Steelers Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Final – Christopher DiMarino

By Christopher DiMarino

This is my final mock draft and will be verified in just a few days. I\’ve had a difficult time weighing who I would draft with who makes sense at that position with who the Pittsburgh Steelers organization will take. So for this final mock draft, I am not trying to choose who the Steelers will pick, but who they should pick. I think the two lists have a lot of parallels, but regardless of that fact it becomes easier for me to justify. I will release more draft information I used over the next few days as well as alternative mocks but without further adieu, here are MY final choices for the 2012 draft.

1.24) Coby Fleener (TE, Stanford)

Analysis: Even considering the likelihood that Kevin Colbert probably hasn\’t given Fleener\’s name more than a simple glance I still think he makes the most sense. I think to ease the offensive woes you inject a red zone target and guy that can give Todd Haley a way to expand the Steelers offense. I think if teams get scared and want to trade up then you trade down. You can still take Fleener later in the 1st most likely, if not then a guy like Kevin Zeitler or Andre Branch also fit.

Other contenders

OL: Cordy Glenn – The Steelers have gone DL/OL/DL in the last 3 first rounds so there is a strong possibility that they go back to OL.

OLB: Whitney Mercilus, Nick Perry, Andre Branch – These are 3 quality pass rushers who could provide necessary depth to address Harrison’s age and Worild’s question marks.

NT: Michael Brockers, Dontari Poe – Both would have to drop, both would need work.

ILB: Dont’a Hightower – Still a possibility, just a lackluster option.

CB: Stephon Gilmore – Not a position of need, but could be a terror in Carnell Lake\’s hands.

WR: Stephen Hill – Not a position of need, not a real option.

2.24 [56]) Brandon Brooks (OG, Miami – Ohio)

Analysis: If they don\’t take a lineman in the first round (O or D) you can bet they will here. While there are options available in round 3 at both positions ignoring both key positions will greatly stress the remainder of the draft. As far as I\’m concerned Brooks, Amini Silatolu and Bobby Massie are all good picks here, but guard is a bigger area of need. I think Silatolu, Massie and Ta\’amu will be gone so Brooks makes the most sense.

Other contenders

OL: Amini Silatolu, Bobby Massie, Kelechi Osemele – Include Brooks and there are 4 options, they\’ll take who\’s available.

DT: Alameda Ta’amu – Likely gone, but would be a big option if available.

ILB: Mychal Kendricks, Lavonte David, Bobby Wagner – Only a possibility if they got a NT or OG in the 1st.

RB: Doug Martin, Lamar Miller – Only an option if they drafted a OG or NT in the 1st.

3.23 [86]) Mike Martin (NT, Michigan)

Analysis: Taking a tight end in the first would again likely mean OL then DL or vice versa. Josh Chapman makes the most sense at NT unless they think they can get him or Martin a round later. In that case I can see them going OL 2 rounds in a row and taking Osemele. If they want to go BPA, then there are options at DE, RB and DB.

Other contenders

OL: Brandon Washington (OG), James Brown (OG), Mitchell Schwartz (OT), Zebrie Sanders (OT) – If they haven\’t gone Oline yet then definitely one of these 4.

NT: Josh Chapman – An alternative to Martin, more of a sure thing, but less potential.

DE: Derek Wolfe – An option if they want to replace Ziggy, but it’s hard to waste a 3rd on that.

OLB: Cam Johnson – Only an option if they like the later round NTs.

RB: Isaiah Pead, LaMichael James – Both would be a value pick, both would compliment Redman and could mean the end of Mendenhall.

DB: George Iloka (FS), Brandon Taylor (SS), Casey Hayward (DB) – Probably only an option if they have 2 lineman drafted.

TE: Ladarius Green – Very unlikely.

WR: Juron Criner, Gregory Childs – Highly unlikely.

4.24 [119]) Nate Potter (OT, Boise State)

Analysis: That\’s right, another lineman. I think they will address the meat and potatoes positions with several mid round picks. Mitchell Schwartz would be a value pick to drop at this spot, but I think a team needs to be sold on him at the next level. I think they could grab local standout Lucas Nix in the next round, but if Sanders is available here you fist pump and take him.

Other contenders

RB: Robert Turbin, Chris Rainey – An alternative way to help the offense.

OL: Senio Kelemete – If Potter is gone and they like him.

ILB: James-Michael Johnson – A high possibility, but nothing different then Sylvester.

S: Trenton Robinson (FS), Antonio Allen (SS) – Robinson has received a lot of attention, watch out.

TE: Michael Egnew – A very cheap man\’s Fleener.

Other: Marcus Forston (DE) and Marvin McNutt (WR)

5.24 [159]) T.Y. Hilton (WR, Florida Int)

Analysis: You address the crazy situation at WR not with another mouth to feed but with a guy who can fill the return role vacated by Antonio Brown’s increase in reps. Helps out on special teams.

Other contenders

Lucas Nix (OG), Hebron Fangupo (NT), DeQuan Menzie (CB, Alabama), Audie Cole (ILB), Dan Herron (RB), Matt Reynolds (OT), B.J. Coleman (QB)

6.23 [193]) Keith Tandy (CB, West Virginia)

Analysis: Assuming Cortez Allen is ready to take the next step, you still want a little insurance at the position. They could use a few special teamers to fill voids as well.

Other contenders

Akiem Hicks (DE), Olivier Vernon (OLB), Chase Ford (TE)

7.24 [231]) Austin Davis (QB, Southern Miss)

7.33 [240]) Drake Dunsmore (TE, Northwestern)

7.39 [246]) Toney Clemons (WR, Colorado)

7.41 [248]) Drew Butler (P, Georgia)

Analysis: These “garbage” picks are where they go digging for gems. I think you give a kicker or a punter a chance to show off. I think adding a receiver with some size would be the way to go in trying to find this year’s Brown. You give David Johnson a heart attack by drafting a hybrid TE/FB that’s more athletic and a better blocker. Finally, I think you need a young arm around camp to at least try and compete. Though they have 2 QBs on futures contracts, I think they may want another guy in the mix.

Other contenders

Nicolas Jean-Baptiste (NT, Baylor), Frank Alexander (DE, Oklahoma), Marcel Jones (OT, Nebraska), Justin Anderson (OT, Georgia), Andrew Datko (OT, Florida State), Coty Sensebaugh (CB, Clemson), Terrence Frederick (CB, Texas A&M), Josh Chichester (TE, Louisville), Jerrell Harris (OLB, Alabama)

  • Grw1960

    After signing Pope, They will not waste a late round draft pick on another TE.
    More likely another DT or DE/OLB

  • Good draft. I really appreciate both you, and Dave, listing the other players you considered in each round. The round I would like to offer an alternate view on, is round two. The middle of the draft is very deep at guard, with very little drop off between rounds 2-4. Both Kendricks and Doug Martin provide greater value in the second round, and IMO, either would be selected over Brooks, if still on the board.

  • dgh57

    After Tomlin said that SOMEWHERE in the draft they would take a O-Lineman to me that rules out a O-Lineman in the 1st rd.(which is what I wanted) Hightower would be a reach to me. So unless Kuechly or DeCastro fall past the 14th pick maybe the Steelers do stay where they are and draft Fleener at 24.

  • Nolrog

    I think it’s unlikely that they would choose Fleener and then not chose a linebacker at all in the draft. Linebacker is a far bigger need than TE. If they did go this route, then Fleener better be another Gronkowski (sp?).

    I like the fact that you have a couple OL being drafted. I see one more with a 7th, and you choose a punter, but I think they will go after a PK as well (or instead.)

  • Dmncwelsh7

    Absolutely no way Steelers go through entire draft not taking a LB.

  • JohnnyV1

    Please let the TE in Rd 1 go, it won’t happen. The value isn’t there for that player at 24, and Colbert likes value. I do really like your 7th rounders, except for the punter, I’d prefer another position player like a DE or OLB. I also like the multiple O-line picks.

    Much like your ealier offering, Rd 3–>6 are wishful thinking (it would be great) that those players will be there. Maybe one of them will fall, but not all four. Also, I have OT Nate Potter being from Boise State. Did you mean OT Matt Reynolds from BYU?

  • NA

    It’s going to be so great when they DON’T draft Fleener!!!

  • Jprankster2005

    Egnew will not drop to the 4th round if they don’t have a NT by 3rd I say take a NT but if they have one and didn’t get Fleener I say take Egnew in 3rd…….

  • Jprankster2005

    I would love it if they can get Hilton with the 5th rounder……. But I’d perfer Hill in the first……. He’s the best reciever in the draft I think and would be insurance if Wallace walks after the season……..

  • zbluez1

    Not in love with the Rd 1 pick, my best guess preference would be Brockers or Perry, if either were available, highly doubtful. I am not sold on Poe, actual on the field performance and too much bust potential, or Hightower, have not seen on film consistently that slobber knocker type of hit meeting a RB in the hole that puts the RB on his ass ( IMHO a necessity for a Steelers ILB ), but if neither Brockers or Perry are there, Hightower would probably be the pick, Love Rd’s 2-5, players that fit the Steelers in both mind set and talent, believe there are better/different options in Rd’s 6-7 such as Rackem Hicks, Zebry Sanders, and Juron Criner, or if they drop far enough either of the Florida State tackles especially Datko, though he has a medical question mark, might be a great steal.

  • Josephjruedy

    First round is off but the rest is pretty much on track. A TE makes no sense at 1 since they have Saunders, just signed Pope who was with Haley in K.C. Obviously Miller and another guy who was great in camp. As well as signing the former WVU TE.

  • Broderick Wallace

    Hill is not the best receiver in the draft, very raw route runner. Steelers expect 1st round picks to be polished collegiate players.

  • Broderick Wallace

    Kudos again for good research. Thank you for not drafting another unproven/inexperienced RB, Steelers have enough on the roster already. I expect them to sign a veteran FA RB after the draft. Ryan Grant, Joseph Addai, Tim Hightower*, Ronnie Brown, and Jackie Battle* are all UFA’s and still available. Two have already played for Haley.

  • sweetleb

    nah, reach rd 1, and picking a backup nose tackle in rd 3 . maybe a guard again in rd 3 we have two opening at guard.

  • TO

    1. Hightower
    2. Brooks
    3 Kendricks (Colbert creams himself when Kendricks is still there early in the 3rd and trades up 15 spots for him)

    book it.

  • chris dimarino

    You guys know that I put Fleener just to get a rise out of you right? No, I like him, and I made my final mock for guys who I would draft. If I pretending to guess what Colbert would draft I would choose the following:
    1) Cordy Glenn 2) Brandon Brooks 3) Mike Martin 4) Trenton Robinson 5) T.Y. Hilton 6) Akiem Nicks 7s) SAME
    I’d like to clean a clerical error. I was considering both Nate Potter and Matt Reynolds but I mean to pick Nate Potter from Boise State. Sorry for the mix up. To my pretend mock, Glenn is not good enough for tackle but would be a plug in guard who has range to cover injuries. Even though you get Glenn in 1, you need 2 guards so you take a player who will end up being better then Glenn in Brooks. I knwo you guys don’t like Martin, but you need to address NT somewhere. I think they may take Fangupo later instead but that puts them in a dire need for the next draft (1/2nd round need). Without needing an offense lineman, I switch to Robinson if he’s there. If not I try to get a RB or JMJ but a these are positions in need for starting talents not depth. I like Tandy, but in the spirit of switching it up I took Hicks who looks very good this late. Thanks again for the feedback and lets buckle up for tomorrow’s excitement!

  • 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

  • Kingmagyar

    Boy I can’t wait for the first round to be over, so we can never have to hear the name Coby Fleener again. Mike Martin is another name I don’t want to hear again either.