1st off love BTSC been reading for hrmm dunno months and years finally getting around to posting and I'm going to start with my own personal hopes and dreams for the upcoming draft. I am hoping for us to draft an OLB from Georgia not named Jones. Here goes:_____________
__________1st: Alec Ogletree, MLB, Georgia__________
Moans for Ogletree!! What no pass rusher? Well, Harrison (UDFA) Woodley (2nd) Worilds (2nd) Porter (3rd) Haggans (4th) Gildon (3rd) Lloyd (6th)...Get it? I could go on... The point is Pittsburgh's great heritage at outside linebacker has come from the mid-late rounds. Now, Ogletree: great athleticism, size, and speed for an MLB, might need to add weight and power to take on guards but has the frame to do it. Should be able to lockdown TEs and RBs in coverage and has a skill rare in MLBs and that's ballskills. The former safety has good hands for a front 7 defender. This guy likes to hit people and has that burst before contact I love to see in linebackers. Would form a super athletic, incredibly versatile duo with Timmons inside.
_________2nd: David Amerson, CB, NC State________
Convert to FS. Height, speed, and ballskills, ballskills, ballskills, ballskills. Not a big hitter but in today's NFL I'll trade big hits for INTs. Let this guy sit back in centerfield and play the ball. I would like Reid or Cyprien but I don't think either will be there at this time. Should be able to shutdown TEs and backs and cover some WRs giving the defense versatility and an element of surprise in playcalls. Some holes in his game, but another one with huge upside under the right coaches.
________3rd: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State________
Good first step and very atheltic for a guy 6'7" who has oddly long arms even for a guy his size. Needs to add some bulk to be a 3-4 end but weighing 280 and looking skinny means he can hit close to 300 without losing much agility. Not very polished but has alot of upside and would an interesting inside passrusher in our 4-2-5 packages as well as being freakishly tall with even "freakishlyer" long arms should allow him to hold blockers away from his body as well as get his hands in passing lanes to knockdown passes.
___________4th: T.J. McDonald, SS, USC__________
Another guy who is tall for his position. He has good range and hits people with a purpose. More of your hard hitting in the box safety we're used to seeing in black n gold. Fast enough to play the deep ball but lacks elite speed for a safety. While he didn't blitz much he did play in the box some and was good vs the run and from what I saw he shoots gaps like a linebacker which makes me believe he could develop into a good blitzer.
____________5th: Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia___________
Here is my late round gem. He has pedestrian stats in college but that could be the result of being bounced around from 3-4 OLB on passing downs, 3-4 DE, and 4-3 DE depending on the defensive alignment. But this seems like the classic late round Steelers
OLB pick. He has a quick first step, relentless motor, and plays angry. His measurables is what makes me want us to take him in the 5th: 6'4" 265 lbs 4.55 in the 40 yard dash (thats RB speed) he had a 39' vertical (2 inches higher than Cordarelle Patterson) and put up a beastly 36 reps in the bench press (that's DT strength). So, at 6'4" 265lbs he runs like a RB, jumps like a WR, and lifts like a DT. I know combine results should only count for part of a prospects value but in the later rounds I think they carry more weight and this seems like someone the coaches could mold into a terror on the edge. If nothing else he's depth with high upside and bumps Cris Carter off the roster.
_____________6th: Marcus Lattimore
, RB, SC State____________
IF HE IS STILL THERE IN THE 6TH TAKE HIM. This guys is a top 15 pick if it wasn't for the horrible injury. We have RBs that should get better so we can give him time to fully heal and if he can reach his potential this could be the biggest draft steal since that #$%^%$#$% #$%hole #$%$# &(*&^head QB in Boston. Just the fact that he's got the gumption to get back on the field after that injury will have me rooting for him no matter what team he ends up on.
__________6th: Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech__________
A tall receiver, 6'3", with good speed, 4.43, track guy turned football player. Not much tape on him since he only played 2 years but from what I read about him the scouts say he has very fluid hips, is very shifty for his size, reaches full speed quickly, has good hands, and looks like a natural receiver. With the Steelers recent success with late round WRs I think this is a good spot to try and land a playmaker.
____________7th: Best OL available regardless of position___________
The past few seasons has taught us that we need around 14 guys capable of starting on the OL at any given moment. On the flipside of that coin, our Oline is in the best shape it's been for a long time and if Ramon Foster
is going to be the worst player on the line we're in good shape. So, we're good in the top end of our oline but depth is always needed.
That's my mock!! Quickly, I went heavy defense for this reason. Speaking from an age only view point, our starting 10 (rb excluded) on offense is young enough to be together for the next 5+ years. While our defense, look over the roster, 5/11 of them will be retiring in the next year or two. There's time to build around the pieces in place on O. But the defense needs reinforcements now.