2014 Steelers Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Post Scouting Combine

With the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine now behind us, it is now time for my second 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft, or as I like to call them, educated guesses to inspire good draft talk about players.

I usually do about 5 or 6 mocks prior to the actual NFL draft taking place and you can find the links to all of those from last year in this final mock draft post from 2013. Here is my first mock after the 2014 Senior Bowl from a few weeks ago in case you missed it.

I have already posted my Steelers offensive and defensive draft needs way earlier in the offseason and you can read those post here and here.

The Steelers will likely receive two compensatory draft picks this year and while one should be a third-round selection for the loss of Mike Wallace, the other should be either a fourth or fifth round selection for the loss of Keenan Lewis. My gut tells me that it will be a fifth-round selection, but until we know for sure, I will assume that it will be a fourth round selection. Why? Because it best fits this mock. lol

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Round 1 – ILB C.J. Mosley – Alabama

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602023433 1/810 3/4DNPDNPDNP DNP DNPDNP359’10”4.40DNP7.30

I am sure several of you will be disappointed that I haven’t changed my first overall pick from my post Senior Bowl mock, but I really have no reason to. I do acknowledge, however, that if Mike Evans, Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard are still on the board when the Steelers pick, that they will likely have quite the conversion in the war-room.

While Lawrence Timmons certainly shows no signs of slowing down, it would be brutal if he were to go down for an extended amount of time in 2014. If the organization, however, believes that Sean Spence can pick up right where he left off before suffering the knee injury in the preseason finale of his rookie season, then selecting Mosley wouldn’t be the wisest choice from a “positional need” standpoint. If they don’t believe that Spence will make it back, at least Mosley could give them a fighting chance inside should something happen to Timmons.

While he is likely best suited to play the weak-side position inside, Mosley could possibly serve as a nickel backer alongside Timmons at some point during his rookie season. This of course assumes that Vince Williams would remain a liability in pass coverage in 2014. At the very worst, Mosley could serve as a special teams player during his rookie season and be groomed to replace Timmons in a few more seasons.

Bio: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/cj_mosley_713434.html

C.J. Mosley – AlabamaPass Int RetTacklesTackles For LossSacks
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FR2010-11LB132762-303767114013
SO2011-12LB11110-17203741202015
JR2012-13LB1421611664110772523234
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Round 2 – WR Davante Adams – Fresno State

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600721232 5/894.504.544.56 1.59 1.531439 1/210’3″4.30DNP6.82

In a perfect world and draft, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller would fall to the Steelers in the second round, but I think as of right now we all would be shocked if that happened. While the Steelers appear to be “intent” on drafting a “tall” wide receiver early in the draft, you have to wonder if Adams would be tall enough.

While he measured in at the combine at just under 6’1″, Adams plays much taller. His 39.5″ vertical shows his excellent leaping ability and his 32 5/8″ arms round out a catching radius that a wide receiver an inch or two taller would often have. Because he doesn’t have blazing speed, it might be easy to say that Adams is a poor man’s version of Sammy Watkins. Like Watkins, Adams caught quite few screen passes during his two years as a starter and this helped him register an astounding 233 receptions for 3,030 yards during that span.

One thing that sets Adams apart from other receivers, however, is his ability to produce in the red zone. 17 of his 38 career touchdowns came inside the red zone as he is a mismatch in that area when guarded one-on-one. In addition, despite being timed at 4.56 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, Adams turned in 25 explosive plays of 20 yards or more last season with nine of those good for 40 yards or more.

While Adams will need his route running and blocking refined at the next level, he should be able to contribute in some capacity as a rookie, especially inside the red zone.

Bio: http://www.gobulldogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/davante_adams_770935.html

Davante Adams - Fresno StateRushingReceivingPunt Ret
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SO2013-14WR130001311718242160
Totals--260002333030382160

Round 3 (Comp) – CB Pierre Desir – Lindenwood

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6010198339 5/84.524.534.59 N/A N/A113511’1″4.311.66.86

Desir is another carryover from my first mock and I believe he helped cement his status as a third or fourth round cornerback during the combine. While not blazing fast, he has prototypical size to play at the next level. Desir is raw with his technique, but I do like his ability to stay square in press coverage and his ability to use those long arms of his off of the line. He’s probably a better zone coverage cornerback than anything else and is also a willing tackler against the run. That area of his game, however, will need some work.

The fact that Desir never played against elite competition in college will need to be sorted through and that could be the difference between where he is ultimately drafted. He appears to be a moldable piece of clay, however, and as evidenced by Cortez Allen, the Steelers seem to like those types.

Bio: http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5463

Pierre Desir – LindenwoodPass Int RetTacklesTackles For Loss
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDFFumSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYds
JR2012-13DB129831-392160217
Sr.2013-14DB94710127633103
Totals--2113154116627933110

Round 4 – FS Terrence Brooks – Florida State

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51071983194.414.434.42 N/A N/A10389’11”DNPDNP7.35

I didn’t know much about Brooks until the combine, but after watching his tape and doing extensive research on him, there’s not a lot not to like about him. A versatile safety-type, Brooks seamlessly converted from cornerback to safety during his time at Florida State. He turned eyes at the combine by running by running a 4.42 40-yard dash and posting a 38″ vertical jump.

Brooks can play in the box, in the slot or deep centerfield and because he is jack of all trades, but a master of none of them, that is why I think he has a chance to drop to the third or fourth round. He is aggressive against the run, athletic and understands angles well.

While he is a bit undersized at just under 5’11”, he plays like a 6 foot safety. Against smaller slot receivers, he should be fine if asked to cover them off the line, but the larger tight ends, of course, could create problems for him. He has a solid character, has a strong football IQ and is a natural leader and communicator. The fact that he played for a top-notch college program will go a long way with several teams.

Bio: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/terrence_brooks_706925.html

Terrence Brooks – FSUPass Int RetTacklesTackles For Loss
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDFFumSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYds
FR2010-11DB100000202000
SO2011-12DB11100011617011
JR2012-13DB1422801371451102
SR2013-14DB1320023818567233
Totals--485280388381268336

Round 4 (Comp) – CB Phillip Gaines – Rice

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600319331 7/89 5/84.344.344.38 N/A N/A1536.510’2″4.04DNP6.62

It probably would be wise for the Steelers to double dip at the cornerback position this year much like they did in 2011. Gaines is a size and speed prospect that certainly helped himself at the combine with a fast 40-yard dash time.

At just over 6’0″, Gaines set a school career record at Rice by breaking up 38 passes in his career and he earned first-team, All C-USA honors from league coaches for second consecutive year in 2013 for his play. Like Desir, Gaines is very raw, but he has good ball skills and is effective at jamming wide receivers off of the line and is always working hard to not give free outside releases. His tackling needs a lot of work, but he’s not afraid of contact and works at fighting through blocks.

Will he fall to the Steelers late in the fourth so they can potentially take him with a compensatory pick? It’s hard to say. I’ve seen him ranked as high as a third round prospect and as low as a seventh rounder.

Bio: http://www.riceowls.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/phillip_gaines_442064.html

Phillip Gaines – RicePass Int RetTacklesTackles For Loss
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDFFumSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYds
FR2009-10DB9000028331101
SO2010-11DB1200015113642015
JR2011-12DB4000083112015
JR2012-13DB130000231033206
Sr.2013-14DB1342002412362414
Totals--514201134411759451

Round 5 – OLB Shaquil Barrett – Colorado State

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6014260N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A N/A N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Regardless of what happens during the offseason with Jason Worilds and LaMarr Woodley, the Steelers absolutely have to keep the outside linebacker pipeline filled with prospects. New defensive assistant and former linebacker Joey Porter knows all about Barrett, the 2013 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, as he coached him as a graduate assistant just last season. That coaching resulting in Barrett having 12 sacks in 2013 and he set a Mountain West record with 20.5 tackles for loss. If that wasn’t enough, Barrett was also a force on special teams, having blocked three kicks.

Barrett played well against Alabama and while he didn’t take over the game, he did show that he could play against a top-rated left tackle. He was not invited to the combine, so you can bet his Pro Day numbers and workout will be carefully scrutinized. The Steelers could do worse for a later round outside linebacker prospect.

Bio: http://www.csurams.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/shaquil_barrett_756903.html

Shaquil Barrett – Colorado StatePass Int RetTacklesTackles For LossSacks
ClassYearPosGNoYdsTDFFumSoloAsstTotSoloAsstYdsSoloAsstYds
SO2011-12LB121521145549933192114
JR2012-13LB121491234336763323128
SR2013-14LB1410043842801699811277
Totals--383101271171292462515149164119

Round 6 – RB James White – Wisconsin

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509120429 1/48 1/44.524.534.57 1.57 N/A23329’6″4.20DNP7.05

Being as I haven’t dug too deep into the running back prospects just yet, I will carry over White from my previous mock. Below is what I wrote about him after the Senior Bowl.

There’s a chance the Steelers will draft a change of pace back late in the draft this year if they don’t wind up re-signing LaRod Stephens-Howling. If they don’t, White could fit the bill.

While he’ll never be an every-down back at the NFL level, White should be able to function as player that can give a team 8-10 touches a game. In 2013, he showed that he can catch the ball out of the backfield by logging 39 catches for 300 yards. He finished his career at Wisconsin with a 6.2 yards per carry average on 643 attempts and 14 of those carries went for 20 yards or more. 10 of White’s 13 touchdowns came inside the red zone with 7 of those coming from inside the opposition’s 10 yard-line.

Like most undersized backs entering the NFL, White will really have to improve his pass protection.

Bio: http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/james_white_712897.html

James White – WisconsinRushingReceivingKO Ret
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FR2010-11RB1215610521411880173290
SO2011-12RB131417136151500153150
JR2012-13RB14125806128132161140
Sr.2013-14RB13221144413393002170
Totals--52643401545736703397650

Round 7 – FB/HB/TE – Trey Millard – Oklahoma

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6020247319 1/8N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

If not for a knee injury, Millard would likely be a mid-round draft pick in May, but being as he will likely be hard pressed to be ready for the start of the season, he will more than likely drop all the way down to the last round with an outside shot of going undrafted.

Millard, who can line up as a fullback, h-back, or even as an in-line tight end, carried the football 98 times for 538 yards at Oklahoma. He also caught another 70 balls for 677 yards and scored a total of 13 touchdowns during is college career. He is an above average lead blocker and a very solid special teams player.

Millard reminds you of a rich man’s David Johnson with his style of play and while he might be forced to miss his rookie season because of a knee injury, he could surely battle for a roster spot in 2015 and possibly be an upgrade over Will Johnson, depending on how he plays in 2014.

If he does go undrafted, the Steelers should consider signing him as a free agent.

Bio: http://www.soonersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=208409650

Trey Millard – OklahomaRushingReceivingKO Ret
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FR2010-11RB14247431613512190
SO2011-12RB13241692131271000
JR2012-13RB133319803033741130
SR2013-14RB817971117811110
Totals--489853867067774430

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  • ApexSteel

    If there’s no chance of getting Gilbert, Adams, or Denarrd I would rather just trade back.

  • srdan

    i like it. I would prefer a different first round pick, only because we could have a logjam at ILB. Garvin and Williams have shown enough to come back. I’d assume that either Foote or Vince should be on the team next year.

    But as it stands, it’s good. I assume this mock is taking into account that 93 is resigned since it’s first OLB selection is in round five.

  • Tullydew

    Love the Millard pick. Another late round steal would be Aaron Colvin DB Oklahoma. He will slip b/c of ACL tear.

  • James Kling

    I mostly like this draft. Mosley can call it, highly productive, would improve our coverage in the intermediate. Whispers about lingering injuries though, and I keep comparing him to Shazier, who is faster, was more productive, and should be able to transition to ILB. The only knock on Adams is that Fresno used so many screens, but I like the cut of his jib. Desir would be an excellent R3 pick. Brooks and Gaines (if we get a R4C) would likewise be outstanding values and players. Need to see how Barrett tests, INC. on him. I’d be fine with the last two guys, but I like the idea of getting diamonds in the rough, guys who may be conversion projects or small school types. But that’s my MO, not the FO’s.

  • RW

    Really don’t know that I like this one. First round is loaded with offensive difference makers, which are sparse in the next few rounds, while defensive playmakers abound. My ideal draft would be something to the tune of:

    1. Evans/Ebron/Benjamin
    2. SJB/Fuller (CB Nebraska/VT)
    3. S. Henderson (OT Miami)
    4. K. McGill (CB Utah)
    5. B. Lokombo (OLB Oregon)
    6. E. Stinson (DE Alabama)
    7. Aaron Murray (QB Georgia)

    Don’t really like the 3rd string CB situation and think that safety can be prioritized (to some extent) in FA. Lots of WR bodies to bring into camp – one or two should make the team. Think they’ll resign hood and wait one more year to address DL in the first two rounds. They should grab some immediate impact-type players to help Ben win now.

  • Geoff Cordner

    I’ve been reading mocks and evaluations.. and I have to admit that I have done no research myself on players and living overseas see very little college or even professional football. All of which means that my opinions are all formed off other people’s opinions… but, I am starting to agree with those who want to give Vince Williams, Garvin, and even Spence (big ifs there) a chance opposite Timmons. Not sure if I like this first round pick anymore.. give me Mike Evans please.

  • John

    I am not a big fan of the mock mainly because I think we need instant players on several of the higher picks and I do not see many here. You have Mosely categorized correctly as a fill-in for Timmons which to me means we cannot take him at 15. I am very nervous about WR from Fresno and there are so many other WRs that I will hope Adams is not the guy. A CB with “raw technique” in round 3 is no help anytime soon. It sounds like a draft for 2 years from now with us going 8-8 until then. Pass. James White is my favorite pick here. He could maybe help as a change of pace back, but then again I place little value on that as free agents and waiver wire guys could help also.

  • Geoff Cordner

    OT? Is that really a need?

  • grw1960

    good solid mock.
    I worry about ILB Mosley’s durability through college and into the combine. I certainly don’t know as much as the Steelers will. To me he is a bit of a gamble and would hope,that some team offered a trade down to the 17 -23 pick area
    WR Adams probably will turn out to be a solid pro and I would be happy with that pick.
    I just think the Steelers need more speed and height opposite WR Brown. Liking WR Evens and WR Moncreif right now ,Monreif is more of a gamble but maybe he could stretch out the field and defenses to create more space underneath.

  • Chad H

    Over all I like this draft. I see Exum

  • 243546

    What about Ryan Shazier as opposed to Mosley? I think Mosley is more NFL ready, but he doesn’t have Shaziers ceiling. I’m also concerned about Mosley’s durability.

    Shazier had 7 sacks, and 23.5 TFL last year. His speed and acceleration are truly unique. The only question mark surrounding him, was his size. He answered that at the combine, when he weighed in at 237 lbs, and bigger than Mosley. Just as a prospect, Shazier may even be a better NFL prospect than Timmons was when he entered the draft. He’s bigger and faster than Timmons was in 2007, and his college production was much better.

  • 243546

    Ryan Shazier is passing Mosley on a lot of boards. He would be a great option at 15. He has the tools to become a faster, more athletic version of Lawrence Timmons.

  • Addison

    This would be the ideal draft. Don’t know why everyone is down on Mosley. Imagine a faster more athletic James Farrior ( not going to say smarter yet ). The Steelers D went down fast without Farrior or Foote. MLB is important to the Steelers Defense.

  • SumnerYoung

    Since its rarely stabbed at, I’ll take a shot at a trade back scenario. I am mocking a trade back with the Browns for picks 1.27 and 2.35. The Browns of course get 1.15. The trade chart (DraftTek) I used actually lists this trade as falling in the Steelers favor by 200 points. I also used DraftTek’s updated big board player rankings. No need to crucify me here, this is just for fun, and to present another point of view.

    1.27 = K. Fuller (CB) rank-30
    2.35 = Kyle Van Noy (OLB) rank-41
    2.45 = Jordan Mathews (WR) rank-47
    3.99Comp = Justin Ellis (NT) rank-101
    4.114 = Terrence Brooks (FS) rank-127
    4.130Comp = Keith McGill (CB) rank-141
    5.145 = Jeoffrey Pagan (DE) rank-145
    6.177 = Xavier Grimble (TE) rank-181
    7.207 = Best RB on board

  • PA2AK

    Just hard for me to see a ILB with 1.15….we have depth issues there, but we do at other positions without solid starters as well. Wouldn’t be mad, but wouldn’t seem prudent. Overall, good mock.

  • 243546

    I’m a fan of Shazier too. You know he’s a great athlete when you watch him on tape, but then to see the show he put on at the combine, after gaining close to 20 lbs since the end of the college season, is amazing. To put his combine into perspective, Shazier beat Timmons in everything. Bench, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone, 20 yard shuttle. The only thing we can’t compare is the 40, but I will almost guarantee that Shazier will run faster than 4.6. Any LB prospect who would make Timmons the second best athlete at the LB position, I’ll gladly take with the 15th pick.

  • Michael

    I like Mosley but only if Gilbert and Evans are Gone. Mosley, Pryor, Dix, Nix are all options in Rd 1. Adams is good but almost prefer a bigger receiver like Benjamin, Moncrief, Bryant or Matthews in whatever round they fit after Rd 1. No way Brooks makes it out of 3rd round and not sure where we get the 4th round comp. Should end up with a 3rd and 5th for Wallace and Lewis. I don’t see drafting a RB, especially late, can get just as good of one as UDFA. Also don’t want another hybrid TE/FB, we need a more all around TE to compliment Miller and develop for the future after Miller. The biggest problem with this draft would be not addressing the DL.

  • Game_Time

    I’d love to see Gilbert in a Steelers uniform next year but think his combine numbers made him a top 10 pick. With that said, I’m all for trading back and picking up an additional 3rd round pick. I’ve mocked them as having traded back and I’ve also included comp picks in rd’s 3 & 5 for Wallace and Lewis.

    1st Ra’Shede Hageman DE
    2nd Kyle Fuller / Bashaud Breeland CB
    3rd Terrence Brooks FS
    3rd Donte Moncrief / Martavis Bryant WR (Comp – Mike Wallace)
    4th James Gayle / Marcus Smith / Adrian Hubbard OLB
    5th Justin Ellis / Ryan Carrethers DT
    5th Devonta Freeman / James Wilder Jr. / Dri Archer / Jerick McKinnon RB (Comp – Lewis)
    6th Joe Don Duncan / A.C. Leonard / Colt Lyerla TE
    7th Aaron Colvin CB

  • SteelersDepot

    REMINDER: Don’t focus in on what round a player is listed, focus on the player. You aren’t helping the discussion by saying, “No way that player is there in X round.”

  • 243546

    Mosley had 3 significant injuries in a 12 month period: A dislocated hip. dislocated elbow, and a shoulder injury. The hip and shoulder required surgery. I think it’s also a concern that he didn’t add any weight between the end of the season, and the combine.

  • James Kling

    If Beachum gets hurt, who’s our LT? No one has shown they can man the blind side effectively. And IMO it’s a minor miracle that Beachum played the spot as well as he has, given his frame and pedigree. Henderson in R3 is actually a very good value, IMO.

    Much as I like the article mock, I like RW’s better.

  • James Kling

    Excellent draft, except I’m down on Ellis now at NT. Show me a top 3-4 NT who didn’t put up at least 30 reps (35+ is optimal). Ellis had 25, which IMO means he’s better suited to the 4-3.

  • Caesar

    Amen.

  • Jason

    What do people think about Troy Niklas out of Notre Dame in the 2nd round? He’s a big guy, who can block well for a college prospect, and he is 6’7″. I think a big tall TE would be a far better value, and I think our need at TE is greater than WR (this is especially true, because it seems the Steeler’s have drafted well when it comes to WR’s in the later rounds). Also, Niklas would be given a couple years to learn behind Miller, which would be even more beneficial.

  • Milliken Steeler

    I see what you’re doing and I wouldnt be sad at all with Mosely and Desir on my roster. With this draft being so deep except at OLB and Safety, I did this. I wanted to definitely get immediate help on our defense but also put a big smile on Bens face and help the offense. This is what I came up with in my latest muck draft.

    There are possibilities of a 3rd, 5th and even a 7th round compensatory picks so those are added also.

    1st round Eric Ebron TE
    2nd round Jason Verrett CB
    3rd round (comp) Jeff Janis WR
    4th round Pierre Desir CB
    5th round Daniel Mccullers DT
    5th round (comp) Kenny Ladler S
    6th round DeAnthony Thomas RB
    7th round Ryan Carrethers DT
    7th round (comp) Dezmon Southward S

    I double dipped at CB also but I did so early as I could not pass up having Verrett and Desir added to our CB mix. We have a tall, fast wr and didnt sacrifice our defensive needs to get him.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I like the draft other than 1 thing….the #1 pick. I think they actually like Williams. I will be surprised if they go with an ILB first. Right now, I think one of Ebron, Evans, or Gilbert are going to be there. I really do.

  • taztroy43

    Ive watched wr devante adams throughout his career n live quite a bit…the dude is a baller n highly productive!!! N also a young prospect…at the las vegas bowl against usc he was wide open I believe 3 times deep n d.carr missed him all 3 times… would love for him to be there in the 2nd round… the guy reminds me of a more athletic ward/cotchery/boldin type…I remember mayock saying if adams runs a 4.4 that hell probably be a late 1st/early 2nd….he also said that he’s pretty solid in every aspect(not in those exact words)….. so I think hes a solid pick n at 6’1″ with great leaping ability…I think he fits the tall category!

  • shawn

    Not enough DBs (no FS) McGill is not a CB

  • taztroy43

    I like niklas kinda reminds me of heath Miller…

  • Melly

    I like it. First 3 are solid. Thinking 99 for Ellis might be a lil high? Solely based on DraftTek, I would take Archer at 99, Carrethers at Comp 130(if there is such a pick?), McGill at 145, Shembo @ 177, and an OL in rd7.
    I think Pitt “solves” their DE & ILB issues via FA!

  • Brian Miller

    I see what you did there…someone is a fan of Fantasy Focus Football!!

  • Geoff Cordner

    ah, okay.. that makes sense. Thanks!

  • chris ward

    Big fan of C.J Mosley, like the way he plays on tape, played against the best competition in college football. Think he would be a good pick for the Steelers at 15. Also, like Pierre Desir at CB, great combination of size and speed.

  • taztroy43

    I wonder if we take him at 15…ive been reading that he’s shooting up draft boards…he claims that he can run a 4.35 40 but honestly if you’ve watch him play he’s all over the field…I woulld love him as well but can he play effectively against the run in the nfl? Like you said he is similar to Timmons n I wouldn’t mind him at all in round 1

  • SumnerYoung

    Brooks is a FS. And according to McGill’s combine numbers and pro football scouts, he is a mid-round NFL cornerback prospect. So 3 DB picks out of 9 overall isn’t enough? I’d love to see your mock draft. Or are you one who only criticizes and never produces?

  • taztroy43

    Im starting to warm up on shazier but he did come in bigger to the combine…my only worry is if he can consistently play against the run in the nfl….I have no doubt about his work ethic n I hope he turns out like a Timmons for us if we draft him…

  • SumnerYoung

    I like your analysis too. Carethers is the other guy in the mid rounds that will certainly draw interest as a NT. It’s only a guessing game as I havent seen any tape on any of the NTs other than Louis Nix. Also I assume you think the Steelers are addressing FS through free agency? If not, I think they’ve got to land a safety prospect in the first 4 rounds.

  • SumnerYoung

    Maybe it’s time to look at some tape of Carethers and Ellis because I haven’t watched either of them play. I do think though if a NT is drafted in the mid rounds, especially from a smaller school (LA Tech, Arkansas State) that they will be a 1-2 year developmental project. That gives a young guy like Ellis time to increase his strength under a professional training staff. I think McClendon is the starter for the next 1-2 years, unless Al Woods is resigned and shows he is capable. I hope Al Woods is resigned.

  • James Kling

    Definitely want to see some tape on both – that was what convinced me Ta’amu was NOT a 3-4 NT, despite his lift numbers being adequate. That said, I think even small school prospects should be repping 30 by the time they declare if they have natural anchoring strength.
    Comparative numbers:
    Haloti Ngata: 37
    Vince Wilfork: 36
    Casey Hampton: 34
    Ryan Carrethers: 32
    Steve McLendon: 31
    Justin Ellis: 25
    Al Woods: 23

  • Paddy

    If the draft unfolded like Dave has it I would assume the Steelers would be pleased. Heath Miller contract extended today film at 11

  • steeltown

    I like it

  • Bill Sechrengost

    Dave,

    I like all of your picks, actually. You can’t really go wrong with any of those when the Steelers have such great need at so many positions. They all fill needs the Steelers have. I don’t watch film or anything, but I do try to pay attention to other’s comments and other articles on the internet concerning draft picks. One thing that I based my higher picks on DB is that with Ike and Troy most likely gone after 2014 is they need to draft guys that can learn this year and be ready to take over next year. Here goes

    1 – Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State, great corner, not to mention great returner for 2014.

    2 – Deone Bucannon, S Washington State, big physical safety. Enough said.

    3 – Christian Jones, LB Florida State. He has played both ILB and OLB and has a lot of upside

    4 – Deandre Colemen, DL California, This depends somewhat on who they re-sign on the DL, but this guy is a big (6′ 5″, 314 lbs) physical guy. I saw him on the Senior Bowl and he doesn’t look like a overweight fat guy. Had good combine.

    4 – Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley St, Here is the tall receiver (6′ 2 7/8″) and runs very fast. He might take a little longer to be ready with the lower competition, but I like him a lot.

    5 – Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue. We have so little depth, we definitely need two CB’s. He is a little short, about 5′ 9 1/2″, but he does have experience.

    6 – Timothy Flanders, RB, Sam Houston State. Smaller running back, small school, but a tough runner

    7 – Wesley Johnson, OL, Vanderbilt. Played OT last year, but has played all OL positions. I saw him at the combine on tv. Needs work at the Center position, but he is a tall guy 6′ 5 3/8″, but needs to add weight and strength. Very smart guy and position flexible.

  • Jollyrob68

    I really like this Mock but I’d take Martavis Bryant in Rd2 because he gives them a tall,speedy & Red Zone target. If Kyle Fuller is there in Rd 2 then I take him.

  • JohnB

    I…LOVE this mock…I think that ILB is actually the biggest need for our team, not only for the reasons you mentioned but also because of the fact that when people around Timmons underperform, it seems like he tries to pick up the slack for them instead of being his Beast self. we need to get good players around him instead of question marks, weather Mosley can be that guy is the question.

  • Jollyrob68

    A Raw CB in 3rd will help just as Cortez Allen(4th rounder) helped his rookie season. If they’re going to wait for CB then they took the two I’d like.

  • 243546

    I don’t see why he can’t. He’s strong, plays a physical style of football, and is a willing hitter. Any short comings against the run should be coachable. Shazier is a high charector guy, who works hard, and is a coaches kid. I don’t doubt that he will suck up any coaching that comes his way. He isn’t a finished product yet, but neither was Timmons. That said, I think Shazier is closer to pro ready than Timmons was in 2007.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Like the draft but our overall team’s project with this draft is… 8-8 again.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    There’s certainly something to be said for a WR who plays bigger than he is, but this draft, I’d really like a player with the ACTUAL size to go with playmaking abilities. There are options available to us with both, and it’s one more advantage to have on offense. I mean, we’re not trying to replace Sanders exactly, are we? So my vote is against Adams.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Agreed. Bryant is among my favorite receivers in this draft. Assuming, of course. that the Steelers pick WR outside the first.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Dave, as per your instructions, I will comment on the actual players:

    CJ Mosely – Many people have dubbed him as a 3-down linebacker. I disagree. I think he’s a fantastic nickel/passing down LB. But I do not think he moves through traffic well or gets off blocks. He is a coverage LB who runs well in space.

    We currently have a $8 million ILB playing the mack position (Timmons). That is where he is best. What we need is a buck ILB to play the strong side (where Farrior used to play). I do NOT see Mosely as a fit there.

    So my question to you, Dave, is… “If you draft Mosely, where do you play him?”

    If you say “buck” you might as well draft Aaron Donald and play him at NT because he doesn’t fit there either. These guys have to fit your scheme IMO.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    If Evans doesn’t fall to 15, or the Steelers don’t trade down and grab Benjamin in the mid-20s, I like Bryant and Brandon Coleman for Pittsburgh at WR. Coleman has really caught my attention lately with his catch radius, deceptive speed, production after the catch, ability to juke defenders, and the way he’s utilized all over the field. They even used him in bubble screens at Rutgers, which we know is a favorite here in the Burgh.

    At 6’6/235, Coleman would be a tremendous weapon for this offense.

  • pat

    No linebackers being drafted?

  • Milliken Steeler

    Its not a OLB linebacker deep draft. Im trying to address as many needs as possible and not chuck a 6th or seventh rounder in just to add a body.

    I would add a OLB to the mix versus a cheap FA this year and next year would go after the OLB and ILB situation.

    We need DB’s, we need S we need another WR a TE and people to compete on the DL. If I saw real value where I drafted in the mock, I would have went after them, but I didn’t see real value at OLB especially where I drafted. I would have went Mack or Barr or even Ford if available however, that isn’t the case.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Jeff Janis is going to be a stud. If we didn’t snatch him, I bet the Saints would.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I agree. We don’t have to use a high draft pick to get a good, tall WR with a lot of upside.

  • James Kling

    IMO the mack and buck roles have evolved somewhat in the new passing era. Think about it: Farrior and Foote played more traditional mack and buck roles, but when Foote left and Timmons got the starts, we basically had two mack ILBs. (And later in his career Farrior shed weight to play lighter and faster.) From 2002-11, Farrior had 100+ tackles in 6 of those 10 seasons, including 5 of the last 7. His most productive partner? Lawrence Timmons, who had 135 tackles in 2010 to Farrior’s 109.
    My point is that if you have two guys who can play inside, the traditional mack and buck roles can be tailored. We don’t necessarily need a big bodied ILB, we need someone who can flow to the ballcarrier like a mack and can meet & greet OGs and FBs to clog running lanes like a buck. I rather like the idea of a guy like Shazier next to Timmons, especially if it means not giving up the big toxic plays we saw last year (those QB runs were sickening).
    You’re suggesting we get not another Farrior but another Foote. I think we need speed, strength, and (football) smarts. Shazier fits that.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    for me i would hope something along the lines of this would happen
    1.) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St
    2.) Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
    3.) Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
    4.)Terrence Brooks FS FSU
    4.)Keith McGill CB Utah
    5.)Shaquill Barret OLB Colorado St.
    6.)Dri Archer RB Kent St.
    7.) Glenn Carson MLB Penn St.
    I could picture all of these players in a Steelers uniform, Gilbert would fit perfectly in our defense with all of the zones we run, and Matthews seems like a great fit for our offense after reading the write up on him. Lynch has some nice hands. Terrence Brooks see above. McGill seems like a prospect the Steelers love. Archer is a FAST man and would provide a nice change of pace and could also help on the return game along with Gilbert, and Carson would help out with depth and also Penn St. linebackers seem to have a thing fr being good in the NFL

  • Matt Manzo

    I almost love everything! The top two picks aren’t my top guys but they make sense.
    I wish Adams was taller bit if he can produce it doesn’t matter. He might even provide Justin Brown with more opportunities during preseason by taking a lot of attention. That way we’d know if JBrown can play?
    Mosley I’m not sold on but that’s just because I’ve been paying too much attention to CB, S, and WR in the top 3. I like what Dave said about him being able to play now or learn under Timmons for awhile! Can’t go wrong there if he’s a stud.
    Desir, Brooks, Gaines and Barrett are ingenius picks and I think their spots takin are great value!!!
    If we wait til the 3rd to take a CB we deffinetly have to take 2. I want at least one DB that can make an impact this year.
    JWhites on my big board!!!
    The TE/Hback gives me another name to study! I like the thought of a rich mans DJ!!!
    Are there any playmaking TEs coming out next year?

    Good mock Dave!!! I wanna see Telvin Smith in the next one!!!

  • SFIC

    I like all the picks from 2 thru 7, in fact all are on my personal board (although some at different rounds). I just can’t jump on board with Mosely at 1. His strengths are at playing the WILL position, just like Timmons strengths were when he was drafted. It took a few years for Timmons to finally reach a level that is expected of a 1st round pick which to me is unexceptable. IMO this was due to his difficulty adapting to a position he was not comfortable with. I envision Mosely having similar problems and for this reason I don’t want to risk our 1st pick on a player who could turn out to be a project like Timmons was.
    I really like White, a solid COP back. Barrett too, even though he’s a little sluggish at times, should be a good backup. Desir, Brooks and Gaines, all should eventually start and strengthen our secondary. Millard is the type of player that Haley will love to have on the team because of his versatility.
    Of all these picks, White and, to a lesser extent Mosely (if he can adapt), Adams (as the #4 WR) and maybe Millard, might be the only ones who get any significant playing time in the first year.

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

    Clearly we have bigger “needs” but I am a firm believer in taking the best talent in first round! You can’t be disappointed in Mosley! Him and Timmons can be leathal! Spence can be awesome but we just aren’t sure yet!
    No question if Dennard and Gilbert are there you have to think about snagging one of them
    OLB- we need depth here! If we lose worilds we all know Woodley has Heath issues!
    WR- another big need! We need a starter outside of brown (Lee from USC is being slept on IMO)
    DE- also another position to be addressed if Hood and Kiesel are gone.

  • pat

    Id give this an A++ just dont think Gilbert is there at 15

  • Matt Manzo

    I know this isn’t a mock site but I can’t help it!!! Telvin Smith got me fired up!

    OK! My 1st mock this year(still unsure on late round picks):

    If Gilbert and Evans are gone:

    1: trade down a few spots for low 2 or high 3.
    – Fuller CB

    2: Telvin Smith…Can play OLB, MLB and Safety! Vocal leader on the field. I would like to see him used as a Polamalu/Timmons type.

    Low 2 or High 3: Montavious Bryant WR.
    (Maybe go JMatthews w/2 and TSmith with this pick?)

    3rd Comp: Torn between Safety and CB here? TSmith could be a good S, or maybe ILB so a good OLB would make sense, but I’m too in love with:
    Desir, RReynolds, McGill. Would take one of them!

    4: J. Ellis DT

    4 Comp(KLewis): Adrian Hubbard OLB

    5: A. Exum S

    6: Ladamian Washington WR

    7: any bad ass DE!!!

    Critique Away!!! Even if you hate it!!!

  • SteelersDepot

    Sorry, I stopped reading after you wrote that Mosley is not a three down linebacker.

  • Matt Manzo

    Your mocks the best I’ve seen yet!!! Draft day would be better than Xmas if it went that way! Absolutely perfect!

  • shawn

    McGill regardless is not a CB by any stretch of the imagination … watch some tape … moves like molasses and is sluggish, tentative and can’t read plays … his combine drills showed every bit of that … my bad on the FS i see you have brooks !

    3 is enough but i would actually would go 4 … at least 2 early and 2 late …. late ones are easy pick between Colvin, Tre Boston and Dowling all can be had 5th or later … early ones between Gilbert, Dennard, Pryor, Dix, Brooks … But I am actually REALLY starting to like Buchannon as my favourite !!!

    my Mock would go something like this

    1. Ebron/Gilbert
    2. Matthews/Buchannon/Adams
    3. SJB/Niklas/Fiedorowicz
    4. Skov
    4. Gaines/Brooks (comp)
    5. Dri Archer/DAT
    6. Colvin
    7. Tre Boston/Dowling

    I put options depending on how things play out … but would be nice to get 4-DBs 1-WR/TE 1-RB/KR and ILB or other Defensive player of need … preference for trading back in 1st to pick up another pick

  • Cody Younkin

    Picks 1-4 are what I’m hoping for. Reload the defense with guys who can contribute right away.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    Their current talent and depth at all of the DB positions are really lacking. They need an influx of talent there.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Why thank you, i agree lol now who do i see about getting a scouting job for the Steelers to make this happen haha

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Tis the season for mock drafts and praying for crazy draft scenarios, like Gilbert falling hahaha

  • Kevin Gobleck

    you should have kept reading it’s pretty funny

  • taztroy43

    I agree 100%…I would rather have this guy than mosley…..only thing is that mosley called the plays for his his defense and has experience playing both inside n outside….with that being said ill take shazier at 15 if evans, lewman, or maybe even ebron aren’t there…but I wouldnt mind him over any of the above guys mentioned. ..

  • shawn

    This Mock is slightly improved over 1.0 … my thoughts

    1. Still dont like the Mosely pick … we need a big infusion of talent playing with our high picks … i think he will still be learning the system after a year and not seriously contributing until year 3 if he pans out at all (see JJ pick)

    2. Like Adams (prefer Matthews) Adams is a very solid all around WR and will do well in the NFL …

    3. Not a big fan of Desir ( poor mans Cortez) not overly quick and not elite like the top guys or less risk like some of the later picks … I am HUGE on Buchannon (2nd-3rd) right now … (Gilbert lacks a lot but at least is a play maker) so i would go a little higher or lower … for 3rd round id rather target SJB much higher ceiling and more intriguing than Desir

    4. Gaines/Brooks … not bad picks .. i like Gaines for this round … reminiscent of Cortez abilities … if we get a comp i would go Gaines and Skov … nice value !

    5. dont know the guy … but would target RB/KR ARCHER/Dat in that order we need to upgrade big play ability and field position Archer does that James White does not

    6. see above … many good targets here … Colvin, Tre Boston and Dowling … we can do much better than a RB that doesnt add value to our team

    7. The LAST thing we need is another Hybrid TE … rather take a stab at AC Leonard or another TE/Defensive project

  • Shannon Stephenson

    You seem to be following who the Steelers talked to at the combine. I do like the draft overall but I am not big on Mosely because I do not think he has that IT quality for a 15th pick in the draft. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th(not comp), 5th and 7th picks are all really good IMO.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If Archer is there in the 6th I would be shocked…He goes in the 3rd if not earlier but I do love this draft….its very good.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I love the first pick. TE is a need whether we want to believe it or not. Heath is not a spring chicken and Spaeth is basically just a blocking TE. Ebron would satisfy the large target Ben needs plus TE youth.

  • steelster

    we want to stay away from colt lyerla, way too many off the field issues.

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

    Agreed! Henderson is first round talent who let some personal things effect him during college if he has his head on straight he can be a steal!

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

    Not bad.. Love the value in 3rd round! Why is everyone sleeping on Lee from USC. That kid can ball! Him and Watkins are my #1 and #2

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

    Damn woods that’s awful didn’t a Punter just do 25?

  • LucasY59

    The last two drafts had players in the 1st round that a lot of people had written off as “won’t be available” and both years the FO had someone drop to them that they really liked. Hope it happens again this year

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Thank you! yeah it’s really hard to figure out where he is going to go some say between the 3rd and the 6th and it just worked out better for me if he went in the 6th ahaha although you could probably switch him out with Thomas if it made ya feel better

  • Brendon Glad

    I really like your draft. I have my eye on Gaines too…to me that would be a perfect spot. One other guy of interest to me is Jeff Janis (5th-7th). His size and speed intrigued me…his production intrigued me…then I watched his highlight tape, and he had a lot of “easy catches” (either wide-open, or ball-to-chest catch). Since I’m not going to dig into the full-tape, I’m saying that could be GOOD….or BAD…:Good if he just never had the opportunities to show it…Bad if he failed a bunch of times on “tall catches…or run-down-a-ball-catches”. I fantasize about a Jordy Nelson….but he had college-game tape running by Aqib Talib…among other things… Janis’s highlight tape left me hanging. But my gut says he’s worth a risk at 5-7.

  • Brendon Glad

    Just remember that we have 13 years or so of evidence to suggest that Colbert hammers first round picks…and his 2nd and 3rd round picks lag way further behind than would be expected. my personal “off-top-of-head” scouting report on Colbert would be: EXCELLENT 1ST ROUND DRAFTER….mediocre to subpar thereafter…EXCELLENT undrafted FA snagger. So keep that in mind. It’s been too many years to be a fluke anymore.

  • Brendon Glad

    Jeff Janis intrigues me. Highlight tape leaves one hanging…because every catch I saw was wide-open or a catch that a 5’11” guy like A.B. could make. But that doesn’t mean he can’t do it. He seems like a gm could envision a Jordy Nelson-ish guy…or Eric Decker …OR A Doering/Farmer/meyer type…and yeah, my references were all white…but in the same way, he could be Yancey Thigpen OR. Limas Sweed. So he’s an intriguing guy. I’m with ya, though…worth a shot 4 or<

  • 243546

    Something else to consider. Shazier would allow the Steelers to move Timmons to the Buck. I’d like to think that a guy who’s entering his 8th year in the league is capable of calling the defense!

  • Brendon Glad

    yep…whatever collaboration of scouts/execs/coaches do the WR part of the draft board get very high marks from me. Not as good on OL, or CB. We get way better bang-for-the-buck on the WRs that are taken. Not sure why, but I’m just guessing that the scouting collaboration involves different people…and the WR NCAAF scouting-collaborators do better work.

  • James Kling

    I’ve seen him projected as a R3 prospect, but the newest NFL Draft Scout has him as R6. How serious is the personal stuff with him?!

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I would be pretty happy to see this list of draft picks taken. There is a lot of talent here and a lot of needs filled.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    Thanks for the info Brendon. I think Markus Wheaton will step up this year, so ay WR draft pick will be learning as they go. They will have time to develop someone who isn’t expected to start right away.

  • ApexSteel

    Maybe I should’ve specified/not got the name wrong haha. I didn’t mean Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams. I meant Justin Gilbert and Mike EVANS. My bad bro.

  • Jollyrob68

    Steelers need lb so no issue with Mosley However I’d take Ha ha Clinton dix if Gilbert & Evans are gone. I have a feeling UCLA Lb falls.

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

    He’s been kind of my way or the highway guy. Had some deaths to people close to him which effected his play. Also suspended for breaking team rules (which golden never said specifics). But he’s locked down top talent before. He just is never consistent. But his senior year he got it together starting playing more consistent. So he has potential

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It is hard to do so…last year those type of backs all fell about 1 round so you could be right. It is easier for me to sit back and critique then it is to make a mock. :)

  • ATL96STEELER

    Why ILB #1? I’m not a fan of Mosley, but the position itself is not the biggest need. If you’re going to go tall WR, take the better prospect at 15, or go CB or S…The balance of the mock I like…especially the sleeper pick Shaq.

  • ATL96STEELER

    If 3 QBs go as early as many have projected, combined with Clowney/Mack and possibly 2 OTs, one of your CBs will be there @ 15…the problem I see with trading back is you might have to trade too far back (say NE wanting to get Ebron) and the talent level on this team can’t afford that.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Hey, Dave, this looks pretty good, in particular I think Davante Adams in rd2 would be a great move for us – although he’s not a ‘tall’ WR, he is 6’2″. I like the pick of Desir as well as some of the later rounders. I think we have to take one of the CBs in rd1 though instead of Moseley because without a true NT in front of Moseley (no offense to McClendon, he is a 5 tech for sure), then taking a stud ILB does not have the same impact. Even a great ILB like Moseley can be made to look average if he has OLmen running at him through our NT.