Bryan 2017 Steelers Mock Draft: Version 1.0 – Pre-Combine

With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine about to get underway in Indianapolis next week, it’s time for me to release my first Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft of the 2017 offseason. I normally like to have my first one done just after the Senior Bowl wraps up but thanks to the Steelers having a deep playoff run it put me way behind most others when it comes to me having time to scout players.

As usual, I ask that you focus on the players who I have mocked to the Steelers and not so much the round. I understand that a few might go higher or lower than what I have them.

My next mock draft will be posted a week or so after the combine.

1st Round – Pick 30 – 30th Overall – Carl Lawson – OLB – Auburn – The Steelers need to draft an edge-rusher early and I think there’s a good chance Lawson could be in their sights at 30th overall. He certainly checks a lot of boxes when it comes to him potentially being a Steelers first round-selection. Sure, he needs to get stronger and develop his play against the run, but he should be able to contribute immediately as a pass-rusher during his rookie season as a rotational player on either side. Due to his injury history, Lawson’s medical checks at the combine will obviously be huge as will his ability to perform well in the dropping drills that he’s sure to be asked to go through. Lawson without a doubt is a top-50 player in this year’s class and over the course of the next several weeks we should find out if he’s a top-30 player.

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2nd Round – Pick 30 – 62nd Overall – Derek Rivers – OLB – Youngstown State – Yes, I realize several have Rivers as a first-round selection but as we sit here in late February I think he’ll ultimately wind up coming off the board somewhere during day-two. Personally, I’d like to see the Steelers draft a few edge-rushers early and should Rivers indeed wind up falling deep into the second-round, he certainly would be hard to pass up. Regardless of where I have Rivers in my mock, he certainly will be a player to watch during this year’s combine and I’m actively finding more tape on him to watch after he leaves Indianapolis.

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3rd Round – Pick 30 – 94th Overall – Isaiah Ford – WR – Virginia Tech – With the future of Steelers wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Sammie Coates somewhat in question, the organization might very well look to draft another deep threat play-maker at some point during the draft. The third round would present a great opportunity to do just that and Ford appears to fit the bill. I counted at least 16 explosive play receptions by Ford last season and am excited to see how he times in Indianapolis. One of us will be breaking down Ford on the site soon.

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3rd Round – Pick 41 – 105th Overall – Wayne Gallman – RB – Clemson – Now that we know the Steelers will have a third-round compensatory pick, that might be the perfect time to select a running back. Of the ones who I think have a chance of still being on the board come time for the 105th overall selection, Gallman might be the best of the bunch. Gallman managed to register at least 20 pass receptions during his college career in addition to 5.07 yards per carry.

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4th Round – Pick 29 – 135th Overall – Corn Elder – CB – Miami – After reading the breakdown of Elder that Alex Kozora has already posted, I am sold on the Miami product potentially being a fit with the Steelers as a slot defender. While a bit undersized, he’s physical and fast and always seems to be around the football. Perhaps the Steelers can grab him with one of their two third-round selections. Regardless, I suspect the Steelers will get an even closer look at Elder following the combine as it would be foolish for them not to attend his Miami pro day.

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5th Round – Pick 30 – 173rd Overall – Tedric Thompson – FS – Colorado – Assuming he’s still on the board at this point, Thompson appears to be a great safety candidate for the Steelers. While he can apparently play both strong and free, it looks like he’s best suited to play the later of the two. This is another player I’m sure quite a few people will be talking about after the combine and we certainly plan on profiling him on the site in the coming weeks. His consensus draft stock currently appears to be round 5 or later so he fits in great with my first mock.

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6th Round – Pick 30 – 213th Overall – George Kittle – TE – Iowa – Assuming the Steelers keep Ladarius Green, they probably won’t spend an early-round selection on a tight end. They could still address position later in the draft, however, and especially being as they might want to look for an upgrade over David Johnson. Kittle is one of my favorite late-value tight ends and mostly because of his blocking. He can also catch so that’s a plus even though he’s not a dangerous vertical threat. Kittle’s tape should endear him to the Steelers.

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7th Round – Pick 30 – 248th Overall – Hardy Nickerson Jr. – ILB – Illinois – I really struggled to find a late inside linebacker that I like so went with one I know a little bit about. Nickerson is of course the son of former NFL linebacker Hardy Nickerson, who was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth-round of the 1987 Draft. The younger Nickerson transferred to Illinois from Cal prior to the 2016 season to play for his father who was hired to be the team’s defensive coordinator. The young linebacker certainly has his warts but still managed to register over 350 total tackles during his college career.

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  • Steelers12

    i have been saying i hope we take 2 pass rushers in the first 3 rounds, i would like to see 2 OLBs and a CB taken with the 1st 3 picks

  • CP72

    Good stuff Dave. I don’t know what
    round, but I feel like the Steelers will take a QB at some point this year. When AR2 speaks Colbert usually listens.

    Love the Gallman pick. Think he’s a very undervalued player.

  • SteelersDepot

    I’m not ruling out the possibility of it but couldn’t fit one in this mock. additionally, I personally hope they don’t draft one. lol

  • CP72

    Yeah no kidding. Everytime on Fanspeak when I use one of the 3rd rounders on Peterman or Davis Webb I cringe a little.

  • falconsaftey43

    I just cant see them spending 2 high picks on OLBs. Not unless they dont bring Harrison back. When they have good ones, they dont like to rotate them much. Dupree appears to be a keeper, so I just cant see them spending 2 high picks at the position.

  • SteelersDepot

    My reason: Harrison done after 2017 and Father time is going to get him at some point. Moats is nothing special now and Chickillo is just a depth guy.

  • jger15

    Agreed — seems like the stars would have to align properly but I wouldn’t mind it especially if Lawson goes to them in the first round with Rivers serving as insurance with his injury history. Also while I’m a fan of Dupree, not sure he’s consistent enough yet. Seems to get pushed up the arc still.

  • falconsaftey43

    Not disagreeing with you there. Just seems like a lot of other positions that could use the added depth, especially the secondary.

  • Thomas

    Pretty good draft, but I would change 2 things: Instead of Rivers I would select another CB, we need more depth on the outside. I would also try to snag one of the later round QBs of Dobbs, Lunt, or Evans. Maybe replace the TE or ILB for QB.

  • SteelersDepot

    Is it likely to happen> absolutely not, but I think you can see my reasoning and want? Don’t worry, I have three or 4 mocks left to do. lol

  • Scott

    Horrible Mock Draft here!

  • SteelersDepot

    Superb analysis and why you are such a great asset to the site.

  • Andrew

    I honestly really like this mock. I would switch one of the OLB’s to a CB (Honestly, I like Rivers over Lawson) and grab a CB. If you’re dead set on taking OLBs 1 and two, than switch the CB and RB. Love the late round picks though.

  • NinjaMountie

    Pretty good draft. I love Lawson, but like you I’m worried about his injury history. I don’t know what you think, but people that are often injured in college don’t seem to stay healthy in the NFL. I could be wrong.
    Do you really think they’d go OLB with 1 and 2? I agree on the double-dipping but I’m not sure they’ll do that. Still, if it’s the best player available at the time I wouldn’t have a problem with it. I’m sure that would definitely spell the end for Moats; though, I’m thinking that’s in the cards anyway.

  • NinjaMountie

    I think there will be some UD guys that are interesting. That or 6th or 7th rounders. I think there are some FCS QBs out there that are interesting projects. Kid from Montana comes to mind.

  • SteelersDepot

    Do i think they will double-dip early? Probably not but was dying to see what I could put together if they somehow did and was also curious to see how much push-back I would get in doing so.

  • falconsaftey43

    I’d be 100% on board with doing since it is the biggest weakness. I just dont see them doing it. Not unless one of them coild play ILB also (Reddick).

  • Ni mo

    😂😂

  • NinjaMountie

    I’ve had Lawson available in almost every draft simulator I’ve done. Do you think he’ll last that long in reality? I’m not as up on the other team needs as I was in previous seasons.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I love Lawson in the 1st…not sure I would go OLB again in the 2nd more like in the 5-7 rounds…someone like Ejuan Price, Devonte Fields or maybe James Onwualu. Do not mind Gallman but I like Alvin Kamara or Kareem Hunt better as far as WR also in the 3rd I’m not sold that we need a WR that early but can’t argue with your logic and Ford is fine but I do like Taywan Taylor and DeDe Westbrook around there, I am a fan of Elder and like the pick but if Kazee is available I like his tenacity better as a tackler, I was basically shocked when I saw SD do a write up on Kittle as I had my eyes on him but seen him very little as being drafted in many mocks but I am on board with him but I could also go Cethan Carter, Josiah Price and if Michael Roberts somehow is available he would be my pick and the 7th pick with Nickerson is a good pick IMO but with the tape I have seen in him he is like a VW clone which would be fine as I like VW a lot. Good draft Dave except for the 2nd pick which is more position than player…Rivers is a decent prospect.

  • Phillip Dssturk Dobrensky

    Agreed completely. I see OLB 1st RD but CB/S second RD. DE/RB 3rd Rd.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    lmao

  • NinjaMountie

    You are correct in that it’s the biggest need. I wouldn’t cry if they did it but, like you, I’ll be surprised.
    Why not? It’s our biggest need so why not invest the top two spots. That extra third rounder will help round out the draft.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree falcon…if one guys was more of a DE/OLB edge rusher and the other guy is a athletic freak like Reddick I would be more on board as both guys would be different edge rushers if that makes sense.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    1. Carl Lawson Edge Rusher Auburn- He has a couple of different moves to get at the QB and does it well. He seems to be strong enough to hold the point of attack. His only major negative is his injury history. AR2 has made his statement….we need more consistant pressure and Lawson will help bring this.
    2. Patrick Mahomes QB Texas Tech- Great presence in the pocket with great touch. Does a good job of progressions. Can do a better job of setting feet and needs work on his long ball. The other thing that was evident by AR2 was his assertion that we need better depth at the QB position and I have a sneaky feeling Bens replacement which is why the 2nd round pick.
    3A. Damonte Kazee CB San Diego St- Instinctive, quick, can tackle and has a nasty demeanor. His downside is he is a little bit smaller then you like. With the way the Patriots treated us we see more secondary help is needed. A aging Gay and questions with Golson and make this a bigger need then thought.
    3B. Jarron Jones DL Notre Dame- Quick off the snap and has power to push double teams. Sometimes take himself out of plays. The need to find quality depth to spell Cam and Tuitt is evident late in games when are defense shows an inability to get off the field. A guy like Jones give you quality depth to help keep the starters fresh
    4. Matthew Dayes HB NC State- Short, squatty kinda guy but he has quickness and power while running the ball, can catch it out of the back field and does a good job of blocking on pass protection. At sometime you would think we will try and find some new blood to back up Bell as Williams age has to become an issue and Toussaint is just a guy.
    5. Ejuan Price Edge Rusher Pittsburgh- Athletic kid that can get around the edge in a hurry. Is shorter than you like at the position and did not see him fall back in coverage. The Steelers like to take chances on edge guys late in the draft on smaller athletic edge rushers and Price fits the bill.
    6. Jaylen Reeves Maybin ILB Tennessee- Very athletic and can get through the muck to make plays, can cover TE’s and HB’s. Smaller guy whose season was cut short from injury. Listed as a OLB but played what looks like a hybrid type role for the Vols. See him splitting time at ILB with either Williams or Timmons if still on the team where Jaylen will be in on passing downs.
    7. Cethan Carter TE Nebraska- Athletic TE with good hands and shows good effort in blocking. Wasn’t used a whole lot in the Cornhusker offense as a pass catcher but he looks like a dynamic player. Was mocking just blocking TE’s however with the questions still hovering over Green and Grimble not stepping up the need for a move TE increases.

  • T3xassteelers

    I like it!!! Love the first 2 picks. Would be jumping up and down at that! Don’t know much about Ford though. Will have to look at him more! Would like to have a CB with one of those 2 3rd rounders but I like Gallman as well

  • The Chin

    Same

  • T3xassteelers

    Yup!!! That’s definitely ideal IMO

  • H.K. northern cali

    No d-line help for depth? Would like to wait until later on a rb. Hope cb or d-lineman with one of the 3rd rd picks. Will see. Can’t screw up the extra 3rd pick!!

  • Bruce

    Not too bad, but I feel the Steelers will take a corner somewhere in the first 3 picks.

  • T3xassteelers

    Personally, it’s Mahomes or nobody at all! Would like Webb though in the 4th (another TTU guy) so yes I am a bit of a homer as that’s my school but it’s not often a school has 2 QBs drafted! (And yes, Webb may have went to cal for a year but he’s a red raider through and through lol)

  • pittsburghjoe

    Nice job,Dave. I like the picks. Rush the dang QB. I was thinking OLB in round one, then again in three. I cant argue this though and would be happy. We need to rush the passer. This is the key to the defense, not good cover guys. A good pass rush makes average CB’s look really good.

  • T3xassteelers

    As much as I love the Mahomes pick as he’s my favorite college player ever, I don’t see him falling to our second haha. Heck, I don’t see him going out of the first! But if this happened I’d be ecstatic!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Agreed….its basically Mahomes or nothing as he is the only one that I feel has a chance at being a decent QB in this draft. I could see Webb, Peterman or Kelly but do not feel they have potential starting ability in them…well maybe Kelly but he is a questionable leader.

  • LucasY59

    I think Rivers and Lawson could be switched (the combine will clear that up) but I am actually good with going 1-2 on those players (maybe Reddick-Rivers instead, but even the two traditional OLBS would be a decent idea) getting two edge rushers should fix the pass rush problem, both are quality players

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I had made this draft a few weeks ago and anytime I post it that is normally the response and I can agree as he is the only QB that I would have any comfort in early even including Trubinsky, Kisor and Watson

  • Rene Gonzalez

    Reddick and Rivers… wouldn’t mind that at all

  • Jaybird

    I just can’t see us double dipping in the first and second. Why not just trade up and get a higher rated player if you are going to spend multiple picks on one position.
    I would love to get Lawson in the first though.

  • Steven Mikolich

    I can’t be the only person who thinks this is an awful mock draft like it’s just bad. And yes I’m willing to despuite with anyone who wants to cause it’s just awful

  • falconsaftey43

    Care to give some reasons?

  • Lambert58

    I’d like to see some heated competition at the position. Double dipping early sets that up perfectly.

  • Michael James

    Well, can you at least give some reasons?

  • IchabodTheGloryHasDeparted

    Wondering if you think we sign any free agents and if so, what position and does it change your mock?

  • Steven Mikolich

    Sure carl Lawson like they said is not very strong and didn’t live up to his hype this year he’s built like Jarvis jones and I don’t want another Jarvis Jones. RIvers who plays for a smaller school plays lesser competition so you’d like to see him kill people watch his film I watched three games and he showed no consistent motor if the play got behind him he didn’t chase down ball carrier he just gave up in the third I think Westbrook from Oklahoma, Henderson from Louisiana tech, or Taylor from western Kentucky would all be better options because of there production and polished skills. The HB from clemson is Norbert a bad pick I think you could wait a round to grab him though the saftey from colordo played

  • SteelersDepot

    You registered just to post that and with no analysis about any of the players? Whew!

  • WreckIess

    Can we start a campaign right now to do away with comparing every EDGE someone may not like to Jarvis Jones? Especially when the player is absolutely nothing like Jarvis Jones? It’s just lazy analysis.

  • Steeler4l1f3

    I like all of the picks except for Lawson. His injuries concern me too much for a first round pick. Who else was on the board when you drafted that were taken before Rivers?

    You addressed needs at OLB, RB, WR, Nickel, S and depth at TE. All with quality players that contribute. Nice job!

  • falconsaftey43

    Lawson does struggles against the run, but he is a refined and productive pass rusher. Im not sure what to make of “built like Jones” he is about the same size, bit that has very little to do with anything and all OLBs are going to generally be in that size range. He has way better pass rush skills than Jones.

    I personally was impressed with Rivers film. Dont recall any motor issues, but could have overlooked it.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 mock Draft
    1. Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn – Great pass rushing technique, awesome explosiveness
    2. Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio St. – Very underrated IMO. I think he’s the 3rd best WR in class
    3. Dawuane Smoot, EDGE, Illinois – Much needed depth at the position, but Smoot (a raw player) has a lot of potential
    3(C) Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego St. – He may not make it here. He’s perfect for our scheme though. He plays off, and then he uses great pursuit and tackling skills to get the receiver down fast
    4. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma – Adds depth, and a potential backup to Bell
    5. Jordan Sterns, S, Oklahoma St. – He’s a good athlete and has 6 int’s in the last 2 seasons. Adds depth as well
    6. Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss – I like taking Kelly late. He’s got the tools, he just needs some time to mature
    7. Des Lawrence, CB, North Carolina – I think every team should take at least 2 CB’s a draft

  • Shane Mitchell

    I dont have a problem with the positions just perhaps the order they are drafted, I know everyone wants edge rushers, but the reason I believe most want edge 1st round has more to do with their dislike for how the Steelers run their current defense not the players on the roster, James Harrison performed as a top 10 OLB in the league last season, yet I am certain most were still unhappy with our pass rush, the reason you were likely unhappy about it, has more to do with how much we play our nickel sub package and how infrequently our OLBs actually rush the passer versus dropping in coverage. You are not going to get an upgrade rushing the passer by having James Harrison split snaps with any rookie. So what is accomplished, you arent getting Von Miller at pick 30. Taking Harrison off the field doesnt improve the team and Harrison isnt looking to just be a back up, he only did that because the Steelers already had a big investment in that position when he returned, it is a different scenario now.

    That said, I would also go ILB before double dipping at OLB, Shazier is injury prone and if Timmons doesnt come back we could end up in trouble.

    If the return of Bryant is in doubt whatsoever waiting till round 3 to draft a WR is too big of a gamble because this draft isnt deep with WR prospects especially cant miss ones that would be able to step into the #2 Wr position immediately. It would require a 1st or 2nd round pick and at pick 30 the odds are not bad that one of the top 3 WRs might still be on the board. When your franchise QB is thinking about retiring early you might want to get him another receiver, besides some 4.7 midgets and a guy with broken fingers.

    I would also go Safety before CB, because Will Gay is still one of the best slot CB in the game. safety is the position we need to upgrade to improve the pass defense any further, we are giving up big plays because of our horrible safeties not our CBs.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, I’d be excited as hell to get Mahomes with our 30! Then, R2 get that OLB, R3 grab another OLB and a CB. Now, we’re set for the present and future!

  • falconsaftey43

    So what’s your plan, play a 39 year old Harrison every snap this year and have no one in the system for next year when he retires?

  • Steven Mikolich

    I been reading for a while now just never saw a purpose to ever write anything till I saw this mock

  • H.K. northern cali

    Can u imagine how fired up people would be on this site. If the steelers took a wr rd 1??

  • steelmann58

    I really like the choice of getting two edge rushers,and i think you see them doing thet wr/rb excatly where you have them i just not sure they will wait late to draft a cb

  • Ace

    Love it. Gives me a new FS to look at too. It’s a little shocking to see that early double dip, but I have been banging the drum for OLB help so I can’t complain. I put the importance of CB above RB, but that’s about it. Hard time finding a late round ILB? Sounds like homework to me…

  • Ace

    Yes please. Just because a guy is 6-2 245 doesn’t mean he is JJ. News flash. Most OLB are going to be in that size range man. And wasn’t JJ pretty good against the run anyways?

  • Shane Mitchell

    No, I didnt say dont draft an edge rusher, of course we need another OLB, but drafting one round 1 isnt clearcut because there will likely be a higher rated prospect on the board that would also fill a need and have a bigger impact next season, than a guy that has to learn how to cover and at best would split snaps.

    We can get a similar level prospect 2nd round at OLB and get an impact player round 1 at a different position of need, a player that will not be splitting snaps and make an impact. Any of the top 3 WRs or top 2 TEs would be a better pick than Lawson round 1. Give me John Ross round 1 and best OLB on the board round 2.

    Part of my plan would also involve hiring Kevin Greene to work with our players on pass rush moves, and I think anyone writing off Chickillo already is a bit silly, he was injured most of the season. I think most fans base their entire view of an OLB on one stat sacks which is a short sighted considering how infrequently our OLBs even rush the passer anymore, it is less than 50 percent of passing plays, compared to a player on a different defense that rushes the passer every single down run or pass.

  • Brian Miller

    Hey Dave, just out of curiosity, what did your first mock look like last year?

  • WreckIess

    It’s pretty decent for a mock draft this early in the process. I can agree with the double dip early at OLB. We need to place some young talent at that position and while I don’t know about getting them at one and two, but if the board fell that way I’d love to get Lawson and Rivers in Pittsburgh. I like the Ford pick too because it gives Ben another big body to throw to and one that actually blocks and attacks the ball. I can’t get behind the Gallman pick though. I’m not convinced that they’ll take Juice off the field enough for a 3rd rounder to be worth it for a RB.

  • gjnn

    Round 1: Lawson, to my mind – like McKinley – is just too fragile for a first round pick, in my view. If Charles Harris is there, I’d break a land-speed record in rushing up with my little card – Harris was very close to, and learned a lot from, Markus Golden at Mizzou and he reminds me a lot of Golden, only with a bit more athleticism. If Harris is gone. I’d be happier with Rivers than Lawson at 30. After that, I’d go:-

    Round 2: Desmond King – I really like his ball skills and awareness and he might just still be available here.
    Round 3a: Patrick Mahomes if he’s available, Jake Butt if he’s not. With the compensatory pick, I think we can roll the dice here a bit, with a project at QB or a redshirt TE.
    Round 3b: Joe Mathis – I was sold on the SteelersDepot profile and he seems to be an under-the-radar type.
    Round 4: I’d go RB here. Marlon Mack out of South Florida would be my preference, but I’d be happy with Gallman, Jamaal Williams or Corey Clement as well.
    Round 5: With Dave on this one – TedricThompson would be a good fit. I love his ball skills and physicality – I’ll be interested to see his measurables at the combine. Hes listed at 205 but he looks a little slight to me. If he were to put on 10-15lbs, he could be a missile, with real Special Teams value.
    Round 6: If Kittle were here, I’d be very happy with that pick. I’d also be interested in Tanzel Smart, the DL from Tulane, who’s slightly undersized at 6-1, 300, but has real quickness off the ball. If you get the chance, watch his forced fumble against Army in 2015. One of my favourite plays of the 2015 season. Hargraves/Smart > Hargraves/McCullars
    Round 7: Brian Brown, WR from Richmond. Haven’t seen many pundits mention him, but he’s 6-1, 195, had 81 catches last year, averaged over 18 yards a catch and had a ridiculous TD catch against New Hampshire – well worth a look, if you haven’t seen it. I always like taking a risk with a small-school product late in the draft.

  • WreckIess

    1. Hunter Henry TE
    2. Darian Thompson S
    3. Jordan Jenkins OLB
    4. Jihad Ward DE
    7A. Cassanova Mckinzy ILB
    7B. Taveze Calhoun CB
    7C. Donavon Clark OL

  • Brian Miller

    Thanks Wreckless!!

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i can pretty much guarantee they wont do linebacker 2 rounds in a row.
    edge then cb/s

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I agree number 2 receiver is a huge need and I said the same last year but everybody ignored it. We all saw how that turned out except for or a few bright moments in the beginning of the season.

  • Matt Manzo

    Great 1st mock, Dave!
    I like Tedric! I loved his brother! I’d be excited to get him.

  • WreckIess

    No problem.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Yep, I wanted a WR early in last years draft also.

  • falconsaftey43

    So long as you are not ignoring it. Although a 1st round WR or TE could easily see very little playing time if Bryant is back (likely) and Green is healthy (who knows). I completely disagree that calling out OLBs edge rushers is silly. Yes, they drop more frequently (didnt depot have them at like 35%, not over 50%?) But they were used very similarly when Harrison and Woodley were racking up doubke digit sacks. Woddley even frequently complained about it. 5 sacks from one of these guys isnt typical or good production.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Can Gallman pick up the blitz at his size at RB? I havent watched any film on him? One site i saw had his weight at 193lbs.

  • falconsaftey43

    Rewatched 2 games of Rivers. I def dont see a motor issue. Only major issue I see is he loses sote of the ball carrier pretty often, needs to keep head up and be more aware.

  • Trey

    I did the mock draft simulator and I was able to get the following listed in the bottom. I did the draft simulator from FansSpeak. Not sure how reliable it is but I would def. be please with a draft as such. I just feel like we will dip our toes in Free Agency for ILB, S, and CB.
    1st RD: Edge Haason Reddick
    2nd RD: WR Cooper Kupp
    3rd RD: Edge Demarcus Walker
    3rd RD: QB Brad Kaaya
    4th RD: CB Howard Wilson
    5th RD: RB Donnel Pumphrey
    6th RD: S Xavier Woods
    7th RD: TE Eric Saubert

  • AndyR34

    Re: Kevin Greene…that ship has sailed! He offered, they didn’t answer, he works for another team now (Jets?)

  • Shane Mitchell

    Ugh, they should have hired him.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Back in 2007, the Steelers had just released Joey Porter. Our LB core consisted of a strong but unproven OLB in James Harrison, a solid but unspectacular OLB in Clark Haggans, an experienced but aging ILB in James Farrior, and a young but less athletic ILB in Larry Foote. (Sound familiar?)

    The Steelers responded by drafting Timmons and Woodley (back to back) in rounds 1 and 2. And proceeded to win the Super Bowl that next year. Anyone who thinks the Steelers are not at least “considering” a similar move this year are fooling themselves. Let’s take a deeper look at why they did what they did.

    They drafted Timmons in hopes that he could play OLB. But they also knew that he was versatile enough to play ILB and that Farrior was on his last legs. Tomlin’s quote at the time was (paraphrasing), “We like guys that are 6’1″ 230 and can run. We’ll find a place for him.” We see the same pattern in drafting both Shazier (lighter) and Dupree (heavier) in the 1st round. The Steeers value “elite athletes.” They went away from that model when they drafted Jarvis Jones, and I don’t think they will make that same mistake again.

    Lamarr Woodley was an undersized DE out of Michigan, but people forget how athletic he was. He posted a 38 inch vertical and a 1.65 ten yard split and benched 29 reps. He also showed a nice repertoire of pass rush moves, and demonstrated great bend/flexibility.

    In my opinion, the Steelers will target an “elite athlete” to play ROLB as their number one priority. Rooney wants one. Butler wants one. And I can’t imagine Colbert or Tomlin being opposed to one. The combine will be very revealing in this regard, but i have doubts as to whether or not Lawson fits this profile. Derek Rivers, however should be an exact fit (athletically speaking). I doubt he will be available at 2.30, but who knows.

  • Shane Mitchell

    All of you will be gravely disappointed if you expect double digit sacks from our OLBs running this defensive scheme its not going to happen. We are not playing many teams that allow us to run our base defense that much during a game, and in sub packages we are not pass rushing our OLBs anywhere near as much as most of you seem to think. The pass rush we need to get to beat teams like the Patriots that use short sets and quick throws is inside not outside. I dont know what the Depot had on pass rush totals, I charted the last game myself, so I know it is correct, 44 pass plays Harrison pass rushed 19 times, Dupree 20, you do the math.

  • falconsaftey43

    Depot’s charting has Harrison dropping 32%, Jones 28%, Dupree 27%, Moats and Chickillo 21%.

  • Shane Mitchell

    That is dropping into coverage not the same as not pass rushing on passing plays, you have to watch the game flim and chart a pass than look at each player individually, it isnt just dropping back into coverage, at least 10 percent is due other alignments we use in sub packages with one OLB moving off the line our front shifts and the OLB moves back, we do it quite often, moving Tuitt around to put him outside to pass rush.

  • Anton

    The Steelers have to be thinking about a QB, either a better backup or one for the future for the often injured aging Ben. It would be nice to find a hidden gem late in the draft, I remember when Bledsoe and Marino were the “elite” of the league in the 1990’s, Bledsoe was the man in N.E. until an injury in 2001 forced a no name 6th round pick into action and the rest is history. Ben is sky rocketing down the far side of the career mountain, be it this year or next the Steeler’s must think about his replacement. When Ben is hurt the team suffers, they have not had a quality backup since Batch, as often as Ben gets hurt they need one, the M. Vick experiment failed, time to look for a quality backup and eventually replacement…

  • Steelers12

    Nice write up and i hope you are correct

  • falconsaftey43

    Not sure I follow what you are saying. On a passing play you are either in coverage or rushing the passer, no?

  • Spencer Krick

    Give me Lawson and Rivers all day!

    Bonus points for not drafting a QB.

  • David Dulaney

    The Steelers are definitely not thinking about drafting Ben’s replacement. That’s insane.

  • David Dulaney

    Been a Desmond King fan for years. Not sure of his measurables, but the dude just knows how to make plays.

  • falconsaftey43

    2010 whrn woodkey and harrison both had 10 sacks, Harrison only rushed 58% and woodley 68%. Which is less than the OLBs rushed this past year.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Not when they shift and the OLB moves back now his assignment can be many things depending on what they are doing up front usually it is some type of containment because all the Dlinemen are aligned in an odd front. Have to remember not all our defensive play calls are right we might expect a run and they pass.

  • AndyR34

    There is certainly precedent for drafting LB’s 1 & 2…Timmons and Woodley in Tomlin’s first draft…it turned out fairly well. I would be inclined to go Reddick and Rivers, but only because of Reddick’s potential to play ILB…or a version that has him rushing from that

  • falconsaftey43

    It might be a contain rush, but its still a rush. Only other assignment would be QB spy.

  • Chad

    Love it Dave! Rivers and Lawson would be a dream. I look forward to the write up on Ford

  • AndyR34

    oops…from that ILB position.

  • Spencer Krick

    I can get behind this, if you drop Chad Kelly 😛

  • Spencer Krick

    I would like Walker in the third round, I think the Steelers should look at another 3 tech pass rusher.

  • ScullNCrossbones

    been thinking along the exact same lines. I like Reddick and Bowser as two really good athletes who may have some position versatility in them. Could see us drafting one of those guys as part of a double dip

  • Ike Evans

    Theyre sleep on isaiah ford dave! Love that pick

  • Ike Evans

    I like it…..its a pipe dream pat mahomes falls to rd 3 tho at this point….unless he gets caught with weed or has a dui lol

  • Ike Evans

    I still wish we woudve took darian Thompson

  • Shane Mitchell

    Its not a containment rush they are not rushing the passer or engaged with a lineman, its an ILB assignment once they shift back and they have to make a read on the play. Any pass rushes I counted even if it was an obvious containment rush.

  • Ace

    Over Sean Davis? No way you mean that right? He was the PS Rookie MVP dude. Thompson with the shoulder and ankle surgery. No Thanks.

  • Ace

    Yes as far as positional flex, but I would prefer one “true” OLB and then take a flier on the athlete later on that can move around on this D. And I do like Bowser, dude can even flex out and cover the slot. He could definitely be a moving piece. Hope they bring him in for a visit and I’ll be watching him next week.

  • falconsaftey43

    So what’s he doing? Sorry maybe Depot guys can clear up their charting numbers. Not doubting you, just not sure how you are defining things.

  • TroymanianDevil

    I’d be ok with this but I think it is lacking. It leaves the secondary still too weak for my liking. Taking BOTH a WR and a RB before a single DB is tough for me, especially given the track record of drafting DBs in round 3 or later.

    This is my mock “Big Board” for the Steelers
    1. Lawson/McKinley/whoever you like
    2. Jourdan Lewis/Sutton/AdoreeJackson/etc
    3. WR ( Godwin, Dede Westbrook, etc) or RB ( Foreman/Gallman/etc) – BPA
    3. Another EDGE ( Bowser/Willis/ Smoot etc )
    4. Elder/Rasul Douglas/Moreau or a RB/WR, whichever is not picked in the 3rd.
    5-7 – Crapshoot – Go BPA. Personal opinions – I like the TE dave has, also like Johnathan Ford and Brandon Bell. I can name another 50 so I’ll stop with these 3

    Reasoning: Still double dipping for EDGE early but taking a DB in the 2nd instead of 4th leaves me much more confident in the potential of the secondary going forward. And still getting some good value on skill position players.

  • AndyR34

    There are many unknowns this year that make mock drafts so difficult because they may affect your choices: 1) do they re-sign Timmons or not? The FO probably will know by the time the draft comes. 2) will Greene be healthy or not? Again, they will probably have that answer. 3) Same with Coates. 4). They may even know if they have Bryant back (or not), even if it isn’t formally announced. 5) What do they do in Free Agency? 6) Does somebody (Greene?) pull a Borland and retire unexpectedly? I know that’s why Dave, et al, do multiple mocks, but gosh, it is really just so much speculation…hard to argue about.

  • mem359

    Since you’ll be doing several mock drafts, trying different strategies for each mock is a great idea. Even if some of them turn out to be terrible ideas, finding out what can go wrong will help in finding the best idea (in the last mock draft).

  • Robert E Lil

    Ok. I’ll play along. Suppose they get an “edge rusher”. That edge rusher won’t start. We all know he’ll have to “learn the system ” which will keep him off the field. And it’ll be same old same old.
    If they’re going to play that soft lame zone get a secondary!

  • Ike Evans

    Yeah ….thompson is better to me this early on…no guarantee he gets hurt if we take him…..when he played he outplayed davis….dont take my word for it tho….go look…its plenty of all 22 giants tape …..hell id argue he outplayed mike mitchell too lol when he was playing…..injuries were bad tho

  • Spencer Krick

    Double dipping DBs? I like both of them, but do you think of Sutton more as a Safety?

  • WreckIess

    The last two edge rushers that they drafted in the first round ended up playing over 50% of the snaps in their rookie seasons. The defense doesn’t take 2 or 3 years to get PT anymore and they don’t need to be a “starter” to play either. There will still be plenty of snaps for them on defense.

  • Spencer Krick

    I like it! If Mahomes was on the board in the 2nd, I think I could be talked into a QB.

  • Ace

    Plenty of tape on him? He played 87 snaps and had 6 tackles. You think I should go back and look at his pre-season all-22? Look, I liked DT coming out too, but you’re a little off base with this one.

  • Ike Evans

    He could play free safety….think hes better on the outside at corner…..lewis on the inside to replace will gay and compete with senquez…..we arent going to have much at corner…..will gay might be gone at the end of next season…they are actually going to have to make a decision on cockrell long term….senquez cannot be relied upon….they cut justin gilbert…..thats basically just artie, senquez, and MAYBE cockrell to start out 2018-19…..we gotta build depth there

  • Spencer Krick

    Harrison is 38 and Chick couldn’t stay healthy last year. There’s a very good chance whichever OLB gets drafted gets a LOT of playing time.

  • Spencer Krick

    Fair enough, it sure seems like a good class this year.

  • Ace

    Get a secondary? They drafted two in the first two rounds last year. And one in the second round the year before. And they will draft another CB in the first 3 rounds this year. And they gave MM what 25mill? PS don’t need an EDGE to start, they need one to split with JH and be there for next year and beyond.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    round 1 galactus qb
    round 2. thanatos with infinity glove wr.
    round 3 the one above all fb
    round 4. darkseid te
    round 5. doomsday center
    round 6. juggernaut rb
    round 7. black bolt s

  • Ike Evans

    You should…..nfl guys do…..i still think wj3 is better then artie and he played 0 snaps….

  • Michael Mosgrove

    harris does not fit our scheme.

  • Ike Evans

    How?

  • Ace

    Yes Please. That’s where the most snaps will be available. Draft the guy the highest who will have an opportunity to have the most immediate impact. Jeez. Who is closest to being out the door on PS? Deebo, Gay, 2 strikes Marty, and as much as I hate to type it probably Green. Is it a coincidence their biggest needs are OLB, CB, WR/TE?

  • Ike Evans

    For sure

  • Ace

    He’s on that “DE in College” thing. Like players can’t move once they played a certain system.

  • Ace

    Wish I had the time and resources for that. I loved WJ3 coming out, that whole Houston D actually. But Artie might have had the best rookie season of any first rounder. Theres another site out there that made a pretty convincing argument today about that.

  • Robert E Lil

    It’s true. They drafted Burns and Davis …who seem to be their most successful picks! That’s because the secondary is so void of talent – those guys stand out! And who else is in that secondary…nobody. It’s 2017..they’ve got to get a secondary in place

  • Ike Evans

    Mighta been on sbnation….think i saw that

  • SFIC

    Replace Ford with Zane Jones and I love it.

  • Ace

    At least they are showing signs of trying. And at least they are throwing high picks at it. Tired of those 4-6th rounders that dont even make the PS. Dorian Grant, Joe Burnett, some dude from Arizona, Terry Hawthorn. UGH. That Golston pick still stings but man I have high hopes that he pans out. If he can come back and play at a high level and they take someone like King or White in the second, this secondary could really turn around quick.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    30: R1P30 EDGE HAASON REDDICK TEMPLE
    62: R2P30 CB CAMERON SUTTON TENNESSEE
    94: R3P30 TE ADAM SHAHEEN ASHLAND
    105: R3P41 RB COREY CLEMENT WISCONSIN
    135: R4P28 EDGE TREY HENDRICKSON FLORIDA ATLANTIC
    173: R5P29 WR JOSH MALONE TENNESSEE
    213: R6P29 S WESTON STEELHAMMER AIR FORCE
    248: R7P30 QB SEFO LIUFAU COLORADO

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    As of right now I think Haason Reddick (round 1) + Demarcus Walker (round 2) would be my favorite scenario. I think Bowser and Reddick are kind of the same body type and I’d prefer a little more variation like Timmons + Woodley. But I think the Steelers will be heavily scouting all 3 players.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    T3 –

    I agree with you. However there are rumors Mahomes will soon be making a Carson Went like move up boards. Not saying up to #2 overall, but upwards in the 1st round.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    doran* grant
    golson*

  • Robert E Lil

    Yup. Decades of loading up the secondary with low level draft picks stinks in a passing league. The way I see it they have two strong picks for an entire secondary. That’s it. They are years behind

  • Ace

    Oh come on now! You feel better getting that out?

  • Lambert58

    Maybe I’m missing something, but Hardy Nickerson Jr. looks pretty damn good. His read and react looks phenomenal to go along with an explosive closing speed. I’m especially impressed that he could transfer eligibility from Cal to Illinois and not miss a beat in his new defense racking up over 100 tackles. Plus he has the pedigree, obviously. Why is he projected to go late? Seems he would be a steal in the 7th.

  • Steve Johnson

    I think they will look at a CB in Rd2, someone that can provide an upgrade over Cockrell. Then look at another OLB possibly in the 3rd or 4th, depending who is available. They need elite CB’s; they need to stop feeding at the bottom of the draft for DB’s.

  • Rocksolid20

    Mack out of South Florida would be a steal in the 4th , great speed and a very solid RB with good hands .

  • PaeperCup

    I know what you mean…when I do the same I just feel like it’s a wasted pick when I don’t love the guys there. One draft had Mitch Trubisky available at 30 though, I took a swing. Changed the whole dynamic of my draft.

    Ended up 1. Trubisky 2. TJ Watt 3. Jake Butt 4. Zay Jones 5. Ryan Switzer

    Not the best draft, but interesting one to say the least.

  • PaeperCup

    That’s why I’d like them to take someone like Reddick, who could play ILB just as easily.

  • mokhkw

    Good mock imo.

    The only pick I question is any RB in Rd.3. Tomlin won’t play them at all, DWill and Fitz both averaged less than 1 snap per game when they were backups to Bell last season so where is the value/need?

    Why not get a late Rder, a Vet or even a UDFA if that is the case? We have Fitz and (hopefully) KW as backups already, is using a 3rd on a player who may be the #4 RB worthwhile?

  • T3xassteelers

    Yup, I think he’ll go top 10 when all is said and done, especially if he blows up the combine like he’s expected to

  • Aj Gentile

    Ok they are the same size. Two completely different players. Lawson would be a great first round pick. Rivers showed up against senior bowl players. Chasing down the ball carrier can be easily taught.

  • Aj Gentile

    But whatever Olb we take is most likely going to start in his second year. And Dupress is still not a sure thing. This player could see 50% of the snaps. Could be more if Harrison can’t stay healthy throughout the season.

  • MC

    I only start looking into college players around this time of year but from the tape I’ve watched I like your mock. I would definitely draft CB before RB also. We still have a wildcard with Karlos Williams also so I don’t think it warrants a high pick.
    If a player like JoJo Mathis is there in the third would you take Bowser, Willis, Smoot over him?

  • MC

    I like the idea of getting a DE, Woodley was one, Worlids was another, and they were much better than Jarvis who played OLB in college.

  • Aj Gentile

    I rather have the Flash as a rb.

  • Aj Gentile

    The edge rusher will play. That’s just a fact.

  • Aj Gentile

    I’m fine with going edge first or second. Harrison probably has a year left. Dupree is still unknown and we really don’t have backups. That said I wouldn’t be upset with Edge, Cb, Edge. Something like Reddick or Lawson, Lewis or Jackson, and Mathis or Smoot.

  • TroymanianDevil

    I like all 4 of your first picks and would have no issue with it if if happened but I don’t think we can expect the first 4 picks to all be defense

  • Steelersville

    1rd Ryan Anderson LB Solid inside or outside
    2rd Chidobe Awuzie CB Size matters. No more undersized but, players. Dave saying his name for four years or more.
    3rd Noble Nwachukwu LB Monster after a year under JH. Say his name Dave.
    3rd Corey Clement RB A year under Bell and away from the Badger brass will do him well
    4rd Zay Jones WR Can’t get open, only catches everything thrown his way. Gets first downs. What else do we want.
    5rd Tedric Thompson FS
    6rd George Kittle TE
    7rd Gunner Kiel QB Fix his confidence and you have your future starter.

  • ND_Steel

    I think we are all going to be very surprised by this year’s draft. Outside of O Line, the Steelers have more positional flexibility in what they need to draft than they’ve had in some time. With a deep talented roster, I could really see them moving up and trying to get a special player.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Ya Karlos is what makes the RB situation interesting.

    That’s so tough, I like Mathis, Bowser, and Smoot all equally (I meant to type Mathis not Willis, got my KState EDGE prospects mixed up). I’d really be happy with any of them. But if I had to pick I think I’d take Bowser b/c I think he’d be able to drop into coverage the best.

  • The Truth

    I like that draft, but could do without drafting a RB so early.

  • ND_Steel

    I don’t know these players but Lawson sounds like a cross between James Harrison and Jarvis Jones. Power but little bend. Lacks pass rushing moves. I agree with a WR in top 3 rounds. Would like to see another DE somewhere in the top 4 vice a RB. I see them running the wheels off Bell again and re-signing Williams for 1-2 years. Gotta generate a better pass rush somehow…this draft will be very telling as to how they plan to do that.

  • The Truth

    3rd is way too early to draft a RB. It isn’t a position of need.

  • The Truth

    I feel Lawson will be a flop in the Steelers’ system.

  • Steelersville

    I agree but I think Clement is too good to wait till the fourth. He has similar skills as Bell did coming out.

  • HiVul

    I have no problem with double dipping at OLB if they believe in the players they select and, as you say, err towards athletes. If they end up with 3 good OLBs on the team, they’ll find a way to work in the 3rd guy and it’s a good problem to have. For the same reason, I don’t have a problem with them drafting a DE, safety or ILB early either if that’s the BPA. I’d rather be deep than cut guys before their rookie contracts are up. Injuries happen too.

    That said, if you double dip at OLB in the first 2 picks, I don’t love going offense the next 2 picks. I think ideally you would find a CB earlier, but I don’t mind a WR in the 3rd. There’s a lot of question marks between Green, Coates and Bryant, so adding another playmaker isn’t a bad idea.

  • gjnn

    Yep, I probably agree – pipe dream is a good description! If we can’t get Mahomes, I wouldn’t draft a QB until the 7th or even perhaps wait and pick up an UDFA. Torgersen might be worth a look late or as an UDFA…

  • John Pennington

    Rivers and Lawson dont me anything to think they would be a high draft pick.Both remind me JJones and we all know how that turn out.Take Elder and Thompson as quick as you can then get Gallman and find better pass rusher than Rivers and Lawson.

  • gjnn

    Completely agree. I just don’t get why Jabril Peppers is seen as a 1st rounder and King generally isn’t. King’s instincts and ball skills are way better.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I like how your started with defense first but I would like to see the OLB’s spread out a little or barring that, double dipping slightly later. I also don’t like the offensive double dip in the 3rd. While RB and WR are both future uncertainties, I think as it stands now you would basically be using 2 3rd round picks on potential PS guys. Would rather they resign D Will and look to RB in the next draft and I am more confident than most in Bryant, Coates, and Rogers all being valuable to us.

    So ideally we would see something like 1. OLB 2. CB/S 3. S/CB 3B. OLB.

    After that I would be okay to start taking guys on offense. I know it isn’t all that realistic but I love me some defense and we need help at all of those positions.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    I think they will double dip at old it one and four. Or one and three. I have a strong feeling they go with a dB in round two because will gay is declining.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Fast vs strong. Once juggernaut got moving only he could stop himself.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Trey Hendrickson> Carl lawson

  • Nolrog

    I’m curious how you come up with the mocks. In order to do it properly, you would have to mock everyone and in order to do that, you would have to have a good understanding of their needs and likely moves and also have a ranking of every player so you can make a choice from guys who are properly slotted (e.g., you wouldn’t put Garrett in the teens because you know he’s ranked at the top of the draft, probably the best player this year.)However, that seems like a tremendous amount of work for just a single team mock (I could see someone like Kiper doing it, because that’s his job). Do you take the players who are ranked around where we pick and then select from them?

  • Nolrog

    While that would pick players for our biggest needs, we do need another WR, a TE and DL depth as well.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Kevin Greene works for the jets.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Yes they are. Colbert and tomlin both said it.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    No. Just no. Has nothing to do with de position. His play style doesn’t look right for us.

  • Michael James

    Not that I think he couldn’t be a flop, but could you explain it why you feel he doesn’t fit?

  • steelburg

    They had no youth on that roster at OLB. So the 2 top picks to address the OLB position made sense. Right now it doesn’t IMO. They are banking on Dupree panning out so it wouldn’t make since IMO to go OLB both round 1 and 2 essential drafting over the top of Dupree. It makes more sense to go OLB, and ILB but not 2 OLB’S. It even makes sense to me to go OLB rounds 1 or 2 and another as high as round 4. That gives you another projected starter and a back up to push Chickillo, and Moats.

  • kev4heels

    Great mock with one exception; we won’t take an OLB in rds 1 and 2.
    You are basically picking one of the two to be a backup. I wouldn’t spend a high
    pick on a player that might play 30-40% of the snaps. We know Dupree isn’t coming off the field.
    Anyway, I would throw Cam Sutton in rd 2. Love the rest of the picks though.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    the more i read on the joe mixon case. the more i side with him.

    im not one to hit women i have never hit a woman outside of combat. i think most of the assault on women perps need to be jailed. but she is a piece of trash with a history.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Unless we use a 1 or 2 pick on a QB, no thanks!
    Not even sure there are more than two or three QBs worth picking in the first round.
    Let’s not waste the pick but rather wait til next year to get BBs successor!!

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    ALL the QBs will be inflated!!
    Happens every year, which is why it’s not worth picking one this year – why use a rd1 pick on a rd2 (or less!) talent in what is universally recognized as a poor QB class?!

  • Mark Lohn

    So if Jake Butts from Michigan is there with the second 3rd round pick, your still taking a running back? I realize this is 1.0 and I take interest in reading them, but I say resign #34, and pick another player.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    In my opinion, we would be crazy to NOT take Jake Butt with one of our 3rd round picks. He’s a 1st round talent (maybe top of the 2nd). To get him in the bottom of the 3rd is huge value, imo.

  • Nolrog

    You do realize that the Steelers aren’t committed to draft these players based on one person’s mock right? Believe it or not, they do their own analysis and come up with their own decisions.

  • Steelers12

    you can find them for value in later rounds

  • Anton

    Not that insane, when Ben misses games every fan groans because L. Jones is not the answer.
    Ben has a lot of miles on his tires, he gets hurt a lot, if you read my post I said either a decent back up which they very much need and hopefully get lucky with a hidden gem that can be a viable replacement.
    Steeler fans Gotta face it, Ben has one or two more years left, heck he was talking about retiring after the loss last year, joking? maybe but the time is close, Ben will not make it another 5 years. Even the great Joe Montana was let go before he was ready, Ben is a good QB but he is no Montana, his better days are behind him. Right now he is the best the team has, they have given Ben a top 4 WR and top 5 RB if Ben goes out the season is over, because Ben gets hurt as much as he does the team MUST get a decent backup for him ASAP and eventually a replacement. I shudder to think what Brady or Rodgers would do with a top 5 WR & RB.

  • Jeff Burton

    The Steelers have already expressed an interest in a QB and if they are serious about it they’d have to get one in the 1st three rounds, Patrick Mahomes or Davis Webb. I think doubling up on OLB’s is a bad move. James Harrison has already said he wants to come back and the Steelers want him back. I don’t like the tape on Isiah Ford. I’d use that 2nd Rounder to get someone like Zay Jones. And I’d take Kareem Hunt or Mattew Dayes as a 3rd Rd back.

  • Mark Lohn

    I agree. Dave has a hangup about getting another running back this year, when all they have to do is pay DeAngelo Williams for another year. I would rather have a seasoned vet backing up Bell then a rookie.

  • Beeze

    If the Steelers walk away from the draft with these exact players, 95% of Steller Nation will be thrilled. Hope your prediction comes true Dave.

  • Dave, could you do a post re your thoughts why it’s a good idea to double dip at OLB? I’m especially interested in whether you think”like this draft suggests–that we could use two high end OLB draft picks. I’m not finding fault with the idea–far from it if they’re the BPAs! I only wondered how you’d envision using Dupree, Rivers, and Lawson effectively post James Harrison? Thanks!

  • Michael Conrad

    30: R1P30

    EDGE

    TAKKARIST MCKINLEY

    UCLA

    62: R2P30

    CB

    QUINCY WILSON

    FLORIDA

    94: R3P30

    TE

    JORDAN LEGGETT

    CLEMSON

    105: R3P41

    EDGE

    DAWUANE SMOOT

    ILLINOIS

    135: R4P28

    DL

    JARRON JONES

    NOTRE DAME

    173: R5P29

    RB

    MATTHEW DAYES

    NC STATE

    213: R6P29

    S

    TEDRIC THOMPSON

    COLORADO

    248: R7P30

    WR

    JAMARI STAPLES

    LOUISVILLE

  • Charles Haines

    Love it! I could get behind 2 pass rushers with the top 2 picks, hell I could go for 3 in this draft…..why not? Getting Elder in the 4th would be tremendous (cue the comments) he kind of reminds me of Rod Woodson with his style of play and love of contact. Ford is your “go fast” guy in 3rd to challenge Coates I guess? Can’t hurt to have several of those on your roster. I like Gallman but I’m curious if the Steelers would look for more of a sledgehammer like Foreman from Texas. Good read, thanks.