The folks at Ourlads.com have now released their first mock draft of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and it includes the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio with the 15th overall selection.
Here is their analysis of the Steelers pick:
Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama’s left tackle, had an up and down year, but is oozing with talent. Locks on defender with his big hands and long arms. Aggressive in the run game and moves his feet well as a pass protector. Had a rough go in the Sugar Bowl when Oklahoma put a small speed linebacker on his outside edge and he gave up two sacks. A safety or a corner is also in the mix.
Surprisingly, their mock has Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack slipping all the way down to the 17th overall selection as most of the national ones that you will currently see have him off the board by the time the Steelers pick rolls around.
Their mock does, however, have the two top cornerbacks coming off the board in the first 12 picks in addition to two wide receivers and three tackles before the Steelers select..
As for the Steelers selecting a tackle in the first round, I am on record early on in the offseason as saying that I do not think that will happen. Not only that, it would not surprise one bit if they ignored the offensive line completely this year in the draft.
We will be breaking down Kouandjio in a future post, but for now we will leave it up to you to discuss this selection in the comments below.