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Armchair GM – Steelers' 2015 Draft Analysis

May 4, 2015
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Armchair GM – Steelers' 2015 Draft Analysis

Defense…. Defense…. Defense…. Defense…. Go D….

The Steelers are pretty happy with where the team is on the offensive side of the ball. Other than a ‘too good to pass up’ wide receiver and a local talent in a position of need we went all defense. They went virtually all back of the line D. Only drafting one, hand in the dirt, Defensive Lineman.

All the tall-ish Cornerbacks were gone so they went with the short-ish (5′-8 1/2″) Senquez Golson. I wasn’t too excited about the call ’til I watched his film. However, with our current defensive backs, William Gay, Antwon Blake and Shamarko Thomas all 5′-9″ or shorter I hereby dub them the ‘Iron Munchkin’ defensive backfield.

Now, come on Steeler Nation I need your help with ‘Iron Munchkin’ thing. It’s so ‘fetch’ let’s make it happen!!!!

You may have noticed I left Cortez Allen off and I’m leaving him off until he can prove he belongs in the NFL, let alone 6 million dollars a year.

I don’t need to tell any of you it’s a well above average Draft. Here’s how good it was, imho. In the effort to get this out quickly, large parts of the below are culled from reports on these two fantastic sites: www.walterfootball.com and www.nfldraftscout.com, where I spend untold hours scouring the pages for information on the college stars who would be new Pittsburgh Steelers!!!

The Draft

1st Rd –  Alvin Dupree, 3-4 OLB, Kentucky, 6′-4″ 269#, 4.56/40.

Quite Simply the Steal of the 2015 Draft.

The senior recorded 74 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, one pass batted, one interception, two forced fumbles and 7.5 sacks in 2014. He was much more disruptive than the numbers illustrate, and his sack production was hurt by going against eight read-option offenses.

Exciting pass rusher whose success stems from his physical gifts and technique. Has long arms, a quick burst, the flexibility to turn the corner and an explosive burst to close when the ballcarrier is near. Varies his rush moves, lulling opponents with one speed and surprising with an occasional extra burst to generate big plays at critical moments. I had Outside Linebacker for my #1 on my Mock Draft. But I was stunned Dupree was still there at 22.

Dupree will immediately challenge Arthur Moats for the starting Left OLB AND could very possibly be an improvement over Jason Worilds in his first season. Grade A++

 

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2nd Rd – Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss, 5′-8 1/2″ (But that half inch is important as the old joke goes) 178#, 4.46/40 – I was sort of shocked by this one but now that I’ve had more time to think, it’s the best pick they could have made. I have a feeling our new DC Keith Butler has plans for him in his new ‘multiple look’ defense. Maybe the ‘wild card’ role we have lost with the departure of the greatest Safety to Ever Play the Game. Troy Polamalu.

Golson was one of the most dangerous cornerbacks in the nation in 2014. He was an interception machine for the Rebels. He shows excellent instincts and ball skills. He’s smart and will bait quarterbacks into throwing picks. Golson had 10 interceptions, the second highest total in the nation. The senior also notched 41 tackles with eight passes broken up.

He went on to have a decent week at the Senior Bowl and ran well at the Combine. Great jumping ability as well… of course. He should be a great addition to our team. Immediate Special teams contributor and will be seeing time in our new ‘Iron Munchkin’ defensive sets. (Get behind me on this 🙂 ) Grade A-

 

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3rd Rd – Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn, 6′-1″, 212#, 4.43/40 – Exciting!!! That’s the word for this ‘too good to pass up’, big, raw, speed burner. With this Draft pick the Steelers may have the best wide receiving corps in the NFL. They most certainly will have an exciting one. Four receivers, now, all capable of blowing the top off of defenses. Ben’s got to be thrilled.

He was banged up with injuries during the 2014 season, plus Auburn struggled to pass the ball. Coates had 34 receptions for 741 yards and four touchdowns for the year and faced some double coverage. Can’t wait for next season to start!!! Grade A.

No more words, just watch!!!

 

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4th Rd –  Doran Grant, CB/S, Ohio State, 5′-10″, 199#, 4.44/40 – Grant notched 51 tackles with five interceptions in 2014. He was a steady corner for the Buckeyes throughout the year and was reliable in pass coverage. Grant has press-man experience and also looks like he could play off-man or zone coverage. Strong instincts and tackling ability.

Grant had a strong showing at the Combine as he ran fast and looked good in the field drills. Grant also did well in the bench press (21 reps). He could play corner or free safety but Kevin Colbert has said he sees him more as a CB. Immediate. Special Teams contributor and should see some time in the Defensive Backfield in his first year. Grade A.

 

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5th Rd – Jesse James, TE, Penn State, 6′-7″, 254#, 4.83/40 – More a replacement for Matt Spaeth than a successor for Heath. He had 38 receptions for 396 yards and three touchdowns as a junior. As a sophomore (25-333-3) and freshman (15-276-5), James put together decent production. Not really impressive at the Combine. Conventional, blocking Tight End. Will see field time this year. Grade A-

 

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6th Rd A – Leterrius Walton, DE-DT, Central Michigan, 6′-5″ 319# – Walton finished the 2014 season with 33 tackles including 19 solos, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, six quarterback hurries, and one fumble recovery. He also was credited with one forced fumble and earned First Team All-MAC honors. He finished his career with 106 tackles including 46 solos, 18.5 tackles-for-loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles. .Looks the part of a down lineman. Powerful initial pop, ability to use hands to shed blockers. Could use more muscle mass. Good possibility of making the team in his first year. Grade A

6th Rd B – Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami, 6′-3″, 267#, 4.79/40 – Chickillo had 41 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, three passes batted, and three sacks in 2014. He never played up to the hype in college, but he put together a good week at the East-West Shrine. I liked him on the field and sideline during the E-W game. He seems like a good fit for the Steelers and a great attitude guy. Immediate Special Teams contributor or practice squad. Grade A

 

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7th Rd – Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville, 6′-0″, 218#, 4.63/40 – Hard-hitting statistical phenomenon, 17 pbu’s and 14 interceptions. Knocks for consistently taking bad tackling angles and loading up for big hits and whiffing. Projected 4-5 Rds on most Draft Boards. Developmental player who may pay big dividends. Grade A

 

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The Bottom Line

I was hoping we would get a little more help for our Offensive Line and find another Running Back so Todd Haley doesn’t grind Le’Veon Bell into a fine powder from overuse but I can find absolutely no fault with this draft. I have no idea where it will rank in Steelers history but from my self-appointed Armchair GM… um… chair… (awkward Austin Powers pause) it is a Triumph Deluxe.

Grade A+!!!

Go Stillers!!!

Jeffrey Burton

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