Just in the nick of time on draft day, here is my 7 round Steelers mock draft. There are two here actually. The first one involves a trade with the Miami Dolphins. These might not be fan candy type mocks, but I think they are very plausible. Feel free to disect them. This is posted in the forum as well: http://thesteelersfans.com/forums/showthread.php?9184-TTF-s-Cloudy-Crystal-Ball-Mock(s)
1 (19) CB Bradley Roby
|Ohio State||4JR||5112||194||4.35 (1.52)||31 1/2||10 1/4||75 1/2|
Roby is not my favorite CB in this class, but I think the team covets him. He’s an aggressive, willing tackler, has perhaps the most experience in zone coverage, and fits their scheme perfectly. I don’t think his recent legal snafu is enough to hurt his stock much in the team’s eyes.
2 LB Scott Crichton
|Oregon State||4JR||6027||273||4.85 (1.68)||32 3/4||10 1/8||79 1/8|
The Steelers need depth at OLB, and Crichton is the answer. He’ll need to lose a little weight, which shouldn’t be hard for him to do. He totaled 51.0 tackles for a loss and 22.5 sacks over his career at Oregon State. It’s possible the team could ask him to bulk up and have him play 5 tech, but I think he’ll be much more effective as a pass rusher.
3 (from Dolphins) OG Joel Bitonio
|Nevada||5SR||6042||302||4.96 (1.78)||33 7/8||09 5/8||81|
Bitonio is a nimble footed blocker who plays with a mean streak. He finishes his blocks to the end, and plays best in a phone booth. Another good character prospect, Bitonio is known as a leader in the locker room. He played tackle in college, but he’ll have to move inside in the NFL. He’d be a great developmental prospect for Munchak to mold.
3c CB Walt Aikens
|Liberty||5SR||6005||203||4.49 (1.59)||32 1/4||09 3/8||79 1/2|
Aikens is a physical CB who could develop into a productive DB here. He’s played a variety of coverage schemes, he’s good in run support, and is an effective special teamer. He’s got experience at safety, so he could transition there potentially if necessary. He has a character flag that effected his college career, but I don’t see it as an issue and think he could develop into a solid contributor.
4 LB Jordan Zumwalt
|UCLA||4SR||6040||235||4.68 (1.63)||31 1/4||08 3/4||75 1/8|
Zumwalt is a high motor, energetic, violent hitting inside linebacker. He’ll blitz or drop into coverage. He’d need to add weight and work his way onto the roster via special teams, but his versatility is a plus in that regard.
5 DE Brent Urban
|Virginia||5SR||6065||295||–||34 1/4||09 3/4||80 3/4|
Urban is one of my favorite DE prospects in this class. It’s very possible that he goes earlier, but I think his ankle surgery effects his stock enough to make him last until the 5th. I really think Urban would fit perfectly here. He’d need to develop, but he’s a hard worker who will quietly have an excellent game that few will notice. He really fits the mold of Aaron Smith in my opinion.
5c RB Jerick Mckinnon
|Georgia Southern||4SR||5087||209||4.38 (1.55)||30 1/4||08 5/8||72 5/8|
I could see the team taking a more “feature” back if he falls, but the roster is missing a potentially explosive back. He ran 4.38 40 at the combine, and could be dynamite when he finds a lane in a stretch scheme. He played QB for much of his college career, and isn’t a traditional running back. Georgia Southern ran the Triple Option most of the time and he rarely lined up as a HB in the I. His hands are a question mark as he was a passing target only 10 times throughout his college career.
6 WR John Brown
|Pittsburg State||5SR||5110||179||4.37 (1.56)||30 1/2||08 1/2||72 5/8|
Brown is small, but he’s dynamic. Smart, good vision, runs good routes and is dangerous in space. Great character guy who was a 3 time team captain. His biggest asset perhaps is his return capabilities. He has 5 career returns for a touchdown (3P,2K)
6c NT Beau Allen
|Wisconsin||4SR||6024||333||-||32 1/4||09 3/4||79 5/8|
He only switched to nose last year, but he’s very durable (played every game in his career). He wasn’t invited to the combine, but impressed at his Pro Day. Allen could develop into a solid contributor.
7 WR Quincy Enunwa
|Nebraska||4SR||6020||225||4.46 (1.57)||32 5/8||09 1/2||78|
To save myself time here, I’m just going to c/p what I wrote about him last month.
The 6’2″, 225 lb wide out ran a 4.45 40 yard dash at the combine. The former captain tied for the most touchdowns scored by a WR in the Big Ten last year with 12. He is a good blocker, a good route runner, and uses his hands well to go after the ball.
Enunwa’s 78″ wingspan helps him extend and bring in the tougher grabs, though, his ball control after the catch can be a little suspect at times. Some analysts have said that he has focus issues and gets easily frustrated when plays don’t go his way. Durability may also be a concern, as he’s had recent hand and hamstring injuries.
Here is my other mock that doesn’t involve a trade scenario.
1 CB Kyle Fuller
2 WR Kelvin Benjamin
3c WR Bruce Ellington
4 LB Jordan Zumwalt
5 C/G/T Wesley Johnson
5c RB Jerick McKinnon
6 DE Jackson Jeffcoat
6c TE Rob Blanchflower
7 LB Shaquil Barrett
Enjoy, and by all means, feel free to pick it apart.