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Mock Draft Without Trades



First...I owe it to SSGJD to thank him [or her] for pointing me to http://first-pick.com where I developed the following content.

On another fan post, SSGJD shares his mock drafts on this computer-generated site--mock drafts that involved several trades that he used to acquire more picks. I also went this route in my first two or three mock drafts on this site. Btw, it's fun and a bit addictive to see who you can draft for the Black and Gold on this site...but I digress.

The thing is...to tell the truth, the trade-back scenarios that this site offers are [in my opinion] much too generous. For example, would any sane GM offer their 22nd selections in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds to trade up for the Steelers' 1st round pick (15th overall)? Equally unlikely, would the Ravens trade the Steelers their 1st and 2nd round picks (16th selections in both rounds) to move up one selection in the first?

Because of these trade scenarios, I thought this site was good for entertainment and fantasy where the trades were concerned. However, it actually gets interesting and serves a purpose if you ignore the offers of trades!

I say this because this site reveals something of the unpredictability and problems Tomlin and Colbert must encounter when making their selections. [Note: this site only lists the team's definite selections--not compensation picks--so the Steelers [without trades] are limited to six overall selections.] Without further ado, here are some of my mocks. Remember...these resulted from what was available as I made each selection; not from what I'd hoped to select. Btw, the grades i.e, (A), that follow each pick were the computer's assessment of my choice given the Steeler's supposed needs and available talent..

Mock 1

Round 1 Pick 15: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (A)

Round 2 Pick 14: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (C+)

Round 4 Pick 18: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State (B)

Round 5 Pick 17: Charles Leno, OT, Boise State (A-)

Round 6 Pick 16: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State (A-)

Round 7 Pick 15: Dri Archer, WR, Kent State (A-)

In Mock 1, my eyes lit up when I saw that Evans had fallen to 15. I could have had either top CB, too, plus all the other top CBs. I grabbed Evans only to discover at 2:15 that Jean-Baptiste was the most highly-rated CB left--all they others had flown off the board. Likewise, my favorite LBs and DEs were gone that represented value for a 2nd round pick! I grabbed SJB and took a C+ grade for the pick. From there on out, I took the best I could find for positions of need or quality back-ups.

The following mocks revealed variations on the same pattern: certain positions that seemed well-stocked virtually vanished from one round to another. There seemed to be a premium on top level cornerbacks, tight ends, and tall (and talented) wide receivers. I found it almost impossible to have my cake and eat it, too. Even so, I'd be MORE than overjoyed if the Steelers could land any of these mocks in reality. They all involve players who've dropped far lower than I'd expect. On the other hand, I expect that some may drop, which is the usefulness of "best player available" running assessments.

As a learning experience, my 'takeaway' from www.first-pick.com is that provided the team specifically doesn't stick to position/pick road map that's carved in stone (for example: if they go WR in the 1st, will they be boxed into a CB in the 2nd? Likewise, if they don't take a TE they want in 1 or 2, they might not have an option they want at all), that this draft could be a strong one for the Steelers (and the comp picks should make it more so)!.

Mock 2

Round 1 Pick 15: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (A-)

Round 2 Pick 14: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (A)

Round 4 Pick 18: Terrance West, RB, Towson (A-)

Round 5 Pick 17: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (C)

Round 6 Pick 16: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State (A-)

Round 7 Pick 15: Dri Archer, WR, Kent State (A-)


Mock 3

Round 1 Pick 15: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (A)

Round 2 Pick 14: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (A)

Round 4 Pick 18: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State (B+)

Round 5 Pick 17: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice (A-)

Round 6 Pick 16: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (C+)

Round 7 Pick 15: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (C-)


Mock 4

Round 1 Pick 15: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (A-)

Round 2 Pick 14: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (B)

Round 4 Pick 18: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State (B+)

Round 5 Pick 17: Terrance West, RB, Towson (A)

Round 6 Pick 16: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State (A-)

Round 7 Pick 15: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley (A)

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