CBS Draftniks Have Steelers Taking Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard 15th Overall In Latest Mock Drafts

CBS Sports draftniks Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have both released a new set of mocks of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and both have gone in entirely different directions with the Pittsburgh Steelers 15th overall selection.

Rang, who in his last mock draft had the Steelers drafting Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix even after they had signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell, now has Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard landing in Pittsburgh.

Rang writes:

The once-proud Pittsburgh defense has fallen off in recent years and reinforcements are needed at all three levels. Given his polish, aggression and schematic fit, Dennard would make a lot of sense.

As for Brugler, who previously had the Steelers taking Dennard in round one, he now has Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan slotted as Pittsburgh’s choice.

Brugler writes:

I fully expect this pick to be a defensive player, either a nose tackle like Louis Nix or cornerback like Darqueze Dennard. But if a talented offensive tackle like Taylor Lewan is still available, it would be tough to pass him up, giving them a cornerstone on the line – the Steelers aren’t one player away from the Super Bowl.

You cant help but wonder if the recent report about Lewan by fellow CBS Sports college football analyst Jeremy Fowler swayed Brugler’s choice this time around. Fowler wrote a few days ago that the Steelers have really been doing their homework on the Michigan tackle, who was recently charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery stemming from an incident on Dec. 1, 2013. In addition, both Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and new offensive line coach Mike Munchak were present for the Michigan Pro Day, so Brugler might be factoring that into his choice as well.

As for Rang’s choice of Dennard, he’s not really going out on a limb there, but it’s good to see him finally get off of the safety bandwagon.

Let’s talk more about Dennard and Lewan in the comments below.

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  • Bryant Terrance

    I would love to see the Steelers take Dennard or Justin Gilbert. All the pieces are in place for a talented DB to succeed here (Carnell Lake, and Tomlin’s background as a DB coach). The Steelers really haven’t had a play making corner since Lake and Woodson retired and turnovers are an essential part of winning in today’s game.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I just don’t see them going OL again at 15. Considering the amount of moves made during FA for the defense, the Cornerback is a no brainer. If Dennard is gone before 15 then all bets are off.

  • Dan Madden

    I just don’t see them going OT in the first round. Too many needs. I think CB is more likely unless Evans drops to 15.

  • harding36

    I’ve done a little more homework on the DB’s, and I am now convinced that Gilbert is not worth a top 15 pick. Dennard, in my opinion, is the top CB, and I’d have no problem taking him at 1.15. Lewan/Dennard would be a really tough call if both were available. I guess I’d go Dennard based on need, but man would Lewan be tempting.

  • Dax Whittle

    I think passing on Kelvin Benjamin would be a mistake. Ben had great chemistry with Plax when he had him. I think Benjamin is the same type of receiver. Get Ben a new toy at WR and find the other components later in this deep draft. The FSU to Pittsburgh pipeline has gotten better since Alonzo Jackson and Willie Reid.

  • Ike Evans

    What made you not like gilbert?…even though hell more then likely be drafted before 15

  • steeltown

    Yea Dennard is the better player and he was ranked that way before the combine, but Gilbert put up a 4.37 and then everyone anointed him the best, that and he has kick return ability

  • Ike Evans

    I could see it if dennard, gilbert, mike Evans, mosley, and ebron are all gone…it comes down to Benjamin, reaching for a 5 technique, drafting a smaller receiver, or a tackle…with those choices It wouldn’t surprise me

  • steeltown

    Being that Gilbert is in his final yr, we don’t know what we have in Adams and Beachum is the ultimate overachiever Lewan would be a nice pick.. but, we need CBs and we have a chance to get one of the two best in this entire draft

  • Steelers12328882

    Regardless of our needs I think Taylor Lewan is a better pick at 15 than Dennard or any of the other CBs and WRs.

  • William Weaver

    I know most don’t believe OL is a priority but our running game could be special with the addition of Lewan and A real OL coach. Bell could win a league MVP or two with that. What better way to help the defense then to keep the ball?

  • Iron Cadet

    how is dennard a schematic fit? he very rarely played any zone.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    I laughed when he wrote even with the signing of Mike Mitchell, they are going to select Dix. Lol unless he can play corner its not going to happen.

  • SFIC

    I’ve been scratching my head about the Dennard fit too. That said, he is a very good player and could be worth it.

  • SFIC

    I have no problem taking Lewan.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    It certainly could be that the CBS report about the Steelers doing their homework on Lewan influenced Rang, but this could be another case of a national reporter being behind the curve on the Steelers (or any team) and failing to recognize how things have changed more recently. The fact is, while there’s a lot of uncertainty on the O-line, it became something of a strength later in the 2013 season and could improve further as is under Munchak this year. You’ve got a Pro Bowler at C, one of the best young guards in the game, and three tackles who have shown either flashes of excellent play or periods of overall solid play, or who still have a good deal of untapped potential. Why not let this year play out with what we’ve got and address other needs in the draft: a potential #2 (or even #1) WR, depth at RB, and, well, everything on D?

    The point is, Rang’s pick is based as much as anything, it seems to me, on the reputation of our O-line that is still implanted in so many national reporters’ heads. Those who actually follow the team closely know that that reputation isn’t entirely deserved.

  • harding36

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not breaking down tape on my own and I’m by no means an expert. But I do read a lot of the reports. And most of them are pretty consistent with what they say about Gilbert, which is that he has big play potential, but he’ll also give up big plays by guessing wrong; that he’s not a great tackler; and that he’ll grab on deep throws and draw penalties.

  • srdan

    Good point, unless we are changing to a press D. I can only hope.

    With Dennard technically we would have the personnel to play more press with Allen, shark, the new safety and Dannard.

  • harding36

    The Steelers used to play a lot of man coverage with Ike before his skills deteriorated. Remember when Ike would follow AJ Green all over the field? That was man coverage.

  • steeltown

    I’ll tell you what, a player that excels at press coverage would be a welcomed sight, even though we don’t use it very much. I remember that game against the Patriots back in 2011 when we dominated on D and held Brady to under 200yds.. and we did so using press man coverage the entire game

  • Scott in Jersey

    that’s why I love mock drafts. Like you noted the guy has us taking a safety even after signing Mitchell, extending Troy and still hoping Shamarko Thomas takes a big leap in year 2. The key this year is they could go anywhere but QB and RB if the right player drops in their lap. I thing CB , especially if Gilbert falls, unless a stud drops like DeCastro did a few years back

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You just described Seattle’s supposedly great CB’s and they get away with it on almost every play.

    I know it’s tough to keep up. First they change the rules so that it’s all offense. Now they are letting DB’s get away with more so that they don;t end up scoring 100 points a game.

  • dgh57

    After reading the Lewan article I have him and Dennard running neck and neck down the finish line to draft day with Dennard in a slight lead.

  • Babybull

    I hope they pick WR our DB Lewin didn’t look good last year hope they don’t get caught up in his combine 40 he got beat a lot with speed rushers are line played good last 8 games they finally have chemistry we can get a tackle later to me he’s a 2nd rd pick anyway to much baggage.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I will never forget that game. The plan worked to a T. Brady was furious. And I thought it was a sign of things to come. I don’t know what happened, but obviously it can be done.

    And do you remember the offense that day? Ben was nickle and diming all day. Short passes, and ball control and they could have won by 20, except for the feeble Red zone that day. Something else that still needs addressing.

    I’d be ecstatic to see more man-to-man as guys like Allen would be even better.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I will never forget that game. The plan worked to a T. Brady was furious. And I thought it was a sign of things to come. I don’t know what happened, but obviously it can be done.

    And do you remember the offense that day? Ben was nickle and diming all day. Short passes, and ball control and they could have won by 20, except for the feeble Red zone that day. Something else that still needs addressing.

    I’d be ecstatic to see more man-to-man as guys like Allen would be even better.

  • steeltown

    Exactly, you said it.. it can be done

  • Babybull

    Like michigans was with him they had a terrible running game we need playmakers u can get a good linemen in later rounds that’s what makes nunchak a great line coach he take guys you never herd of an makes them all pro.

  • LouPGH

    That could be the case, but it could just as easily have something to do with teams possibly passing on Lewan due to character red flags plus the Steelers doing their homework on him and their reputation for going BPA.

  • William Weaver

    Your 100% right. That is why if they take Lewan I will be excited because that means they really believe in him. I am not pushing for him or anyone else. I trust the organization to make the best decision. If they don’t draft any OL this draft I will believe they feel good with what we have. Also good. I do believe that football is a power game that people get away from mistakenly. Run the ball and stop the run. It all branches off from that. Without that foundation those other branches can’t grow.

  • Paddy

    That was 2004, Ben likes small speedy guys like Brown, Holmes Wallace

  • Paddy

    Agree he’s BAA, but he will be gone by then

  • Jay Jaber

    And we fix the red zone issue we have with evans in the first. CB in second

  • Paddy

    Lewan is head and shoulders better than Dennard

  • Douglas Andrews

    Dennard would be a nice addition but i do like the versatility of Gilbert. Dennard paired with Allen would give us a couple of CB’s that can play press. Part of our problem last year is that Ike couldn’t play press like previous years on the #1 Wr’s. Allen excels at press but not so when he plays off the ball in zone coverage. In order for our defense to generate more turnovers/sacks/pressures we have to play more press coverage.

  • Aric Brown

    Ya the closest thing we’ve had was “Big Play” Deshea Townsend

  • ZW99

    I’ll be pissed if they take a WR (excpet Mike Evans) in the first round in a draft that is extremely deep at the position. They should go Gilbert/Dennard if one is available and if not then BPA.

  • Brendon Glad

    Anyone who remembers things I’ve said knows that I put very high value on listening to what Deion Sanders says about the DB’s…because I’ve noticed through years of watching the combine that he has a very great talent at spotting DB’s…(both CB’s and Safeties)…and also in “red-flagging” DB’s/S’s. And by gosh, if you watched the DB portion of the combine, Deion was NOT high on Dennard…at all. In fact, he went so far as to say something similar to: “I’ve had to catch myself…because I’m being too hard on Dennard. He’s a press/bump-and-run corner…that’s what he is…so he probably will be great if that’s what they ask him to do.” Well, that’s not what the Steelers usually ask their corners to do. So I hope the projection is incorrect…and my money says it IS incorrect. I predict the Steelers will hope for mack/Watkins to fall far enough to trade up….that won’t happen…then hope for Gilbert to fall to them…that won’t happen. And then, it becomes intriguing. my gut says Aaron Donald is WAY higher in the mix than most people think. And for the record, I’d love that. mcClendon would move to DE and backup NT…Thomas would be a 3rd swingman. And y’all Pittsburghers would know better than me, but I watched the Donald highlight tape, and he looks special. He kind of blew me away. That’s my gut…and it’s a pretty big gut.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Pick your poison. Do you want a great running game and continue not being able to stop the run and folks scoring on us? I think Bell showed us that he can be special even with this o-line. Adding Munch was the best move. The line was also without Pouncey. Add to that a few of them on the o-line are due for a contract this year.

    Its a no-brainer to me. Stop the bleeding on the defense. Its what wins championships. We wrote the book on that in the Burgh.

  • AzheDraven

    I am not even good at evaluating players since I’m almost new to football, I do know some but still.
    When I started hearing about draft prospects I liked Dennard. I still want him at 1:15 and feel ok about it. But I wouldn’t mind Gilbert, Ebron, Evans, and in that time Ha Ha or Pryor, but I really don’t understand CJ Mosley and Lewan. I mean, it would be ok and I would be upset, but I like the OL and think they will be a lot better this year. Even Gilbert since he is the guy everybody think he’s the one going to be benched if they draft Lewan. Give Munchak a year to work with them and they will probably be fine.
    But everything can happen, and I trust them to select the best for the team. So I’m looking forward the draft. Damn you Goodell because you moved it to May. Now I have to wait like another 3 weeks. Lol.

  • William Weaver

    I agree d-line is priority number one but at pick 15? Middle linebacker at 15? Stopping the run, I don’t see happening at pick 15. CB maybe but really deep draft for them. Kelvin Beachum proved last year he can protect Ben but he doesn’t run block well. Munch can fix that? If so great! Munch is a great hire. I agree with you there!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Yes I, like you see him as a 2nd round prospect for us- not because of his baggages though, got more to do with his skillset vs Beachem. Beachem probably have cemented his status as a starting left tackle, if we were to get Lewan, it’ll be because Steelers FO are unsure about Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert’s pending status as a free agent.

    Dennard on other hand, really doesn’t make any sense when he’s unlikely to start nor take away playing time from Taylor, Gay, and Allen. We have Shamarko for dimes package, so… he’s a luxury.

    We should never take account in those mock drafts anyway, most of the time they just look at the FA we just lost (Ryan Clark, James Harrison come to mind) and say they will want to replace them when they never actually account for the position we desperately want to address. Only time I have seen a mock draft that’s right and it was Jarvis Jones, sadly.

  • j m

    Word!

  • steeltown

    Donald is a 4-3 guy, tons of talent, good technique and very strong but he just projects in a different scheme

  • Brendon Glad

    Ok. It just seemed like his legs looked so huge. Ya know? Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t both Steed and Hampton play in a 4-3 in College? I’m not disagreeing with you, because you probably watched him play quite a bit…and maybe he just isn’t as “stout” as those 2 probably were….but I’ll just say this as a “follow-up question”…Are you saying that 1)Donald is best suited to be a 4-3 one gap DT…or are you saying that 2)he would be ineffective as a 3-4 2-gap NT?” my gut says #1 would be correct, and #2 would be incorrect. But I acknowledge you’ve probably watched him way more than me, so I’m not even arguing with you…cuz I luv ya, Steeltown…just furthering the Donald dialogue. :-)

  • Rupert

    If we don’t draft SPEED on D in the first two rounds then we’ve completely missed the obvious weakness of our beloved Steelers in 2012 & 2013. We are a step slow at every level on D. We can add offensive weapons in the later rounds. We don’t need a top 15 lineman, tight end, or receiver this year. Am I the only one that thinks that?

  • Xclewsive

    If there was nothing in the cupboards as far as OTs are concerned I’d definitely want Lewan. But as of right now there seems to be OTs every year and granted the Steelers have missed out on plenty. I just feel the Steelers OL is more then capable of leading this offense moving forward with the pieces it has in place. The Steelers still are competitive on offense w/o Lewan.

    As far as Dennard’s concerned I believe this kid has a bright future ahead of him.

  • Virdin Barzey

    We’ll see what Munch can fix. I have more hope for him helping Beachum who played well but is no pro-bowler. If you said Gilbert and Adams, that’s where Munch will earn his pay check though Adams can run block.

    CB at 15 is the no-brainer. I like what the offense did the last six games and we did not have an healthy Heath or Pouncey.

  • Hard Row

    Lewan has some off field concerns. He is currently facing an assault charge and years ago he allegedly threatened a rape victim not to report the crime which involved one of his teammates.

    I haven’t heard much about that in any draft discussions so maybe there just isn’t enough proof of it to bring it up. But NFL teams will have their own investigators look into their potential high picks and if they even think it may be true, some teams may have him off their board.

    Steelers are generally conservative so my guess is that if they get any reports that say it may be true that Lewan threatened a rape victim, he’s off their board.

  • Nolrog

    I would be surprised if they took a tackle in the first round. There are many far greater needs than that, especially with how well the line played in the last half of the season last year.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    I agree with you saying Dennard is the better CB right now but I think Gilbert has the potential to become one of the best CBs in the NFL That being said neither are worth a top 15 pick IMO. Reasons are, that Gilbert doesn’t do a good job of getting his hands on guys in press and allows too many easy catches when he plays off coverage and he is really bad at tackling in space so that is a double no. plus gets blocked out of plays far to easy these things can be fixed but it will take time. When Gilbert is finally at his potential he will cost too much too keep or we would have to break the bank to keep a guy like him.. and fir Dennard he is short, slow, and holds far too much to get away with it in the NFL. He we were picking at 20 I would love both of these guys. But I think there will be a true GAME CHANGER in year one at 15.

  • 243546

    Beachum looks good because they cover him up. He’s good enough to get in a pass rushers way, which works out fine when Ben is in shotgun, or takes a 3 step drop. However, Beachum has a hard time holding off his man long enough for Ben to take a 5 step drop, which limits his ability to throw down field. Beachum also needs to improve his run blocking.

    Long story short, the game plan hides his weaknesses. If he were a better run blocker, then it might be worth trying to get by with Beachum for a while. Lewan is nasty in the run game, and his pass blocking is at least as good as Beachum.

    As you said, Gilbert’s contract is up at the end of the year. Adams and Beachum’s contracts are up a year later. Almost two thirds of the Steelers current contracts expire by the end of 2015, so that’s a lot of potential players to resign. The Steelers would be better off replacing marginal players through the draft, so they can focus on resigning the players they really want to keep, instead of the ones they feel they need to keep.

  • LeBeau’s Boyz

    I agree completely with you on Beachum/Adams/Gilbert. Those two tackles (Adams/Gilbert) are still in flux. However, disagree about Dennard. His starting right away is not the issue. Drafting for the future is. He’s every bit the first rounder and Ike is just about done. Not everyone can be Pouncey or Jarvis and start right away. It takes a little bit to “cook” in Dick’s defense.
    There is no future or team speed in the secondary outside of Cortez/Shamarko and its high-time we got a good DB back there.
    If he falls, I say grab him!

  • pittsburghjoe

    If Evans, Gilbert and Dennard are gone, I think they would take Nix over OL. Given the scenario where Evans, Gilbert and Dennard are gone, I hope they find a way to trade down, but I know it will be tough to find a trading partner. I dont like the Ebron idea and I cant see them taking a MLB until the current situation sorts itself out. Lewan makes sense if you are looking two years forward when Gilbert is gone and Adams is the RT. Heck, he may be able to start now…only Beachum is standing in his way. I hate to underrate KB…. he is good, but…. so is a Honda Civic.

  • Steve

    Don’t tell Ike that. For years he though he was All Pro material. But with hand of stone it was tuff for Ike to get an interception…. If the Steelers do take a secondary person, it would be nice to take Gilbert, Dennard or Ha Ha. Can never have enough DB’s

  • Zachary Wise

    It may be a long shot, but with the red flag for his recent off the field character issues, any chance Lewan slides into the 2nd round?

  • Nick Williams

    Ben has been begging for a tall reciever for years

  • Nick Williams

    How many people are tired of hearing that we are not one player away from sb. There were alot of teams not looking forward to us getting in the playoffs.

  • Steve

    With you on what you say. Also a BIG problem was the turnover of 3 OL coaches in 3 years sure did not help the young guys. Different system every year, probably had their head spinning. Hopefully Munch sticks around and gives them the help they need to exceed.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I just tell people that every year some team goes worst to first and makes the playoffs. So nothing is out of the question.

  • Russian Steel

    doesn’t make enough sense to get Lewan. He’s good but they have three adequate/good tackles already so picking two to start and do well shouldn’t be a problem. Steelers just have too many starter holes to fill (CB, ILB, DE, big receiving target) to be spending a 1st rd pick on a position where we already have two good starters (I really think Mike Adams will win the RT spot and Beachum is a solid LT). Plus Lewan has major issues…unable to control his temper at times, very dumb penalties (remember Willie Colon?)…has above average potential to screw up off the field.

  • Steven Bigrigg

    You might want to temper your Deion Sanders praise as a cb talent evaluator. I recall deion beaming and gushing over our recently released Curtis Brown during his combine drills. I had high hopes for Brown and thought hey Deion likes him . . . that didn’t work out. I also like Aaron Donald quite a bit. While he may be best suited for a 4-3, I feel he’s a football player that’s strong & fast, and LeBeau could find a place for him.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Glad other observant fans realize beachum is a backup at best.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    How good was the Titans line the last two years. Chris Johnson has been getting destroyed. Sure, Munch can coach but the Titans showed everyone what happens when a great line coach works with players who are even better than Beachum, Adams, and Gilbert, but not up to par. That said, offensive line talent makes the coach and this roster does not have it. If Lewan falls picking him is a no brainer.

  • Brendon Glad

    I gotta admit, i must have missed that portion…or have selective memory, or whatever. But i have always leaned towards disliking Deion (despite my tremendous respect for him) so i will lean towards the forner. The ones i remember are him loving Joe Haden, loving Harrison Smith, liking Rodgers Cromartie (before he had moved up the board), liking munnerlan, loving Earl Thomas (that was obvious…but he REALLY loved him)…& being very luke-cold on the CB the Jets drafted last year. (Name escaping me and i dont wanna look it up). Im not saying he’s perfect…but he’s better than most ive heard… I’m actually really surprised he liked Brown. You have definitely made me question my blurb with that tidbit, i must admit.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’ve said it before but i’ll say it again…. Gaines (cb Rice)… 4th-5th rd. Later and he will be gone…earlier and i guess u tip your cap. He was fortunate (for his own sake) to be alphabetically next to Gilbert on all drills. So of course i was watching those. And did he not look WAY closer to Gilbert than the boards have suggested? I thought Gilbert looked really good too, but im almost positive he’s not an option. But Gaines…dont forget that name…if his head is on right he’s gonna find a nice place on the corner somewhere.

  • SFIC

    Speed means nothing if you can’t play football

  • SFIC

    Actually, even though Ike would match up against Green, in most cases he was playing 5 to 10 yds off Green. That’s zone.

  • Babybull

    Yea if you think your going to beat teams with running game then y are running backs lowest paid position we will get killed in this nfl that’s why they made rules you can’t touch rec after 5 yards they Want high scoring games.

  • Babybull

    Truth be told rumor is that they were looking at his team mate the right tackle for later in draft

  • Babybull

    If they draft OL first rd they all need to go you only have 3 recs an old Ike your line is very young you don’t go that route first rd you need. Playmakers on O are D

  • Iron Cadet

    His legal issues might be cause for concern

  • Iron Cadet

    One of my favorite steelers games. Alright man what’s ur pick for round one? Offense or defense? Evans or gilbert?

  • William Weaver

    Strange.. I thought marshawn lynch (beast mode) and the very physical Seattle defense just kicked the butt of the best offense in nfl history.. Plus many believe the 49ers were the second best. Another very physical team with frank gore. I remember Michael strahan and the giants D beating up the great offense of the 18-0 patriots. Or the great patriot defenses beating the greatest show on turf rams. Or the ravens n Ray Lewis dominating basically without a QB.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I would pick Gilbert as he is not only a good CB, but has KR skills. This draft is the deepest in ages, and the WR’s are plentiful. The strategic way to play it is to look for a WR that can be had in round 3, which is where the Steelers historically pick 1.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    But wouldn’t you say we can pick a good developmental prospect in later round? Pierre Desir come to mind. If we want a lanky, fast cornerback then we get Gaines. To be honest I see the equivalent to be same between 1st and 3rd cornerback in sort of contribution and long-term potentials.

    So that’s why I don’t want to hassle with a 1st round cornerback because yes, we need an immediate impact, we are that awkward 8-8 team like the couples who showed up at BBQ with a potato salad where other 5 couples brought one too. This!

  • steeltown

    If Gilbert is there, he’s the pick, he has the potential to contribute in two areas CB and KR, to be honest I’d take Dennard over Evans as well. But, lets say both top CBs are gone then I think Offense is the way to go, Evans or Ebron in that order with the notion that we cant trade back

    This year 15th overall is a strange place to be positioned, im just hoping someone unexpected falls to us

  • steeltown

    Im sort of thinking we can wait another year though, let Munchak have a full year with Gilbert and Adams and others..

  • LeBeau’s Boyz

    LMAO – that’s pretty funny!
    Yeah. I guess I’m a little leery of developmental when it comes to our DB’s in the past. Just going back to 2011 here are some names chronologically to the present we missed on:
    Crezdon Butler, Curtis Brown (2011), Terrence Frederick, Terry Carter (2012), Terry Hawthorne (2013).
    We let Keenan get away who was promising and there have been a host of other teams 1-and-done throwaways we said good bye to. Cortez has been
    the only one to survive “Developmental”. I hear what you’re saying though, and any other position I would agree. With our win/loss record there seem to be more chances to get a top Offensive lineman or Linebacker prospect. We can even manage to find and/or groom gems in the sixth at different positions (Beachum/and AB). The drop-off between this kid the other guys you mentioned is significant. And if you subscribe to picking not only NEED but the best player at that spot like Colbert always preachers then you Gotta pull the trigger on that one.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Can’t blame you on that one, we have showed the incapability to coach up players but I’m sure it’s got more to do with the players we drafted; not on the coaching staffs. Cortez Allen, Kelvin Beachem, and Antonio Brown were the only wildcard picks that turned out to be good. Rest are either hit (system players) or miss (with many potentials but HAVE no experience or familiarity with our system).

    Willie gay and Shamarko Thomas both are system players, which are the reasons Gay remain on team for so long despite his averaye/sub-par athleticism and Shamarko was traded for. I have no concern that we will be aggressive in the draft.

    When its said and done, I’m pretty sure the 1st round prospect will be guy that will have an immediate impact and the next 2-3 picks will be system players with late rounds being wildcard picks. This kind of draft have worked well for us throughout years (not all in same draft but the trend are very noticeable).

  • Virdin Barzey

    Sorry your comparison with Chris Johnson is off. Chris has gone over a 1000 yrds the last 3 yrs and avg about 4 yrds a carry which has been his avg for several years. If you are looking for Chris to do what he did before his big contract, you may want to look at Chris and not the line. Just saying.

    Additionally Munch was the head coach and not the line coach the last two years so he was not focused entirely on the line as he will be in the Burgh. We know what Munch does when he’s focused on the line…that’s the point. We will find out quickly the guys we have on the o-line are good enough with Munch.

    Lewan is not a no-brainer if the top corner is available at 15. When a ship has holes and its leaking, you may want to start with the biggest hole. Just a quick tip for the biggest no-brainer.

  • Rupert

    Yeah, I meant game speed. Which means everything to our defensive scheme. I’m not talking about combine or pro day speed…that’s almost meaningless. The players that could cover the field and be in position to make plays have lost a step or two. Dennard or Gilbert should help that tremendously.

  • harding36

    No, it isn’t.

  • pat

    I was thinking the same thing if a guy drops that we will trade up but not in rd 1 I was thinking rd 2 to grab Matthews. I think Dennard and Gilbert are both gone by 1.15 Lions Titans. I also think QBs fall this yr about like Geno last yr so there is a good possibility we trade back in round 1 to get a 3rd and 5th then trade that 5th and 3rd to move up in the 3rd to grab Desir. Even if the players I said dont get drafted I think thats the plan move back in rd1 to get a 3rd and 5th just to trade them to get a high 3rd.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I agree. Lewan is rated higher than any corner and most receivers. Furthermore Bell’s 3.5 per carry average combined with only one 100 yrd rushing game suggest the line needs an upgrade. Our run game ranked 27th last year and it’s been at the bottom for years. Enough is enough. Tired of Ben getting killed too. Get a good left tackle like the other AFC North teams and win more games.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    True, last year we ranked 27th with a 3.5 average from Bell. So those who want a corner over Lewan may want to draft one and put him in as another extra tight end. Does anyone who wants to start Beachum and Gilbert remember that we had to add a tight end to run the BALL? Do you think you can keep taking pass catchers off of the field and add tight ends to cover up our suspect tackles? Take away the extra blocker and the running game wouldn’t have been 27th but dead last! The latter is why they want Lewan.

  • 243546

    They should wait, unless one of the top OT’s falls in their lap. When was the last time a top rated LT was available when it was the Steelers turn to pick?