Carney 2017 Steelers’ Mock Draft

With three days left until the 2017 NFL Draft kicks off, I figured it was the best time to take my shot at a seven-round mock draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who hold eight picks in total this season.

While I’m not a huge fan of the endless mocks that get posted day-after-day by big media members, I think it’s certainly justifiable for those that have good feels for team needs, as evidenced by Dave and Alex’s mocks that have been published in recent months.

As always, let me know how I did in the comment section below. Here goes nothing.

Round One, 30th overall — TJ Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin — 6’4”, 252 Lbs

Much like Alex and Dave have done in recent days, I also went with Wisconsin’s TJ Watt here.

I said on twitter a few days ago that Watt is one of two guys that I desperately want at 30th overall. The other is UConn’s Obi Melifonwu, but I have a feeling he comes off the board at No. 28 to Dallas.

Watt is by no means a consolation prize. He has impressive length and athleticism for the position, and he has great NFL bloodlines. That’s not to say he’ll be as great as older brother JJ is, but TJ has a legitimate shot at being a Pro Bowl pass rusher multiple times in his career.

The decision to mock Watt here is due to the need at OLB and the contingent of Steelers’ brass (Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin and Joey Porter) that attended Wisconsin’s Pro Day and had dinner with Watt.

Round Two, 62nd overall — Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State — 6’2”, 240 Lbs

It’s no secret that I’m higher on most than McMillan, who is as solid as they come in both phases of the game.

He’s not a quick-twitch athlete for the position like a Ryan Shazier, but McMillan has great instincts for the position, works through traffic well and is a consistent tackler once he gets his hands on the ball carrier.

What I really like about the Ohio State product is that he’s a guy who can hold his own in coverage, showing he’s comfortable matching up with running backs and tight ends down the seam.

Although Vince Williams is pegged as the starter as of now, McMillan could step in right away on special teams before eventually working his way into a starting role for the Steelers at inside linebacker.

Round Three, 95th overall — Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa — 5’10”, 201 Lbs

The former Iowa corner could have been a first round pick in 2016 should he have left school.

Unfortunately for King, he returned to Iowa and struggled, raising concerns about his long speed and athleticism. That being said though, he’s shown the willingness to move around between corner and safety, providing his NFL team with versatility in the defensive secondary, much like Sean Davis already provides.

King isn’t a physical player and isn’t the fastest, but he has good football IQ and is a good football player more than an athlete. He’s also very reliable as a tackler, which the Steelers could use on defense.

Round Three, 105th overall — Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee — 6’3”, 216 Lbs

Likely much, much earlier than most people assume at this point, but I bumped Dobbs up a round from my projection mainly because of the position.

Dobbs has an intriguing build and might be the most underrated quarterback in this class. I don’t want to label him with this comparison, but Dobbs possesses similar traits of Dallas’ Dak Prescott.

He’s an incredibly smart person (majoring in rocket science), so grasping a playbook should be a piece of cake for him, and he’s got a live arm. Add in his mobility and toughness and you’ve got a guy who could be a serious steal.

Round Four, 135th overall — Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois — 6’4”, 218 Lbs

A big, athletic receiver with freakish traits, Golladay fits what the Steelers have looked for as of late in receiver.

Golladay can come in and push Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey for a roster spot right away with his impressive catch radius, speed and knack for hitting the home run.

I said this about him in my recent draft profile:  “with his size and catch radius, as well as his 4.5 40 speed, he’s a guy who could (and should) go in the middle rounds of the draft, allowing him to sit and develop for a year at the next level. If he can expand his route tree and become more physical on 50/50 balls, he’ll be a tough player to cover on a weekly basis in the NFL.”

I truly believe that. He’s a small school guy that could burst onto the scene in the NFL in the Steelers’ offense.

Round Five, 173rd overall — James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh — 6’1”, 233 Lbs

Arguably one of the best stories in the draft, Conner needs to stay in the Pittsburgh area. He means so much to the city due to his perseverance as a Pitt Panther.

Plus, he seems like a great compliment to Le’Veon Bell’s traits at running back.

Conner won’t be much of a threat out of the backfield as a pass catcher, but he’ll be a physical runner that can come in as the change-of-pace back to wear down defenses.

It’s also interesting that Conner was the only running back that visited the Steelers during the pre-draft process after the Combine interviews.

Just some food for thought here.

Round Six, 213th — Brian Allen, CB, Utah — 6’3”, 215 Lbs

There have been no reported ties to Allen and the Steelers, so this is one that I think could surprise people.

After recently watching Allen, I think he’s the ideal sit-and-develop corner that could turn out to be a major gem in the middle rounds of the draft.

As a former receiver, Allen has insane size for the position and has good long speed, showing the ability to play press or man coverage. Utah has a good recent history of developing long-limbed corners with height in Oakland’s Sean Smith and New England’s Eric Rowe.

There’s a good chance Allen could be the next in line at the position.

Round Seven, 248th overall — Pharaoh Brown, TE, Oregon — 6’6”, 255 Lbs

With Ladarius Green’s status still up in the air, it makes sense for the Steelers to draft a tight end earlier than this, but Brown is very similar to Green as a move tight end, providing good value as a seventh round pick.

Brown does have a questionable past, getting into fights with teammates and having a domestic violence charge dropped because authorities determined that his then-girlfriend instigated the situation. Add into the mix his history of injuries and I’d totally get the hesitation about this pick.

However, he’s a great mover for the position, has a solid blocking foundation coming from Oregon and can line up all over the field, providing the offense with a matchup nightmare.

There’s very little chance he’d crack the 53-man roster in Year One, so I like this pick as a practice squad stash.

  • 20Stoney

    I really want to see James Connor in Black and Gold.

  • Nick Webb

    You can’t address every need with only 8 picks, so I think you did a great job of picking immediate impact, great depth and great developmental players for the Steelers all with pretty good judgment as to where the value is. Awesome job!

  • D.j. Reynolds

    Rounds 1-3 are exactly what I’ve expected to happen for some time now (unless Watt is picked earlier), in which case I believe the Steelers take a CB or S and it really changes the 2nd and 3rd picks a lot.

  • The Tony

    Did you listen to the podcast and then make the mock draft? Seems pretty close to what Alex and Dave talked about

  • Dorian James

    Josh, great stuff. Sounds like Dave T had a big influence in your mock, lol. Personally if Obi wasn’t there I would have reached for Rivers

  • Josh Carney

    Only influence the pod had at all was Brian Allen. I was already high on Kenny Golladay.

  • Pack

    If I’m the Steelers GM If njoku or reddick aren’t available to us in the first round I’d trade out to maybe the 5th overal in the second round draft Fabian Monroe and if Kizer slides that far to our second pick of our second round pick him up and grab the highest edge rusher we have a grade on in the 3rd. With our second 3rd round pick grab the highest grade wide out but not the usual physical freak grab someone in the Emmanuel sanders mold or even Wheaton with a higher floor.

  • Josh Carney

    Only influence was Brian Allen. Liked Golladay for the Steelers (height and speed) well before he mentioned him on the pod.

  • falconsaftey43

    I actually like this mock a lot. I love McMillan and Watt. If we’re only getting 1 DB, I think King is a good pick as he could play outside, inside, and possibly FS. He’s technically sound which should allow him to see the field as a rookie, something not all rookie DBs can do, especially as anything other than a boundary CB. Rest of the mock fills out needs pretty well with some decent prospects.

  • Matt Rippin

    I love this mock, except I’m not confident that McMillan or King will be available at those slots.

  • Steve Johnson

    I like the 1st two picks; Desmond King in the 3rd? I think they can do better than that, they need to upgrade CB position from William Gay. I would take Kaya over Dobbs, too many negative reports out there on him. Not a true leader, doesn’t study the game either. Taking a QB in the 3rd Rd is just dumb! They need to upgrade the secondary. The ILB probably will be there in the 3rd.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Alright, Josh! “I said Hey, Lama, how ’bout a little something, you know… for the effort?”

    And so I shall give you something before your deathbed.

    – Watt at 30 has been covered now like a wet blanket. I have no qualms addressing our biggest need with an athletic guy who could end up being either really great, or really average. I think Watt, as I’ve said before, is going to make people look really smart, or really dumb. Only time will tell!
    – McMillan also hits on a need, so I like that aspect. I like him quite a bit, but I’m not in love. Good size, arm length, should fit our system. But it feels like maybe a 3rd round talent taken in the 2nd. But if he reaches full potential, it’s one of those vanilla ice cream picks.
    – The start of the 3rd is where you make me happiest. Yet ANOTHER need pick (love those) and you gain excellent value by grabbing one of my guys in Des King. Durable beyond belief, productive, versatile, smart, amazing 3-Cone, Jim Thorpe Winner, I mean… THIS KID is underrated. And in the 3rd, would make my heart skip a beat.
    – Dobbs in the 3rd is where you lose me a bit. But hey, I’ll try to convert him if I don’t think he can play QB, like the Hines Ward.
    – Golladay is an interesting pick. He certainly checks what we look for. Another Coates/Bryant/Hunter.
    – Conner in the 5th is popular because it should happen. MAKE THIS HAPPEN, Josh!
    – I heard Dave Te talk up Brian Allen 5 different times. And he would be a damn good double-dip here in the 6th, that’s for sure. He’s a project, but is huge and long. If he hits, and can learn the position better, he’ll likely be a steal here.
    – The 7th is for gamblers. And you sure are gambling on Brown.

    Overall, because you went “needs” shopping, I liked it. Like Alex, you failed to pick a true S (I still think King is a CB till proven otherwise) and you worked in a QB that just isn’t needed. But a pretty nice effort.

  • Darth Blount 47

    How much do you know about Desmond King? He’d be so much better than a 32 year old Gay and a brittle Golson, that it isn’t even close. And don’t get me started on Sensabaugh.

  • Eddie Cruz

    Love this mock personally. It sprinkles potential amongst a lot of position groups. I can’t wait for this year’s draft. If it’s as unpredictable as I think then it should be exciting.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think McMillan very likely will be. But I’m almost positive King will be long gone.

  • Biggie

    I like the back to back LBs and would love to get Watt/McMillan but see no help in secondary. Not a big fan of King, he’s ok but will take awhile to develop if at all. Allen likely would have trouble making roster as anything more than ST and maybe depth guy. I’m still no to QB in this draft, next year is the year to look at the position for Ben’s replacement and could use that pick on more secondary help. I like Golladay and Connors. Brown would be fine as an UDFA if there would prefer to go defense again rather than wasting pick on offense late. Get another Edge guy to develop.

  • Sam Clonch

    I must be higher than most on VW. Excited to see what he can do as the starter, in no rush to push him out the door.

    That said, depth is always nice. Lose the QB for a TE and I’m much happier.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I think we all do. It just makes so much sense. To see him in Raven purple would break my ever-loving heart. And don’t get me started on Cincinnati orange…

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Same with me on Williams. I keep going back to it but he had the single best game of any LB last year. The dude has pretty high upside if given the chance.

  • Sam Clonch

    If you’re the Steelers GM you’re probably going to stay in the 1st, just like every GM has for 50 years now. That 5th year option on someone who (you hope) is going to be your best bet for a pro-bowl type player in the draft is a powerful, powerful thing. I’d rather have another year of Shazier on a rookie contract than another 4th round player (which is about what compensation you’d expect to go from 30 overall to 37) like Cortez Allen, Alameda Ta’Amu, Shamarko, or Doran Grant.

  • falconsaftey43

    Zero depth and Shazier’s injury history is much more concerning to me than Williams as the starter. I also just see no plan for how to handle coverage duties. Timmons was good in coverage (although declining) and it wasn’t close to being the solution.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Watt is one of my favorite edge guys possibly available so round 1 I am on board with. Now though, it feels like he is become this years version of Andrew Billings on the Depot. Not saying he will take a major slide but with everyone now mocking him I am starting to have doubts he will be the guy lol.

    Round 2 I am iffy on. Don’t know anything about the player, but in round 2 I would still like to see us aiming more for starter than depth and I really think Vince Williams should be the guy. Do the Steelers feel that way? Who knows, but I don’t like it. I don’t mind taking an inside guy but it would have to come round 4 or later. Just feels like overkill to have 3 starting inside guys while not adding something that early to the DB group.

    King is a good pick in the 3rd though I still prefer Sutton at that spot. Like him a little better on paper.

    Dobbs I really have no feelings about. 2 things I will say though.

    1. I don’t mind QB as much as some. In fact, I like the idea of a QB early more than I do a WR or TE. I think those positions are both solid and the future seems solid as well. I said it before last season started and will stick by it. If we win the SB this year I think there is a high chance Ben hangs it up. So take a flier on a guy in the 3rd or 4th and it is whatever to me.

    2. People keep pointing out how smart he is and obviously you want that in a QB but let’s not oversell that factor. Ryan Fitzpatrick graduated from Harvard and he isn’t exactly the 2nd coming of Dan Marino.

    After the 3rd or 4th I typically start to zone out but will say this. I like that you kept the offense until that timeframe. I think it is nonsense people want players like Njoku in the first when we already have 2 starting TE’s on the team. We have to draft for depth incase Green really can’t come back but James is fine as a starter.

  • Josh Carney

    Not pushing him out the door at all. Big VW fan. That being said, never hurts to add really good talent to the room. Also keep this in mind: VW or Shazier goes down, you comfortable with Matakevich playing heavy snaps? There’s very little depth behind those two.

  • Sam Clonch

    Peppers might be around in the 2nd now, lol.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Fair point but truth be told I actually WOULD be comfortable with Red in there. Good football IQ and we have seen him make plays. It wouldn’t be ideal but I don’t think it would kill us if we had to use him either. I would be more concerned with a Burns or Cockrell going down.

    And while I like the safety depth, I am very keen on getting Mitchells replacement/having a plan to get VW off of the field on 3rd downs.

  • Sam Clonch

    Would take Tyler playing over a rookie, although I think Fort and Johnson are both ahead of him in the depth chart.

  • Chad

    I would be very happy with this. I like your take on McMillan and am most curious to see what the steelers do with ILB in this draft. (At this point it feels like a dream, but still hoping Davis or Reddick fall in the first) Definitely like Dobbs over Kaaya as well. Looking up Pharaoh Brown right now, but really like his size. Thanks for all the work this draft season Josh, been great reading your stuff

  • George Hareras

    This is my favorite draft so far

  • Ike Evans

    Very realistic scenario i think…interesting

  • newguy68

    Love this draft!!

  • Brian Miller

    You heard it here first my friends, Steelers will go CB and WR first two rounds. Per Josh Norris/Evan Silva podcast…Supposedly same source told Josh Norris a few years ago Steelers were going edge, CB and Jesse James. I’m sure you can figure that year out.

  • Brian Miller

    Does Dave Te ever get any players right for the Steelers? Doesn’t seem like it.

  • D.j. Reynolds

    I’ve been hearing Dobbs is going to sneak into the late 1st (hopefully not to us) or early 2nd ahead of Kizer due to Dobbs’ intelligence, character, and physical abilities.

  • 20Stoney

    Agree with every word you said!

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I don’t think they should be looking for a starter or a backup at that position. I would rather they find a hybrid guy that can come in on 3rd downs for VW. That’s an area of tremendous need. D must do a better job of getting off the field after 3rd and long situations.

  • D.j. Reynolds

    i’m good with RED for VW on 1st and 2nd down. Not OK on passing downs or in Shazier’s spot, which is where we need more depth/hybrid guy.

  • Andrew

    I’m willing to grab him in the 4th. His talent is there and I think he could be a monster goal line back

  • Jeff Papiernik

    So no addressing our biggest need at edge even though they had the most pre-draft visits with edge?

  • Andrew

    As a developmental CB, I really like Howard Wilson from Houston in the 4th-5th range. Kid looks like he could be a stud in a year or two. Should have stayed in school, but he wouldn’t need to start right away. Could be a steal.

  • Josh Carney

    Thanks, Chad! Really appreciate you reading!

  • Josh Carney

    You must have read my write-up on him last week! Lol. All jokes aside, totally agree with you. Great ball skills and has that swagger you want from a defender. I like Allen a little more though.

  • RickM

    A solid draft Josh. Good job.

  • KiJana Haney

    happy about the brian allen pick but would rather get griffin.

  • WreckIess

    This is probably my favorite draft thus far. Watt-McMillian-Shazier-Dupree would be a great core of LBs. I’ve liked King as a corner ever since last year and I would love to see Brian Allen in the black and Gold although I will say that I think he goes way before the 6th.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I don’t know that I will ever throw up an entire 7 round mock but doing these this year (as well as messing with a couple more today) I have convinced myself of some things.

    1. I think the first 3 rounds belong to defense at a 3-1 ratio and I think OLB is the most certain 1st round choice. I am leaning strongly towards it being Watt or McKinley. Watt concerns me because he is becoming a VERY popular name now and may go earlier and McKinley has the injury but I just can’t get away from his name. I will drop a dark horse name here and that is Jordan Willis. Alternatively as a dark horse look for that Barnett drop to 30.

    I am more confident in a round 2 safety than a CB. Look for a name like Williams, Maye, Baker, or Jones. I don’t really have a strong sense either way.

    Round 3 will bring us a CB/S (whichever wasn’t picked in round 2) and a WR. When it comes to receiver I am leaning strongly on Alexs study of the previous drafts. I think we are going to get a guy like Hansen or Reynolds who both only miss 1 box if you will, when it comes to checking things off in his study. When it comes to CB I just haven’t been able to move away from Sutton or the potential of taking a chance on Sidney Jones. Sidney Jones will be far less likely if Tak is the first round choice. Can’t see them taking on 2 injured guys like that.

    After round 3 look for some combo of ILB/RB/TE in rounds 4 and 5. At TE a Bucky Hodges or Jeremy Sprinkle and at ILB maybe a Connor Harris. RB I am most unsure of but it would be cool to get the hometown guy in say….Round 5.

    2. I actually don’t think they are going to take a QB if the draft plays out standard. What I mean is, unless they trade down at some point and get an extra pick or a QB they like falls 1 round lower than they would expect, I don’t see them taking one. Otherwise I think they are just taking a good hard look at the position because they know how important it is. Also consider this. If like some people think that Ben will play for 3-5 more years, that is when this class of QB’s would be running out of their contracts with whatever team drafted them.

    There you have it.

  • Dorian James

    I’m not exactly sure, with all the players he’s high on seeing the go high in the draft or do very well

  • Shane Mitchell

    I am not on board with the TJ Watt lovefest here at the depot, a very wise man once said ““Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

    That said, I love the fact that you didnt ignore addressing the glaring need at ILB heading into this season, we have capable backups already on the roster at OLB, we wouldnt be in danger of losing games if Harrison or Dupree were injured, but inside well thats a completely different story and both of our current starters are somewhat injury prone leaving us precariously thin at the position, ILB absolutely has to be addressed early in this draft and this is a guy that will likely play significant snaps as a rookie. McMillian is a solid player that could be a difference maker this season.

    The rest of your picks are pretty solid also, but I dont really want a 3rd round QB, possibly a flip flop wih the QB and TE selections could be an improvement that could pay dividends this season too if Green cant go, it would be such a shame to not grab one of the freak TEs available in this draft.

  • Petherson Silveira

    I liked. 7th round is relly dificult to predict, but i would pick someone who has visited us like javancy or jason croom (i don’t remember his name, but he is a tennesee TE).

  • Shane Mitchell

    Exactly, ILB must be addressed early, it is absolutely critical for our defense this season not next year like the OLB pick.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    To be honest I stopped reading after the last paragraph and the 1st pick. I’m mocked out with everyone trying to figure out what the Steelers would do instead of what THEY would do if they were the Steelers we will find out who they select love it/hate it we can’t change the pick and i personally don’t care what people think the Steelers would do I wanna know with ALL the players in this draft class what people want the Steelers to do that’s all I ask

  • AndyR34

    You need to study more. An ILB may be there in the 3rd, but he won’t be an upgrade from VW as MacMillan is. Tell the FO that they are dumb when they use a 3rd pick on a QB, as it seems they are expecting and expected to do. As DB47 said, King is a good choice in the 3rd…for all of the reasons that Josh cited. You are flat out wrong on Dobbs, but Kaaya may be better…hard to project either in the pro’s from the cheap seats.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I like the hybrid idea, but keep thinking it would be a big leap of faith to draft a rookie and thrust him into a hybrid role in our defense, what happens if he struggles with it, than what do we do? Seems like we would have to have a fall back plan in place.

  • Brian Miller

    Apparently his source thinks it will be round 3 or later…or, maybe that means they are really thinking trade back and expect to get more 2nd round picks.

  • VERY good draft! I’d like to see us get Watt, but unfortunately all reports repeat that the Packers @ 29 LOVE the guy–and OLB is their top need. Bummer!

  • AndyR34

    Nice bit of work, Josh! I have been believing that the FO might go LB/LB at 1/2 with selections based upon who is available at 1.30. King is a great choice and Allen a nice double-dip. Anyone can quibble about the other selections, but that is all they are doing…I really don’t care what they would do, but like many…I like the attempts to figure out what the FO will do. It’s the only thing that matters. I, too, have appreciated all your work on the profiles.

  • Matt Manzo

    This is a very refreshing mock! Good job of keeping it real AND dropping some new names!
    I’d be happy with this draft.
    Dobbs in the 3rd is much better than Kaaya in 3! I’ve been a fan of Dobbs this whole time, and if it matters, I was a fan of Dak too!

  • Jon Crissinger

    One of the best drafts I’ve seen. Only one I’m iffy on is Brian Allen being available in the 6th.

  • Josh Carney

    Legitimately thought you were telling me to study more when I first started this. Was about to say…

  • Josh Carney

    They interviewed Pharaoh Brown at the combine, so there is some interest there.

  • Josh Carney

    I did that and ya’ll killed me in the comments. Lol. Figured I’d get back to this format this year.

  • Josh Carney

    Yeah, same. Kind of hoping at that point. Was originally going to nab him in the fifth, but then I wouldn’t have been able to get a decent running back. His tackling issues could push him down a round. We’ll see.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Lol sorry to hear that maybe that explains why the depot is shying away from their personal picks appreciate your attempt at least you’ve tried

  • Darth Blount 47

    He is their “James Conner” home-town, feel good story. Not quite for the same reasons, but the same gist. I agree that I’m not sure he gets past them, ultimately. That may end up as his floor.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Take the arrows, Josh. For they are tinged with love. And remember: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

  • Darth Blount 47

    Man, Andrew, you and I are on a similar wavelength on a lot of things. I’ve got Howard Wilson as one of my top sleepers of the whole draft. I really like the kid. I have been sort of wishing on one hand that we’d have shown interest, and then on the other, hoping that we secretly have and are keeping him appropriately under the radar. Lol.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Groom them to replace our, 16.3 million dollar man over the next 2 seasons, in Mitchell.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Nice breakdown, Phil! I agree with much of that. Like the Connor Harris shout-out. And your dark-horse has a beautiful flowing mane to him. We’ve shown some real interest in Marcus Maye, that could be the one of the ones you listed. And I really hope if we go TE, we go Hodges in the mid-to-late rounds, where he will give us excellent value. And of course I agree on the “No-QB.. unless.”

    Most recent report has Sidney Jones as looking really good so far in his recovery. Now there is speculation he may be able to contribute some this year. If so, he could be back to going higher than I’d like.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Watt has a tinge of group-think. But it does make sense on many levels. He is a little “box-checker.” Also, I think the key to him not ending up in Pittsburgh ultimately, is the fact that he’ll already be gone.. Likely to Green Bay or another destination even earlier.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    The same thing we do now on 3rd and long………Pray!

  • Andrew

    Showing interest is promising but I’m assuming he’s on the board. He seems to have a 4th round grade (maybe, not exactly a GM), so if he’s there in the fifth the Steelers might see better value in him.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Agreed, Dallas and Green Bay both have serious interest in him, and his stock is rising, odds of him being there are very slim.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Yeah, but was thinking more along the lines of what do we do if the hybrid cant do the job to play the scheme with the defense not so much what we do with the player.

  • Bobby hains

    Like your picks good mock! Hopefully we grab atleast get the first 5 picks you mentioned

  • Bobby hains

    I hear ya! Totally agree it would be a drag to see him go to the ratbirds

  • Bobby hains

    Knowing the Bengals an ravens they like to try an piss us off picking players they know we’re high on ugh!! I noticed over the past 3 years

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I too am a fan of McMillan but I really feel he will be gone by the time we pick in the 2nd.

  • Pack

    There’s plenty of pro bowl players who didn’t come out of the first round. Look at tuit and bell if you trust the scouts you have and they say this is the guy and you don’t have to draft him in the first round but you can still get draft capital by trading back. Then why not?

  • Pack

    If they’re isn’t a player you believe to be worth a 1st round pick then why not trade out? I don’t know about you but I don’t want another Jarvis Jones who was drafted out of need before everything.

  • Sam Clonch

    I could go through it all, but I’ll just tell you to go look at Steelers history. Last time they moved out of the first was before Chuck Knoll. That isn’t coincidence.

  • Pack

    And no I agree but when was the last time tomlin has had a pick this late in the first? This is now tomlins team completely there’s only Ben and Harrison left from the first Super Bowl he won. And he should have enough trust from the organization to make such a drastic move.

  • Sam Clonch

    So first, coaches don’t make draft picks, the GM does. (Was a great article on ESPN yesterday about how the GB coach wanted a defensive player in 2005, but the GM drafted Aaron Rodgers.) Colbert has been around since 2000, and came into the draft with pick 30 or later 5 previous times. The only time he ever moved was UP, to get Santonio Holmes. Next, during the Tomlin era, they’ve had picks this late TWICE before, the most recent in 2011 (Cam Heyward). And finally, there are 3 players still on the roster with multiple rings. People always want to forget about Greg Warren, the LS. Means he’s doing a good job when no one knows about him! (Forgetting about old JPeezy, who was also on the first SB team of course)