Steelers 2014 NFL Draft 1st Round Wish List



Here is my wish list heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. These are the only players I would want the Steelers to consider Drafting in the first Round.

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Matthews is going to be the 1st OT taken and he should be at the top of the Steelers' Draft board. LT has been the Achilles Heel of our Offense and the main reason why we are committing as many turnovers as we have. Our Pass Protection has been subpar this season and our Run Blocking hasn't been that much better. Matthews would help in both departments. Matthews has great footwork and Joe Thomas/Ryan Clady-like potential as a Pass Blocker. The difference between Matthews and those guys is that he also is great in space as a Run Blocker. Not to mention he is part of the Matthews "Bloodline" being the son of HOF Offensive Lineman Bruce Matthews and cousin of Packers LB Clay Matthews. Jake would help our OL in a great way and should be an All Pro pretty quickly.

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

While Lewan isn't necessarily suited for our Zone Block scheme, He does have the most potential to be the best All Around OLineman in this Draft. Lewan is listed at a towering 6'8" and weighs 315 lbs and has been compared to fellow Wolverine Jake Long in terms of size and pure athleticism. He wouldn't be a bad consolation prize if we couldn't get Matthews due to his potential as both a Pass Blocker and Run Blocker.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Assuming the Steelers don't bring back Emmanuel Sanders (who has disappointed so far in his contract year) and Jerricho Cotchery, the only WRs under contract would be Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, and Derek Moye. Watkins has more potential as a #1 WR than Antonio Brown does and would be a great weapon for Ben. He is also a bigger body at 6'1" 205 lbs. Watkins, in my mind is basically a taller Percy Harvin without the migraines. Let that sink in for a moment.

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Evans has been on a tear this year. He is a big body at 6'5" 225 lbs and has very good speed for a man of his size. He has #1 WR potential and would work perfect with Ben as a lot of his highlight plays have come when Manziel was flushed from the pocket and the play broke down, which happens A LOT with Ben. If there was any WR that was a more perfect match for Ben, it would be Evans.

Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

Nix is your prototypical Zero-technique Nose Tackle, but he can move considerably better than most NT's in College Football. He was key to Notre Dame's Defense last year (more so than Manti Te'o IMO). He is what we need most on our DL and would allow Steve McClendon to move to DE (where he is most suited) where he could wreak havoc as a Pass Rusher along with Cam Heyward.

Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Clinton-Dix is a ball-hawking safety in the mold of Ed Reed and Jaryius Byrd. Him and Shamarko Thomas making a pair in our Secondary one Troy and Clark retire would be fun to watch. It would have the potential to be on the same level as the "Legion of Boom" that the Seahawks have with the "Hawk" Earl Thomas and the "Animal" Kam Chancellor. Combine that with the athleticism of Jarvis Jones and Lawrence Timmons along with the leadership of Lamarr Woodley, and you have a strong foundation to build your Defense around.

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Eric Ebron would only be an option if we somehow make the playoffs after one of the worst starts in Franchise History. Ebron is certainly in the mold of Receiving TEs like Jimmy Graham, but he isn't the greatest blocker, which could keep the Steelers from Drafting him. However, he could make a very good 1-2 punch with Heath until he retires then become a potent receiving threat for Ben (or whoever else we have at QB by that time).

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