Hey guys, if you didn't know the Mile High Report (Broncos Blog) hosted a 3 round live mock draft today and I represented the steelers. My strategy was to trade back in the 1st round to acquire more picks, and I had talks with the Eagles, Bengals, Cardinals and even tried to get in touch with the Vikings, but nothing materialized. So i sat tight with our normal picks (18, 52, and 82 overall) and here's what I got:
18. Mike Iupati G, Idaho
If you've read my mocks before, you know I've had my eye on Iupati for a while. While the hope was to trade back and take Maurkice Pouncey, I have no problem with taking Iupati at 18. Having a first round talent on the Oline is something we've sorely missed and Iupati's versatility gives us some options for the future. We have Starks, Kemo, and Hartwig locked up for at least the next 3 years, a first round contract is usually about 4-5 years, so that would only leave locking up Colon long term and we'd have a young, yet battle-tested line for years to come. I also considered taking Kyle Wilson and Sean Weatherspoon, but with the defensive depth in this draft I decided Iupati was too good to pass up.
52. Morgan Burnett S, Georgia Tech
I've had us looking at Burnett in my past mocks as well, but that was more because he was the best safety that I thought would be available. After more research though, I'm convinced he'll be a great Steeler. He's a ball-hawking safety who's only weaknesses seem to be with consistency and learning when to spot the double-move. Those can be easily fixed with coaching however, and with Ryan Clark under contract we have the luxury of letting him learn. He's really instinctive and seems like Earl Thomas-light but with better skills (and size) for the run game. I'm so high on him I took him over Nate Allen and Chad Jones who both fell into the late second round.
82. Pat Angerer LB, Iowa
I know we signed Larry Foote and I know we need OLB depth. But I think Angerer could be special. He's a bit undersized but understands the game very well and shouldn't take long to contribute to the team. The best part: he's a vocal leader who could take the reigns from Farrior seamlessly. Once he gets comfortable in our system, he could pair very nicely with Timmons. And for those of you screaming for OLB depth, remember that Timmons is our backup OLB, and is a damn good one too. If Harrison or Woodley go down, Timmons goes outside while Farrior, Foote, and now Angerer man the middle. If Farrior, Foote, or Timmons gets injured, we have Angerer.
There you have it guys. Let me know what you think. Overall I'm pretty happy with the picks, although I think with some more time for wheeling and dealing I could've pulled some magic out of my hat. Oh well, next time.