2015 Mock Drafts: Daniel Jeremiah’s Latest Has FSU CB P.J. Williams Going To Steelers

NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah released a new version of his mock draft of the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Wednesday and he now has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting a cornerback with the 22nd overall pick.

In Jeremiah’s first mock draft that was released just over a month ago, he had the Steelers taking Louisville free safety Gerod Holliman. This time around, however, he has Florida State cornerback P.J. Williams being selected by the Steelers.

Jeremiah writes:

Williams is a tall, long cornerback with excellent toughness and ball skills. He would start Day 1 in Pittsburgh.

Curiously enough, Jeremiah has Williams listed at No. 31 in his top-50 draft prospect rankings that was released Tuesday.

Jeremiah also has Williams as his fourth cornerback being drafted in his latest mock behind Trae Waynes, Jalen Collins and Marcus Peters.

In case you missed it, Alex Kozora has already submitted a scouting report on Williams and you can read it here.

While it most certainly is a huge positional need, the Steelers haven’t selected a cornerback in the first round of a draft since they took Chad Scott with the 24th overall pick in 1997. Will that change this year?

One other quick obseravation. In this most recent mock draft, Jeremiah has left Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley entirely out of the first round. He does, however, have Beasley as hisĀ 22nd overall player on his top-50 list.

  • Ben Saluri

    I hope the decision is to move back and gain more picks. Frankly, I don’t see a big separation between Williams and Alex Carter. To me Williams reminds me of FSU alum Bryant McFadden would rather take a safer steadier player in Carter w/ more picks.

  • falconsaftey43

    I’d have to disagree with the Williams/Carter Comparison. Williams looks to be a much better athlete, and he does very well in press coverage where Carter struggles. I also think Williams shows a better burst coming out of his petal.

    I’d be for moving down depending who is on the board, but the Steelers have not shown that to be their MO. I think the top CBs are closely rated in terms of talent, each having different areas of strength. Williams and Collins seem to fit what the Steelers like most.

  • Ike Evans

    We don’t really play press coverage though

  • Ike Evans

    Im not a fan… He was the 3rd best dB on his own team. I will admit that he is the kind of corner the steelers draft. He fits their profile

  • JohnB

    new coach may want more press…hopefully haha

  • Hopefully!

  • 3rd best DB? I have to disagree on that one, and I watched every FSU game.

  • Paddy

    I sarcastically suggested they draft 7 CBs on the Post gazette web site, people are loving the idea.

  • Ike Evans

    Darby is better and more consistent in coverage… Hes only ranked behind pj because of pj’s physical gifts and higher upside… jalen Ramsey is the best dB on that team to me

  • I love Ramsey, and I like Darby too. I’m going to take Ramsey completely out of this equation bc he is not in this draft and he is probably a safety at the next level….but Darby is more fluid than Williams in his backpedal and breaks (which is very important) but that’s it. Williams is a better tackler, has better hands, better awareness, gets off blocks better, better at breaking up passes, competing with WRs at the balls highest, leverage…I can’t honestly think of another area that Darby is better than Williams than his fluidity. I like Darby a lot and I’m not saying anything bad about him but Williams is better than him in every other category. There is a reason Williams typically took on the other teams best WR.

  • steelburg

    I agree that Williams is better. I like the traits of Collins his size, speed, ability but watching his tape he looks like he is consistently shying away from contact. He doesn’t like to tackle unless he is basically forced to IMO I would love Williams in the first at 22 but if not Williams I want Kevin Johnson in the second and if I can’t have those two then I would take Collins.

  • Ike Evans

    Interesting

  • falconsaftey43

    In his prime, they had Ike play quite a bit of press coverage.

  • falconsaftey43

    Have to disagree that Collins is contact shy. Watch the Wisconsin game, he was very physical and active against the run. Collins isn’t one of my favorite CBs, I don’t think his coverage skills are great, but I think he’s what the Steelers look for. I personally really like Kevin Johnson.

  • falconsaftey43

    How about 4 OLBs and 3 CBs?

  • Ike Evans

    Depending on the team we were playing, yes… but that hasn’t happend alot this decade… Unless we play Tom brady

  • Ike Evans

    Now that is an interesting point…. Butler may want to… I definitely can’t presume to know

  • steeltown

    I would be OK with getting Williams… but it would be ideal to move back a few spots and in turn pick up an extra draft pick whether it be in this yrs draft or next.

  • Weiss Chad

    Would you draft him at twenty two?I have been saying this is the guy they take for a while,even though I don’t neccasarily lean that way myself,I firmly believe this is the corner Colbert wants even if he is first cb off the board

  • Weiss Chad

    It seems to make sense to me.You play press you may give up big play once in a while but Idealy I would think you would get more turnovers

  • JohnB

    if you got good safties doing their job. you wont give up as many big plays. ideally. easier said than done, of course.

  • You could be right…I personally have no problem with them taking him at #22 if Peters and Waynes are off the board. He might even challenge Waynes after the combine is all said and done. There is no doubt that I expected both him and Darby to have a better year this season than they did…if you look at their prior year I think there were higher expectations from a lot of people, but that could be a benefit for us because I thought he was going to be a top 15 pick before the College football season started. It’s going to be interesting how they play this out as the 2nd rd might be where you find the best value at the CB position, which is why I wouldn’t have a problem with back to back CBs in the 1st and 2nd depending on who is available at #22 and how FA turns out of course.

  • But of course this is not Colbert’s MO so I’m not expecting it by no means, but boy do we need help on D.

  • Weiss Chad

    I wouldn’t have any problem going cb rds one and two what so ever as long as we have olb wrapped up

  • Weiss Chad

    Well where are we gonna find them?lol I agree w you

  • dkoy85

    This would be awesome

  • Completely agree!

  • LucasY59

    nope 4 CBs, 3 OLBs or the deals off

  • Robert Gay

    Just asking but is that more so because we haven’t had anyone in a very long time capable of doing it??

  • LucasY59

    If he runs at the combine like he thinks he will, does well in the agility drills and has a respectable bench (which I think he will) he might be worth a 1st rd pick (I think he’s a early 2nd) I like his strength and physicality, he fits what the Steelers like, so it would make sense if he’s the pick, there are others that if they are available I would rather have, but he is a good Backup plan if those players are already taken

  • Ike Evans

    Nah… Thats the defense… Thats the scheme… Any time we play press man its an adjustment so I don’t think even if we had guys that we’re better in man that we would run man…. Keenan Lewis is better in man

  • Leon Mcnair

    Yes

  • Leon Mcnair

    Press wil help our front seven get to the Qb more a lot of times ike played press

  • Leon Mcnair

    What about williams in round1and Johnson in rd2 nice camp battles

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    Kevin Johnson is one of my favorite DB prospects, everyone talks about his weight but Waynes isn’t even or barely 10lbs heavier yet the fact that Waynes is only around 180 is never brought up. I think Kevin whether in press or off man has the best ability in the draft at shadowing WRs and without committing penalties.

  • puCrepeaP

    and a punter with the comp pick

  • LucasY59

    could only help the CB situation, but ignores the Pass Rush

  • Ernest

    I’m tempering my expectations of a CB in the 1st. I learned my lesson last draft. i really wanted Kyle Fuller last year and i was certain that Dennard or ClintonDix was the pick after he was taken. Instead they went with Shazier reaffirming their belief of prioritizing the front 7. Even though i want Marcus Peters to be the pick i’m more inclined to think they go NT or pass rusher this year.

  • turtlefart1

    Not being around Fla., and not hearing all the news.. But what was PJs involvement in the Winston sexual assault allegations? I thought I heard he was involved but don’t know much. Does this take him off the board?

  • turtlefart1

    Either way, I’d still take Landon Collins S Alabama in rnd 1 and CB Alex Carter in rnd 2. If the board plays out that way.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Ike-

    I really enjoy your opinions (even though I disagree with a lot of them). You call it like you see it (which I can respect) and you usually try to give details and/or reasons why you see it that way (which most people don’t).

    My initial impression on Darby is the same as yours. I think he “gets” the coverage concepts better than PJ Williams. I think he’s got better instincts and anticipation. And he might even be quicker (i.e. change of direction).

    My concern with Darby is his height/length may hinder his ability on deep balls or red zone if he’s matched up with a taller WR. I think Wiliams could be a really solid red zone defender. He can jam/press, go up and defend the jump ball/corner fade. And he also can break off into run support and tackle the RB on sweeps.

  • steelburg

    The Wisconsin game is the game I saw a contact shy player who avoided getting to the runners if the play didn’t directly come his way. I really like Kevin Johnson also.

  • Ike Evans

    Thanks man… Yea I agree with you on this completely but what the guy said above about pj definitely made me want to watch more games of that defensive backfield

  • Leon Mcnair

    Clinton Dix was not to be picked and dennard didn’t fit our system , fuller was the pick but the Bears took him shaz was a security pick for spence and plus he has 4.3,speed faster than dennard

  • Robert Gay

    Ok I can rock with that…

  • Louis Goetz

    I’m an FSU fan and would love to see PJ become a Steeler. But what I’d love more is if the Steelers would win more Super Bowls and moving up in the draft, if necessary, to get Alabama Safety, Landon Collins, would pay dividends for years. He’s a meaner tougher version of Troy, who isn’t quite as acrobatic. He’s a run stopping linebacker who hits hard on first down and he’s ball hawking corner on third down. The rest of the safeties in this draft are boys compared to him.