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Draftbreakdown.com has different rankings for likely Steelers targets.

In the wake of the NFL Combine and "exciting" portion of the FA period, I find myself wanting to see what these upcoming prospects for this year's draft look like. Relying on experts to give their opinion tends to be slightly skewed similar to watching political news on Fox news and MSNBC. I have been routinely watching videos on draftbreakdown.com where they have their own ranking system based on the tape more than the combine and I value that more than the combine heroes. Their rankings have some difference of opinions than popular picks posted by the likes of Mayock and the other talking heads over at major networks.

For Example:

Safety- The common theme has been ranking Vaccaro at one Matt Elam at two cyprien and Eric Reid at three and four. Draft breakdown has DJ swearinger ahead of both Cyprien and Reid, which is interesting. His 40 time isn't particularly impressive but watching tape on him you can tell he is the leader of that defense. The other nice thing that they have listed is if the player was a team captain or not and swearinger was. During the games you can see him correcting teammates getting them in the right positions and making plays. Baccari Rambo is also another one that is considered ahead of Reid on the website pushing Reid all the way down to the sixth ranked safety but the chances are Cyprien and Reid will go in the first and second long before Rambo and Swearinger get taken. Behind those front six are Tony Jefferson and Duke Williams in that order and I tend to think that all those safeties play different roles. Some of them being the protypical strong safety, some showing the signs of what you expect in a Free Safety, and some showing signs of both filling that position flexibility that is coveted especially by the Steelers.

Running backs- When looking at running backs the big shocker to me was that they had Eddie Lacy was at 3 behind Giovanni Bernard and Joseph Randle. Given that the Bernard and Randle may not play out well as every down backs I understand why Lacy would be the first running back taken but without having a standout running back in this year's draft there is never a guarantee.Running backs this year might be considered more of a wash than recent years so the mixing up on rankings would make more sense.

Outside Linebackers- outside linebackers might be a bit confusing because Arthur brown is listed as an outside linebacker on the website but in a 3-4 he would be more of an inside guy and yes he is slated at #1. Then you have Greene who is two and Jarvis Jones at three. This makes sense to me because watching tape on Jarvis Jones doesn't ignite any excitement and I would prefer to take that DE conversion guy that we have better luck with. The other OLB that they have listed as fourth is Devonte Holloman who is likely a mid round pick. He also fills the role of an ILB for the Steelers who happened to play OLB in college. Again most of the OLB that we will pick are usually DE/OLB and are rated a little differently on this site. All in all most of the DE/OLB/ILB prospects are ranked on what they played in college and not what they are expected to play in the pros. DEs look the same with some names we haven't payed to much attention to other than Dion Jordon being the top pick, and slated to play OLB.

Defensive Tackles- I didn't even bother watching Star cause he will be long gone... well thats a lie I watched and as he looks like a NT through and through I think the 6th ranked defensive tackle on the site John Jenkins could also fill the slot for us. But there is a lot of film on these guys and I concentrated on games in which they went up against top prospects at the OG spot to see how they faired. A lot of their success depends on how the team reacts to the ball so individual effort is what i looked for. If they get moved, if they stand their ground, or if they do the moving. The one inconcistancy I see is a lot of them hold their ground till they make a move to penetrate than get taken out of position but every one of the top ten prospects seemd to do that so that can be coached.

Wide Receiver- Well this is pretty straight forward and personally I would love to have either of the two guys from Tennessee. Hunter or Patterson. They are both bigger, Patterson is just stronger and 6'1" or so and Hunter is very tall at 6'4". They both ran in the 4.2 and 4.4 range so they have good speed and can open up the field. Patterson is ranked 1st for obvious reasons and hunter is ranked 9th mostly due to the production that patterson got. There are other smaller receivers in between them but Those two are good looking guys that we can pick up. I am not sold on getting a burner like Tavon Austin because Ben is not always the most accurate and getting a receiver that is smaller than our current guys doesn't make sense to me. Keenan Allen is the second rated receiver and he looks solid as well. He is 6'2" 200 pounds catches with his hands and body and was heavily targeted in college. He is not blazing fast or doesn't seem like it from the tape but is solid nonetheless. POlus the picture that they have on Draftbreakdown.com makes him look like Mike Adams' little brother, and he shares the first name and last name of two players we just lost this offseason.

Cornerback- Corner back is a fun position to scout on here cause you can see how they match up against certain team that have high caliber receivers. For instance Milliner is ranked number 1 and he has tape against Tennesse with two top ten receivers in the draft. Johnathan Banks, who I really like is ranked 3 behind Rhodes and has tape against the same team. He seems to do very well against Tennessee and despite his 4.6 forty he seems to play faster in game and does well against their larger receivers. A big shocker that I saw was that Desmond trufant wasn't even rated in the top ten for cornerbacks, although he plays like a pure coverage corner who doesn't hardly interfere downfield while other corners that are rated ahead of him play physical enough to draw flags in the NFL but get away with it in college. After watching Trufant videos I think he should be higher because he doesn't get burned and he is more physical than advertised and may be one of the best corners to make the transition to the nfl. Another corner back that looks like the size we want in a corner is David Amerson. There is a video of him against Tennessee and although he is a hitter he seemed to be steps behind the two star WRs that Tennessee had this past year. He is physical and some of the plays that he got burned on may be more an attest to blown zone coverages by the safeties. Either way he is ranked 6th and against some pro caliber receivers didn't look like he should be there. Overall the ranking of Cornerbacks on the site seems to be off a bit but still provides a lot of tape that is very useful at least for fans that want to have an idea about a player.

Any way I wanted to share this website with you guys incase you haven't seen it yet. A lot of good stuff and subjectively can give you an idea of how a player was effective. If it was just the level of competition or was it his personal prowess. I could really care less about the rankings on the site but some of them make me take a second look at guys that weren't slated at number one or two but I thought would at least be three or four in the respective positions. All in all I hope everyone gets some enjoyment out of it.

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