Benoit (Canada) Tight End Derek Carrier

    Round Seven : DEPTH @ ALL POSITIONS “Including Quarterback & Safety”…

    Offensive Linemen LEAD the way in UNDRAFTED Free-Agents…

  • Intropy

    I sure hope this isn’t legitimate since I would hate for the Steelers strategy / board to get leaked for other teams to use against them.

  • Csidhilall

    I think Mike Martin will be a helluva player!

  • Wdmason

    You got the first 3 rounds correct last year but you also picked Cortez Allen, Keith Williams and Mario Harvey near the top of the list.

  • CW

    I’d prefer the Steelers to go after Kendricks over Hightower if we do go with an inside linebacker in the first two rounds and I’m not sure that Nick Perry really makes a great deal of sense either. Trading back in the first round with the 49ers or trading out to the Jaguars if they want the 4th best quarterback in the draft to replace Gabbert makes a great deal of sense to me.

  • Sonny

    The problem with this years draft is that there aren’t many sure fire picks in the first round. I think the Steelers will trade out of the first. After the 2 QBS and Richardson there is a lot of guess work going on. Trade down and pick up some extra picks to fill out the Oline, DB and skill positions. Dave your draft is really good. I am not sold on any of the possible picks @ # 24


    The story tonight after Round 1 could very well be Who The Steelers Didn’t Pick.

  • CW

    Even so, we need to get two solid offensive linemen in this draft. Colon hasn’t stayed healthy in years and Legursky is better as a backup than a starter. Personally I’d prefer to find three solid offensive linemen just in case.

  • Cody

    Hope they Draft Clemons, Went to high school with him. He was a heck of a Ball player then and i believe he could help the steelers out if he can make the roster as the 5th WR possibly.

  • Bert

    4.J-M Johnson
    6.O.Vernon7.Adrien Robinson
    7a.Quinton Richardson
    7b.Raymond Carter
    7c.TJ Graham

  • Cash44

    I really want hightower. Pairing him next to LT for the next how many years i feel is to dangerous to pass up. I think OLB may be addressed early next year, but we are okay for now. Dont like taking CBs in general this year, and 2 is too many i think. We have developmental corners on this team already. Take the picks somewhere else and let the guys on the roster develop. I dont see much of a need to add more.

  • Phil H

    The only problem I have with this draft is that Carrier is out of Beloit, not Benoit. Great work. Go Steelers!

  • SteelersDepot

    I hop you don’t read here for my spelling and grammar or you will continue to be disappointed. lol

  • Clintmartin

    My cousins mom’s boyfriend’s aunt has sexual relation’s with a scouts helper,He said Steelers are trading up for the worst available player at there position. LMAO
    Michael Steelers always draft the best player available regardless of position!

  • Jprankster2005

    Alright I’ve been thinking and I’m going to do a few predictions like 1-5 or 1-6
    1. Poe I think he will drop to us and we pick him up
    2. Brandon Brooks
    3. Egnew
    4. Pead
    6. tandey I think he will fall to us at 6…..
    7. ILB,OLB,Safety, DE
    I think I’ll get one or 2 right…… First round will be hard………..

  • Esquared1

    As a Steeler fan and a Beloit College alum, I love your idea in the 6th Round.

  • Bleebo77

    I also hope it’s wrong b/c a lot of those players seem listed a round later than when they are expected to be drafted. Players always drop, but Doug Martin in the 5th? He might be gone at pick 22!

  • I hope you are wrong, Brooks and Martin are the only too I like.

    Decastro or Reiff are looking like strong possibilities now.



  • Eric87

    Steelers got DeCastro hell yeah!!!!

  • YES!!

  • Now hopefully we can get Ta’Amu, Martin or Chapman.

  • Eric87

    I’d still take Silatilu or Brooks in 2nd and O-line should keep Ben from being broken in half

  • PoKey21

    AMAZING!!! We got Decastro without even making a trade!!!!! NICE! As far as my last mock draft i made with Hightower going first, to he11 with that. I should have stuck with the first one i made. Decastro, Tam’mu, Carder, Robinson. Go Steelers! Heck of a first round pick!!

  • I think we can get Brooks in the 3rd. I am fine with two OGs in the first three if the other is an NT.

  • Eric87

    yead I would def take a nt with 1 of the next 2 picks. Hope they can grab Brooks as well, doubt Silatilu makes it to us later on. Maybe a RB somewhere along the line? Both Doug Martin and LaMichael James still available in the 2nd

  • Eric87

    nevermind, Martin to TB at 31

  • Clintmartin

    Great job Bleebo77 Martin just got picked at 31st.
    5th round?LOL

  • SteelersDepot

    What a great way to have the first two rounds of a mock draft destroyed. Never imagined DD would fall that far. Unreal, unreal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eric87

    like Christmas in April. Ben has to be ecstatic

  • Way too high IMO. I thought 56 was a little high for Martin (I live in CA and saw him play live). I like the kid, but a 1st is too high.

    I like James, Pierce, Polk and Pead and think we can get one in the 4th.

  • Meatrack

    We just won the lottery.

  • Clintmartin

    Hey I guess no Brandon Brooks in the second round or the third for that matter.
    He will be available in the 4th. Great 1st round!
    Finally a guard who can pull !

  • Jprankster2005

    I love Decastro I wonder If Reif was there if they would have took him…… But I really don’t mind getting Decastro…… I think he will be a great steeler for years to come….. I think we really need to focus on NT in 2nd or 3rd they gotta draft one tomorrow night…… I would like to see Egnew in 3rd so Taamu or Chapman and Egnew tomorrow and I would be happy as can be or even Worthy…….. I think the Patriots got the best of the first round without even giving up much look what Cleveland gave for moving up one spot, and New england moved up 6 spots both and 2 spots and only gave a 3rd and 4th rounder….. They only have 2 second rounders tomorrow hopefully Hill will be off the board before they draft or they will be even better next yr……. But all in all I guess was a good night

  • LOL, Ben probably still wanted a tall WR. 🙂

  • I thought OCD stood for “never having to wait until the next day for a full write up”

  • Jprankster2005

    So now after a good first pick I would love if they got a NT today, Taamu Chapman Martin…… And then I think a good TE like Egnew……….

  • Jprankster2005

    Is there any chance Dave that they pick up another Guard? Or if they get another OL do u think it will be T? I feel we have good depth now and Scott willl be gone…… We have Decastro,Colon,Gilbert,Foster Pouncey and Legursy and Essex backups…..Do u think we will get another OL or what? I still like Brooks…… But I think NT is what we gotta pick up here in 2nd……

  • Jprankster2005

    Alright I’m going to change my second round to Ta’amu…… stick with 3rd Egnew and the rest………..


    Taking Brandon Brooks in the 2nd would still make sense to me.