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NFL Draft 2014, Day 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to the only thing in Mel Kiper’s life …

Event: The NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3

Time: 7 p.m.

Site: Radio City Music Hall, New York, for the main proceedings, Steelers Headquarters on the South Side for all team proceedings

TV, Radio: ESPN, NFL Network, Live (online), ESPN Radio 970-AM

Steelers’ picks: 46, 97 (compensatory)

Here’s the NFL Draft 2014 official page on

Here’s the Steelers Draft Central page on

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

Here are all of beat writer Alan Robinson’s position-by-position breakdowns: Kicker, linebacker, running back, quarterback, offensive line, defensive line, cornerbacksafety, wide receiver.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.


  1. Milo Hamilton says:

    For your consideration – Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews. 6 foot 3, runs a 4.4 & caught over 200 passes the last two years.

  2. Dom says:

    Works for me but I doubt he’s there when we’re up to bat.

  3. Milo Hamilton says:

    I also like the two Notre Dame defensive linemen also. Tuitt & Nix.

  4. Milo Hamilton says:

    Now there’s some grammar for ya.

  5. Baywatch says:

    Hey, Milo! You going to any of the Bucs’ games this weekend? I just posted on today’s game thread – be nice to say “Hey” to any other Blogger Brethren at the park. Me & Mrs. Bay are in town for all three … Now back to your regularly-scheduled NFL Draft, Day 2 talk :-)

  6. toochca says:

    One of the Mock Drafts on had Tuitt going to the Steelers in Rd 2.

  7. Dom says:

    Most likely they’ll be gone too but who knows?

  8. theplanisworking says:

    HEY BAY!!


  9. Milo Hamilton says:

    Hey Bay ! Unfortunately not this weekend. My next game isn’t until the Nationals come in. Come back then, or just stay. You don’t want to be in Texas this time of year. :)

  10. Baywatch says:

    Aw! OK! If you see a guy on TV wearing a North Texas Football practice tank, it’s not the Steelers 2nd Rounder, it’s me! And Plan, facing Wacha, yeah, I feel a “down here.” Maybe we can squeak a few and Frankie will be on for a nice change.

  11. Dom says:

    Just heard on Mark Madden’s radio show that Ryan Shazier ran a 4.38 in the 40 and WR Sammy Watkins, who is apparently worth two first round draft choices, ran a 4.43.

  12. Shazier ran a 4.36 at his Pro Day at “One of the Ohio State Universities”

  13. theplanisworking says:

    The Steelers better not take a punter in round 2 tonight.
    That’s all I got.

    Need to pick solid players tonight to make up for the reach of last night.

  14. The Buckeyes have a great punter for you, planetarium.


  15. theplanisworking says:

    Hahahahahaha !! :)

  16. Wild Bill says:

    Browns have sold a bunch of season tickets since drafting Manziel. P.T. Barnum was right…….

  17. Wild Bill says:

    Jeez, we got Pens, Bucs and Stillers at the same time! Sports out the wazoo tonight.

  18. theplanisworking says:


  19. Eric from G'burg says:

    After careful consideration & discussion with my football fiend co-workers, I don’t think it was a reach. He’s a terrific athlete & football player. From my understanding, he was a leader in the locker room at OSU. And lastly, he addresses a need to get young fast. Larry Foote was a fine man & good football player, but his time was at an end. This kid will be able to adjust inside & I’m starting to think our starting LBs are going to be pretty damn good this season…and THAT is the lynchpin of a spectacular DEE-FENSE. I know we need a good young corner, but I’m gonna have faith in Colbert & Tomlin to deliver. They know what they have to do.

  20. theplanisworking says:

    Guess we will just have to see.
    Don’t forget, the average time for a LB to contribute in a LeBeau D is 3+ years. Can’t afford that when you go 8-8 and miss the playoffs.

    Plus, the areas of need are still there.
    I think the Steelers should have traded back if they didn’t like the other options at 15.

    I need a drink. ;)

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  22. Arriba Wilver says:

    Average time for a linebacker to contribute is 3+ years in LeBeau’s defense? For a high round selection? Don’t think that’s true at all. Unless you think Jason Worilds’ progression was typical. I thought it was highly unusual. Unless you count all the times James Harrison was cut. ;-)

    You sure you aren’t thinking of corners?

  23. Arriba Wilver says:

    Probably the same people who bought ‘em for Couch, Quinn, etc. ;-)

    He’ll make his mark. Just not sure what that Mark will be.

  24. theplanisworking says:

    No, not thinking of corners.
    Timmons took that long.
    Worilds took that long.
    Woodley was an exception, but he still took 2 years.

    It takes a while to contribute in LeBeau’s D.

  25. theplanisworking says:

    Yet another reason you don’t pass on an area of need:

    Browns will now be concentrating on WR.

  26. Wild Bill says:

    Uh oh, I’m in trouble now!

  27. theplanisworking says:


  28. Arriba Wilver says:

    Timmons didn’t take that long. Maybe we just have a different definition of “contribute.” If it means All-Pro like stats . . .

    All I’m saying is, sure LeBeau’s defense is complicated, but no way it takes an average of 3+ years for a linebacker to have an impact. Worilds? Yes. But he’s the outlier, not the average.

  29. Steelag70 says:

    And yet they drafted an OT….hmmmm…

  30. Dom says:

    Jordan Mathews is gone.

    I’m guessing we’re going with Stephon Tuitt if he isn’t gone.

  31. Steelag70 says:

    Pretty good bloodlines…Jordan Matthews is the cousin of Jerry Rice…

  32. theplanisworking says:

    Shows I know absolutely nothing !!!


  33. Steelag70 says:

    Tuitt it is….

  34. Dom says:

    Tuitt was the best available but we really need to address corner.

  35. theplanisworking says:

    Either of the Notre Dame linemen would have been a good pick here.

    Still haven’t addressed either position of need.
    Maybe the Steelers will look for help there when teams make roster cuts in the pre-season……….

  36. Dom says:

    I don’t get the Ravens pick. Isn’t 300 lbs light for a nose tackle?

  37. Dom says:

    Who called it?

  38. Dom says:

    I see us nabbing Pierre Desir in round 3 and Pitt wide receiver Devin Street in a later round.

  39. Eric from G'burg says:

    Good job. I’m wondering how the Steelers envision Tuitt though. Nose tackle? End?

  40. Dom says:

    I thought that new England had a quarterback

  41. Bizrow says:

    Derrick Moye, a kid from Beaver County, used to work with a lady that knows him. Wide Out is not a problem ;-)

  42. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Tough seeing all these guys go off the board, and no Steeler pick till the end of the 3rd Round.

  43. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Gee, I hope they pick another LB or DE.

  44. Milo Hamilton says:

    OK, my last shot for today – Martavis Bryant WR Clemson.

  45. Breakthestreak says:

    Common Martavis. Stat on the board

  46. Steelag70 says:

    Dri Archer…..

  47. Milo Hamilton says:

    They took Dri Archer, the fastest man in America. He’ll return kicks until someone breaks him in half. They drafted a toy.

  48. J Walter Weatherman says:

    Chris Rainey version 2.0?

  49. Breakthestreak says:

    Wow. I guess no wr or cb coming in early rounds. Who knew?

  50. Eric Bowser says:

    stupid…. stupid…. stupid….

    It is no surprise Steelers were 8-8 in the last two years and about to be worse.

  51. BillyBaduka says:

    Yeah, I don’t like this one. If the kid from Towson was there, I coulda seen that but really thought they would finally go CB or WR.

    This is a toy for Haley I guess. He likes the scat backs. But 173lb? Isn’t this Rainey II?

  52. Steelag70 says:

    Tavon Austin…Dexter McCluster…Ace Sanders….all 170 Lb guys…

  53. Milo Hamilton says:

    This pick makes me feel great. It tells me that they have so many good football players they didn’t need to take one here. Now we can just take shiny new toys to play with. Isn’t that great, we have a shiny new toy.

  54. Steelag70 says:

    This WAS their WR pick folks…I think maybe they value Derek Moye as that big receiver…

  55. Breakthestreak says:

    Maybe Wheaton is a stud and we just haven’t seen him yet. Maybe. But our corners stink. Where’s Mel Blount? Can we bring him out of retirement

  56. Steelag70 says:

    According to reports, Steelers were not interested in Martavis Bryant…

  57. BillyBaduka says:

    Good point with McCluster.

    Austin and Sanders combined for a whopping 900 yards between them in thier rookie season.

    Archer has speed and it hope he pans out. If he could be a good addition even if it’s just in return game.

    I hope they don’t try to run him between the tackles much. They did with Rainey.

    Just don’t like the pick initially. Would be happy to be wrong about it.

  58. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Not big on the Archer pick at all.
    A 3rd Rounder for a situational scat back?
    They lost me on this one….

  59. Rock Ain't Dead says:

    I hate this pick in this round. Are we the raiders now?

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Gee, lets see here…………

    1st round, reach for a LB, don’t address needs.
    2nd round, get a DL, ok pick, but don’t address needs.
    3rd round, get a player that would be a snack for most NFL players, don’t address needs.

    AT BEST, I give this draft so far a C+.
    Realistically a D.

    I guess Ben will be throwing to himself, and the D will get the nickname “toast”. Look for a lot of 35-14 losses this year. Unreal.

  61. Dom says:

    Definitely end. Too light to be a tackle.

  62. Dom says:

    Awful third round pick.

    Pierre Desir and Bryant were both available.

    Gay and Taylor might both be gone next year. Who’s going to play CB?

  63. Dom says:

    Plus, Archer will be hurt the first time he’s tackled. If he had trouble staying healthy in college how can he stay healthy in the pros?

  64. Steelag70 says:

    Tavon Austin, Ace Sanders, Dexter McCluster….all 170 lb guys who have been healthy…

  65. Arriba Wilver says:

    Shhhhh. Don’t put their hair out.


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