2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 1.0

By Alex Kozora

Like Dave Bryan, throughout the draft process I’ll be occasionally posting mock drafts. Needless to say, bear in mind it’s still early and all mocks are fluid. Understandably favored towards the players I’ve already scouted. As I watch more, my opinions will change and the mock will be updated.

Round One: Eric Ebron/TE North Carolina

Tight end isn’t the biggest position of need for the Pittsburgh Steelers. But into his early 30s, Heath Miller will only plateau at best and decline at worst. No longer can Kevin Colbert call tight end one of two positions he definitely would not take in the first round.

You can check out Ebron’s scouting report here. In Dave’s summary, he calls Ebron a “dangerous weapon” who can stretch the field vertically. That’s backed up by his dual 4.50 40 times at the Combine. Ebron recorded 13 catches of 20+ yards last season for the Tar Heels.

As much as I’ve always loved Miller, I’ve always put a “move” tight end at the top of my wish list. Offenses that desire to be potent have to be multiple. A vertical threat at tight end gives you that. With as much 12 personnel as the Steelers ran upon Matt Spaeth’s return, there has to be a bigger passing threat. Too often, teams would stack the box against those sets.

With Ebron, you can run essentially run 11 personnel and split him in the slot.  Ditto the times Pittsburgh spreads the field with four wide. Instead of relying on a Derek Moye type, Ebron becomes a wide receiver.

For those times when he has to play with his hand down, Ebron can be asked to down and angle block while he refines his run blocking. Heck, you could even use him as a WR in two wide receiver sets opposite Antonio Brown.

With the talent of a guy like Ebron, the possibilities become endless. Having options as an offensive coordinator is the goal. Want to see the Steelers join the ranks of the New Orleans and Cleveland’s (as odd as that is to say) with freaks at tight end that pose huge matchup problems to defenses. Ebron is that guy.

Bio: http://www.goheels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205497726

Round Two: Chris Borland/ILB Wisconsin

I’ve always been in Vince Williams’ corner. Based on circumstances, he performed admirably for a rookie season and if the team doesn’t take an inside linebacker, I’m excited to watch Williams grow.

This pick isn’t just rooted in the lack of prospects at inside linebacker though Williams aside, the cupboard is bare. But as you could tell in my scouting report, I’ve fallen hard for Borland. His size is easy to overlook, literally and figuratively, but his play isn’t. With active hands to shed blocks, a technician in his tackling form and ability to take angles to the football, and non-stop motor, he fits the Steelers’ “mold”. Instant Day One starter.

Bio: http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/chris_borland_488284.html

Round Three (Comp): Pierre Desir/CB Lindenwood

In most mocks, it’s uncommon for the Steelers to wait until the third round to take a cornerback. But two reasons why I’ve waited. The cornerback situation isn’t as dire as it’s made out to be. Ike Taylor is declining but his poor play was overstated last season (even if metrics don’t support that notion). He comes with a heavy base salary but is unlikely to be cut due to a lack of depth and his veteran leadership. A restructure is more likely than outright release.

Plus, the team has only drafted a cornerback in the first round three times since 1979 (Rod Woodson, Deon Figures, and Chad Scott).

Desir just reminds me of Cortez Allen so much. Small schools? Check. Raw? Yep. Long, leggy cornerbacks? Sure are. From those standpoints, the dots connect.

Although the situation isn’t dire, it’s one that can be improved. For any team, it’s a constant position of need. Desir may take some time to adjust to this level but has promise. Looked fluid for his tall statue at the Combine.

Bio: http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6083

Round Four: Will Clarke/DE West Virginia

Partially chalk this one up to being biased to a player I’ve already watched. Can check out my scouting report on him here.

But there’s a lot to like with this local product and Mike Tomlin isn’t afraid to pick up kids from WVU (Ryan Mundy, Will Johnson). Clarke has a ton of length and when on his game, plays like Cam Heyward. Short-area quickness and strength to hold the point of attack.

Granted, he is frustratingly inconsistent and doesn’t always play to his ability. Despite 34 career starts, he didn’t produce until his senior season. It’s reasonable to assume the team can retain Ziggy Hood and Al Woods, neither will cost much, but depth will still be a huge problem. Clarke has excellent upside and is well worth the fourth round pick.

Bio: http://www.wvusports.com/profile.cfm?sport=football&id=101898

Round Four (Comp): Devin Street/WR Pittsburgh

Was trying to figure out where the team could take a wide receiver throughout this mock. If a player like Jordan Matthews falls into the third round, I’d be tempted to pull the trigger. Don’t anticipate that happening, however, and wanted to keep the mock as realistic as possible for a first attempt.

Street is just under 6’3 and can grow into his 198 pound frame. I don’t subscribe to the idea the Steelers *need* a tall wide receiver, I only care about talent, but it doesn’t hurt. Never posted huge numbers at Pitt but a balanced offense and poor quarterback play hindered him.

He was elected captain in his final year, speaking to his character. Actual interest in Street from the team is unknown but it’s likely he will visit with the team in private workouts. He won’t count against the 30 the Steelers are allowed to bring in. Surely worth a look.

Bio: http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/devin_street_456480.html

Round Five: Victor Hampton/CB South Carolina

A player I’m anxious to find more about. Watching him solely at the Combine, he’s undersized and likely billed for the slot. But he flashed some of the quickest feet at the Combine. Very explosive. Also was the Gamecocks’ starting punt returner in 2013. 51 tackles and three interceptions last year.

At worst, as a rookie, he’ll be a core special teamer. Important since it’s likely Shamarko Thomas and/or Markus Wheaton will log more playing time on their respective side of the ball. Could need fresh faces at gunner/jammer.

Bio: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/victor_hampton_710235.html

Round Six: Jerick McKinnon/RB Georgia Southern

Listed as a quarterback, he only attempted 17 passes as a senior in GSU’s option offense. Instead, he averaged over 6.5 per carry (161/1050) and found the end zone 12 times. Precedent in taking an option runner  after selecting Jonathan Dwyer. Hopefully with better results this go around.

Have yet to watch McKinnon on tape but the Combine numbers have me dying to watch. Absurd numbers all around. 4.41 40. 1.46 ten yard split (as fast as Dri Archer). 40.5 vertical. 11 foot broad jump. That spells explosion.

Bio: http://www.gseagles.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=538

Round Seven: Jamie Meder/NT Ashland

The defensive line version of Chris Borland (I’m a sucker, sorry). Actually have been able to watch coaches tape on Meder and though I’m not finished evaluating, I’m a fan. Uber-strong with a rocks-solid understanding of pad level. Capable of driving lineman into the pocket. Bullied the GLIAC.

He finished 2013 tied for the team lead in tackles with 88. Led the team in TFL (7.5) and sacks (3). Participated at the NFLPA Bowl and stood out.

Primarily played defensive end in Ashland’s 3-4 but his size/strength also lends itself to playing zero tech.

Doesn’t seem likely to happen, however. Since 2007, the Steelers have only drafted two players below the FBS level (Cortez Allen and Nick Williams) let alone three in one draft. First changes I’ll probably be making for my next draft.

Bio: http://goashlandeagles.com/sports/fball/2013-14/bios/meder_jamie_mcwu

Senior in college, blogging from mom's basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.
  • Nolrog

    I think we need to come out of this draft with both a safety and a corner (unless we pick up one of those in Free Agency.) I like the idea of a TE in the first (I liked Eifert last year for the same reason.) Gives us the ability to run a really good 2 TE set (like NE used to do) and then he would take over for Heath in a couple years.

  • Blue

    This guy is a clown if he thinks we draft these bums that early

  • Blue

    1. WR Mike Evans 2.OT Seantrel Henderson 3. SS Telvin Smith 4.RB DeAnthony Thomas 4. CB CB Keith McGill 5. TE AC Leonar DT Justin Ellis7. Pd 6.

  • cp72

    Seantrel is going to be a bust. He got worked at the Senior Bowl. He looks like Tarzan plays like Jane. Dee Ford absolutely abused him.

  • cp72

    Borland is a hard guy not to cheer for but I don’t see how he is much of an upgrade over Williams. He is likely a two down plugger who is gonna get by on guts and instincts. 4.83 fourty at his pro day. I think after CJ Mosley there isn’t a inside backer worth picking before the 4th round.

  • Blue

    1 WR Mike Evans
    2 LBSS Telvin Smith
    3 CB Keith McGill
    4 FS Dion Bailey
    4 DE George Uko
    5 TE AC Leonard
    6 RB DeAnthony Thomas
    7 OT Seantrel Henderson

  • JAMESH

    36 minutes and you have already vacillated? I can see your big shoes and ball-nose from here.

  • Caesar

    CB isn’t dire??? It’s definitely the closest to dire of any position! And it is starting to seem like Desir is not going to be there in round 3 when Pittsburgh picks. We have to remember that it is a comp pick at the end of the round, decreasing the chances. If we want a quality corner with a chance to actually make a difference early, it has to be round 1 or 2.

  • DoctorNoah

    Agree with you on ILB depth. This mock may change slightly once free agency hits but I agree with 1st and 3rd round picks definitely. This is a stacked draft for WR’s and I think we’ve had good luck with mid-round WR’s not named Sweed. It’s also deep for TE’s tgough, which is the only possible reason to to draft Ebron first if he’s there. CB and S is a real need and we don’t necessarily have the cash to bring in anyone good in free agency (though maybe on the DL? And can we bring back Keisel for one more year at the minimum? Injury aside, he was very consistent and was the only lineman who ever seemed to get penetration). Other options at 1.15? Mosley likely gone, Dennard probably gone. Trade up for Clowney? :) I wish.have no interest in Nix. Ha-Ha is another real option…

  • JAMESH

    Blue- 36 minutes and you have already vacillated? I can see your big shoes and ball-nose from here.

  • Delroy Ross

    Will people stop mocking mike evans to the steelers at 15 because its not going to happen

  • Jollyrob68

    I’d jump for joy. first 4 picks & Rb. I’d find a way to draft Joey porters lb Barrett

  • 243546

    Ryan Shazier. Highly productive, freak athlete, in the mold of Lawrence Timmons. I would take him at 15 ahead of any S, DB, TE, Mosley, or any WR not named Watkins.

  • chris ward

    Nice Mock, Victor Hampton would be a nice pick for the Steelers at CB in the fifth round.

  • Alan Felicia

    Although a decent Mock, IMO, Pittsburgh will go heavy on Defense especially in the first round. Defense have been ranked (ranked 29th in 2013) near the bottom in Turnovers (averaged 10 INTS for the past 3 seasons) and have not been ranked higher than 15th in Sacks since 2010 (ranked 25th in 2013). Bottom line, this Defense can’t get to the QB enough, can’t tackle, or hardly force turnovers.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah I’m not a fan of this Borland guy, and I agree if you’re not going after Mosley in the 1st then just forget about ILB.

  • Steelers12328882

    Right. I can’t believe he said that lol. It has to be the worst overall position currently on the Steelers? Ike is toast. Gay is serviceable. Who knows what Cortez will do, and after that? Seriously? There’s a player capable of having a pro bowl season at every other position QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, S except CB. Geez!

  • Steelers12328882

    I like the Ebron pick, because I think a lot of the players the Steelers covet will be gone when it’s time to pick 15. It won’t be a need pick, but he’ll be close to the best player left on the board. I’d rather go CB tho, but I think Gilbert is the only one worthy of the 15th pick, and he’s gone by then.

  • steelster

    1. LB Ryan shazier. 2. Fs Deone bucannon 3. Wr Brandon Coleman 4. CB Phillip Gaines 4 CB Dontae Johnson 5. rb Dri Archer 6. TE A C leonard 7. Steeler Cheerleaders.

  • Xclewsive

    1. Eric Ebron – Best pick for a better/more potent offense
    2. Best CB – Fingers crossed for Fuller, Roby, Verrett, SJB
    3. Best Big bodied WR Bryant/Moncrief/Matthews/Coleman
    4. Tre Boston/Ahmad Dixon/Kenny Ladler
    5. Brent Urban/Will Clarke/Beau Allen/Josh Mauro/Kareem Martin
    6. Henry Josey/LaDarius Perkins
    7. Flip a coin, throw darts at the board, roll the dice, spin around and point.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    1. Dix FS: He fits into how the Steelers draft whether I like it or not
    2. Moncrief WR: The FO promised Ben a big WR.
    3. Batiste CB: He fits the size we like in our CB’s
    4. Skov ILB: He fits a need for depth and is a smart player
    5. Barrett OLB: Had a productive senior year and we need depth
    6.Blanchflower TE: Paulson needs to go
    7. Thomas HB: We need a COP and this is where we would see the Steelers do it at

  • Shannon Stephenson

    We have 2 starters in Gay and Allen with Ike backing them up…not sure how that is dire. We do need someone to replace Ike but we can get someone in the middle rounds. I do love Gilbert in the 1st and if he available I would go or it because I feel he might be a special talent.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    1) Ebron will be elite. If no Gilbert, this is the guy I want.
    2) Good player. I think they go CB, or S or WR.
    3) Desir good, but I think Jean Baptiste will be better and might actually be there.
    4) ? and Street sounds very interesting if they address all those other needs first. Although similar to Moye, build wise.
    5) That’s different. CB, under the radar. Why not.
    6) McKinnon? Absolutely. Can he return kicks? Because he looks like he could do anything out there. Wow!
    7) NT from nowhere. Sure but they might pick up a guy like this as UDFA.

    Thanks for pointing out some of the guys that make you say, “Who?” We are Obviously going to hear and see tons of stuff about the top prospects.

  • steelster

    What knowone else wants steelers cheerleaders in the 7th round?

  • steelster

    If I’m the bills my pick would be ebron, a great fit for a young qb

  • dgh57

    If they didn’t see the need to draft a TE when Miller was rehabbing a knee I don’t see why they would see the need when he’s healthy. Age doesn’t seem to be a concern after they extended him 2 years. Maybe next year when Spaeth is a UFA. When it comes to TEs I see them more likely taking one later as a replacement for Paulson.

    I think they see upside with V. Williams and Spence is ahead of schedule from his knee injury and add in there Garvin. I think they’ll give those guys another year to show something before they draft a ILB. We have to go defense(FS, CB)at the top of the draft with a WR in there somewhere.

  • shawn

    McGill is out of position … cement blocks for feet .. will never make it as a CB

  • shawn

    Gay is a serviceable nickleback at best …. our secondary is completely dire we need 3 good DBs ASAP

  • steelster

    I think we should draft a CB that is 6′ 2″ and 200lbs. and runs a 4.45, 40 His name is Dontae Johnson from n c state and we can get him in the forth round

  • steelster

    I like the ebron pick because when will we get a chance to grab an elite Te when will we get the chance to do that again. Have you watched ebron on youtube he may change your mind. He is a top 12 pick

  • cp72

    Shazier is interesting but don’t think he is a 3-4 inside backer.

  • steelster

    hey shawn, what do you think of my mock on here

  • Brian Miller

    abused and violated…agreed, we don’t need another “project” OT with lots of potential…we already did that with Adams…

  • Brian Miller

    No way we take AC Leonard with his off the field issues…there is a reason he transferred from U of F.

  • Brian Miller

    Not to mention with his really good combine, I doubt he lasts until the 5th round.

  • Brian Miller

    thank you…that is just a pipe dream…he is going top 10.

  • Alan Felicia

    Are you sure? This secondary has averaged 10 INTS in the last 3 seasons (ranked 29th in 2013). Last time they have more than 11 INTs was in 2010. If the team has playoff aspirations, how do you think the secondary matches up against Denver, New England, Cincy, or even Baltimore? This defense can’t get to the QB enough (ranked 25th in sacks) and they’re very poor in forcing turnovers! Love to see them draft playmakers on defense.

  • Brian Miller

    I watched a highlight reel for Dri Archer, and it was awesome…really has me hoping that we take him in the draft…

  • steelster

    why do you say that

  • steelster

    yeah but I can see someone like the eagles taking him in the third.

  • steelster

    you are right on ac leonard I need to change my sixth round pick

  • Brian Miller

    I like the idea for most of the picks…I would be a little concerned if Street is the WR we come out of the draft with considering all of the talent in there, but to be fair, I have not watched any tape on him, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt. I think Clark, Desir and Hampton are REAL possibilities, especially at those picks…I really like the Mckinnon pick too, although I think I prefer Archer, but not if we have to take him earlier.

  • dgh57

    I should of made it clear that I feel those are more the teams views than mine as what they do speaks volumes. But having said that I’m not against drafting Ebron or even Evans it’s just that I don’t feel either will be there at 15. Who knows maybe a team or two in front of us will reach for a player and push either one down to us.

  • Brian Miller

    I agree with you…and a part of me wishes they would look past the off the field stuff sometimes, but in light of the Rainey experiment, I doubt they would do it again. Would be a great late draft value pick if they don’t take Ebron though!

  • Brian Miller

    The more I think about it, the more I believe that we either go Mosely or Dix in the first, provided we don’t trade down.
    1. ILB Mosely-enough said.
    2. CB Roby-they love the big schools and OSU, and he really only had 1 bad game.
    3. Comp WR Martavis Bryant-love the size AND speed.
    4. S J. Dowling-I think he would be a great SS and hopefully Thomas can play FS.
    4. Comp OLB Shaquile Barrett-you think that Porter will be hammering for this pick? I do too.
    5. CB Walt Aikens-really starting to love this pick!
    5. Comp DE Will Clarke-think this is a great pick and he adds depth that is sorely needed.
    6. TE Crockett Gilmore-probably a pipe dream to think he gets this far, but I think he fits our system really well.
    7. K Anthony Fera-Look, I know our track record with UT picks is horrible lately, but we did get Hampton and Suisham won’t last forever…Fera was real consistent for UT the last few years.

  • steelster

    I’m concerned about mosely’s injury history, have you watched shazier on tape and they seem to like osu. love the roby pick but am now seeing him go in many first round mocks. bryants hands make me a little nervous and why didn’t he play better with a good qb. aikens and Gilmore I will check out.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    No chearleeders! Just like the Packers, football only!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I will be biting my fingernails during the draft while the Bills and Lions are on the clock. Why? Because if the Bills pass up Ebron (hopefully they go LB or OL), and the Lions pass on Gilbert (Please take another WR), then they become very realistic possibilities for the Steelers. The teams in between look like they will obviously go elsewhere.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Interesting.

  • cp72

    He may be 237 now but he played at 220 in college. I just think he is not gonna be big enough to hold up in the middle.

  • Brian Miller

    I just haven’t heard many draftniks talk about his injury history too much, so I don’t feel like many people have this concern, but your point is valid. I will assume that Pittsburgh will properly vet him and hopefully he checks out. Yes, I love Shazier’s tape, and would have no problems taking him in the first round either. They will have to draft an OLB for depth at some point. I watched quite a bit of Clemson this year, and frankly Boyd played terrible when I watched him play. He also went out of his way to get the ball to Watkins as much as possible. If the Steelers feel like his hands are a concern, then I hope they pass on him and take someone else…Moncrief, Coleman?

  • Jazz

    Who the hell is this guy? He must work for the Ravens, Browns and Cinncy. This is the worst Mock Draft I’ve seen thus far.

  • steelster

    isn’t lavonte david a pro bowler

  • steelster

    I believe james farrier played at 230.

  • steelster

    well at least the packers have cheese what do we have that stupid towel

  • steelster

    the giants will also be looking at ebron, eli could use some help

  • cp72

    Yes as a weakside in a 4-3. He’s an interesting guy but I think he is a OLB in our system.

  • AndyR34

    Not realistic at all…Evans will be gone…McGill will be gone in the third…Thomas can be had in the 5th…and I have no idea what you are trying to communicate after McGill.

  • steelster

    maybe not, let’s see your mock

  • AndyR34

    To make people ask questions??? :)

  • Josh Knepshield

    Yep. Farrior got as low as 218 at times.

  • Alan Felicia

    Giants going after offensive line in the first round. Eli got abused all season long cause the line couldn’t stop a cold.

  • steelster

    I hope you are right because if ebron makes it past the bills and lions the steelers can take him

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Don’t disrespect the towel

  • Alan Felicia

    Even if Ebron is available, IMO, highly doubt Pittsburgh drafts him. Gut feeling, they’re going defense either CB, S, or maybe even LB. Things could change from now until May, but, I really believe Steelers will be looking to upgrade defense first 3 rounds.

  • Will Hammer

    If the steelers don’t get their guy at 15 move down and grab more picks ..they need holes to fill at almost every Po. The draft is deep in talent so this yr would be a good time .. That’s if the guys they wanted are off the board..

  • steelster

    yes, I think you are right but they may go with best talent on the board and that is where ebron would come into the discussion.

  • steelster

    yes, I agree with you but they have never made a move like that but why not try it

  • Superdriller316

    Behind the Steel Curtain did an article about Shazier. One of the comments compared Timmons and Shazier, senior season and combine results. Shazier out did Timmons and Timmons was picked at 15 too. After running an unofficial 4.36 40, I think it might be worth a look.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    i wouldn’t say Hendeson is going to be a bust. he absolutely shut down Bjorn Werner (1st round end) in the FSU game. Althought i think with Henderson personal issues and inconsistency he isn’t worth a 2nd round pick. Although Steelers haven’t been known to blow a Few 2nd round picks ha (Limas Sweed)

  • Superdriller316

    What’s good about Johnson is that he played FS the last 7 games of the season.

  • steelster

    oh thanks, didn’t know that and all the more reason to draft him

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    1st — Gilbert/Dennard (CB))
    2nd –Dee Ford (OLB) or Jordan Matthews (WR)
    3rd — Dominic Easley (DE) comp pick
    4th –Devin Street (WR)
    5th — Antone Exum(S)
    6th– Ron Powell (OLB)
    7th –Allen Hurns (WR)

    7th -Best OL available – Brandon Linder (OG
    7th– Best RB availavle – James Wilder

    Used 7th round as comps.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    I would mind Ebron is a serious weapon but i think defense is a bigger need right now.. i would draft like this

    1st — Gilbert/Dennard (CB))
    2nd –Dee Ford (OLB)
    3rd — Dominic Easley (DE) comp pick
    4th –Devin Street (WR)
    5th — Antone Exum(S)
    6th– Ron Powell (OLB)
    7th –Allen Hurns (WR)
    7th -Best OL available – Brandon Linder (OG
    7th– Best RB availavle – James Wilder

    Used 7th round as comps.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    MONCRIEF IS THE SECOND BEST RECEIVER OUTSIDE OF WATKINS… sorry i had to. Nice mock though

  • Maureen A Gomes

    I watched the Combine and I was impressed with Victor Hampton, especially during the drills. I also noticed that Deion Sanders asked Mike Mayock the question “What’s his story?” as he was piqued with interest in him while watching him on the field during the drills. After the 40 and the first drill, Deion was pegging him as “there’s my guy” and other platitudes while watching him the rest of the way. He appears to have some great football instincts. I also liked Jason Verrett but he underwent surgery for a serious injury last week so I’m a little leery of the Steelers selecting him at this stage.

  • Nolrog

    I agree that we need to focus heavily on defense. But we still need to pick up something for the offense in the first couple rounds. Maybe Ebron and then 3 defensive picks in a row or something. I’d hate to see them focus so much on defense that the offense starts to become a problem (we are very likely losing one of the starting WRs this year, and Heath only has a couple years left, so it’s time to look for his successor.)

  • WIINGY

    Shazier looks pretty good, and fast. Wouldn’t that be nice next to Timmons? I don’t see the Steelers going ILB in the first round though. Let’s see what they do in FA. They may fill some needs, and who knows maybe they take him.

  • WIINGY

    I can’t see Ford slipping that far. Can only hope.

  • WIINGY

    I’m not sure what others are seeing in Ebron. His run after catch looks poor. His official 40 was 4.6. Is he a great route runner? I know he can catch.

    What makes him a top 15 pick? I don’t see it.

  • Matt Manzo

    Good one! I’m hoping it Gilbert. Dee Ford would be tempting but is rather have JMatthews. (Related to Jerry Rice!!!)
    I’d love Street but I’d rather see another CB like McGill or Reynolds. You might be missing a comp 4 or 5 too?
    I love Exum too, hoping we take a shot! Especially if we get a Safety in free agency, he wouldn’t have to rush out onto the field.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think the closer we get to the draft more people will figure that out. I don’t see him as a top 15. Can he help us, sure. But in this draft I think we’ll have a better option.

  • Cody Younkin

    I like picks two and three but I I’m hoping for them to go in the direction on DB in the first round. I can’t see us using a first round on a TE after extending Miller. Always next year for a non-immediate need like TE. If Gilbert, Evans, and Dix are gone they should really consider moving back for an extra 3rd and get someone like Pryor or Benjamin.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Jordan Matthews WR was my pick for round 2 if ford was gone. I didn’t see the offensive value in the 3rd over Easley that kid was a monster at Florida! He’s going to drop cause of an acl tear this season but he’s a first round talent!!!

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Yeah I don’t know the comp picks so I threw a few extra late rounds in. Of course it would change based on those! But Matthews was a gamer at Vandy! Loved watching him play! Ex in is a perfect redshirt guy for Pittsburgh let him sit a year learn the defense and give a shot at safety when Troy is ready to retire

  • Matt Manzo

    Bashaud Breeland is a DB to look for in 3 or 4. Hearing that he’d be a great FS, too!

  • moonunit1

    I agree that we need to go CB with pick 1 for two reasons. 1) Ike isn’t gonna play for 7 mil this year, and he’s probably cut…might resign for cheaper, but theres a good chance we go into the draft with only Cortez Allen as our decent corner. 2) There’s not much CB talent in the middle rounds, and definitely not 1st year starters. But, why would we go OLB in round 2, and then take a 280 lb DT coming off an ACL to play NT in a 3-4? WR likely needs to be addressed before round 4, because we need a starter, or at least a #3 guy year 1. I’d go CB in the 1st, and WR in the 2nd, FS or ILB w the comp pick.

  • Alex Kozora

    Just a couple of comments.

    First, thanks to everyone for their feedback. Appreciate the read.

    Like I said, cornerback was broken down into two sections for me. Precedent, the few times the Steelers have taken a CB in the first round, and need/value. Depth at cornerback is critical, yes, and you have to be able to use nickel all the time. With Ike/Cortez/Gay, Steelers can do that. When they want to use dime, they can plug in Will Allen or Shark, whoever loses the FS battle. Both played there last season.

    The Steelers do not value cornerbacks as much as most teams. Or Steelers’ fans. Their job is simple. Be physical, support the run, and tackle well in the open field. It doesn’t call for the playmaking ball-hawk you get in a first rounder. Can’t have All-Stars at every position so the team devalues CB based on LeBeau’s philosophy. Though he can’t be around too much longer, they’re not going to change that mindset until LeBeau has actually retired – if they do at all. Why I’m waiting to the third and then grabbing another later in the draft (getting two mid round DBs is very common for Tomlin).

    Tight end is not the most pressing issue on the Steelers. No question about that. I just can’t pass on letting someone of Ebron’s talent fly by. Keep adding to that offense and make it even more potent. Like I wrote, the options with a guy like Ebron make you limitless as an offense. Such a headache to plan for – assuming you have defenders that match up well vs Ebron. Most teams don’t.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think P is more important than K

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Ebron will fill a few needs. he give Ben the large target he covets for 1st downs and red zone. We are in need of a TE plus Miller is no spring chicken. I feel TE is a bigger need then most.

  • 243546

    Shazier is basically a more athletic version of Lawrence Timmons. Not sure why that doesn’t translate to playing ILB in the Steelers defense.

  • 243546

    In 2012, Mosley had a shoulder injury, hip dislocation, and elbow dislocation. The shoulder and hip required surgery. Mosley has great tape, but he also played on a front 7 with 6 other guys who are going to drafted in 2014 and 2015.

  • 243546

    Shamarko Thomas was a better prospect than Gilbert, and Thomas only cost a third round pick.

  • Matthew Anderson

    Would love if your mock and Dave’s had a love child and it looked like yours with the addition of Brooks, S, FSU in 4th and Barret,OLB,CSU in the 5th. I would also take liberty to sub out Bryant,WR,Clemson in the 4th as my own addition. As always awesome work.

  • Matthew Anderson

    Mock Draft
    1st Ebron, TE, UNC
    2nd Hageman,DE,Minn. /Easley,DE,UF
    3rd Desir,CB,Lindenwood
    4th Brooks,FS,FSU
    4th Bryant,WR,Clemson
    5th Barret,OLB,CSU
    6th Thomas,RB,Oregon
    7th Meder, NT, Ashland

  • Matthew Anderson

    Loved you work on Borland, however I think Vince under the circumstances had a great year. Why make him a backup if he can fill the role and use a 2 for someone who is more of a “need”. I know all the talk we don’t draft for need but with so many holes let’s get another young guy on early. Maybe Vince, Jarvis and the rest make the jump sooner because they play.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Because if ford were to drop to is that would be to good. We can them trade Woodley for more picks oraybe a CB and WR is deep. We still have Wheaton and brown with the strong possibility of Cothery coming back for another season. Also WR is pretty deep this season.
    That’sy reason for ford (which most likely not be there)

  • Alex Kozora

    I hear ya and I have felt similarly about Williams. I was encouraged by his play. So maybe this is more thinking with my heart (in fact, I know it is) but I really do feel Borland is going to be a stud. I don’t pass on those guys. Just the way I look at it.

  • MC

    With no Ryan Clarke i just don’t trust having Thomas as the free safety just yet. I always pictured Thomas taking over Troy’s SS when Troy finishes and thus I would target a FS probably in the first or second. Man I would like Calvin Pryor in the first especially if we could trade down and grab him. Thomas is short and I would prefer to see a guy who has more range back there.
    I think the top three rounds should be FS, CB and WR in no particular order. OLB in the fourth also. Hopefully they can get a DE in free agency and bring the beard back for one more year..

  • Shannon Stephenson

    In the last 3 year we have been ranked #1-2011, #1-2012 and #9-2013…now we do need to create more turnovers but that is because Ike drops 5 picks a year and I believe he will not be a starter this year. I just do not see that the situation is “DIRE” as the gentleman has suggested but we could use a player in the middle rounds as we do need depth.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Huh? Gay played really good last year as a starter…did you watch the games last year? I think Gay is best as a nickle but he showed how good he was starting. We have 2 solid starters plus a guy for back up…I just do not see a dire situation. I see a situation where it needs to be addressed before it becomes dire but that is it.

  • shawn

    I like some of them including your DBs and of course Archer … have to look at some of the others .. Not familiar with the LB or Coleman … i want to take a look at the CB Johnson … let ya know what i think !

  • shawn

    I agree he played well for the most part … i just am looking at his entire resume and he just doesnt have the skill set to be a solid starter going forward … i am thankful for his play and definitely think he is valuable if continues his decent play as a role player nickel dime back …

    would prefer to get some ball hawks and playmakers back there … our int total has been way to low the last few years

    sorry, but i think you are in denial if you dont think our DB situation is dire … its our top need in my opinion followed closely by a dual TE that we can split out to help in the RZ … KR/ change of pace back would be my third need and plenty tied after that (OLB, DL, WR, LT, ILB)

  • Shannon Stephenson

    well in supporting you arguement it seems the Steelers are looking hard at starting CB’s in FA which makes you case but I just disagree that it is dire. I totally agree with you assessment on the TE position.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I’ve gradually warmed to the idea of going offense in rd1 although it is still not my preference. IF we get a CB in FA (A GOOD CB, not a scrub) then I think Ebron makes sense. Otherwise, just looks like we’re trying to compensate for poor D by trying to outscore people. I think Gilbert or Dennard and failing them, then one of the two top FSs, in rd1. Too many quality WRs available several rounds into the draft that could help us to make this logical. Gotta give it to you though, a lotta names I have NOT seen associated with the Steelers after round 4!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Mighty, Alexander the Great! I love this mock! My mock was little different (I projected Ebron to go before our pick) but yes, exactly same kind of mock I had. Devin Street is a good plan b (I had Brandon Coleman, but for the exactly same reason as yours). Overall, i’d be very happy with this mock really. You are right, Boreland is a very good prospect, where Vince William fail as a pass-rusher, Boreland is a very good one.