Prisco Leaves Dennard Out Of First Round Of Latest Mock Draft

By Josh Svetz

CBS Sports Senior Writer Pete Prisco isn’t afraid to go against the grain with his predictions.

From calling Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu the most overrated player in the NFL in 2011, to stating the Indianapolis Colts would go 1-15 in 2012 (they went 11-5), Prisco is known to make bold predictions that challenge the norm.

In Prisco’s latest mock draft, he continues this trend by leaving Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard completely out of the first round.

Some might be thinking the reason he did this is because he only has one or two cornerbacks being selected in the first round. Well, you would be wrong if you did as Prisco has five cornerbacks being taken before Dennard. This may come as a shock to most, as Dennard not long ago was considered one of the three best cornerbacks in this year’s draft class.

In Prisco’s mock, he has the Detroit Lions taking the first cornerback in Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert. The second cornerback off the board actually goes to the Steelers, as Prisco has Ohio State’s Bradley Roby being taken as the 15th overall pick.

After this, the Steelers division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns both take cornerbacks according to Prisco with Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller going to the Bengals with the 24th overall pick and TCU’s Jason Verrett going to the Browns with the 26th overall pick.

The final cornerback Prisco has being selected in round one may surprise you as he has the San Francisco 49ers taking Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste with the 30th overall pick. Jean-Baptiste has gotten the least amount of pre draft buzz of the cornerbacks listed above.

In fact,’s Mike Mayock does not have Jean-Baptiste in his top five cornerbacks and actually has Dennard listed as the top cornerback in this year’s draft. Likewise,’s latest prospect position rankings have Jean-Baptiste outside of their top ten cornerbacks in the draft which goes to a third-round projection.

While this is only one mock draft, seeing Prisco exclude Dennard from the first round was surprising and I believe the Michigan State product will be taken before Jean-Baptiste at the very least. As for Roby being a Steeler, it is possible as he visited with Pittsburgh last week and his draft stock is apparently rising.

With a more weeks to go until the draft, fans and experts can only speculate as to who will be taken. In terms of if Prisco’s mock is valid, sure it is, but just remember, this is coming from the same guy who said former Steeler linebacker Stevenson Sylvester could be a “starter” for a team when he hit free agency.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Before anyone says, “Dennard WILL NOT fall out of the first round.” Remember…

    We all said the same thing about DeCastro falling to 1.24 (including myself).

  • Madi

    True, but DeCastro is a guard and fell for that reason alone. Dennard falling out of the first round and going after all those other guys (Jean-Baptiste??) would mean that something went horribly wrong for Dennard specifically, and so whatever it is must be secret. Plenty of teams could use a shutdown press CB, and he’s the best. He even ran fast at the combine, which was his big question mark.

  • Paddy

    Consider the source, Prisco

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    1) That makes no sense. You’re saying DeCastro fell only because he was a guard? Then why did Jonathan Cooper get selected at 1.7 last year? He was a guard too. DeCastro tested and graded out elite-ly. Some called him the best guard in ten years. He fell because teams needed/wanted different players more than him.

    2) Dennard’s flaws are not secret. He is short. He grabs too much. His hips are a little stiff. He does not have elite speed. (4.51 forty is not fast for a CB).

    3) I’m not saying Dennard WILL fall out of the 1st round. I think he should get drafted in the 12-22 range. I’m just saying it’s not impossible.

  • joed32

    He won’t fall out of the top 15.

  • James Kling


    It’s the silly season.

  • Nolrog

    I think I’ve officially been “mocked” to death. The draft can’t start soon enough.Some guys just like to make a mockery out of these predictions. OK, I’m about done now.

  • MDPensFan

    The fact that Prisco makes a living talking about football amazes me.
    The NFL needs to move the draft back to April. The earlier the better.

  • steeltown


  • The fact that this joker mocked him out of the first rd completely makes me feel much more comfortable taking him at 15 if he’s still there lol.

  • srdan

    He just needs attention.

  • Stevenson Sylvester-Starter after that lol

  • dgh57

    This is just another reason why I don’t listen to these so called draftniks!

  • Rubem Dornas

    Have you seen Dane Brugler’s recent mock draft?

    Justin Gilbert and Kelvin Benjamin on the first two rounds. That would be great!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not a fan of Roby..hope Prisco is wrong

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I agree 4.5 is not fast for a corner. The lack is speed should drop Denard below 15. I certainly would not use the 15th pick on player lacking both speed and height.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Hey, lets forget about Prisco’s mock and really consider if Denard has the speed to run with A.J Green and company. I don’t think so.

  • Madi

    DeCastro fell because people felt they needed other positions more than they needed a guard. I doubt even the Browns are stupid enough to honestly believe that a 40 year old Brandon Wheedon would be a better player than DeCastro, but they weren’t about to spend a first round pick on a guard when they had no quarterback, were they? You could say the same for other teams that should have taken him. Interior linemen aren’t as highly valued, and that’s that. CBs are much closer to the top of everyone’s list. My point is that no one falls from the 15 range to the 2nd round BECAUSE he’s a CB. That’d be like falling because you’re a QB or OT. Players at those positions fall because there are questions about their play, not because of lack of need for the position. The guy has Dennard going after what, 5 other CBs? This is not a decent comparison to DeCastro falling is all I’m saying.
    Dennard ran faster than expected. 4.5 is fast ENOUGH for a corner, and his time eased concerns about his speed, which was by far the biggest concern about him. I also don’t consider 5’11” short for a CB. More like average. The Steelers are all about zone so they might pass, but most teams would love a shutdown man type.