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Prospects Likely To Interest The Steelers On Day Two Of The 2014 NFL Draft


The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently scheduled to have two picks on Friday when the 2014 NFL Draft resumes and there’s still quite a few quality players left on the board.

On day two, the Steelers could possibly have their sights set on an outside linebacker, defensive lineman, wide receiver or cornerback.

As far as defensive linemen go, Notre Dame products, nose tackle Louis Nix III and defensive end Stephon Tuitt could be attractive to the Steelers in round two if neither are picked in the first 13 selections. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin both attended the Notre Dame Pro Day back in March and Tuitt was even brought in for a pre draft visit. Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman and Penn State’s DaQuan Jones are two more defensive end prospects that could interest the Steelers on day two as well.

When you look at the outside linebacker prospects that figure to be drafted sometime during the second day, Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence, Georgia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochu and Oregon State’s Scott Crichton would all fit the bill. Lawrence and Crichton were both pre draft visitors, so the interest in them is there.

When it comes to the cornerback position, Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir, Florida’s Jaylen Watkins, Duke’s Ross Cockrell and Rice’s Phillip Gaines best fit what the Steelers do defensively Cockrell and Gaines, however, might be viewed more as day three prospects.

Being as only five wide receivers were selected in round one, a few “tall” prospects now have a good shot at being on the board come time for the Steelers to pick in round two. That list of players includes Indiana’s Cody Latimer, Mississippi’s Donte Moncrief, Fresno State’s Davante Adams, Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews, Penn State’s Allen Robinson and Clemson’s Martavis Bryant.

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  • Ike Evans

    If tuitt is there they take him….maybe hageman. Critchon is in play, I think Trent Murphy is in play….. I have a feeling about allen robinson….Troy Niklas is a dark horse…. For some reason I don’t think they go corner till the 3rd

  • Dave Bradley

    round 2

    pick (46)
    Phillip Gaines CB Rice Sr 6-01 93-ran a 4.31 40 @ combine

    pick (97)
    Will Clarke DE West Virginia Sr -6 271-just ask Zack Martin if Will is any good!

  • Dave Bradley

    who do you like @CB in the 3rd?

  • shawn

    will be extremely disappointed if robinson is the pick … Tuitt sounds like a good possibility if he is there … I actually like Gaines at CB more than Desir

  • steelster

    Would love it if they picked Latimer.

  • Jeff Anoble

    Tall receiver? Not quite a receiver technically speaking, but red zone threat, can block, is physically dominate when matched up against a CB. Can run past most LBs and is considered a mismatch. Why it’s Austin Sefarin Jenkins of course.

  • steelster

    oh, you just described Latimer but forgot to mention his soft hands and speed.

  • blue

    Nix

  • DoctorNoah

    I have this nagging feeling that someone like Nix (who doesn’t impress for a variety of reasons) or Hageman (who’s a beast but may not fit ideally into our scheme) falls to us in the second and we pull the trigger, leaving some excellent corners, TE’s and receivers on the table and I just bang my head into the wall repeatedly as I watch everyone I wanted get drafted before we pick again.

  • Dave Bradley

    Colbert and Tomlin want speed here are the picks:

    Pick 15 – Ryan Shazier ILB Jr 6-1 237 4.38 (40 time)
    pick 46 – Phillip Gaines CB rSr 6-0 193 4.38 (40 time)
    pick 97 – Dri Archer WR rSr 5-08 173 4.26 (40 time)
    pick 118 – Brock Vereen SS Sr 6-0 199 4.47 (40 time)
    pick 157 – Caraun Reid DT rSr 6-2 302 4.91 (40 time)
    pick 173 -Jerick McKinnon RB Sr 5-09 209 4.41 (40 time)
    pick 192 – Jeff Janis WR Sr 6-3 211 4.37 40 time)
    pick 215 – Larry Webster DE rSr 6-6 4.58 (40 time)
    pick 230 – A.C. Leonard TE Jr 6-225 4.50 (40 time)

  • Weiss Chad

    I like Matthews,latimer,Adams @ Landry,but feel steelers like moncrief

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    I’m thinking if Hageman is there, they take him.

  • Weiss Chad

    Can’t believe four safeties went in first rd

  • cp72

    I think Nix or Tuitt make a ton of sense. You now have two inside linebackers that can fly around now. get a big body up front the can tie up the lineman so they can make plays.

  • RW

    Latimer or Tuitt, please.

  • RW

    Wow. Shazier as fast as Gaines. Says a lot.

  • JAMESH

    Wish I could “like” this comment twice.

  • Superdriller316

    I think a WR in the second and Dontae Johnson at 97. He’s a zone corner that’s 6’2 runs 4.45 and can play FS too.

  • dgh57

    Would rather have Tuitt at DE.

  • steeltown

    Oh man, I’d flip if we somehow landed Tuitt

  • dgh57

    Sounds good to me!

  • steeltown

    Yep

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Interesting

  • John21

    Round 2 Value
    1 Hageman
    2 Tuitt
    3 Robinson
    4 Attachu
    5 Matthews
    6 Lawrence
    7 Adams
    8 Latimer
    As much as I want a CB the ones left are rnds 3-4. Unfortunately, our pick in round three is not until the very bottom. That will leave a little choice

  • Patrick Reid

    Walt Aikens, Jamea Thomas and Rashard Reynolds are all good 4th rd options at CB. Baptiste is a key player but hes probably gone in the 2nd.

  • Biggie

    I’d love someone out of Tuitt, Nix, Robinson, Matthews, McGill, Breeland, Crichton, Ealy, Lawrence. Tuitt or Nix would be absolute steals in Rd 2, but would also love Robinson or Matthews at WR.

  • wdhammer

    speed, speed, speed that’s what kills ..-in the NFL .

  • wdhammer

    Fat guys with bad knees in college{ NIX } stay away from …

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I like Jean Baptiste. But you just never know, as they are likely to pick OLB.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    If they choose to go that way, then Jordan Matthews is better.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    That’s what the Raiders always believed. Speed is not everything.

  • Biggie

    You mean like Casey Hampton who had a medical redshirt due to knee injury in college, yeah that turned out real bad for us. Nix knee was a slight MCL tear which has been fixed and he’s back to 100% and looked great at the combine and at his pro day. I’d take him in a minute.

  • Ike Evans

    Me too

  • blackandgoldBullion

    When I look at a list of guys like you brought up and others, I feel like crying. If they had been able to trade down, they would have had 2 or 3 of these guys. Oh, well.

    You can never have enough great LB’s in Pittsburgh, so they might even draft another. We will certainly see where they’re heading with their 2nd round pick. You can throw Jean Baptiste in the mix and Davante Adams.

  • Patrick Reid

    If they go OLB they need to look a converts, Lawrence, Attaochu or Crichton. Or Ike’s forementioned Murphy.

  • DB84

    Yeah I saw a someones “bold predictions” column yesterday on cbs or espn and that person did call it. Kudos to them. Definitely surprising to me though

  • Jason Vancil

    Hageman has a lot of dog in him. Don’t think the Steelers touch him.

  • Jason Vancil

    I’m betting it’s Cody Latimer or Davante Adams.

  • wdhammer

    It isn’t !!! give me a east guy over the slow guy anytime … Why do you think they time 40′s …

  • Patrick Reid

    Really a huge fan of J Matthews. That said, I would rather go after TE Jenkins if we go the “Big Receiver” route.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I like a lot of the guys mentioned here but my choice isn’t listed. I would take Trent Murphy in the 2nd though a couple of corners might tempt me.

  • Ike Evans

    Yeaaaa I was thinking the same thing…that’s why I said maybe because they are kind of unpredictable with guys having off the field issues…sometimes they care sometimes they don’t so I’m not sure they touch him either…there are DE guys they could get later

  • Tullydew

    Tuitt, Hageman or Nix in round 2.

    Hopefully a few QB’s go early in the 2nd round, pushing back some talent to the Steelers.

  • Brendan

    Why can’t it just be the best receiver? Would people really be happy with Martavius Bryant or Donte Moncrief over Marqise Lee. That would be insane to me.

  • James Christensen

    Marqise Lee
    Allen Robinson
    Jordan Matthews
    Stephen Tuitt
    Ra’Shede Hageman
    Philip Gaines
    Davante Adams
    Donte Moncrief
    Cody Latimer

    Should have a shot at one of those. I think WR in round 2, and corner in round 3.

  • Nugzfan

    Count me in on going after a player on the Dline with the 2nd round pick.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I have to wonder if a mini-run at WR begins on day two for all the teams that didn’t take one in the first. And if that happens, do the Steelers take advantage of the positions that are being ignored? Do they take best WR available?

    If lots of WR are left, they may have their pick at the best guy, or they might wait, thinking more guys will be left later as well. If the position is getting thin, they may pull the trigger on one, or continue to wait and scoop up another player who has fallen as a result of the run at WR. So hard to tell.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I like Latimer, Matthews, and Adams best. Not as high on Moncrief or Robinson.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Either way I would be happy

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Averaging 15 tackles a game, and being very strong for his size and intelligent is just as important as the LB elite speed.

  • shawn

    I sure hope not … I think Matthews and Adams are so much better than Robinson !

  • shawn

    Me Three …

  • Ike Evans

    Agreed

  • wdhammer

    HOW DO YOU THINK he gets to those tackles being slow? Speed baby with those attributes -look the F out

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, but if speed is truly everything and no one has the speed and especially that afterburner type speed like Mike Wallace. So should the Steelers try to get him back?

  • wdhammer

    not for 10 million a yr .believe me there will be guys that are fast in this draft a lot cheaper…

  • wdhammer

    No F-in way I take this kid …

  • Weiss Chad

    That’s exactly what I am thinking

  • James Christensen

    Does anybody think they’ll go for a position other than CB, WR or DL in round 2? It seems like we need to get one or two of those positions today.

  • James Christensen

    Carr, McCarron, and one more would be nice.

  • James Christensen

    The only corner that appeals to me in round 2 is Gaines out of Rice, but with so many WRs, and a few good DLs, I think it’s one of those two.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Wheaton is just as fast but he does not have that overdrive extra gear. I was just trying to use your logic. Or perhaps not.

  • wdhammer

    DRI Archer now that’s fast

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Agree 1000%!!!!!

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