Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 NFL Mock Drafts (3 Versions)

Below are three different hypothetical mock drafts for the 2012 Steelers based on positions of need both in the short-term and long-term, the best-player-available philosophy that Pittsburgh generally likes to follow within reason, how the overall draft board shapes up in terms of talent at each position area and for each round, and the Steelers’ drafting history under Kevin Colbert.

These are not my dream scenarios, but are presented rather to provide an idea of what the Steelers may be looking for in each round and how their draft may unfold. I always chuckle at folks who put together completely unrealistic team mocks, where seemingly every player is picked far later than all projections. These clutter message boards. Yes, it would be wonderful if the Steelers landed a consensus second-round selection in the fourth round and a third-round value in the seventh. But predicting so many players to precipitously fall just for the Steelers is a fruitless exercise.

Therefore, we tried to stay within reason on these mocks, assuming there was at least a 30% chance that the player listed would be available at the drafting spot slated in the mocks, and in most cases it was 50% or higher. Now, in some cases, it is noted that I believe the player will be off the board, but that the player’s draft projection or ratings on various sites shows that he may still be available at that spot.

We also tried to take into account both the depth or lack thereof at each position group in this draft, while also accounting for recent overall draft trends, such as running backs usually being drafted later than where they rank on the big board, whereas true 3-4 nose tackles, left tackle prospects, and cornerbacks possessing a nice combination of size and speed are often taken earlier than their overall rank. Finally, we put in different names for each mock draft for all three of the compensatory seventh-round picks the Steelers were rewarded just to provide more data.

Now that the disclaimers have been given, which of these mocks do you prefer? Where are we way off in our projections? Feel free to mix and match, or substitute other players in the process if doing your own mock.

MOCK DRAFT NO. 1: Staying Put – No Trades

1 (24): ILB Dont’a Hightower, 6-2, 265, Alabama: There is a chance that the Jets select Hightower with the 16th overall pick, although New York has more pressing needs. The better shot for him to be taken before the Steelers select is for Baltimore to move up from No. 29 to make Hightower the short-term replacement for recently-departed Jarret Johnson at strongside linebacker and the eventual successor to Ray Lewis in the middle. But the Ravens’ bigger need is on the interior offensive line and would they sacrifice their third-round pick just to move up for Hightower? The guess in this mock is no. Hightower is easily the most popular projected first-round pick for the Steelers by top draft experts and NFL insiders. Where there is smoke, fire is often present.

2. OG/RT Kelechi Osemele, 6-6, 335, Iowa State: Osemele is a lot like first-round prospect Cordy Glenn in that he could play right tackle, but probably projects best at guard in the next level. Osemele, however, actually has much more experience at tackle than Glenn. He would be a good value pick at this spot and would likely start by year No. 2 in Pittsburgh.

3. NT Josh Chapman, 6-1, 315, Alabama: It is true that 3-4 nose tackles tend to be drafted earlier than their overall ranking in this era, especially in a particular draft when that position is relatively thin. But Chapman is rated as the 111th best overall prospect by ESPN and No. 112 by CBS Sports, meaning that he should be on the board for this 86th pick overall in the draft. However, I suspect Chapman will be drafted before the Steelers’ fourth-round pick, and that Pittsburgh would not be able to find a future starting nose tackle after the third round of this draft.

4. WR Marvin McNutt, 6-3, 215, Iowa: I have wanted to draft this guy for two years. Based on size, straight-line speed, production and hands, McNutt should be drafted earlier. However, it is a deep draft for receivers with size in the middle rounds, and most prognosticators have McNutt slotted between the third and fifth rounds, so he could be there at this spot.

5. CB/FS Keith Tandy, 5-10, 200, West Virginia: Tandy, who visited the Steelers before the draft, is generally rated as a fourth- or fifth-round prospect. However, he is a tweener who fits in the Steelers’ scheme at corner, but not many others. Thus, he could fall to this spot, which would be wonderful news. He also has long-term potential at free safety based on his play-making skills and football instincts.

6. OLB Darius Fleming, 6-2, 245, Notre Dame: He posseses the No. 1 physical skill necessary to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense: A good first step on the pass rush. Fleming would likely battle Chris Carter for a roster spot, although both could stick with impressive training camps.

7a. H-B/TE David Paulson, 6-3, 245, Oregon: A very productive and versatile college player who could find his way onto the opening roster while No. 2 tight end Weslye Saunders serves a four-game suspension. Theoretically, Paulson could then battle veteran D.J. Johnson to stay on the 53-man roster after Saunders returns, or both could remain due to their versatility.

7b. RT/OG Levy Adcock, 6-6, 320, Oklahoma State: A mauler with limited upside who does have experience playing in plenty of big-games for a high-powered offense. Adcock would have a solid chance of making the team as the ninth offensive lineman.

7c. RB Bobby Rainey, 5-7, 210, Western Kentucky: A diminutive, small-school sensation who would battle Baron Batch and possibly Mewelde Moore (if he is re-signed) for a roster spot.

7d. OLB Jerrell Harris, 6-2, 240, Alabama: Probably the worst pro prospect to start for Alabama’s defense last season, but yet Harris still has a decent shot of being drafted this week. He played OLB in the Tide’s base 3-4 defense, but could also play ILB for the Steelers.

MOCK DRAFT NO. 2, THE TRADE-UP DRAFT: (Steelers send their first (24th) overall, third (86th) and original seventh round picks to New York for pick No. 16. The Jets take less than the trade-value chart, but are targeting a pass rusher and would likely still be able to chose from a deep list at No. 24 that could include Syracuse’s Chandler Jones, USC’s Nick Perry, Boise State’s Shea McCellin, or Clemson’s Andre Branch.

1 (16): OG David DeCastro, 6-5, 315, Stanford: If the Steelers have the chance to throw in their third-round pick to move up to take the most surefire star in the draft at their greatest position of need, it should be a no-brainer. I think DeCastro will be tabbed by pick No. 15, but many draft experts have him falling until at least No. 17 for the Bengals, making this projection a possibility.

2. ILB Mychal Kendricks, 5-11, 240, Cal: A short, tackling machine whose stock is rising due to being timed at several sub 4.5-second 40-yard dashes. Plays the run, can cover elite backs, and rush the passer. Sounds like a perfect Steelers’ linebacker.

4. RB Ronnie Hillman, 5-9, 200, San Diego State: Hillman would add a speedster to the Steelers’ backfield rotation. Running backs tend to be under-drafted, so Hillman could last until the fifth round. Although I cannot objectively project this, I would not be shocked to see Oregon star LaMichael James last until the fourth round as well, although he is generally rated as a second- or early third-round pick. James will not be a between-the-tackles runner in the NFL, and many of the highest-rated players still available at the start of the fourth round are running backs. Still, I can’t see James lasting until the latter part of the fourth round.

5. NT Loni Fangupo, 6-1, 325, BYU: Injury-prone and will turn 27 before opening day, Fangupo provides size and immediate depth to a position that needs both with veteran Casey Hampton’s availability for opening day in serious doubt after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL. Plus, the Steelers have a good history with BYU defensive linemen.

6. CB Donnie Fletcher, 6-1, 200, Boston College: Fletcher had a solid season, followed by a strong pro day. Still, he was not invited to the NFL scouting combine and is generally rated no higher than a fifth-round pick, because most teams do not believe he is capable of covering NFL receivers man-to-man down-field. However, he is good against short- and medium-routes, a locker-room leader, and stout run-defender who would mesh well with the Steelers’ secondary and fit their scheme. I think he will be drafted before this 193rd pick overall, but he is rated as the 203rd best prospect by CBS and No. 231 by ESPN.

7b. WR Jordan White, 6-0, 210, Western Michigan: A highly-productive and confident wide out from the MAC who lacks NFL desired measurables.

7c. DE Matt Conrath, 6-7, 275, Virginia: A productive 3-4 defensive end prospect who possesses a good frame, but lacks athleticism.

7d. S/CB Jeremy Jones, 5-10, 190, Wayne State: A big-play sleeper from a small program who the Steelers brought in for a visit.

MOCK DRAFT NO. 3, THE TRADE-DOWN DRAFT: Steelers trade their first- (24th overall) and seventh-round picks to San Francisco for its first- (30) and third-round picks (92). Steelers also trade their second-round pick (56) to Buffalo for its third- (71) and fourth-round picks (105).

1 (30): OG Kevin Zeitler, 6-4, 315, Wisconsin: A guard without any weaknesses who is not a great athlete, but will be a solid NFL starter for a decade. Zeitler would immediately provide an upgrade for Pittsburgh’s weakest area.

3a. NT Alameda Ta’amu, 6-3, 350, Washington: He may be drafted a little earlier due to his size, but Ta’amu’s stock fell precipitously last season while playing for a disappointing Huskie defense that ranked 11th in the PAC 12 in both scoring (35.9 points per game) and total defense (453.3 yards). He does not make many plays, but Ta’amu can occupy two blockers, which is the primary task of a 3-4 nose.

3b. RB Isaiah Pead, 5-10, 200, Cincinnati: Pead, who the Steelers have not been shy about showing their interest in drafting, is rated a little higher on most overall boards, but may last until the fourth round. He is versatile, fast, and should be both a solid third-down and No. 2 back at the next level. However, he did not produce great numbers for the Bearcats.

4a: ILB James-Michael Johnson, 6-1, 240, Nevada: A two-down plugger at ILB who could be Larry Foote’s replacement after two seasons.

4b. OLB Jonathan Massaquoi, 6-2, 265, Troy: The Steelers brought in several tweener DE/OLB prospects with size, indicating they would like to draft a developmental pass rusher. Massaquoi did not play well against elite opponents in Troy’s paycheck games last season but has talent.

5. FS Trenton Robinson, 5-10, 195, Michigan State: Robinson is similar to Ryan Clark (e.g., a cerebral playmaker, but not real fast and small for an NFL safety) in a lot of ways and could be his eventual replacement. Mike Tomlin clearly likes this prospect. He is rated a little higher than this spot on most big boards, but undersized free safeties are usually not coveted, so he could still be available at this spot.

6. WR Jeff Fuller, 6-4, 225, Texas A&M: One of many big, physical receivers who may be available late in this draft. Fuller has NFL bloodlines, but battled injuries throughout his college career.

7a. CB Micah Pellerin, 6-1, 195, Hampton: A small-school prospect who may be taken earlier due to his size, but is slated to fall around this area of the draft.

7b. OT Matt McCants, 6-5, 310, UAB: A potential left tackle prospect with good feet. However, his stock did not rise during the postseason as some expected.

7c. FB Cody Johnson, 5-11, 255, Texas: An improving lead blocker who also can play a little tailback in short-yardage situations and has potential as a receiver.

7d. DE John Hughes, 6-2, 310, Cincinnati: A likely defensive end in the Steelers’ scheme, Hughes would battle Corbin Bryant and Al Woods for a potential No. 7 defensive-line spot on the roster, but would likely spend 2012 on the practice squad.

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  • Anonymous

    Submitted for your approval:

    Some of these guys will undoubtedly end up gone before I pick them; I try to avoid anything egregious, but just plain old probability means your guy has a good shot at being gone unless you put reaches in your mock. It also assumes that trade partners want to play ball as well. I haven’t really looked into why the other team would want to do that, but rather relied on the trades being “fair” according the the standard values.trades:Pit 24 (740), 193 (14.2) NE 48 (420), 63 (284), 126 (46)Pit 119 (56), 159 (27.8) Seattle 105 (84)48: Kevin Zeitler (OG)55: Alameda Ta’amu (NT)63: Brandon Brooks (OG)86: Mychal Kendricks (ILB)105: Greg Childs (WR)126: Michael Egnew (TE)231: Oliver Vernon (OLB)240: Kellen Moore (QB)246: Blair Walsh (K)248: Drew Butler (P)

    • Ted

      I like the trade-value comparisons. Historically, NE has only traded down, although they could trade up for a pass rusher this year if their is one BB really wants. Almost no chance Zeitler lasts until 48. Would love it if true, but his stock has risen too much. Further, I know it’s a huge weakness, but do you want to take two pure OGs with no position flexibility in the first three rounds. I would at least want one swing RT/G in that scenario. A month ago, Kendricks might have been available at that spot in the third round, but Kiper called him the fastest rising prospect now outside of the first round. 50-50 chance he is gone now before our second-round pick.

      • Anonymous

        I thought a lot about the two OG thing and decided that it was a reasonable way to go. Left OG is the biggest positional weakness. Let’s say you take care of that. I think Right OG is now the biggest weakness so it makes sense. On top of that, not all rookies pan out, and as far as investment goes it’s eating up less “value” than a single first round pick.

        You may be right about the players being gone. That’s always a danger unless you fill your mock with reaches. The higher ranked the player the more likely he’s gone, but also the more likely he’s the selection if available. For the first two rounds I consulted 6 mocks drafts and required the player be present in half. For later rounds I just went with overall prospect rank + a fudge factor of about 25%.

      • EasyLikeSundayMorning

        Two posts and a podcast in two days… now we’ll be conditioned to expect this pace forever, right?  Seriously, very good stuff (Ted) on the draft and an enjoyable podcast, too.

        In terms of the Patriots: “[P]erhaps
        contrary to common perception, it is not always meant moving down. The
        draft weekend deals (involving all rounds) in the Belichick Era have
        included 15 to move up into a higher spot, 13 to move down and 19 for
        players or future considerations.”  http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/patriots/content/patriots_draft_day_preview_04-26-12_CPUQ8BG_v3.102442e.html

        Oh, and here’s the trade they are obviously going to make: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1136090-nfl-draft-would-the-patriots-trade-tom-brady-for-a-chance-at-luck-or-rg3

    • Anonymous

      After reading this: http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d82895e07/printable/vontaze-burfict-jayron-hosley-fail-drug-test-before-nfl-draft

      248: Vontaze Burfict (ILB)

      Because #1 why not? It’s a small thing to risk and you may be able to yell at his face until he’s fixed. And #2, lol.

  • Mikereese

    I love the trade down option the most, lots of value.  Here is my version, I see a huge need for morepass rush, especially as Harrison ages:

    1st- Whitney Mercilus, LB, Illinois – Great value
    he is he falls this far, heir apparent to James Harrison, you just can’t spend
    a 1st round pick on a 2 down linebacker in a pass happy league, I
    just don’t see Hightower being the man

    2nd- Brandon Brooks, G, Miami
    of Ohio – Too good of a value to pass up, starting LG this year by week 6,
    Steelers were “wowed” by him

    3rd- Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama – If he falls here
    the Steelers spring to the podium, may not contribute until the 2nd half of the
    season but great long term value here

    4th- Robert Turbin, RB,
    Utah State – No much depth behind Redman, and with Mendenhall out with a bad
    knee for a majority of the season not many in house options, plus he probably
    won’t tweet as much

    5th- Trenton Robinson, FS, Michigan St. – A raw
    talent that the Steelers have shown interest in, Mundy and Allen don’t hold a
    lot of promise for the future, may have a shot of making the roster if he is a
    capable backup and can shine on special teams

    6th- Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas – Could be the 5th
    WR this season and move up the depth chart next year when Wallace walks, has
    high end speed and may drop this far due to his injuries in college

    7th- Derek Carrier, TE, Benoit College – Small
    college prospect that has all the tools to be a nice pass catching tight end

    7th- Case Keenum, QB, Houston –
    Leftwich may follow Red Zone Arians to Indy, taking a flyer here but could be a
    solid #2 QB quickly, a year or 2 behind Batch will help the learning curve

    7th- Akeem Hicks, DT,
    Regina – Great potential as a DE in the rotation by next year

    7th – Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State – The
    Steelers need depth at WR badly

    • Ted

      I know Colbert often doesn’t follow the script when drafting OLBs, but Mercilus would deviate from his history of taking proven college players in the first round. This guy had one amazing year, which followed a mediocre career at best. Granted he did so without great talent around him and dominated some good offensive linemen last fall in the Big Ten.

      Moreover, if the Steelers draft any OLB prospect in the first round, they are essentially saying: (1) James Harrison is near the end, will not be around for 2013 regardless of how he performs this fall, and that they are prepared to eat the remainder of the guaranteed part of his contract on an already tight 2013 salary cap; and that (2) Jason Worilds was not only an illogical and luxury second-round pick two years ago, but also a bad one who is not capable of starting.

      For those reasons, I hope the pick is not an OLB, in addition to the fact that all of those considered at No. 24 (Perry, Mercilus, Branch, McCellan) have bust potential due to the position conversion, three of them are similar to Woodley in size, none would play much this fall unless Harrison really has lost it and Worilds truly does suck, and none would represent great value on the overall draft board.

      • Mikereese

        Good point, but I think they realize Harrison only has a year or 2 left(hopefully) and Worilds has shown little pass rushing skills, although his play has been solid, not stellar.  Given that our pass defense is built on pressure we need another option that can come in and take the double teams off of Woodley in a year or so, it will take them that long to learn the defense.  I expect the 1st pick to be the biggest wild card given Colbert’s history, and after that OG, NT, WR will see a lot of attention.  Trade down is probbaly my most desired option, but not sure there are that many suitors.

        • Ted

          That could all be true and after Ingram (who will be long gone), Mercilus is the 3-4 OLB prospect I like best in this draft. In fact, I see Perry as too much of a bust risk, and believe both he and Branch could have trouble playing the 3-4 in the NFL.

          But I would still rather address the o-line and see what Worilds can do next season in more extensive action as a reserve/fill-in starter. While OG is our biggest need and I like your rounds 3-7, I am not in awe of Brooks. He wasn’t invited to the combine, because he wasn’t that good in college. Instead, he is a guy whose stock has risen due to individual workouts.

  • http://www.backupquarterbackblog.blogspot.com/ The Backup QB

    I’ve seen DeCastro as high as #11.  They’d be in great shape if they got him.  The Steelers typically do well when they’re trading up in the first round (Polamalu, Holmes).

  • Cols714

    I’m down with mock draft #1. I love the idea of getting a LB, OG, and NT (Chapman) in the first 3 rounds. After that I really don’t care.

    However, I really think they are going with Nick Perry or another OLB type guy in the 1st.

    • Ted

      I am afraid your assessment on Perry or another OLB correct, and agree 100% with you on what positions should be addressed in the first three roudns. Taking Perry this year in the first actually makes more sense than selecting Worilds two years ago in the second round, but Perry was nowhere near as productive as any of the other 3-4 OLB first-round possibilities (Ingram, Upshaw, Branch, Mercilus, etc.) in this year’s draft. He is an amazing athlete for sure, but is a boom-bust pick all the way, which is the type of player we rarely take in the first round.

  • Randy Steele

    Well, mock draft #1 might be a little too good to be true, but I’d sign up for it.

    That said, Hightower worries me. He’s a battering ram, and I love the way he manhandles blockers, but if he doesn’t fit Tomlin’s definition of a one-trick pony, I don’t know who does. His knee injury and consequent lack of good lateral movement is well-documented, and it’s hard to imagine that he won’t be a liability during pass plays, especially if he has to play any man-to-man.

    But, hey, if the Steelers’ scouts and front office are comfortable with him, who can disagree?

    As far as Mock #3 goes, few teams are willing to trade up and almost every team wants to trade down. Good luck finding a partner. That said, I’d love to have Zeitler. He looks like a pro’s pro. Plug him into the line and never worry about that position again for… oh, ten years.

    • Ted

      Randy, I agree with most everything you wrote. However, Schefter broke down the trades scenario from before the last three years (when we had contract uncertainity, an expiring CBA, and eventually a lockout) compared to the previous decade. The number of trades in the first round dropped more than 300% over the last 3 years compared to the previous decade.

      With a new CBA in place and a reduced rookie salary scale, he expects a ton of trades in the first round this year. We would only move up if we really want a guy and would not have to expend too much to do so (DeCastro should be the only player who could fit that bill), or trade down a few spots if we (A) no longer can get one of the 7-10 players Colbert really likes, but are confident we could still get someone from the second tier. That’s the risk. I could see any or all of Hightower, Glenn, Martin, Poe and Zeitler on the board at No. 24, but doubt any last past the first round, with only Zeitler possibly slipping into the first few picks of the second round, although I think SF would take him.

  • http://twitter.com/daveduncan Dave Duncan

    Drafting McNutt is interesting.  I do like him too.  The straight-line speed seems to not match his game speed.  Didn’t really separate much.  Though you can’t argue with production and hands.

  • DJAnyReason

    Note – trading our 1&3 to NYJ for their 1st is as much of a “point” gain for us as trading our 1&2 to Philly for their 1&3 – I don’t know what either team is looking for in the draft, so it may or may not be more likely to work, but I figured I’d toss it out there.

  • Anonymous

    One of my biggest hopes in this draft is that someone, not the Steelers, pick up the wrong slip of paper and puts in their later round pick in round one. That would be some real entertainment.

  • Agent kent

    1.24 trade to San Francisco for picks 30 and pick 94 overall for picks 24 and 231 ( Steelers original 7th rounder) The 49ers move up to get ahead of the Texans to select WR Stephen Hill GT.

    1.30 Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi –  Tomlins comments about the doubt of Willie Colon to stay healthy and a sever lack of depth at Tackle makes this seem like a cross section of need and value. 

    2.24 Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH)- Back to back lineman how is this possible. The last time Art Rooney II was so out spoken about the offense after the season the line coach was let go and the Steelers drafted a Center in the 1st. This time the OC was not asked back and I think the coach and Gm make a concerted effort to finish the overhaul of the line by adding starter quality depth for an injury plagued o line.

    3.24 James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada
    3.30 ( From trade with SF) Oliver Vernon, OLB, Miami
    4.24 Robert Turbin, Utah State
    5.24 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
    6.24 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State – call me crazy he’s the complete opposite of Ben but he reminds me of Tyler Palko a smart coaches son with limited physical ability and could be our new OC development project. 
    240 Markus Kuhn, DT, North Carolina State 
    246 B.J. Cunningham, WR, Michigan State  
    248 Randy Bullock K Texas A&M

    • Ted

      Well, that draft would fulfill my long-term desire of addressing the offensive line, but it would do so with one player (Massie) I want no part of, and another (Brooks) who scares me. Both have high bust potential, especially Massie, who I have followed since HS and has always been both a flake and someone who does not play his best against the top opponents. But he does have a ton of talent. I like the rest of your draft. I thought about Moore – who I think could be a nice No. 2 in a few years – but would not take him until round 7. Although he may last that long, I too think he goes in round 6, just not to the Steelers.

  • Anonymous

    Hello,
    Here’s my  mock draft, if these players fall to them

    1st-24 Dont’a Hightower ILB
    2nd-56 Jared Crick DE
    3rd-86 Alameda Ta’amu DT
    4th-119 Brandon Washington OG
    5th-159 Cyrus Gray RB
    6th-193 Antonio Allen SS
    7th-231 Tommy Streeter-WR
    7ath-240 Andrew Datko OT
    7bth-246 Eddie Whitley FS
    7cth-248 Donte Paige-Moss DE/OLB

    • Ted

      Can’t see us taking a 3-4 end in the second round after drafting players in the first round 2 of the last 3 years at that spot. I like the rest of this draft, but highly doubt combine wonder Streeter lasts until the 7th round with his size and speed. Plus, Ben should refuse to do another restructure or extension if Colbert doesn’t taken an OL before the fourth round.

  • Rburns17

    Rainey is going in the third round. You’re high if you think that you have a shot getting him in the 7th.

    • Ted

      Maybe you misread the mocks and thought I meant Chris Rainey instead of Bobby Rainey from Western Kentucky, who I had in the seventh round in one of my mocks.

      Including compensatory picks, 253 players will be selected this week. Bobby Rainey is projected as a 7th-rounder or undrafted free agent by CBS SportsLine, which ranks him as the No. 287 overall prospect available for this draft.

      ESPN does not list Bobby Rainey in its 253 ranked players. He is ESPN’s No. 31 overall RB prospect, 21 of whom are ranked among the top 253 overall prospects.

      Now, day three is always a crap shoot and the Steelers would like a speedy, change-of-place back. However, running backs tend to fall, especially 5-7 guys from Western Kentucky who are not burners. Based on the data above, I would say it’s far more likely that Bobby Rainey isn’t even signed to a free-agent contract than taken in the third round. Nevertheless, I like him, which is why I pegged him in the seventh round in one of the mocks below, even though most do not expect him to be drafted at all.

  • Cols714

    QOTD
    What player will cause Steelers’ fans heads to explode if they are chose?
    I’m going with Cordy Glenn. If he’s picked watch the message boards light up with damnation.

    Of course in 2008 it was Timmons who caused this and that’s worked out pretty well.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

      Timmons caused gnashing of teeth and rending of cloth in 2007

      It was Mendenhall who had the same effect in 2008. 

      Maybe this year there will be some wearing of sackcloth too!

      • EasyLikeSundayMorning

        I don’t really read other message boards much, but I don’t remember the HSS/SL crowd having a negative reaction to Mendenhall.  In fact, I think the consensus was that he was a steal at that slot (and Sweed in r2, too).

        As for Timmons… this is beating a horse that has been dead for years.  So anyone who isn’t interested should ignore the rest of this.  Most are now happy with the ILB that he has become.  However, there were two concerns expressed at HSS at the time:

        One, it seemed like the Steelers wanted Revis (or Willis), and they went right before him, including with the Jets trading up ahead of us.  I know little about college players, so I can’t say that I was in that crowd.  But both of those players have been much more productive than Juan has been to date.

        Two, the concern that I expressed was that the Steelers seem confused as to where he would play, and this seemed problematic for a guy picked 16th overall.  He was supposedly drafted as an OLB, and Tomlin said he had Derrick Brooks-like qualities as an OLB.  That would be great if we ran a 4-3, but we obviously don’t run that defense.  The fact that it took him 1.5 years to step into an impact role, and his disappearance when forced by injuries into the OLB role last year, shows that you shouldn’t just draft a good athlete at 1.16 and hope to figure out how to use him.  That said, I think he’s a very good ILB, am glad he’s on the team and expect that he’ll be an impact player again this year. 

        I think both of these concerns proved legitimate.  That said, I think it was Randy who said we should pretend that Woodley was the 1.16 pick and Timmons was 2.16 and just get over it, and I followed his advice. That’s the riveting (I’m sure) story of How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Juan.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

          I agree with everything you said about Timmons and think that was an excellent summation of the reaction here. 

          I recall there being some frustration at the Mendenhall pick but that might just be my own remembered bias.  I think the reactions to both Timmons and Mendenhall were also (again maybe just my bias here) driven by the frustration with continually ignoring the offensive line.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

          I agree with everything you said about Timmons and think that was an excellent summation of the reaction here. 

          I recall there being some frustration at the Mendenhall pick but that might just be my own remembered bias.  I think the reactions to both Timmons and Mendenhall were also (again maybe just my bias here) driven by the frustration with continually ignoring the offensive line.

          • GlennW

            At least at HSS the Mendenhall pick was much better received than the Timmons pick (which didn’t go over well at all), imo.  And as ELSM suggests the Sweed-love was over the top.  Just goes to show what we know.  In hindsight we pretty much had it backwards (Timmons may not be a great player but he’s at least earned his keep per his draft slot).

    • Anonymous

      Isaiah Pead

    • Randy Steele

      Good question. And I agree about Cordy Glenn. If the Steelers pick Glenn, I’ll conclude that the front office and coaches have been around lousy offensive linemen for so long that they don’t know what a good one looks like anymore.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Steelers Depot had an article about the last 10 guys picked in the 1.24 slot.  If our pick is as good as the average of these guys, we’ll all be very happy: 

    2011 Cameron Jordan
    2010 Dez Bryant
    2009 Peria Jerry
    2008 Chris Johnson
    2007 Brandon Merriweather
    2006 Jonathan Joseph
    2005 Aaron Rodgers
    2004 Steven Jackson
    2003 Dallas Clark
    2002 Ed Reed

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/04/analyzing-the-24th-picks-of-the-past-decade-in-the-nfl-draft/

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Here are some links to a Draft Muncher, which charts what the different mocks pick for each slot.  The consensus for us is Dont’a Hightower in r1 and Alameda Ta’amu (NT at U Wash) in r2.

    Note that LaMichael James (RB at Oregon) is the consensus for the 57
    slot, right after ours, and he visited us.  I’ll predict Hightower and James for r1 and r2.

    http://www.fanmonster.com/public/mdm/default.php
    http://www.fanmonster.com/public/mdm/displaySelTrend.php?pos=24
    http://www.fanmonster.com/public/mdm/displaySelTrend.php?pos=56