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Steelers 2013 Mock Draft Database – First Round


I hope to have the 3.0 version of my Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft up sometime Sunday evening, but in the meantime, I thought I would round up all of the mainstream media first round mock drafts for you with links to each of them.

Four of the eleven mocks listed have the Steelers selecting Tennessee wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson with the 17th overall selection, while two of the other mocks listed have Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones going to the Steelers.

As you can imagine, I don\’t agree with any of the ones listed, but I invite you to post below where your mind is currently at as far as the Steelers first round pick goes as we head into the month of April.

PLAYER SITE AUTHOR DATE
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame ESPN.com Mel Kiper 11-Mar-13
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee NFL.com Bucky Brooks 15-Mar-13
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State NFL.com Daniel Jeremiah 20-Mar-13
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington CBS Sports Pat Kirwan 25-Mar-13
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee CBS Sports Ron Rang 25-Mar-13
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee CBS Sports Dane Brugler 25-Mar-13
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia NFL.com Charley Casserly 25-Mar-13
Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon National Football Post Russ Lande 27-Mar-13
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia NFL.com Gil Brandt 27-Mar-13
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Sports Illustrated Don Banks 27-Mar-13
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia ESPN.com Todd McShay 28-Mar-13

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  • Jakey Slinger

    I like tyler Eifert, but not at 17, I think Steelers need to go with safety, we are at our best defensively when Troy is on the field but between age and injury thats been an issue, I’d love to see Kenny Vaccaro here. Im also a BIG Matt Elam fan, but 17 might be a stretch

  • http://twitter.com/jigbim jigbim

    I will reserve my pick based on what crazy selections happen before the Steelers pick. Some top 10 player will fall into their laps making all these predictions null.

  • David Edward

    Quite frankly, all those guys are in my top 17 except Jones and Trufant, so depending what they have happening ahead of 17 in their mocks, I can live with it. Of course Eiffert really only makes sense if they don’t expect Heath to be Heath again…which I’m not sure if anyone knows at this point. The most absurd pick was Russ Lande giving the Steelers Dion Jordan @17…no chance he will still be there unless Russ projects them trading up to #2 or something.

  • SteelSpine

    Good stuff. I’m slightly surprised no one projected Warmack, nor Vaccaro, insted a CB. But Vaccaro’s slow 40 dropped him. Another safety I like Cyprien will go after 17 but is rising so much I think will be gone before our 2nd pick. Of course we have other high needs & of-course it’s about BAA too.

    Interesting that some past years’ drafts almost all mocks were wrong predicting Steelers 1st pick, & some past years’ drafts most mocks were right predicting our 1st pick. I recall for the Heath Miller draft every mock predicted Heath to Steelers, & the year most mocks correctly predicted MarkiceP to Steelers. One year almost every published mock predicted wrong was when Steelers picked Aaron Jones whom most people never even heard of.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I’m all in on Cooper. Would also take Warmack but Cooper is my man crush. It is also a safe pick that has potential of producing for years.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I also really like Elam but later in the 1st.

  • RMSteeler

    I just don’t see why so many are so high on Patterson as #1 WR. Only played most of one year D1 with 46 catches and less than a handful of touchdowns? Better WR’s out there. Would love to see Dion Jordan fall to #17, but that won’t happen. Could be a run on QB’s and DE/OLB early leaving a tough choice to make. What if 3 or 4 of your equally rated players are available, there at different positions to choose from? Do they have a strength of need tiebreaker? And what would it be?

  • http://twitter.com/dericklyoung Derick L Young

    Anyone that suggested a 1st round CB clearly does not watch steelers games.

  • Nolrog

    Safety is deep in this draft. There doesn’t seem to be a consensus best one out there. Picking one in the first is not a good idea when we can get one with nearly the same rating (and in some rankings higher) in the 2nd. Plus, Safety doesn’t address an immediate need.

  • Nolrog

    Agree. I bet all they see is Keenan Lewis left, that means they need a corner.

  • Nolrog

    Steelers are not going to take a lineman in the first again. At some point, we need to get producting on the line from someone beyind the first and second round.

  • Nolrog

    I’ll tell you my prediction after the 18th pick. 8-P

  • Addison

    I like Dion. Is it crazy talk to want Arthur Brown?

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I think the Steelers draft heavy on defense this year because it takes about 2 years of apprenticeship before a defensive player can get on the field and the Steelers’ pipeline of defensive players is dry. They need to quickly develop players to replace Clark, Polamalu, Taylor, and Foote, They will need more if Worilds, Heyward, McClendon and Ta’amu don’t pan out.

    I’m thinking Kenny Vacarro as the Steelers first pick.

    Maybe an edge rusher second, another safety third.

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_Keyser_04 Brian Keyser

    I, too, love Cooper. And I think they would take him if he was there. Especially if they can’t trade down. Word is Dallas will try and move up to get Vacarro. I could see the trade down and get Cyprien, Lemonier or I even like the idea of Jesse Williams!

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_Keyser_04 Brian Keyser

    You know I thought the same…

  • niko

    I say that it must be Warmack, Cooper or Patterson. The guards being the first option and Patterson if the guards are gone.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Great reply! Last year Decastro fell into our laps. Who is this years Decastro?!

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Vaccaro, Jordan, or Jarvis Jones in the first!! Maybe they will surprise with Arthur Brown! Bit of a reach but he is an animal! A. Brown on offense and A. Brown on def!
    Come on Pitt trade down and pick up Eddie Lacy!

  • Mr irrelevant

    They’re all wrong. Matt Elam safety Florida at 17

  • David Edward

    Agree with you there, I think he’s a perfect fit at LG and may be the next Faneca. Will be hard to pass on him

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think Arthur Brown wouldn’t be a bad pick…In the 2nd

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If you have a dominate OL you can run just about anyone and be successful and have WR that are not elite because they will have more time getting open. BPA always!!!

  • mokhkw

    Going thru the “expert’s” picks listed, the only one I would feel comfortable with at 17 is Xavier Rhodes.

  • Robert Rowlands

    1) Lane Johnson
    2) Dion Jordan
    3)Ezekiel Ansah
    4) Star Lotulelei
    5) Jonathan Cooper
    6) Chance Warmack
    7) Jarvis Jones
    8)Barkevious Mingo
    9) Tavon Austin
    10) Alec Ogletree
    11) Kenny Vaccaro

  • TsarPepe

    Too many holes to fill for this to be a BPA year. Best scenario: trade down, take Arthur Brown and call it a great Day 1. Terrific player, at an absolute position of need, and they pick up a 3d rounder for that extra CB we need.

  • Addison

    I just don’t see him there in the 2nd, but who knows maybe teams will be put off by his size.

  • RMSteeler

    I’d be happy with any of them in round one, except Austin and Ogletree. 3 or 4 of these will probably be there at #17, so which one then?

  • mlc43

    I actually like Kiper’s pick. A receiver is just not a good move; it doesn’t have the value. You can pick up the same thing in the third. Still, need one of the Safeties this draft more than anything.

  • SteelerCop

    If THE STEELERS do not pick and OLB/DE with the first pick in the draft…we will all suffer for a second straight year! We must have a decent pass rush this season…because are secondary is on the decline and depleted! I don’t care if we have to trade up or down…get a passing rushing BEAST!

  • http://www.facebook.com/drew.lalim Drew Lalim

    I think the team should take a NT like Jonathan Hankins in RD1 but if not than OG Jonathan Cooper. If they insist on drafting an OLB then I think the most likely option at 17 is going to be either Mingo or the kid from Texas A&M falling down boards because of a slow 40 time.

    Safety is a huge need but I think the value is in later rounds at this position.

    WR could become a Huge need if Sanders signs with NE but until then a mid to late round pick can be developed. Same as a RB.

    RD1 NT Jonathan Hankins – OSU * (S.Williams or J. Williams if they trade back)
    RD2 OG/C Barrett Jones – Alabama (LB – Lemonier – Auburn)
    RD3 OLB Brandon Jenkins – FSU (OT Chris Faulk – LSU)
    RD4 S Shawn Williams – UGA (Lester – Bama or McDonald – USC)
    RD5 RB Kniles Davis – Arkansas (RB – L. Bell or Ball – Big ten RB’s)
    RD6 CB Brandon McGee – Miami (S – Rashard Hall – Clemson)
    RD6 WR Marcus Davis – VT (Comp) (WR Emory Blake – Auburn)
    RD7 K Caleb Sturgis – Florida

    UDFA OT Tanner Hawkinson – Kansas
    UDFA QB Alex Carder – Western Michigan

    (Alternate Options)

    * Casey Hampton had a horrible year last season yet Neither the RD4 Rookie (Ta’amu) nor McClendon could upseat him. Nothing makes me think that Fenuki is the answer, so being that NT is the keystone position in a 3-4….a NT is a must in the upper rounds of this draft. It’s THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT need in this off-season for Pittsburgh to maintain its position within the division.

    Of course trading back and taking Sylvester Williams (Ahead of NE) instead of Hankins is doable too if it nets them decent picks, one this year and one next year.

  • CP 72

    If Matt Flynn goes to Oakland and Carson Palmer ends up in Arizona that hurts for guys sliding to us. I really wanted at least two QB’s picked before 17. We are obviously not going QB in the 1st round, so the more picked before 17 would mean more guys slipping to us. I guess Philly, Buffalo, and Jets could still look QB, but I think the run on the QB’s may happen in the late 1st or early 2nd now instead of the early 1st. Hopefully that means a late 1st round guy slides to us in the 2nd.
    1st: Patterson
    2nd: Kevin Minter
    3rd: Le’veon Bell
    4th: Shamarko Thomas

  • David Edward

    I just went through a couple of mock scenarios of my own and got the eerie feeling that’s it’s quite possible that no QBs may be taken before 17. Buffalo just picked up Kolb, Oakland is trying to get Flynn. I don’t think Jax picks one@ 2 overall…nor Philly@4…Arians probably won’t@7, Jets could be the wild card but I have a feeling no one really likes the QB class enough to take one top 15. What that means is Steelers may be closer to choosing the number 16 or 17 guy on their board, which isn’t the ideal scenario. However, if this does happen, that could mean a nice trade down scenario for them…if someone really wants a specific QB. Otherwise, teams can just wait to 2nd to get one. In my mock with no QBs going before 17, it did have Warmack falling which isn’t a bad thing (I had Cooper as the top G). Arthur Brown was there too but I didn’t see him going ahead of the Steelers pick anyway…so I’m ok with that pick. And, yes, Jarvis Jones was there too for those of you who really like him. Vaccaro went one pick ahead to St. Louis. Personally, I would pass on Vaccaro anyway. So, in my scenario, I try to trade down and if I couldn’t, I’d take Warmack to be LG and let Foster return to his 6th man role.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Just out of curiosity, what makes Vaccaro such a great safety (in your mind)?

  • http://twitter.com/softdrums Shea Fahr

    Cooper…plug and play.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That seems very accurate Rob. I do not think Ogletree is on the Steelers board but it has nothing to do with talent…He is by far the most talented ILB in this draft.

  • lefnor

    Tavon Austin is an interesting one. Do you remember, who the Chiefs/Todd Haley picked (reached!) in 2010 with the 36th pick?
    I help: an 5086, 172 sized WR/RB jolly joker typer player, Dexter McCluster.
    Tavon Austin is 5084, 174 and an improved version of McCluster.
    The Rainey project failed, maybe Austin won’t. The WR-needy Steelers were well represented at the Mountaineers pro day. I would like that pick.

    My favorite first round picks:
    OLB Dion Jordan, Bjoern Werner or maybe Mingo (but after the combine, at his pro day he was down again at the 230s)
    ILB Arthur Brown (great fit and high character)
    WR/RB Tavon Austin
    WR Justin Hunter or DeAndre Hopkins or maybe Patterson (they won’t be available in the second)

    Second round:
    ILB Sio Moore (perfect for the newly developed attacking athletic ILB position)
    ILB Manti Te’o (not a great fit but I like his play)
    WR Marcus Wheaton, Robert Woods or maybe Quinton Patton
    QB EJ Manuel (don’t freak out, this is just an emergency plan, he has HUGE upside)

    Third round:
    TE Gavin Escobar, Travis Kelce
    OLB Brandon Jenkins, Corey Lemonier
    ILB Jon Bostic, Gerald Hodges
    OT Brennan Williams
    QB Zac Dysert

    4th round:
    RB Christine Michael, Knile Davis
    S JJ Wilcox or Rontez Milez (yes, he is there after his pro day)
    TE Vance McDonald

    5-6th round:
    OG/OT/C Chris Hubbard
    TE Nick Kasa
    CB Rashaan Melvin
    RB Latavius Murray (perfect WR/ ZBS RB combination at 6’3 224, great character, nice fit!)
    OLB Walter Stewart

  • mokhkw

    Good point. I wrote a while back that No.17 was a good spot to be in for potential Trades for teams that panic when the top 2-3 QBs are taken, but with the recent and possible changes at QB ( A.Smith to Chiefs, Flynn to Oakland, Palmer to Arizona, Kolb + Jackson to Bills) the number of teams that may want to do that is getting shorter.

  • Michael Pearce

    Next year we may have no CB’s left. This is Ike’s last year and who knows how the other side will turn out with Keenan’s replacement. On top of this Troy and Ryan will be gone. I’m not sure about the first round pick but we need to seriously think about whats gonna happen next year and future years. I still dont understand why we let Keenan Lewis go at the peak of his career and being our best CB on the team. Already the depth is shot. I think I would have to go BPA for round one though. Cooper or Warmack would be plug and play OL prospects but we need so many other positions this year. Safety, ILB, OLB, CB, RB are all need picks.

  • SteelSpine

    Ha! :) I’ll go further: I know which players the Steelers are gonna to take with every pick this year, its just I’m gonna wait till after draft to tell.

    Here’s a good bet: After draft, the FO will say “were shocked” that who they took in 2nd rd “was still available” because they “considered taking him with their 1st pick” (despite reality is he woulda been a reach at 17). In many of the past years’ drafts, a Steelers FO said that about anyone Steelers drafted.

    Also can go ahead write Tomlin’s post-draft interview now, because guaranteed what Tomlin is gonna say: “We are very pleased we got exactly who we wanted, these are the men we targeted all along.” Later Tomlin will say “at this juncture” because he loves making that use of “juncture”.

  • mokhkw

    …and everyone who is picking a D player is forgetting that they’ll never start in 2013.

    Not even Troy, and our DBs were in pretty bad shape when he was drafted in 2003 ( Logan, Alexander, Washington & Scott were the starters). 2001 was the rare exception (Hampton & Bell).

    Here’s the breakdown since 2000 of 1st Rd Picks (Games Started in Brackets):

    2000 Burress(8)

    2001 Hampton(11)

    2002 Simmons(14)

    2003 Polamalu(0)

    2004 Big Ben(13)

    2005 Miller(14)

    2006 Holmes(4)

    2007 Timmons(0)

    2008 Mendenhall(1)

    2009 Hood(0)

    2010 Pouncey(16)

    2011 Heyward(0)

    2012 DeCastro(3) Probably would have started Week 1 if not for injury.

    You can read the full Steelers Draft History at ProFootballReference[dot]com.

  • Nolrog

    LOL.

  • SteelSpine

    You’re saying you don’t know how you could learn about NFL prospects, answer is there are many ways which you could either watch players & to learn what makes them candidates or non-candidates for NFL.

  • Nolrog

    If we don’t already have a dominant OL with two #1s and two #2s out of five positions, then Colbert doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.

  • Nolrog

    We still have Cortez Allen and Ike will be back. Plus they signed Gay for depth. They did a good article on the CB situation a short time ago:

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/03/steelers-cornerback-situation-following-exit-keenan-lewis/

  • Nolrog

    We still have Cortez Allen and Ike will be back. Plus they signed Gay for depth. They did a good article on the CB situation a short time ago (I can’t link, but you can search for it.)

  • Nolrog

    I don’t think it’s really a great draft to trade down though. Seems like a fairly blech draft in fact.

  • Nolrog

    If they don’t draft some offensive firepower, we’ll suffer as well. We’re missing one of our top recievers, one of our top RBs and our top TE going into the season.

    I totally agree that we need a pass rusher, but the needs on the offesive side of the ball are far greater.

  • SteelSpine

    Disagreements likely because we have multiple positions of high priority need:
    – Desperat to draft at-least 1 safety to groom for 2014.
    – Need an OLB who can passrush because Steelers cannot feel comfortable health-wise just counting on both Lamar & Worilds.
    – There’s been no basis on field yet to be comfortable counting on the OLine we have. If Warmack’s available he figures to be able to gouge big holes.
    – Must get a starting WR.
    – Must draft a RB with enough speed to turn the corner. Yes can get one in the 3rd or 4th, but as desparate as Rooneys & Colbert are to be able to run, could be higher.
    – That’s not even mentioning ILB now for 2014, because I’m already at 5 big needs.

    LeBeau wont start any rook so must draft now to give rookies any chance for 2014. On the other hand if we don’t get a legit starting WR target with better hands, we might as well draft friggen punters. As much as I hate giving up pick #17, we have so many high needs we might have to trade down to get an extra pick. Problem is I hear trading down to late in 1st rd would only get us an extra 3rd rd pick, I was hoping we could get someone’s 2nd rd pick for trading down into lower end of 1st rd. If anyone has the trade-value chart for trading down from 17 then please post it.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Tavon Austin? Really? Another undersized WR? Brown and Sanders are not enough?

    I really would like to have Justin Hunter in Steelers roster. Any chance for drafting him at second round?

  • dgh57

    Colbert doesn’t know what he is doing if you look at his ’08 & ’09 drafts in isolation!!

  • Rubem Dornas

    We heard the same thing about DeCastro last year. And apparently, it won’t happen. I hope I’m wrong.

  • westernsteel

    if they take a pass rusher in the first round, that player won’t even see the field this season. whoever is taken needs to make a contribution right away

  • westernsteel

    Possible. But who will be the play makers for this offense? The Steelers were #22 in the league in scoring. I think there are many more holes on that side of the ball.

  • westernsteel

    Its pretty clear McClendon will be the starting nose tackle, the coaches are very high on him. I would be very shocked if they wait until the sixth round to pick a receiver.

  • steeltown

    Also, he’ll use…..”we’ll embrace it”…at some point

  • westernsteel

    Haha, its a bad problem to have isn’t it…..draft defense for 2014 or later, or draft a couple play makers for offense this season. Good point though, they are desperate to run the ball and Colbert even said the running backs they have aren’t good enough. Is a late running back good enough? I don’t think so.

  • steeltown

    I agree with you… Austin is a dangerous player but I do not want another undersized WR
    I think Cooper and Vacarro will still be there at #17

  • westernsteel

    Man Ben would have to be disappointed if they drafted Tavon Austin wouldn’t he! He’s been begging for a big receiver for so long and with Heath hurt, you are right, all we have is small receivers. I don’t seen AB as a #1.

  • westernsteel

    I am surprised no one talks about Kennan Allen. I would trust him as a receiver more than Patterson. I would be surprised to see them pick any small receiver in the draft. They will draft one, obviously, but I hope he is a big target.

  • westernsteel

    Ya, someone will be lucky to draft Austin, he could be a play maker for someone, but the team already has two small receivers…Ben is probably still begging for a big target!

  • David Edward

    I’m intrigued by Allen too but if you watch the tape on him you see him as a possession WR. We haven’t seen him run a 40 yet. I think it’s going to be slow…in the 4.6s. If he can somehow run a sub 4.5, he’s into my top 17. Otherwise, possession WRs aren’t #1 picks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    As long as his heart condition is something treatable, or non-existent
    (in which case he’ll be gone), and it isn’t something that might cause
    him drop dead on the field, I’d take the risk on Star Lotulelei. Top 5
    value player is worth the risk of perhaps not working out, not worth the
    risk of dieing! I could see them taking either of the top guards,
    although I hope they don’t since I want Barrett Jones in round 2 and
    they won’t take two OL with the 1st 2 picks again this year now that
    they’ve signed Foster. Otherwise, if there is a trading partner
    available, I’d trade down as may times as possible for 3rd, 4th, and 5th
    round selections while still saying ahead of Baltimore and then select
    either Arthur Brown or Kevin Minter (in that order). If no trade is
    available, I’d take Kenny Vaccaro.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I think you are right on each of those.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Fair point. Also maybe our Oline coaches stunk. Our o line has stunk overal each year.

  • redneckmuslim

    If we don’t trade down, I totally agree with you. Those guards have to be high on our board and one or both are likely to be there at 17.

  • redneckmuslim

    I am with you on the lack of QB affecting everything. I think that’s why the experts can’t agree on anything. Usually matching the good QB to the teams that need them are the no brainer picks in the mock drafts. You can’t really do that this year.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    We have LeBeau magic, he’ll get us by somehow by end of season rank in top defenses in NFL with bums at backup CB. Thats why we’ll use our first 3 picks on positions which are not CB.

  • Bob Francis

    Round 1 this year will be the ultimate exercise in picking the Best Player Available. Pick #17 in this year’s draft seems just a bit too late to get a true blue chip player but too high to draft at the Steelers’ primary positions of need. I hope they use Rounds 2-4 for their top needs (WR, RB, S) and Rounds 5-7 for depth and development (OLB, DE, CB, OL, TE, NT). In Round 1 – take the BPA, regardless of position (except QB and K).

  • SteelerCop

    Offensive players are easier to replace…that’s why they are chosen in the later rounds. THE STEELERS better not draft a offensive skill player in the first round…and as far as an OLB/DE first round pick not starting…that’s a lie…Jason Woirlds has priven nothing to anyone…he is on William Gay’s level…easily replaceable!

  • Cody Younkin

    Thats a stupid point if we have Worilds, and Woodley can’t be worse than last year. Plus Robinson is a Wildcard passrusher. We finish top in the league every year on defense but weve lacked in takeaways more than anything. If we have 4-5 more good years with Big Ben then we need wepons, and ALOT of them. we should be dominating the passing game, but we havent gotten anywhere.

  • SteelerCop

    Offensive players will be available in the later rounds…Steelers hardly ever pick offensive weapons with the first pick…Ben can make an ordinary receiver better…STEELERS lost 6-8 games by less than a touchdown last season…Why…because the defense could not produce turnovers…which would shorten the offensive drive for points! STEELERS offensive had to drive long distances to get pointd almost every game. Most of the time resulting in no points…then the other team gets good field position to score…and the STEELERS have the #1 defense because the other teams dont need a lot of yards to score points. Bottom line…more turnovers more wins!

  • David Edward

    Lol…please don’t arrest me officer…but the bottom line is actually: whoever has more points on the board at the end of the game wins! No matter how you got them. I do agree with you, though, that turnovers are critical and game changing. My point would be that the Steelers need more playmakers on both O and D.

  • SteelerCop

    True…we have a lot of holes…I would be more comfortable drafting defense with the first pick…instead of offense…I don’t care if the defensive player does not start. We can pick up a starting WR in the second round. First pick should be OLB or CB…maybe ILB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drew.lalim Drew Lalim

    With Brown and Sanders as the starting Wideouts and Cotchery and Plaxico (Ben’s favorite big bodied target) as depth, a high round WR is not needed. They have starters and with the older Vet’s on board they have time to develop someone from the later rounds like sixth round pick Antonio Brown.

    And it’s Pre-Draft talk right now, no body knows for sure what the team thinks. For every season there is a Heath Miller, Ben, Santonio Holmes, or Maurkice Pouncey that is being accurately mocked to Pittsburgh there is another Timmons, Hood or Heyward draft right around the corner. It wouldn’t surprise me for one minute to see the world predicting ILB, OLB, WR, or TE and the team drafting a NT being that NT is the single most important position in a 3-4 defense. It’s the keystone that makes this defense work and currently they have NO proven talent on the roster to plug that hole. Casey Hampton had a horrible season last year and McClendon couldn’t unseat him. Why would I or anyone believe he’s worthy of an untested shot at starting now? McClendon, Ta’amu, and Fenuki might be capable back ups but none of them have shown the ability to command the double teams that Joel Steed and Casey Hampton have shown in the past.

    Sure it might not happen but looking at this roster there is NO WAY to convince me that a nose tackle isn’t the single most important need on this team right now.

    WR – Sanders / Brown, Cotchery / Burress
    RB – Dwyer/Redman/Batch
    OLB – Worilds, Woodley, Carter
    ILB – Foote, Timmons, McFadden, Spense
    CB – Taylor/Allan/Brown
    S – Troy/Clark
    TE – Miller / Paulson/ Johnson

    Every position on this team has a capable starter and someone waiting in the wings….except OLB but atleast they have Worilds and Carter with years experience at the position. I wouldn’t be mad at a Moore/Jones type RD1 pick but then I would expect a NT J. Williams (Bama) in RD2. I don’t know of any RD1 LB’s that would start in year one…meanwhile Casey proved that a NT can do just that.

    NT, S, WR, RB, OG in my opinion are the most important fills right now…but CB and OLB need to be addressed when the time and value are right.

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Great pt!

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