A couple days ago I took a look at my top 11 1st round prospects for the Steelers and today I will look at my top 11 2nd round prospects.
Requiring a Trade Up
1. Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia - I listed Glenn at the very bottom of the 1st round prospects and suggested that I would love to trade down to the 30-34 range and take him. If we could do that while aquiring another 2nd or 3rd round pick. I think a good trading partner would be with Philadelphia, which would put us with picks at 14 and 19 in the 2nd round to go along with our pick at 24.
2. Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis - If we could complete that trade with the Eagles, I would suggest grabbing Poe at 14 or using our new wealth of picks to trade up (above the Chiefs) in the 2nd round to take him. He is a great NT prospect that could become an elite player in the NFL. However, at this point, I would be more comfortable taking him in the 2nd round because he has never played against good competition.
3. Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma - Lewis is an athletic LB built in the mold of a Lawrence Timmons. With the new era of the TE's that are just freaks, having two great, athletic ILBs might be a necessity.
4. Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State - Osemele is a good, mauling prospect who has some athleticism as well. He will probably go between 10 and 20 in the 2nd round.
If we stay put
5. Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington - Ta'amu is the 2nd best NT in this class but he is a very good prospect. In my opinion, we must land either Poe or Ta'amu because after that there are question marks with all the NTs.
6. Markelle Martin, FS, Oklahoma State - Martin is a very athletic, play making safety. His stock is currently the mid to late 2nd round.
7. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin - Zeitler is not great at any one thing but he is good at everything. He would be an instant upgrade to both our guards.
8. Nate Potter, OT, Boise State - Potter is the last OT prospect that projects as a possible immediate starter at LT. He may never be elite but he should be better than Starks at LT.
9. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson - Remember what I said about TE's now a days? Remember when Todd Haley said he likes TE's? Well Allen is an absolute freak but he is more of a luxury pick. However, if he is available at 2(24) (which is highly unlikely) we have to take him. You can't pass on a player of his talent that late in the 2nd round.
10. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona - Criner is a massive WR with good hands and route running. He has seen his stock soar recently and would be a good pick at 24.
11. Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina - Norman is a small school corner who has great size and speed and is a ball hawk. If none of the above prospects are available, I would be comfortable taking him at 24.
If none of these players are available, I want to trade down.
What I want in the first two rounds (I will expand on this as I continue to publish this series)
Trade Round 1 PIck 24 to the Eagles for Round 2 Pick 14 and Round 2 Pick 19
Round 2 Pick 14 - Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
Round 2 Pick 19 - Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
Round 2 Pick 24 - Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
I think in the first two rounds we have to avoid the luxury picks and bolster our line. Adding Poe would give us flexibility when dealing with Hampton's contract and adding Osemele and Zeitler would give us bookend guards and make our OL go from VERY bad to VERY good.