I've lately been addicted to playing computerized mocks, and the experience has taught be how hard it is to have my cake and draft it, too. I expect that all who frequent BTSC have read predictions by Steelers scribes that the team might double-dip CBs and WRs in the draft--partly because of need and partly because this draft is reportedly deep in both [although the addition of WR Lance Moore might lessen our WR needs]. Given the depth of WRs and CBs, which makes more sense: to draft a top CB and/or WR in rounds one and two, or select the BPAs of other, less well-stocked positions (re draft depth) then start looking for WRs or CBs in rounds 3 through 6?
Like most here and in the media, I assumed the Steelers would first draft a CB or Evans if he drops to 1-15. If so, most mocks indicate we can still draft an almost elite-quality prospect at the other position (CB or WR) in round two. For example, Benjamin or Moncrief or Bryant might still be on the board with our second pick (if we go CB in the 1st). or CBs Roberson, Joyner, McGill, or Jean-Baptiste could be available in two if we take a WR in one.
The elephant in the room is that gaping 51-pick hole between our 2nd and 3rd selections.
Assuming we begin looking for LBs, DEs, a change of pace RB, and maybe a new OT with the 97th selection, the 33rd pick of round three, what will be the quality of these picks compared to who we'd get if used these same picks (#97 and beyond) to begin harvesting CBs and WRs?
The problem I found when choosing a WR and CB in the first two rounds was that I couldn't ALSO draft a Tuitt, Hageman, Nix, Shazer, Barr, any of the top 3 OTs (Robinson, Mathews, Lewan), or a Mack, Ford, or Murphy, Mosley. Mack and Barr won't be available, but if they were...
Most evaluation services (like Walter Football) indicate a definite drop in athleticism [if not football acumen] between the players mentioned in the previous paragraph and those who follow and play the same positions. The drop isn't believed to be as steep re CBs and WRs. For this reason, I suggest it might make better sense for the Steelers to take the BPA from the above list--of those who deserve a #15 pick--and I'd also take one with our 2nd pick. I'd only take a CB or WR at #15 if Barr, Mack, Mosley, or a top-3 OT was not available...and I'd only take a WR or CB in round two if Shazier, Nix. Tuitt, Ford, Murphy, or Hageman were all gone. Your thoughts?
Here are two mocks I developed at On the Clock using this approach:
Btw, I KNOW we just signed Lance Moore to fill this position...but check out slot receiver Campanaro from Wake Forest. The kid is fated to be the next Wes Welker. Clemson's defensive coordinator said when he last played WF, "Thank God we won't see him anymore--he's everywhere on the field!" Interestingly, on a team with little else, it looks as if Clemson and NC State (the two vids I watched) were powerless to keep the ball out of his hands despite knowing he was the only WF weapon worth defending. All they could do was limit the damage by containing him after the catch.
Btw2, if you haven't seen CB Rashaad Renolds of Oregon State: check out his vids.
R1 OT JAKE MATTHEWS, TEXAS A&M
R2 LB RYAN SHAZIER, OHIO STATE
R3 CB PIERRE DESIR, LINDENWOOD
R4 DT DAQUAN JONES, PENN STATE
R5 CB WALT AIKENS, LIBERTY
R5 RB DE'ANTHONY THOMAS, OREGON
R6 WR JEFF JANIS, SAGINAW VALLEY
R6 WR MICHAEL CAMPANARO, WAKE FOREST
R6 TE COLT LYERLA, OREGON
R1 ILB C.J. MOSLEY, ALABAMA
R2 DE STEPHON TUITT, NOTRE DAME
R3 RB LACHE SEASTRUNK, BAYLOR
R4 CB RASHAAD REYNOLDS, OREGON STATE
R5 WR CODY LATIMER, INDIANA
R5 CB ANTONE EXUM, VIRGINIA TECH
R6 DT RYAN CARRETHERS, ARKANSAS STATE
R6 WR MICHAEL CAMPANARO, WAKE FOREST
R7 TE COLT LYERLA, OREGON