2015 NFL Mock Draft: Pro Football Focus Sends Landon Collins, JaCorey Shepherd To Steelers

Pro Football Focus released a very different mock draft on Tuesday that included two rounds worth of selections. They do, however, make it clear that they not trying to predict anything. Instead, they are using their college data to make what they feel is the best decision for each of the 32 teams.

In the first-round, PFF has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Alabama safety Landon Collins with the 22nd overall selection.

PFF writes:

With Troy Polamalu retiring, this is one of the draft’s great first round fits. Collins can play in and around the line of scrimmage against the run while covering tight ends and playing some deep safety when necessary.

You should note that cornerback Kevin Johnson, Byron Jones, Alvin Dupree and Randy Gregory all failed to get selected in the first round. Additionally, Nelson Agholor, Henry Anderson, Devin Smith, Grady Jarrett, Hau’oli Kikaha and Troy Hill are all names that aren’t normally associated as being first-round selections. In fact, Hill, a cornerback out of Oregon, might even go undrafted.

In round two, PFF has the Steelers selecting Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd. See, I told you this was very different.

PFF writes:

Some monster games for Shepherd helped improve his stock with us, chiefly his outing against TCU which was really something to behold. Pittsburgh has finally said goodbye to Ike Taylor and are always in the market for a value cornerback.

Shepherd, who measured in at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at 5-11, 199-pounds,  had 32 passes defensed and 5 interceptions over the last two seasons as a starter. He was a 2014 First-team All-Big 12 selection. I don’t want to embarrass him by posting his 40-yard dash time.

I think we’re pretty close to reaching the end of the mock draft round for this year and thank God for that. Wow, just wow.

  • PFF continues to confuse me.

  • NinjaMountie

    Bwaahahahhaahahahaha…I think I’d seriously consider abandoning the team if this was their draft this year.

  • Ray

    Agholor is a name going in first rounds now. Scouts like him a lot better than media. He’s going in the top 20 in a lot of mocks

  • Ray

    They have Gregory going 6th….

  • Biggie

    Worst mock I’ve seen so far. A true box safety who isn’t an upgrade and a 5th round rated slow cb neither of which can cover well. Try, try again.

  • 20Stoney

    The simplicity of some of these mocks are kind of laughable. Troy retires. Steelers take his replacement in round 1. Ike goes, Steelers draft corner in round 2. Don’t forget Keisel is gone. Have to draft a DE in the third!

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  • Devon Day

    …… :/

    In other mocks, such as CBS Sports:

    22. Pittsburgh Steelers — Alabama S Landon Collins: He’s a safety in the same Troy Polamalu mold. He can play near the line of scrimmage to cause all kinds of problems for a defense. I worry about him in space, but Polamalu wasn’t great there either.

    Note the last sentence…. I personally laughed quite hard.

  • steeltown

    Henry Anderson, Trey Flowers and Troy Hill in the 1st Rd???….i’m speechless

  • kdubs412

    Wow really does say it all in regards to this. They are on another planet.

  • cp72

    I am kinda hoping Anderson lasts to the 3rd. Doubt it will happen. I have seen a few mocks that had him in the 1st round.

  • steeltown

    I really like Anderson, a lot, but there’s no way i’m even considering him before the 3rd Rd

  • Ike Evans

    They need to stick to nerd things

  • Hawkeye

    Yeah, those picks are horrible!

  • Heather Danis

    Consider the source and the lack of understanding of what the team looks for. I like Shephard too but he’s not a 2nd round prospect. Collins isn’t a playmaker in coverage and would be a liability in our secondary in coverage support to the CBs. He hits great but that isn’t everything we need in a 1st round safety prospect.

  • Heather Danis

    Agreed. He mostly gets the job done according to scouts and tape but his technique is awful. Definitely 3rd at a minimum

  • Heather Danis

    Me too. Troy was awesome in coverage until he lost his speed and started to get more calf injuries. Collins doesn’t have that speed or instinctive talent but many are trying to make him into something he just isn’t

  • Yet another reason to ignore PFF, for the most part. “Different” and “Wow, just wow” are nice euphemisms, Dave.

  • I think Collins should be in the discussion as a possible (surprise) first-round pick for the Steelers, but I agree that assessment is just stupid. Shows how myopic some of these “experts” are.

  • Lil Smitty

    Keisel was a seventh rounder. To upgrade we draft his replacement in the sixth.

  • disqus_WrRvUyG2DA

    I think after hearing Tomlin and Colbert speak ahead of the draft. The selection will be… Landon Collins. There are not many quality safeties in the draft. If Collins is off the board hopefully they can get the best cover corner in the draft. Marcus Peters

  • John

    Having read quite a bit about actual secondary play in terms of who fits what scheme, the choices for us would seem to be Johnson, Jones, PJ Williams or the guy from Florida Atlantic. Maybe a safety but not in round one. First pick may be a big surprise.