Potential Day Three Draft Targets For The Steelers

With day two of the 2014 NFL Draft now in the books, the Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to address the wide receiver and cornerback positions like so many of us thought they would by now. With six picks still scheduled to be made, however, day three should include at least one player from both of those positions.

The Steelers currently only have one pick in the fourth round and if they were to use it on a wide receiver, either South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington or Clemson’s Martavis Bryant could be potential targets. Both players where brought to Pittsburgh for pre draft visits and both will likely hear their names called soon.

If cornerback is the route the Steelers choose to go in the fourth round, Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir, Utah’s Keith McGill, Duke’s Ross Cockrell and Florida’s Jaylen Watkins could be potential targets, Cockrell and Watkins, however, might could be had in round five or later. So far, only nine cornerbacks have been selected, so that pace will likely pick up early on Saturday.

Minnesota safety Brock Vereen was brought to Pittsburgh for a pre draft visit and he will likely come off the board sometime in the fourth round. Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford was also a pre draft visitor and by the looks of things he could slide into the fifth or six round.

A few decent tight end prospects remain on the board as Massachusetts’ Rob Blanchflower and Georgia’s Arthur Lynch seem to be destined to be fifth round or later selections.

Back to the wide receivers. If the Steelers are looking to go “tall” later on day three Rutgers’ Brandon Coleman, Pittsburgh’s Devin Street and Missouri’s L’Damian Washington can likely be had from the fifth round on.

If defensive line coach John Mitchell is still banging the table for another versatile defensive lineman, Penn State’s DaQuan Jones remains unclaimed after two days of selecting.

These are some names to get you started, so feel free to add a few more in the comments below.

  • Ryan

    Desir in 4 and Cockrell in 5 please

  • steelster

    Coleman would be nice in the 5th round, 6′ 6″.

  • Brendon Glad

    Desir needs to be had in 4…Cockrell needs to be had in 5….and since I love Deion on evaluating DB talent…but he only is evaluating TALENT, not character, then I still have Victor Hampton on my radar…because Deion couldn’t stop raving about his skill-set…easily the most complimented DB of the combine by Deion. But only in 6 or 7 for Hampton…because he has shown a tendency for making choices that suggest his NFL career is not paramount to him.

  • taztroy43

    I honestly dont think Brandon Coleman will last until our 5th…I think he goes in the 4th…he has Buress type body n build up speed like Buress…it would be interesting to see if we pick him for big ben…im kinda warming up to coleman because he looks better after the catch and more physical than m. Bryant!

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  • Louis Goetz

    Another wideout to consider is DJ Coles. He’s 6’3″, 225 lbs, with 10″ hands and 33.25″ arms. He’s a Virginia Tech product who ran a 4.4 at his Pro Day. With those numbers you’d think he’d have been drafted by now. His only problem is that he’s had surgery twice on his right knee.

  • Jeff Anoble

    I really like the highlights I’ve seen of Coleman. He does a lot of physical stuff out there. One handed catches. Would be a great 5th round pick and quiet the tall WR mob that is massing.

  • shawn

    not a bad choice !

  • Jeff Anoble

    There are 3 Tackles : (I think they will draft one O-line position)
    Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff
    Wesley Johnson
    Charles Leno Jr.

    Another OLB Jackson Jeffcoat

    6 INTs from CB Rashaad Reynolds.

    And another CB/S might be
    Dontae Johnson 4.45 6-2 200lbs 3 ints 81 tackles

    Still have TE Blake Annen
    CB Shaquille Richardson
    CB EJ Gaines

  • Matt Manzo

    Lots of good names listed below! Can’t wait! So far we’re on a roll!

  • Matt Manzo

    Rashad and Dontae are starting to move above Desir and McGill for me! I’d love either one!

  • Louis Goetz

    The knock on Janis is that he has tiny hands, but he caught 190 balls in his last two seasons, amassed over 3,100 yards in the process with 31 TDs. That kind of production with 4.4 speed is hard to ignore even with size 9 gloves.

  • Caesar

    There are still a bunch of DE guys I like (Mauro, Hart, Urban, Stinson), but with a second spent on Tuitt probably can’t go that route. Besides names others already mentioned above, I think CB Walt Aiken is intriguing, as well as Nevin Lawson, CB from Utah St. And I would be ok with Shembo from ND as an OLB prospect.

    My question is with Archer in the fold, do they still look for additional RB depth? Does he count for that or is he just his own category?

  • Brian Tollini

    A few other names to throw out for say three, Bashaud Breeland CB, Taylor Hart DE, Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB, Andre Hal CB, and Robert Herron WR.

  • cp72

    This is the meat and potatoes part of the draft. Let’s go find the next Antonio Brown, Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen, Brett Keisel, Kelvin Beachum, Ramon Foster, Steve McClendon…..

  • Nolrog

    Today is all about depth. We don’t have much depth anywhere.

  • Brian K

    I’m not worried about receiver as the team has a knack for unearthing talent there in later rounds. I’m worried about corner. So I say Watkins or Desir with the 4th and maybe a Devin Street and Cockrell in the 5th?

  • Brian K

    How could I forget Shaquille Richardson, I like what I see there too. Also maybe a Bradford or Barrett in 5?

  • Caleb

    Hines has small hands. I’d be interested to know what they measure.

  • John21

    I was thrilled with the way the third round played out. I thought we had some great options to fill huge holes in our lineup. Take your pick of the guys mentioned in the article and I would have been happy. Not to mention one of my favorites-Crockett Gilmore. Our third round choice left me speechless and dismayed. Just when I think Colbert and Tomlin are really getting it-they pull an inexplicable move like that. Last night ended on a low point.

  • Luke Shabro

    Not sure of the order but I’d love to see Taylor Hart, Keith McGill, Jaylen Watkins and Shaquille Barrett. Doubt that happens though

  • Weiss Chad

    No more rb

  • Caesar

    and hope we don’t find the next Terry Hawthorne, Crezdon Butler, Ra’Shon Harris, Thaddeus Gibson, Keith Williams, Chris Scott, or Joe Burnett.

  • Ernest

    In addition to the names mentioned already let me throw in OLB James Gayle and Aaron Lynch, CB/S Antone Exum, Aaron Colvin, WR Jared Abbrederis, DT Justin Ellis and Shamar Stephen. I’m hesitant on McCullers b/c I seen tape of him getting pancaked.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    other names that you may not have heard of that I would like to see us target late:
    WR: Ward Texas Tech, Long UVa-wise
    OLB: Anunike Duke
    CB: Addison Bethune-Cookman
    OT Lucas Kansas St

  • DoctorNoah

    Colt Lyerla still available! Hahahaja

  • steeltown

    I have a sneaking suspicion they may just go CB back to back in the 4th and early 5th today.. they could still then get someone like Enunwa or Street in the late 5th early 6th and still then target the TE Blanchflower and an OLB late

  • The Fighting Ingies

    Tuitt’s teammate from Notre Dame, Prince Shembo OLB in round 6

  • Jeff Anoble

    Heard Joey Porter was hanging out with Prince a lot at pro-day or combine not sure which.

  • Kyle Owens

    Desir & Cockrell so I can go 2 of 9 in my mock draft.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Excellent! Finally someone else sees it. Get the French Canadian Doctor Tardiff Duvernay. 4.0 grade average in medicine and best O lineman in Canada. Under the radar, but since he’s been training harder in last few months, his measurables are comparable to THE top linemen in this year’s draft. Yup, right up there with the 1st round guys. Round 5.

    The problem is there are still several guys that could help the Steelers at CB, WR, OLB and TE. TE Blanchflower in 7. CB in 4. That leaves Tardiff Duvernay in 5 and another CB or WR with the 5th round Comp. So round 6 is reserved for an OLB project. Could Shaquille Barrett possibly still be there? It would be like a dream draft if something similar falls into place.

  • cencalsteeler

    I like your thinking!! Munchak gets Tardiff, Porter gets Barrett

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Oh, crap. I forgot 1 guy. NT Tenny Paapoi from the interior D line factory of Utah. Look him up and the school’s success — unbelievable!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Most later round guys eventually get cut. You have to temper your expectations. Just hope that 1 out of 3 become good players. There will certainly be hits and misses.

  • Ike Evans

    nobody mentioned my main man Jared Abberderis!!!!?!? When in doubt…throw it to the white wideout lol…but foreal though I want Pierre, Dontae Johnson or, ANTONE EXUM!!!! love exum…everybody talking about Kyle fuller but the year before last prior to his injury exum was head and shoulders better then fuller…but we will probably end up with Cockrell…they have a hard on for Cockrell