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Ideal Mock Based on Combine




Many athletes have already begun to rise and fall on draft boards due to their showing at the combine. Here are 3 rounds of ideal picks and back-up picks if they've already been snatched up. There are some reaches and some hopefuls since no one ever knows how the draft will shake out. Then, after round 3, there are several picks I hope the Steelers get based on their value and overall talent.

Round 1 - Ziggy Ansah (Most likely gone because of awesome combine), Barkevious Mingo, Dion Jordan, Jarvis Jones, Chance Warmack (Much rather have a defensive pick, but a war machine at LG couldn't hurt)

Round 2 - Matt Elam (Bit of a reach), Jonathan Cyprien, Robert Woods, Zach Ertz, Walter Stewart (If deemed healthy and depending on comparable draft value)

Round 3 - *Possibly lost to trade up a couple spots for Ansah in the 1st. Marcus Lattimore (if team doctors decide the injuries aren't at a higher risk of happening now than they were before his previous injuries), Sean Porter, Corey Lemonier, Backup QB (Not sure which midrange qb the steelers FO is sweet on, but there's plenty left to choose from at this point)

I'm hoping that the Steelers pick Conner Vernon and Duke (Michael) Williams.

Conner Vernon from Duke is an excellent hands guy, which the Steelers have sorely missed since Hines was in his prime a few years ago. He set the ACC record for receptions and receiving yards, so he'll be able to grind out the tough yards and make the sideline grabs. He probably wouldn't be an instant starter but he has the potential to develop into an asset quickly.


Duke Williams from Nevada showcased his potential all over the place during the senior bowl. Every 2 seconds the announcers were calling out his name for a huge hit or a big 3rd down stop. He flew around the field like a wrecking ball wreaking havoc on the offense. A year or two behind Polamalu and more importantly, Ryan Clark, would mold him into an amazing secondary man. He might get into a bit of trouble for the crushing blows he lays out, but that hasn't traditionally been a problem for Steelers' fans.

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