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Steelers' 2015 Mock Draft 2.0 – Pre-Combine

February 19, 2015
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Steelers' 2015 Mock Draft 2.0 – Pre-Combine

The NFL Combine

The NFL beauty contest commences with on field workouts – Friday, Feb 20th, 2:00pm eastern through the 23rd on the NFL Network.

Steelers needs: Cornerback, Rush Linebacker, Safety, Running Back, Nose Tackle, Tight End and O-line depth.

Friday, Feb. 20: Specialists, offensive linemen, tight ends

Saturday, Feb. 21: Quarterbacks, running backs wide receivers

Sunday: Feb. 22: Defensive linemen, linebackers

Monday, Feb. 23: Defensive backs

NFL Combine:

Compensatory Picks and Free Agency

We have some compensatory picks coming. You never know how many or where but we lost Ziggy Hood DE, Jericho Cotchery WR and Emmanuel Sanders WR without replacing in kind so I’m taking all three of them as late round picks. I’m figuring 5th, 6th and 7th Rounders.  We also lost Ryan Clark (Happy Retirement!), Al Woods and David Johnson but I don’t expect anything for them.

We need to be aggressive in Free Agency and the signals they’re sending is Jason Worilds is not going to be made an offer to clear some cap space. Cortez Allen should be a thing of the past. Possibly Troy (sniff, whimper, cry) and probably Ike (his time has come, we wish him luck) as well. That means they need to get some experienced Secondary help. Running Back, Linebacker and Offensive Line are also areas to target. Stay tuned to the Blitz in April for when they ‘Release the Kracken’ that is Free Agency.

The Draft

1st Rd – Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson 6′-3′. 235#, 4.69/40, 11 sacks, 34 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, 2 passes batted and 3 forced fumbles in 2014

Beasley looks like what the Steelers hoped Jarvis Jones would be. I know some people don’t agree with me but I’ve watched the film (in slow motion) and I’m convinced Jones is a bust. Since Harrison kept him on the bench after he was healthy, it’s possible Tomlin and LeBeau have come to the same conclusion. Beasley has the speed, leverage and strength to be a disruptive force on the weak or strong side. He is more of a natural weakside pass rusher. His low inside shoulder move is similar to Silverback’s. Coach Porter will like this guy. He is a high-motor guy and never gives up on a play. He hasn’t been challenged much as a pass defender but he has the speed, mobility and instincts.

2nd Rd –  Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest 6′-1″, 175#, 4.47/40, 43 tackles with 6 passes broken up and 1 int. in 2014. Very active, fluid with fast feet and attentive of action going on on field. Soft hands, Good make up speed. Plays ball and not the receiver. (Cortez Allen’s downfall was that he didn’t). Good cover corner who needs to add weight for the NFL and has the frame to do it. Johnson has length and athleticism to cover big receivers along the sideline.

Johnson had 58 tackles, 3 interceptions and 12 passes broken up in 2013. He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection. As a sophomore, Johnson had 58 tackles with 15 passes broken up and three interceptions.

I had Trae Waynes in this spot but he looks like he’s going in the 1st Rd. I actually like Johnson better now that I’ve done some research on him.

3rd Rd. – Anthony Harris, SS/FS, Virginia – 6′-1″. 190#, – 4.59./40, 108 tackles with 10 PDef and 2 Int. in 2014. Hard hitting and active. An instinctive and natural center fielder, Harris looks like he could play free or strong safety. It’s going to be a long row to hoe in the post-Polamalu era. Sharmarko Thomas is yet to be seen. Mike Mitchell played all year with an injury the hid from the team, making winner of Bonehead of the Year, imho. Based on that alone I don’t think of him as lock on the Free Safety position. Will Allen (old reliable) seems to always be there for the claiming whenever the Steelers need him but he is a talented sub, nothing more. We need to amass talent in the secondary and Harris’ versatility will help him get on the field earlier.

4th Rd. – Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State, 6′-1″. 208#, 4.58/40 – 1,360 yds, 5.5 ypc and 19 touchdowns, 9 receptions for 55 yds in 2014.  Had 28 receptions, 157 yds in 2013. We like Le’Veon Bell, right? How about going back to Michigan St. and getting the back that replaced him? Langford is a strong runner who finds holes and turns it on at the line of scrimmage. He also would bring another good receiver out of the backfield.

5th Rd. Terry Williams, NT, East Carolina, 6′-1″. Weight: 353#, 5.21/40 – 29 tackles with 7.5 tfl, 1.5 sacks, 1 PDef and 2 forced fumbles this season. Low center of gravity gets explosive pop with arms and leverage. Draws and beats double teams. Slips off blocks nicely in run defense. Looks ‘Snack’ like on the line. (5th Rd is my snake bit round having selected same as the Steelers on two disappointments, the bouncey chested CB Joe Burnett and RB Frank ‘Who Tanked’ Summers, maybe better luck this time, knock wood)

5th Rd. (For Ziggy Hood) Rory Anderson, TE, South Carolina, 6′-5″, 227#.

4.75/40 – 22 receptions for 260 yards and a touchdown during 2014. He could’ve done a lot more, but the Gamecocks don’t use their TE’s much. He’s a different type from our Heath, a long, solid route runner with a couple moves and good hands. Anderson is a sleeper prospect who could end up being a steal.

6th Rd – Deon Barnes, OLB, Penn State 6′-3″, 260#, 4.7/40 – 34 tackles with 12.5 TFL, 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 pass batted in 2014. He had a quality performance at the Senior Bowl and did well in the pass-rushing one-on-ones. Barnes has good energy, nice skill set and is effective at putting heat on the quarterback.

6th Rd – (For Emmanuel Sanders) Jamil Douglas G/OT Arizona State, 6′-4″, 305#, 4.96/40, Versatile offensive lineman, who has played at all line positions except Center. Solid form. Can pull nicely in run blocking and has good kick slide in pass protection. Could use a little more drive when blocking for the run. Coach Munchak can help with that.

7th Rd – Craig Mager, CB, Texas State 5′-11″, 195#, 4.54/40

A standout at the East-West Shrine Game. He does a nice job of running the route and staying with receivers. Great field awareness and closing speed. Mager decent height and a good physique. Could develop into a quality NFL cornerback.

7th Rd – (for Jericho Cotchery) Dallas Lewallen, C/OG, Wisconsin, 6′-6″, 322#, 5.35/40, Reliable blocker for the strong blocking Badgers. Some interior versatility for the O-line. (no video available)

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