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Mel Kiper Jr. Has Some Interesting Picks For The Steelers In His Latest Three Round Mock Draft


On Thursday, Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN.com released a mock of the first three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft and he has some interesting choices for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the first round, Kiper has LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. going to the Steelers at 15th overall as the top two rated cornerbacks and wide receivers are already off the board. In addition, Kiper has three tackles and tight end Eric Ebron also off the board in the top 12 selections.

In the second round, Kiper has Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III going to the Steelers. That’s quite a drop for Nix, who many of the major media draftniks had going to the Steelers in the first round in mock drafts earlier in the offseason.

In round three, Kiper surprisingly has Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum as the Steelers compensatory draft pick. While Exum is considered by many to be position flexible, he does have medical concerns attached to him and this is quite high for him, in my opinion.

Below is what Kiper wrote as a recap for the players he mocked for the Steelers.

Sorry, but the addition of Darrius Heyward-Bey doesn’t fix the depth chart at wide receiver, so I grab Beckham here. With Gilbert and Dennard off the board, I can’t take a corner in a reasonable value range at No. 15. Beckham is an explosive talent, a pass-catcher who creates problems for defenses after the catch because he’s such a special accelerator. I add needed talent on the interior of the defensive line in Round 2. Dick LeBeau can do some things with Nix, who doesn’t always play to the level he should given his ability to move at that size, but has a chance to be good. Jimmie Ward is a tough guy to pass on at No. 46, given a depth need at safety, but in getting Exum in Round 3 I add a corner with the size to transition to safety if that’s a better fit.

Ok, this three round mock draft should create some good discussion, so weigh in with your thoughts below in the comments.

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  • steeltown

    Huh? Wow… ok, I don’t know where to start

  • Carlos

    Nix would be a gift in second round…I’m guessing no irish chocolate for us

  • steelcityinny

    Is kuiper alive yet?

  • srdan

    Hmm, that first round pick is going to be tough if the two top WR and CB and Ebron are gone. I don’t have access to his mock, but without reading it i would have assume that he has QBs dropping. And if the LSU wr is our best option, I wouldn’t mind seeing a trade back if the aforementioned 5 are gone. But I think trading in this draft is easier said than done. People are hoarding picks.

  • RW

    Yeah – this is strange…

  • harding36

    Having both CB’s and both WR’s off the board would put the Steelers in a tough spot. But Kiper is obviously way higher on Beckham than I am. I’d rather have Benjamin, Cooks, Lee and maybe even Jordan Mathews over Beckham. Nix in the 2nd would be fine, but if we’re going to dream, I’d rather get Tuitt or Shazier.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    As strange it sound… I do see his point. I’m even a fan of Brandin Cook; that being said ONLY if we had other big tight end. However we don’t. I wouldn’t grade this draft as terrible but rather just B minus. Beckham is the kind of prospect that’s expected to produce right away. I do see the need of a wide receiver that can produce right away (Lance Moore has some medical concern and Wheaton, well jury is still out on him) so when things doesn’t fall in, we will be forced to start Heyward-bey.

  • kev4heels

    I would go with this in that case:

    1. Benjamin WR
    2. Nix NT
    3. Watkins CB

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Agree; in matter of fact if one of the good QB drops, I want Steelers to trade back for a team that’s QB-deprived. I had Cleveland Browns in mind.

  • Kareem Daniels

    Trade down instead of making any of these picks

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The Hair has gone crazy

  • chris ward

    Hope that at least one of the CB’s Gilbert/Dennard will still be on the board for the Steelers at 15.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Ditto

  • CW

    Freaking crazy stupid is more like it.

    Only if the Steelers are trading back to the late twenties would Beckham make any sort of sense. Kelvin Benjamin would almost have to be there at 15th overall.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The Steelers like picking best of breed meaning they like to get the best guys in the draft at a certain position so picking at 15 we should be able to do that and unless Beckham is considered that(which I doubt) I see us going another route.

  • steeltown

    There are so many players at a number of different positions that I would take before Beckham

  • Game_Time

    Mel Kiper smoking that GOOD !!!

  • Chad H

    I don’t see

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    He does make some strange, very strange mock drafts. Sometimes its like, you get paid to do this really?

  • Kenneth Wilt

    In order to do this, you MUST assume that we were unable to trade back.

    Beckham is 2nd tier along with Matthews, Cooks, Robinson, Lee, etc. To me the #3 is Benjamin, behind Evans and Watkins.

    The 3rd corner IMO is Fuller, behind Gilbert and Dennard.

    The 3rd LT is Lewan behind Robinson and Matthews. While I prefer NOT to draft a LT, I don’t totally rule it out like I once did.

    This doesn’t surprise me at all.

    4 QBs (Bortles, Carr, Bridgewater, Manziel)
    3 OTs (Robinson, Matthews, Lewan)
    2 WRs (Watkins and Evans)
    2 CBs (Gilbert and Dennard)
    3 Defensive Players (Clowney, Barr, Mack)

    That is 14 players….we pick 15.

    Ebron is not on that list, but one of the QBs may drop as well.

  • Brian Tollini

    Interesting picks indeed. Wouldn’t be real happy withthis scenario.

  • 243546

    Agree on Nix. If he was only a 3-4 NT, then I could see him falling. 4-3 teams are going to be interested in Nix too, which is probably a better fit for him any way. This isn’t a great draft class for D lineman. I don’t see Nix making it out of the first round.

  • 243546

    It wouldn’t put them in a tough spot, because it would mean that some of the top players at other positions are still available.

  • ilamarca

    We need to be prepared in the event that the QBs and even OTs begin to slide. The reason people like mocking Gilbert, Dennard, Evans and even Benjamin to us is because teams ahead are selecting the QBs and allowing better players at other positions to be there at 15.
    But with the gap between the upper tier (Bortles, Manziel, Bridgewater) and the second (Carr, Mccarron, Mettenberg) not as large as it has been in recent years, teams may select BPA in the first and come back at the top of the second for QB. This may even be why the Pats are doing thier dillegence.
    If the do slide there is a chance Gilbert, Dennard, Evans, Benjamin and Ebron are gone. If we cant find a trade parter the Steelers will have to draft somebody.
    In that case I think Mosely and the second group of WR become an option. Im not sold on Lewan but he may be the BPA. Everything depends on the QBs taken in the top 5-10 picks.

  • harding36

    Like who?

  • Jollyrob68

    I see San Diego drafting him in the first.

  • 243546

    I actually like Beckham, but I don’t don’t see him being the pick at 15. Colbert isn’t going to reach for a WR or CB in round 1, not in a draft class with so much depth at both positions. The only player I can see the team reaching for is Tuitt, but only because this DL class isn’t spectacular, and Tuitt is one of the few guys who really has the look of a 3-4 DE, with the upside of having experience playing in a 3-4 D. That said, I doubt that the pick will be a reach.

    There was a conversation about Ryan Shazier a couple of days ago. This is the type of scenario where the Steelers draft Shazier at 15.

  • Jollyrob68

    HE doesn’t do trade downs in his mocks.

  • Virdin Barzey

    I’m with you 100%….Beckham at 15? Is he crazy? Nix is gone way before 46th, what is he smoking. Maybe he got it reversed. Nix at 15th and Beckham at 46th. Don’t like that either. I’m guessing, not sure what he’s doing.

  • Jollyrob68

    our 3rd comp pick is basically a 4th rounder but I’m sure we could find someone else.

  • Jollyrob68

    BAsed on who was left in the first round and not doing any trades I would of taken Anthony Barr,Kelvin Benjamin or Kyle Fuller at 15. TAking Nix in The second seems like a no brainer however If I take Barr in rd 1 then I’m taking a Wr in RD2 Moncrief,Adams & Bryant are all on the board.

  • Matt Manzo

    Finally someone mentions Beau Allen. His name hasn’t been called since the combine. I saw him listed as a 5/6th rounder so in hopin it’s him or JEllis.

  • 243546

    Good point. I think that teams are waking up, and realizing that just because they drafted the best QB that year, it doesn’t mean they drafted a good QB. The 2011 draft class may have been a realneye opener, because the teams who reached for a QB in round one, didn’t fix there problems at the position. Mean while, Cincinnati and San Fran drafted BPA in round one, and waited to address QB in round two. Those teams have made it to the post season ever since. Seattle winning it all last year, only makes the argument for reaching for a QB that much weaker. Seattle, San Fran, and Seattle prove the importance of surrounding your QB with a great team, in order to be successful.

    Last years draft was the first time in a while where teams seemed OK with waiting to draft a QB. I think this years QB class is about the same as 2013 at the top, and as you mentioned, the second tier guys look solid. A QB slide may actually benefit the Steelers, because it probably improves their ability to trade down (assuming that is the goal). I don’t think Houston or Cleveland will use their first pick on a QB. Cleveland has the 26th pick, and can grab a QB then. Houston, and any other team that passed on a QB with the first pick would have an incentive to trade back into the first round, and get ahead of the Browns.

  • steeltown

    In that scenario, Lewan, Mosley, Tuitt, Fuller, Shazier, Lee, Beckham and Ealy all come into play, but I wouldn’t be to happy with those picks at 15th overall… though if I had to pick I’d be fine with Lewan or Tuitt

  • 243546

    Shazier

  • Justin Barlow

    Kiper must not even WATCH football!! Im convinced.

    Beckham??? He just doesnt get it. Maybe he is talented but he is clearly not a fit for what we need in this offense.

    Nix in the second actually doesnt bother me if he is able to play in the sub package. Crucial that he gets on the field in sub situations as our greatest weakness right now is a guy that can pair with Heyward in the nickel and provide pocket push.

    Im indifferent to the third rounder as I know nothing about that player, but the positional need is spot on.

  • steeltown

    I fully expect Cleveland to select Watkins 4th overall and then take Derek Carr at 26

  • Michael Pearce

    God, I hope that none of what he says is what we are forced to do. I would be more disappointed than I am now with the FA signings that we did.

  • 2443scott

    my question is how offen has he been right when picking who steelers choose in first rd and 2nd

  • srdan

    I actually agree with your entire post. I disagreed with the LT possibility hard core a month ago, I was probably even more adverse towards Benjamin (citing his age). I have warmed up to both ideas. Unless one of the 4 qbs you listed is available, i think the 15th pick will be hard to trade. Unless Lewan is available and someone really wants him.

  • Matt Manzo

    I like Exum but the 3 comp might be too high? Depends in his recovery.
    I’d rather reach fir Tuitt or Fuller, even Benjamin at 1. But that’s cuz I want a tall receiver, I’m deffinetly brainwashed with that idea.
    It does make some sense if Beckham is as good as some say, but there seems to be too much depth at WR in this draft?
    The players by them selves seem like good fits, but in this draft at those picks with all the other guys to choose from just doesn’t sit right.
    I’d rather see Tuitt, Matthews, and Baptiste or McGill.
    Or Shazier, Desir, and MBryant.
    …and many others.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    How can be disappointed in FA? They replaced Cotchery with a younger version? They replaced Woodley with a more productive linebacker from their own backyard. Mitchell is a huge upgrade over Clark. Moats is an improvement over Carter, Blount is an improvement over Dwyer and DHB is at least fast and has NFL experience for our number five spot. Heck, Cam Thomas is at least a serviceable backup.

  • 243546

    That makes a lot of sense.

  • Matt Manzo

    Is there a way to find out who the most accurate 1st round draftnik is?

  • ilamarca

    I agree teams may be willing but there is a big gap between 15 and 26 and teams may be inclined to wait until the 20s to move back up. No teams 16-19 need a QB, then come the Cards. I could see the Phins at 18 trading out but 15 is still high to find a trade partner.
    Even if the Texans wanted to, what would be a fair reward? The 33rd plus their 3rd, 4th and 5th? Im not sure but moving up 18 spots back into the first round will take a lot. We dont want a future first because the draft this year is so deep. I guess the picks mentioned could be enough and still leave us with one of the players Steeltown mentioned below.

  • James Kling

    1. Reach; 2. Won’t be there; 3. Reach.
    IMO, the Steelers may be locking in on a WR in R2 the way they obviously locked in on Bell last year. They’ll go CB and DL R1 and 3.

  • Xclewsive

    The Steelers don’t need Antonio Brown 2.0! If the Steelers weren’t so bad in the redzone this would be a great pick. But the offense lacks a playmaker around in the redzone and I’d rather trade back or draft Benjamin if Ebron, Gilbert, Dennard and Evans all were gone. I’d probably even really consider taking Kyle Fuller @ 15.

    Nix dropping to the second isn’t all that odd to me. He’s a 2 down player, that has a average motor and coming off of a injury.

    Exum is intriguing because he has the talent to play CB. I’d be excited with him in the 3-4 round.

  • Caesar

    I think Bob McGinn (?), the guy from Milwaukee is regarded as one of the more accurate ones. It used to be the guy from the Dallas Morning News, Rick Gosselin, but he quit doing mocks a couple years ago.

  • Caesar

    Man, the Mel Kiper hate. Of course he isn’t accurate in a three round mock. It’s a thought exercise to think about what prospects are going to go around when. No need to get offended, just have fun with it. He’s tied in with front office people and scouts, so he reflects trends he hears. Just look at the people around where the Steelers pick and it gives a sense of what realistic options might be.

  • srdan

    True, but sometimes happiness on draft day means nothing. I was ecstatic after Mendenhall, Sweed…..

    I remember every announcer that year saying that the rich got richer and we got A+ on every website. It sure was fun reading that stuff.

  • Brian Tollini

    Ya never know, right?

  • Matt Manzo

    Me too! I remember thinking Sweed was gonna be better than Buress! But those were my novice years! Was that the BDavis draft too, I was excited about him at LB!

  • srdan

    True, tha tis what makes it so fun. We are all so wrong on teh draft its hilarious. Including the FO, coaches, analyzers, fans…everyone.

  • srdan

    I’ll never forget being upset when Lendell white was sliding down teh draft board. I was still in the Bettis aftershock wanting another bruiser, and I was sure that our FO felt teh same about white. Every pick that came up i was sure that we were trading up. I didn’t forgive Colbert the rest of the offseason. lol. Boy was he right!

  • 243546

    Exactly. Antonio Brown 2.0 would be almost as bad as drafting Lawrence Timmons 2.0, Cameron Heyward 2.0, Heath Miller 2.0, David DeCastro 2.0, or Troy Polamalu 2.0.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I was going to post my thoughts on Kiper’s mock, but you pretty much nailed it. Beckham is only a minor reach though. He’s a late 1st rounder at best IMO. Nix at #46 isn’t even a possibility. He’s late 1st.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    These are the 2 I would like to get! Man, would that be nice. I couldn’t script it any better. Trade down, still get a good CB, and then get lucky with Matthews in the 2nd. A lot of things would have to line up in order for that to happen, but we can always hope.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Maybe he listens to Colbert’s interviews where Colbert recently said it’s not crucial for WRs to be tall. I heard that too and thought it wasn’t a good omen for getting Mike Evans in the 1st round.

  • Toddy Bravo

    If all of those players are off the board (which is highly unlikely), I think there are numerous players we’d take ahead of Beckham in the 1st, CJ Mosely and Marqise Lee being a couple that come to mind.

  • srdan

    But to be honest, it is one of my favorite topics to discuss

    I wish I watched more college ball to know better. I tend to be one of those guys that reads up on the probably 1st and second round picks, and then form a half assed opinion.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Nos. 2 and 3 would be steals, especially Nix at #46.

  • RASTA

    Man this is going to be a great training camp!!! I mean we know if the draft falls in this Kipnario, then our love affair with Benjamin would make him our obvious 1st Round selection, and Nix is a gimme if he lasts to our 2nd pick, which could then lead to the set-up of the possible rare back-to-back CB picks, then the Porter LB, the hybrid RB/QB/WR (could be our scat and option hb and our wr5 at the same time and free up extra bodies for Munch or Lake), one or maybe two new bodies that our new OL coach wants, and washing it all down with a young punter and NT/DE. Then re-sign Harrison and Keisel for even more competition and there’s not much room for undrafted guys to muck up the daily drills…finally, quality competition for every spot.
    Finally a Steelers Camp where fast, hungry vets solely intent on digging themselves out of the “he’s been out of the league now for x* years” club on one year prove it-or-lose it deals battling all actual 2014 draft picks for those coveted 53 Steelers roster spots. Imagine just for a second that you are a top 5 Round draft pick CB and your first day in camp you are out wide with your newly drafted compatriot and you get to decide who runs with AB or who runs with HB!! Quite the fast-tracked learning experience on what NFL-caliber game speed and talent really means. I see the Steelers as having created that kind of profound primal competiveness with their FA work this off season and with the added sideline mental bonuses of having Adrian Peterson’s former position coach, and one of the most decorated OL coaches in the game right now who seems to know clock management (yes that was an underhanded plug that Mr Rooney should kindly offer Coach Tomlin to take a little something off his plate and let Munch do it…it definitely couldn’t hurt ;) and it would be the cherry on top of the changing coaches carousal this year!)
    Anyways, I wish for the Spence that should be feared in this league to be back; a spectacular already seemingly seasoned draft class in response to actually having to fight and claw to snatch jobs away from our newly signed wiley, hardened, and NFL game-speed capable vets; a greatly improved 2013 draft class in response to actually getting a ton of game experience last season; and for Ben to only get sacked at a rate like he did in the 2nd half of the year all the way through to the Super Bowl. Peace and Go Steelers!

  • joed32

    Sounds like me. Too busy on Saturdays but watch every NFL game possible.

  • Matt Manzo

    I forgot about LWhite! I was on that bandwagon too! Then he goes and stomps on the Terrible Towel too!
    I still think he coulda been a good RB for us! But I didn’t like his professional attitude.

  • Matt Manzo

    Word!

  • Babybull

    Cooks and lee are rated above OB why not take one of them don’t understand Kiper.

  • Doug Sawyer

    it’s hilarious that this snake oil salesman has people paying him money for his so called insiders opinion…what a clown

  • CW

    Absolutely agree.

  • Madi

    The thing that caught my attention: Depth need at safety?

    Mitchell and Thomas are future starters (and one current backup). Will Allen is a flexible backup. And who’s that other guy still around? Any safety we get won’t play for years, or maybe ever if Shamarko and Mitchell both pan out. I don’t see a need for one at all (maybe a total steal after the 5th?), let alone the second round.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I’ve been saying this or even Mack or OT 1st and see what happens later for the Browns. Yet everybody seems certain that they will make the same stupid mistake over and over again.

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    I don’t know why Kiper has the reputation as a draft expert still after missing on so many picks in previous drafts. His mocks are terrible! I’d rather listen to Todd McShay or Mike Mayock.

  • Xclewsive

    It’s not necessarily a bad thing to draft a similar player. But when that player doesn’t potentially fix the existing problem it becomes redundant. Having 3 players on offense with similar skill sets is great in between the 20′s, but not as effective when it comes to scoring TDs in the redzone.

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    If the top two WR and CB’s are off the board by 15. I think ya GOTTA trade down and go for the best DE available, Benjamin or Mosely..

  • http://batman-news.com MC

    Dont forget Robert Golden. Kiper might do his research on these players but he doesn’t know much about teams needs.

  • steelster

    I’m really starting to like Beckham, watch his highlights. This guy has great hands and nice speed. He is also very good at returning punts and kicks. He would be a good fit in the offense because he can get open quickly on the short routes.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Is mathews better than m.bryant

  • Doug Sawyer

    The Steelers are ranked 16th in the NFL in redzone scoring.The addition of Blount helps that…A power run game finally! but that also means a little less need for a pass catching TE in the draft, but rather a run blocking TE…So in my opinion that rules Ebron out.

    Also seeing the prior statements by Colbert about draft depth never seen before at CB.I see no need for the Steelers to grab one of the “media” top two Dennard or Gilbert just because…they can and will take a couple in the top half of the draft they will groom into Steelers CB’s…they always do that…and more so under LeBeau’s system…think how many years top rated D, with no top CB pick.So it works.

    So,a top CB does not make or break this team but a few bodies with speed and size that play rolls will help dramatically.Which brings me full circle with that glaring redzone issue…what don’t the Steelers have that most NFL teams are now utilizing in the redzone?….yep, a big target who takes back shoulder passes and who can out body a DB…..I think the Jets assessment of the player Pittsburgh will draft #1 is dead on…you can’t coach 6’5 240…they’re right

    Benjamin will be a TD monster in the NFL and we have no room to trade back and still get him,as the Ravens and Jets behind Pittsburgh will draft him if we don’t.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Cj mosley also missing

  • steelster

    To me this argument doesn’t make any sense. I would clone hines ward, bettis, Harrison and many other steelers in a hearbeat. I would love another Antonio Brown 2.0, another pro bowl receiver to go along with brown, yeah what a terrible idea.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Who is the better wo moncrief or bryant

  • tim

    Nix is NOT 3-4 NT…

  • tim

    FIRST damn person I heard say Nix is NOT a 3-4 NT…Thank YOU! LMAO

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Today? Hell yes! Bryant could be.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You just never know who they deem to be a special player in their eyes. Last year it was JJ and they obviously wanted a workhorse 3 down back. This year you could make a case for Benjamin, but perhaps even Tuitt, or Gilbert or Ebron for the red zone. We can’t be 100% sure, so we keep speculating.

    I know 1 thing I would absolutely do for sure if I were the Steelers: I would bring Benjamin in for a long meeting, work him out, take him to dinner, show him the town, whatever. Why? Because if some team happens to fall in love with him, they may overpay by alot in a trade. And that would be perfect. Trade down and get extra picks. Could you imagine some team going nuts over him. Hell, I’d be happy if they traded way, down, even out of the 1st round if they could get 4-5 picks by their 3rd comp. Actually I’d be ecstatic because I think there’s tons of guys that could work out great down there.

  • steelster

    You also can’t teach speed, I really question if Benjamin is a complete player. It would also be nice to have a receiver that can get you to the red zone. Yes, Benjamin could be good in the red zone but don’t you want more than that.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Ike Taylor spoke clearly on the matter and said he would be a game changer…Ike is working out with him in Orlando…Do you honestly think Ike would say that about a slow bad hands receiver? …First year he can be a move the chains possession guy with the ability to act (in the minimal) as a decoy you can’t ignore..while giving immediate redzone production.That,right there, is more than a top CB or DT would give us in the first year alone

  • pat

    I think you nailed it and I think thats are way of trading down. Lewan he is the guy if sitting at 15 a team will trade us for. I think if this happens we get a 3rd and 5th have to believe we would use that 5th to move up in either the 2nd or 3rd round. Im hoping we get Matthews I believe he is the 2nd best wr in the draft this yr. 1 Shazier 2 Matthews id be happy

  • pat

    We could even use that 3rd and 5th to get an extra 2nd Shazier Matthews and Babtiste

  • shawn

    is and will always be … not even close !

  • steelster

    Well I’m starting to feel better about Benjamin after I looked up anquan boldin’s combine. I thought Benjamin was the same speed as boldin but he is a second faster in the forty and we all know boldin has had a very successful nfl career. I also looked at brandin coleman from Rutgers and read an interesting article about him being compared to Benjamin. Just google coleman and you will find it.

  • Phil Heidenreich

    Can’t trade the 3rd. It’s compensatory.

  • 243546

    Having another WR with AB’s skill set and ability would fix the problem. Players who run great routes, with great hands, and excellent short area quickness, have the ability to get open anywhere on the field.

  • Josh Knepshield

    He didn’t say that…LOL

  • Josh Knepshield

    Yes he is…

  • tricitysteel

    Finally, someone mentioned CJ Mosely, He makes a lot more sense than Odell Beckham if all those other players are gone.

  • Joe La

    Why get OB? People are saying he’s an exciting pass catcher with lots of YAC potential, only issue is we already have 2 guys just like that in Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, we need a big receiver, not another small rapid guy. If Lewan, Dennard, Gilbert, Evans Watkins and Ebron are off the board then there are a few guys we could reach (just a little) for if we cant find a trade partner, who would be great additions, Kelvin Benjamin (who i dont see as too much of a reach), Dee Ford, Ra’Shede Hageman, CJ Mosley, Stephon Tuitt all would most likely be available if that happened.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Steelers just might not feel like they are reaching if a player is able to contribute right away. Many good prospects in the draft, yes but how many are pro-ready? Very few.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Or in other teams’ case; quarterbacks. More “so-called draft experts” are projecting one of four quarterbacks to fall. Some says Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and/or even Johnny Manziel. If that’s the scenario I sure hope as hell we trade down to a team that’s QB-deprived!

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Pal, I’m high on Shazier as you are but without a true run-stuffing nose tackle he’s much revelant as Vince Williams are. He reminded me a lot of James Farrior who made his career with strong front D-line. I sure hope they have a plan!

  • steeltown

    Yea I would take Lee for sure, hell I might even take Davante Adams over Odell

  • Jesse Klinger

    What if Aaron Donald is available at 15? He has the make up of a Steelers d end. I’ve always liked him……just never thought the Steelers would have to take him in the 1st of they wanted a crack at him.

  • 243546

    Unless there’s a diamond in the rough, I don’t see a NT in this draft who is better than what is already on the roster. Besides, who is playing NT is irrelevant in sub packages.

  • Jesse Klinger

    I don’t like going 1st round for a WR……the Steelers have done a great job finding talent in the late rounds and all the “experts” are clamoring over what a deep class this is. I think it’s a toss up between Gilbert or Dennard. If they’re long gone (good chance they will be) If Aaron Donals is gone I think it’s time to consider stock piling picks and moving back if that’s a possibility.

  • 243546

    How often do the Steelers put pro ready ahead of ceiling? Also, what’s your definition of contribute? Since Tomlin has been the head coach, the only first round pick who hasn’t contributed, was Lawrence Timmons, and that was the result of a groin injury that kept him out during the preseason.

    The draft isn’t about 1 year. It’s about finding the player who can make the biggest impact over the next 4 to 5 years.

  • 243546

    I haven’t seen anything that suggests that the Steelers have any interest in Mosley. They didn’t even send anyone to Alabama’s pro day. Probably scared off by his injury history.

  • 243546

    Benjamin’s issue isn’t speed, its his acceleration. There’s plenty of film showing Benjamin outrunning a DB. He’s got top end speed, it just takes to long to get up there because he’s so damn big. Acceleration is something that can be developed, because it’s all about explosiveness in the lower body. Benjamin’s vertical jump wasn’t all that great, which suggests that he has room to develop more lower body explosion. Or, he could just drop 10 to 15 lbs. It worked for Alshon Jeffrey.

    The nice thing about being a 245 WR, is that you can drop 15 lbs, and still be a physically imposing player.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    And getting playing time. Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward both didn’t really start or had enough playing time in their rookie seasons too. Steelers have been going with pro-ready O-linemen in Tomlin’s tenure, argumentative they were better players anyway. I’m not hinting to put pro-ready over ceiling but players like Benjamin got me written him off unless he’s truly a BPA. He’s going to be 24 this year and may not be ready to contribute until next year or maybe 2 in a worst scenario (actually it’d be him not contributing at all but you get my point).

    This year you have receivers in 1st round who are ready because of their abilities and they still have plenty of ceiling remaining. That, is why I see us grabbing one in 1st, even though I project us to trade down in a “QB falls down to our pick” scenario and grab Austin Seferian-Jenkins with first round pick, grab Brandon Coleman in 3rd.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Agree, at least not a full-time nose tackle. I really like Ryan Carrethers for our goal line packages and against strong running teams.

  • j m

    Whatever happened to CJ Mosely? Is he dropping that badly?

  • tim

    No hes not…hes DT and wont look too good at NT trying yo take double teams….or at LEAST he wasn’t in college….he got eaten up all the time like it was a surprise to him that another ol would block hom too…

  • steelerfreak1976

    Forget his combine numbers, go back and watch his game tapes. The majority of his games he was overshadowed by Greene and Shaw, while consistently dropping catchable balls. Benjamin has Limas Sweed written all over him.

  • bobby

    get mike Evans pleaseeeeeee

  • pat

    I know this I was talking about a 3rd we would pick up by trading back in round 1

  • WIINGY

    IMO the only receiver they take in round 1 is Evans.

  • Xclewsive

    Yes they can get open and Sanders/Cotchery 16 TDs prove that, but I counter that with Shaun Suisham’s 24 FG attempts from 39 yds and under. Which ironically is only 2nd in the league behind Novaks 26 FGs.

    The Steelers have been terrible in the redzone since Bettis retired. Now we all know that scoring is more then just a “Big bodied” WR/TE, but having one takes a safety out of the box. Which in turns can open up holes in the running came and free up other players to score.

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