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.
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.
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.