OK. All of a sudden everyone is completely shutting out the idea of drafting an o-lineman in the 1st round. I understand, but not completely sure we should pass up Mack. Deshea is getting older. Gay and Madison aren't 100% reliable leaving Ike Taylor our ownly CB option for the upcoming future. Although William Gay and Anthony Madison might get better by then. Who knows? fftoolbox does provide a clearer better description si there are parts I flipped my word with theirs. Anyway, here are some 2009 CB Draft Prospects with a little help from fftoolbox.com:
Malcolm Jenkins. Ohio State. 6' 1" 201 lbs.: We will not get him. He is tied for top CB in the Draft with Vontae Davis. We probably won't get him unless we trade up which we can't do because we need the other picks to get some WRs and D-linemen and O-lineman. Malcolm had a great carrer at Ohio State, but didn't really impress at the combine. He is still a great CB. He could play safety so his versatility helps his stock. At Ohio State he played in 52 games, registered 196 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, had 1 and forced 4 fumbles. In coverage, Jenkins has tallied an impressive 11 interceptions and 17 passes broken up - including two interceptions he has taken back for touchdowns. fftoolbox.com:
Vontae Davis. Illinois. 6' 204lbs: He is another great CB. He probably won't get to #32 considering he'll be the #1 or #2 CB. Again if we trade up we lose picks we need later on. Davis is a great prospect and shouldn't be overlooked. Davis finished the season with 76 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 8 passes broken up, and he even blocked 2 kicks on special teams. Jenkins had to blocks in 4 years while Davis had 2 in one season. He would be a great fit for an aggressive defense like the Steelers because he's an excellent blitzer. Davis is just as comfortable rushing the passer from the corner spot as he is in coverage. He had a decent combine. fftoolbox.com:
D.J. Moore. Vanderbilt. 5' 10" 182lbs. Solid 2nd rounder, but a little small. Wouldn't match up well witha bigger guy. The reason he'd be a perfect fit for the Steelersthough is beacuse Moore not only plays CB but, returns kicks and is sometimes used at receiver to maximize his rare assembly of skills. As someone said describing NE Pats coach: Taking two birds with one stone. He was a great star on defense. HighSchoolSteeler, if we don't take your man Chung look at this kid right here. You should do a major post on him. Shutting down his opponents' best receivers and leading the conference in punt returning is just the way he plays. The cornerback led the SEC in interceptions with six and was among the SEC and national leaders in solo tackles (63), total tackles (83), and pass breakups (10). This is the guy I think the Steelers take in the 2nd round. He did a good job in the combine, too.
Darius Butler. Connecticut. 5' 10" 187lbs. He is another guy who is capable of playing receiver, Butler has great hands to go along with his speed and quickness. He hasn't ever gotten the chance to escape being the under the radar guy. His numbers are down, too. He only tallied 40 tackles on the year and failed to intercept a pass (and his skills as a kick returner did not go very well either). He only averaged 23.6 yards per kick-off return and had a long of just 36 yards. Butler is still a talented player and much of that lack of production is due to the fact that the opposition avoided throwing in his direction. fftoolbox.com
Sean Smith. Utah. 6' 3" 214lbs. He had a pretty good year. He is a later 3rd round and up guy. He really has tons of potential. Smith is an excellent athlete with great size-speed (4.52) combination. He played cornerback during most of his time (he actually began his career at WR) at Utah, but will need to switch positions in the NFL. Smith reads the quarterback and breaks quickly to get outside and help his cornerbacks on deep routes, and is able to close quickly on passes in front of him. With very good backwards speed, Smith is best at reading the QB's eyes. While he has good, not great, recovery speed, (recovery speed is what we needafter fitzgerald made that lond TD catch to put the Cards ahead in the SB) he does not get sucked in by play action and has the speed and agility to get to areas in a hurry. Smith also has great burst to finish, making strong tackles. Smith is a very good run defender who has the instincts and speed to chase down runners. fftoolbox.com
Alphonso Smith. Wake Forest. 5' 9" 190lbs. No Aaron Curry isn't the only good player from the Wake Forest defense. Smith did a great job last year. Smith has everything anybody could want from a cornerback -- with one exception. He is quick, has great instincts, can catch the ball very effectively and is rarely caught out of position. The one problem is his size. He is only 5-9 and 190 pounds. If he had just 3, 4, 5 more inches he would be just down right dominant. Smith finished the year with seven interceptions and 13 pass break-ups. He also had 38 tackles. His carrer stats are 174 tackles, 4 FF, and 21 INT. Pretty good for a CB who only gets to make about 5+ plays a game. He ran a 4.56 on the 40-yard dash. I think this guy has tons and tons and tons of potential. HighSchool Steeler, this would be a great guy to put in your final Mock Draft.
Those are just some of the prospects. There are others who could be a 4th and higher rounder. How'd you like it HighSchoolSteeler? Blitz? Agree with the post? Disagree with the post?