NFL Network’s Mike Mayock Has Steelers Taking CB Kyle Fuller In Annual Mock Draft

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock is not a big fan of doing mock drafts and that’s why he only does one a year. On Wednesday night, Mayock will be unveiling his first and only mock draft of the offseason during a televised special and already the first 15 picks have been released.

Mayock has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 15th overall selection in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and below is his reasoning for the pick.

The Steelers need to rebuild at cornerback, and Fuller and his physical style of play are a good fit for coach Mike Tomlin.

Mayock has driven the Fuller bandwagon all offseason and he currently has him as his top-rated cornerback. With that being said, Mayock still has Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard coming off the board before Fuller.

Interesting enough, Mayock also has LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. being drafted 13th overall. The only quarterback Mayock has coming of the board in the first 15 picks is Blake Bortles. If that were to happen, it could push a few players down the board to the Steelers in the second round.

Below are Mayock’s top 15 selections and you can watch the full first-round airing tonight on the NFL Network at 9 p.m. ET.

1. Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

4. Cleveland: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

5. Oakland: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

6. Atlanta: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

7. Tampa Bay: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Minnesota: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.

9. Buffalo: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

10. Detroit: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.

11. Tennessee: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

12. New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

13. St. Louis: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

14. Chicago: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

15. Pittsburgh: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

  • Tullydew

    Hope it happens but I am worried he might be chosen before 15. Fingers crossed!!!!

  • Iron Cadet

    Oh I really hope that Cleveland browns it up and passes on Watkins and manziel.

  • Jason

    I prefer they take Manziel. BUST


    Can’t wait for the draft! Last year Mayock matched 11 players to the correct team, and hit on 27 of the 32 first rounders.

  • son_zhu

    If Aaron Donald is on the board, there’s no way the Steelers can pass on him…

  • William Bigelow

    Yes please ….

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Funny, I also heard a rumor that the 49ers want to target Beckham with their arsenal of Top 100 picks. Oh, man! That’s like music to my ears. Previously, some were saying all the way into the Top 10. I called “Bullshat” on that one as that would be too expensive. Now I hear confirmation of the same. No matter how unlikely, I stil hope it ends up being:

    San Fran on speed dial.

  • SFIC

    This is my hope too. We could line him up as a 34de in base then he and McLendon could switch in passing downs. Too good to pass up on. We need a pass rush up the middle. If Donald is gone, I’d prefer to trade down.

  • James Kling

    Donald goes to 1.8 Minnesota or 1.14 Chicago, no question. Also: Donald is not an OLB, or a 3-4 DE, so you either risk mis-using him a la Ziggy Hood and having a chronic under-achiever, or asking DL to remake the defense to a 4-3. Fine with me, we’re short an ILB anyway, narrow it to Timmons and stack the front end with AD, but what are the chances? IMO, little, none.

  • James Kling

    Browns trade up 2 spots for Watkins.

  • Big White

    Clowney is a disgrace, He quit on his team all last year and played with training wheels on. Now, someone is going to give him 30 mil guaranteed and expect him to try any harder? please

  • Big White

    Not a big Mayock fan, but that is impressive.

  • Matt Manzo

    Is Robinson really gonna go before Matthews? I’d rather have Matthews at OT.
    I hope Fullers the pick, and if he’s gone we’re gonna trade down.


    they could use him in sub packages, which they play more than base 3-4. An interior rush on passing downs is very underrated. So he plays 650 snaps instead of 1000, so be it. He’d stay fresh and help this defense get off the field and create turnovers.

  • SFIC

    Robinson is best against the run and has the higher ceiling. Matthews is best against the pass and would be the #1 OT in zone read and zone blocking schemes. Lewan is good at both but might have the lowest ceiling of the 3. All 3 will be really good as long as they’re plugged into the proper scheme.

  • SFIC

    I would just add, of the 3, Lewan probably best fits our system.

  • Iron Cadet

    I disagree. I don’t think he is a top 5 pick but I think he can continue to be a very good qb

  • Mt Smyre

    when thinking about trading down this year i think first you have to think who has the “ammunition” to come up. i think a safe rule is youd like to have at least an average of one pick per round because you figure 1 or 2 mite get cut or sent to practice squad so that only leaves you upgrading 5 or so spots on your 53 and with more bad teams than good in the league, i would think more than 1/10th of your roster should b improved. so in a normal year i would say gm’s willing to trade up in the first round would want at least 8-9 picks to work with probly closer to 10 in a year like this one bc obviously picks are more valuable with the depth. now we know the 3 ways a team accumulates the ammo needed. 1-trades from previous years (i.e. rams)..2-comp. picks (i.e. jets)..3-bad teams having fire sales once there season is down the drain (i.e. browns..i.e.pirates). this is why 5 of the top 8 teams with the most picks (all 8 have 10-12 picks) are in the top 6 slots of the draft with the raiders being left out with only 7 picks. the other 3 are behind us and include the browns bc they fit both.

    so when trying to find our potential trade partner, because im totally on board with stocking up, i looked at the obvious talked about ones, phil s.f. mia and cle…phil- i dont see bc they only have 6 picks. s.f.- maybe but i dont see us goin that far down unless we planned on comin back up (unlikely) plus i think with their amount of picks and depth they already have they might swing for the fences and wanna crack the top 5-10 or mite just wanna move up a modest 5-10. mia- only has seven and a weak roster dont think theyre it, if anything theyre trading with s.f. to come get a wr or cb, but not the steelers. cle- again too far for us. now obviously a team could trade down then back up but thats alot of action for the first round.

    so now this is where it could possibly get interesting. of the 8 teams with double digit picks we’ve gone thru 6 and havent found a reasonable trade buddy so lets look at the 2 last teams. dal-11 picks very possible but y only go back (or come up) just one spot. i get it does, and could, happen but again unlikely bc they mite have bigger fish in mind. so last we have the jets, a whopping 12 picks (tied for most) and wanting to always steal the back page in N.Y. i think we could have found our best “dance” partner. now they too could be all in and wanting to enter the mike evans sweepstakes but rex does have some smarts and realizes what itd cost to go get him, but knowing their not signing 12 rookies, going up 3 spots in the first to get arguably a better “all around” receiver mite very well be worth it considering the steelers and to a lesser extent the ravens interest in him has been there…..and for what its worth, obviously organizations know this info and think ahead to possible trade partners and when kevin colbert was talking about trading down in his press conference he used the number “3” as an example for how many spots a team would move vs the amount of players in a group they are looking at. and how many spots are the jets behind us u ask..thats right, 3. anyone up for some tea leaves.

    most picks by team..nyj, stl-12..s.f., dal, jax, hou-11..cle, atl-10..g.b, cin-9..n.e., bal, det, min-8

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  • Steelers@2010

    Aaron Donald = Ziggy Hood all over again. He doesn’t fit in their scheme at all. Better suited to play a 4-3

  • scott2443

    its pretty much figured they will take a cb…..which is what i feel too or a wr….if its some one other then a cb or wr this will be a shocker to me ..i just hope they get a cb who can start in some manner this season because they need starters in this draft …the way injuries are happening all over league you cant trust your guys will be there all year and one game here there is all it take to keep you out of playoffs