2015 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Has Steelers Selecting Oregon DE Arik Armstead In Latest Version

ESPN.com draftnik Todd McShay released the latest version of his mock draft Monday morning and this time around he has a defensive end selected for the Pittsburgh Steelers at 22nd overall.

After previously mocking LSU cornerback Jalen Collins to the Steelers, McShay now has Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead headed to Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

McShay writes:

The Steelers have needs all along their defense, including outside linebacker and cornerback, but Armstead is just a good value pick at this point. I consider him to be an underrated prospect (he’s No. 7 on our board, but the sense I get is he could slip to the second half of the first round) with excellent length, power and violent hands. He’s very good against the run, but his lack of production as a pass-rusher is something of a concern, even though he has all the tools to be a very good one. I’ve also heard some question the consistency of his motor and toughness.

Like most of you, I will be surprised if Armstead ultimately winds up being the selection a month from now. Even if Armstead were the pick, he wouldn’t be able to get on the field much being as Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt will hopefully have both starting defensive end positions locked up for at least the next five years.

What’s interesting is that McShay has the Steelers bypassing outside linebackers Alvin Dupree and Eli Harold in addition to cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Kevin Johnson in order to draft Armstead.

In case you’re curious, McShay now has Collins dropping out of the first round completely.

  • Paddy

    Well that ain’t happening. They will take an edge guy first. The later rounds for CB as their are plenty of great prospects at CB

  • Brian Tollini

    There is a chance this happens. There is also a chance the Browns win the division.

  • John Noh

    Only if it means Happy Trails to Cam Thomas.

  • John Hinton

    The majority of Steelers fans would lose it if Armstead is the pick with solid OLB and CB prospects still on the board at #22.

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  • steeltown

    I’ll be scratching my head for the next couple of yrs if we bypass Dupree or K.Johnson to draft another DE prospect. It’s pretty simple McShay, we need depth at DE not starters, whereas OLB and CB both are lacking starter quality.

  • This is the worst mock draft he has done. Steelers would not pass up two corners they rate high on their board not to mention and pass Bud.

  • JNick

    I think after McShay and Kiper have done multiple mocks, they start over thinking and over analyzing everything. They are also forced to change their picks somewhat so there is some discussion generated.

  • JNick

    The edge guys may all be gone. They may not get an edge rusher in the fist two rounds, and may end up with only a project OLBer coming out of this draft.

  • Chad H

    This has to be the dumbest pick I’ve seen to date. This guy needs to review team needs before he does his mock!

  • AndyR34

    Exactly…could very well be that they end up with someone like Tull or Emmanuel.

  • Burgh Ball

    His Mock fits his nickname – McShart….

  • AndyR34

    Well…what does McShay know? Nothing but how to generate clicks on and conversation about his mock. Why pay attention?

  • James Kling

    McShay should run for Congress. He’s already being paid to be an idiot.

  • AndyR34

    See your last statement!

  • George Apostolos

    Quick poll: if Dupree, Johnson, or Peters are all on the board… Who do you take?

  • steeltown

    Dupree (although I REALLY like K.Johnson) I think we could find a quality CB in the 2nd-4th Rds

  • NinjaMountie

    Dupree for exactly the same reason Steeltown said.

  • Nwall2

    This is exactly the scenario I am struggling with for several reasons. 1, I think Dupree is somewhat of a project. His numbers in college weren’t overly impressive, although I know he did drop into coverage quite a bit which could explain the lower numbers. 2, Peters is a question mark due to his off the field issues, and I think we will never really know if that would/will be the pick until it actually happens. If he is there and the Steelers don’t pick him up, I think that means they are skeptical of his attitude problems. And 3, I love Kevin Johnson, but I think picking him up at 22 is too high..although I wouldn’t hate it if he were the pick at all.

  • John Hinton

    Dupree then best available corner in the 2nd.

  • NinjaMountie

    I was watching the draft special on the NFL Network last night. It had his blowup over Indy not drafting Trent Dilfer. That was pretty funny. I know it’s easy to take pot shots at these guys, but the reality is that it’s not an exact science and neither he or the GMs get it right all the time.

  • steeltown

    I think every edge rusher in this draft could be labeled a “project” all come with their own shortcomings.

  • James Kling

    Just saying, I think he’s the worst of the draft “experts.” I understand that it’s an imperfect science.

  • Nwall2

    Completely agree.

  • T R

    he had to much to drink before this mock..

  • Toddy Bravo

    Any of the three would help the team, but I’d take the safest pick…Kevin Johnson. I previously would have said Dupree, but Harrison’s signing lessened the need IMO. I think we can now add an OLB in round 2-3 and be ok.

  • chris ward

    Can’t see the Steelers going DE in the first round with Heyward and Tuitt on the roster. No way, they pass up on Dupree, Harold, Johnson and Peters, not sure what McShay was thinking.

  • Matt Manzo

    What is wrong with these guys. I’ll go on the record and say this draft will never happen!

  • Another major media draftnik trying to make news? An other major media draftnik exposing his complete and utter ignorance? Take your pick.

    This isn’t going to happen.

  • T R

    they just talk to keep folks talking about them..

  • QB, RB, TE (bc I don’t believe any TE has 1st rd value), C, ILB, and DE are all positions I think we need to avoid in the 1st round no matter who is available. IMO.

  • T R

    Dupree.. but i sho would like johnson too.

  • T R

    sometimes a project is not a project if he got other good guys around them doing good work.. ala Ravens..

  • This is what gets me. You draft a guy in the first round you think is going to be a long-term starter. So, it follows, you don’t draft someone at a position where you have a starter. Like, say, the Steelers wouldn’t draft Mariota or Gurley. It’s pretty simple. Maybe a team that’s stacked at every position could draft purely for luxury, going for the best player regardless, but tell me what team that is.

    For a guy like McShay to have any credibility, he should know that the Steelers already have two starters at DE, including one drafted highly last year. But he apparently does not, or does not care.

    And so we move on…

  • T R

    Cam is his own undoing. he don’t need shove out the door by no one..

  • NinjaMountie

    Yea, not coming down on you. I think he seems to be one of the more arrogant ones, that’s for sure.

  • PittsburghSports

    What bothers me most is not the position, considering we have 2 long term, high draft pick starters in Heyward and Tuitt, but the fact there’s like 15 or so 1st rd possible prospects the Steelers have been linked to by interviews or whatever, and Armstead is not one of them. This is why ESPN insider, McShay and Kiper are obsolete. Get some pop-up ads and stop charging people for information when you know nothing more than a lot of the hardworking draftniks on twitter.

  • MDPensFan

    This is why they need to move the draft up a month. Enough of these stupid mocks, which the “experts” obviously put no thought into.

  • Ike Evans

    Todd todd Todd Todd!!!!

  • DoctorNoah

    Ridonkulous. No reason to go this direction in the draft. We have Heyward, Tuitt, McClendon and McCullers. We need an OLB pass rusher but tgis guy isnt a convertible 4-3 DE. McShay whiffed on this one

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  • StrengthOfVictory

    The more mocks I look at, the more likely I see someone of real value falling to the Steelers. The only question is: Which position will it be? Will some edge rushers be gone by 22? Yes, but how many? Will some defensive backs be gone by 22? Yes, but how many?

    And who knows, the BPA might end up being a receiver. (The Steelers have a pre-draft visit scheduled with DeVante Parker, because that might be the position they find themselves in.)

    Two draft scenarios that seem more and more likely to me the closer to May we get are these: 1) The Browns will draft Maxx Williams with their second first-rounder (and ruin him), and 2) The Ravens will leapfrog the Steelers in the first round using the wealth of picks they have to trade away.

  • NinjaMountie

    Nevermind…I was thinking of Kiper. I don’t mind McShay all that much, it’s Kiper I think is the arrogant one.

  • Biggie

    This pick would may no sense at all. Why bring in a depth guy to Tuitt, Heyward in Rd 1. Dupree or one of the CBs would make most sense in this scenario.

  • BradleyT

    Anybody could do McShay’s job smh

  • CW

    Well, thanks for an incredibly bizarre first round pick. Yeah, they’ve got Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt, but why not take a guy that will at best be a rotational player behind those two.


  • Jason Vancil

    Not going to happen. Next story please.

  • Thom

    Nonsense. Kevin Johnson all the way.

  • Ryan

    If Dupree, Harris, Peters and Johnson are still on the board and we bypass them for DE I can’t even describe how pissed I’d be.

  • cencalsteeler

    Yeah, that’s what I was thinking….. made the mock on his happy hour cocktail napkin.

  • Jollyrob68

    I think The Steelers take Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest if he’s on the board and I think Collins slips out of the first round because of his foot surgery.
    I’m not convinced the Steelers see Harold as the 22 best player in the draft or would take the 5th best olb Dupree over the 2nd best CB on their board.
    Now is Shane Ray slips Mike Tomlin is taking him and running to the podium in record time.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Like Tull as a project.

  • mem359

    Does anyone else consider Armstead a top-10 selection (#7 according to McShay)?

    IF that was true, and IF he was available at pick 22, I could see the Steelers selecting him… and hopefully finding a good trade partner (in picks or players) that wants him.

  • keith evans

    This simply won’t happen, more likely a round 4 and beyond for a DE, i like Leterrius Walton, Central Mich.

  • H.K. northern cali

    If anyone thinks they know what the steelers are going to do in the first rd there crazy!

  • Tammie Sherrell Hill

    As much as would love to get Peters in rd one or one of the other top tier cbs I probably would go Dupree for the simple fact that there seems to be better talent at cbs in later rds and it’s a bigger drop off for lovers jmo but would love Peters and orchard in second

  • Zarbor

    McSham is a clown. Him and Kiper know little to nothing about the team needs and just make crap up. Pass Rush is one of the biggest priorities of this defense and he thinks we are going to select someone who is NOT a very good one? Not to mention, its the Steel City, home of the hardworker and we will select a dude that is questionable with toughness? What a joke.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Well Manning and Dilfer do have something in common.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Peters! There is a ton of depth at the pass rushing position. I like Johnson a lot, and he is probably the most pro-ready. I think Peters fits really well into what we are doing and super physical at the point of attack!

    Tomlin and co will straighten this guy out or they will send Silverback after him!

  • gdeuce

    McShay is probably the worst of all the “expert” draft guys, he seriously knows nothing about each team and their best fit prospects

  • PittsburghSports

    I could see them going 2 or 3 if the right player dropped, but still that’s high. Definitely not 1.

  • Vinhuddle

    Now that’s a good late rd sleeper to keep an eye on

  • Vinhuddle

    The Demon Deacon, then Peters.

  • Vinhuddle

    A head scratcher of a selection by McShay, maybe his next one will be them picking Hundley as a replacement for Big Ben or something almost as off the wall.

  • Richard Kim

    You guys have no idea who this kid is, if he dropped to #22 this would be by far the best BPA.
    Arik is the most talented Defensive player in the draft, a pure sleeper.
    But really not in a late round sense, this kid will be drafted in the 1st mark my words.
    His biggest issue is consistency by make no doubt about it He is the most talented Defensive Lineman in this draft.

  • John Hinton

    Richard, with all due respect, Jameis Winston may be the most talented Offensive player in the draft but there is NO WAY the Steelers will draft him with Big Ben already in place. This is why you see the responses to this post.

  • Devon Day

    Ah… Todd McSay… the Mike Florio of mocks.

  • steelster

    If he was the most talented player he wouldn’t be a sleeper.

  • Richard Kim

    He’ll be drafted in the 1st round.
    He’ll probably go between mid to late, so can you really call him a sleeper??

  • Richard Kim

    Alex can we please get a profile on this kid???

  • RMSteeler

    McShay and Kiper = Dumb and Dumber, except not close to being as “good” as the movie.

  • Richard Kim

    I would hardly compare the 2.
    Yes we need the CB and OLB positions to be addressed.
    But at the same time I’m not sure you can say our DL is completed.
    Years past our LB and DB flourished because of our DL.
    I would rather groom a phenomenal DL and piece the rest any day of the week…

  • Steve Johnson

    Bypassing Alvin Dupree? I could see them bypassing Marcus Peters or Eli Harold, but I can’t see why they would overlook Dupree or Kevin Johnson, especially if both of them were there at #22. Armstead is good against the run, but isn’t that good or consistent against the pass? With that being said, I cannot see them going with this kid at #22. The two things the Steelers Defense lacks is a better pass rush and protection against the pass. Colbert and Tomlin cannot mess this draft up, it’s too important. And Please! Can they stop drafting project players, especially in the first round. Why would Colbert go on record and make a statement “I don’t expect these players to come in and start right away.” If your focus is on drafting project players, that’s exactly what you will possibly get.

  • Steve Johnson

    And I would be one of them.

  • Steve Johnson

    Now that was funny.

  • John Hinton

    He already did a profile on Armstead

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  • Vinhuddle

    I wonder how many of us were more than surprised when Shaziers name was called last yr. I didn’t see that one coming at all.

  • stellarsfan

    Caliendo is hilarious. You should check out the Dari and Mel podcast that he was on a couple weeks ago.

  • stellarsfan

    Who’s Harris?

  • stellarsfan

    Is Keith Butler working on a new 3 DE defensive front? I’m sorry but heyward isnt going anywhere and tuitt showed well in his rookie campaign and should only continue to get better.

    What’s more valuable to the Steelers right now? A starting OLB/CB or rotational backup DE?

    We need starters in round one, and OLB/CB are our biggest needs, end of story.

  • stellarsfan

    Arik is the most talented defensive player in this draft over Leonard Williams, Fowler, Waynes, Beasley, Shelton, Ray, etc? no way. Did u go to Oregon or something?

  • Ike Evans

    Lol the funniest

  • LucasY59

    If he was so great against the run then Oregon would have a national championship and he would truly deserve a top ten pick, Ohio St ran all over Oregon, If he could use his size to be a dominating player he wouldn’t be a poor pass rusher. he does have some measurable’s and potential to be a great player but I don’t see it happening, would rather take the upside of a J. Collins or the character risk of Peters, and there is no way I would choose him over Dupree (even if they didn’t already have Heyward and Tuitt, which makes taking him an even worse decision)

  • LucasY59

    there really was no story…

  • LucasY59

    Only way he is worth the 22nd pick is as trade bait

  • LucasY59

    any of those 3 would be OK, but Dupree because the Talent of the OLB prospects drops after him, CB will still have some good ones available in 2nd rd

  • Reno

    Agree. He basically said we are not going to take one player over another just because the one player can start or contribute right away. Like yourself I don’t agree with that statement when they could more than likely need at least immediate contribution at both OLB or CB. When he makes that kind of statement it makes me think he would select a player like J. Collins over Johnson.

    What if Allen fails again and Blake shows he is no better than a #3 CB? And you are right he absolutely needs to get it right.

  • LucasY59

    2nd rd OLB’s will most likely be a repeat of Worilds (without the overpriced contract and retirement) I could be wrong tho and Dupree is a repeat of JJ, but lets hope not

  • Scott

    Do some of these people even bother to check out a teams roster before putting their mock drafts together?

  • Ryan

    Ooops i meant Harold…stupid auto correct

  • Scott

    I predict his next updated mock will have us drafting a center in the first, just in case Pouncey is abducted by aliens.

  • Lil Smitty

    “Forced to change their picks” or know that they will again in a week so lets put this guy there, and that guy there, etc…etc…,

  • Lil Smitty

    There was a profile of him. As I Rea about his measurables, I became excited. Then I saw a GIF where he missed a tackle and watched as the play continued as he slowly got up off the ground. I personally would rather have lesser athlete with a bigger desire(heart).
    He may be an all pro eventually, but not after I saw that.

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    Really like Kyle Emanuel, I have never been so excited for a guy I’m hoping to get in rounds 5-7 lol

  • Lil Smitty

    Wasn’t it McShay that said we would draft Eric Ebron on a panel discussion and Bill Polian laughed at him because the Steelers demand their tight ends to block.

  • JesusChristTheGodMan .

    at least Kiper wouldn’t mock us a 5 tech lol, although he has been mocking us Landon Collins (but I can’t say that’s as ridiculous as mocking us a 5 tech in the 1st with Tuitt and Heyward already at those spots, expecting to be starting there for several years)

  • Richard Kim

    As you may know I’m very high on Fowler, he’s similar to Dupree in the sense of moving 10-15 spots in the draft prior to the Combine.
    As far as Williams he’s good, a poor mans Nadamdkah Suh.
    But honestly yes Arik has the most tools and athletism than anybody in this years draft.
    Can’t compare Beasley or Ray to Arik…
    Shelton and Wayne’s totally different positions.
    But we’ll see come draft day, I think the only 2 who go before Arik is Fowler and Williams.


    Everyone is screaming how horrible this pick would be. If he’s the Best Player Available doesn’t that squash the theory that Colbert takes the BPA and doesn’t draft based on need?