The NFL Draft is only three weeks away, and on Monday’s edition of the Kaboly Show on TribLive Radio, I unveiled my mock draft 1.0. (you can listen to the entire podcast here —–> http://sportstalk.triblive.com/download/406KAB15.mp3 …).
We all know the Steelers coveted a cornerback and in need of a outside rush linebacker, but, as I’ve said a number of times, the way the draft breaks this year more than ever will determine what position and the Steelers use with their 22nd overall pick.
They want a cornerback, but only if a higher-slotted cornerback is still on the board. If he isn’t, they will take a rush outside linebackers.
Knowing that, it’s kind of hard to determine who the Steelers will take, but this is my best shot at it.
Kaboly’s NFL Mock Draft 1.0
Round 1 (22) Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
Skinny: Big and powerful defensive end who would be converted to outside linebacker. Dropped some in college making the transition to OLB much easier.
Round 2 (56) Alex Carter, CB, Stanford
Skinny: He’s everything the Steelers want in a pick – young, underclassman (junior) and is from a big school (Stanford). Carter has nice size (6-0, 195), is physical and can tackle.
Round 3 (87) D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
Skinny: What better way to address a need than using both picks on Day 2 to do it?
Round 4 (121) Derron Smith, S, Fresno State
Skinny: Troy Polamalu won’t be back and who knows if Shamarko Thomas will be the answer?
Round 5 (160) Jesse James, TE, Penn State
Skinny: Just picture a clone of Matt Spaeth, who can’t block as well but can provide more in the way of the passing game.
Round 6 (199) Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (Fla.)
Skinny: The Steelers don’t really need a receiver, but they won’t be able to overlook the speed of Dorsett.
Round 6 (212) (Comp) Sean Hickey, OL, Syracuse
Skinny: You never have too many offensive linemen. Hickey, a Franklin Regional grad, can play both left and right tackle.
Round 7 (239) Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State
Skinny: Brother of inside linebacker Vince Williams, the Steelers can take a flyer on Williams after signing DeAngelo Williams.