2014 NFL Mock Draft: A scenario in which only one QB is selected in top 14 leads to intriguing options for Steelers

Jeff Zelevansky

If only one of the three top-rated quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft were selected in the first 14 picks, what kind of situation would the Steelers be facing at No. 15?

This could be the most interesting scenario we've seen yet. Greg Gabriel and Eric Galko submitted a mock draft for the National Football Post (posted to Yahoo! Sports Wednesday), and while the player they send to Pittsburgh isn't exactly rare, he's not a common choice, either.

What this represents isn't a shift in mock drafting philosophy, but rather, a more realistic look at how the draft on May 8 will play out.

The top-rated quarterbacks, as a group, are not as strong as they've been made out to be. If general managers drafting in the top 10 range agree with that statement (as posed by Gabriel and Galko), this is a good look at the kind of scenario the Steelers would face at No. 15.

Both Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert are off the board. Mike Evans and Sammy Watkins are off the board. Teddy Bridgewater is off the board. Obviously Jadaveon Clowney, Khalil Mack Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews are off the board. Both of the typically top-ranked safeties, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, are gone. Eric Ebron and Taylor Lewan are gone and Kyle Fuller ends up at 14 to the Bears.

So who is it?

15 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Ra’Shede Hagemen – DT – Minnesota – The Steelers could also go for a tight end or a nose tackle with this pick. Hageman brings value at this pick.

That's with Aaron Donald and C.J. Mosley, among others, still available.

If quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel fall a bit, which is possible, but not necessarily likely, the Steelers would have this group of players to choose from.

A trade-down scenario would appear here, and logically speaking, the Steelers would be interested in that. Adding another top 100 pick might be too tempting to pass up.

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