With Christmas coming up, kids everywhere are (or have) writing Christmas list for Santa (aka their parents) to fulfill. So I have decided to come up with a wish list for the Steelers' 2013 Draft. Since I am also a frugal person, I decided to look at (I am actually looking at them while I am writing) some under-the-radar prospects Pittsburgh should take a look at. Here are four guys whom I would like to see in black and gold come April.
1. Linebacker Khaseem Greene, Rutgers.
This guy is my favorite player that no one seems to be talking about all that much. While watching him in the game against Pittsburgh, he showed flashes of being the prototypical run-stuffing, A-Gap kind of Linebacker whom the Steelers would LOVE to have. He also has elite athleticism as he is a converted Safety. His stock has been rising and is considered to be a 2nd-3rd Round pick by most "experts" (I use that term lightly). If we can get him in the 3rd, I would be ecstatic, but I wouldn't be opposed to spending a 2nd Round pick on him.
2. Running Back Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
Okay, okay. This is PARTLY a homer pick, but I truly believe Ray Graham could be the next Shady McCoy/Ray Rice type of Running Back. He still needs to get back some of his explosiveness from before the ACL injury last year, but he had a career year this season (1041 Rushing Yards, 11 Rush TDs to go along with 340 Receiving Yards and 2 Receiving TDs). Having that kind of season coming off an injury like the one he had is pretty impressive. I also believe that the Steelers aren't going to bring back Rashard Mendenhall next year so they need a RB to pair with Jonathan Dwyer (whom I believe will be the starter next year).
3. Strong Safety Matt Elam, Florida
Again, another guy whose stock has been rising, Elam has become a borderline 1st Round pick. He is an athletic, hard hitting safety in the mold of Troy Polamalu. He is also a reliable tackler (which, if I am honest with myself, Troy has not been throughout most of his career).
4. Free Safety Zeke Motta, Notre Dame
Another Safety whom I have been keeping an eye on, Motta has reminded me a lot of Ryan Clark. He is a good run stuffing Safety who has a big hit mentality. Our Safeties are getting up there in age and we need some replacements pretty soon. I hope the Steelers realize that in the wake of injuries, we need some reliable backups who can hold down the farm and eventually replace them.