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Daniel Jeremiah Has FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin Going To The Steelers In His First Mock Draft


NFL Network analyst  Daniel Jeremiah released his first 2014 mock draft of the offseason on Wednesday and it’s a little bit different from a few of the other high profile ones that are currently floating around right now.

Jeremiah, a former scout for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens, has the three quarterbacks and two wide receivers coming off of the board in the top ten selections and he has the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with the 15th overall selection. If you missed my film breakdown of Benjamin, you can read it right here.

Interesting enough, Jeremiah has six tackles being drafted in the first round and seven wide receivers. He also has three cornerbacks going outside of the top ten with Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State rated above Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard.

Jeremiah releases several of these mock drafts throughout the offseason, but his first one is sure to create some healthy discussion.

So let’s hear it. Who’s too high and who’s too low? Also, which players did he leave out that deserve first round consideration?

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  • steeltown

    Wow…DET taking Mike Evans?….Calvin Johnson and Mike Evans on the same Team, damn

  • Aric Brown

    I was talking about that with a friend of mine… I’d be shocked if the Lions dont draft either Evans or Benjamin

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Scary

  • Iron Cadet

    What’s scary would be hageman falling to the bengals, I can’t imagine this happening in the real draft but wow.

  • Iron Cadet

    If they were smart they would help their secondary out

  • dkoy85

    I was thinking the same thing…

  • Matt Manzo

    My biggest worry is Benjamin to the Ravens!!! I’ve seen a few that go that way!

  • Kenneth Wilt

    That is an interesting mock. I tend to agree that Evans and Johnson could be pretty sick. I think the receivers are going to come down to speed at the combine. There are probably 10 good WRs in this draft so the competition is going to be steep.

    That being said, I think this is too high for Benjamin, and I expect that will be supported at the combine, and would be mad that we didn’t take Ebron instead. Why? Cause he is more elite at his position than Benjamin is at his position. IMO, you either get Evans, Watkins, or Lee or you wait until a later round.

    I also think the OTs will work their way up the boards as the combines happen and that the WRs, DTs, DEs/OLBs will all move around a bunch.

  • srdan

    Or QB, lol

  • srdan

    Don’t worry about that, they still have Flacco. lol

  • srdan

    I just don’t see it. A first round receiver is suppose to be the number one receiver on a team. We are not looking for that, and have huge holes on the defensive side.

    As most of you point out, there are 10 receivers that could be worthy of hte first round. We are looking for a situational receiver. He can even be raw but ready to contribute in the redzone (jump). If somewhere in 3 years he is ready to be the number one, great! We need to get good players in the secondary, ASAP, sooner than 2 years, thus I’d rather see the pick get spent in teh secondary.

  • Dan

    FYI – Kiper’s first mock also came out today. He has us picking Nix in the first. Will be interesting to see how combine performances effect things. If Nix has Poe-like number he could be quite the commodity, if he doesn’t perhaps he could be had with a trade up to the top of the 2nd. (Un)Luckily for us we have several areas of need, so we should be sure to fill a need with the 15th pick.

  • Jason

    I watched a lot of Big Ten football this year and granted the conference is down but I wouldn’t pass on Dennard at 15 even though I love Ebron.

  • Alan Felicia

    To me, the only WR worthy to be taken in the top 15 is Sammy Watkins. Maybe Marqis Lee, but, I’m on the fense with any receiver coming out of USC. Looking at each players Bowl game stats, where they showcase their talents, Watkins was off the charts:
    Mike Evans: 4 Rec, 72 Yds, 0 TD (Chick-Fill a-Bowl)
    Kelvin Benjamin: 4 Rec, 54 Yds, TD (BCS Nat’l Championship)
    **Rashad Greene (Benjamin’s teammate): 9 Rec, 147 Yds
    Marqis Lee: 7 Rec, 118 Yds, 2 TDs (Las Vegas Bowl)
    Sammy Watkins: 16 Rec, 227 Yds, 2 TDs (Orange Bowl)

  • Derick L Young

    If it is not Evans I would look not he defensive side of the ball.

  • SFIC

    Benjamin?!?!?!….NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
    He’s soft and drops too many passes.
    I agree with Alan, Watkins is the most solid WR in this draft. After that Evans and Lee are probably next, but there are probably 15 WR’s that are very close to their level and after that, there still will be solid picks into the 5th rd. This could be one of the best WR classes in ages. I say go with TE Jace Amaro at 15. Check out his numbers…absolutely sick! He’s a better route runner than Ebron and has better hands too. Even when he’s covered he still wins the ball. He lines up in the slot which would work great in a double TE set. Amaro will be an incredible weapon in the NFL and if we pass on him, I just hope he doesn’t go to any of our division rivals.

  • Melly

    I’ll take Justin Gilbert-CB OSU. I’m tired of stressing about our DBs! If this kid pans out and they sign Cortez to a long term deal…i’ll be happy!?!
    Option 2 is the TE from NC, Ebron. Gives Ben another option and he could be Miller’s replacement in 2-3yrs!!
    I’d love a player like Watkins, but we do pretty good drafting WRs later. I wouldn’t mind signing Nicks from the NYGs! They HAVE to dabble a lil’ more in FA! I’m not saying go REDSKIN crazy w/ their money, but maybe find a starter at WR,ILB, or the secondary B4 the draft!!?!!

  • srdan

    I don’t necessarily agree with assessing talent in bowl games where teams prepare for a month.

    But in the upcoming draft. I would rank the WR in order from best game to worst if you drop Rashad greene off the list.

  • Alan Felicia

    Here’s a WR to lookout for during the Scouting Combine:
    Brandon Coleman – Rutgers
    Coleman is as tall as Benjamin (6’5″) and same 40 speed (4.55-4.60/40).
    Projected to go 3rd or 4th Round.

  • Alan Felicia

    I added Greene to compare his stats to Benjamin. Plus, Greene was the better player during the game.
    Sorry, I just don’t think Benjamin is a first rounder. Would rather take a CB (Gilbert, Dennard) or Khalid Mack is available.

  • grw1960

    Yah, But with Benjamin Flacco would again have a WR ( like Bolden in 1012) To just heave it up to and pray they come down with it pass patterns.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Yuck

  • Sabbie

    I do not like it. BTW, BGsteelfan and Aric Brown …. I have a sight for you two with familiar names.

  • BurgherinMD

    I dunno….with Osemlie’s career in limbo (I had heard; could be wrong) and with the sieves that they have at C and RG and the departure of Oher I cannot possibly see the Ravens not going O-line. However, if they cut one or two high-priced aging vets and sign an O-lineman or two then that could change. Here is to hoping they draft another Travis Taylor, Rico Smith, Patrick Roe, Mark Clayton or other stiff for a WR from their past.

  • David Edward

    The one thing that’s safe to say about mocks in January, is that they are all wrong and basically useless at this point. Actually, they’re mostly useless at any point in time, other than as a conversation starter. What I value more is good prospect ranking and tiering systems. Good systems do this by position then by overall to get tiers of players at each value level. The top tier is where the blue chip prospects reside, and ideally if you can get one of these guys at a position of need then you’ve done well at the top…and if you progress through each round being mindful of each tier as you work through them, you can make wise choices in each round.

  • BurgherinMD

    I would be so ecstatic if they could draft Watkins. I saw only three of A & M’s games to see Mike Evans, but it the Alabama game (saw that one) was a true sample then this kid is going to be unbelievable.

  • Superdriller316

    The choices are: 1) you throw to him. 2) you try and defend him. Me personally, I’d throw to him. Trying to defend him, you have to win every time. Throwing to him, you only need to win once and that’s 7 points. He might not be quick but he’s fast. He blew past Purifoy in the Florida game like he was standing still.

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    So youre Only arguement for not drafting either of them is because of one game? So if the Steelers could draft Megatron would you not draft him after how he played against the Eagles this year?

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    I agree you cant judge a player just on one lousy game you have to judge their whole body of work.

  • Brian Tollini

    Although I realize the need at WR, especially after we lose Sanders, with the depth at WR in this draft class I truly hope we take a CB and I hope that CB is Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State.

  • Brian Tollini

    I like your thinking outside the box but I think Nicks has seen his best days. He is always banged up and no longer seems like he can create seperation. I like the idea of TE too but maybe not first round. I had them taking Eifert last year.

  • Brian Tollini

    I like Gilbert too, but not as much as Dennard. At this point I see Gilbert taken before we pick.

  • westernsteel

    It would be nice to have the first couple draft picks contribute as much as Jones and Bell did last season. I would hope a first round WR would start quickly, they surely do with other teams.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Remember, Rooney said they need to stop the run. Do not disregard Nix. I know alot of people may not like it…but you can slide Mac to DE and it should free up the LB’s. Alot of people say Mac is not the problem… I know that. However, I think he could be a beast of a DE.

  • taztroy43

    Im just glad to see that scouts are seeying that WR Evans is a better prospect than WR Benjamin. …as opposed to some fans here that just have a bias towards benjamin….I personally like evans and have watched him play just about every game due to johnny football n he really had some breakout games his sophomore season(this year)… hes hes inconsistent but besides watkins who isnt in this draft….I just like his upside…he knows how to get open when his qb plays sandlot football…doesnt that remind u of someone(big ben lol)….the guy is a solid athlete ala vincent
    jackson…after all ive seen a & m run wr screens that go to evans… they wouldnt do that if evans wasnt quick agile n fast. …hes a young guy who will turn 21 in august as opposed to benjamin…if evans is gone I would trade down n then draft benjamin but if evans is there I would take him…benjamin reminds me too much of limas sweed with his inconsistent hands…too many easy drops!!!

  • Alan Felicia

    Absolutely! Lots of college players show case their talents in Bowl Games. And speaking of Calvin Johnson, his Gator Bowl performance against WVU = 9 Rec, 186 Yds, 2 TDs! He lived up to the expectation.
    Like I said earlier, Benjamin is not worth a top 15 pick.

  • Alan Felicia

    If Nix or top CB (Gilbert, Dennard) is avail at #15, your pick is?

  • HopalongCassidy

    The NFL Network has to do something to fill airtime.

  • Alan Felicia

    I don’t think you have to worry about Baltimore drafting WR in the first 2 rounds. They got Torrie Smith and very high on that big kid Marlon Brown. Although, Baltimore may draft a TE since both Pitta and Dickson are Unrestricted FAs.

  • Rubem Dornas

    I would never take Benjamin instead of Ha ha. Does anyone know if Ha ha is a decent guy?

  • sean mcmartin

    I knew as soon as the brothers made the backdoor trade , Flacco would return to his old self. Boldin is a huge weapon to have.. Too bad Tomlin doesn’t have a brother to trade him a Top WR

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    This is one of the dumbest argument I’ve ever heard. One game a career doesn’t make.

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    I just feel like its harder to get a true shutdown corner or Dominant WR or a Great LB in the first round when you are constantly picking in the 30s and settleing on D Line men. Now that we are in the teens and picking 15 we need to use that pick to get one of the 3 positions i mentioned not some role playing Position like a Nose.

  • Patrick Reid

    Been saying it since last year. Draft Nix at 15 to address our most glaring need. Forget the sexy pick, he’s the best player for our biggest need. Immediate impact. Just slide Mac over.

  • Patrick Reid

    If Im taking a TE in the first I would take Jenkins.

  • Brandon James

    I’m not 100% but I have heard reports of character concerns.

  • 2winz

    why draft a tight end in round 1 if he won’t be starting for another 2-3 years? what is the point? we need players who will start now. I think Spaeth is a good backup tight end to miller and we could look elsewhere in 1st round. a TE could wait til later rounds. we need defensive help more than anything

  • Richard Edlin

    I find that interesting on the basis that he didn’t identify WR as a need for the club. Seems odd to then have Benjamin ‘selected’ …

  • grw1960

    While I’ll agree with your thoughts on WRs.
    Unfortunately a lot of players that go in the first round are drafted on upside potential. What they might be in the future , not what they are.
    That is why there are first round busts.

  • Callentown

    Ha, the vast majority of fan responses are basically those who watch teams in their state or region. They don’t see the others and then argue against them.

    This is why there are scouts .. lol

  • Callentown

    Or Justin Gilbert from Okl. St. Agree on CB!!

  • Callentown

    How about Sammy Watkins to the Browns and being paired up with Gordon??? Still need a QB, but what if…?

  • rey perez

    Thats the best pick him or mike evans look we cant deny that our defense slipped last year but how soon would y
    this guy be used coach lebeau always sits d linemen and d back for atleast a year I b say we give big ben a new toy and give everyone else in the division a nightmare match up just imagine this Benjamin or evans on one side brown on the other cotchery at slot miller at te and bell coming out of the back field now yhats a defensive coordinator s nightmare

  • Callentown

    I agree that one game is not enough, though I certainly think you can see some glimpses in big games.

    Of course the other team is going to try to stop the main player on an offense.

    Beyond that, since we’re all just Steeler fans here, why not keep it cool and leave the names out of it.

    Peace brother..

  • 20Stoney

    I just can’t see drafting a 2 down player at 15.

  • Callentown

    Why isn’t anyone mentioning Davante Adams. Those stats are SICK at the college level.

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    Kiper always had us picking a D-line men. last year it was Ansah the year before that poe. I’m almost convinced he doesnt pay attention to the Steelers other needs.

  • srdan

    IDK bud. The playoff run was unbelievable play by Flacco. Likely that he will not play that well for a 4 game stretch in his career again.

    Many people forget how terrible of a season flacco was having and boldin even calling him out midway through it. Boldin had 65 catches for 920 yards and 4 tds. For comparison, very similar to the season Sanders just had for us. A very pedestrian year. And arguably the best year Boldin had in Baltimore. With one play over 40 yards. I wouldn’t worry about Flacco with a tall receiver.

    I think of Flacco as a (slightly better) Derek Andersen. Hell, Derek made the probowl. Some people just pull it all together for a few games, flaccos happen to be the most important few. And that is burnt into peoples memories. But Flacco to Boldin never put fear in anyone.

  • srdan

    I agree. I was just pointing out that it was funny that they had games where the stats kind of line them up in the order I think they should be drafted.

    Mack and clowney should be at the 1 and 2 spots on the steelers list. A good pass rush can mask a lot of issues with a secondary. And with todays rules where the secondary can’t touch WRs, i think its wiser to invest in pass rushers. The Giants did this for a couple superbowl runs. Unfortunately, I dont think either makes it to pick 15. I think we could possibly have a crack at first corner off the board. Who is Dennard compared to in the league?

  • Alan Felicia

    My point is Benjamin is not worth a 15th pick. Am I basing it on one Bowl game? Not necessarily, but it does show that Benjamin should not be drafted in the top 10-15. If Benjamin is such a stud WR, he should’ve showcase his talent during the biggest game of his college career (in the biggest stage no less)! Plus, Benjamin has been inconsistent all year. His biggest game was against a 4-8 Florida and he torched them (9 Rec, 212 Yds, 3 TDs)! Against other teams like Nevada, Pitt, BC, Clemson, Miami (FL), etc, Benjamin averaged 2-3 Rec under 100 YDs.

  • dkoy85

    Now that’s a run-on sentence.

  • Melly

    I agree. he is always hurt. BUT he is coming off a down year and could be had for lil’ money? maybe another player similar to his skill set?!

  • Melly

    I’d rather them draft a DB, but if they stay put at 15, I think that is a player(Ebron) that could interest them? They had at least 5 different TEs on the 2013 team. This IS a passing league and TEs have been putting up ridiculous numbers. Heath is 32 and Spaeth is only a blocker.

  • alex

    doesnt Evans make the NFL salivate?

    yeah, its a decision to draft for NEED, like a #1 corner, or go explosive and just blow the doors off offensively…

    what will we be in 2014?

  • Brendon Glad

    I just really hope the Browns take that late rising QB from UCF. That would be funny. If they take Johnny Football, I’m going to be a bit concerned…even though I can’t stand the dude, he still kinda scares me.

  • rey perez

    The smartest comment ive seen

  • rey perez

    Ok so everybody doesnt like Benjamin because of dropped passes and college stats so can anyone name a reciever who hasn’t dropped a pass in their career college or pros nobody exactly even elite recievers drop a pass once in awhile even megatron dropped catchable passes against the ravens this past season or did you guys forget about that and as for stats seriously college stats dont carry into the nfl its all about upside and mismatches you create so a very smart comment I read was would you want to throw to him or defend against him for me I rather throw him its hard to shut this guy down and he’s shown what hes cable of and with coaching this guy will carry our offense mark my words if we take a chance on this kid

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