2015 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Now Has Steelers Selecting LSU CB Jalen Collins

Todd McShay of ESPN.com is the latest major media draftnik to release a post-combine mock draft and he now has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting LSU cornerback Jalen Collins with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

McShay writes:

Three of the Steelers’ outside linebackers (James Harrison, Arthur Moats and Jason Worilds) are free agents, so that could quickly become a need area for them this offseason. For now, we’ll have them address their secondary (both corner and safety are an issue) with Collins. He lacks ideal starting experience and still needs to refine his technique, but he’s a long cornerback (an increasingly valuable commodity in today’s NFL) with excellent movement skills and speed. He is also very good in run support.

Collins, who measured in at the combine last week at 6014 and weighed 202 pounds, posted a 4.48 second 40 yard-dash time in addition to a 1.50 second 10-yard split while in Indianapolis.

While Collins certainly has great measurables, he only started 10 games at LSU. Last season he was credited with 17 pass breakups and one interception in the 13 games that he played in.

McShay has Collins as his third cornerback being selected in the first round behind Trae Waynes of Michigan State and Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest.

In McShay’s last mock draft he had the Steelers selecting Washington cornerback Marcus Peters with the 22nd overall pick. In his latest mock, he has Peters being drafted 26th overall by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Steelers haven’t drafted a cornerback in the first round since they selected Chad Scott in 1997 with the 24th overall selection.

  • falconsaftey43

    My CB preference (disregarding character issues) is:
    1st round

    2nd round

    I don’t think Collins is a first round CB, too unrefined of a game, although he has great physical skills.

  • steeltown

    I think I’d replace Rollins with Carter but otherwise i’m in agreement

  • falconsaftey43

    I think Carter is a borderline 2nd-3rd guy. I like Rollins play making over Carters more refined game, just a preference.

  • Matt Manzo

    I just heard that Kevin White CB, when playing opposite of Jason Verrett, in ’13, was constantly targeted and only gave up 1 TD!
    Those kinda things start to stand out to me, this time of year.
    I think he could be a possible 2nd round CB. He might not last til our 3rd.

    Jalen Collins scares me a bit, someone pointed out that he could be this years Martavis Bryant! Potential, but raw. I like the sound of that, but in round 1, I’m not so sure?
    I’d be pissed if the ravens got Peters!

  • Ernest

    Dont like it, not in 1st. At this point Im not looking at mock drafts until after FA is well under way.

    Also looking forward to Mayocks top 100 prospects list. He had shazier ranked 18th and i think fuller 13th. that’s pretty damn good.

  • steelburg

    I think the opposite. I think Rollins was a 2nd round guy until he went to the combine and his height was under 6’0, he ran a slow time, and didn’t look fluid in drills. All that combined with the fact that he doesn’t have much experience puts him firmly in the 3rd round to me I agree with everything else.

  • falconsaftey43

    Don’t think Kevin White will be taken until much later in the draft, 5th round maybe. He has some good tape, but 5’9″ and a 4.63 40 are some pretty bad numbers for a CB.

  • falconsaftey43

    Yeah it’s just my preference. Rollins’ combine was a little concerning, but I love his ball skills and physicality, think he could definitely transition to FS if need be. Carter is a solid guy, but offers nothing in the way of play making ability.

  • cp72

    Not sure you can just disregard character issues. See what’s going on with Dez. Cowboys knew he had a history of bad behavior…. so why be so surprised it has repeated itself as history often does.

    I agree Collins may be more of a 2nd round talent, but he will go early because of the triangle numbers.

  • cp72

    Guys we better start speculating about Byron Jones….he might be the 2nd corner taken.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s what I thought, too. But all of a sudden people are talking bout his last two years and it seems pretty impressive.

  • falconsaftey43

    I didn’t mean character issues are not a factor, just that I’m not in a position to judge their character, I don’t have all the facts and have never met any of these prospects. If the Steelers have character concerns, by all means pass on the guy, but I can only judge what I know, and that’s pretty much just what I see on tape.

  • Alan Felicia

    Exactly! Seems someone is trying to talk up White within the NFL draft (not you Matt, I’m talking about teams within the NFL). Since Pittsburgh is going to bring back 2 similar size CBs (Blake, McCain), would like Colbert and staff to draft big, physical corners to compete against the big receivers from Cincy and Baltimore.

  • Alan Felicia

    Totally agree! Very curious to see how Jones performs in his Pro-Day. If Pittsburgh goes Collins/Peters in 1st and Jones in 2nd or 3rd, would be psyched!

  • SteelHorseman

    I agree with you on Collins. I’m thinking Johnson might be a better fit in the second too.

  • SteelHorseman

    Very true. We need corners with some height now. We’ve got the short ones

  • Ike Evans

    He will go in the first… If Bradley Roby went in the first after one of the worst seasons I’ve ever seen a corner have…. This kid will go in the first round for potential alone… Now, will it be us? Idk because I like jalen more than you do but I’ll admit he’s a bit of a reach at 22.

  • Ike Evans

    Man…. I dont like this draft in the first round… Everybody seems like a reach or seems, at this point, out of reach at 22. How things stand now it feels like the only way we get max value for our pick is to go oline or defensive tackle. I’m rooting for chaos… Im rooting for usual draft day chaos causing someone to fall….

  • AndyR34

    Wise man…they aren’t worth the electrons used to develop or read them at this point. However, these guys need to keep putting them out in order to keep getting the clicks to their sites.

  • You make a good point with Roby. His sophomore year he looked like he might be one of the best in the country, no exaggeration. His junior year before he got drafted he took not one, but about 8 steps back as far as being a playmaker. As an OSU fan it was baffling to watch

  • I’d like to see us grab a corner with some length too. If there were a smaller sized guy I wouldn’t mind grabbing though it would be White. That kid can move

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Feels like every year someone falls to us. See it happening again this year.

    Fingers crossed for Shelton, L Collins, Waynes or Dupree.

  • Ike Evans

    Yea super weird but evaluators value upside and you know wat? Roby had a pretty decent first year in Denver quietly so their gamble may pay off on him but his junior year… Boy, was he looking ugly.

  • hchristi15

    I have been feeling exactly the same about the first round, and glad to see someone else say it. It will be interesting to see what happens in free agency with the edge rushers and corners and how that affects first round draft day value.

  • Scott

    Would it be worth it to pull a Patriots move and trade our 1st round pick?

  • turtlefart1

    I agree, I’ve stated on some other sites, the talent at 1.16 thru 2.16 all seems the same. Indy has no Safeties and Landon Collins is there at 22, would Indy trade up the 7 spots to grab him. May be a chance.
    fwiw – if Landon is there I would take him in a beat but KC seems to have a ‘bama aversion.

  • steelster

    Yes very much so, however it would be nice if the trading partner was a bad team. 2 first round picks in 2016. One of the picks in the top 12.


    No you can’t disregard character issues, but you can’t throw a blanket over them either…look at each situation/player and make a determination if you can live with him or not.

    If you really know what Peters issues were and that’s your take…I can buy it…otherwise you’re basing it off media reports.

  • puCrepeaP

    That’s how it always is. 20s are the dead zone of a draft. That’s why sometimes people feel its better to just tank a season than make the playoffs and not win it all. There have been gems found in that range, but really from a pre-draft outlook, those are always the toughest spots.

  • Tanner

    Any thoughts on the Steelers getting Matt Jones RB from Florida?

  • steelster

    Isn’t that guy 6′ 2″ , not many good rb’s that tall.

  • Tanner

    Bell is 6’1 and they have the same running style

  • Reno

    I highly doubt a team is going to give up a 1st round pick in 2016 for the #22 pick. Would have to be a top 10 pick for that to happen. Best case scenario is they pick up another 2nd round pick this year

  • Reno

    If the Steelers ended up selecting J. Collins I would not hate the pick since there is a lot of upside and I can’t remember the last time they drafted a rookie defensive player who started from day 1 and made an immediate impact. With that said I would actually prefer K. Johnson with the pick after showing up at 188lbs and as according to him he is still growing. In reading a recent article on him he is a kid who doesn’t lack confidence stating he was the best corner in the draft. In watching the profile he is also not afraid to stick his nose in there. The Steelers need a playmaker in the secondary and Johnson just may be the answer. One of the reasons they drafted Shazier was his playmaking ability according to Colbert. Would not be surprised if Johnson is their guy if the don’t trade back.

  • mokhkw

    Someone will drop on Draft Day. I think OL & DT are the most likely this year so I think it’s going to be a “fluid” situation for the Steelers where they’ll have to make a decision when it’s their turn at #22 with someone they didn’t think would be available.

    I think we’ll also get a lot of calls for Trades if guys like Gordon, Gurley & Green-Beckham are still on the Board at that stage.

    But if they want to get the player they covet they’ll have to Trade up to around #15 imo ( Waynes, Dupree)

  • mokhkw

    Not completely out of the question, LSU have some excellent CBs, if you search for “LSU Cornerbacks Are Older & Talented, But Veteran Jallen Collins Still Has A Presence” from August 2014 you’ll get an idea of how much talent they have at that spot.

    I’d swap their top 5 CBs from 2014 for ours in a heartbeat tbh.

    The guy Collins sent to the bench this year ( Robinson) shut down Mike Evans in 2013.

    Sometimes guys are drafted on potential rather than game tape, Antonio Cromartie blew out his knee his Jnr year then declared with only 1 start at FSU. I like Collins as a 2nd Rd pick & he’s ranked about the same spot at #52.

  • Ike Evans

    Im thinking this may be the year… They hardly ever do that though but this year might be an exception

  • patrick Mayfield

    It’s fairly standard that a pick in next years draft if equivalent to a round later in this year. So next year’s 1st rounder is worth a 2 this year so you should get their second and something else for a 2015 #1.

    I guess if you’re making that trade with TB OAK or Cleveland maybe there’s more value because you’re nearly a lock for a top 10 pick.

    I’d trade this year 1 for another team’s 2016 #1, and 2015 2,4.

    IMO one of the best things you could do as a team is trade away picks for better picks in years to come. You lose out in one year but if you can hold some discipline and say trade your second rounder for a first in next year’s draft every year, then every year you’ll have 2 firsts. Pick the right partner and you might even get a high first. The Steelers don’t get a first half of the round pick very often so this could really impact the quality of the team.

  • Reno

    When you are picking at #22 there is not going to be any trades involving future #1 picks. A typical trade for a future #1 happened last year. Buffalo moved up from #9 to #4 and selected Sammy Watkins in exchange for giving up their #1 & #4 in 2015. As I said future #1 picks usually involve a top 10 pick. Best case scenario for the Steelers is to trade down (back) and pick up another 2nd round pick and possibly another 4th or 5th round pick depending on how much that team wants a particular player.

    For example; This draft class is once again loaded at WR. Seattle may want to trade up for say the #3 WR in exchange for giving up their 2nd this year and possibly a 4th or 5th. If I’m the Steelers I’m not making that trade without getting at least a 2nd round in return.

  • patrick Mayfield

    Not sure why you think this is so.

    From 2011:

    #28: New England → New Orleans (D). New England traded this selection to New Orleans for New Orleans’ second-round selection in 2011 (56th overall) and first-round selection in 2012

  • Reno

    Not sure who they got in return but it doesn’t sound like a very smart trade for NO and I can see why NE would do this in a heart beat. As I said it usually involves a top 10 pick. You cited 1 example in 4 years. Do you have any others? My point was it’s very unlikely it will happen at #22.

  • patrick Mayfield

    NO got the indispensable Mark Ingram of course.

    Mortgaging your future is never a good idea but if you can find a dance partner, Making that deal for earlier picks next year is a good one. Even if you can do this to trade a 3 for next year’s 2, it’s a great value.

    My point was never that it’s likely but there is precendent and I think it’s smart long term thinking if you can do it. Your initial rebuke was more or less categorical in nature. The buyer of the pick is going to need some rare commodity so I can see that it’s more likely early in the round. These trades for future picks are a fairly recent development and I’d be surprised if there were more than a dozen involving the first round.