Bryan 2017 Steelers Mock Draft: Version 2.0 – Post Pro Days

It’s been a long time since I released my first Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 mock draft and that’s mainly because I’ve had a lot of tape to watch. As I mentioned in mock version 1.0, I got a late start on evaluating this year’s draft class due to the Steelers deep playoff run. By this time of year I normally have three or four versions already released.

With the pro days now all wrapped up and pre-draft visits well underway, it’s a perfect time for a new mock draft and while a few names in this version are carry-overs from version 1.0, a few are now in different spots.

As always, I ask that you focus on the players I have mocked to the Steelers and not so much on the round. I understand that a few might go higher or lower than what I have them, but the value in doing these mocks is the overall discussion about the players and whether or not they fit the Steelers.

My next mock draft will be posted in about a week.

1st Round – Pick 30 – 30th Overall – Tre’Davious White – CB – LSU – Would the Steelers dare pick another cornerback in the first round a second consecutive year after not doing so since before Kevin Colbert took over as the team’s general manager? I certainly think it’s possible and especially if one of the top-rated edge-rushers is no longer on the board come time for their selection. There’s a good chance that three or four cornerbacks will go off the board come time for the Steelers to first round selection and even if that happens, I think White might still be available. While not quite six feet, White does check a lot of boxes when it comes to him potentially being the Steelers first round pick. First, he has a SPARQ score over 100. Additionally, he has a lot of experience and productivity under his belt having played in 49 games at LSU in which he registered 6 interceptions, 34 pass breakups and 167 total tackles. He was a team captain at LSU, met with the Steelers at the combine and the Senior Bowl and had Colbert, head coach Mike Tomlin and defensive backs Carnell Lake all attend his pro day. White is very versatile as he can play outside and in the slot. Additionally, he can play man and off coverages. While his tackling needs improvement, he’s more than willing to do it on tape. He comes off as a very bright and likeable kid as well when you watch his combine press conference.

Combine: HGT: 5112 | WGT: 192 lbs | 40-YD: 4.47 | 10-YD: 1.52 | BP: 16 | VJ: 32 | BJ: 09’11” | SS: 4.32 | 3C: 6.90

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2nd Round – Pick 30 – 62nd Overall – Carl Lawson – OLB – Auburn – I like Lawson a lot but the more I have studied him and compared him to other edge-rushers in this year’s class, the more I think he’s destined to fall into the second round and potentially to the Steelers. Let’s face it, one of a few edge-rusher in this talented class is going to tumble deep into the second round and when you consider Lawson’s injury history, lack of height and short arms, along with his need to develop more as a run defender, he could be the edge that drops to the Steelers in the second round. He can sure get after the passer even though he lacks top-level bend and possesses very heavy hands. He’s also played on his feet at Auburn so dropping in the Steelers defense shouldn’t be a huge transition for him. The Steelers were at his pro day and met with him at his combine. I think they like him and I bet they hope he falls to them in the second round.

Combine: HGT: 6016 | WGT: 261 lbs | 40-YD: 4.67 | 10-YD: 1.60 | BP: 35 | VJ: 33 | BJ: 09’06” | SS: 4.19 | 3C: 7.46

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3rd Round – Pick 30 – 94th Overall – Wayne Gallman – RB – Clemson – I’m carrying over Gallman from my first mock draft and I think he’d be a perfect compliment to starter Le’Veon Bell. He’s one of the more well-rounded running backs in this year’s class but with that said, there’s holes in every aspect of his game. Gallman is an upright runner with an above average cutting ability. He’s physical and doesn’t normally avoid head-on contact. He’s smart when it comes to his field vision and that includes recognizing blitzes. He’s battle-tested at the college level having played for Clemson in the ACC. Gallman caught 65 passes at Clemson so he can be used some as a pass catching option out of the backfield. Colbert and Tomlin both attended the Clemson pro day and odds are good that Gallman received some of their attention.

Combine: HGT: 6004 | WGT: 215 lbs | 40-YD: 4.57 | 10-YD: 1.60 | BP: 21 | VJ: 29 1/2 | BJ: 10’00” | SS: 4.28 | 3C: 7.17

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3rd Round – Pick 41 – 105th Overall – Marcus Maye – S – Florida – Maye is a day-two safety prospect and while probably best suited to play strong, can probably be used at free some at the NFL level if not asked to play man-to-man. Maye, according to PFF, only missed one tackle last season and did most of his dirty work near the line of scrimmage. His change of direction isn’t overly great, nor is his ability to track the football in the air. Colbert was at the Florida pro day and Maye is reportedly scheduled for a pre-draft visit as well. He should be an asset on special teams during his rookie season and if he develops more, could potentially be a starter down the road, or a reliable backup at the very least.

Pro Day: HGT: 5116 | WGT: 210 lbs | 40-YD: 4.50 | 10-YD: 1.56 | VJ: 33 1/2 | BJ: 09’10” | SS: 4.25 | 3C: 7.10

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4th Round – Pick 29 – 135th Overall – Brad Kaaya – QB – Miami – While I personally hope that the Steelers will shy away from drafting a quarterback this year, I think they ultimately will. Not only were Colbert and Tomlin present for the Miami pro day this year and met with Kaaya, they have since brought the quarterback in for a pre-draft visit. Kaaya’s game is full of flaws and if you have read our scouting report on him you know what they are so need for me to re-hash them. He needs a lot of developing but has the potential to became the No. 2 in Pittsburgh if he reaches his ceiling. Like I stated, I’m not in love with the idea of the Steelers drafting a quarterback this year but if they do, Kaaya figures to be just above the line of waiting until next year.

Combine: HGT: 6037 | WGT: 214 lbs

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5th Round – Pick 30 – 173rd Overall – George Kittle – TE – Iowa – I love me some Kittle as he is one of the few draft crushes that I have this year. He’s more of an old school tight end but with that said, has shown the ability to stretch the field both outside and inside the numbers. He’s a ferocious blocker despite being a tad undersized. While Kittle will likely never be a No. 1 tight end in the NFL, he should do fine as a No. 2. He had a few durability concerns at Iowa and wasn’t used much in their passing game. If he can stay healthy and contribute on special teams, Kittle can be a four-year contributor in Pittsburgh.

Combine: HGT: 6036 | WGT: 247 lbs | 40-YD: 4.52 | 10-YD: 1.59 | BP: 18 | VJ: 35 | BJ: 11’00”

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6th Round – Pick 30 – 213th Overall – Robert Davis – WR – Georgia State – Davis is perhaps my second biggest draft crush this year from an upside perspective and if you’ve seen his tape, it’s probably easy to tell why. The big-bodied wide receiver not only has reliable hands as evidenced by his few drops last season, he also has some speed. Davis, however, is a very raw player still and it shows in his route running as not only does he round off his routes constantly, he has trouble getting separation at times due to wasted steps and a poor get-off. Even so, he still managed to catch 222 passes during his college career for 3,391 yards and 17 touchdowns, albeit against low quality competition for the most part. Davis might need a year on an NFL practice squad, but he definitely is worth some development time and it would be interesting to see if Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann could get him to reach his full potential.

Combine: HGT: 6025 | WGT: 219 lbs | 40-YD: 4.44 | 10-YD: 1.58 | BP: 19 | VJ: 41 | BJ: 11’04” | SS: 4.28 | LS: 11.48 | 3C: 6.82

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7th Round – Pick 30 – 248th Overall – Javancy Jones – ILB – Jackson State – Jones is a small school linebacker with not a lot of tape to watch. He can play on the edge or off the ball and if he lands in Pittsburgh, might be asked to play inside linebacker. It’s hard to gauge where Jones will ultimately be drafted, but I think it will be late. I’m still trying to learn more about him after it was reported he’s scheduled to make a pre-draft visit to Pittsburgh soon. If you’ve seen Jones’ highlight video that’s making the rounds, you’ve seen as much of him as I have.

Pro Day: HGT: 6010 | WGT: 245 lbs | 40-YD: 4.62 | 10-YD: 1.65 | BP: 26 | VJ: 32 | 09’03”

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  • Carlos

    Am I the first commentor?
    Other than the wasted pick on Kaaya (it’s happening this year, I guess), I like it, Lawson on the 2nd sounds awesome and quite possible as of late with so many Edge guys on the board.

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    I like your draft, but I think Marcus Maye will go in the 2nd round and Brad Kaaya will go in the 3rd round.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    I think it’s a dream. But it is an awfully good dream. If the draft fell this way, the Steelers and the fans should be absolutely ecstatic.

  • Rocksolid20

    Kaaya will never be any better than Landry Jones . Why draft another #2 QB , we already have time and money invested in Jones .

  • Matt Correll

    I like the picks a lot (aside from Kaaya– but I get it). I’m a big fan of Tre’ White, and I think he would be a big upgrade over Cockrell. My concern with taking a CB at 30 is who REALLY is going to be left for us at the EDGE by pick 62? I think Lawson will be a 2nd round pick, but I could definitely see him going in the 40-50 range. I’m guessing with the rise of Derek Rivers, he will go in that range as well. So who will we be left with at 62? It seems like our more realistic choices would be Bowser, Basham, and Anderson. I’m thinking that if we go EDGE at 30 (Rivers, Lawson, Watt) that our choices for a CB at 62 might be Douglas, Witherspoon, or Sutton. If these were the options, which route would you go, and who would you take?

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I like this all, except the QB pick!!
    Why oh why would we take a QB THIS year? Very meh class for QBs, and we are taking a middle of the pack guy from a (at best) middle of the pack class. Mahomes would be the only guy I would consider and he almost certainly will be gone at 30.

    Perhaps the board will fall in a way that allows Colbert/Tomlin to tell ARII that they ‘couldnt’ take his QB.

    What ever happened to the Rooneys staying out of the operations side of the team? Who does ARII think he is? Jerry Jones?!!

  • george

    Dave-do you know of any decent 3 down ILB that are worthy of a mid-round (3rd) pick?

  • falconsaftey43

    I like White’s overall game, but there are several other CBs who I think have better coverage skills (Tankersly, Whitherspoon) but really struggle vs the run. Not sure on my preference.

    Lawson is my guy, one of these edge guys will be there at 64, there are just too many not to.

    Gallman is ok, will be a good backup. I prefer some other guys but wouldn’t be upset.

    I like Maye as a depth/developmental safety. Underrated need.

    I’m higher on Kaaya than most. I think he’s a low level NFL starter. He could be that “bridge” guy till you find the next franchise QB. Better than a landry jones, he can actually start for you, but not so good that you’d keep hoping he’s the answer and stop looking for a better option. Is that worthy of a 4th round pick? IDK.

    If I could hand pick a mid round guy to get, it’d be Kittle. He’ll be a much more productive receiver in the NFL, he can do it, Iowa just doesn’t throw the ball.

    I like the last two guys, late in the draft, just get good athletes and hope you can teach them some football. I don’t like the “Matakevich” type picks much. Very solid college player, great technique, but just not athletic enough. Ceiling is a backup. Get a good athlete with the right attitude, they can be ST players to start, and hopefully develop.

  • falconsaftey43

    I don’t think they’re dead set on taking a QB this year. But it’s the 1st year they’re serious about looking for the next guy. They want to thoroughly evaluate all the QBs and decide if any can be that next guy. They don’t have to and won’t rush it (unless they know Ben is done this year), so I don’t expect them to just pick one to pick one.

  • pittsburghjoe

    They

  • capehouse

    I’ve done very similar mocks lately with either White or Tankersley in rd 1 and Lawson or Rivers in rd 2, but I can never get a RB I like plus Maye and Kaaya, 2 players the Steelers showed a lot of interest in. 1 or 2 is usually gone by the 3rd or 4th rd using On The Clock or Walk The Mock simulators and then if I wait for a RB there’s only scraps left. Going to be a very interesting draft watching players go off the board, especially early day 3. Just hope we don’t get any Golson or Archer surprises.

  • pittsburghjoe

    They need to double dip in rounds 3 or 4 OLB

  • srdan

    Dream draft. I don’t see us getting that lucky. But if it went down this way, i’d be a happy as a pig in p00

  • Sam Clonch

    Backup of the future? I can only imagine the reaction on here if Landry is given a third contract in a few years!

  • Biggie

    Like the first 4 picks, though not sure Maye lasts that long. After that pretty meh could think of others to take after Rd 4, but first 4 would be great start to the draft.

  • Spencer Krick

    I’d have a permanent grin on my face until preseason if this is the Steeler’s draft haul.

    I actually like Kaaya, as a potential backup solution.

  • Brian Tollini

    I think this is a very realistic draft. Lawson in the 2nd is much more appealing than in the first, I see much better value in round 1.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    God I hope you are right!!!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Interesting. I really think the 1st pick with be a linebacker whether it is outside or inside and with the lack of decent ILB’s I’m moving towards a Jarrad Davis or Raekwon McMillan. Like you said with edge rusher someone will drop and I too hope it is Lawson. After that it will be a crap shoot. I’m a fan of Kittle too but the last 2 picks I’m not so sure of because the Steelers just do not like drafting small school kids and to get 2 of them in one draft is a big push IMO. I still think it was a good draft though.

  • MattHat121

    Could just as easily see the first two picks flipped. Both seem like slight reaches at 30, so cautiously optimistic that an even better player will fall to us (a la Decastro, Dupree)..

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think you make a very valid point. Both positions are hard to fill because of the early runs on them I would assume it would be what position you feel is deeper and take a chance. With the list you provided it would be OLB/Edge 1st.

  • Rye Stye

    Ben isn’t playing forever. If Landry steps in and goes down, we need someone else.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It is a starter caliber QB for me or bust

  • Conserv_58

    I’m not at all convinced that the Steelers are going to take one of these QB’s in this draft simply because they don’t have to. There is also the fact that there is a lot of smoke-n-mirrors going on and even though they have spent considerable time scouting QB’s I just don’t see them reaching for one in this draft because none of them are anywhere near ready to assume a starting role any time soon.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Sometimes those Matakevich guys help in the locker room and on ST. They are hard working grinders that others can take notes from. You do make a good point though that Dirty Red will most likely never be more than a back up but I think a nice mix is important. A grinder and a athlete. JMHO

  • Conserv_58

    It is precisely why no QB in this draft has demonstrated the ability to be a day one starter, this year or any time in the near future as to why it makes no sense to invest a draft pick on one that most likely will never become worthy enough to start for this team.

  • Voice O’ Reason

    Good looking draft overall. First one I’ve seen that has Lawson dropping to the 2nd though, let alone late 2nd. Really like White in the first and absolutely love the later round picks (Kittle, Davis, Jones).

    Now the negatives: If we’re really intent on drafting a QB, I’d only take one in Rd. 1. I just don’t see the value or purpose in having another 2nd-3rd string QB. Also not very high on Gallman because of what I see as a lack of explosiveness. I think there will be many better players at 94. Even at RB, I think Marlon Mack might be there at 94 and is a better RB in my opinion.

  • Luis Grove

    I love the mock, and would be willing to move up in the second to get Lawson/Rivers…we could trade our 4th rd QB pick to secure it…lol

  • Conserv_58

    Please. If that scenario played out there is no way that this team could pin it’s hopes any any of these rookie QB’s to win games for them, especially with all of the investments they’ve made in building this team behind Ben.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    There will be a starting caliber QB in this draft but the question is no really knows who it is and if there was we would not be in position to get him.

  • falconsaftey43

    They have their place, and sometimes you don’t have a better pick to make (Red was late 7th round after all). That hard working grinder attitude is important trait when drafting an athlete, or else you end up with Justin Gilbert, great athlete who just didn’t want it enough to put in the effort.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I have mentioned it to Alex as well but I am still not sure I like the idea of a safety who is better suited for strong. I feel like that defines every safety we already have so it would be nice to see them get a guy who could be more specifically suited to FS. A ballhawk who makes QB’s have to find and worry about them.

    I like where your head is at in rounds 1 and 2. As I always say, I am just a paper scout so there isn’t typically a lot I have to say but my general opinion is that I want at least 3 defensive players taken with the first 4 picks and you have done that.

  • Rocksolid20

    I’m with ya on that !

  • Conserv_58

    Given his draft position it’s obvious that the Steelers were not looking at him as being a starting LB any time soon, but given that he won the two biggest defensive awards in college for being an outstanding football player was a no brainer to draft him where they did. He’s extremely football smart and he’s the kind of kid that will not stop giving everything he’s got to help the team. He’ll study tape all day if he could, he’ll never take plays off and he’ll always keep working to improve. That’s just how Tyler is wired. If he had a little more speed and hight he’d be a starting MLB for this team.

  • Milliken Steeler

    I honestly don’t think we take that many offensive players Dave and especially when most would be back ups. I think we go at least five to six players on defense. Something to the effect of CB, S, OLB, ILB Maybe a double dip at OLB) and even another DL if its a nice value pick. I think we would select maybe three to four tops on offense. I trend toward three as we need to keep building on defense.

    Any combination of these positions, QB,TE,RB or WR. Regardless of who they choose, I think they are looking at future starters. If Bell goes down again, or gets suspended again, Martavis gets in trouble again, which would be the end. We got in trouble with Martavis and Wheaton out. Eli is coming along, but we had defenses keep us at bay at times. Ladarius, either never comes back or does and gets injured again and Jesse ends up just a nice number two. They need some who can make a difference. In my opinion, we should have plucked Ben Koyack off the Jags practice squad, when we had the chance. Now its to late and he is starting to factor into their plans. QB. Regardless of whether we see a future starter or not ( I think there are two in this draft) If Ben gets hurt and Landry gets hurt, we’re in trouble. Other Burger, is not the answer.

    I like your draft due to your time and effort as usual Dave and I see what its based upon. I just think, if we have less suspensions and injuries on offense and keep stacking this defense, we will have at least one good run, in what I believe is Bens last two years.

    Cheers!

  • Conserv_58

    Bingo. Seventh round picks, more often than not, are not expected to make the final cuts, but Tyler did and he wasn’t placed on the practice squad either. That speaks volumes for how much the Steelers like him.

    There is also the Shamarko Thomas example, a forth round pick that is now relegated to playing ST’s and the Steelers gave up a third round pick to the browns to move up a couple of spots to take him.

  • falconsaftey43

    Everything you said is true. Your last sentence is why I’m not a big fan. “if he had a little more speed…” no matter how much hard work he put’s in, his limited athletic ability will hold him back from being a starter, or really someone you can just plug in as a backup (even as a backup, if he’s on the field you have to protect him schematically).

    I’d much rather take a chance on a really good athlete that doesn’t know what he’s doing yet and try to teach him. Have to be careful though that you get a guy who is willing to work.

  • capehouse

    4 players tops on offense is exactly what Dave just mocked.

  • Ray

    There is no way Kittle is available in the 5th round when the Steelers pick

  • Jay Hallauer

    Would much rather see us double up in the pass rusher area over kayaa. My bold prediction is the steelers dont draft any qb this year and will do so next year with that crop

  • falconsaftey43

    They don’t need one to start day one. They need one to start in a couple of years. There is logic behind taking a high upside QB now (such as Mahomes). Whether or not it’s more valuable select a defensive contributor etc. is a matter of opinion.

  • Milliken Steeler

    I understand Cape, I mean the quality of the guys we do choose, especially if its four. Another words, if they go TE, because they are concerned about LG, I think they go an early round pick, someone that can become a number one. If they do Go QB this year, I think its a high round pick also ( Someone that can become the number two easily and / or keep the team at least competitive as a number one, should Ben finally retire.

    They need more defense however, the few picks they make on offense, need to be starters or major contributors in my humble opinion. Does that make sense?

  • Conserv_58

    You’re missing the obvious fact that he won the two most prestigious defensive awards a player can receive in college. Being he was a seventh round pick, it’s no loss at all for the Steelers to select him and see what he’s got. Obviously, Tyler impressed the coaches enough to not only make the final cuts, but he was never placed on the practice squad either. He became a valuable player on the ST’s units. The kid may not be as physically gifted as we would like, but he is a smart instinctual pure football player.

  • Jason Vancil

    I watch Carl Lawson and I see a very average athlete. Questions: Why is he in on so FEW tackles? Why does he look gimpy and hesitant when in pursuit? I see his violent hands and strength, but geez he just looks like an average to below average athlete.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I think the Steelers will draft either Chris Godwin with their third-round pick (if he falls), or else Josh Reynolds with their fifth-round pick.

  • Conserv_58

    You’re preaching to the choir.

  • Conserv_58

    That’s one too many, IMO.

  • falconsaftey43

    And Gerod Holliman won the best DB award and had 14 ints…yet he washed out of the league in 1 offseason. College awards mean very little. I’m acknowledging Red was a fantastic college player. I live in Philly and watch all the Temple games, I love Red. BUT as far as investing a draft pick in him, I’d rather go with someone who has more upside is all. Just my philosophy on the draft. I don’t believe in taking guys who cannot be starters even if everything goes right.

  • Doug

    Everybody always says “No way this player falls to our pick”. Well guess what, some people have to fall.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Yep. Especially this year DB wise. There is a great chance, a possible major contributor falls to us in round one or even two at DB / S.

  • Conserv_58

    HELLO! Your argument doesn’t hold weight because of the simple fact that seventh round draft picks are seen as being expendable. Seventh round picks usually don’t make the final cuts. The very fact that Tyler made the final cuts is note worthy in and of itself. Then when you add in the fact that he was good enough to start on ST’s, as a rookie seventh round pick, that’s getting great value. It’s even better value when you look at the fact that forth round pick, Shamarko Thomas is playing special teams because he failed miserably to grasp the position he drafted to play.

  • Conserv_58

    Indeed. Given the depth of the defensive positions and the TE positions there will certainly be blue chip players falling to the Steelers.

  • Ike Evans

    I could see this happening. Id probably replace the g state kid with josh reynolds but this is completely realistic. I agree on Lawson as well. Their interest in maye dissapoints me so much….dk why they are so fixated on guys that are just solid players….no playmakers….we got enough solid guys

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Although those picks sounds a lot like the Steelers m.o I really would like to know who the depot would like to see Pittsburgh draft would be far more interesting because lets face it we don’t k ow who they’re going to pick until they pick

  • Ike Evans

    The argument can be made that davis is better suited at FS

  • falconsaftey43

    Not sure how this turned into the Tyler was worth of the pick argument, but let me see if I can clear this up. Yes Tyler surpassed the average level of success of a 7th round draft pick. He made the team and was a quality ST player. I’m not arguing against Tyler, I’m arguing against the philosophy.

    1. I don’t know if there was a better player to pick when they took Tyler, he wasn’t on of the last picks, I’d have to go back and look through the UDFAs etc.

    2. My philosophy is you pick players who could be starters if all goes right. period. If all those guys are gone, then fine, look at other guys. This removes guys like Dri Archer (great athlete but best case he was a KR and gimmick guy on offense, not a starter) and Tyler (best case ST and limited backup) from the draft board, or at least puts them at the very bottom. I’m using the draft to try to get stars and impact players.

    3. I’d fill in ST and backup holes with UDFA and vet min FAs. Steve Johnson is a much better ST player, as was Garvin. You can find these guys elsewhere, I value my picks too much to use it on a guy who can’t be anything more than that (again assuming I have a guy with more potential to target)

    4. I recognize that I’ll have a lower batting average with this draft approach, more “busts” but I’ll also have more home runs. I care about home runs. I can get singles from FA on the cheap.

    I’ll sum up this way, I’d rather draft a guy who has a 5% chance to be a starter, 20% chance to be a good ST/backup and 75% chance to be out of the league in 2 years than draft a guy who has a 75% chance of being a good ST player, 20% of being a decent backup, 5% chance of being out of the league in 2 years and 0% chance of being a starter.

  • Rene Gonzalez

    Alex Anzalone seems like a great pick if he manages to stay healthy, I’ve seen him valued mostly as a late third to late four round pick.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Agreed and the Steelers to me made a mistake a few yrs ago when it was a lot of really good CBS In that yrs draft and they called themselves waiting because they thought some would drop and they waited too long until all the good ones were snatched up

  • KiJana Haney

    As I look more into Lawson the more I hope the steelers do not take him. I am not all about measurables but the 3 cone drill as an edge is the most important to me. I think rivers and willis are much better prospects and could be available in the second round. I like the philosophy with cb first and then an edge because this is a deep draft for edge guys.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Do you think JH would do well in the 3 cone?

  • capehouse

    I pretty much agree with the quality of offensive players Dave mocked. Mid round RB(Mack, Gallman, Perine, Foreman, Hunt) and QB(Kaaya, Webb, Peterman, Dobbs) are two picks the Steelers have shown their interest in so far, and a later round TE(Shaheen, Leggett, Roberts, Sprinkle) and WR(Golladay, Reynolds) are just as obvious interest. Can’t all be defensive picks. All 6 of our 1st and 2nd rd picks from the last 3 years were in the defensive side and that’s likely to continue again this year, but after that the Steelers have gone offense in the mid rounds.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    What about tj watt in 2nd rd?

  • pittsburghjoe

    no! You are gambling with your number one need.

  • grw1960

    Actually I think it is a realistic mock.
    But if I had my druthers it would be LB Bowser or TE Adam Shaheen in the 2nd round

  • capehouse

    I mean the interest in QBs, RBs, TEs, and WRs is right there in front of our eyes for everyone to see so wouldn’t surprise me at all for the Steelers to pick one of each.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    If he can do it I am all for it. My main thing is that I would love to have a true FS. I don’t think Mitchell is that guy and even if he was, he is getting older anyway.

  • KiJana Haney

    JH is not the standard which the steelers draft edges by anymore. They used that logic with jarvis and look at where that got us. In the nfl today you need to be able to have a good bend and great lateral movement to be successful. Especially if you want your edges to be able to rush the passer, set the edge, and cover the flat the intermediate outside in zone schemes. Harrison is great but he is not the standard for what we should draft now.

  • steelburg

    I absolutely love this draft except for Gallman. There isn’t anything special about Gallman IMO, replace him with Marlon Mack and this would be a A+ draft IMO.

  • falconsaftey43

    Harrison probably had a good 3 cone. In his younger days he had fantastic bend. It’s still pretty good.

  • JohnB

    The first round pick is kind of a “Steelers Pick” – Hasn’t been mocked to us, solid player, team captain, isn’t one of the most talked about guys…Sounds like you may be right.

  • Jim Foles

    Better… Lawson has to much duct tape under his uniform.

  • SteelersDepot

    I strongly considered Mack and wouldnt destroy the TV if it was him

  • Jim Foles

    Browns at 32.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I know there is always a lot of talk about who will fall where so what I did for my mock today was ran 3 different big boards just to see who landed where consistently. I thought the results were both interesting and promising. Anyone who sees me post often knows that I am all about getting defense in this draft and you will see that reflected below. The best part about it is that consistently there were guys worth taking in every round that could make this a VERY good defensive draft.

    Barnett fell to us in 2 of the 3 drafts and in the 2nd one he went a pick before us to the Packers. So there was a lot of consistency with him on all of the boards having the potential to get to us at 30. As you will see Peppers was also there for us twice, one time even in the 2nd round. I actually can’t recall if in the first mock he was still there in the first but I can’t imagine I overlooked him. Most probably won’t agree with Rivers falling all the way to the third but in the 2nd mock where I took him in the 2nd round I think there was a chance he just might have fallen again.

    I know these things are always unpredicatable but I thought this would be a little bit different of a way to look at it. Instead of doing one draft and saying a guy would never fall lets see what multiple sources look like. You never know right?

    Derek Barnett – OLB – Tennessee
    Adoree’ Jackson – CB – USC
    Derek Rivers – OLB – Youngstown State
    Justin Evans – S – Texas A&M

    Jabrill Peppers – S – Michigan
    Derek Rivers – OLB – Youngstown State
    Cameron Sutton – CB – Tennessee
    Wayne Gallamn – RB – Clemson (only because people are convinced we will take one. I don’t like it)

    Derek Barnett – OLB – Tennessee
    Jabril Peppers – S – Michigan
    Damontae Kazee – CB – San Diego State
    Dawuane Smoot – OLB Illinois

  • Jim Foles

    Most drafts are real light on OL players in the first round.. that will change the picks a bunch if more OL players are taken in the first. A couple OT’s, OG and a C to the Ravens.

  • Andrew

    Good draft, although RB is a bit early for me. I would prefer Dobbs in the 5th or 6th. I also think Kittle will go higher than that. Wouldn’t be thrilled or upset with this draft.

  • AndyR34

    I believe that Mitchell is the QB of the secondary because of his experience and communication skills, not his physical skills. I believe, also, that Davis is the heir apparent and will likely take over in 2018. Also, Steelers don’t play their safeties so much with differentiation between FS and SS…they value interchangeability which may or may not be a good thing. Do you get more out of confusing most QB’s (except Rodgers and Brady) as to which is playing which or do you lose because you don’t have exceptional skills at each position?

  • KiJana Haney

    So imagine if you get a player with an above average or great three cone like willis

  • Kysteeler

    BEAUTIFUL mock! Finally someone else that thinks Carl Lawson might be our pick in the 2nd round, I just don’t see him being a 1st round guy.

  • AndyR34

    1. You don’t know that, you are just being argumentative.

    2. Did you read Dave’s preamble? He specifically asked…don’t argue the round…discuss the quality and/or ‘fit’ of the player. SMH

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Personally I think keeping the QB guessing is top priority, but I don’t think that really comes from which safety is which, but moreso how good the safety is and how they play the game. Troy for example was all over the field and the QB always had to guess what he was going to do. With our current safeties we don’t really get that. We can interchange Mitchell and Davis but regardless of where we line them up, it usually seems pretty obvious what they will be doing.

    Or you get the Ed Reed type where you know he is always in center field, but he is also knows exactly where you are trying to go with the football. My expectations would obviously be a little too high since I just used 2 of the best safeties ever as examples, but in a general sense I would like to have something similar to either of those 2. A pure center field guy who is almost as smart as the QB’s, or a free style type who can really confuse QB’s as to what he will do.

  • Luke Shabro

    My favorite mock so far. I wouldn’t mind replacing Kaaya with Jerod Evans later but I’m not sure how much interest, if any, the Steelers have. Evans has a lot to clean up but I’d be surprised if you couldn’t get him in the 5th and there’s a lot of upside without much expectation given Ben has at least one more year

  • Steel SonofFarmer

    Hope we draft more defense than offense in early round. We have a good coach for wide receiver so late round will not be a problem or undrafted free agent as long as player is willing to learn. There will be more option for rb in later round, we don’t need starter in rb we just need a good substitution for Bell. QB is im not sold to anyone after projected 1st rounders, and im not sold of picking QB in first round. And yes we need to pickup TE and that is a good position to pick a TE.

  • srdan

    In my opinion that is a bit harsh. I think what you mean is that he is someone that is not an athlete in the form of running after someone, but as an athlete bull dozing ahead, I think he is very good at it. Strong lower and upper body, maybe the most violent hands in the draft.

  • SteelChuck

    Great draft. I like Tyus Bowser or Willis from K State better than Lawson in round 2

  • SteelChuck

    I agree on Willis, Rivers or Bowser in rd 2 instead of Lawson

  • Jeremy McClurg

    I like this mock, has kind of a similar order of positions picked as I do. Here’s mine:
    1. Kevin King, DB, Washington
    2. Jordan Willis, Edge, Kansas St.
    3. Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
    3(C) Trey Hendrickson, Edge, Florida Atlantic
    4. Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
    5. Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
    6. Nate Hairston, DB, Temple
    7. Joe Williams, RB, Utah
    Any opinions?

  • AndyR34

    Ideally you have both..sort of like we had with Troy & Clark…with Troy doing his thing and Ryan playing a more traditional FS role…not as good as Ed Reed…but allowing Troy to do his thing. Without Troy’s skill set or Ed Reed’s skill set it is hard to get to where you want to go. I don’t see too many of those in this draft…at least after the first round.

  • AndyR34

    Need to fix his fumblitis first.

  • Hey Dave,
    This is a Draft of the Weird sort of story but on March 24th I tried to donate to you guys and asked for a breakdown on Robert Davis. Because I asked for it by his name Paypal flagged it and I needed to provide them with a date of birth of Robert Davis. I replied by email telling them they were stupid more or less… and included you guys on it…still not resolved so I called Paypal today and spoke to a human hopefully they get it to you sometime soon. That said how about a breakdown? PS I sent you guys a spreadsheet did you happen to get it?
    I would be very happy with this draft if it went that way.
    Thanks very much for everything.
    James

  • AndyR34

    Dave – I truly appreciate that your expectations for 3rd round and later are so realistic…not expecting starter quality players to appear in each round. This draft is as realistic as any other and more than most. Like others, I am not in favor of a QB, but the signals are there. Also, I think like others Kittle is probably a Steeler-type TE, but are we expecting this year’s 5th round TE to be better than 2015’s 5th round TE? Or is he going to be our 3rd TE? I just think that if they take a TE it would be early…because Ladarius is done…or it would be later to provide competition for Grimble. Now if we think that Kittle’s skill set is far superior to Outlaw’s…then that’s another thing, but I don’t see it, IMHO.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    No QB or WR necessary in my book

    30: R1P30
    S OBI MELIFONWU
    CONNECTICUT
    62: R2P30
    EDGE DEREK RIVERS
    YOUNGSTOWN STATE
    94: R3P30
    CB JOURDAN LEWIS
    MICHIGAN
    105: R3P41
    EDGE TANOH KPASSAGNON
    VILLANOVA
    135: R4P28
    TE JORDAN LEGGETT
    CLEMSON
    173: R5P29
    RB ELIJAH MCGUIRE
    UL LAFAYETTE
    213: R6P29
    EDGE JOE MATHIS
    WASHINGTON
    248: R7P30
    LB JIMMIE GILBERT
    COLORADO

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Duke Riley

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Exactly. You can pick up another back up gor $2- 3m per… it’s like why draft a backup when a dtarter can be found there.

  • SteelersDepot

    i did not. please re-send and i will get something together on davis before the draft

  • Luke Edgerley

    better hope kittle and robert davis can rebound because with white & gallman’s vertical jump # they are never getting a rebound . joking joking
    I do really like the end of this draft much more than the beginning , especially the maye davis kittle and jones picks .

  • Sent to theterriblepodcast@gmail.com thanks Dave. You guys are the best!

  • Ace

    Dave what would the plan be with Maye were the PS to draft him, besides specials and future backup? You make the case that he is better suited in the box but can’t play M2M very well. Isn’t Davis entrenched as the box safety? I’m kind of confused by the safeties the PS are bringing in. Seems like they are all box players. Could we be looking at Davis transitioning to free more this year and phasing MM out a bit?

  • Matt Palmer

    I love Deshaun Watson, that kid is a winner, a great athlete, and has every intangible you could ask for. (and this is coming from a south carolina gamecocks fan) but now they are saying he isn’t a 1st round pick anymore. Some people are saying he threw too many picks, but how many picks did Jameis Winston throw at FSU?! And he want #1 overall.

    Here’s a scenario…just throwing it out there:
    -Trade back out of the first round and pick up ANOTHER 3rd.
    -Take Deshaun Watson in the top half of the second round to sit and learn behind Ben
    -62: Derek Rivers/Carl Lawson/Bowser… whoever is left
    -Aquired 3rd round pick in trade: Take the best nickel corner available. Lewis/Kazee/etc…
    -94: Either Gerald Everett, Jordan Leggett, or Jake Butt (who should play this year, btw)
    -105: Best RB available out of Gallman, Foreman, Conner. I don’t believe Mack fits us…

    Thoughts?

  • Ace

    Anyone with a clue would be on board with that. BUT… KC never trades out of the first. Just doesn’t happen. Other than the fact that there is almost no chance that happens, nice idea. Although, I prefer Mahomes over Watson personally. Very interested to see what happens if Mahomes/Watson are there at 30. What will they do. Draft can’t come soon enough.

  • Ace

    Asked the question about this to Dave before getting down to this thread. I like this thought train. PS are bringing in box safeties. Looks to me like maybe if they get the right one they can slide SD out to replace MM.

  • Ni mo

    My dream mock

    Round 1 Obi melinfonwu cb / S
    Round 2: Terrel Bashum OLB
    Round 3: ahkello wither spoon
    Round 3b Sydney jones cb sorry couldn’t resists . Sits and learn his first year due to injury could be slot and get rid of the midget slots . Picture burns , witherspoon,jones , obi and Davis in a 2 years starting .
    Round 4 Duane smoot edge
    Round 5: James ( the truck Connor )
    Round 6 : BPA between TE , OG
    Round 7: Chad Kelly Qb ask Alabama about him

  • Matt Correll

    I hope you are right. I think there could be a quality pass rusher in the 4th round too. If we got Lawson or Rivers in the first/second round, and then added say Smoot or Price in the 4th, I think that would be much better value than investing in Kaaya or Dobbs in the 4th, if in reality they are both slightly better versions of Landry Jones.

  • John Noh

    An excellent application of the spider-web graph. Kudos (clap, clap, clap).

  • Matt Correll

    I think Kevin King fits the profile that the Steelers say they want in CBs with his height, speed and length– even a bit more that Tre’ White does. I think that would be a great pick in the first. I commented earlier that I’m unsure of who will actually be available by the late second round in terms of EDGE. I’m skeptical if Lawson, Watt, or Rivers will be there.

    I commented that it is possible that it would actually be Bowser, Basham and Anderson (guys in that tier). There are a lot of mixed reviews on Willis, so I could see him being the guy who joins the before mentioned guys for us to choose from in the late 2nd. I think he would be the best available EDGE to hope for in the 2nd realistically.

    I like going TE in the third instead of RB. Whether it is Leggett, Shaheen, or Butt, I’d like to get a TE who is a weapon here. Double dipping on EDGE would be fine with me, or another CB/S. I like Peterman, but I think he has been on the rise, and people are talking about him going in the 2nd or 3rd. If he would be there in the 4th great– but I’m guessing we would be looking at guys like Dobbs, Evans, or maybe Kaaya.

  • Matt Correll

    I like your picks a lot– I’m definitely in favor of Obi in the first– especially if a guy like Rivers would be there in the 2nd (not sure if he will last… maybe). I doubt they would draft 3 Edge guys this year, but I could definitely see a double dip… Although if Joe Mathis was still on the board in the 6th, that would be great value!

  • PaeperCup

    1) Not a big Tre White fan, would rather seek another position in the first. But I can’t say it’s a bad pick.
    2) If Carl Lawson was there at 62. well that might just be the pick of our draft. IF he is there, very solid pick even though I’m not big on the LAwson train…but that’s more as our first round option.
    3a) We need RB depth, this is about the area I’d start looking at them. Gallam is a solid prospect…so is Perine, Hunt, Forman who might be available in ths part of the draft.
    3b) Steelers seem very interested in a safety. If they pass on Obi, Baker, Jones…Maye is a good selction with our 4th pick.
    4) QB!!!!!! well it was bound to happen.
    5) I LOVE Kittle, very good pick this deep in the draft. Good blocker, underrated pass catcher, had a nice combine performance.
    6) After reading Alex’s analysis on what Steelers look for in a WR, Davis is a guy that hits all the marks.
    7) Javancy Jones, everyones go to 7th round pick.

    Good draft Dave, I would consider it a successful draft if it fell that way. B+

  • Alan Tman

    I love Kittle, Davis, and Jones at the back of the draft. Not in love with White. He doesn’t fit our athletic profile, although he seems very intelligent, and a very good person.

  • steelersfan

    Man I would love this…dream scenario and I think it’s realistic. Grab a top corner in the first and an OLB with first round value in the second. Rivers could be an option in the second as well. This draft is so deep I genuinely think it’s possible and why it would be idiotic to draft a QB in the first 2 rounds.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I had to look over this draft a few times before I could make my decision on where I stand. At first,

  • Ray

    Actually I do know that. I currently sit 4th in 5 year average on The Huddle Report and finished 1st in 2015 in the Top 100. Go check it out. So I’m not being argumentative, I’m telling you a guy with a third round grade won’t be there in round 5.

    I’m sorry that the rules of Dave apply to you and your follow them explicitly but when I feel a grade is 2 rounds off I will say something, you don’t have to like or agree but I’m not sure why you feel the need to moderator peoples comments.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Jimmie Gilbert I foresee as switching to ILB, similar to Reddick. And Kpassagnon would be a 3-4 DE in our defense. So technically it’s only 2 edge rushers.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I had to look over this draft a few times before I could make my decision on where I stand. At first, I kinda liked it a lot. I’m a Tre White fan, and I’m not sure if he will still be on the board or not at 30. I’ve seen some mocks where he is. And some where he is not. And getting a major upgrade at Slot CB is really appealing to me. Lawson falling to 62 is good value. He is in the middle of the pack as far as Edge/OLB that I hope we pick, but I see his pass-rushing value. Man, he does have some “T-Rex arms” when viewed in the context of that graph though, huh?

    So getting two guys, who may very well be gone before where you have them, represents value, and like you said, the importancy is on the player over just where you mock them, and both guys are good players. Gallman I think is a tad reach, but again, he’s a pretty good player who fills an important backup RB need. He was initially on my list of targets earlier this year, but I’ve gone away from him a bit as I’ve found others who I think are a bit better and who can be gotten even later. Maye is a decent pick.. But I question where we would find a spot for him. He’s not overly athletic, didn’t test off the charts, and is a little clunky to me. I loathe the Kaaya pick as I have on Alex’s, so no reason to spend time there.

    Kittle is a solid player and I like where you got him. If you could have stayed away from Kaaya, and your next pick after Kittle, I’d have said this draft was borderline excellent. But I just don’t see a need or spot for a WR, even one who could have sneaky upside and value late like Davis. And Jones at the end is fine. Just about ANY 7th rounder doesn’t deserve to be really critiqued by that point. I like how both you and Alex throw us another ILB bone just to chew on late. Maybe he pushes VW a bit to be even better come camp.

    Overall, I do NOT hate this draft. Fills some needs and gives us some potential quality dart throws that may surprise. If Maye turns into a stud and Kittle shoots up past Outlaw, this draft could be very good. But I don’t think Kaaya is the answer at any level. Meaning I don’t think he’s Ben’s heir apparent and I don’t think he’s even better than Landry. So what is the point?! If Gallman sticks as the rightful backup to Bell, that would be excellent. And you’d have filled the needs of Slot CB, pass-rushing OLB, Backup RB, another TE to compete, and maybe some backups at WR and ILB. Maye to me would be the mystery of the group. Pretty darn good effort, Dave. Look forward to see what develops for 3.0!

  • Darth Blount 47

    I don’t want us to draft a QB at all. But I really see it as a totally wasted pick to try and grab a backup QB when we don’t really need one of them. If you’re looking for Ben’s heir, it HAS to be early in this draft. Otherwise, I’m totally perplexed why we’d even bother. If anyone truly thinks Brad Kaaya is the heir apparent to Big Ben… all I can do is shake my head.

  • Matt Palmer

    Ya, I just wanted to see what people thought of that scenario. Don’t think that Colbert would actually do it though. I just don’t understand what Watson has to do to get love? How is JARED GOFF a first overall pick type of talent but Watson isn’t?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Good plan. But honestly, we should score more than just a 3rd for dropping back out of the 1st. And if we ARE gonna go QB… I do hope it is Watson.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Exactly my thought. Thank you. I don’t hate Maye has a player per se, but I just don’t see his fit here with us. Like, hardly at all. He’s very middle of the pack for guys I hope we take at the Safety position.

  • Darth Blount 47

    No QB or WR picks necessary….. INDEED!

    I’d maybe mix up a few of the players in your mock, but it looks quite good to me overall. I think some picks are a tad unrealistic though. Just my opinion.

  • Steeler4l1f3

    Overall, good draft. I like White, Lawson in the second is more realistic than Lawson in the first. Love the value with Maye in the third. I don’t think he’ll last but if he did, oh boy that would be a steal. Could lead to three contributors in year 1.

    Don’t want a QB but it looks likely.

    Bryan, any reason why you did not include others considered?

  • Matt Palmer

    If that is the case and we get better than a 3rd round pick for falling back then it makes my scenario even better. I feel like this addresses our need for a Ben replacement while ALSO filling our needs for the short-term “win now” Alex Kazora philosophy that I completely agree with.

  • Bob

    The only pick I’m thrilled with here is Kittle. He’s already as fierce a blocker as half of the starting TEs in the league and should have more than enough athleticism to work in and off the line. I’d bring him in and turn him over to coach Mann to get his routes and receiving skills polished up before I turned him over to our TE coach (of course, I’m convinced that coach Mann can turn almost anyone into a useful receiving threat).

  • Matt Palmer

    I don’t see the need for a special team safety. Are we for sure losing Shamarko? Say what you will, but that dude is a BEAST on special teams

  • Darth Blount 47

    Yeah, I mean, of course it all depends upon the trade partner and how far back we fall. And I agree that Watson is one of the few QB’s in this draft that I actually don’t summarily loathe. And why in the world we aren’t in hyper-win-now-mode for some of these fans is completely beyond me. I’d sacrifice 8-10 years of relative mediocrity, to win our 7th Lombardi under Ben and these guys. (Not that we have to do that since this team has lots of young talent)

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think the 2nd draft is easily the most realistic looking. I too, don’t see Rivers in the 3rd from the 1st mock. But especially, Peppers WILL NOT make it to 62, in that 3rd mock. Absolutely no way. Heck, Mayock has him as his number 1 Safety available in the whole draft.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I like Tre White quite a bit. Really good kid and a damn fine player.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think “value” is a very important aspect of the draft process. And yes, even the “mock draft” process. Only tearing away at a mock because you disagree with the round is pointless. But it absolutely belongs in the discussion, ALONG with the thoughts on whether the player even fits or is a quality selection based on skill and scheme.

  • Darth Blount 47

    That’s 2 too many in my opinion. 6-2 split is what I’m desperately hoping for. (RB then maybe TE/WR… Heck I’m fine with just RB.)

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I think this mock makes a ton of sense. And I hope it doesn’t go down this way. Ideally, their first round pick can be a game changer in this year’s draft.

    Lawson the second is nice but I hope they don’t use a third in a RB. Really hoping they double dip at OLB.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Exactly. Why waste precious draft capital in a potentially epic Defensive heavy draft, when we NEED Defense, on backup O players? And possibly 3rd-string backup O players? Mind boggling.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think most of us feel that way.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think that is Obi Melifonwu. Or even Josh Jones.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think there are maybe more than you might realize. This Safety class has some play-makers. And personally, I’d move Kevin king back into his prior FS role and roll with him there.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank YOU!

  • Jason

    Guess you missed the part where Dave says to please focus on the players and not say you think they will go sooner or later than where they were mocked.

  • PaeperCup

    I think WR is on the outside at this point. We are getting crowded there, especially if Bryant is back. If he’s not, well that sucks.

  • PaeperCup

    Nice mock

  • Ralph Wagner

    Good Selections, send your ideas to Colbert and Tomlin. They can use all the help they can get. LOL

    Go Steelers

  • capehouse

    I don’t know why you’d think that with the Steelers bringing in Godwin, Golladay and Reynolds in for visits already as well as numerous other WRs they’ve met with.

  • Ace

    I hear ya. I would be pretty happy with grabbing a future franchise qb and an extra third. I don’t get it either man. I like Watson too, he’s a winner, just kind of worried about his size. Take away his running ability and he might have some troubles. Goff looked like a lame duck coming out. I just don’t understand what they see that we as fans and regular joe’s don’t. So damn desperate to get their guy they give up everything.

  • Ace

    True Shamarko was good on specials, and had some potential. Can’t believe how big of a miss that was. And they traded up for him too. I think he’s still looking for a team.

  • Michael Conrad

    Nice work

  • Michael Conrad

    I love your late round picks Dave. Kittle,Davis and Jones . I can live with the others picks but not who I would like to see the Steelers take in the first four rounds. I don’t see the Steelers going CB in the first round and here is a what I feel on two things.

    First as the draft gets closer the good picks of round four and five move up so the good players get condensed to three rounds or four rounds at most with some nice finds in later rounds.

    Second I can see a hard look at Mahomes if he is on the board at 30. I also see a hard look at Webb if he is on the board in the third round and a hard look at Dobbs in the fifth.

    I think you can look at a QB this way teams like the Jets and Cleveland and a few others have top picks in the draft almost every year. They pick what is said to be the top QB’s in the draft of that year and end up looking again when you have a chance to pick a QB and with Ben getting close to the end you need to pick one when you can and not wait until the last year and get shout out in that years draft. Stay ahead of it. Bradshaw to Ben was a long time between and its better to plan ahead and taking a QB to see if he can be the man makes sense.

  • Matt Correll

    Nice- I would see these as upgrades on all levels of the defense. I’d be happy with this draft!

  • blue

    SEC and ACC early.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    What type of Qbs are you guys looking? I don’t think you’re going to find him in this draft, the next draft or after. Look how long the draft for qb has been. Either you’re going to find a guy you have to change the schemes or 1 that might have to be coached up.

  • MC

    Good mock. I think the only difference I would make is if we went CB first round, I would double dip at OLB. However if a more polished OLB falls to us at 30 and that’s the pick, then I might double dip at corner, taking an outside guy who can compete with Cockrell and a slot type.

  • MC

    Like it, but it’s shame steelers never move back in the first!

  • MC

    Oh man I would love that first one.

  • gdeuce

    Jones actually can come back from his injury this season

  • LucasY59

    I think Thomas could re-sign for cheap as a ST guy after the draft (at least come to camp) but he might be looking for a better opportunity, so far it doesnt look like teams are interested and a minimum 1 yr deal might be all he can get (and in that case stick with the team where he has made the roster the last 4 yrs)

  • Matt Manzo

    Seems like there’s a few at the top and the rest are all 4th/5th rounders. Riley, Gerry, Maybin, Beckwirth, Anzalone.

  • TheGURU

    Absolutely hate the Gallman pick… everything else I can live with

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    I like your idea. If they know Ben is coming back, they already have their backup QBs. Why draft another QB who will never be more than a backup.

  • Applebite

    Take Obi Melifonwu, reap the rewards. Obi would transform this secondary into something brilliant…

  • Michael Conrad

    Well Dek Prescott and Tom Brady suck right nobody thought they were good or they would have been first round picks.
    A lot goes into the drafting and development of a QB its about coaching and the QB’s desire to be good and in the right system.

  • treeher

    None of the mocks are very exciting for me this year.

  • Matt Palmer

    this is true

  • Matt Palmer

    I wonder if anybody would give up future picks to move up for a guy like Miles Garrett the way teams are always giving up everything to move up for a QB?

  • Scott

    Lawson could fall to the 2nd round but I’m not sure he would last to 30. We might have to trade up a few spots if we really want him in that scenario.

  • Aj Gentile

    Lawson only need some bend because that really isn’t how he wins

  • Aj Gentile

    I think that Lewis is going to drop. Sounds like a lot of teams don’t want to touch him now.

  • Aj Gentile

    I’m a fan of white in the first. He could start in the slot if need be. But if Golson can play then he could battle Ross for the outside spot.

  • Brian Miller

    I agree, they are definitely interested….

  • Brian Miller

    Not thrilled with Maye either, would much prefer Jones or Obi-Wan…or King.

  • SilverSteel

    Yes, if Kaaya is only as goos as Mettenberger, what’s the point. If we are going to take a QB, make it the one you want. And there is no freakin way Lawson drops to 2:30 – he may not be available in the 1st. I also think the WR in the 6th is a waste. We have enough middle of the road WRs. Double up on CB or OLB.

  • Brian Miller

    I don’t get the Mack love. Would much rather have Hill, Williams(BYU or Utah), Foreman, Hunt or Yearby.

  • KiJana Haney

    In the nfl you need bend to win which every move except a speed to power move. For everything else including a spin having a good bend is important.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Exactly. Seem like these guys are looking for Peyton manning right out the gate. I heard a couple say,they wouldn’t draft a qb in later rounds because of talent. Why not? Every team has certain needs. You can’t judge talent because the round he was picked in.

  • Jeff Peterson

    1. T White. 2. TJ Watt 3a. D. Rivers (I’ve seen 4 mock drafts now having him in 3rd Rnd). 3b. M Maye 4. J Conner. 5th) ILB… Too defensive heavy? haha. I could swap out 3b with tight end. Imagine White, Watt & Rivers. Wow! What a defensive upgrade!