The Network problems yesterday was an unfortunate tragedy but if you're like me, my boss was wondering why I was able to get so much work done.
With around 32 hours until draft time, the ‘mock’ season is coming to a close. We’ve seen a near consensus pick (Branden Albert) shoot up draft boards leaving the Steelers with several different options. With all that being said we’ll take one more spin around the mock network.
New Era Scouting recently released their 87 page Draft Preview (April edition). It includes player rankings, positional breakdowns and an insane 7 round mock draft.
1st Round: Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh – If he somehow slips to 23, there’s almost no doubt in my mind that he’s the Steelers pick. He’s a bust candidate but his ceiling could be as high as any lineman in the draft.
2nd Round: Chilo Rachal OG USC – The second best guard in the draft could team up with Otah and both would be starters for years to come. The 6’5 315 pound linemen plays nasty and could be a starter early in his career.
3rd Round: Kevin Smith RB UCF – This is the only pick that makes me scratch my head a bit. Smith runs hard but isn’t considered a power runner. He’s only 8 pounds heavier than FWP despite being over 3 inches taller. Just for the record, Kendall Langford is still on the board so he’d be my pick.
4th Round: Jonathan Goff ILB Vanderbilt – The two time defensive captain and All-SEC linebacker started 40 consecutive games at Vandy. Some project his as just a two down run stopper but he’s arguably the best tackler of the LB crop. If the Steelers envision Timmons taking over for Farrior after this season, Goff might be perfect ‘thumper’ compliment.
5th Round: Mario Urrutia WR
6th Round: Darnell Terrell CB Missouri – The classic ‘upside’ pick, Terrell has the size (6’2 203) and speed (4.46) to be a heck of a player but he’s got the label of a workout warrior who doesn’t always play up to his measurables. He could benefit from some stability though as he’s moved back and forth between safety and cornerback during his collegiate career.
NFL Draft Scout’s Rob Rang updated his mock this morning with two rounds on the books and it's hard to argue with two 'big uglies' in the first two rounds.
1st Round: Gosder Cherilus OT Boston College – We’ve dissected this guy enough and we know all the varying opinion and reports.
2nd Round: Dre Moore DT Maryland – Moore would be a DE in the 3-4 considering he’s just over 300 pounds but he made a name for himself with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl after an impressive senior season. His 8.5 sacks were the most for a Maryland defender since Shawne Merriman's 8.5 in 2004.
NFL Draft Scout’s Chad Reuter went above and beyond with a full three rounds. I was ok with each one of these picks individually but in total they don't address either of our biggest needs.
1st Round: Limas Sweed WR Texas – Ben would do cartwheels and Hines would probably make a public statement but Sweed would give the Steelers a great WR group. At 6’4 he’d be the tallest receiver for the Steelers and his 4.48 speed would team up well with Holmes in the future.
2nd Round: Matt Forte RB Tulane – Forte is a power runner who could be an impressive goal line threat. We’d all get tired of the inevitable ‘Thunder and Lightening’ references but he’d be a nice change of pace to FWP none the less.
ck 3rd Round: Tyvon Branch CB UConn – He’s already being touted as a special teams terror and he’s got the size (6’0 204) and speed (4.31) to play anywhere in the secondary. He’s already being looked at by some at safety because he’s a physical player and above average tackler. Like a lot of guys though he’s a workout warrior who doesn’t always play up to his physical skills.
So what do you guys think? Any last minute names you want to throw into the mix or are you like me and just keep asking "is it draft time yet?"