Steelers 2015 Draft: Five Day-Two Prospects To Watch Out For

Day one of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books. Moving right into day-two with rounds two and three, here is a list of prospects to keep an eye on for the Pittsburgh Steelers during Friday’s action.

Adrian Amos/SS Penn St: The second round is too high but the third seems like an appropriate fit for the former Nittany Lion. Only concern is the Philadelphia Eagles scoop him up a few picks ahead of the Steelers.

Amos is a player that has few flays. He’s not a playmaker and has to improve his eye discipline but a worthy hitter of the “strong safety” moniker with the athleticism to be used in man coverage. Hybrid player who spent plenty of time in-the-box in 2014.

Not a sexy pick but when that should make Steelers’ fans happy.

Henry Anderson/DE Stanford: Defensive end hasn’t been mentioned much but it was just a few short months ago cutting Cam Thomas was a foregone conclusion. It looks like Thomas is here to stay but it doesn’t mean the position shouldn’t be addressed. It’s just a tough class to try and do it. Anderson has just average length for a 6’6 frame but wins with a unique first step who can penetrate and disrupt. Asset as a pass rusher, too. Another option in round two.

Sammie Coates/WR Auburn: A big body who can fly, the team brought Coates in for a pre-draft visit. Throughout the process, the team has left not-so-subtle hints at addressing the position before Friday is over. There’s a strong possibility Coates will be on the board at 56 and it shouldn’t shock anyone if the Steelers pull the trigger.

The former Tiger averaged 21.8 yards per catch in 2014 and his numbers are very much in-line with what Martavis Bryant did in his final year at Clemson.

Quinten Rollins/CB Miami (OH): Perhaps a player that will slip down into the third. Not inconceivable that happens with Jalen Collins, P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby, and Alex Carter still on the board.

Would scoop Rollins up without a second thought if that’s how it played out. He never materialized into the first rounder I thought he could be but the traits are all still there. One-year kid who switched from basketball to football only to become the MAC defensive player of the year after picking off seven passes.

He’s physical and willing to hit. Rawness will show up on tape and his straight-line speed isn’t great but masked by a zone scheme.

Taking him in the third and then another corner in the fifth seems like a very Steelers’ move.

Eric Rowe/CB Utah: So much for that gut feeling. Rowe was not the Steelers’ first pick but now becomes a legitimate option in the second. He’s still a hybrid kid who I’d feel is better served as a free safety but with his size and fast 40 times, I imagine several teams are going to try and keep him at corner.

His 34 career breakups rank third in Utah history. The second round version of Byron Jones. Someone else the team has brought in for a visit.

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  • cp72

    Man I know it’s not a big need, but I think Henry Anderson is gonna be a very good 5T. He reminds me so much of Aaron Smith it’s scary.

  • superfan

    Forget about tape, combine numbers, and stats, the most important aspect of any player is his name. The Steelers already drafted the guy with the best name in the first round – Bud Dupree. Now they need to chase another great name guy – Maxx Williams!

    Seriously though, if Maxx is there when the Steelers draft, would they take him? Or is the secondary need so pressing that they’d have to pass?

  • cp72

    The good news is they may have to make that very decision….gonna be some nice fits when they pick.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    i can see some of the very good WR’s falling to the Steelers in the second round since six were taken in the first round, Coates or Strong. I know that would make a lot of people nervous with no CB’s in the first two rounds. I wouldn’t mind Rollins or Rowe in the second round, if they fall that far. It might have to be BPA in the second. Then you have Nelson, Carter, or Grant in the third round.

  • Devon Day

    I have Carter mocked in round two.

  • PittsburghSports

    My Rd. 2 picks would be…

    Eric Rowe
    Jalen Collins
    Quinton Rollins
    Landon Collins
    Devin Smith
    Jaelen Strong
    Sammie Coates
    La’el Collins???
    T.J. Clemmings
    Donovan Smith
    Maxx Willimas
    Eddie Goldman
    Grady Jarrett
    Michael Bennett
    Mario Edwards

    No doubt Rowe is my favorite. Would love to have any guy on this list though. Only players I don’t want are the FSU CBs. Also be interesting to see where OLBs Gregory, Smith, Diggy, Harold and Orchard land.

  • Devon Day

    Should Pittsburgh take Maxx? No.

  • PittsburghSports

    Tough question. I think it all depends on how the Steelers view his attitude.

  • Devon Day

    La’el, Donovan, Randy, TJ, Eddie, Landon, Jalen, Rowe (possibly), Strong, and Williams are likely to be gone. Others I haven’t mentioned will likely be on the board.

  • Paddy

    I would be happy with any one of the first 6

  • steeltown

    I like him as well. He could slip to the 3rd Rd IMO

  • SnoopDogg123

    I have TJ Clemmings mocked in the 2nd round, but I’d take Maxx Williams if he’s available. BPA & he’s the red zone weapon they need.

  • Brian Miller

    I wouldn’t mind them double dipping in 2nd and taking kikiha, oo, or orchard and then taking carter, rollins, grant or Nelson in the 3rd.

  • It’s interesting… I think most of us thought the Steelers would go CB in the first, with OLB in the second or third given the depth there. Now with Dupree taken, we have to rethink how the draft might play out. Certainly there are lots of options, but I would hope the Steelers go CB in 2 or 3 — I think they have to — then grab another one later. If they think a good CB can be had in 3, 2 becomes a sort of luxury pick. Could go TE or WR, could go DE (Anderson is intriguing), could go S, could even go o-line (would they consider La’el Collins?) And there are a lot of big names that could still be around, a Tuitt-level talent who falls a bit.

    If I had to mock it, I’d say they go Rowe if he’s available, though I doubt he will be. If not, I’d say Coates. Other top options would be Maxx, Landon, and Strong, but I suspect they’ll be gone. Then I’d go for Rollins in the third, though of course there are other solid CBs to be had around then as well. So I don’t think they’ll reach for a CB in the second. But what do I know?

  • westcoasteeler

    Just gonna type the Kikiha or Orchard thing, but kinda hopin for Rowe

  • Pricopea

    I would tj clemmings in the second, that would be a steal

  • steeltown

    There’s some talented borderline 1st Rd talent on that board, hopefully one of them falls. I’d also add Clive Walford

  • steeltown

    Very true. If they don’t go CB in Rd2 (because the value isnt there) then anythings possible, there’s still a lot of good CB talent in the 3rd Rd

  • westcoasteeler

    So you’re saying Rowe might be there?

  • cp72

    Getting a feeling Jalen Collins might be the pick. He would have to fall a bit, but I never thought Dupree would get that far.

    1. Bud Dupree
    2. Jalen Collins
    WOW!!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I really like Anderson, yet to almost everybody else he’s an afterthought. If they can get a CB in round 2, Anderson might be forgotten and scooped up in the 3rd. imagine that. Even if the safeties play great Adrian Amoss could immediately help on ST.
    Perhaps:
    2. Rowe.
    3. Anderson.
    4. Amos.
    That would go a little ways to improving the D. I still want O line depth, a late WR and another CB later.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    As much as they are desperate for CB help, this is a scenario that may play out.

  • kev4heels

    If you want Rollins, you will have to take him in the 2nd. I would do it if he was available. Follow up with BPA of OL/TE/WR in the 3rd. Maybe a guy like Clive Walford slides a bit. I would trade a 5th to move up 5-10 spots and grab him in the 3rd if he were available.
    JMO

  • Jake Ison

    2: Maxx Williams
    3: Josh Shaw

    Boom.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    WR discussion. Colbert likes the depth. A crapload get taken in round 1. There will be a lull in the action. Steelers wait until mid or late rounds and still get a good one. Remember last year?

  • cp72

    I see guard as more of a priority than tackle. I know Beachum can play guard, but he’s becoming a very good tackle.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I want Strong to fall to the Steelers SO bad, but with Cleveland and KC picking ahead of us, I just don’t see him making it that far. (Then again, maybe one of them takes a chance on Beckham?) Coates I really like, but he strikes me as more of a third-rounder. Of course it all depends on where the Steelers have him ranked.

    Rounds 2 and 3 should be fun to watch!

  • Louis Goetz

    I don’t understand the focus on WR other than the dire need for a return man. The Steelers cannot keep rolling the dice with AB returning kicks and punts every week. There should be returners available late in the draft, like West Virginia’s Mario Alford or if you want than just a returner, someone like Tyler Lockett should be available in the 4th. With Wheaton playing under a rookie deal for another two years, and Bryant only entering his second season, there isn’t another position in the team that is more secure.

  • Rick M

    Unfortunately, I won’t be surprised if Baltimore flexes its 10-draft-pick muscle tonight and moves ahead of the Steelers to grab a secondary player. Hope I’m wrong.

  • Steelers58

    I’m all for BPA. But historically there is gonna be an offensive player taken in either the 2 or 3 rd round. It is gonna be interesting.
    On another note, the jets picking Leonard Williams blew me away. Look at that front: S. Richardson, Wilkerson, and Williams. WOW!!!!

  • cp72

    Do you think Shaw is a safety or corner?

  • SnoopDogg123

    I also like Beachum at left tackle. It seems like the Steelers have shown interest in Clemmings which is my reason for mocking him in the 2nd round. Maybe they think Clemmings is capable of playing guard? He could definitely play right tackle.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Here is how I would play this: Rowe if available. If not Orchard or Clive Walford.

  • westcoasteeler

    I love it and hate it cause Colbert likes to ‘wait it out’. Sometimes it works. Don’t want Balti to make sweet moves, either.

  • Rick M

    Wish Colbert would move around a bit more as well, especially to collect picks. I realize he’s in a box this year as far as moving up as we can’t afford to gamble and give away picks.

    Then again, we gave away a valuable 3rd-round pick to move up only 11 spots in the 4th round in 2013 to get Shamarko Thomas. And we gave away a 6th rounder the year before to move up 10 spots to take Ta’amu. Maybe it’s better we stay right where we are lol.

  • Jollyrob68

    I hope they had their head of security and local police chief calling to find out what’s going on with La’El Collins. He would be the absolute steal of the draft

  • westcoasteeler

    Right there with ya.

    Hard for Shamarko to earn trust with Troy around. Wondering if we address his position or not.

  • Jollyrob68

    Eric Rowe, Coates,Strong,La’El, Carter,Collins,Golson. Trade down Amos

  • James Kling

    La’el would be a gutsy call. If he is involved, we could be tossing a premium pick.

  • James Kling

    Who does he replace? Or does he just sit a few years, maybe get some rotational action?

  • James Kling

    I don’t think Strong falls that far. Would be an interesting option though!

  • Jeff Anoble

    I’m up for Collins tonight. Landon Collins , Jalen Collins, and hell even Tom Collins as my drink of choice. Throw in a call to Louisianna police and you may get La”el Collins.

  • LucasY59

    the problem is the police arent interviewing Collins until after the draft and because of the high profile the case is getting they will be very tight lipped and most likely nothing is going to leak out

  • LucasY59

    yep and they get two chances a year to break Tom Lady!

  • LucasY59

    If they move or stay they will most likely get some players the Steelers would want (on their roster) or dont want to face twice a year

  • Zhan

    Glad to see Rollins on this list. I like him a lot, and wouldn’t even mind seeing the Steelers take him in the second.

    One guy I don’t want is Alex Carter. Terrible hands, no ball skills at all, Ike 2.0. The guy couldn’t catch a cold. If he played for ten years he may never get an interception…

  • ATL96STEELER

    That makes perfect sense…10 draft picks are not making your squad…hopefully it doesn’t happen here.

  • PittsburghSports

    Hmmm, starting to think maybe we should just get it over with and take Steven Nelson in Rd 2.

  • steelersfan

    Trade up for Rowe

  • SteelerMike

    I’d love to see them take Orchard, but highly doubt they double dip. It should be the top priority to fix the pass rush and betting they will be 2 for 2 with JJ and Dupree is not realistic. Agree with the corner group in the third.

  • Matt Manzo

    Rowe, Coates, Maxx Williams!
    Rollins in 3 and Celiscar in 5 would be AWESOME!

  • Devon Day

    I said it is possible. However, we will have to see.