Fantasy Island Mock Draftin’: What if Steelers Had Pats’ First Six Picks?

Here’s something I didn’t know until the other day: the Patriots have six of the first 92 picks in the NFL Draft. That fact had somehow escaped me, although given Bill Belichick’s penchant for wheelin’ and dealin’, it’s not at all surprising.

But it got me to thinking: what would the Steelers do with all those selections? Fans have been begging for offensive line help every year this century, now there are also needs at defensive back, and to lesser degrees along the defensive line and at middle linebacker.

So as promised on the podcast: the players I would draft if the Steelers had the Patriots’ first six picks.

By the way, if you’re looking to kill some time at work today (and you most certainly are), I encourage you make your own selections in the comments. It turned out to be way more entertaining than it should have been. Of course, the reality that the Steelers only have three picks, all at the end of rounds, will sober you right up, but consider this a distraction from that, and the fact that we’re still without football.

The rules: I used three draft websites — Mel Kiper’s picks on ESPN.com ($), WalterFootball.com, and the Sporting News — mostly because they are relatively reputable* and had at least three-round mock drafts. This means I did three separate drafts, one corresponding to each site. Any player available between Patriots picks was eligible to be drafted onto our Fantasy Island Steelers team. And that’s pretty much it.

The draft picks:

* 1.17 – from Oakland for Richard Seymour
* 1.28
* 2.1 (33) – from Carolina for Armanti Edwards
* 2.28 (60)
* 3.10 (74) – from Minnesota for Randy Moss
* 3.28 (92)

Okay, let’s get to this:

ESPN
1.17 – Cameron Jordan, DL, Cal
1.28 – Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss St.
2.1 (33) – Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois
2.28 (60) – Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
3.10 (74) – Marcus Cannon, G/T, TCU
3.28 (92) – Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel

I know there are some off-field concerns with Dowling, but you can’t not draft a potential top-flight cornerback when you have six of the first 92 picks. I included Cannon because good buddy Doug Farrar really likes him. Cortez Allen makes the list because he visited the South Side this spring, and the Steelers have a habit of grabbing 3 or 4 of the guys they bring in, usually in the later rounds.

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WalterFootball.com
1.17 – Cameron Jordan, DL, Cal
1.28 – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
2.1 (33) – Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
2.28 (60) – Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
3.10 (74) – Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
3.28 (92) – Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

Mike Mayock ranks Solder higher than Sherrod even though I think most of us here (well, me and JJ, anyway) like Sherrod more. Whatever, at this point Solder is more athlete than finished product, a guy who will need a year to learn what it means to be an NFL tackle. That’s fine, especially if Willie Colon and Flozell Adams are back, Max Starks can stay healthy, and the Steelers re-sign Jonathan Scott (never thought I’d be writing that but the dude was serviceable down the stretch; something to be said for that).

Wex is high on Curtis Brown, and a late second-round pick for Watkins, who would immediately be the Steelers starting right guard, seems about right.

I know JJ’s not crazy about taking a tight end, but there’s an argument for grabbing Kendricks.

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Sporting News
1.17 – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
1.28 – JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
2.1 (33) – Aaron Williams, CB, Texas (3.66)
2.28 (60) – Marcus Cannon, G/T, TCU (3.70)
3.10 (74) – Jon Baldwin, WR, Pitt
3.28 (92) – Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah St.

* First, it should be noted that of the three mock drafts, the Sporting News’ was far and away the worst. (This is what happens when you buy FanHouse to improve your content.) They had Cam Jordan drafted twice, once by the Jags in the first round and again in the fourth round by the Bills. Weird, I know, but I guess Jordan is that talented. Duly noted. They also didn’t have Aaron Williams going off the board until the middle of the third round. So, yeah, of all the made-up scenarios, this one is the least likely. It’s also the one I probably like best.

Carimi could start at tackle from Day 1, and, hell, he could probably play guard, too. A rotation of Aaron Smith, Keisel, Ziggy and Watt sounds nice, and getting Williams at the top of the second round seems reasonable. Cannon is another guy who might be able to step in at guard as a rookie; even still, a future o-line that includes Pouncey, Carimi and Cannon sounds nice.

Greg Cosell compared Baldwin to Vincent Jackson which is better than comparing him to Limas Sweed. And I have heard Marsh’s name mentioned as a possible Steelers late-round target if the cornerback position doesn’t shake early in the draft.

Alright, that’s it, there you go. Feel free to clown me in the comments, or if you’re so inspired, make your own picks.

Also: if you’re wanting something a little more of this world, here is Ted’s Steelers draft value board, and his four mock drafts.

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  • Anonymous

    Using WalterSports since Sporting News is weird and I don’t have insider.
    Trade 17 and 74 for 13.
    Trade 33 and 60 for 38 and 51.
    Trade 51 and a 6th or 7th rounder for 49.
    13 – Prince Amukamara
    28 – Nate Solder
    38 – Kyle Rudolph
    49 – Rahim Moore
    92 – Sione Fua
    Two notes, 1) the trades I list are impossible because they involve multiple picks with teams that don’t have those picks. I’ll fudge that by saying that you do those in multiple stages, by picking up later picks and then trading them back away to get to this result. The logistics are tough and probably not actually doable, but the values work out and we’re in fantasy land anyway. 2) This board loses you a later round pick.

    • Anonymous

      I would be ecstatic if the Steelers could have a draft haul like that. Perhaps the moral of the story is “pick dumber trading partners.”

  • Grw1960

    One sporting news pick I do like is CB Curtis Marsh in the 3d. Marsh has been playing CB for less than 2 seasons And is already in the Top 15 Draft able CBs. HE Is a bit raw but will be a future starter for some team. I have said it many times. In the right system he is IKE Taylor # 2

  • max

    ESPN
    1.17 – Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal
    1.28 – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
    2.1 (33) – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
    2.28 (60) – Benjamin Ijalana, G/T, Villanova
    3.10 (74) – Akeem Dent, LB, Georgia
    3.28 (92) – Cortez Allen, CB, Citadel