It’s time to have some fun and do a redraft exercise for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here are the rules:
You must either choose the actual player that the Steelers selected in each round or another player that was taken before their next selection.
Here is my redraft:
Round 1 – ILB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State – While I would have loved cornerback Kyle Fuller to last one more pick, I am on board with the selection of Shazier. He is an incredible athlete and that speed will come in handy. He also has a solid chance to start week one and that’s certainly encouraging. Yes, Darqueze Dennard would be another choice, but I will address the cornerback position shortly.
Round 2 – DE Stephon Tuitt – Notre Dame – Now that I know Tuitt lasted this long, I have no problems with getting him in the second round of my redraft. The only reason I didn’t select him in my final mock draft was because I was convinced he’d be off the board. If the Steelers got the 2012 version of Tuitt, they will be in great shape a far as the defensive line goes for several years.
Round 3 (Comp) – CB Jaylen Watkins – Florida – Watkins will more than likely wind up as a slot corner at the NFL level, but he can play outside in a pinch. He is very versatile and would have made a solid special teams contributor for the Steelers in his first year. I like his upside more than that of Dri Archer. This team needs cornerbacks more than kick returners. Hopefully Archer makes me eat these words.
Round 4 – WR Martavis Bryant – Clemson – Yet another actual pick that I’m on board with. A young wide receiver with both speed and size is hard to come by in the fourth round. Bryant has the upside of a 60 catch a season receiver that can provide seven or more touchdowns a year as well starting in 2015.
Round 5 – CB Shaquille Richardson – Arizona – As a second cornerback taken in the draft, I can live with Richardson. It will take some time to develop him, but the way I drafted above, I could see a future Steelers secondary that includes him starting opposite Cortez Allen with Watkins playing in the slot.
Round 5 (Comp) – T/G Wesley Johnson – Vanderbilt – This looks homerish, but I am on board with this pick assuming that he kicks inside and finds a home at left guard. I would rather him play inside the phone booth instead of outside of it. Hopefully he gets stronger and fills out a tad more. He might be a practice squad player in year one.
Round 6 – RB Marion Grice – Arizona State – Grice has nice size, but not great speed. He does, however, catch the ball well out of the backfield. Solid character with a nose for the end zone.
Round 6 (Comp) – OLB Randell Johnson – Florida Atlantic – Not much to choose from here, but instead of Daniel McCullers, who I’m not very high on, I would go with Johnson, a 3-4 outside linebacker that will need good coaching to develop into a reliable backup. No guarantees he would make the roster, but you get what you get this late.
Round 7 – TE Rob Blanchflower – Massachusetts – Yes, I have been on the Blanchflower upside bandwagon for a long time. If he doesn’t make the final roster, a year on the practice squad would likely do him good. Boom or bust pick.
Now it’s your time. Lets see your redraft below based on the rules above.