It's that time of year when everyone is posting their draft boards, so I thought it was time for me to do the same. First off, I want to preface my wish list by noting that I do not feel that taking a nose guard or big WR early in the draft is a necessity. In my opinion, a three-down linebacker to play next to Lawrence Timmons is an important piece that the Steelers currently lack. Having a linebacker that can play the run and also play sufficient pass coverage can allow our defense to keep better run defenders on the field when offenses use spread formations (additionally, I'm ok with McClendon at nose). CB is a definite need in this year's draft but there is value in the mid-rounds. Also, finding a safety to eventually play along side Shamarko thomas and to add depth to a currently thin position is also of great importance. It my sound odd discussing the need for better run defending players in secondary with how the league is evolving, but having those players in the secondary will cut down on the big plays given up in the run game and will put the defense in better situations against the pass.
My Draft Wish List:
Round 1: CJ Mosely, ILB Alabama
Starting off as a nickel linebacker early in his career, Mosely eventually shown that he can be a physical presence in the run game. His all-around abilities will be an important asset by allowing our defense to keep their best players on the field in most situations.
Round 2: Deone Bucannon, S Washington State
Bucannon is the most physical safety in draft at 6'1" 215. He has big play potential and is the best run defending safety.
Round 3 (If we receive a compensatory pick): Loucheiz Purifoy, CB Florida or Aaron Colvin, CB Oklahoma
(This pick should be a CB with decent run defending traits)
Round 4: Donte Moncrief, WR Ole Miss or Chris Davis, CB Auburn
If Moncrief falls to the 4th round, then he is a must at his size with his abilities. If not, Davis may still be available and he can add depth to both the secondary and on special teams.
Round 5: Jason Gayle, DE/OLB Virginia Tech or Devin Street, WR Pitt
Gayle will add depth to the linebacking corps after either Worilds or Woodley is gone. By adding depth, hopefully the Steelers can return to the days when the defense simply reloaded instead of having to rebuild.
If Gayle is taken and the Steelers don't land Moncrief, Street may be a good pick here with his good height.
Rounds 6-7: A tight end and kick/punt returner (in any order)
A kick/punt returner is needed to add depth to our special teams and to possible play as a scat back (if that player is a RB). (Felix Jones will most likely be gone and La'Rod Stephens-Howling will be returning from a torn ACL and it is uncertain whether the Steelers will resign him.)