Another day and there’s yet another national media mock draft of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft now out to pass along to you that closely resembles a few other recent ones when it comes to who the Pittsburgh Steelers are projected to select.
On Thursday, Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated released his first version of a mock draft and he has the Steelers selecting Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III with the 15th overall selection, just like Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN also projected in their latest versions.
Yes, cornerback is a sure need, and this team always seems to require more help on the offensive line. But Dick LeBeau’s defenses are built on a root hog up the middle who can soak up double teams and let everyone else fly around. Not only can Nix do that at 6-2 and 345 pounds, but also he can bull through those schemes arrayed against him to add to any team’s pressure concepts. Conditioning is a slight concern, but Nix would be around veterans who understand what it takes.
Farrar has two wide receivers, one cornerback and three tackles off the board by the time the Steelers pick rolls around in addition to three quarterbacks.
Farrar is one of my favorites to read when it comes to player profiles of which he will probable begin doing soon.
As mentioned previously, Nix to the Steelers seems to be a popular choice by the major media draftniks to start off this offseason and we’ll see if that trend continues following the scouting combine.