Round 1, Pick #24-
Okay it has been a while since I have done a Steelers mock draft and this will more than likely be my last one if not second to last one. Again I will state the pick, the player, and give a brief analysis.
Dont'a Hightower, ILB Alabama-
I myself have bee very critical of Donta Hightower. In my opinion he need to drop about 8lbs to effectively move well in the NFL. However when watching Hightower you can not ignore his instincts and ability against the run. Despite being 6'2" 265lbs Hightower was also effective in zone coverage for Alabama. Hightower would be a perfect complement to the athletic Lawrence Timmons and his size will help considering Hampton won't be manning the middle for a while.
Round 2, Pick #56-
Brandon Brooks, OG Miami (Ohio)-
Brooks has been one of my favorite guard prospects since his dominance in the East-West Shrine Game. The 6'5" 346lbs Brooks has surprising quickness and great power. At his Pro Day he ran a 4.99 forty yard dash with a 1.71 10 yard split. he also put up 225lbs 36 times. He has good arm length for an interior linemen and I believe fits the Steelers offensive scheme better than any prospect in the draft at OG. He does need to work on keeping his feet moving as they go dead a lot and keep his pad level down. The Steelers have brought Brooks in for a visit and I believe this pick is much like Marcus Gilbert last year.
Round 3, Pick #73- (Trade pick #86, pick #119 and pick #231)
Alameda Ta'amu, NT Washington-
Most fans have Ta'amu as a high second round pick, however most scout have in much lower than that. the 6'3 348lbs Ta'amu has great quickness off the snap and the body of an ideal NT. He has great weight room strength but the reason he drops is because he doesn't have good playing strength. He plays tall and seem to eant to shoot the gap instead of take up blockers. With coaching Ta'amu can be a very good NT but he needs to play lower and use his natural size to his advantage. The Steelers trade up in front of KC to take Ta'amu.
Round 5, Pick # 159-
B.J. Coleman, QB Chattanooga-
The 6'3 233lbs Coleman looked very good at the East-West Shrine game. He has a big body that can take a hit and a strong arm with good touch. With the rate Ben gets hit the Steelers need a viable young backup and Coleman can be that. Smart guy who works hard on his craft but need to improve his accuracy.
Round 6, Pick # 193-
Michael Smith, RB Utah State-
Smith got little attention behind starter Robert Turbin, but the 5'8 5/8" 206lbs RB made every opportunity he could when he touched the ball. Smith average over 7 yards a carry his senior year and ran a low 4.3 forty yard dash at his Pro Day. The tough well built runner reminds me a little of Ray Rice with out the amazing balance. Smith was also a good kick returner.
Round 7, Pick #240 (Compensatory Pick #1)-
Greg Zuerlein, K Missouri Western State-
Zuerlein has a incredibly powerful leg. His passed injury history is a slight concern but a guy who can hit consistently from 50+ is definitely needed. I don't know why Zuerlein hasn't gotten more buzz about him but he is definitely worth a seventh round pick and a huge upgrade over Suisham.
Round 7, Pick #246 ( Compensatory Pic #2)-
Dale Moss, WR South Dakota State-
When you watch his tape the first thing you say is this guy has hands. He has a great ability to high point the ball and pull it in. He is a former basketball player who is 6'3" 220lbs with a 41.5" vertical and ran a mid 4.4 forty yard dash. He routes are very raw but he has all the ability to be a redzone threat day one and possibly a very solid receiver for the Steelers. Will need to lose about 5lbs to increase explosion. and separation.
Round 7, Pick #248 (Compensatory Pick #3)-
Jeff Adams, OT Columbia-
It is not often in the 7th round that a team gets a 6'6" 306lbs athletic OT with nearly 35" arms bu that is what you get with Adams. He will need to bulk up in both strength and weight but he is a smart guy who could be a solid back up for years after he learns the game. He is very raw right now.
Lets run down the Steelers needs. ILB, NT, OG, K Backup QB, Backup OT, Backup/ SP Teams RB, Backup/SP Teams WR and Backup/ SP Teams S. Now cross off those drafted,
ILB, NT, OG, K Backup QB, Backup OT, Backup/ SP Teams RB, Backup?/SP Teams WR and Backup S. So after this draft the Steelers get a immediate starters in OG and ILB. A Potential Starter at NT. A Back Up QB. and then some player who have potential to make the roster at various positions. With their only hole in the roster at the back up S position.