2014 Steelers Mock Draft Version 1.0 – Post Senior Bowl

C.J. Mosley Alabama Steelers Mock Draft

With the 2014 Senior Bowl now behind us it is time for my first 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft, or as I like to call them, educated guesses to inspire good draft talk about players.

I usually do about 5 or 6 mocks prior to the actual NFL draft taking place and you can find the links to all of those from last year in this final mock draft post from 2013. Here is my first mock after the 2013 Senior Bowl from last offseason for you to look at and surprisingly I had two players included in that that wound up being drafted by the Steelers.

I have already posted my Steelers offensive and defensive draft needs earlier in the offseason and you can read those post here and here.

The Steelers will likely receive two compensatory draft picks this year and while one should be a third-round selection for the loss of Mike Wallace, the other should be either a fourth or fifth round selection for the loss of Keenan Lewis. My gut tells me that it will be a fifth-round selection, but until we know for sure, I will assume that it will be a fourth round selection. Why? Because it best fits this mock. lol

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Round 1 – ILB C.J. Mosley – Alabama

Pre Combine Measurables: Height: 6021 Weight: 232
Like every year, the Steelers first-round pick could go in several directions as the team has so many needs to fill. With that being said, there should still be a blue-chip player or three that fits a need on the board by the time the 15th pick rolls around. As we sit here in late January, you have to think players such as Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins will already be off the board, and while a top tackle might still be available, I really am still of the belief that they will bypass that position early on in the draft.

The inside linebacker position could very well be termed a need this year as we still don’t know for sure if Sean Spence will ever make it back from the knee injury that he suffered a couple of years ago during the preseason. In addition to that, the jury is still out on Vince Williams, who did show some signs of progress during his rookie season as the Buck linebacker in the base defense. While veteran Larry Foote might very well be back for one more season, the Steelers really don’t have any depth inside behind him, Williams or Lawrence Timmons.

With the above being said, I will kick off my first mock draft of the offseason with Mosley being the first selection.

Mosley, who will only be 21 on draft day, played the Mack linebacker spot at Alabama and he played it well. He has incredible instincts and plays fast downhill as a result. An above average tackler, Mosley finished third in the SEC last season in total tackles and fourth in total tackles. Mosley will also be a three-down linebacker at the next level due to his ability to drop into coverage. While you would like him to have better play-making stats, such as forced fumbles and interceptions, he was always around the football and his motor never stops. He can run sideline to sideline and should put up impressive timed numbers at the combine that will reflect his speed and agility.

For such a young man, Mosley is a leader both on and off the field and the Steelers will be attracted to his high character. We will break him down more in depth in a future post, but you can get a glimpse of what this 2013 Dick Butkus Award winner brings to the table in the video below.

Bio: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/cj_mosley_713434.html

C.J. Mosley – AlabamaPass Int RetTacklesTackles For LossSacks
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDFFumSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYdsSoloAsstYds
FR2010-11LB132762-303767114013
SO2011-12LB11110-17203741202015
JR2012-13LB1421611664110772523234
Sr.2013-14LB13000161471088220000
Totals--5159332174145319206965352

Round 2 – OLB Dee Ford – Auburn

Pre Combine Measurables: Height: 6021 Weight: 243
Regardless of whatever happens with LaMarr Woodley and Jason Worilds this offseason, the Steelers really need to add another outside linebacker to the pipeline. Due to the 2014 draft class being thin when it comes to 3-4 outside linebacker prospects and combined with the fact that more teams are running either a 3-4 or hybrid front defense these days, Ford is worth taking in the second round. While many will try to push him into round one because of the week he had at the Senior Bowl, I am not one of them. Why? Watch his tape.

Ford has a lot of upside, but right now I feel that many teams will view him as a one-trick pony. His trick is to beat tackles to the edge and then use his bend to better attack the quarterback. He’s good at that trick, mind you, but like Jarvis Jones found out during his rookie season, that’s not enough at the NFL level. In addition, Ford wasn’t asked to drop into coverage much at Auburn and he also has to improve at holding the point of attack against the run.

Ford, like Jones, will have to get stronger and he’ll have to develop a larger arsenal of pass rush moves in order to be a feared outside linebacker that can consistently get after the quarterback. Ford’s Senior Bowl measurables are somewhat similar to those of Worilds measurables at the 2010 combine, although he is a little bit taller and weighs a little less. Ford does have a frame that will support a little more bulk, in my opinion and he will need it. To be honest, Ford reminds you a little of Worilds when he came out of college. He won’t be a year-one contributor outside of special teams, but by his second season he should be able to provide quality depth with an eye on possibly becoming a starter by his third season.

Bio: http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/dee_ford_457337.html

Dee Ford – AuburnPass Int RetTacklesTackles For LossSacks
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDFFumSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYdsSoloAsstYds
FR2009-10DL13130-661221171010
SO2010-11DL13----741120162016
Jr.2011-12DL1------0------
JR2012-13DL11---123113461396038
Sr.2013-14DL12000218112913310110196
Totals--501303543286235173191160

Round 3 (Comp) – CB Pierre Desir – Lindenwood

Pre Combine Measurables: Height: 6011 Weight: 195
The Steelers need a young cornerback to groom and Desir has all of the measurables coveted at the NFL level. Coming out of a small school, Desir didn’t face top-flight wide receivers, but he showed during practices of the two major all-star games that he can certainly hang with them.

In his two years at Lindenwood, Desir intercepted 13 passes and record 30 passes defended. He earned AFCA All-American honors in both 2012 and 2013, and was a first-team All-MIAA selection both of those seasons. He led the MIAA in passes defended per game in 2013 even though teams didn’t throw at him that much. He is not afraid of contact and while he could use some work on his tackling, he registered 93 in total the past two seasons.

Desir doesn’t have elite speed, but he is very athletic. A few months ago, not many people knew who he was, but after the combine is over, I truly believe that he will be regarded as a solid third-round prospect and likely the fifth or sixth best cornerback in the draft. I consider him a raw player much in the same mold as Cortez Allen.

Bio: http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5463

Pierre Desir – LindenwoodPass Int RetTacklesTackles For Loss
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDFFumSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYds
JR2012-13DB129831-392160217
Sr.2013-14DB94710127633103
Totals--2113154116627933110

Round 4 – WR Martavis Bryant – Clemson

Pre Combine Measurables: Height: 6041 Weight: 200
The Steelers are likely to lose wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency and thus they could use another wide receiver to groom. Bryant made the decision to come out early and while he played second fiddle at Clemson to Sammy Watkins, his size, speed and pass catching ability can’t be ignored.

While Watkins was the king of the screen game and underneath receptions at Clemson, Bryant was used in the intermediate and deep portions of the field. In 2013, Bryant had four red zone touchdown receptions and 17 of his 42 receptions went for 20 yards or more with three of those resulting in touchdowns. Of his 10 third down receptions, nine of them resulted in either a first down or a touchdown.

Bryant will need to work on his route running at the NFL level and while he has a large catch radius, and generally catches with his hands, he has shown that he will double-catch on occasion due to lack of concentration. While he is also a willing blocker, he needs to be more aggressive at times and make sure that he finishes.

After the combine, Bryant should be considered a fourth round prospect at the worst as he has a ton of upside.

Bio: http://www.clemsontigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205529420

Martavis Bryant – ClemsonRushingReceivingKO Ret
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDNoYdsTDNoYdsTD
FR2011-12WR14---922122450
SO2012-13WR101170103054102100
Jr.2013-14WR130004282872360
Totals--37117061135413142910

Round 4 (Comp) – FS Kenny Ladler – Vanderbilt

Pre Combine Measurables: Height: 6001 Weight: 200
Safety Ryan Clark might not be back in 2013 so the Steelers will need another young safety to groom for the future.

Ladler led Vanderbilt and finished second in the SEC with five interceptions, and had a team-high 91 total tackles. In addition, he led the SEC and tied for the FBS lead with five forced fumbles. In limited tape viewing, Ladler seems to have good awareness and diagnosis, and a sure first step. Has his nine career college interceptions indicate that he has good ball skills and he uses his body well in coverage.

The Steelers like their safeties to be versatile and Ladler is just that. He can play in the box, line up in the slot and also play deep center field. He is not the most fluid of prospects, but he always winds up being around the football. I have a feeling that a lot of teams will be looking to grab him in the fourth round, where I believe he is great value.

Bio: http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/kenny_ladler_711872.html

Kenny Ladler – VanderbiltPass Int RetTacklesTackles For LossSacks
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDFFumSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYdsSoloAsstYds
FR2010-11DB1210014017574311---
SO2011-12DB13100-371653101---
JR2012-13DB1221701603090319104
Sr.2013-14DB1356105642791101000
Totals--5097807201902919422104

Andre Hall video below. Look for No.1 which is Ladler

Round 5  – TE Crockett Gillmore – Colorado State

Pre Combine Measurables: Height: 6055 Weight: 253
Is Gillmore the best kept secret when it comes to an all-around tight end in the draft? It’s possible. Thanks to him being a late add to the Senior Bowl because of injury, I decided to research him and I liked what I saw not only stats wise, but in his play on tape as well.

Of his 47 catches in 2013, you might be suppressed to know that Gillmore turned eight of them into gains of 20 yards or more. In addition to that, Gillmore caught 69% of the passes thrown his way. At Colorado State he lined up in-line, in the slot, as an h-back and on occasion, out wide.

Gillmore is an accomplished blocking tight end from the in-line position and while he needs work in that area, especially when asked to block down inside, he’s not bad a all. The Steelers need a good third tight end next season with upside and Gillmore looks like he would be a major upgrade over David Paulson.

Bio: http://www.csurams.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/crockett_gillmore_586711.html

Crockett Gillmore – Colorado StateReceiving
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTD
FR2010-11DL10---
SO2011-12TE12454684
JR2012-13TE11192632
Sr.2013-14TE14475772
Career Totals--4711113088

Round 6 – RB James White – Wisconsin

Pre Combine Measurables: Height: 5090 Weight: 206
There’s a chance the Steelers will draft a change of pace back late in the draft this year if they don’t wind up re-signing LaRod Stephens-Howling. If they don’t, White could fit the bill.

While he’ll never be an every-down back at the NFL level, White should be able to function as player that can give a team 8-10 touches a game. In 2013, he showed that he can catch the ball out of the backfield by logging 39 catches for 300 yards. He finished his career at Wisconsin with a 6.2 yards per carry average on 643 attempts and 14 of those carries went for 20 yards or more. 10 of White’s 13 touchdowns came inside the red zone with 7 of those coming from inside the opposition’s 10 yard-line.

Like most undersized backs entering the NFL, White will really have to improve his pass protection.

James White – WisconsinRushingReceivingKO Ret
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDNoYdsTDNoYdsTD
FR2010-11RB1215610521411880173290
SO2011-12RB131417136151500153150
JR2012-13RB14125806128132161140
Sr.2013-14RB13221144413393002170
Totals--52643401545736703397650

Bio: http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/james_white_712897.html

Round 7 – CB Brandon Dixon – Northwest Missouri State

Pre Combine Measurables: Height: 5114 Weight: 204
The Steelers could stand to draft two cornerbacks this year and one small school player who is getting a lot of run as of late is Dixon, who has already received word that he can take part at the combine.

I have seen very little tape on Dixon as all that’s really out there right now is stuff from a few years ago, but hopefully more will surface over the course of the coming weeks. He has a twin brother that also figures to be a late round or undrafted prospect.

Right now, I am forced to go off of what other people that have followed him closely have written about him as well as what was shown of him during the week of the NFLPA All-Star game. He measures in at just under 6 feet and is a physical player. You will be hearing more about hm over the course of the next few weeks and I invite you to read up on him. All of the NFLPA footage is up on the Watch ESPN website.

Bio: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/sports/football/2013/players/dixon,-brandon.htm

Brandon Dixon – NW Missouri StatePass Int RetTacklesTackles For Loss
ClassYearPosNoYdsTDFFSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYds
JR2012-13DB5901-31738103
Sr.2013-14DB122002511361011
Totals--6112105618742014

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  • Geoff Cordner

    I would be very happy with this defense focused draft, especially the Linebackers!

  • Tullydew

    1) Louis Nix NT Notre Dame

    2) Calvin Pryor FS Louisville

    3 comp) Yawin Smallwood ILB UCONN

    4) Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood

    4 comp) Robert Herron WR Wyoming

    5) DeAndre Coleman DT/DE Cal

    6) Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina

    7) Nikita Whitlock DE/OLB Wake Forest

  • tombolaboy

    Pierre Desir is a love of mine in this draft, hearing him talk about what he knows his own weaknesses to be (pad level etc.) shows he’s already dedicated to improving that. Everyone I’ve heard has said he improved greatly in both the Shrine game and the Senior Bowl, tremendous upside and just the right attitude.

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    I have seen Louis Nix play a few times and he was always pushed around by double teams. I wouldn’t touch him but the Steelers need to pick up one defensive lineman in this draft.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I like Moseley for the first pick.

  • Addison

    Yes yes yes C.J Mosley. I’m thinking he will be there. Inside linebackers usually fall right? Hightower, Teo, Arthur brown.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Do you view Nix as a 3 down player? Is he a Poe?

    I’ve only seen him play once so my judgement might not be fair.

  • Donny Simmons

    Dave, I like the draft but would double dip on CB in the 3rd & 5th

  • chris ward

    C.J Mosley would be a great pick at 15 for the Steelers. Mosley has great speed and plays with a lot of heart. Also, like Pierre Desir at CB, looked impressive at the two all-star games. Has great size and athleticism.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Can’t really knock the positions overall, it’s a good mock…ILB @ 15? CJ probably has more upside than Williams, tough to say whether he would run him out with one camp/preseason…imo will not be as good as Ogletree from LY who was on the board. Not sure about this one.

    Like the 4/4c/5 picks a lot…4th round WR Bryant…I think that would be an excellent spot to take him but I think 3rd rd after the combine if he comes in ready.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Trying to be fair, but my view was the same in the one game I did see…both him and Tuitt kinda scare me @ 15…neither showed up in the big game vs AL.

  • Superdriller316

    I don’t know anything about the WR or TE, but I LOVE all the rest. Send it to Kevin marked “May Christmas List”.

  • DoctorNoah

    A thoughtful draft. I still think we pick up Ebron or a corner in the first. I think there’s a lot of linebacker depth, and we’ve done very well with later round linebackers, as well as defensive tackles.

  • Jonathon Bert Schade

    I like this mock, esp. the LBs, but would hope to see one more WR also. If Sanders leaves, just one injury puts the position in jeopardy. Will the Steelers get any picks for Wallace, Lewis, Mendenhall or anyone else?

  • steeltown

    Love the Defensive picks.. primarily the focus on LB and CB

  • steeltown

    Wallace and Lewis presumably… Bryan has included them above

  • grw1960

    I think any Steelers fan would be really happy if the Steelers draft turned out this Good.
    You have chosen several of my favorite positions and possible players at this time in your first attempt
    Mosley
    Ford would be a steal at 2-14 and it could happen We have all seen players slide do to other teams choices
    Desir
    Gilmore
    RB in the 6th very possible.I am looking at Bibs as of now. Not sold yet.There should be a few really good ones still available there.
    Don’t know anything about Dixon
    I have been trying to come up with my own. But I am letting their possible availability in rounds interfere too much.

  • 243546

    I say this as someone who hasn’t been a big supporter of drafting Mosley at 15, but if the Steelers landed Mosley and Ford in the first two rounds, I would be doing back flips in my living room.

  • Callentown

    I keep hearing people say that these days you shouldn’t draft a NT high because he’s not on the field much.

    And yet, in the AFC and NFC Championship games, it was the stout middle for Denver, S.F. and Seattle that shut down the other offenses.

    I prefer the Mosley pick, but Nix would still help a LOT! Means Mac would most likely move to DE I’m guessing.

  • Callentown

    Love the Mosley pick Dave.

    I’d really like to see a strong CB in the second round, but not sure who makes sense. Don’t know much about Desir, being from a small school and all.

    Still intrigued by SJ-P (neb) though not in the 2nd.

  • James Kling

    I think your 2, 3, and 4s are all a round too late.

  • cp72

    I’m a Notre Dame fan. I have seen a lot of Nix and I am hoping and preying the Steelers don’t take him in the first round. He’s got talent, but he’s had weight and injury issues. He also seems to be a nice kid, but I think he has major bust potential. He will probably go in the 1st round based on potential. I personally think he is a late 2nd or early 3rd based on his performace in South Bend. I think Tuitt is a tad overrated, but will be a good player at the next level.

  • John

    I guess I will have to be the contrarian. In terms of immediate impact, I do not see how this group helps. I would expect Mosley to be ok at best. I do not see the Ford pick as we have that player in Jones already. If we take OLB, we should take someone with a different fit. CB from a small school is a developmental pick — meaning two years away probably. I am not knocking the players themselves, but we need help now and I would prefer guys that can play right away in the early rounds.
    As to the comment on Nix, he was hurt last year and that makes it tough to grab him in round one. As I have said before, I would prefer a real CB or WR in round one that can play this year and then the LB and other depth picks. I do not think we need TE unless it is a round one stud. Just my two cents.

  • 243546

    For the purpose of adding to the conversation, I had a thought recently that the days of the 3 down strongside ILB could be coming to an end. A defense still needs to have a thumper in running situations, but when the offense has a personnel package on the field that allows them to send multiple WR’s, coverage ability becomes a premium. It’s extremely rare to find an ILB who can take on a pulling guard in the run game, and also have the coverage ability to match up man to man with a dynamic TE in 12 personnel. Defenses are playing in sub-packages more and more, and having success doing it, because of the ability to match up with the personnel packages that the offense puts on the field. It makes me wonder if a better approach is to do what the Steelers are doing right now, and having a thumper like Vince Williams play in base, and then replacing him with a faster, more athletic LB/S in sub-packages. I could see someone like Ryan Shazier playing that role extremely well (tangent question, does anyone else think Shazier could give Dick LeBeau flashbacks of Carnell Lake at UCLA?)

    Everything I just wrote about helps the case for drafting Mosley, because he’s one of the rare athletes who is strong against the run (watch his tape against LSU this year, when he drops 6’1″ 271 lb FB JC Copeland dead in his tracks), and has the speed and athleticism to match up in coverage. However, if the Steelers don’t end up with Mosley, does that mean they need to look for a fast, athletic, likely undersized LB, to be their nickle backer?

  • Deesh138

    Haven’t studied the draft in depth yet, but I do like the idea of going linebacker back-to-back in the first two rounds, and I like what I see out of Mosley/Ford.

  • 243546

    Yes and no. Guys like Hightower and Te’o do, because they aren’t strong in coverage, and are guys who might need to be replaced by a DB on passing downs. A player with Mosley’s skill set will go early, because he has the speed and athleticism to play in coverage. Mosley is going to draw interest from just 3-4 teams as an ILB. He can play all 3 LB positions in a 4-3 defense, which should put him high on every teams radar.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Good point…I’m with you on interior DL strength…but neither of those players were taken in the top 3rd of the draft I don’t think…#94 for DEN was a 3rd pick, he appears to be a 1 or 2 down player.

    I mentioned Poe, because he was a top 10 pick and has proved to be worth it, but often on the field on 3rd down.

    On Nix…the Bama game still sits in my memory of those guys just getting blown off the ball. Bad knee…I would like to see the kid from Ark St. Carruethers picked in the 3rd or 4th round

  • ATL96STEELER

    That hyrid LB (bigger than a S, but faster/smaller than a run stopping ILB) type player I think will be invaluable (what they saw in Spence I think)

    Mosley…imo he’s not as good in space as some other guys such as Ogletree who STL took LY…faster than Williams so I can see him in a subpkg playing right away.

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    steelers like V. Williams as do I, and dee ford is a one trick pony, both of those are way off, I love the crockett Gilmore pick, the steelers desperately need a young stud tight end, id be ok with the rest of the draft not the first and second picks

  • taztroy43

    I love the martavis bryant a lot…a big fast reciever with a lot of potential…I think after the combine he will be considered a solid 3rd or maybe even a 2nd round pick…. the guy has a crazy ceiling and reminds me a lot of the jets early 2nd round pick Stephen Hill whos 6’4″ n ran a 4.33 40…bryant according to his wr coach and former wr teammates( Hopkins n Watkins) has the most potential n is the most athletically gifted… this guy was my 3rd round sleeper pickup for the steelers comp pick but after the combine he’s not going to be a sleeper wr… hope hes there in the 3rd since we’ve had great luck with wr in that round!!!!

  • 243546

    I agree. That’s why I mentioned Shazier. He’s got the speed and length to run with pass catching TE’s, but has the physicality to be an option against the run. I like Williams skill set in base D, and really hope he can grow into that role.

    If the defense wants to use an undersized LB as a full time option, then I think they need to invest some more talent in the D-line first. Under sized guys can be successful, but you need a strong enough D-line to cover him up.

  • Callentown

    I hear ya. Although, Bama does that to a lot of teams .. lol.

    I like Tuitt and Hageman a little better than Nix and would be happy to have any of them added to our D.

  • cencalsteeler

    Nice Mock. If the Steelers go this route, this means stick a fork in Spence. I am optimistic Spence comes back, so I would swap Mosley for Ebron. E Squared is a two for one pick, a blocker and a receiving threat.

  • JT

    I want everyone who blasted Dave last year for Bell being too similar to Redman and Dwyer to please apologize ;)

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I’m holding my breath for Mosley though ebron would be an acceptable alt.

    I would go with the same position but would go with Murphy in the second. He doesn’t have the same pure rush ability but is a complete player. I would play him on the right side and have him drop into coverage a lot.

  • JT

    I like anyone dubbed as an “above average tackler”. I can’t watch another season with tackling like 2013 again.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Murphy instead of Ford that is

  • Addison

    Thank for ruining my day. Haha

  • nicolaisim

    Rnd1: WR Kelvin Benjamin – Florida St.
    Rnd 2: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
    Rnd 3 (comp): FS Jimmie Ward – Northern Illinois
    Rnd 4: OLB Morgan Breslin – USC *
    Rnd 4 (comp): DE Josh Mauro – Stanford
    Rnd 5: TE Crockett Gilmore – Colorado St.
    Rnd 6: S Dontae Johnson – North Carolina St.
    Rnd 7: CB Lavelle Westbrooks – Georgia Southern

    DB heavy, I know, but we need to get some competitive DBs in the draft to plan for the future. Ward could replace Ryan Clark instantly and be an upgrade in coverage.
    * Breslin was badly injured but seriously looks like Kevin Greene when playing.
    Michael Sam could also be the pick. He’s got the build like woodley and apparently great leadership skills and discipline. One of my favorites.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    My draft picks would be as follows:
    1 – Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St
    2 – Dion Bailey Safety, USC
    3 – C. J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
    4 – DeAndre Coleman DL California
    5 – Chris David CB Auburn
    5 – James White RB Wisconsin
    6 – Ryan Grant WR Tulane
    7 – Wesley Johnson OL Vanderbilt
    I like your picks Dave. I wanted to get a LB in. I think they need to draft a TE. Matt Spaeth only has one more year and Heath is in his 30’s now. The steelers have so many needs, maybe they could trade down and get one or two more picks.
    InsuranceBill

  • Chris Ranieri

    Going to be an exciting draft.

  • Michael Pearce

    Personally, I would like to see them get a big fast WR in the first two rounds(Maybe at 15) and then CB in second. The rest of the way I would be happy with defense. Maybe a smaller faster 3rd down back in the later rounds.

  • lefnor

    I like the CJ Mosley pick, his overall skill set is similar with Sean Lee but a little bit better in shedding OL blocks. His speed and TE cover skills are amazing. Maybe he has not excellent play anticipation skills (which was the main factor when they drafted Spence), but not bad in it. He is the perfect Steelers ILB.

    The Dee Ford choice is interesting. Is he enough physical for the Steelers D? I don’t like the passrush-first OLBs with terrible hand usage and weak initial punch like Chris Carter. Playing tough against the run is a basic requirement in the LeBeau D at OLB.

    James White is a good RB but in Haley’s offense the RBs have to be versatile. You have to be able to play WR near the sideline or at least at the slot and run solid WR routes. White can’t do that. Maybe Rajion Neal in the 6th round. Or my favorite small school UDFA RB prospect, Zach Bauman (mr cutback).

    Everyone like Desir because of his size and the similarities with the Cortez Allen pick but I like more Walt Aikens, the 6005 205, raw but superathletic CB from Liberty. His movement skills are amazing, so light-footed and he is more physical than Desir. I would pick him in the 4th round instead of Desir.

    Gillmore is a solid pick. He was better throughout the last two week than before but he has great upside that is for sure.

    I miss the DL pick. 2 years ago Rooney criticized the OL and the run game after the season. Results: DeCastro and Adams. Last year he criticized the pass rush and the lack of sacks and voilá: Jarvis Jones. This year he told that fixing the runD was priority #1 (and finding a redzone target). There will be DL pick imo and Kelvin Benjamin is a serious contender also to be the first Steelers pick..

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I’m okay with this mock, but I honestly think it leaves me wanting more. I don’t think we need a DE that high in the draft. I don’t think we need to take a RB at all. I’m not sure I get a large enough contribution from the WR and TE taken to see the difference quickly enough. I am a big believer that we either get impact players at WR or TE or pretty much ignore them altogether as we need the help on D way to much. IMO we struggled this past year due to 2 things:

    1. Youth at the LB position. Jones and Williams combined was a lot to make up.
    2. This one is the most important….we just don’t have enough speed or skill at the CB and S positions.

  • dgh57

    I have a question about CJ Mosley I wish someone to answer. Yes he played the Mack LB well at Bama but don’t we already have that covered with Timmons? Is it not more the Buck LB position that is in doubt where V. Williams and Foote play?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    My opinion is… Mosely is a mack ILB not a buck ILB. He does not stack and shed well. And he has some injury history.

    I’m not going to name drop, but I have a good friend who played in the Senior Bowl this year who told me Mosely is not very strong. And that he would not be able to get trough traffic very well at the NFL level.

    If I’m drafting an ILB at 1.15 he better be a Patrick Willis, Luke Kuechly, Ray Lewis type prospect. And I just don’t see that in Mosely. He’s a good solid mack ILB and we already have one of those in Timmons.

    I would prefer to draft a stud D-Lineman like Hageman who can play all 3 downs (at either DE or DT) and free up the lanes for a lesser ILB.

  • Luke Shabro

    I would be psyched to have the draft work out like this although it never works out like I hope lol. I really like Mosley, Ford and Pierre. I’ve heard and read good things about Crockett although I honestly can’t remember seeing him on film at all. I think White would be great. A couple draftniks noted that he’s been a change of pace guy for a while and is always productive off the bench so I actually think he’d be a great fit. I know very little about Bryant, Ladler or Dixon so I’ll have to check them out. I really like where your head is at Dave and we can only hope the front office feels the same

  • Luke Shabro

    Ogletree was amazing but I’m glad PIT stayed away. Off the field incident waiting to happen. Already have one of those (Mike Adams)

  • SteelersDepot

    Remember people, focus on likes, dislikes of a player, not what round. These mocks are good to launch discussions. Contrary to belief, I am not married or related to any one of these players.

  • allen

    I have heard that Alabama players max out in college and thus don’t experience alot of growth in the pros. How many Alabama players have really been dominant in the pros?

  • Intropy

    OTOH, Kuechly.

  • SFIC

    Overall, I would be happy if this is how it panned out. I have no major concerns because it fills a lot needs. Most picks have high value too.
    Mosely: not my 1st choice. Might only achieve “reliable” status. Low ceiling IMO
    Ford: I like him a lot. Situational Rusher only though? Very weak against run.
    Desir: Great pick. Raw, but CB’s take a couple of years to learn our system.
    Bryant: A late rd pick in Dec then shot up after the bowl. Talented, but poor hands.
    Ladler: Good pick. Should be a reliable FS.
    Gillmore: Great pick. Stock might shoot up after Senior Bowl though. Great value.
    White: Hidden gem. COP complement to Bell. Played in Gordon’s shadow.
    Dixon: Adding CB depth is good. Late picks are projects anyways.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I like Mosley too but I think that Mack (if still available) would be a better choice. Forget the conference – if the guy can play – he can play.

  • SFIC

    Crockett was a late add to the Senior Bowl after another player was injured. He missed the first two days of practice. He then lit it up in the game, played really well.

  • Iron Cadet

    Kyle fuller in the 2nd. Cb out of vt.

  • Shawn Winbush

    I think the Mocks presented here have been very insightful.Shows alot of thought and how we assess our weaknesses and needs. Here’s my Mock:

    1) Mosley, ILB- Alabama
    2) Robinson,WR – Penn State
    3) Jean-Baptiste, CB- Nebraska (comp)
    4) Boston, FS- UNC
    4) Ellis, NT- Louisiana Tech(comp)
    5) Lynch, TE- Georgia
    6) Colvin, CB- Oklahoma
    7) Archer-RB/KR- Kent State
    I omitted the DL and OL positions, feeling that we can explore those options for depth via UDFA and keeping and infusing the talent we already have.We also have the option exploring FA for depth so, I thought these were our most pressing needs.

  • SFIC

    Any mock that has Benjamin #1 gets thumbs down from me. Too soft for a big man. Drops too many passes too.

  • Iron Cadet

    Love the Kyle fuller pick.

  • SFIC

    Julio Jones. DeMeco Ryans

  • RyanW

    Dont we get another comp pick for Rashard?

  • Iron Cadet

    I’m not ready to give up on Vince Williams after one year especially when we have more pressing needs. The top 2 picks should be either db or dline. Hageman and then Kyle fuller would be awesome.

  • RyanW

    I like Mosley and Desir for sure. Not a fan of going OLB in round 2 though would rather see CB, S, or WR there

  • SFIC

    Hageman proved by his Senior Bowl game performance that he is not a 1st rd pick. He played well against weak competition this year and flashed at the Senior Bowl practices (good and bad). But as expected, during the game he was nonexistent against good OLinemen.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Seen the reports, but never have seen him play…Would you project Shazier as a top 15 pick?

  • ATL96STEELER

    I’d be happy with all 3 as well, just not thrilled to take a NT @ 15 that might not be a true stud.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Cannot disagree with you there, but Adams has been clean for 2 seasons…Ogletree was more repetitive for certain as a college player.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think that Gradkowski erases the loss?

  • westernsteel

    I really hope they don’t wait until the fourth round to get a WR. With Sanders gone, who is #2? Cotchery? Wheaton, who has hardly played? They really need a stud WR to step in quickly, and doubt a fourth round player will do that.

  • J-DUB

    I have the Steelers taking HaHa Clinton-Dix,S,Alabama and Antonio Richardson,OT,Tennessee in my 2 round mock draft.

  • WIINGY

    They shouldn’t draft him that high because he doesn’t have the production.

    Casey Hampton was selected 22nd and tripled Nix’s production in college.

    Just because we draft a NT, doesn’t mean he’s going to come in and become Casey Hampton, who was probably the best NT of our generation.

  • Iron Cadet

    why? i have not been impressed with him in most of his games

  • Iron Cadet

    Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, Eddie Lacy, Dre Kirkpatrick, DeMeco Ryans, Evan Mathis, Le’Ron McClain. just to name a couple

  • Iron Cadet

    fair point, i think he has incredible upside much like Poe. Did not dominate even despite weak competition but has all the intangibles. that being said i think we need to adress our db and dline issues early.

  • Callentown

    So Wiingy, who would you suggest at NT and in what round?

  • LayDownTheHammer

    If going by the assumption that first rounders should be the most NFL-ready to play (at least for the Steelers drafting purposes since we thankfully do not draft on potential relative to other teams), instead of ILB we need OT, NT, CB, S, OLB instead. Of the BPA we can pick from those 5 positions, it should be OT, NT, CB.

    No WRs before the comp picks.

  • SteelersDepot

    you will be a sad puppy when they don’t draft a T or a NT.

  • LayDownTheHammer

    And CB. Don’t assume yet. The Combine is a powerful shaker-upper, like it or not.

  • Matt Manzo

    I agree! I think it all depends on Gilbert! If he’s there at 15 we take him and grab from the bounty of WRs in the 2nd and the rest on D. Maybe grab a TE before 5?
    If Gilbert’s gone we go WR or playmaking TE at 15 and take from the bounty of CBs in the 2nd.
    Either way I think we go CB and WR in the 1st 2 rounds. I would say we could wait til the 3rd for WR if we wanna take a Safety in the 2nd, but I think the WR needs to be able to produce from day one.
    I take that last one back. There does seem to be some quality WRs ranked in the 4th round.
    The only pick in the 3rd round being a comp pick at the end could screw everything up! Its basically a 4th round pick.
    Positions we have to address early:
    WR
    CB (2)
    S
    TE
    OLB

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    You want to draft a Nose tackle when we have a shot at a game changing WR a sideline to sideline ilb, or shutdown corner?

  • LayDownTheHammer

    I mentioned CB as above. Who’s the game-changing WR? Watkins will be gone by 15 for sure, and it’s not as much of a necessity. I’m not enamored with Mosley; it’s a relatively weak ILB class this year; in fact, based on the tape I see both Skov and Borland as better in terms of quickness, fundamentals/technique, and ball-hawking compared to Mosley. If you control for the defensive system and only compare him to Alabama LBs, he is clearly not as accomplished nor as game-ready (in terms of quickness, fundamentals/technique, and ball-hawking) as Hightower and Upshaw, and both of them were OLBs (and OLBs do not need to have as solid fundamentals/technique and ball-hawking as ILBs, who are the QB of the defense).

    Drafts are about positions of most need with value at what spot you’re picking at. Our depth is the worst at those positions I mentioned above, and often those positions are those that play “essential” roles in the game (I think everyone will agree that an OT and CB are more “essential” than a guard or TE, for example). In the ILB case, Vince Williams, Spence, and Wilson/Garvin are all more game-ready than Mosley. Thus our proposed ILB pick would be for 2015 more than 2014. If we want help for this year as first rounders are intended for, ILB is not a high priority.

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    1. Marqise Lee WR USC
    2. Loucheiz Purifoy CB Florida
    3. Ed Reynolds S Stanford
    4. Daniel McCullers DT/DE Tennessee
    4. C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
    5. Aaron Lynch OLB South Florida
    6. James Wilder Jr. RB Florida St.
    7. Tyler Larsen C/OG Utah St.

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    All the ilbs you mentioned are mediocre. Spence career is probably over. Williams is nothing more then a two down player and wilson/garvin are nothing more then special teamers. And almost every draft expert out there disagrees with you with Mosley but you are entitled to your own opinion. God help the steelers if they waste a first rounder on a nose after having to settle on D-line men in 2011 and 2009. Now we are picking 15th and have a shot at an elite player that doesnt play D-line. I dont want any more Ziggy Hoods on this team unless they are another Heyward.

  • Bob

    No discussion about it. For a 6-7 year span, Hampton was THE BEST TRUE NT in the league. Probably partially because NT never get any credit during their careers because they eat blocks instead of making a lot of plays themselves. Those GREAT Steelers defenses had a lot of excellent players, but without Hampton, the defense suffered. Not so much late in his career, but the man was a rare beast. Nix is no Hampton from the limited amount I’ve seen. Probably will never make the Hall, but Hampton deserved it.

  • LayDownTheHammer

    See my post in the DL article about my “grudgingly” accepting Nix as NT. He gets bulled over his share of snaps and I am concerned about his injury history – namely the knee of a 346 pound DL. So no, I’m not disagreeing with you on that.

    I would give Spence and Vince at least one more season before you make that statement. Spence is essentially a rookie and Vince just coming off his rookie season. Biggest improvement comes between rookie and 2nd years. Not saying what you speculated may not end up being true, but hold speculation until proven by time and tape.

    If I were you, I would look at tape and not listen to draftniks. Draftniks have very stereotyped responses to people with certain sizes/speeds/colleges. For example, how many 6’3″+ QBs and 330+ OTs have draftniks loved every year? If you listened to the hype, you would have drafted Brock Osweiler, Mike Glennon, Blaine Gabbert, and Ryan Nassib to be your starters to name a few. Not to mention the fawning that Kiper and McShay did over Jamarcus Russell, including calling him “the next Elway.” (Google it) Solely because of size and arm strength. Same with OTs – surprise, surprise, the OTs that rely on their size and athleticism rather than technique don’t end up panning out in the NFL! But draftniks are so obsessed with size and athleticism they completely ignore this fact.

    Point is that YOU need to make your own judgments through film study if you’re really interested in the draft. I think I am a million times better drafter for this reason than Kiper and McShay put together. When they bashed Dontari Poe for lack of stats, I wanted the pick for the Steelers. When people were lauding RG3 for his stats, I was skeptical of him as another Big 12 system QB bust. Proof. Trust what you see, not what so-called “experts” say.

  • Bob

    Josh Mauro out of Stanford in the 4th would be my favorite value choice, and my DE of the future. I don’t see a NT that doesn’t have some serious issues in this draft. A project maybe, but nothing worth better than a 4th

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    Fair Enough.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    1.cb gibert
    2olb/ilb/
    3cb desir
    4 fs k.ladler
    4 wr bryant
    5. Te gilmore
    6 rb speed
    7 dt/lt
    Hopefully we can get gilbert in 1st and desir in 3rd and i dont care how the rest of the draft goes

  • LucasY59

    If it is based on salary alone maybe, but Gradkowski didn’t play a snap VS Mendenhall was the starter most games for AZ

  • Matt Manzo

    I wish I could “like” a million times!

  • Reader783

    I’ve been saying Mosely since I saw him play against Texas A&M earlier this year. He’s a beast

  • LucasY59

    I think for the FA’s that were brought in (and contributed on the gamedays) VS players that were lost (and had significant playing time on other teams) should = these picks

    3rd for Wallace (big $ contract) and 4th for Lewis are accurate (I think Lewis’s play this year SHOULD bump it up to a 3rd, but his contract was for less $ and I don’t see the other teams/NFL giving the Steelers two 3rd rd comp picks) a 6th for Mendenhall (that is what they got for Gay starting for most of the season in AZ last year) and a 7th for Mundy (like the Gay/Mendenhall comp but again don’t think they will give multiple comps in the same round) Mundy was starting for NY at the beginning of the season (Allen also for Dallas, but was cut later so not sure how that affects things, I do know that the Steelers bringing him in after he was cut should not affect a comp pick since he was cut and originally signed with a different team as a FA) So they could also get 7th for Allen and then take it away for the Tomlin kickoff interference BS

  • LucasY59

    The FA’s that were brought in were if I remember were:
    Gradkowski (didn’t play a snap THANKFULLY, so shouldn’t make much of an impact on comps)
    Whimper (might affect the comp for Mundy since he did play this year filling in for injuries)
    Stephens-Howling (went to IR so shouldn’t affect comps)
    cant think of any others that were actual FA pickups, so I think the Steelers deserve at least 3 comp picks (3rd, 4th, 6th)

  • DropTheHammer

    Dave, do you have an actual Board yet? If not, I have one published over at BTSC that you are welcome to copy and use as a template. I would LOVE to see the options you are choosing from even more than the final choices.

    1:15 Love Mosley. Especially for the soaring football IQ. Most of the big plays last year came more from missing a defensive field general than from bad physical play.

    2:15 Dee Ford. If he’s there I suppose it’s a bargain…but I can’t get excited for a player who really won’t see the field until his 2nd year at the earliest. Might use this pick on a falling WR or CB instead

  • Shea Fahr

    Dave Bryan’s annual “Mock Version 1.0″ is always my favorite time of the year to participate with the site. Forget about the Player’s name or College, Depot always has the Field Position order right in my book. I would be satisfied if the draft landed with even these projections.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Honestly the first round for me is difficult. Mosely is a good pick however I believe Williams has potential to be a everydown ILB. It was his first year and he will need another off season to see if he can be an everydown ILB since he did not do it in college. My feelings are that we need a TE earlier and a WR (if Sanders isn’t kept). It is a tough task to make a draft this early with many questions on who we will keep and who we let hit FA but overall good job Dave.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree…we need depth there but that is early with other potential needs.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Being I am a NIU fan I can say Ward is a good prospect at S. He can cover and tackle.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I still believe they are. Bell took off some major weight to make his feet a lil quicker and has decent hands, although he was in the top ten in dropped passes for the year, but he isnt running away from anyone and either was Dwyer or Redmen and all three are powerful runners.

  • LucasY59

    Totally agree with you about White he seems like a great for the role he would fill on the team. He has put up impressive #s in college and has always been the #2 RB

  • Brian Miller

    I just saw a mock draft on SBNation that had the Steelers TRADING up and taking OT Robinson from Auburn…I really don’t understand some of these people that do mock drafts, they literally know nothing about the teams they are mocking.

  • Brian Miller

    I don’t think there is any way Pryor lasts until our pick in the 2nd round, but I would love the pick…Smallwood and Desir too!

  • Josh Knepshield

    Was it Adrian Hubbard? Lol

  • Josh Knepshield

    Rd 1: Mike Evans
    Rd 2: Kyle Fuller (Trade back to end of 2nd and get extra 3rd)
    Rd 3: Pierre Desir
    Rd 3: C.J. Fiedorowicz
    Rd 4: James Hurst
    Rd 5: Kenny Ladler
    Rd 6: Crockett Gillmore
    Rd 7: Aaron Colvin
    Rd 7: Glenn Carson

  • 243546

    No. But he could be an option in the second round.

  • 243546

    I think Mosley is a WILL in a 4-3 defense

  • MC

    I agree that this draft should be more defense oriented. However I would pick a CB and maybe a FS before LB especially OLB. I just believe our secondary needs help more than we need OLB depth after last season. I wouldn’t complain if we took Mosely, Id be much happier with it than the Jarvis pick last draft, but i’m also not opposed to seeing if Vince Williams can take a step forward in his second year and if we keep Foote than there can be a nice combo at the buck.
    With a buck linebacker more in need do you think it would be better to address a CB or WR with the first pick and take a buck in the mid rounds? I feel guys that are more suited to play the buck will fall as opposed to these playmaking macks and so we could wait later for a good ILB.

  • MC

    Agree, I would like to see OLB maybe in the 4th but nothing earlier and definitely not before CB or FS.

  • moderatelysane

    THAT WOULD BE A BADASS DRAFT.

  • Matthew Anderson

    I would like to see Jordan Matthews in. 2nd and use the 4th rd WR spots for DL. Can’t get more specific but Matthews seems underrated for his production in SEC with Average at best QBs.

  • rey perez

    I think we’re set at ilb for now and for round 1 think we should go big wr in the first round in the form of kelvin Benjamin a big play maker that could start and make an impact right away for the fourth pick I think id go jawuan james ot to provide competition and depth for the ot position everything else looks solid on paper

  • DrakePirate

    I HATE this Draft !!!!

  • DrakePirate

    you like this draft ,,, its absolutely horrible !

  • DrakePirate

    You hit it on the head ,,,, this is a horrible draft ,,, wtf ,,, what is he thinking ,,, no sense at all !

  • DrakePirate

    i think most of us can see that ,,, makes no sense to draft him ! this was a horrible mock draft !

  • DrakePirate

    the worst draft ever … hello !

  • DrakePirate

    what are u talking about !

  • DrakePirate

    soft ???

  • DrakePirate

    thankfully you are not joined at the hip … as this has to be one of the worst mock drafts ever !

  • DrakePirate

    ya i read that ,,.. and was totally confused … where did they get that from ??

  • JT

    Click on the link for Dave’s mock last year. People either loved Bell, or hated the idea because they thought he was too similar to Dwyer and Redman. Now they see how wrong they were and how right Dave was.

  • DrakePirate

    so what does that have to do with his mock this year … ??/

  • Shawn Winbush

    then make one urself..instead of saying 100 times how much you hate this one…

  • grw1960

    Don’t forget BPA often hedges needs. While D. Ford is mostly a speed rusher , he has the talent like last years pick Jones. To Start at OLB for the Steelers by 2015. …… If the Steelers Plan or Manage to keep both Woodley and Worlids for 2014. Then this pick is unlikely. … If they lose either then the pick could be more likely.

  • DrakePirate

    I like 3,4 & 6,7 … would rather have jordan matthews in 2nd but he prob won’t fall that far … I think we need an immediate player for the 1st/2nd … like TE and prefer a different WR

  • Bill Sechrengost

    Their secondary needs a major upgrade and they have very little depth at running back, wide receiver and linebacker. Even their offensive line could use more depth, depending on which, if any, of their backup veteran OL they bring back. I don’t see them doing much, if any anything, in free agency, so that will mean they’ll have to add through the draft.

  • Shawn Winbush

    I don’t see Matthews falling out of 1st,so I went with a WR similiar measurables and stats.Robinson was a stud this year! I like Ebron and Amaro,how much more impact they will make over Mosley is questionable. I like V Williams,but u mean Mosley couldn’t learn and start over him?.

  • moderatelysane

    It’s clear you aren’t married to any of them. Case in point: you didn’t bias the 1st with your bromantic interest in Kelvin Benjamin. : )

  • nicolaisim

    Based on a feeling of what will happen and not what I would like, although I wouldn’t hate it.
    I want CB Justin Gilbert with the #1 pick, but don’t think it will happen.

  • Brian K

    Brilliant draft, Dave! Love the Bryant pick. If this would pan out, it would answer a lot of questions. I would like to ask the group their opinions on a DB in the first, particularly Darqueze Dennard.

  • Matt Manzo

    That would be a true nightmare scenario! I would burn all my steelers stuff if we traded up for that fat slob!

  • Brian K

    Well let’s see yours!

  • Brian K

    I’m almost going they trade down and pick up a pick or two. Could still get great value later in the first.

  • Brian K

    Amen!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I like the draft, I do but some players’ value are undervalued. A wishful thinking. Many would remember BJ Webb, a kid from William and Mary who shined at Senior Bowl, went to get drafted by Cowboys in 4th round. Pierre Desir, who is my favorite will rise to 2nd in this poor cornerback depth pool; possess better athleticism and size than many prospects and has potentials to be that “shutdowncrnerback” so if you want him, gotta take him in 2nd. Would be nice to get him in 3rd! Same with M. Gordon, anytime you are 6’4″ and run sub 4.3, you ain’t falling to 3rd when his potentials really are within 4th-5th round.

    This is coming from. A guy who WANT an offensive playmaker in 1st, wouldn’t be too mad with this mock. Don’t like Mosley selection but I do get why. Personally i’d want a pass rusher because I see Jarvis Jones as a better inside linebacker but.. how will Steelers view them, I don’t know. Some selections in past have baffled me already and would rather us just taking BPA within rounds and those are good players.

  • Brian K

    Also would Aaron Colvin be worth a late rounder (6/7)?

  • Jason King

    Love the Bryant selection. If they think they could get this kid that late, I’d be fine passing on a WR early. I really like his hands and catch radius. He’s a little raw in my opinion, but if they can bring back Cotchery as the third wideout on a 2-year deal, they can bring him along. I’m a little surprised there are no ends listed; even if Kiesel and Hood come back, I would think they’d want someone to groom.

  • Craig Ressler

    Would love if we drafted James White!!

  • LucasY59

    that’s a lot of CB’s, I don’t think they will take 3, but I like all 3 that you picked

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Actually i think Robinson is one of the best receivers in the draft

  • LucasY59

    Christian Jones from FSU is this years Ogletree, I think they should take a CB, WR or TE in the 1st instead of Mosley, and Jones in the 2nd instead of Ford, get a OLB in the 4th-5th

  • Josh Knepshield

    Yeah, it was. Lol. Colvin would be great value in the 7th tho.

  • Shawn Winbush

    I agree Kevin, we could do alot worse!

  • Cody Younkin

    Any chance of CB Jason Verrett or S Deone Bucannaon in the 2nd? I feel those are more of a need than OLB.

  • ATL96STEELER

    It looks as if Foote looks is being welcomed back for next season…that indicates they have a need a ILB, but I’m more in line with you.

    Not really a DB I like @ 15, there are a couple in the 2nd rd I do like…Purifoy & Fuller…right now my board for the 15th pick…in order…Ebron, Evans, Benjamin, Greg Robinson, Mack, Hageman,

    I think we’d get some immediate return from the OFC skill players…Robinson looks like the long term answer @ LT, and Hageman seems to fit the DE position well

  • Ric Tkac

    First of all you’re missing another comp pick. They’re going to get three. One each for, Wallace, Mendenhall and Lewis. So right there your draft is screwed up! BTW, I hate it…LB’s in first 2 rounds after taking one in the first last year? That will never happen. Corner or safety will be picked in the top top rounds along with a DE. It’s possible a WR, which I think should be picked in the first round. Unless a true super prospects drops to 15th! Also they need all their draft picks so I don’t advocate trading up and giving away any picks. And if the Steelers dabble in free agency, their entire draft could be affected based on if they sign a player(s) in a position(s) of need. Wait until after free agency to give us your mock draft.

  • Ric Tkac

    Since I commented, I decided to put my mock draft on here.
    Rd.1 Kony Ealy DE Missouri
    Rd. 2 Any of these three WR’s Allen Robinson Penn State
    Martavis Bryant Clemson
    Davante Adams Fresno State
    Rd. 3 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
    Rd.3 Comp. Stanley Jean Baptiste CB Nebraska convert to S. And who better to coach that switch than Carnell Lake who moved from a LB to S out of UCLA

    Rd. 4 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
    Rd. 4 Comp Kareem Martin DE UNC
    Rd. 4 Comp Seantrel Henderson OT Miami
    Rd.5 Devin Street WR Pitt He’d be great as in 4 receiver set in on of the slots.
    Rd.6 Ryan Carrethers NT Ark. St.
    Rd.7 Max Bullough ILB Michigan St

  • CuldesacBill

    I like Brent Urban, Virginia; Deandra Coleman, California; Taylor Hart, Oregon for DL, too.

  • Ric Tkac

    I have an extra comp pick in there…so delete Baptiste.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I know everybody has an opinion and I wouldn’t call anyone’s opinion wrong. However, if it was up to me, Mosely is the guy I like best. I’ve seen him play for quite a bit and he’s a playmaker. I love the way he played in college but not sure how he would do in a 3-4 scheme.

    Additionally I think we have some positions of greater need and for that, the Mosely pick doesn’t make sense. I am convinced that wherever he goes, he will be great barring injury. That kid has it.

  • SixburghFan

    Somebody please straighten me out on CJ Mosely. I watched that LSU tape and didn’t see a great linebacker, certainly not a first round pick. I will agree that his coverage skills looked excellent but he a) got lost almost every time he had to take on a blocker (guard or fullback), b) looked slow chasing plays to the sideline, and c) looked hesitant when he rushed the passer.

  • Callentown

    I don’t know Drake. I like the first pick for sure. Like I said, I’d like to see a CB early and don’t know as much about Desir as others seem to.

  • Jeff

    The problems I see with this mock is that it does not really address the needs of the team at DL, CB, and WR. There are a billion options with O-line so I doubt they even draft an OL and will allow Munchak to coach the current guys up. I project the following:

    1st Rd: Louis Nix DT – Notre Dame
    2nd Rd: Kyle Fuller CB – Virginia Tech
    3rd Rd (Comp): La’Damian Washington WR – Missouri
    4th Rd: Terrance Brooks S – Florida St
    4th Rd (Comp): Devin Street WR – Pitt
    5th Rd: Brandon Linder OG – Miami
    6th Rd: Taylor Hart DE – Oregon
    7th Rd: James Wilder RB – Florida St
    7th Rd (Comp) Aaron Colvin CB – Oklahoma

  • Brian K

    He addressed this elsewhere. The podcast I think. Mendy and Gradkowski cancel themselves out.