STEELERS BIG BOARD - reformatted


RULE 1 - Order is based on value to the Steelers. Failure to fit the Steelers' openings, system, or character requirements downgrade a player who would rate much higher for a different team.

RULE 2 - Organized by RIPB ("Reach If Picked Before") groups. An RIPB of 32 means that I believe the player is a reach at any point before the final pick of the 1st round, but good value after that. Getting that player at 47 would be fine, while getting him at 79 would be a steal.

RULE 2.A - Players with the same RIPB are more-or-less equivalent so don't sweat the order inside each grouping. I tried to group them by position: Defense, then Offense, inside to out.

RULE 2.B - I broke each round down as follows:

* 1st Round grades: RIPB 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25. The Steelers pick at 17.

* 2nd Round grades: Early (RIPB 32), Mid (RIPB 43), or Late (53). The Steelers pick at 47.

* 3rd Round grades: Early (RIPB 62), Mid (RIPB 74), or Late (RIPB 86). The Steelers pick at 79 [and 91 if the Patriots take Sanders]

* 4th Round grades: Early (RIPB 97) or Late (RIPB 115). The Steelers pick at 115.

* 5th Round grades: Early (RIPB 133) or Late (RIPB 151). The Steelers pick at 150.

DISCLAIMERS: I am a fan, not an expert. With only a few exceptions my opinions are based on what I read, not what I see, and those exceptions are tainted by the commentary during the game. If any of the comments seem shallow, that's probably because they are.


Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah - RIPB 5 (I've seen him play. The guy is awesome. If he's not big enough to play Nose Tackle, he'll dominate as a 3-4 end. It's not a serious need but you can't pass up a truly special talent.)

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - RIPB 5 (A true star at tackle would make our OL a major weapon)

Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan - RIPB 5 (Same)

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia - RIPB 10 (Results over weight room)

Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon - RIPB 10 (He'll get bigger, and he'll "get it" too)

DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama - RIPB 10 (Again, it's not a position of need but he's too good to pass up)

Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU - RIPB 10 (I'm trusting Neal on this one. But his lack of productivity bugs me, especially with Montgomery on the other end. If Mingo is up, then Montgomery is down)

Ezekiel Ansah, OLB, BYU - RIPB 15 (Interviews would move him a LOT. The Ansah would depend on what my coaches thought of the man inside the talent)

Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M - RIPB 15 (I've seen him play, and he was dominant. But all the news has been negative and a little weird. Again, interviews would matter a LOT)

Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State - RIPB 15 (But only if the coaches say he can convert to OLB)

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee - RIPB 15 (He just seems awfully YOUNG. I want my interviews)


Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas - RIPB 20 (Safety is a hot position but this is where he ranks. Trade down and he's a bargain. At 17 he's just a bit of a reach)

Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International - RIPB 20 (Another great catch if the Steelers trade back. I might take Vaccaro first, but they belong in the same general group)

Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma - RIPB 20 (Is he that big an upgrade?)

Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame - RIPB 20 (A 6'6" Hines Ward, even down to the blocking! Worth this pick as a WR, with the bonus of position flexibility)

Sharrif Floyd, DE, Florida - RIPB 25 (Great player but a 3-4 end for us. That drops him down a bit)

Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri - RIPB 25 (Another player who "only" upgrades our 3-4 DE slot)

Alex Okafor, OLB, Texas - RIPB 25

Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame - RIPB 25 (Remember all the other games?)

Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU - RIPB 25 (Yeah, he's good too)

Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina - RIPB 25 (Great for depth but not essential)

Chance Warmack, G, Alabama - RIPB 25 (Great for depth but not essential)

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - RIPB 25 (Anyone remember Troy Edwards?)


Jonathan Jenkins, NT, Georgia - EARLY 2ND

Sylvester Williams, NT, North Carolina - EARLY 2ND

Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State - EARLY 2ND

Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State - EARLY 2ND

Keenan Allen, WR, California - EARLY 2ND (Maybe higher if I knew his actual playing speed. Or lower)

Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee - EARLY 2ND

Matt Elam, S, Florida - MID 2ND

Eric Reid, S, LSU - MID 2ND

Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington - MID 2ND

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State - MID 2ND

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson - MID 2ND


Datone Jones, DE, UCLA - LATE 2ND

Margus Hunt, DE, SMU - LATE 2ND

Alex Ogeltree, ILB, Georgia - LATE 2ND (See how far a DUI can drop you?)

D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina - LATE 2ND

Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia - LATE 2ND (The issues just aren't that severe)

Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama - LATE 2ND (A personal favorite. He would fill/firm up the entire line, maybe even at tackle. Smarts and character everywhere, big enough to handle nose tackles)

Menelik Watson, OL, Florida State - LATE 2ND (Devalued for position)

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - LATE 2ND

Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor - LATE 2ND

Robert Woods, WR, USC - LATE 2ND

Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State - LATE 2ND


Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama - EARLY 3RD (Great on paper but I thought Cody was a better prospect. Is he really an improvement on Ta'amu?)

Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State - EARLY 3RD (Mrs. Banks, your son has talent but sportswriters across the country are going to hate what he does to their spell-checkers)

Larry Warford, G, Kentucky - EARLY 3RD

Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford - EARLY 3RD (A fine tight end, but can he reliably double as a WR?)

Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama - EARLY 3RD (Just not that impressed. Not behind that OL)

Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina - EARLY 3RD

Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina - EARLY 3RD (Drinkin' the Kool-Aid baby! I think he'll really make it back, which makes him a Round 3 bargain)

Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M - EARLY 3RD (Height/weight/speed, speed, speed. And a football player too)

Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia - EARLY 3RD

Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern - MID 3RD

Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss - MID 3RD

Khaseem Greene, ILB, Rutgers - MID 3RD

Sio Moore, ILB, Connecticut - MID 3RD

Philip Thomas, S, Fresno State - MID 3RD

EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State - MID 3RD


Kawann Short, DT, Purdue - LATE 3RD (Where would he fit in a 3-4?)

Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse - LATE 3RD (If only he was 4 inches taller!)

JJ Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern - LATE 3RD

Kyle Long, OL, Oregon - LATE 3RD

DJ Fluker, OL, Alabama - LATE 3RD

Brennan Williams, OL, North Carolina - LATE 3RD

Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse - LATE 3RD

Matt Barkley, QB, USC - LATE 3RD

Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin - LATE 3RD

Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech - LATE 3RD



TJ McDonald, S, USC - EARLY 4TH (Would be higher but I saw him get toasted and roasted at the Senior Bowl)

Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M - EARLY 4TH

Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn - EARLY 4TH

Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State - EARLY 4TH

Robert Alford, CB, S.E. Louisiana - EARLY 4TH

David Amerson, CB, NC State - EARLY 4TH

Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State - EARLY 4TH

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut - EARLY 4TH

Terron Armstead, OL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff - EARLY 4TH

David Bakhtiari, OL, Colorado - EARLY 4TH

Chris Faulk, OL, LSU - EARLY 4TH

Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee - EARLY 4TH

Mike Glennon, QB, NC State - EARLY 4TH

Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas - EARLY 4TH

Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse - EARLY 4TH

Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma - EARLY 4TH

Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas - EARLY 4TH


Tank Carradine, OLB, Florida State - LATE 4TH

Duke Williams, S, Nevada - LATE 4TH

Robert Lester, S, Alabama - LATE 4TH

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford - LATE 4TH

Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada - LATE 4TH

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State - LATE 4TH

Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA - LATE 4TH

Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State - LATE 4TH

Christine Michel, RB, Texas A&M - LATE 4TH

Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson - LATE 4TH

Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma - LATE 4TH (But is he a headcase?)

Da'Rick Rodgers, WR, Tennessee Tech - LATE 4TH (Balls and bongs don't mix)


Sam Montgomery, OLB, LSU - EARLY 5TH (How can you have a humdrum season with Mingo as your bookend?)

Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State - EARLY 5TH

Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon - EARLY 5TH

Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida - EARLY 5TH

Zac Dysert, QB, Miami of Ohio - EARLY 5TH

Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State - EARLY 5TH


Trevardo Williams, OLB, Connecticut - LATE 5TH

Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma - LATE 5TH

Tyrann Matthieu, S, LSU - LATE 5TH

Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas - LATE 5TH (Do the coaches think he can learn? This grade combines "maybe" with speed)

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