Jason O. Watson
In this scenario, Keenan Allen was taken with the 17th pick in the draft and the Steelers had to decide between Alabama's Jesse Williams and Eddie Lacy in round two. In the third and fourth round, the Steelers added a pair of pass rushing prospects. In round five, they added a sleeper prospect at running back and they took two players with big upside in rounds six and seven.
In order to keep this somewhat realistic, I decided to only choose from players available in Walter Football's Four Round Mock that he posted on Jan. 10. For Rounds 5 to 7, I used my own projections.
Round One Pick 17 - Keenan Allen, wide receiver, California - At this spot in the first round, the options are just not that great. A trade down would certainly be a possibility here, but if the Steelers have to stay put, Allen is the best option. Allen is an unbelievable route runner and he has great hands. He does not have blazing speed but he will probably run in the low 4.5's. He is tough over the middle of the field and is willing to take a hit.
Other Options: Manti Te'o, Alec Ogletree, Kenny Vaccaro
Round Two Pick 48 - Jesse Williams, nose tackle, defensive end, Alabama - The Steelers would be in a brutal situation here, having to decide between two of Alabama's studs. While Lacy is certainly a stud, Williams would be the better option. Williams is a stud who can be a true three down nose tackle at the next level.
Other Options: Jawan Jamison, Khaseem Greene, Xavier Rhodes, Eddie Lacy
Round Three Pick 79 - Chase Thomas, outside linebacker, Stanford - Thomas is an underrated pass rusher who really does not have a weakness in his game. He is not an unbelievable athlete but he has great technique, plays the game smart, and is a very good pass rusher. He could be a solid rotational player for the Steelers pass rush.
Other Options: Robert Lester, Jordan Reed, Cobi Hamilton, Montee Ball
Round Four Pick 112 - Trevardo Williams, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, Connecticut - Williams, unlike Thomas, is an unbelievable athlete who uses his speed to get after the quarterback. He would be a great compliment to Thomas and they could both add a punch to the Steelers depleted pass rush.
Other Options: Michael Buchanan, Gavin Escobar, Menelik Watson
Round Five Pick 143 - Stepfon Jefferson, running back, Nevada - Jefferson had one of the best seasons in college football history, rushing for a whopping 1883 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has the potential to be this year's Alfred Morris and I believe he can come in right away and be a great starting back. He has all the tools needed to be a great back but for some reason is flying way under the radar.
Other Options: Chris Gragg, D.J. Swearinger
Round Six Pick 174 - Seantrel Henderson, offensive tackle, Miami - Henderson is an unbelievable athlete who has huge upside. He probably mad ea mistake declaring a year early but he started to look better at the end of the season. He needs a lot of work on his technique but with proper coaching he could become a big steal.
Other Options: Brian Winters, Omoregie Uzzi, Colin Klein
Round Seven Pick 205 - Sean Renfree, quarterback, Duke - At 6-foot-5, Renfree is a big quarterback who has some upside. He has a big time arm but is inconsistent and needs some refining on his technique. He comes from a pro system in college and could serve as a quality backup quarterback.
Other Options: Mike Edwards (kick returner)