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Armchair GM – Steelers' 2015 Mock Draft

April 29, 2015
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Armchair GM – Steelers' 2015 Mock Draft

Armchair GM – Final Steelers’ 2015 Mock Draft

The Situation: We got absolutely nothing from free agency to help the team long term in positions of need. Outside Linebacker Jarvis Jones is a bust and it’s time to move on. We need a pass rushing Linebacker. Someone James and Coach Peezy can train to be a fire breathing bad-ass. With Ike Taylor (mercifully) retiring we need all the help we can get at Corner Back (from a very weak class).

Kelvin Beachum is an overachieving OG playing at LT but he has had massive help from the TE and LG positions and consistently drops way too deep, sometime backing into Ben and almost always cutting off his escape route. So, the O-line needs depth and competition. We need another running back unless the Steelers plan on letting Todd Haley ‘Jimmy Johnson’ Le’Veon Bell out of league through overuse. Steelers are also looking for a TE for depth or possible successor to our beloved “Heeeeath!”.

This is SS Shamarko Thomas’ year to step up. Mike Mitchell played all season long with an undisclosed injury so maybe he doesn’t suck as bad as we’ve all thought. The Steelers obviously believe in them as they have shown little interest in the Safety prospects in this draft class. AND the Steelers wisely placed Troy on the Retired/Reserved list… just in case.

With the Steelers there’s always plenty to celebrate and/or cuss about and this year should be full of surprises. When they can’t find a player in a position of need Steelers brass always goes for best available athlete.

So expect the unexpected!!!

The Draft

1st Rd – Eli Harold, 3-4 OLB, Virginia – 6′-3″, 247#, 4.60/40

Harold was very impressive in 2014. 54 tackles with 14.5 tackles for a loss, 7 sacks, 2 passes batted, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble. Harold has the speed, leverage and strength to be a disruptive force on the weak or strong side.

Has a surpassingly hard pop and is slippery between blockers. Coach Porter will like this guy. He is a high-motor guy and never gives up on a play. Overruns plays from time to time and will need some ‘settling’ to be the player he can be. He moves seamlessly from three point DE to standup OLB. One of the best natural pass rushers in this very good OLB class.

 

2nd Rd – Jalen Collins, CB, LSU 6′-1″. Weight: 203. 4.48/40

Collins recorded 38 tackles, 9 passes broken up and 1 interception in 2014. Collins has size, speed and jumping ability to cover the bigger #1 receivers in the league. A foot injury requiring surgery and multiple failed drug tests are bound to hurt his draft stock, otherwise, Collins would go in the 1st Round.

As a junior he did well in his plays against Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates. Collins also played well versus Ole Miss with three passes broken up and had an interception against Texas A&M. Collins has some rough spots that need work but could see time right away this season against the talented pass catching TE’s the Steelers will face. Steelers liked Collins enough to have dinner with him.

 

3rd Rd. – T.J. Clemmings, OT – Pittsburgh, 6′-4″ 307# 5.14/40

Looks the part of the modern left tackle with broad shoulders, long arms (34 7/8″), a trim middle and thick thighs. Has fluidity, quickness and athleticism that are ideal for a next-level tackle. Uses his wide base to cut off edge rushers and adjust to multiple rushers coming his way, uses his hands well to control them and push them out of the way.

Utilizes long arms and a rapid, fluid kick-slide to stall and mirror opponents on the edge, and considering his lack of experience on the O-line, is surprisingly consistent with his technique. Was burned by speed rushers Senior Bowl weekend but that might be more mechanics and stance than lack of athleticism. Will need a some attention from Coach Munchak but could be a long term starter at either Tackle.

 

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 – Craig Mager, CB, Texas State, 5′-11″, 195#, 4.44/40

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 has decent height and a good physique. Could develop into a quality NFL cornerback.

 

6th Rd. Blake Bell, TE, FB, HB, Oklahoma, 6′-6″ 252#, 4.80/40

Switching from quarterback, Bell moved to tight end as a senior. He recorded 16 receptions for 214 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2014. QB leadership skills.

Bell looked impressive in the East-West Shrine Game. Bell was able to get open with route-running and quickness. He showed surprising receiving ability as he used his size and leaping ability to go for catches in the middle of the field. Knows how to find the soft spots in zones.

Has been an offensive force during his collegiate career with 12 passing, 24 Rushing and 4 Receiving touchdowns. Could be a versatile offensive weapon. Would have time to develop under Heath. Steelers have a history of liking converted QB/Receivers.

 

6th Rd – 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 – Deion Barnes, DE/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.

 

Bottom Line

I don’t expect much greatness from this Draft. Other than Outside Linebacker it is a weak class for the Steelers’ needs. It should be fun to watch, however. Mel Blount is announcing our 2nd Round pick. The Raiders will make a horrible 1st Rd pick. Dallas will select some arrogant prick who thinks he deserves a Super Bowl victory as part of his signing bonus.

The Jets fans will randomly yell funny sh!t. I wonder how many times Goodell is going to get booed. No matter how many times it is, it’ll never be enough. He is the worst commissioner of any sport. I’m hoping Jack Lampbert is elected as Commish next so he can reverse all the pussyfication of Roger, the wife beater’s friend’s, reign of sissyfied terror.

Have I said Goodell sucks???

Bring Back Kickoffs!!!

Jeffrey Burton

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