Brian Baldinger Is The Latest Major Media Talking Head To Mock CB Darqueze Dennard To Steelers

With less than two weeks to go until the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger has just released his first mock of the first round and he has a cornerback slated as going to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 15th overall selection.

Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard is Baldringer’s first cornerback off the board in round one as he has Oklahoma State’ Justin Gilbert going to the New York Jets three picks later at 18th overall.

Baldringer writes:

Dennard is a natural Steeler — a lock-up man-to-man defender and the best tackling cornerback in the draft.

Dennard and Gilbert have been a popular choice of several major media draftniks as of late and nobody is going to deny that cornerback is a huge position of need for the Steelers.

The last time the Steelers drafted a cornerback in the first round of a draft was in 1997 when Chad Scott was selected with the 24th overall selection.

In total, Baldringer has four cornerbacks being drafted in the first round.

  • RW

    Let’s just hope either one are better than Chad Scott. Nothing against Scott, but he was no first round pick.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Whenever I see Baldinger on tv I just can’t help but stare at his messed up fingers holding that microphone. Those things are pointing in every direction.

  • chris ward

    Seems like a lot of the draftniks have the Steelers picking Dennard, I’m a big Kyle Fuller fan, but I still think Dennard would be a solid pick for the Steelers at 15.

  • dgh57

    I hope Baldinger is right and we end up having our choice at CB but I’m not that optimistic of that happening. I think they end up taking the best CB on their board at 15 as the selection process at CB may start sooner than #15.

  • sweetleb

    I think the steelers will take a wr , than look for bargin cb later in the draft. benjamin fsu is the big play making te/wr that could give steelers O a new wrinkle.

  • dgh57

    So you have us going the same route that got us in the mess we have now at CB? As our draft history has shown selecting bargain CBs like C. Brown, T. Hawthorne, C. Butler, J. Burnett since 2009 isn’t going to solve anything. Even if we found a K. Lewis like player later in the draft it still took him awhile to develop. We need a top tier CB now not later. The draft is probably deepest at the WR position and can wait.

  • sweetleb

    um, I just think that the top wide receivers are much better than the top tier cb in this draft. your going to have to score 30 to make it in the afc.

  • HiVul

    I’m really torn between Dennard/Gilbert and Benjamin because I could look at it either way. We need to put up points but the Patriots game last year was a wake up call on the state of our defense, and maybe especially the secondary although you could say lack of pass rush plays into that. I think they should just rank those 3 players 1-3 and take the highest rated one that falls to them.

  • stellarsfan

    With the 30 pts comment, are u referencing the broncos? Because Seattle sure didn’t need 30 points in that Superbowl. Would u rather have Seattle’s secondary or WR corps? I think the answer is obvious. Defense wins championships and our offense is in much better shape than the defense at this point IMO.

  • dgh57

    Well then all the more reason to draft a CB in round one then because that’s a sure sign our defense sucks if we have to score 30 points a game to win. I don’t want to draft a WR to try to keep up with the other team I want to STOP them! Defense wins Championships!

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree, if the QB’s start to drop like many suggest they will, I think Gilbert and Dennard will be off the board. This is a passing league, teams need CB’s, I just hope the Steelers don’t reach for one. But this is Kevin Colbert, they probably will.

  • Steelers@2010

    I think Benjamin has Bust all over him.

  • Steelers@2010

    dgh57, I’ve been preaching this for yrs now. It’s easy to get the perception the F/O hasn’t valued the CB position for years now. Even when they have selected a CB in the first 2-3 RDS, they have turned out to be duds. I’m shaking my head in disbelief, I just don’t understand how an organization that has won six SB’s can continue to miss on drafting quality DB’s. And Please! Stop listening to LeBeau, you don’t have to draft someone out of Ohio State just because it happens to be his Alma Matter.

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  • Wing t

    Cowher and Colbert made a good team. Maybe we could get cowher to be a draft consultant.

  • wdhammer

    do you really want me name all the busts outs from the cowher era..