CBS Draftniks Have Steelers Drafting A Safety In Their Post Combine Mock Drafts

Now that the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is over, we can expect a new round of mock drafts from several of the major media draftniks. On Wednesday, Rob Rang and Dane Brugler of CBS Sports both released their latest educated guesses as to the way they see the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft playing out and both have the Pittsburgh Steelers taking a safety, albeit different ones, with the 15th overall pick.

Rang has the Steelers taking Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, while Brugler has Louisville safety Calvin Pryor landing in Pittsburgh.

Rang writes:

With age and bloated contracts catching up to the Steelers, there could be sweeping changes in Pittsburgh, especially in the secondary. Fluid and instinctive, Clinton-Dix could provide an eraser in the deep middle to patch up holes quickly.

Brugler writes:

The Steelers need to find the long-term replacement for free agent Ryan Clark at free safety and Pryor has the versatile skill-set to play the deep half of the field and attack the run.

It certainly is conceivable that either Clinton-Dix or Pryor could wind up being the Steelers pick, but outside of drafting Troy Polamalu 16th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft, the team hasn’t drafted a safety in the first-round since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

The safety class this year appears to be deeper than it’s been in several years and the Steelers might very well decide to wait until the second or third round to address that need. While the Steelers reportedly met with both Clinton-Dix and Pryor this past week at the combine in Indianapolis, they also reportedly met with Florida State safety Terrence Brooks as well.

Brooks, as I wrote this morning, ran the fastest 40-time of all the safeties at the combine and also had a vertical jump higher than the ones posted by both Clinton-Dix and Pryor. Brooks, a converted cornerback, is considered to be a second or third-round prospect.

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  • steeltown

    I just read the Falcons plan to release Thomas Decoud… a possible FA target?

  • Simon

    I dont see how Pryor goes to the Steelers and certainly not in the first round. He is an “in the box” Strong Safety who would be suitable to replace Polamalu not Clark. I cant see he has the range to be a FS and certainly doesn’t have the tape from college to suggest he is either.

    The depth of the Safety draft class is not that special this year IMO. Outside of Clinton-Dix and Pryor there is a big drop off to the next name and most look like 3rd round selection or beyond with many question mark. The depth in the DB class is among the CB’s not the safeties. Brooks is a nice option at FS but would be surprised if he went before the thrid round with the general depth to the draft all around.

  • dkoy85

    I’m really hoping they address the FS position through FA so we can use that pick for another CB, WR, or DE.

  • Dr. Funkenstein

    I’m with you on this. I see a pretty big dropoff among the safeties too.

    I really like Pryor, and I wouldn’t feel it was a wasted pick if the Steelers got him at 15. But, at 15, there will be better players at their respective positions. Ideally, if they go for Pryor, they should move down to do it.

  • steeltown

    Trade back and take Pryor… I’d be ok with that

  • Douglas Andrews

    Clinton-Dix has some pretty good range something we lacked last year. Brooks is an interesting prospect wouldn’t be a bad 2nd rounder good size/speed combo

  • Douglas Andrews

    Down year as far as interceptions but in 2012 he was all over the field. Got Ike Taylor like size. Worth giving him a look if he’s cut

  • steeltown

    He could provide a nice experienced option at a modest price after a down season in ATL… there are others like Jairus Byrd and Mike Mitchell nut they will command large contracts

  • cencalsteeler

    It comes down to how the Steelers approach FA. If they address the secondary in FA, then chances are they go WR. If they pick a WR in FA, then they address the secondary in the draft. I would like to see them pick up Jacoby Jones, draft secondary in rounds one and two, than go for Moncrief or Bryant in round 3.

  • JT

    I’ve always been a fan of Haha here, but I don’t like his chances of getting past St Louis and Dallas.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Mitchell is interesting as he can play both FS and SS. Aggressive attitude would be welcomed addition also. I read that the Bills are going to tag Byrd if they can’t resign him. Guess it just depends on how aggressive the FO is in FA. Decoud or Mitchell along with Polamalu and 1yr experienced Shark we’d be in pretty good shape going into this year.

  • JT

    If Stephen Hill gets cut, I’d like to try and fix him.

  • Luke Shabro

    As long as his price tag is low, which I’m guessing it is, I wouldn’t mind them signing DeCoud while they develop a safety. Even if that safety is Clinton-Dix or Prior. Of course we would want either one of those guys to start but you know how it goes usually.

  • Luke Shabro

    Who wouldn’t love that. The problem is finding a dance partner. 15 isn’t usually a spot people jump all over but wasn’t Dallas at 15 or 16 and traded back last year?

  • Douglas Andrews

    He’s got loads of talent. Think he just lacks some confidence. The games I watched him he’s always getting open but drops a lot of passes. I bet Coach Mann could fix him. With only 3yrs in the league he’s young and fits that Tall WR build the Steelers are looking for. He was nice at GT not sure why his NFL career hasn’t taken off.

  • Luke Shabro

    I’m not the biggest Jacoby Jones fan but I’d be ok with that. I really like Moncrief and Bryant. As much as I like Benjamin and Evans is growing on me, why not address secondary with a higher pick and pick from the abundance of WR talent in this draft later. The only issue is maybe Moncrief and Bryant are both gone by the time we pick in the 3rd because in all likelihood we’re just having that compensatory at the tail end of the 3rd, unless they find someone to trade down with and score an extra pick.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Jacoby Jones would give us a valuable return man but he doesn’t bring much to the passing game.

  • James Kling

    When. Some bad mojo with the Jets. Agree that he was an intriguing prospect.

  • JT

    Should be a lot less pressure in Pittsburgh. Solid teammates like AB and Cotch should help as well.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed would be nice to sign him and then focus our draft to improving the Defense.

  • George Armstrong

    Name me one JET whose NFL career HAS taken off…Good talent is always a bad fit on bad teams with bad owners/coaches/other players.

  • Game_Time

    That would be and excellent approach. I also think that trading back in the 1st round would do the trick if they were unable to fill get the proper players through FA.

    1st Kyle Fuller CB
    2nd Stephon Tuitt DE
    3rd Terrence Brooks FS
    3rd Donte Moncrief / Martavis Bryant WR (Comp – Mike Wallace)
    4th Jackson Jeffcoat / James Gayle / Marcus Smith / Aaron Lynch OLB
    5th Daniel McCullers / Justin Ellis / Ryan Carrethers DT
    5th Marion Grice / Devonta Freeman / James Wilder Jr. / Dri Archer / James White / RB (Comp – Lewis)
    6th Joe Don Duncan / A.C. Leonard / Colt Lyerla TE
    7th Aaron Colvin CB

  • T R

    We dont need a one trip pony like jacoby jones … he catches skills are not better then a late round fast WR in draft or undrafted

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I like Ed Reynolds from Stanford. Good size, a playmaker, and has a good technical tackler.

  • T R

    We dont need a one trip pony like jacoby jones … he catches skills are not better then a late round fast WR in draft or undrafted. he just runs under balls and hope to catch them.

  • Jollyrob68

    If they sign DECloud then they’ll wait on a safety and take maybe Tre Boston with 3rd comp pick.

  • Jollyrob68

    Brooks might go late second. Pryor can play both SS/FS but I can see The Steelers moving back in rd 1 to grab an extra 2nd or 3rd then picking up Dion Bailey

  • Jollyrob68

    He’s a top 15 pick even Mayock said so. If Ha HA & Pryor are on the board who’s your pick?

  • Jollyrob68

    I think if Marquis Lee is there the Jet’s will want to move up. If the Browns dont try to move up from 4 to get a QB they might move up from 26 to 15 for a Lineman or Ebron.

  • srdan

    I like Ha-ha.

    He has all the measuralbes and played at an elite winning program. Good character from what i have heard. There is always room for those type of players on the team.

    I would hope that him and Shark can solidify the safety spots for ahwile.

  • Dr. Funkenstein

    Pryor for sure. He’s just so versatile. I think his centerfield abilities are underrated because of the way Louisville used him. He does have some rangey, ball-hawking tape mixed in with all the crushing hits and run stops. And he originally played corner, so he’s got that experience as well.

    I think that swiss army knife usage will translate to a lot more upside a few years from now, as he hasn’t spent all his time in any one role.

  • Dr. Funkenstein

    I think Tre Boston would be a great pick. I only watched his one game vs Duke, but I was impressed.

  • Richie

    Any chance that Dqwell Jackson would be good in PGH @ ilb

  • joed32

    Love Brooks but I’m thinking he will climb now that teams have had a look at him.

  • Cody Younkin

    I see HaHa being the guy. hes not afraid to punish people over the middle, and can cover the deep end. Solid tackler and has good ball skills. He is the all around best saftey, however he will probably commad a 1.15 pick because he perfromed well in the combine. I keep hearing in my head Joe Hayden and mike mayock saying “this guys is the real deal.” over and over.

  • Dr. Funkenstein

    I just went back and looked at these mocks……Did Rob Rang find out that Justin Gilbert contracted the Ebola virus or something? He’s not on the list at all.

  • Matt Manzo

    What was Reynolds 40 time?

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s what I’m talkin about!!!!!

  • WIINGY

    Just because he’s a hard hitter he’s an “in the box” Strong Safety?
    He played FS, and played deep a plenty.

  • WIINGY

    I heard HaHa couldn’t catch a ball at the combine.

  • WIINGY

    In his last mock, he had Gilbert going at 12. and 14.

  • WIINGY

    and bad QB play.

  • WIINGY

    They are better off going CB or DE in Free Agency. The WR market pretty sucky.

  • WIINGY

    because those Alabama players never bust.

  • Dr. Funkenstein

    Oh. Well that explains it. Clearly a clerical error of some sort. I’d tell him to fire his secretary, but Tebow gotta eat too :-P

  • alex

    we need a safety but these guys look to be 20ish pics not 15s…i would love Gilbert to drop in our laps, maybe be ok with Evans @15, but other than that it looks like a trade back situation based on current projections and our needs, which we dont really do, but with who if we did?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    4.57 40, 15 reps on bench, 32.5 vertical

  • HiVul

    I would really love for them to get Eric Ebron with that first pick and then defense the entire rest of the draft. I know that we need seemingly every position on defense in the draft this year… but I keep wondering when we’re going to get a bigger WR and/or a more athletic tight end to pair with Heath Miller. IMO get a joker tight end that can basically play both WR and TE like Jimmy Graham, it’s like two picks in one if you find the right guy.

  • sean mcmartin

    Obviously Defense is a Major liability…First three Picks on D would be great…

  • Brian Miller

    I would love either pick at 15 if we traded back a couple of spots first…if that does not happen, then I would still be happy. I actually though LeMarcus Joyner from FSU looked really good too, and I would be happy to get him in the 2nd or 3rd if possible and get Fuller in the first!

  • Superdriller316

    He made some plays at the East West Shrine Game too.

  • WIINGY

    Too high for a guy who’s ceiling is not near as good as Jimmy Graham.

  • shawn

    Like Boston … but he’s more of a 5th-6th round … better for us

  • shawn

    Yes Sir

  • alex

    i like it, but we still need a 4 WR and do we use a later pick when we need so much youth on the other side of the ball or hope for a Justin Brown/Derek Moye 2014 camp winner that can actually perform in season?