NFL Draft Geek adds a bit of variety into a mock draft season that has consisted almost entirely of cornerbacks, outside linebackers and the occasional safety.
Pittsburgh's biggest need is undoubtedly for a cornerback to aid their make-shift secondary, but with Steven Nelson or Kevin White being the best available in our scenario, Pittsburgh could probably wait until the second round. Although not as dire as their need at corner, the Steelers outside linebacker position is also a major concern with Jarvis Jones being the only OLB currently signed to the roster. Jason Worilds is hitting the market, James Harrison is going on social security and Jarvis Jones hasn't lived up to his billing just yet. Virginia's Eli Harold has been shooting up draft boards lately as teams become enamored with his combination of length, speed and bend. His technique needs some work, but his potential combined with the premium placed on pass rushers increases his value.
Keep this name in mind.
After an excellent Combine, Harold shows himself to be a high-ceiling candidate as an outside linebacker. A great athlete with long arms, Harold has explosive strength at the point of attack, but the thought of using him on the move (great lateral quickness) and to blitz the B gap is tantalizing.
He'll need some strength still, but that's going to be true of all of them taken with the 22nd pick. His stock had to have increased with an excellent Combine workout, so add him to the list of possibilities at 22.
They'll mix it up a bit in the second round, adding a new name to the cornerback pool. USC's Josh Shaw, the same one who told police he jumped out of a window in order to save his drowning nephew. He concocted the story after having injured both ankles in the leap from the window, which was to avoid police.
After a chaotic senior season, Josh Shaw has used the East/West Game, the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine as health packs to his once ailing draft stock. He clearly still has the talent, and off the field seems to have things straightened out.
There's a whole lot of chaos still surrounding such a selection, and he'd have to be not only an absolute steal of a pick, he would have had to convince the top brass of the team he's past whatever he was doing that August afternoon.
The Steelers took a chance on Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams after he failed a drug test at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Adams' stock naturally fell out of the first round, but after Adams had showed up to personally speak with Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, the Steelers deemed him worthy.
The jury is still out (no pun intended) on that decision, but being Adams is the team's swing tackle and watching Kelvin Beachum thrive in what was supposed to be his left tackle position, it would seem the pick didn't entirely work out.
Not that Shaw and Adams are comparable outside of what appears to be the fact both of them did some stupid stuff (enough to send their stock dipping at least out of the first round), but the Steelers are trying to build on a core group of high-character players. Shaw would be a head-turning pick, that's for sure.