DiMarino: Steelers Mock Draft 2013 Version 2.0 – Final

By Chris DiMarino

The 2013 NFL draft is so close that it\’s time for me to reveal my final mock draft. Keep in mind that this is educated guessing at best and use it for objective rather than just subjective analysis. I will do my best to address other players that I didn\’t pick that relate to each round or position as I can. For any that I leave out, that you are impressed with, let me know in the comment section and we\’ll see on draft day. I\’ll do my best to address as many of the comments as I can but for those of you who don\’t take the time to read the full article, don\’t expect me to take the time and answer your comment.

1.17 – S Kenny Vaccaro – Texas

This is a safe pick, but one that I like the more I look at it. I\’ve focused a lot of energy on the first few rounds so I am confident in the options available and Vaccaro\’s position as the most preferable of them. If available, his greatest competition at 17 in my opinion is a stud at guard, but financially that move doesn\’t make sense. The Steelers have invested far too much money and high profile picks on the offensive line lately. I realize that the signing of Ramon Foster might have been forced, but drafting and paying another guard not only hurts short term, but handicaps your options in a few years.

The other elephant in the room is all of the hype behind Tyler Eifert. Really? I mean the guy is a good looking player, but he is far from a great pick at this position. He doesn\’t have elite speed and I don\’t trust his college resume against only average opposing defences. I would love him in the second round, and I don\’t see him as a first round talent, but the weakness at the top of the wide receiver class might propel him to a late first. There are no feasible options at OLB for the Steelers and no RBs or ILBs that deserve a hard look.

I\’ve seen some comments about the credibility of Vacarro. He\’s not a burner, he\’s not a ball hawk, and though he\’s a hard hitter, so are many of the other safeties in this draft. What I like most about him is his consistency and football IQ. He might end up being more of a replacement for Ryan Clark than Troy Polamalu, but that\’s not a bad position to have first round talent. The ability to diagnose plays, make the sure tackle as the last line of defense, and also have the room to grow into a great center fielder are strong traits to attract the Steelers.

2.16 – WR Keenan Allen – California

While I am a defensive enthusiast, I recognize the need on offense. Even though Emmanuel Sanders has been retained, I view him as an ideal third receiver. The Steelers need a flanker who can stretch defenses and add something to the red zone. Allen might not be the quickest, but he is a strong, aggressive and long receiver who is very polished. I think he\’s a guy who can earn reps on the team this year and push for a premier role next year. Robert Woods was another heavily considered option, but I think he will be gone and the Steelers are only able to consider Allen because of a poor combine due to injury.

Don\’t be too naive to think that Steelers won\’t draft another safety here. They need two and if the receivers go on a big run before this pick, it wouldn\’t surprise me if another ball hawker gets snatched here. I think that there are too many options in the WR pot for that to be a concern. The other main option is OLB, but by this point, the 2nd and 3rd round values are all similar. None jump off the screen as a perfect fit as they will all require a lot of work. RB is another feasible option, but with so few options and so many teams that need RBs, I think Eddie Lacy will be gone here. I don\’t like any others as 2nd round picks and I don\’t think the Steelers are beyond a compliment guy and giving Jonathan Dwyer another go with Isaac Redman as a kicker.

3.17 – OLB Sio Moore – Connecticut

This is the controversial pick in my mock. Moore will not be there later on, and it\’s not because of his garish combine numbers. Moore is not a workout warrior, he is a next generation Steeler. Typically guys who excel in so many physical tests for their size have a strong determination and drive to succeed. That determination will be Moore\’s biggest asset as he learns a completely new way to play football and becomes part of a changing Steelers 3-4 defense. Whether you agree or not, 3-4\’s are beginning to favor quick outside slashers and are relying on great tackling from nickel backs and safeties. Moore will need to be accountable on the run, but he also has the “it” factor that might translate to big success in the NFL.

There is a strong draw to take a running back here, but the defensive enthusiast won out. I like some of the backs available, but they are guys who could honestly be there in the 5th. Running backs who haven\’t been drafted yet are likely involved in a waiting game as interested teams try to fill other needs. I also wouldn\’t mind looking into defensive line, tight ends or another receiver, but if Moore is there, I think the Steelers pull the trigger.

4.18 – RB Joseph Randle – Oklahoma State

Randle will disappoint a lot of people reading this mock. However, just as Allen dropped because of the combine, I think the Steelers will inherit another combine dud. There is a big worry that waiting until the 4th round is too long to get a real contributor, but the NFL has proven that later round guys can get the job done. Mike Gillislee is an option that has a little more sizzle, but the Steelers might try a more complete back. Randle isn\’t the quickest, but he has power, experience and smarts which I think will attract the Steelers. He has made plays out of the backfield and can return kicks in a pinch. He had a 26 TD sophomore season, but also fumbled 4 times that season.

5.17 – QB Zac Dysert – Miami (OH)

I\’m sick of the backup quarterback situation. This is not an attack on Bruce Gradkowski, in fact, I really liked that addition. The fact of the matter is that every team needs a young signal caller that is a project. Due to the rugged style of play of Ben Roethlisberger, it is time to give someone a chance and let Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch move on. Dysert is out of Roethlisberger\’s alma mater and plays a similar game.

6.18 – OLB Malliciah Goodman – Clemson

While I just sold Moore a few picks ago as the next savoir of the Steel City, it\’s about time to add another guy into the mix. This is a position that needs a stud, and just as James Harrison was undrafted, there is a chance that a guy with possible upside like Goodman might be a hit in a year or so.

6.38 – ILB Vince Williams – Florida State

I\’m not forgetting the situation at ILB, but a 3rd rounder last season eliminates any chance of a high profile guy getting his name called this year. One more year might be different, but this is Sean Spence\’s season to show that he get healthy. Williams is a safer style player that might be a Larry Foote in a few years, and could present that reliable option and contrast Spence\’s speedy risk reward type of game.

7.17 – TE Luke Willson – Rice

I was dead set against a tight end in this draft unless it was early. I can\’t pass up a chance, however, to put Willson in my mock. I actually played high school ball with this guy and was in the same grade as his twin brothers. He\’s a good kid and has potential to be a solid football player. He did a decent job at Rice considering he was a backup to Vance McDonald who is projected to go in the 4th round. I would use a late round flier on this Canadian boy and hope for the best!

So to summarize my mock, offensively, I ignored the O-line but addressed needs at QB, WR, RB and TE. Defensively, I ignored the D-line and corner position but drafted a ILB, OLB(2) and S. To further provide insight to my rationale and thought process behind some of these picks, I will list some observations I made.

– The Steelers brought in a good few CBs, but I am not convinced they will grab one. All should be available in that mid round funk area and could easily replace the running back pick. None of them popped to me and RB is by far the biggest position of need, even if it isn\’t a superstar guy.

– I really wanted to put a 2nd WR instead of the 2nd OLB, but I really didn\’t feel strongly enough about any of the options. If I would have included one late, I was looking at Josh Boyce in the 5th, Marquess Wilson in the 6th or Zach Rogers in the 7th.

– I ignored both lines this draft. I don\’t like taking another offensive lineman given that the roster looks pretty good. An undrafted guy might be in the cards. I think OT is more of a need so a guy like Emmett Cleary, Braden Brown or a physical specimen like Luke Marquardt might be in the works. At OG, Nik Embernate was in for a visit and should be considered a favorite. On the defensive line, I think DE was the biggest position I ignored. Instead of Goodman in the 6th, Joe Kruger could be an option.

  • Bradys_Dad

    This is draft that I can get behind. I really hope that we draft LBs with “attitude.”

  • Russian Steel

    Horrible mock it seems to me, but it’s a crapshoot pretty much so whatever. Only pick I liked was Keenan Allen. Plus we need O Line depth…I can practically guarantee we get one at some point in the draft (have starters already but just one backup signed in Beachum…could eventually sign Starks and Legursky back but would still need another body).

  • Isaac Reveles

    i like Joe Kruger instead

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    So you want a slow safety (4.63)? A slow wide receiver (4.71)? And a slow RB (4.63)? In the first 4 rounds?… NIce.

  • steeltown

    I see where you are coming from… but combine numbers are not always a good gauge of players. Look at Arian Foster he ran a slow 40 and.. heck even Jerry Rice ran a 4.71, just like Allen, so did Anquan Boldin. In the end, the game tape and overall production is more important

  • steeltown

    I like the LB picks – Moore and Goodman, but I’d go Kruger instead of Williams

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Yes, those are the exceptions. Those are the 10% that surprise you. Let’s post a list of ALL the slow athletes. The other 90% who look good in college but don’t have the speed to dominate at the NFL level where everyone is fast. That is much more likely.

    If you want to risk your 3 of first 4 picks on slow players, be my guest. I would not. And I hope the Steelers would not.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Exactly. Amazing a fan only knows combine time & bases projected draft on only that.

  • steeltown

    Like I said, I see where you are coming from… personally I think Vacarro and Keenan Allen will be productive players, but that remains to be seen

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    There are some others ???s as well. Keenan Allen at 206 lbs runs a 4.58 40 and can “stretch a defense” while Tyler Eifert at 251 runs a 4.68 but “lacks elite speed”. What is elite speed for a 251 lb TE, who can also block? He played against “average defenses”…so what level of competition did Sio Moore face in the Big East or Dysart in the MAC. Also, Wilson could probably be grabbed as a FA, but why? Competition for Pope and Spaeth? The offense needs weapons early and often. The number one defense isn’t as important as an 8-8 record clearly shows.

  • RW

    Couldn’t agree more. Not that numbers are everything, but slow and old will take on new meaning should this be the draft. I would rather take Elam with the 17th overall pick. Woods is a much better receiver than Allen is IMO and has reasonable speed and better hands. Don’t care for the choice at RB – you can find a guy like that in round 7 with better talent (JaWan Jamison).

  • I’m starting to get sick and tired of the mock drafts! When do we get the chance to post our top 10 possible picks in each round for the Steelers in the first few rounds of the draft??? I thought it was going to be like a competition with points and prizes or something for the winners? Even the chance to gloat would be enough. You promised!!! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • Maurice_hill_district

    So you only look up combine speed results & u think colbert too only has that one thing to determine his projected draft, hahaha! Way to reduce Colbert’s job there, expert. Hahaha!

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Once again you havent heard of video tape, of player performance.

  • steeltown

    Pope will not be back, but yea the L.Willson pick doesnt make sense to me either.. unless you draft one of the top 4-5 TE’s who might actually have a chance of beating out Paulson or David Johnson in camp then why draft one at all??

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Only like Sio Moore and Vince Wiliams and both will be inside linebacker for our 3-4. Terrible draft. Terrible.

  • TheBlitz

    Not a bad mock!
    I like the first two picks!

    Here are my observations:

    I like that you picked a QB early and not late. It’s time to draft Ben’s replacement. Not just an experiment but a QB who can actually develop into a decent QB.

    Heck I was even thinking if a guy like Geno Smith fell all the way to 17 (because of all the talk about this QB class not being so great) they might pull the trigger on him. That will be a great value pick at 17 given that they always go by BPA in the 1st. Also, maybe in 2 years the guy turns out to be our franchise QB after Ben’s performance declines due to all the injuries he’s sustained. QB is a prime position in this league, and a franchise QB can’t be undervalued. We will be set for many years!

    Colbert doesn’t think there is enough talented 3-4 DEs and TEs in this draft. So if they don’t select one early, they will not waste a pick on a late prospect either. So if a guy like Joe Kruger is available they will pick him instead of the OLB you selected. DE is a need for us. Keisel is old, and Hood is still not where we want him to be yet. There is little or no depth behind those guys.

    As far as OLB goes, currently it is a position of need because we do not know what we have in Worilds, Carter and Robinson. But if they can all improve this season, then it’s not a need anymore. So in my opinion 1 OLB draft pick is good enough.

    On the other hand, I have the feeling they will double deep at the safety position. There is a lot of talent in this class and a position of need and depth for us.

  • Addison

    Cool, Colberts going to lay back and take everyone’s left overs.

  • Don

    I like either Vaccaro or Jarvis Jones in the 1st. Thinking of TE, what do you think of Zach Ertz from Stanford? KC Joyner on ESPN identified him as undervalued. He saw limited action because he backed up Fleener until last year, but put up good numbers and has measureables similar to Eifert.

  • dgh57

    As we all saw in Mike Wallace speed isn’t everything! If it was he would still be on our team!!(or at least put some effort in to resign him) But I agree with you in that you want speed in there somewhere in the first 4 rounds.

  • steeltown

    I like Ertz, but he might be gone early 2nd Rd. I also like Kelce and really like Escobar

  • Don

    For a WR, I think I’d prefer Terrence Williams over Keenan Allen. And I hope Stedman Bailey can last to the 4th or 5th. Also, I think I saw it here: I love the idea of taking a flyer on Denard Robinson.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I watch game tape on every prospect I comment on. Combine numbers are not the ONLY thing I know. But they are an important part of a players evaluation. You however seem to dismiss them entirely.

    In fact, I think you go completely to the opposite extreme. I think you use NO facts. And NO stats. And NO evidence whatsoever. You seem to just see a guy and “like” him. And it’s end of story for you. That is a big mistake in my opinion.

    Mike Tomlin has shown a history of drafting players with speed and explosion (even if some of their game tape is lacking). He wants fast athletes and then he will try to train them up:

    Timmons 4.63
    Mendenhall 4.41
    Sweed 4.46
    Lewis 4.47
    Wallace 4.28
    Worilds 4.49
    Gibson 4.58
    Sanders 4.41
    Brown 4.47

    These numbers matter to Tomlin. They matter to the Steelers front office. Apparently they don’t matter to you. You’re entitled to your own opinion. I’m just pointing out that the Steelers disagree with you.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I never said that. But I do believe I study these prospects far more than you do. I can tell by your lack of in depth analysis. You use a lot of general statements and taunting remarks but very little relevant info.

    Colbert has said in his interviews that in the first round he TRIES to seek out:

    1) Young healthy players. (Juniors or Sophmores if possible)

    2) Players from big programs with lots of game tape (including big time games).

    3) High character.

    4) No major red flags or weaknesses.

    5) Elite athletic abilities.

    Apparently you don’t listen to his interviews?

  • chris dimarino

    I am a huge fan of speed. But the unfortunate truth is that so is EVERY other person and team in the NFL. So much stock seems to be put into combine numbers. I look at value because I’m naturally cheap. Allen was a mid 1st b4 the combine, Randle was a 2nd. These guys have huge value because of a poor showing one day. I’ll take that any day of the week.

  • chris dimarino

    Good comments. However, I put a lot more stock in my first round pick than my 3rd. Look at the sack totals for all of these highly touted pass rushers in this year’s draft, not a lot of results, a lot more potential. So for that reason I’d take Moore who is certainly a project. When I referred to Eifert as slow, I meant in comparison to other stars at his position in the NFL like the Vernon Davis’ and Jimmy Graham’s. If I take a tight end in the 1st, I expect elite talent, and while Eifert is great and dynamic, I don’t give him that much. The earliest I would grab him is around 25. I’d probably rather DeAndre Hopkins than him.

  • chris dimarino

    Ya I just didn’t want to overlap with Dave. But I like Joe Kruger.

  • Nolrog

    Vacarro in the first is a mistake; he may be a good player, but he doesn’t fit an immediate need, and there are several other good safety candidates in the draft, so there’s no need to go after one in the first, especially when other needs are much greater. Plus, there doesn’t seem to be a consensus best safety in the draft; some people feel it’s Vacarro, some feel it’s Elam, etc. There’s good quality to be had later on at S.Keenan Allen in the 2nd is also a mistake. He’s got red flags all over him including a suspect drug test. Moore is not a guy I’ve heard much about. However, two out of three picks on the defense is not a wise move, considering where where we are right now as a team. The offense needs a ton of help with some play makers and a likely replacement for Sanders who will most likely leave after next year.

  • chris dimarino

    I think robinson will be snatched by the 3rd. Even if he’s not, the football fan in me would be excited but the Steelers fan knows how terribly the Steelers have handled dynamic talent type players who don’t have a certain defined skill set.

  • chris dimarino

    I would love Jones if he dropped. Ertz was discussed for the longest time as being the same value as Eifert, but the combine and some more film study pushed his value down a bit. I think he is the more likely to be picked by the Steelers barring a trade down because he will be available in the 2nd while Eifert should be gone. However, the need for WR is a little too great.

  • chris dimarino

    I agree with everything except the Geno Smith pick but that’s just me. OLB is such a big position of flux for this season that your damned if you do and damned if you don’t. There’s a good chance that the players on the roster will be good enough for the next 5 years. But if they aren’t you can’t address the need simultaneously, it takes at least a year to gain the coach’s confidence in this system. So it’s a safe draft pick as it provides flexibility and isn’t a huge loss if Worilds excels (special teams and possible move inside because of size).

  • chris dimarino

    Worry about next year next year on Offense. Players have been able to jump into the offense easily, its the defense that needs drafting foresight. Safety is quite possibly the biggest need on this team if anything from a cap standpoint. The scariest Steelers roster I saw was with Ryan Mundy in. You need to protect the back end, that’s Steelers defense 101.

  • $19122620

    The more I hear, I am not sure I am liking the Steelers 17th pick. Mainly because I don’t think Vaccaro, Jones or either Warmack or Cooper will be available. And I really don’t prefer and am not crazy about them to drafting players like Patterson or even Eifert for that matter. It seems to me this basically leaves them needing to moving down (which I would be cool with), or sort of reaching for a guy (which I am kind of not so cool with).

    I will mention this, however, if a couple teams throw in a unorthodox picks into the fold then this could push one of those prospect down to the Steelers. At this point, I am beginning to see this as our only only hope to land one of those four guys, however we know such moves are not guaranteed.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    Thanks for your insight, but I continue to disagree. There are a few TEs faster that Eifert, but I don’t think any of them have the potential blocking skills of Eifert. Sure, he isn’t in a class with the league’s elite, but neither is Vaccaro IMO. He will play special teams and probably be an OK safety, but I doubt very much he could ever truly replace Clark, let alone Troy. Eifert, on the other hand, will be able to supplant Heath eventually, again in my opinion. I was wondering also about your take on Goodman….at 6.4/278 does he really project to OLB? Has he ever covered a receiver in his life? Anyway, I can’t wait for tomorrow and my hope is that the Steelers can trade down and get an Eifert or Hopkins and some extra picks later.

  • lefnor

    C’mon man.

    Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger, Harrison and Adrian Robinson came from the MAC. Aaron Smith from North Colorado, Cortez Allen from Citadel and Redman from Bowie State.

  • lefnor

    You should ask Tavon Austin about Vaccaro’s speed.

  • lefnor

    Luke Marquardt would be great, but IMO he will be a mid round pick.

    Kruger was down to 261 pound at his pro day after being 267 at the combine. Right now he is a 43 LDE prospect.

    The Vaccaro and Moore pick is perfect, they are great fit into our attacking MACK ILB and safety position, but I prefer Wheaton, Hunter and Woods over Keenan Allen. He is a good possession WR but there is a lot of question around him (medical, character). But the S-ILB-WR-RB foursome is OK.

    Randle is regarded as a character risk by some teams. Latavius Murray is a better tall, ZBS fit receiveing RB. He has good character.

    Dysert is a perfect choice for us.

  • steeltown

    I agree with most of what you’ve said, though I think Hunter and Woods will be gone by the time we pick in Rd2 and I like Wheaton, but I really hope we can get a taller/big-bodied WR…. maybe Terrance Williams or Patton?

  • mlc43

    I liked the first pick but after that I was totally underwhelmed. Although, I have given some thought to Dysert as well. I think Allen at No. 2 put a monkey wrench in your entire draft. There is comparable (actually better) to be had at WR in the 3rd round which could then free up the 2nd rd pick for a better option at one of the other positions of need…maybe even a better RB. Anyway, all the speculation ends tomorrow. Hopefully the Steelers hit this draft out of the park…cause we need it.

  • Steelers32

    Allen in 2nd is a steal

  • I think receiver and saftey can be had at later picks (deep draft prospects). Priority should be linebacker and running back.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Vaccaro did a decent job withhim wouldn’t u say.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Star I do agree with you for the most part but Colbert also said when they drafted Heath Miller he had no idea what his 40 time was.

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  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree with you on the first pick. If Cooper or Warmack fall to us I believe we pull the trigger but Vaccaro seems like the guy. He isn’t a exciting guy and would rather we draft back for Elam or even wait a round or 2 for a S to fall.
    Allen I’m lukewarm on also. after his combine drug test I would rather go with Patton, Wheaton or Bailey
    I know a lot of Steeler fans like Moore but he is another lukewarm guy to me. Someone will drop to us that will be of a better quality. A lot of 3/4 OLB’s in this draft
    I am ok with Randle here but you even said it yourself that Gillislee or even Barner maybe available here. Would rather have one of those guys as a change of pace guy
    I am all in with Dysert here. Word is we really like Bray because of his physical attributes but Dysert will not burn down the stadium
    Dont like the OLB pick here at all. If u double up on a position either S or WR. Wollf should be here and if we think Duke Williams has turned the corner with his behavior he would be a huge asset IMO
    Vince is a decent pick but the Steelers need to go home town and get Mauti. The guy is a champion and someone u want on your team
    In the last pick why not a Punter. We lost a lot of field position last year lets get a guy who will gain us some field position.

    It’s a safe draft but not exciting. I give it a C.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    He questioned the strength of Notre Dame’s schedule so I mentioned the MAC and Big East, that’s all I meant. When Dysart plays like Ben and Sio Moore passes Harrison…..

  • steeltown

    I agree with your first assessment… but I think Keenan Allen has good value in Rd2 (also like Hopkins, Patton or T.Williams) and while I like Wheaton and Bailey I do NOT want another undersized /slight framed WR

    Also, Im indifferent on the subject of LB’s and RB’s mentioned, though I think Malliciah Goodman would have good value at that point in the draft. I like the Dysert pick, just for the fact of getting young blood on roster

    Lastly, I’d blame bad field position on not only a poor run game which stalled offensive drives on the other end of the field, but also the massive amount of penalties that ST units amassed on kicks and punts. Butler was a rookie, he’s young, I think he’ll be a solid punter. I expect more improvement in his 2nd yr

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  • RW

    Kelce is a terrific blocker. Not so sure about his route running skills.

  • Carlos Emmons

    Refreshing mock!
    Thank goodness you are acknowledging how economically stupid it would be to spend the 17th overall pick on an OL, let alone an interior lineman, after all of our recent investments (high draft picks and Foster re-signing).
    I appreciate your justification for the Vacarro pick. Zero safeties were taken in the 1st round of the 2011 draft, and mark barron/brad smith went way higher than projected in the 2012 1st round. As such, having a guy like Vacarro there at 17 would seem like a mini miracle. This years’ class is so deep though. Were you tempted to go in a different direction in the 1st, leaving ballhawking Phil Thomas (who we appear to be very interested in) as our 2nd rd pick?
    Nonetheless, if we are forced to turn a card in at pick 17 (no reasonable trade-back option) it’s hard to get upset about taking a guy with Vacarro’s pedigree.

  • David Edward

    Hi Chris, I read your entire post so hopefully you take a look at my feedback. For those who read my posts, I think I’ve earned some degree of credibility. So consider my comments as candid feedback meant to help…
    1. Vaccaro – you actually make a good argument of why not to pick him @ 17. I think your assessment of him is accurate, but he’s right there in the group with Elam, Cyprien, and Reid. So, it’s not good value unless you’re trading down to get him. On the contrary, your assessment of Eifert was way off. At 250 lbs, he’s nearly as fast as Vaccaro and has excellent speed for the TE position. He creates mismatches all over the field and is an excellent athlete for the position. He is a clear cut Tier 1 at TE and the only Tier 1 at TE so @17 he would bring good value. See below for the rest of the rounds…

  • David Edward

    2. Allen – not a bad pick @ 48 if he’s there. When I watched tape on him, I didn’t like that he tended to fall down a lot and his lack of speed is evident. Has good hands though.
    3. Moore – certainly an athletic guy so he has that going for him. Not a bad pick but he might be better in a 43.
    4. Randle – I generally don’t like RBs who are only 200 lbs. and runin the mid 4.6s. Especially since he’s 6’0 and runs upright. Not a good fit for Steelers. Zac Stacy would be a better pick here or Kerwin Williams in 5th.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    In Heath’s case he had hernia surgery at the end of the season and was not recovered well enough to run an accurate forty time anyway. This may appear similar to Keenan Allen. But a TE is typically matched up on a LB or S. A WR has to beat a CB which requires much more speed and COD. Also, Allen was not known as a burner even before the injury. And his game tape shows mostly shorter routes. Most importantly,

    I admit there are exceptions. Jerry Rice didn’t run a blazing forty time either. Neither did James Harrison. Both were fantastic players. I’m just saying that when your veterans start to get old and slow, if you replace them with young and slow players, you’re team is still slow. Now maybe they’re highly skilled, but you can teach skill. You can’t teach speed.

  • Sun Prairie ATF

    I would like the Steelers to move down and make a trade with Atlanta or San Fran for an additional 2nd and 3rd round pick assuming we’d give up a 4th.

    Take Arthur Brown or Xavier Rhodes. (Brown next to Timmons is an awesome thought)

    Take DeAndre Hopkins with the early 2nd and Corey Lemonier with the later 2nd.

    Take the best safety available with the first 3rd round pick and Margus Hunt with the additional 3rd round pick.

    Take Lattimore in the 5th.

    Pick up a TE like Jake Stoneburner or Michael Williams with our first 6th round pick and Khaled Holmes with the other 6th rounder. (Pouncey always tends to get banged up)

    Ace Sanders in the 7th.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Let me clarify. I love Sio Moore. I actually think he should be ranked as a mid to late 2nd round pick. If we could get him in the 3rd that would be awesome. I think Vaccaro will be a really good versatile safety. I just think 1.17 is a little expensive when you can get a guy like Shawn Williams in the 3rd round (or later) who is only slightly less talented.

  • David Edward

    5. Dysert – in of itself not a bad pick in 5th or later, but the Steelers really don’t need to draft a #3 this year unless they are getting an absolute steal.
    6. Goodman – he’ll actually go higher than this since he can play 43DE and is a good athlete. However, picking 2 OLB isn’t they way to go since Carter and Robinson are viable development candidates.
    6. Williams – probably your most sound pick. This is about where he will go and they are interested in him. He’s a good late round fit for Steelers who maybe can develop into a starter.
    7. Wilson – other than you knowing him, no reason to pick a TE here. If they aren’t getting an upper tier TE no reason to draft one since they already have enough bodies…Spaeth, Paulsen, Johnson, McCoy, Pianalto in addition to Heath.

  • nato762

    IMO watch the Geno Smith saga….If he falls out of the to ten then teams such as jax/oak/philly/buff may want to trade up to get him. At 17 we would be the earliest team to trade up with logically especially if most of our 1 st rnd board is gone. Still may be a bit high but it could happen. Steelers don’t usually do this type of thing but ya never know

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Why don’t YOU post some game tape? You never do any research.

    Here’s some game tape for you…


    You’ll notice when he’s matched up against a slower player or in traffic he’ll blow them up. (:37) (1:14) (1:24) But he doesn’t change direction well and ends up whiffing or reaching on a lot of plays (2:08) (2:40) (2:50)


    Look at (:07). Look at how long it takes him to get there. And then he whiffs because he can’t change direction.

    Look at (:10) Slow to get there. Can’t change direction. Whiff. Then can’t catch up to him.

    Now look at (:52). If there’s a shorter play right in front of him. he does great. His long speed is not a hinderance.

    Look at (1:22) or (3:14). A slower developing play in front of him. He does fine. No deep speed required.

    Look at (4:04). Lack of speed. Burnt for a TD.

    Look at (3:55). Look how long it takes him to get there.

    Now let’s talk about tackling. The hallmark of all Steeler safeties right? Look at all the plays where Vaccaro can’t shed or get around blocks to make the tackle. (1:35) (1:54) (2:03) (2:18) (5:03).

    I watched the whole game. I just don’t see the “game speed” you’re talking about. I see a lack of speed. Just like his combine numbers showed. I see a lack of change of direction. Just like his combine drills showed. There it is. On tape. Just like you asked for.

    Now, I’m not saying Vaccaro sucks. He made some nice plays. He gives good effort. But if I’m drafting a safety at 1.17, I want to see someone special on tape (like Polamalu). To me, Vaccaro looks like a nice 2-3 round prospect.

  • RyanW

    I think Vacarro is a solid safety and wouldnt hate the pick but I think you’re way undervaluing Eifert dude will be a force in the league I guarantee it, he’s big and has SOLID hands and is a red zone beast, and really you’re worried about elite speed for a tight end? But you’re ok with a safety that doesn’t have elite speed? That doesn’t make any sense at all. I don’t like using a 5th rounder this year on a backup QB especially when weve got an excellent backup in Gradkowski locked up for a cpl years

  • Jamie Malone

    U are right on about TE we don’t need Effeit he is overrated!

  • Jamie Malone

    Option 1…Rd1:Jarvis Jones Georgia OLB, Rd2:Johnathan Franklin UCLA RB, Rd3:Shamarko Thomas Syracuse SS, Rd4:Ace Sanders South Carolina WR, Rd5:Nico Johnson Alabama ILB, Rd6:Malliciah Goodman Clemson DE/OLB, Rd6:Sanders Commings Georgia CB, Rd7:Zach Rogers Tennessee WR, FAs:Michael Williams Alabama TE, Rex Burkhead Nebraska RB, Russell Shepard LSU WR, Devin Smith Wisconsin CB
    Option 2…Rd1:Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee WR, Rd2:Phillip Thomas Fresno State FS, Rd3:Jamie Collins Southern Miss OLB, Rd4:Tyler Bray Tennessee QB, Rd5:Christine Michael Texas A&M RB, Rd6:Quinton Dial Alabama DE, Rd6:Michael Mauti Penn State ILB, Rd7:Marc Anthony California CB, FAs:Dexter McCoil Tulsa SS, George Winn Cincinnati RB, Marcus Cooper Rutgers CB, Philip Lutzenkirchen Auburn TE
    My wish…Trade down and recieve extra 3rd and 7th round pick… Rd1:Eddie Lacy Alabama RB, Rd2:Sam Montgomery LSU DE/OLB, Rd3:Barrett Jones Alabama C/OG/OT, Rd3(via trade):Terrance Williams Baylor WR, Rd4:Duke Williams Nevada SS, Rd5:Tharold Simon LSU CB, Rd6:Quinton Dial Alabama DE, Rd6:Cobi Hamilton Arkansas WR, Rd7:Vince Williams FSU ILB, Rd7(via trade):Ryan Griffin Tulane QB, Target FAs:Brandon Ford Clemson TE, C.J. Jones Texas A&M FS, Ray Graham Pittsburgh RB, Chris Barker Neveda OGg

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Agree with everything you just said.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Agreed. Unless a true gem slips down to 1.17, I don’t see how Colbert can NOT trade down. We have like 10 legitimate needs and only 8 picks (and 3 of those are really late). There is talk that a 1.17 trade down with the 49ers could net us 1.31 + 2.31 + 4.31. Huge value.

  • RyanW

    Can only trade down if someone is willing to trade up though