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First Mock Draft on BTSC



Hello everyone! I've known of BTSC for quite some time but decided to pull the trigger and finally post something. I'm sure everybody either loves reading these or is so sick of these this time of year so how about another Mock Draft?! I used Fanspeak's On The Clock Mock Draft site with the Walter Football Big Board. Some of these are going to be a bit of a reach just because it's computer simulated but it's always fun to mess around with. Let me know what yinz think, even though I know a bunch of these are reaches

15 WR ODELL BECKHAM LSU- I was really torn between taking a WR and a CB here. Just my two cents, I love Kyle Fuller but thought 15 was too low and he would be ideal in a trade down situation. So, we go with one of the best still on the board and get an Antonio Brown double with that Hines Ward toughness.
46 CB JASON VERRETT TCU- This is definitely not going to happen but draft day always brings surprises. He should be fringe 1st rounder and possibly early 2nd. Maybe one of the most physical corners in this draft but the only knock is his size. I'll take an upgrade over Willie Gay any day. (Give him credit he did play well last season)
97 ILB SHAYNE SKOV STANFORD- I have watched this guy for the past 2 seasons and absolutely love him. Nonstop motor and a motivator. Has good size and the instincts are there. Screams Steelers ILB, only knock is he had a DUI in 2012 and we know the Steelers tend to stay away from that type of thing but he has been clean and has been a character player the last few years.
118 DT DAQUAN JONES PENN STATE- Don't think he will be here in the fourth round cause I have seen him go as high as the second round and not a ton of depth with the DT group this year. He's not gonna be another Big Snack but the potential is there. Has a good motor and can take on multiple lineman. He even has shown good burst to get into the backfield every once in a while in college.
157 CB PHILLIP GAINES RICE- This might be the biggest stretch of all. I can't see this guy being here in the fifth. 3rd round tops, but he has great size, strength, and speed. Played well in DI ball but at a smaller conference school. He would be a steal here.
173 RB DE'ANTHONY THOMAS OREGON- 3rd down back that will change it up with the Le'Backfield. Speed, speed, and more speed. Can also put him on the field with Blount to return kicks and punts as well so Mr. Brown doesn't get banged up.
192 DE BEN GARDNER STANFORD- He has ideal size for a 3-4 DE. Could be very similar to Keisel or Aaron Smith after a few years under his belt. I would still like to see if we sign The Beard after June 1st, he would be a great person to learn from.
215 WR JEFF JANIS SAGINAW VALLEY- This is where it could get interesting. I know Ben wants a big target and Mr. Janis can be that redzone guy. At 6'3" and 220, he had a great combine and his only knock is playing at a DII school. Hopefully it will transition to the next level. Luckily, the Steelers have a habit of finding these sleeper, small school types that produce.
230 OLB SHAQUIL BARRETT COLORADO STATE- Two Words- Joey Porter. He was the coach for Shaquil the past two seasons at CSU. The kid has potential and with Joey Porter, somebody he is already comfortable with, should be a profitable project.

I really feel that I hit all of the Steelers true needs with these picks. Sure I could have drafted maybe an OT in the later rounds like Seantrel Henderson or Billy Turner from NDSU, who could be a steal. I don't see the need for much more OLB depth because I'm not going to lie, I would like to see Deebo come back for one more run post June 1st. All in all this would be a solid draft and I think it is very reasonable at the same time.

I look forward to contributing to more discussions but hopefully some of you agree with this draft. Only fifteen more days to go!
Brennan W. Smith
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