Insert roar of approval from Steelers Nation.
C.J. Mosley won the Dream Prospect vote convincingly, outgaining #2 prospect Sammy Watkins and even the combined "Pass Rusher" votes split between Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr. Now for Round 2. Other than the occasional vote for a Nose Tackle, we at BTSC have been pretty consistent with our analysis of the Steelers team needs and desires: CB, S, OLB, and WR/TE. Mosley is a great prospect who plays none of those positions. So you have to figure Round 2 is going to be the place.
How This Will Work – I will list a set of "available" players for each position.* Pick your personal favorite for each one** and assume that he is on the Board. Now go and vote by position at the Poll. When that is done, please go to the Comments and leave your vote at each position. The system does not allow me to attach more than one poll in a single post and I am not a big enough j----ss to post five separate Fanposts at the same time. At the end of the week I will manually add up the comments and declare a winner - the top name for the position that got the most votes. [See my initial Comment for an example].
* I have chosen sets where I think at least one of the prospects should be available at 2:15. In real life it won't be all of them, but this is a poll to determine who we at BTSC are hoping for.
** At the risk of tooting my own horn, the best one-stop-shop to start looking background is the BTSC Steelers Big Board. Just ignore the ratings because those are in flux and should not bias your selection. The Board presents information and opinions gleaned from BTSC articles and comments, cbssports.com, walterfootball.com, and SBNation.com, with links to other pieces around the Web.
THE PROSPECTS AT CORNER
There has been a major run at CB in the end of the 1st and early 2nd. All six of the top prospects are gone (Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, Loucheiz Purifoy, Bradley Roby, Jason Verrett) or injured at the Senior Bowl (Aaron Colvin). But these four prospects are still available, along with a very deep class who should be there in rounds 3-5. Which would be your favorite?
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech – 6’0" and 195 lbs.
E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri – 5’10" and 195 lbs.
Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt - 6'0", 185 lbs.
Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida – 6'0", 195 lbs.
THE PROSPECTS AT SAFETY
Good news! The only Safety who is off the Board is HaHa Clinton-Dix. That leaves a wealth of potential Safeties to choose from. Which would be your favorite?
Dion Bailey, S, USC – 6’0", 210 lbs.
Tre Boston, S/CB, North Carolina – 6’1", 205 lbs.
Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State – 6'1", 215 lbs.
Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor – 6’0", 205 lbs.
Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State – 5'8", 190 lbs.
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville – 6’2", 210 lbs.
Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford – 6’2", 205 lbs.
THE PROSPECTS AT OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
This is an odd year at Pass Rusher. There are three who went in the top 10 – Clowney, Barr and Mack. Later in the first teams snagged Trent Murphy. But mysteriously enough, not a single outside rusher went after that. If you want to go linebacker/linebacker in the first two rounds, which would be your favorite of the remaining top prospects?
Shaquil Barrett, OLB Colorado State – 6'2", 250 lbs.
Scott Crichton OLB, Oregon State – 6’3", 265 lbs.
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas – 6’4", 250 lbs.
Michael Sam, OLB Missouri – 6'2", 255 lbs.
Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU – 6’3", 235.
THE PROSPECTS AT RECEIVER
There was a run on the Receiving Options in the first 44 picks as teams hurried to select all the Big Three Tight Ends (Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins) along with five Wide Receivers (Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Marqise Lee, Kelvin Benjamin, and Odell Beckham, Jr.). In reality I think another two or three receivers may go as well but at least one of these players could fall to 2:15. If you could pick, which would you prefer?
Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State – 6’2", 216.
Brandin Cooks, WR/KR, Oregon State – 5’10", 186 lbs.
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State – 6’3", 205.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt – 6’3", 205.