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Todd McShay Has CB Darqueze Dennard, TE Jace Amaro Going To Steelers In Latest Mock Draft


ESPN.com draftnik Todd McShay released an updated mock of the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday and he now has a cornerback going to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 15th overall selection.

This time around, McShay has the Steelers taking Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard in the first round after previously sending Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Pittsburgh in his last mock draft.

McShay writes:

The Steelers’ No. 1 need is cornerback, and while Dennard isn’t as fast as Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert or Ohio State’s Bradley Roby – and doesn’t have Gilbert’s ball skills — he is the best pure man-to-man cover corner in this draft. He’s much more physical than Gilbert, which makes him a better fit in Pittsburgh’s defense than those other two. Wide receiver and 3-4 defensive end are the Steelers’ next-biggest needs, but there aren’t great values at either position in this scenario.

While several of the major media draftniks have Dennard falling down their boards in recent mock drafts, McShay has him ascending. In fact, in his last mock draft, McShay had Dennard ranked behind Justin Gilbert and going to the Arizona Cardinals at 20th overall.

In case you are curious, McShay now has Gilbert going to the San Diego Chargers at 25th overall in his latest mock draft after previously sending him to the Minnesota Vikings with the 8th overall selection.

As far as McShay’s second round pick for the Steelers goes, he has Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro going to Pittsburgh with the 46th overall selection.

McShay writes:

The Steelers have bigger needs, but Amaro has a higher grade than the prospects at other need areas, and as much as I love Heath Miller, they need to get younger at tight end.

Well, if Amaro is going to succeed Heath Miller in Pittsburgh, he better start learning how to block. The Texas Tech product certainly doesn’t fit what the Steelers look for in a tight end as he is more of a slot receiver than anything else.

This mock should crate some pretty good discussion ,so get after it in the comments.

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  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    1st pick good, second not so sure. While they do need to begin grooming Heath’s replacement someone who can’t block is not it.

  • steeltown

    If he cant bloke, don’t want him. He’s basically an oversized slow WR

  • srdan

    I like dennard. But his reasoning for the steelers drafting him doesn’t make a lot of sense. Because he is physical corner does not make him a great fit for the system. DD is primariyly a press man corner, which we do little of. If in his explanation he mentioned that maybe the steelers were looking to add to their defensive playbook as we transition to Butler, then I would buy his reasoning.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Why would drafting the best pure man to man cover corner be the differentiator for a team that plays mostly zone and desperately needs ball skills?

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I am fine with Dennard in 1. Amaro I am not a fan of on any level. Some team will get him and love what he brings as a receiver only, but the kid cannot block. That will not fly here. There are better fits for us at TE. I can’t see the whole MOCK, but I would guess there is some receiver who would be a better fit for us.

  • srdan

    Does anyone have access to his mock? Where did ebron go?

  • SteelersDepot

    9th to the Bills

  • Toddy Bravo

    Yea, I think he was talking about Dennard’s physicality being the fit for Pittsburgh, not necessarily his man or zone abilities. Either way, I still like Gilbert better. He’s a playmaker. In the end, I’d be fine with either one though. Evans, Gilbert, Dennard, Mosely (in that order) would be my pick at #15.

  • Ike Evans

    Which is a strong possibility….in new York they’re saying Enron won’t get past the giants if the bills don’t take him

  • steeltown

    Agreed, BUF or NYG

  • http://batman-news.com steellife007

    Like Jordan Matthews, Jarvis Landry, Allen Robinson, Paul Richardson, Martavis Bryant….bc they were all there according to his mock.

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Not to be too cynical, but basically no one really knows anything and might as well be throwing darts at a moving board from 50 feet away.

    Is Dennard a possibility for the Steelers. Yes, along with 5-8 other guys. Don’t get me wrong, there is some benefit in having these national draftniks identify trends and ideally use some inside information for their projections, and of course it’s good to stir up conversation among fans, but that’s about it.

    Anyway, you all know the problems with these mocks. As for Dennard, personally, I’d be fine with the pick, as he seems to be the right guy to replace Ike in 2015, but if the Steelers think they can nab a couple of high-upside CBs later in the draft, just as they might be able to nab a couple of high-upside WRs later on, we may be wrong in thinking they’ll go either CB or WR in the first round.

  • RMSteeler

    I just don’t see the Steelers taking a CB in the 1st. I think there’s going to be some wild stuff going on in the 1st round, and if the Steeler’s top rated OF impact player or top LB is there, I think they’ll go that route. The team has never valued CB’s that highly before and as deep as that position is, I don’t think they’ll go there unless forced to by trade up’s and they can’t trade down and CB is BPA. Of course, I’m apt to be as wrong as most of the “expert” mockers. First two rounds will be very entertaining.

  • Ike Evans

    Ebron CANT block….jace CAN block but wasn’t asked to block a lot in college…on tape when he did block he did very well but here’s the caviat…. He wasn’t blocking a lot of big guys so his ability remains to be seen but his WILLINGNESS to block when asked is there…he’s very aggressive and kinda nasty….ebron isn’t even a wiling blocker and he had plenty of snaps doing it in college…he’s much stronger then he shows in those situations and he’s just not very good at it…,I only use Ebron as a contrast to a guy suppose to be the first TE taken

  • steeltown

    If they took Amaro in the 2nd with Jordan Matthews still on the board I would flip!

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    And as for Amaro, please, no. He’d be fine as a slot TE playing alongside Heath, which is to say, he’d be fine in a 2-TE system where he can play a WR masquerading as a TE, but he’s no Heath. Surely there will be a solid WR in the second round if we don’t take one in the first.

  • Ike Evans

    I would too

  • Weiss Chad

    I like first pick but not sold on amaro not only w previous off field problems but as stated blocking

  • JohnB

    I feel the same way about Ebron with his “blocking”

  • harding36

    Agreed. I’d also add that Gilbert has been overrated in these mocks due to his combine performance. Somehow, after the combine, everyone just decided that Gilbert was the top CB, which I think is wrong. So, I don’t want Gilbert at 1.15. I’d be okay with Dennard. But I wouldn’t love it, since I believe that there will be better players available. I’d rather take Benjamin or Shazier in the 1st, then look at Roberson or Breeland in the 2nd.

  • Johnny Loose

    Might just be me, but these draftniks have the lamest picks for Pittsburgh. Other teams get flashy picks, or someone awesome falls to them, and we always get stuck w/ a guy that doesn’t really fit our scheme, at all.. It may just be wishful thinking that all the other 31 NFL teams are going to do what they can in the draft to make sure we don’t get a guy we really want/need.

  • Brian Tollini

    If we go TE I really hope it is Niklas from Notre Dame. If we could get him in the 3rd I think he would be an excellent choice. Best blocking TE in the draft, great size, and looks to be a decent receiver too.

  • dkoy85

    Dave, or anybody, what’s the scoop on Cody Latimer? Read he had a very impressive pro day with a sub 4.4 and a 39″ vertical. I’m looking for red zone production and drops%?? at 6″3 and 215lb those are some impressive numbers.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I prefer Gilbert as well, but I would be good with either one.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I would be okay with Dennard, but I still like Gilbert better, even though he probably won’t be there at 15. I’m not overly impressed with the Amaro. My draft would be as follows (I’m sure it will change next week like everyone else’s)
    1 – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    2 – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
    3 – Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
    4 – Josh Mauro, DL, Stanford
    5 – Khairi Fortt, LB, California
    5 – Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
    6 – Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State
    6 – Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
    7 – Wesley Johnson, OL, Vanderbilt

  • Travis Brockie

    Steelers seem to have their guy fall to them in alot of recent drafts. most recently Jarvis Jones and DeCastro

  • Jollyrob68

    I’m hoping Cleveland doesn’t take a QB with their first pick and wants to trade up to 15 from 26 giving The Steelers Two 3rd rd picks.(Cleveland’s & Pittsburgh’s original)

  • Jon Crissinger

    I don’t know how well his technique is, but he put up more reps with longer arms than both Ebron and ASJ. He also came into the combine weighing more than both of them and running a 4.7. The only TE with more reps was Joe Don Duncan

  • steeltown

    I think we could get better value in the 5th Rd with someone like Duncan or Lynch, there’s too much Defensive and WR talent in the first 3Rds to reach for TE

  • Jon Crissinger

    Fair enough. I also would rather have another player at that spot, someone like Jordan Matthews or maybe someone like Marqise Lee/Stephen Tuitt drops. I could see Lee dropping much like Robert Woods and Keenan Allen did last year.

  • Ben Saluri

    C.J. Fiedorowicz in the 4th would be an excellent option. Very good receving and blocking TE out of Iowa. In the 2nd Robinson or Moncrief would be great value at WR.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I think Fiedorowicz is very underrated. He isn’t Heath Miller in the passing game, though. He’s a little bit bigger than Heath and a great blocker.

  • http://batman-news.com steellife007

    I Agree…I could say the same about a few of those WR’s. Heck, I would take ASJ at TE before Amaro…if they were gonna take a TE. He was still there in his mock.

  • TheBlitz

    Last year it was easy to fall in love with Jarvis Jones. In fact with the slow 40 time and health issues he became the most coveted prospect among the fan base because he was a stud in college, fit the team scheme-wise, and met a need with the void left by James Harrison.

    This year is very different. There isn’t a lot of guys I’m really high on. And those that I hope will be there @ 1:15 will be gone according to most mock drafts.

    There is 2 guys I’m really high on: Evans and Lewan. Evans will be long gone(Tampa ?) and Lewan (Giants ?) will probably be gone a pick or two ahead of us.

    The next 2 are CJ Mosley and Ebron but neither really fill a need. But I won’t mind given their pedigree and what they might bring to this team.

  • Weiss Chad

    Brandon cooks may just end up being best wr in draft

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Good point about not taking a CB early. Maybe the Steelers change course this year, but recent history suggests otherwise. Unless they think Dennard or Gilbert is just too good to pass up (which seems unlikely).

    And, yes, very entertaining indeed. Maybe it’s because the draft is so deep, but I can’t remember a draft I’ve been quite this excited about, in the sense of anticipating what not just the Steelers but many others are going to do.

  • dgh57

    The whole point of drafting Dennard would be to enable us to play more
    press coverages and add more physicality to our defense. I look at it
    this way as we need to stop the short passing game just as much if not
    more now days than the run game because teams are emphasizing the
    passing game more. When it’s 3td and short it would be nice to have a CB
    back there like a Dennard!

    The only TE I want is a replacement for Paulson!

  • harding36

    He could be. I’d rather have Cooks than Beckham for sure.

  • Sack Master

    I don’t disagree. He would fit nicely in Philly in place of D. Jackson.

  • Jay Jaber

    I really think mike evans will drop to us at 15 and in the 2nd round I would take DL then cb in the 3rd

  • Toddy Bravo

    Great mock, especially 1,2 and 4. I’ve been all over Mauro in the 4th for a while. With the 3rd (comp) pick, I’d like to see a RB. Seastrunk is a good option, but I really like Charles Sims out of WVU (1,095 rush yards, 45 receptions).

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I can’t disagree that they do need another running back. Grice is maybe the best receiver out of all the running backs, and I think that is where he would fit in. I like both of the RB’s that you mentioned, though.

  • Moneypenny76

    I’m not familiar with Amaro, so don’t have much of an opinion on him specifically. However I wouldn’t say that because a TE isn’t a good blocker they don’t fit in Pittsburgh. Nothing remains constant. We could very well be looking to use more two TE sets in the future, in which case somebody like Amaro could be perfect. Also, part of the reason Heath has to block SO OFTEN is because our line SUCKED for many years. I am optimistic that the line is getting better, so it is at least conceivable that we will let our TE or TEs…whoever they are – actually CATCH the ball once in a while. I really think the priority on offense is to get Ben weapons…not blockers. Personally, whether a WR or a TE, I think our first round pick needs to be a TALL pass catcher. The lack of height is part of the reason we suck in the red zone, and height also makes it easier to connect of the deep balls. Height and good hands should be our primary criteria…not blocking ability. Blocking ability is icing on the cake.

  • MailboxKid

    Just saw his mock. He has Roby going 1 ahead of Gilbert in the 20s and Tuitt and Shazier falling to the second round, less than 5 picks away from the Steelers pick. If we could get either of those in the 2nd I would be overjoyed. Definitely move up to get a player like that. I don’t mind Dennard in the first, although I like Gilbert better, I would understand taking Dennard over him.

  • Callentown

    I’ve read that he’s an average blocker but could absolutely get better with some NFL time.

  • Callentown

    HAve the Steelers brought Amaro in for a visit? Or had dinner with him?

  • Toddy Bravo

    I have not looked into Grice that thoroughly and didn’t know about his receiving skills, but I will now. I was probably turned off by the fact that he’s still showing as injured. No combine or pro day numbers that I can find.

  • MailboxKid

    I like Matthews a lot. I think he is heavily underrated. I watched a few games of his and he seems to be able to use his body well as well as having pretty good hands. I don’t see him much as a jump ball catcher although he has elite size. If he is able to high point the ball like Benjamin, he is my favorite WR.

  • Big White

    Amaro had 1,300 yards receiving last year and averaged over a hundred yards a game. Granted Texas Tech throws it 70 times a game, but those stats don’t lie. This guy can ball and it is amazing that Ebron is everyone’s no. 1 Tight End purely because he can run. Ebron only had 3 TD last season and UNC isn’t exactly 3 yards and a cloud of dust.

  • Steelers12328882

    Todd McShay is a goof.

  • RW

    Please not Amaro. Please.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I wouldn’t want to have to write that last name every day, but that kid is a Steeler if I ever saw one. Although, I was talking just today about how I’d like to see Josh Mauro in the 4th. Big, mean mofo from Stanford to take over that open DE spot.

  • gene mann

    I wonder if they are going to draft a TE that early

  • mlc43

    I would actually be interested in this draft. I hear everyone complaining that Amaro can’t block and that Dennard doesn’t fit our scheme. First Amaro, the kid is a HUGE redzone target and would create mismatches all over the place. He’s big enough and strong enough to improve in the blocking game, which he’s never HAD to do. He’ll do well enough. You don’t hear a lot of Pats fans complaining that Gronk can’t block very well, you know, when he’s playing in those 5 games a season:) Amaro is just a titch slower than Ebron and has much better hands and can actually catch the ball over his shoulder and go up and get it…one of the knocks on Ebron.
    Now Dennard. I like him, though I’m more of a Gilbert fan. His not fitting our system is a bit overhyped. You draft a player with talent like that you adjust the system to fit him a little more. I’m worried about his speed and his propensity to for PI, though.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Thats how i felt with last yrs draft

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Well said i don’t know much about amaro but i imagine if hes drafted by any team ebron too for that matter won’t be drafted to block

  • disqus_BPQUPRrGve

    If Bortles falls do we take him?

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Right now i don’t care who we draft as long as they fill a position of need and can be a playmaker/game changer

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Who is better fuller/verett

  • Matt Manzo

    Good question!!! That could keep us busy til the draft!

  • Weiss Chad

    I don’t have value chart in front of me but that’s like 550 points.Wouldnt that warrant a second round pick?

  • Weiss Chad

    I’m all over the place w we right now .Im so trying to figure out besides his size what the big deal on Benjamin is.i don’t get it.i see a day two pick in him.

  • WIINGY

    I like Amaro in the 2nd more than Ebron in the 1st. Just because the kid has never been asked to play in line doesn’t mean he can’t block. That can be taught, in the meantime he could play the joker role while we still have Heath. Would not hate the pick. The guy is big and looks to have some good YAC skills.

  • steeltown

    Agreed

  • steeltown

    If Tuitt is there they better run to the podium.. I also like Lee and Matthews

  • SteelPirate

    While the Steelers don’t draft CB high, the sad truth is that all these mid round CBs with “upside” aren’t working. Looking forward to 2015, the Steelers will have 1-2 starting corners when they need 4. This a bad state considering how many picks have been spent on CB and how many free agents have been brought in.

    Hopefully the Steelers pay attention.
    WR, DE, LB are positions they can pick up “late” and find upside.
    CB, RB, TE are positions they have failed at this.

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