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Steelers Mock Draft 3.0 with Highlight videos (5 Rounds)


This is the 3rd edition of my Mock Draft, and my first one post-combine.

1st Round - DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

This is more based on realistic approach. Rumors coming out of the combine suggest that the Steelers could push hard for Ansah. Draft Insider Tony Pauline reported that the Steelers are "drooling" over the prospect of moving Ansah to 3-4 OLB. If you look at the highlight reel below, there is a play that really stands out to me. It is against Utah State where he decides to spin back around and cover the RB on a screen instead of over-pursuing to the QB, which is what most College Pass Rushers would do in that situation. That shows instincts and poise beyond his years and makes me really excited for this kid.

Ezekiel Ansah 2012 Highlights [HD] (via ThatHighlightChannel)

Alternate Selections: S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas; OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina; OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia; WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia; ILB Alec Ogeltree, Georgia

2nd Round - S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International

Since the Senior Bowl, Cyprien has shot up Draft boards from being a relative unknown to having a 1st Round Grade by some Draft Experts. However, this Draft is a deep one for Safeties (though not 1st Round Safeties) which is good news for the Steelers. That could allow bigger names such as Elam, Reid, and Thomas to be taken ahead of him. Either way, the Steelers should be able to get a quality Safety in the 2nd Round. Cyprien loves to play in the box and isn't afraid to blitz. He was used in college in a very similar manner to how the Steelers used Troy Polamalu in his prime, moving him all over the field and making it very difficult for QBs to track him. If you look at the video below, on one particular play, you see him run halfway across the field and Intercept a pass thrown by Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. That compared him favorably in my eyes to Troy Polamalu and his ability to close long distances in a short time.

Johnathan Cyprien vs Louisville (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)

Alternate Selections: DE Margus Hunt, SMU; WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall; T/G Dallas Thomas, Tennessee; S Eric Reid, LSU; RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

3rd Round - RB Andre Ellington, Clemson

I REALLY REALLY REALLY want the Steelers to grab this guy to be our RB of the future. Andre Ellington seems to be the PERFECT RB for a Zone-Block system. He is fast enough, but doesn't have blistering speed to the point where he runs into the line before the holes develop (like CJ2K). Instead, he uses very good vision and makes decisive movements with his cuts (as opposed to what Steeler fans have come to know with Mendenhall dancing behind the line too much). He also has good balance and is a shifty player. When you think he is cornered behind the line, he can break through the smallest of holes in a heartbeat. I REALLY like this kid and I think he could thrive with the Steelers.

Andre Ellington 2013-2013 Highlights HD (via Alex Whiteman)

Alternate Picks: OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M; OG Justin Pugh, Syracuse; WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas; ILB Kiki Alonso, Oregon; ILB Jon Bostic, Florida

4th Round - WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

This pick is basically out of necessity. The Steelers are going to need a WR after Mike Wallace and Plaxico Burress leave (there is also the chance that Cotchery could be a cap casualty). That would leave Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and David Gilreath as the only WRs on contract. Even if the rumors that Steve Breaston could sign become a reality, the Steelers still need more talent. Looking at the highlights, what I like about Cobi Hamilton is that he is a good route runner and he knows how to create space and get open. He is also tall at 6'2 which is something the Steelers haven't had at WR for a while. He probably needs to get more physical and fill out his physique, but strength and muscle can be gained while in the NFL.

Cobi Hamilton Arkansas Highlights (via Tyler Gilbert)

Alternate Picks: RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State; S T.J. McDonald, USC; QB Zach Dysert, Miami(OH); DT Bennie Logan, LSU; S Robert Lester, Alabama

5th Round - TE Michael Williams, Alabama

I know he may be a bit of a reach here, but the Steelers could likely need some depth at TE at the beginning of the season if Heath Miller doesn't recover from his torn ACL in time. Williams has been praised mainly for his ability to block, which is something that Heath hasn't gotten NEARLY enough recognition for in his time as a Steeler. David Paulson could replace a bit of his receiving, but he isn't all that good at blocking, which is where Williams comes in. With this pick, at least for a while, the Steelers could theoretically have two halves of Heath backing him up. Here is a highlight video of him (#89) in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame.

Alabama TE Michael Williams vs Notre Dame ᴴᴰ (via CollegeFootballLive)

Alternate Picks: WR Denard Robinson, Michigan; P Brad Wing, LSU; S Zeke Motta, Notre Dame; OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin; DT Kwame Geathers, Georgia


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