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.