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The BTSC 2019 Steelers Big Board - By Ranking (Pre-Combine)

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So, what has changed in the past two weeks? I've tried to reflect the idea that Antonio Brown will be off the team in 2019 without overreacting, and leaving room for inevitable movement as a result of the Combine. For example, while I personally have no doubt that D.K. Metcalf will post extraordinary numbers and do some climbing, I have not changed his ranking on my own authority. We might as well wait and see.

I will try to include a list in the comments, but here are the totals: 62 entries were added or significantly changed. WR's, CB's, Safeties and ILB's got the most attention. Here is a link to the February 13 By-Position Board if you want to compare.

And now without further ado:

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EDGE/BUCK ILB Josh Allen, Kentucky. 6'4", 258 lbs. Remember the debates about LVE in 2018? Get ready for a repeat. As an Edge player Allen has all the assets you could want in a Top 10 guy limited by only-adequate technique and strength - which are exactly the things good NFL coaching and training can fix. As a hyper-athletic Buck he features range, ability to play in space, and of course an exceptional talent blitzing when necessary. Here is a solid November scouting profile.

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EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio St. 6'3", 270 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen, thank heaven. Bosa is a superb prospect as a 4-3 DE, good enough to shape a defense around. The Steelers play enough hybrid formations to do that, and would for this talent, but the complications would drive us fans crazy as we tried to follow along. Steeler Nation is nutty enough already!

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EDGE Brian Burns, Florida St. 6'5", 231 lbs. The top sack artist in college football, designed by nature to play 3-4 OLB, and perhaps an irresistible steal if he falls to 1:20. Nick Farabaugh's gif-supported BTSC scouting report certainly argues for that possibility. Here is an equally glowing scouting profile from The Draft Network that praises his versatility above all else: bend, strength, length, moves - he triumphs most as a brilliant player in all facets than a pure and unique genius in any one area. Alex Kozora's gif-supported scouting report is less positive, citing "inconsistency" and lack of upper body strength.

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ILB Devin White, LSU. 6'1", 240 lbs. Monstrous ceiling based on athletic potential and a proper linebacker's mindset, but genuine concerns as well because he can be slow to read a play and often gets faked or fooled. Football IQ = play speed = the #1 asset required for a Mack ILB. See this gif-supported love note scouting report from our sister site for the Jets for an example of what gets people excited. It's balanced by unbelievable rawness in a D-I player and the inevitable questions about whether that comes from above-the-neck challenges. Interviews will matter a lot. He is also young (a true Junior) and sometimes gets light in the pants when he isn't headed in a particular direction, which makes football IQ even more important. The Draft Network set of scouting profiles examines both the assets and the question marks, making him sound like an ideal run-and-chase tackler but not particularly good in coverage despite his speed. Here is a gif-supported BTSC scouting report that Nick Farabaugh put out in January. This January Post-Gazette article contains a nice summary too.

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CB Byron Murphy, Washington. 6'0", 175 lbs. A super-smooth beanpole with great COD, suddenness, and willingness to hit, but does he lack the size he'll need to hold up in the NFL? He's already been manhandled from time to time in college, and there are NFL players who are bigger, badder, and even more eager to dish out harm. Would an NFL strength program overcome his build? And while he has excelled in Washington's zone-heavy coverage scheme, that is what he's built for and the Steelers have been playing a lot more press in recent years. Can he adapt? Both Nick Farabaugh's gif-supported January BTSC scouting report and this similarly dated Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report consider Murphy an elite, Top-20 Corner the Steelers would be lucky to get. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles along with a scouting profile from DraftWire. This goes to a nice human interest article about Murphy and his family, while this article gives a little insight into his personality. The NFL.com scouting profile worries about his size and long speed (a/k/a "recovery burst when beaten from press").

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CB Greedy Williams, LSU. 6'1" (often listed at 6'2" or 6'3" instead), 182 lbs. He has more than a few detractors, who complain that he is as an overrated talent who benefits from having the world's best name. The complaints go to a lack of physicality, particularly in run support, failure to significantly improve in 2018 over 2017, public mouthiness that may cross the line from ‘swagger' into braggadocio, and a variety of "effort issues" stemming from failures to keep playing through the whistle in various contexts. That said, everyone else views him as the best Corner in a weak class, even those critics call him a mid- or late-1st talent, and no one disputes that he could be truly great if he can screw his head on straight. As always, you should start with this gif-supported BTSC scouting report in which Nick Farabaugh acknowledges how Williams excels as a technician, athlete and physical prototype but raises question marks about whether he has the emotional core to compete and succeed in the NFL (and to keep succeeding after he ‘arrives'). Williams has all the talent in the world, but does he project better as a Patrick Peterson, a Justin Gilbert, or (as Nick suggests) a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie? This article on his family life, and this article on his childhood, may bring some insight about those questions (remember to apply salt). Here are the Draft Network scouting profile and a New Year's scouting profile from our sister site for the Redskins. This goes to a very positive Steelers-oriented and gif-supported scouting report from February, and this to a gif-supported December scouting report. This is the DraftWire scouting profile.

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DL Ed Oliver, Houston. 6'2", 290 lbs. A Top 5 talent for almost any other team. The comparisons are all to HOF players like Warren Sapp or future ones like Aaron Donald. This goes to the Walter Football scouting profile. Here are the Draft Network's set of scouting profiles, and just for fun, here's a gif-supported October comparison of Ed Oliver and Quinnen Williams.

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DL Quinnen Williams, Alabama. 6'3", 285 lbs. A Top 5 talent for almost any other team. The perfect model of an interior pass rusher. The comparisons to Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins flow hot and heavy, and may even be deserved. There is no higher compliment. Here is a September scouting profile from the very able Jon Ledyard. Just for fun, here's a gif-supported October comparison of Quinnen Williams and Ed Oliver.

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EDGE Jachai Polite, Florida. 6'2", 240 lbs. Explosive, bendy, polished as a rusher, athletic enough to play in space, and disciplined as run defender despite the need to add some functional strength. That adds up to a heck of a prospect and Polite would be a clear Top 10 talent if there were no questions about why his motor seems to run hot and cold. Reading the NFL.com scouting profile, which ends in a strong "instant starter" grade, hints that it might be related to "Scouts' [concerns] about maturity and character." Here is a good, gif-supported Draft Network scouting report from October along with the Draft Network scouting profiles. This gif-supported January scouting report from our sister site for the Jets examines his tremendous burst, bend and overall athleticism. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report describes a magnificent and bendy speed rusher who suffers from limited play strength and ability to convert speed to power (an issue pointed out by BTSC readers too). Here is a February scouting profile from Draft Wire.

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MACK ILB Devin Bush, Michigan. 5'11", 233 lbs. Possesses a rare combination of football IQ, speed, burst, pure athleticism and linebacker ferocity. The issue is size. No human weighing 230-something will ever win going toe to toe with an NFL Guard or Center. That is the flip side of explosive speed and movement skills. But all ILB's must defeat an OL who has only started to latch on with his block. Can Bush learn to do that or will he be stuck with pure avoidance? The Michigan D-Line was barely a step behind Alabama's so Bush, like Mack Wilson, enjoyed a lot more freedom to roam than he's likely to see in the NFL. This New Year scouting profile ends with a Round 1 grade after praising all the physical assets, criticizing his trouble getting off blocks, and noting the suspicious lack of both interceptions and fumble creation. The Draft Network scouting profile agrees, adding that his coverage skills are raw but improving. This January Post-Gazette article contains a nice summary too, as does this Steelers-oriented, gif-supported January scouting report with a fringe-1st grade. The NFL.com scouting profile translates to an easy Round 1 grade fwiw. Bush rose to Nick Farabaugh's #1 ILB prospect in this February BTSC pre-Combine article.

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MACK ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama. 6'2", 239 lbs. Another Alabama ILB who can fly from sideline-to-sideline, work through traffic, evade blocks, tackle whatever he hits in the run game, cover RB's and TE's, and lead a defense to victory. He causes extra debate because, unlike most LB's, he seems to excel more in the coverage game than in the run game though he isn't bad at either. The questions go to whether his native athleticism is special enough to carry that success over to the NFL, how much of his success came from his own merits versus the monster Alabama D-Line, why his play degraded at the end of 2018, and why he lost his play calling duties to an underclassmen (who is admittedly a rising superstar). The Combine will matter a lot. Here is a gif-supported BTSC scouting report from February, and a follow-up February BTSC pre-Combine article that put him as the #2 prospect for the position. This gif-supported January scouting report particularly praises his coverage skills and football IQ, calling him a "straight up playmaker who always finds himself around the football." This January gif-supported scouting report from our sister site for the Jets is very similar: "Smart, fast and a playmaker." This January Post-Gazette article contains a nice summary too.

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CB Deandre Baker, Georgia. 5'11", 180 lbs. The high-floor, low-ceiling talent of the draft and the #1 darling of the statistics community. Baker's film is superb but there are question marks about his native athletic talent - especially make up speed and some hip tightness - and whether his college results will carry forward against NFL athletes who are just as smart, physical and detail oriented as he is. The Combine will make a huge difference on the grade that amateur reviewers like those who read (and write) this Board will end up with for the young Mr. Baker. Pre-process grades ranged from mid-1st to early 3rd. This gif-supported BTSC scouting report by Nick Farabaugh is a great place to start. Here is an excellent set of Draft Network scouting profiles as well, which examine both the goods and the bads. This goes to the full Walter Football scouting profile. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report has no worries about his speed at all, identifying only his tackling and his age (all of 22!) as potential issues.

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TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa. 6'5", 243 lbs. What is the HV for a prospect with an 80% chance to grow into the next Heath Miller? That is Hockenson. The similarities are uncanny, from height, weight, speed, hands and athletic profile to blocking skills, playing style, attitude, competitive edge, and more. The other top TE prospect this year is Hockenson's teammate Noah Fant. Fant is a fully qualified WR2/3 who blocks far, far better than even a Hines Ward or a Juju. Hockenson is more of a WR3 but he blocks like a backup O-Lineman. The Draft Network scouting profiles catch the essence of what everyone seems to agree on. We can translate it this way: He just screams ‘Steelers'. If only he played some other position... These links go to a superb Draft Network article comparing Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson, and to another article that compares those two to elite TE prospects in other drafts.

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WR Kelvin Harmon, N.C. State. 6'3", 215 lbs. Big, tough, strong, blocks like a TE but runs like a WR and never gets caught from behind despite what the 40-time may show. Projects as a bigger & nastier version of Juju or Anquan Boldin; or as this gif-supported scouting report puts it, "a true alpha go-to guy who can take over games." This goes to the Draft Network scouting profiles.

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WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona St. 6'3", 216 lbs. This year's class is full of tough, strong Juju-type WR's who are fast enough to succeed but have a game that centers on great hands, winning contested catches, and a physical intensity that punishes smaller CB's. N'Keal Harry could not fit that stereotype any better except he's two inches taller and ten pounds bigger than JJSS. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles. This Steeler-oriented, gif-supported scouting report ends with a Round 2 grade based on a skill set too similar to Juju's.

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WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss. 6'4", 230 lbs. The #1 WR on most boards and on ours as well, with potential that defies belief. Height, weight, speed, hands (minus too many focus drops), body control; he's got it all in spades. The physique is so over the top that people really argue he might be too big, strong and fast for his joints to survive the rigors of making NFL cuts over a period of years. Metcalf suffered a season-ending neck injury but it had no lasting effect. Body-of-Adonis aside, the technical skills are all a bit raw in all the little ways that separate college receivers from the pros. Those are why he didn't start the process as a Top 5 lock. He reminds your humble author of a much less polished but slightly more athletic Mike Adams. Daniel Jeremiah preferred a comparison to Josh Gordon without the problems upstairs. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles and the NFL.com scouting profile.

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TE Noah Fant, Iowa. 6'4", 232 lbs. "One of the most freakish athletes in all of college football," Noah Fant may be that rare offensive talent who could tempt the well armed Steelers to spend a Round 1 pick on that side of the ball. McDonald's health has just been too fragile to make him reliable and Fant's extraordinary receiving talents would make him useful for two-TE sets even when the #1 guy is healthy. Fant is also a decent blocker despite being built like an oversized receiver; willing enough, and able to truly help by taking a good angle and not being overwhelmed. These links go to a superb Draft Network article comparing Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson, and to another article that compares those two to elite TE prospects in other drafts. Hockenson and Fant were also the only Round 1 TE grades awarded in this nice article by Jon Ledyard. This goes to a brief but consistent and gif-supported scouting report.

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FS Nasir Adderley, Delaware. 5'11⅞", 195 lbs. A tremendous small school prospect who projects to be a very good center fielder, but only a center fielder. His calling cards are tremendous range and some of the best ball skills in the draft. Showed good processing speed too even if it was against lesser competition. He and Juan Thornhill are the targets that Steeler Draftniks point to when they dream of a Cover 2 sub package player who will also be able to push/back up Sean Davis. Stood out at the Senior Bowl in multiple ways, including overall human intellect. This goes to a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report that ends with a Round 2 grade. Here is the page of Draft Network scouting profiles.

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SS/FS Deionte Thompson, Alabama. 6'2", 196 lbs. He profiles as an ideal Free Safety with great speed, range, leadership, and an overwhelming desire to come downhill and make the hit. But he is also a 1-year starter whose rawness, overeagerness, and willingness to gamble got ever more exposed as the 2018 season progressed, and that has led to declining stock as the draft process moves forward. He, Sean Davis and Terrell Edmunds would eventually give Pittsburgh unbelievable depth and flexibility in the secondary for years to come but he might take a year or two to get there. Big Nickel could easily turn into the Steelers' favorite package! This gif-supported scouting report from February is as harsh as any you can find, and concludes with a Round 4 grade based on the rawness issues and gambling errors. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles.

STEELERS PICK AT 1:20

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CB Julian Love, Notre Dame. 5'11", 193 lbs. A fantastic man coverage player in college, especially for a player who has never really learned to jam receivers on the line. Fluid hips, great mirroring skills, sterling COD, 3 years of starting experience, and top notch ball skills make up for that missing technique. Also boasts an active attitude in run support. Sounds almost exactly like the scouting report on Cam Sutton (who the Steelers stole in the end of Round 3) but with a hair less athleticism, no injuries, and maybe a whisker more technique. Here is a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from early February. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles page and a good NFL.com scouting profile (grade of "instant NFL starter"!). This goes to an admiring, Raiders-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from December.

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CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn St. {Meeting at Senior Bowl} 6'1¾", 204 lbs. Excellent size, length, hands, mirroring skills and ability to jam made him a dominant press man Corner against college receivers. Understands the need to tackle though he doesn't seem to like it and isn't any good at it. Our own Nick Farabaugh, an Oruwariye fan, did this gif-supported BTSC scouting report in early January. He started on this Board with a late-1st grade but dipped when he was embarrassed in the Senior Bowl practice week (see this review too). This careful pre-Combine, gif-supported scouting report concludes that he has "has a rare combination of everything needed... to be a premier NFL Corner", with flaws that can be fixed. This gif-supported scouting report from January ends with a Round 2 grade. This goes to the Draft Network scouting profiles and this to the NFL.com scouting profile.

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OL/GUARD/TACKLE Cody Ford, Oklahoma. 6'4", 330 lbs. The prospect to pray for if you believe Ramon Foster is on his way out. Ford's feet are good enough to get drafted as a Right Tackle, but his calling card is power and he may be even better as a Guard. It's easy to see him as a perpetual all-pro from Year 3 on. Here is a December scouting rave [ahem] profile from Jon Ledyard along with an equally complimentary follow-up from the entire Draft Network crew.

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WR Deebo Samuel, S. Carolina. 5'11½", 216 lbs. An exceptionally well rounded player who will remind you of James Washington; or rather of what Washington's college career would have looked like if he'd suffered through bad QB play instead of lucking out with a Mason Rudolph to throw him the ball. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles, which basically admire everything (particularly his route running) with the exception of a somewhat limited catch radius (that may also be due to getting killed on errant throws). Here is a Steeler-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from after the Senior Bowl that ends with an early Round 2 grade.

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DL/EDGE Rashan Gary, Michigan. 6'5", 283 lbs. A 1st Rounder all day long who our own Nick Farabaugh has described as follows: ‘a combination of a bigger T.J. Watt and a smaller Stephon Tuitt but just as raw as either one.' Sounds like an ideal 4-3 DE or a tweener DT. Discounted by a full round for lack of fit. Here is a good November scouting report.

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DL Jeffery Simmons, Miss. St. 6'4", 300 lbs. An easy Top 10 talent in most years, Simmons would be a dream target for the Steelers if Heyward or Tuitt gets chewed to death by carnivorous nanobots during the offseason. And it could actually happen! Simmons tore an ACL in February and that rehab time could be just enough to drop his stock down to where a draft steal would make sense for the Steelers.

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EDGE Clelin Ferrell ("Furl"), Clemson. 6'5", 260 lbs. A Top 15 player but only as a 4-3 DE. His array of pass rushing moves, exceptional length, overall athleticism, and ineffable way of finding a path to victory when he needs it most would let him play in Pittsburgh too, but his value will be lower to the Steelers than to other teams. Here are the scouting profiles from The Draft Network, along with a scouting profile from DraftWire and a gif-supported scouting report from Trevor Sikkema.

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EDGE Christian Miller, Alabama. 6'4", 244 lbs. As described in this December scouting profile from Jon Ledyard and this excellent gif-supported January article from Brad Kelly, Miller has all the athletic tools that Pittsburgh will look for but in measured amounts; i.e., almost-great burst, bend, ability to play in space, sophistication as a pass rusher, ability to set the edge, etc. He's also known as a real team leader whose absence was a genuine issue in the big Bowl game. The only red flags are health related: a bad bicep tear that ended 2017 and an equally severe hamstring that ended 2018. He's also suited only to a 3-4 scheme like the Steelers. 4-3 teams won't have much interest. These links go to the Draft Network scouting profiles and the NFL.com scouting profile, which adds some concerns about his ability to anchor against the run and to turn strength into power on rushes.

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EDGE Montez Sweat, Miss. St. 6'6", 252 lbs. Make no mistake: Montez Sweat has a Round 1 grade for every 4-3 team in the league. He is that good; a fine athlete in the Bud Dupree mold with a fantastic first step, great discipline setting the edge, and a ready made array of moves and counters. But Pittsburgh fans also see that he's much less comfortable in space and not as bendy as someone like TJ Watt. Hence the discount. Here is a gif-supported scouting report from January.

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MACK ILB Germaine Pratt, N.C. State. 6'2⅝", 240 lbs. A converted Safety with the size and attitude of a true ILB, and who covers like... well, like a linebacker. He brings both impact and technique to his tackling and has the eye-popping run-and-chase ability that Steeler Nation has been missing. But his actual linebacker skills are as raw as you'd expect from a 1-year player at the position. Getting off blocks is a particular challenge, and it will no doubt take him a while to build his football IQ. Some fans may also question his dedication, since he skipped his bowl game and likes to play the social media ‘money, money, money' game. As always, it is best to start off with a gif-supported BTSC scouting report like this January one from Nick Farabaugh. He was also discussed in Nick Farabaugh's February BTSC pre-Combine article on favorite ILB prospects.

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SS/FS Juan Thornhill, Virginia. 6'¾", 202 lbs. A ballhawking safety with excellent range, great hands and a surprising adeptness at playing the box. Drops because he's not the best coverage guy, though his athletic profile suggests someone who'd be ideal in the Cover 2 sub package role and adequate as a depth player behind Davis. Dropped an easy interception in the Senior Bowl game and had a tough week overall in which he looked slower than his film suggests. Could it be limitations on his ‘instincts' and processing time, as hinted at in the Draft Network scouting profiles? Or perhaps the footwork issues and/or athleticism questions raised by this Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from early February?

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CB Lonnie Johnson, Jr., Kentucky. 6'2¼", 210 lbs. Another long, physical, tackling Corner with serious upside held back by question marks. A JUCO transfer, this local (and probably biased) scouting profile describes a prospect with startling COD skills for a kid that tall, good ball skills, and an athletic profile that includes good speed and leaping ability. He returns kicks at that height! OTOH, if all of that was literally true he would have a splashier reputation than ‘another of those big Kentucky CB prospects.' The film was so average that his noteworthy performance at the Senior Bowl (better than any Corner but Rock Ya Sin) created huge buzz. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles page and a good NFL.com scouting profile. This pre-Combine gif-supported scouting report sounds cautionary notes about the amount of technique work he will require before he can play at an NFL level.

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CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson. 6'1", 190 lbs. Lamar Jackson's first cousin is a rangy, very physical and fast enough CB with great ball skills and stats, but some balance/COD issues have occurred even in college and created an NFL-fatal habit of grabbing on when he's outmaneuvered. Early process grades ranged all over the board from mid-1st to early-3rd. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from January suggests that he should succeed playing press-man coverage with Safety help over the top but may be limited to that system. The NFL.com scouting profile sees a bigger need to build "instincts" by hard study into pattern recognition and how to read a QB

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CB Rock Ya Sin, Temple. 5'11¾", 189 lbs. A ‘Temple Tough' CB who plays with that edge but needs a lot of technical work to eliminate false steps and build his understanding to a gut level. On the plus side, his technique isn't that bad if you eliminate the issues that go to play recognition. Interviews will matter. Here is a December scouting profile. Ya Sin was pretty much the only Corner at the Senior Bowl who managed to compete with Deebo Samuel, which proved that he belongs in the conversation with the young men from power schools. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report concludes with an early-4th grade based on a perceived CB2 ceiling.

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TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama. 6'4", 241 lbs. An exceptional athlete and natural receiver who significantly improved his blocking in 2018. More than solid all the way around. Both his father and his uncle played TE in the NFL, albeit with limited distinction. This phenomenal summary from The Draft Network scouting profiles catches it all: "Smith may never be a top 2-3 tight end in the NFL, but he's fully capable of being among the best in the next tier."

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WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford. 6'2", 220 lbs. Juju Smith-Schuster has a next generation clone that stands an inch taller, ten pounds heavier, has tremendous hands (the way he plucks passes out of the air is a sensual delight to watch), and is Stanford smart. Like JJSS the only questions go to his top end speed. These links go to the Draft Network scouting profile and to a Draft Network video scouting report on four plays that show he is a pretty good route runner in addition to a "jump ball, box-out specialist" with two professional basketball players as parents. This February gif-supported scouting report ends with a fringe-2nd grade on the belief that he will end up being "a darn good No. 2 receiver that is nearly unguardable in the red zone."

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WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa St. 6'6", 230 lbs. The best red zone target in the draft. He's almost the size of a receiving TE but has evolved into a complete-for-college outside weapon who was all but dominant against a good Washington State team in the bowl game, and has the potential to be an NFL all star. The issues? Route running, using his size to its full and appropriate extent, and avoiding the dropsies. He improved notably in all three areas over the 2018 season but work remains to be done and the early season drops were maddening. ‘Kelvin Benjamin without the head and heart problems?' That would be a heck of a player... Lance Zierlein's NFL.com scouting profile seems to catch the essence pretty well. This goes to the Draft Network scouting profiles, and this to a January scouting profile that ends with a Round 2 grade but seems to have missed the upward curve shown at the end of the season. Call it ‘Round 2 with an upward arc.' Here is a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from February.

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WR Emanuel Hall, Missouri. 6'2", 200 lbs. The speed and COD skills you expect from a 5'9" jitterbug in a body that is half a foot taller. The downsides are very raw route running skills on a limited route tree, and a 2017 reputation for inconsistent hands that was much assuaged by better play in 2018. A successful deep threat against SEC defenses, with the tools to be a great route runner... that is a high ceiling if ever there was one. Of course he has to get there. Here is the Draft Network scouting profile, and a Steeler-oriented, gif-supported scouting report. The NFL.com scouting profile compares him to a 6'2" Mike Wallace, which could actually be fair.

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WR DaMarkus Lodge, Ole Miss. 6'2", 205 lbs. Serious, deep threat speed and a player who knows how to use it. Fine body control to twist and contort for catches, and seemed to answer any questions about his hands with a fine performance during Shrine Game week. The Draft Network scouting profiles recognize the incredible peaks, including some circus catches, but warn of equally bad concentration drops. Lodge is a bit of a sleeper because he was buried as the WR3 and a pure outside threat in what might have been CFB's best collection of WR talent (D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown were his running mates). Of course, that is exactly the role he's probably be asked to play in Pittsburgh, at least as a rookie. Here are a pre-Combine scouting profile from our sister site for the Giants, and a January scouting profile from our sister site for the Redskins.

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WR Riley Ridley, Georgia. 6'2", 200 lbs. Calvin Ridley's little brother is the best pure route runner and one of the most polished overall receivers in the draft. The questions go to his top end speed, acceleration, and whether he is ‘very good' or ‘potentially great' when it comes to the overall athleticism. In a lot of ways he projects like James Washington did in 2018: a probable WR2 with upside that could be WR1 and a floor at WR3. These links go to the Draft Network scouting profiles, the NFL.com scouting profile, all of which emphasize that he is much better getting open and catching the ball than gaining yards after the catch. This pre-Combine, gif-supported scouting report ends with a fringe-2nd grade. This gif-supported scouting report from December illustrates why tape alone makes Ridley look better than tape plus the draft process nitpicking.

STEELERS PICK AT 2:20 (#52 OVERALL)

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MACK ILB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington. 6'0", 222 lbs. A physical and explosive monster with the agility to cover some slot receivers. He has almost everything you'd want except the NFL size, which inhibits his tackling radius. Jon Ledyard dives into his game here. He was also discussed in Nick Farabaugh's February BTSC pre-Combine article on favorite ILB prospects. He was also discussed in Nick Farabaugh's February BTSC pre-Combine article on favorite ILB prospects.

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ILB Joe Giles-Harris, Duke. 6'2", 240 lbs. A good, solid linebacker with enough speed, athleticism and football IQ to handle the job. But... JGH is the sort of prospect who stands out more for being a well rounded player than for any particular physical genius. It's easy to see him as a multi-year starter but hard to project any HOF potential. He was discussed in Nick Farabaugh's February BTSC pre-Combine article on favorite ILB prospects, and also listed in this pre-Combine article on "prospects who deserve more buzz." May project better as a Buck ILB than a Mack, and best of all as a 4-3 Mack.

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ILB Kendall Joseph, Clemson. 6'0", 235 lbs. A smart, quick reacting field general who only lacks the pure physical genius you'd like to see. Good but undersized Buck? Good but speed challenged Mack? Take your pick, or else just call him a good, solid linebacker who will contribute to his team for the next several years.

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SS Johnathan Abram, Miss. St. 6'0", 215 lbs. Possess all the assets you look for in a between-the-hashes Strong Safety enforcer: size, speed, ferocity, and both the ability and willingness to bring the lumber when he arrives. Yes, his eagerness can cause him to miss the tackle completely, and yes, he has sometimes been a hair slow to read and react to the situation, but those are coachable flaws. Interviews will matter a lot, especially since the Steelers would see him as a somewhat lesser version of Terrell Edmunds. Here is the Draft Network scouting profile.

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SS/FS Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida. 6'0", 207 lbs. He's got boatloads of physical talent, range, and was a vastly improved player in 2018 who suddenly learned how to tackle and also take angles. Still inconsistent but now worth serious Day 2 consideration, especially since he has some coverage chops as well as center field range. Here is an early January scouting profile from Jon Ledyard.

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SS Taylor Rapp, Washington. 6'0", 212 lbs. He's shown all the assets you want except the range to play center field. His coverage skills are good enough for TE's, RB's and quite a few WR's; he takes good angles toward tackles in space and in run support; and he packs a truly nasty attitude when he arrives on the scene. Taylor Rapp is everything that Marcus Allen and Jordan Dangerfield are, except better. But weren't we hoping to get someone who could add depth behind Sean Davis? These links go to the Draft Network scouting profiles, the NFL.com scouting profile, and a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from February. This goes to a nice, if fluffy, human interest backstory article.

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CB Justin Layne, Michigan St. 6'3", 185 lbs. A tall, long reed of a player who has tremendous athletic talent, just turned 20, has a good attitude toward tackling, has room to grow with his technique and football IQ, and will benefit from work in an NFL weight room. Sounds like someone the Steelers could covet! The Draft Network scouting profiles page projects him as you'd predict from the physical description: a good press Corner who will struggle a bit more in zone. The questions go to his youth and to measurable things like long speed.

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CB Joejuan Williams, Villanova. 6'3", 207 lbs. An ideal prospect to negate the Size XL+ receivers of the world (Gronk, AJ Green, Juju, etc.) but more vulnerable to the super quick and/or speedy jitterbugs (Tyreek Hill, AB, Switzer, etc.) if he didn't get the jam in. A favorite among portions of the BTSC intelligentsia and arguably the best of the Richard Sherman wannabes. This November scouting profile by Jon Ledyard suggests that his 40 time (catch up speed) and the movement drills will be the big measurements to look for.

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WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss. 6'1", 225 lbs. Brad Kelly called him "an efficient route runner", and he primarily operates out of the slot despite his size. Brown also can be a good vertical threat but he definitely has room to develop and, as outlined in the Draft Network scouting profiles, is better viewed as a jack of all trades type. Here is a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from February.

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WR Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech. 6'5", 200 lbs. A 6'5" receiver that can run any route, do it well, and snag any ball that is almost in reach? The Steelers are gonna love this one. He is all wire and bone, but surprisingly shifty and willing to block in addition to using his height. Here is a good December scouting report from Brad Kelly and a gif-supported scouting report from Trevor Sikkema. This goes to a video scouting report focused on his route running skills.

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DL Dre'Mont Jones, Ohio State. 6'2", 295 lbs. A great 1 and 3-tech prospect discounted for lack of need; sort of akin to a slightly smaller version of Javon Hargrave with experience at Ohio State instead of Nowhere U. Projects as a terrific interior pass rusher but needs more sand in the pants to handle run defense. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles, a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report, and the NFL.com scouting profile.

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DL Charles Omenihu, Texas. 6'4½", 274 lbs. A super explosive but undersized penetrator who should go much earlier to the right team. Not a good value or system fit for Pittsburgh. Here is a January scouting profile.

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DL Christian Wilkins, Clemson. 6'4", 315 lbs. Great movement, bend and agility for a man that size suits him for the 1- and 3-tech role but will need to add sand in his pants to handle NFL double teams. Renowned for high character, brains and leadership. Round 1 talent discounted for lack of need. Here is the Draft Wire scouting profile and the set of Draft Network scouting profiles.

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EDGE Jalen Jelks, Oregon. 6'5½", 250 lbs. He's got fantastic length and a great first step but seems to lack the gift of putting it all together at the same time. Could be a fixture for years to come if he can learn to do that, but will bust out if he can't. This Bears-oriented scouting profile explains that Jelks is a double projection because he actually played in college as a hugely undersized Defensive Tackle. It may be better to think of him as a LaMarr Woodley wannabe than a bendy type. This January scouting profile compares his physical potential and upside to Jason Taylor. The NFL.com scouting profile sees the potential but nevertheless ends with a comparison to career journeyman George Selvie.

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EDGE D'Andre Walker, Georgia. 6'2", 240 lbs. An athletic specimen who could test out of the building and needs to if he wants to hear his name on Day 2. This 2-reviewer New Year's scouting profile describes Walker as a player who has all the individual assets you want but has never managed to unite them into an organized pass rush. Already good at setting the edge.

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ILB Dakota Allen, Texas Tech. 6'1", 235 lbs. True sideline-to-sideline speed and coverage ability, combined with a good work ethic and big time willingness to hit. Recognition and wading through traffic could use some work. There was also a red flag for getting dismissed on burglary charges, but they were all dismissed, Tech took him back, and he is known for his leadership.

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MACK ILB Terrill Hanks, N.M. State. 6'2", 234 lbs. As summarized in this Senior Bowl scouting profile, Hanks has almost-a-Safety skills as a coverage linebacker, but also almost-an-ILB when it comes to all the run support duties. Should be a good special teamer soon but will need at least a year of strength- and technique training before he has any shot at playing actual defense. Sounds a lot like L.J. Fort as a prospect but a bit ahead and boasting great leadership skills. Rose significantly after a tremendous Senior Bowl week proved his range, speed and leadership ability. This admiring gif-supported scouting report ends with a Day 2 grade. He was also discussed in Nick Farabaugh's February BTSC pre-Combine article on favorite ILB prospects.

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FS Ugochukwu Amadi, Oregon. 5'10", 201 lbs. The descriptions remind you of Sean Davis as a prospect: ‘A cover Safety who's just a hair short of being able to move outside to Corner and will excel in special teams until he breaks into a lineup.' A solid Day 2 prospect who'd fit what the Steelers need.

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SS/FS Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland. 5'11", 199 lbs. A savage hitter (pun fully intended) who is exceptional in the box - almost like a mini-linebacker - but a bit vulnerable in coverage. Plenty of speed and suddenness to play center field too, excellent ball skills, and what seems to be a high football IQ. The Draft Network scouting profile page concludes that his ideal role would be as a Cover 2 Safety that would fit Pittsburgh's needs. This gif-supported, Steelers-oriented scouting report from February praises his aggressiveness but suggests he will need to dial it back.

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CB Myles Bryant, Washington. 5'8", 180 lbs. Think Mike Hilton. Bryant is super small, super quick, super physical and outright ferocious. A Jack Russell Terrier on the gridiron. But is that the player that Pittsburgh wants to add in its secondary?

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CB Montre Hartage, Northwestern. 6'0". 195 lbs. A prospect whose fate will depend on the Combine. Hartage has far better technique than most college CB's but questions exist about whether he has the pure athleticism to hold up in the NFL. Looked good at the Shrine Game.

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CB Brian Peavy, Iowa St. 5'9", 185 lbs. Add 3" and he'd be in the conversation for Round 1. Quick feet, moves well, tackles consistently, has three years of starting experience, and grades out in a tie with Deandre Baker for the #1 CB from a pure statistics POV - a feat he accomplished playing against wide open Big 12 offenses. Likely to be an exceptional slot corner in the NFL versus the jitterbug types, but the Steelers have Mike Hilton already.

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OL/CENTER Garrett Bradbury, NC State. 6'2⅞", 304 lbs. He has everything you want in a Center but true country strength; a nimble-footed, throwback player fans will appreciate. Could be Maurkice Pouncey's successor if he manages to ‘get it.' This Draft Network scouting profile paints him as a solid fringe-1st talent for the right team.

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OL/TACKLE/GUARD Yodny Cajuste, W. Va. 6'4", 316 lbs. His footwork could definitely improve but that is coachable and he's got Round 1 written all over him so it Ain't Gonna Happen. Here is a November scouting report from Kyle Crabbs.

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OL/TACKLE Andre Dillard, Wash. St. 6'4⅞", 310 lbs. Maybe a tiny bit undersized but boasting some of the best feet you'll ever see in an OT. Projects as a fantastic pass blocker who needs to work on digging opponents out in the run game. Round 1 talent for the right team.

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OL/CENTER Elgton Jenkins, Miss. St. 6'4⅜", 314 lbs. A genuine technician and one of the best Centers in the draft. Needs to prove that he has the athleticism to pair with all his other assets. Film watchers will love him. Here is an October scouting profile from Jon Ledyard.

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OL/GUARD Chris Lindstrom, Boston Coll. 6'3¾", 303 lbs. A complete Guard who's all but plug and play ready to start in the pro game. Here is a multi-reviewer Draft Network scouting profile from before his tremendous Senior Bowl performance.

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OL/TACKLE Greg Little, Ole Miss. 6'6", 325 lbs. Designed by nature to be an offensive tackle and gifted with tremendous athleticism talent, but a perpetual underachiever with technical flaws. All he needs is a really great coach. A developmental but Round 1 talent for the right team. This goes to the Draft Wire scouting profile.

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OL/GUARD/TACKLE Dalton Risner, Kansas St. 6'4½", 308 lbs. He might be an athletic Right Tackle prospect for other teams but he'd be viewed a top Guard and backup Center from the Pittsburgh POV. Mobile, versatile and tough rather than huge and mauling, Risner fits the Steeler profile to a tee. Of course there's the slight problem that he won't be around when the Steelers start considering OL prospects. This article calls him a Top 40 talent after a tremendous Senior Bowl. Here is a gif-supported scouting report from February.

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OL/TACKLE Jawaan Taylor, Florida. 6'5", 334 lbs. Has the talent, athleticism, build and tape to break into Round 1, though he will need coaching to achieve true NFL technique. Don't be surprised if he goes to the Broncos as a Round 1 "welcome aboard" gift from Elway to Coach Munchak. This goes to the multi-reviewer Draft Network scouting profiles and an enthusiastic gif-supported scouting report from Kyle Crabbs.

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OL/TACKLE Jonah Williams, Alabama. 6'5", 301 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen, and this is a stupid grade for the best tackle in the class. Should be an easy Round 1 pick for someone else.

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TE Dawson Knox, Ole Miss. 6'4", 250 lbs. Jon Ledyard's Draft Network scouting profile confirms that he is one of the most athletic TEs in the draft, but it is still just pie in the sky because Knox was underutilized in college. He flashes every asset you could ask for - size, strength, speed, hands, blocking, etc. - but he hasn't actually shown that he can stand out as more than a puzzle piece. Knox, Sternberger Nauta and Raymond were the four interchangeable Round 3 TE grades awarded in this nice article by Jon Ledyard, with only Fant, Hockenson and Irv Smith, Jr. ahead of them.

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TE Isaac Nauta, Georgia. 6'4", 245 lbs. His floor looks like an NFL quality, multifaceted TE2. His ceiling would be a true TE1 but that requires a lot of projection. Nauta has a fairly well rounded game and proved in 2018 that he can both block at a college level and also find the holes in a zone defense. But does he have that special something extra? This Draft Network gif-supported scouting report concludes that he is a very good athlete with a rounded game whose floor is TE2. Nauta, Sternberger, Knox, and Raymond were the four interchangeable Round 3 TE grades awarded in this nice article by Jon Ledyard, with only Fant, Hockenson and Irv Smith, Jr. ahead of them.

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TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M. 6'4", 250 lbs. "Physical tools are tantalizing, both as a blocker and receiver," but quite raw in all areas. A wonderful seam-threatening weapon in 2018 but everything else is projection. Has a proper TE tough-guy attitude as well, and actually likes to block though he needs some work in that area too. Sternberger, Knox, Nauta and Raymond were the four interchangeable Round 3 TE grades awarded in this nice article by Jon Ledyard, with only Fant, Hockenson and Irv Smith, Jr. ahead of them. Also listed in this pre-Combine article on "prospects who deserve more buzz."

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WR Parris Campbell, Ohio St. 6'0", 208 lbs. The scouting reports conflict on who and what Parris Campbell is. Kyle Crabbs' Draft Network scouting profile describes him as a premier deep threat with astonishing athletic talents (legit 4.3 speed and superb quickness) held back by weak route running and questionable hands. This Steeler-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from Alex Kozora describes a 4.45 slot receiver with good hands and savvy route running skills held down by question marks because he rarely had to defeat press coverage. Expect the description to firm up and the grade to change accordingly as the process moves forward. Here is a January scouting profile from our sister site for the Redskins. Here is a nice background article on his family life growing up. This February Saints-oriented scouting profile considers him a Round 2 player if he really does run a 4.30 dash at the Combine. This typically excellent 11-minute video scouting report from Matt Waldman says he has some genuine, fundamentals-based steak to back up the athletic sizzle.

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WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia. 5'10", 180 lbs. Liquid speed, crazy COD skills and sheer explosiveness make him a danger to score from anywhere on the field, including real productivity as a kick returner. OTOH he is so raw that most pundits really hoped he would return to school in order to sharpen his skills before going up against grown men who know their trade already.

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WR Denzel Mims, Baylor. 6'3", 207 lbs. A contested catch specialist with the explosive ability to break almost any catch into a TD, held back by still-developing skills as a route runner.

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DL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame. 6'5", 305 lbs. Built like a Steeler D-Lineman and plays like one too. Round 1 talent for any team that can teach him to reliably keep his pad level down and to use those long arms effectively. He does, however, come with a warning tag the Walter Football scouting profile describes as follows: "His pre-draft meetings and visits are going to be crucial [] because even scouts who like him as a player say that Tillery's personality is a problem."

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EDGE Malik Reed, Nevada {Meeting at the NFLPA Bowl}. 6'1", 250 lbs. A badly undersized but absurdly productive 4-3 Defensive End in 2016 and 2017, Reed moved to OLB in 2018 as part of a unique 3-3-5 system. His stats went down but your humble author contends that it was still good training for the 3-4 OLB position he'll have to play in the NFL. No kidding here: Reed looks exactly like the pass rushers that Pittsburgh used to steal in the drafts of 20 years ago. The main asset? An amazing ability to bend around the corner, a great get off that only makes it more lethal, and an obsessive work ethic to keep getting better. It's the lack of size & strength, raw hand usage, and new-to-the-position klutziness of 2018 that lower his stock. If a lineman locks him up, he stays locked up. OTOH, if he gets even an inch around the edge, you aren't going to stop him. Reed stopped being a sleeper after dominating the NFLPA Game but he's going to be the secret crush for a lot of fans who see the highlight film. This Lions-oriented scouting profile from February sees him as a pass rushing specialist who could grow into a full time star.

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MACK ILB Bobby Okereke, Stanford. 6'1½", 231 lbs. Stanford smart and as cover-capable as almost any linebacker in the draft, but not as crisp on tackling and physicality as you might prefer and hasn't shown true field general characteristics yet. He's faster than he is explosive, taking 3-4 steps to get up to what looks like an impressive top speed.

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CB Rashad Fenton, South Carolina. 5'10", 184 lbs. A smooth athlete with experience in both man and zone coverages, and a special talent for press-man given his size. He might not have the raw, physical talent of some prospects but he would fit the Steelers scheme perfectly. Here is a good November scouting report from Joe Marino.

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CB/FS Isaiah Johnson, Houston. 6'2¼", 207 lbs. Just like Brian Allen a few years ago, Johnson is a long, speedy, physical athlete who recently converted from WR and hopes to become a "Richard Sherman-like" Corner. He's a longshot bet but the upside could be awesome and his ferocity in run support earns a higher grade than the question marks would normally deserve. A poor Senior Bowl week showed up movement limitations that could move him to Safety. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report sees him as an excellent Round 4 target.

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CB Kendall Sheffield, Ohio St. 5'11", 185 lbs. He's got speed to burn and all the quicks in the world, but his lack of consistency has led to some notably bad games.

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OL/TACKLE/GUARD Michael Deiter, Wisconsin. 6'5", 304 lbs. Built like a shorter-armed Tackle but more comfortable inside because he lacks that essential knack of setting deep enough to handle really fast edge rushers. No particular flaws on the inside so long as he keeps his pads down. Very strong, technically sound and exceptionally good at pulling. Will have potential to play across the line if coaching can help him develop a deeper pass set for the edge. Here is a Christmas scouting profile.

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QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St. 6'3", 218 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen. Haskins has "rough edges" but his potential and big arm will push him into the top-10 of a weak QB class.

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WR Gary Jennings, W. Va. 6'1", 213 lbs. A straight up solid football player who won't blow up the Combine but has the film to make up for it. He has shown the ability to create separation and our own Nick Farabaugh describes him as "the classic possession receiver" while this article on his excellent Senior Bowl week emphasizes "the size and speed to be an ideal vertical threat in the NFL." Hmmm.

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WR Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado. 5'11⅞", 191 lbs. An electric, small school player who has grown as a route runner and become one of the better deep threats in the class. The grade would be even higher if his success had come against a higher level of competition. This goes to a January interview with our sister site for the Titans. This Broncos-oriented scouting profile emphasizes his pure track speed.

STEELERS PICK AT 3:19 (#83 OVERALL)

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DL Gerald Willis, Miami. 6'3", 300 lbs. The Draft Network scouting profiles, including a particularly good one from Jon Ledyard, describe a player who is explosive and strong, but has severe pad level problems. He has a sky high ceiling if good coaching can help him to fix that. His backstory can cut both ways. The Bad: he displayed terrible team- and self-destructive immaturity early in his college career. The Good: he took a voluntary year off, came back, and proceeded to earn glowing reports from everyone on his newfound locker room demeanor and work ethic. A 2018 hand injury kept him out of the Bowl game. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from February ends with a Round 4-5 grade.

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EDGE Chase Winovich, Michigan. 6'3", 255 lbs. The Draft Network scouting profile catches the essence: Winovich is the Williams/Matakevich of pass rushers. He'd be a legend if his physical talents matched up to his grit, effort, motor and football IQ. Unfortunately, the tape says that those talents do not match up, particularly when it comes to flexibility, bend, and overall fluidity in space. An easy Round 1 player if he blows up the Combine, but he won't.

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EDGE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion. 6'3½", 241 lbs. This year's small school phenom features tremendous hand work and general athleticism but hasn't shown the extraordinary bend of an elite pass rusher. The process will tell us a lot more about his ability to step up to NFL caliber competition. This gif-supported scouting report sees him as an undersized 4-3 DE with real potential but a desperate need for both coaching and at least one redshirt year before seeing any defensive snaps. The Draft Network scouting profiles seem to agree with that take.

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MACK ILB E.J. Ejiya, North Texas. 6'3", 231 lbs. The small school sleeper of the draft at ILB, Ejiya led the Mean Green defense for the past two years as one of those LBs who impacts everything on the field. He was uber-productive and was seemingly always around the ball due to nice athleticism. He is a clear leader, but his instincts and processing are issues that will need to be fixed at the next level. The potential, however, is there. He was discussed in Nick Farabaugh's February BTSC pre-Combine article on favorite ILB prospects.

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MACK ILB Cameron Smith, USC. 6'2", 230 lbs. A four year starter renowned for his high football IQ and quick processing speed. He's a complete package with the speed, coverage ability, tackling and explosiveness required to play the position but tempered by a bad case of being too aggressive. Ohio State killed him with misdirection plays and fakes that moved him wherever the offense desired, and hid didn't shine at the Senior Bowl either. Here is a gif-supported scouting report, and the Draft Network scouting profile.

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MACK ILB Sutton Smith, N. Illinois. 6'2", 230 lbs. An Edge player who lived off his bend and hand work in college, but is just too small to do it in the pros (as proven in Senior Bowl week). The athleticism is there to make him a remarkable ILB however, though it will entail a rookie year learning the position and serving as a special teams demon. The Draft Network's comparison to Joe Schobert, Cleveland's fringe all-pro, seems apt.

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FS Mike Bell, Fresno St. 6'3", 203 lbs. Long even for someone of that height, with solid speed, decent coverage skills, and no particular flaws except big unknowns when it comes to measurable speed (watch the Combine) and man coverage ability. A definite diamond in the rough to investigate as the process moves forward. This goes to The Draft Network scouting profiles page.

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CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan. 6'1", 181 lbs. He fits the model: fast, long, loose hipped COD skills, and all the other physical abilities needed to play the position. This Draft Network scouting profile emphasizes two flaws: he is not physical in either coverage or run support (perhaps because of his frame), and he is very raw playing anything but zone. The NFL.com scouting profile describes a "bail or trail corner... [who's] a solid Day 3 prospect with CB4 potential."

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OL/TACKLE David Edwards, Wisconsin. 6'7", 315 lbs. A big old offensive tackle too accomplished to fall into the mid-round range where Pittsburgh might consider someone to follow Gilbert, Feiler and Okorafor.

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TE Dax Raymond, Utah St. 6'4½", 249 lbs. A good receiving TE with the build but not the skill to play in-line and good but not exceptional athletic skills. Sounds a lot like Jesse James Mark II. His 2018 results were crippled by a broken hand suffered a month or so in. Should be okay for his rookie season. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles, the NFL.com scouting profile, and a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported January scouting report. Raymond, Sternberger, Knox, and Nauta were the four interchangeable Round 3 TE grades awarded in this nice article by Jon Ledyard, with only Fant, Hockenson and Irv Smith, Jr. ahead of them..

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TE Kaden Smith, Stanford. 6'5", 250 lbs. A good all-around TE prospect with various smaller holes and no particular physical genius to hang his hat on. Doing almost anything great at the Combine could shoot him up the Board. This goes to the Draft Network scouting profiles, which collectively argue that he has promise but needs to improve in all of his fundamentals.

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RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama. 5'10", 216 lbs. Grade dropped significantly to reflect lack of need. The #1 Running Back on most Boards and a fringe-1st talent, Jacobs is an electric playmaker who can break any run with pure speed and still deliver the wood on impact. There is not a lot of film to show his prowess in pass protection but he has looked like an able receiver when used that way. Jacobs also comes with one of those tough, poverty-stricken backstories that make you believe in his fundamental grit. Here is a solid write-up from the Luke Easterling at DraftWire. This goes to the several Draft Network scouting profiles.

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WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota. 6'2", 200 lbs. A sleeper, Johnson is a well-rounded receiver who's great on contested catches and a YAC monster, but inconsistencies in route running and questions about his hands could hurt his value.

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WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina. 6'1", 205 lbs. Raw as meat that runs away when it hears you in the forest, but good luck catching this particular deer. This Draft Network scouting profile attests that he has flashed top notch traits at almost everything, but also needs to improve and be more consistent at all the same things. A fine kick returner who shows that skill after the catch as well, and also loves to block. He's an athlete rather than football player at the WR position, make no mistake about it, but he could easily grow to be a true WR1.

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DL/NT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson. 6'4", 350 lbs. An immovable object with good pad level but no pass rush to speak of beyond lifting the Center and hurling him back. His ideal weight would be in the 320's and getting there might make him more explosive. Most scouting profiles make it clear that he is probably the most talented 0-tech Nose Tackle in the draft but he earns major discounts for both lack of need and a PED issue in December.

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EDGE Mathieu Betts, Laval. 6'3". 244 lbs. Let the battle begin! Our own Nick Farabaugh is a fan who sees this Canadian prospect as a truly superior Edge prospect. "I think he has it all in terms of an explosive first step and bend around the edge, though some high pad level does temper the excitement." The well respected and Pittsburgh based Jon Ledyard would beg to differ: "Not explosive and won't threaten the edge with his first step or the speed thereafter. Appears athletically lacking in this area... Stiff in the hips and doesn't show the bend to work through contact... Unbelievable motor [that] chases down every single play and rarely hesitates for a second from snap-to-whistle." What thinks the rest of BTSC? He looked okay but not special at the Shrine Game.

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EDGE Jaylon Ferguson, LSU. 6'4⅜", 256 lbs. Incredible, record-setting sack production (particularly in the games where LSU faced inferior competition), he gets an added discount for Pittsburgh because he fits much better a 4-3 scheme. The Draft Network scouting profiles describes him as a slightly less athletic but more refined version of what Bud Dupree has become: a strong, edge holding, but linear athlete with good burst (not as good as Bud's) and excellent hands (even better than Bud's). The downsides are very little bend and less than ideal athleticism in space (much worse than Bud). This gif-supported December scouting report ends with an early Day 2 grade based on excellent hand usage. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported January scouting report ends with a Round 4-6 grade for a team like Pittsburgh that asks its Edge rushers to drop into coverage.

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EDGE Justin Hollins, Oregon {Meeting at the shrine game}. 6'5", 238 lbs. His calling card is strength and he also has some explosion to his game, but Hollins is exceedingly raw as a pass rusher and suffers from moderate bend. That combination projects him as an ideal run stopper with some coverage skills (he played 3-4 OLB in college and did this acceptably), and some theoretical upside. More Bud Dupree than TJ Watt. Rose up a bit after a great week at the Shrine Game where he won a lot more than most in the 1-on-1 challenges and also did well in space. Here is a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from February. This goes to the NFL.com scouting profile.

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EDGE CeCe Jefferson, Florida. 6'1", 241 lbs. A lesser version of Bud Dupree; big, strong, athletic, but challenged when it comes to bend. Flashed a bit in earlier years but lost almost all his snaps this year to two clearly superior talents (Jachai Polite and Jabari Zuniga).

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EDGE Shareef Miller, Penn St. 6'5", 256 lbs. Possesses a flashy and explosive first step that he can combine with decent bend around the edge, but he's lacking when it comes to grown man strength, technical skill with his hands and moves, and overall discipline as part of a run defense unit. But those are fixable problems, right?

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EDGE Wyatt Ray, Boston College. 6'3", 250 lbs. A decent but not great athlete who plays with good pad level and can create a nice bull rush, though his lack of bend and counters tend to get him bogged down when it fails. Solid floor but low ceiling. Joe Marino and Jon Ledyard highlight him here.

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MACK ILB Ulysses Gilbert III, Akron. 6'1", 229 lbs. Elite quickness and play speed that comes from a combination of native athleticism, pure competitiveness and confidence in his reads. The downsides are the low level of competition, a serious need to fill out his frame in an NFL weight room, trouble defeating blockers who make it to the second level, and some inconsistencies sifting through the trash. He might fit better as a 4-3 Will OLB than a 3-4 Mack ILB, but the latter is what he'd be in Pittsburgh. His standout Shrine Game performance led to both this brief Raiders-oriented scouting profile and this scouting profile from that SB Nation site for the Bengals. This goes to a summary scouting profile from a Bleacher Report article on draft sleepers. Here is a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report.

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ILB Vosean Joseph, Florida. 6'0", 227 lbs. An athletic player who puts it all together on some days, and on others can look like the biggest liability on the field. Why the inconsistency? Here is a gif-supported scouting report from January. The Draft Network scouting profile suggests a limitation in the all important area of football IQ.

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SS/FS Marquise Blair, Utah. 6'1½", 180 lbs. One of the more intriguing developmental projects of the draft, Blair is a height/weight/speed project who seems to have a number of significant but coachable flaws in his game. He is eager and physical in the box but takes inconsistent angles and tackles with inconsistent technique; has great range but looks vulnerable in man coverage; very aggressive in the box but plays overly cautious as a center fielder... You get the idea. Interviews will be key because Safeties require such high football IQ's to do the NFL job. Injury bit in prior years but fine in 2018.

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SS/FS Malik Gant, Marshall. 6'2". 200 lbs. A walk-on whose versatility and athletic skills earned starting snaps right away. Gant's length allows him to cover oversized slot receivers and TE's; he has the toughness to play downhill as a box guy; and he's shown the processing skills to play center field and zone. Gant is one of those guys who's just around the ball. The big knock on him, other than raw skills and level of competition, is his slender frame. The Year 2 player will be a lot bigger and tougher than anything he will show as a rookie. Here is a February scouting profile from Jon Ledyard.

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SS/FS Will Harris, Boston College. 6'2", 210 lbs. A fluid and rangy athlete who can fly over the field and, as a converted WR, has fantastic ball skills as well. The NFL.com scouting profile adds that he has some ability to cover TE's and perhaps some of the oversized slot WR's, but then downgrades him significantly for a variety of processing issues that come under headings like "poor instincts". Translation: he has a safe floor as a special teams player, but will have to grow a lot before he earns defensive snaps and even more before he approaches the "boom" potential his pure athletic talents would support. He stood out well at the Shrine Game.

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SS Amani Hooker, Iowa. 6'0", 209 lbs. The Draft Network scouting profile describes a do-it-all instinctive safety with every asset but pure athletic talent ("super-limited athlete" was one painful description). This pre-Combine, Steelers-oriented and gif-supported scouting report agrees, but ends in a Round 2 grade based on the whole player. So Cover 1 center fielder is out, but Cover 2 might work because he has a great football IQ. Indeed, Hooker was such a living highlight reel in college that he might want to start worrying less about the "flash" and more about the "right". He has a dynamic impact on the game, but his overaggressiness gets him into far too much trouble, regardless.

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CB Derrick Baity, Kentucky. 6'2", 186 lbs. Long, tall, and physical, but does he have the fluidity and change of direction to keep up with the shiftier ones, or the speed to recover if he loses at the line? In the ideal world he grows into Richard Sherman. In the expected world his odds aren't good and his ceiling is CB2 and/or a role player for dealing with bigger receivers. The NFL.com scouting profile identifies lack of recovery speed as a major question mark.

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CB Jordan Brown, S. Dakota St. 6'¾", 199 lbs. Team captain; ballhawk; multiyear starter; obvious size; and supposed to have good speed. The elephant in the room is level of competition. The Senior Bowl could have helped him a lot but he only managed to belong with the pack. He didn't stand out. The NFL.com scouting profile makes for an interesting read, concluding that Brown has real potential if he can maximize his "late bloomer" physical gifts with NFL coaching.

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CB/FS Michael Jackson, Miami. 6'1", 200 lbs. [Author extra credit required - you try searching for "Michael Jackson" and limiting things down!] Is he a cover-Safety who might lack the twitch to play Corner, or an undersized Safety who needs to bulk up and become a good tackler without the ‘for a Corner' proviso? He is directly on that line and the grades reflect whether the particular author believes his press-man skills will be good enough to survive the COD deficits. Here is the NFL.com scouting profile, which leans toward "no," and the Draft Network scouting profiles page, which leans toward "perhaps."

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CB/FS Iman Lewis-Marshall, USC. 6'1", 203 lbs. but with very short (30⅝") arms. Stuck right on the border of being a cover-capable Safety who lacks the instant COD and recovery speed to play Corner, and being a Safety who needs to work on his tackling skills. Similar to Sean Davis in a lot of ways and could fight up to that grade if he tests as well at the Combine. Here is the NFL.com scouting profile. This goes to a very fun 2017 article on how he is now a 7-position player. Here is a gif-supported scouting report from just before the Combine.

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CB Donnie Lewis, Tulane. 6'0", 194 lbs. An experienced senior standout who projects best to a zone and off-man scheme, but has the length to also grow into a press-man CB. The issues are a frame that lacks strength and hands that might be even worse than Ike Taylor's. This description from the Shrine Game describes him as, "[an energy bringer who] stood out as a physical player who is eager to accept any challenge thrown his way."

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CB Jamal Peters, Miss. St. 6'2", 218 lbs. Peters has the length and athleticism you want in a CB but lacks the technical understanding to fully capitalize on it. Being much rawer than Artie Burns was should keep his stock in the middle rounds.

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OL/TACKLE Chuma Edoga, USC. 6'3¾", 303 lbs. Short, but he has really long 34⅞" arms (81⅛" wingspan), exceptional feet, and top notch athleticism overall. A standout pass protector at the Senior Bowl.

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TE Keenan Brown, Texas State. 6'3", 250 lbs. Brown is the definition of a rock solid TE who would challenge Jesse James for the #2 spot, with the potential to become even more. Here is a good article on how he was recruited to be a star "big WR" at Oklahoma State and ended up outgrowing the position and moving to a school closer to home. Brown has never lost his ability to run routes and catch the ball; he is still nimble enough to break the occasional play; and unlike JJ he would come to the NFL as a superb in-line blocker. His stock will go way up if the Steelers move on from Jesse James.

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TE Josh Oliver, San Jose St. 6'4½", 246 lbs. A brilliant athlete who wins in college by "being bigger and faster than everyone at his current competition level," Oliver may well fall into the Steelers' hands because he is desperately raw and will require at least a year of coaching before those assets will show up against NFL defenders. The NFL.com scouting profile basically agrees that the potential is there but the player is not. Here is a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting profile from January.

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RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma. 6'1", 219 lbs. Anderson has shown more as a receiver, less as a blocker, is a bit on the long-and-lean side, and could be questioned for coming out of a wide open spread offense, but overall he is a tremendous prospect for a RB similar to Conner with top notch power, more speed, and better shiftiness than expected from a man this big. He was often viewed as the #1 RB prospect going in to 2018 before his third (ouch!) season ending injury enhance that red flag. This goes to a gif-supported scouting report from February. Here is a good December scouting profile.

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RB RyQuell Armstead, Temple. 5'11¼", 223 lbs. A feisty and powerful RB who fits right into the Steelers mold. Good luck bringing him down on first contact. With him fleshing out his game to include pass blocking and receiving, only agility and ball security remain as issues. Too bad those are big issues. Our own CHISAP knew him as a boy and certifies that he is a hard working kid with a track background and top notch locker room characteristics.

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RB Damien Harris, Alabama. 5'11", 213 lbs. Grade dropped to reflect lack of need. A 5-star recruit who has done everything to live up to that label. He lacks explosiveness, but has just about everything else you'd want including receiver-like abilities in the passing game.

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RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis. 5'9", 200 lbs. Grade dropped to reflect lack of need. The catch-me-if-you-can king of the 2019 draft class. Ideal if the Steelers want a change of pace option.

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RB Justice Hill, Okla. St. 5'10", 190 lbs. Grade dropped to reflect lack of need. A really fine overall prospect who's just a bit smaller than you'd hope, which forces him to wriggle, twist, and squirm through tiny cracks rather than moving the pile. This goes to a good, four-reviewer December scouting profile.

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RB Elijah Holyfield, Georgia. 5'11", 216 lbs. Grade dropped to reflect lack of need. Evander's son shares his famous work ethic and slowly worked his way up draft boards throughout the college season. He's good in all the subtle ways like shifty quickness, contact balance, toughness, contact balance, vision and determination. He seriously fits the Steelers' recent (and successful) Conneresque prototype. Here is a Draft Network scouting profile.

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RB Bryce Love, Stanford. 5'9", 196 lbs. Grade dropped to reflect lack of need. Small but stout even though he's been unlucky on the injury front with ankles & etc., the most recent being a mild tear to his ACL from which he hopes to return in time for the Combine. Has breakaway speed and elusiveness that is almost elite but the contact balance has been so-so. Could be a bargain if the injuries held him back and are not going to be a constant moving forward.

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RB David Montgomery, Iowa St. 5'11", 216 lbs. Grade dropped to reflect lack of need. He needs to work on his receiving and lacks true breakaway speed, but other than that David Montgomery is a Steady Eddie performer who fits the Steeler mold to a tee. Tough, hard running, patient, and hard to bring down. This October scouting profile describes him as "a shiftier version of James Conner," a description this gif-supported October scouting report and this gif-supported February scouting report would agree with.

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RB Miles Sanders, Penn St. 5'11", 211 lbs. Grade dropped to reflect lack of need. A big play threat with good speed and great agility who's also a decent blocker, but he gets a mild downgrade for inconsistent vision and unproven ability as a receiver. Here is a gif-supported scouting report from February.

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RB Jordan Scarlett, Florida. 5'10", 213 lbs. Grade dropped to reflect lack of need. A speed demon with some of the best balance in the draft. He'd be a change of pace guy for the Steelers rather than a true backup to Conner.

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RB Devin Singletary, Florida Atl. 5'9", 200 lbs. Unbelievable production that needs to be discounted for irregular competition and the inflation of a spread offense, though he's played very well against the better competition too. Very elusive with great jump cuts, patience, and contact balance. Nick Farabaugh's gif-supported BTSC scouting report describes him as an ultimate jitterbug held back from being a new Barry Sanders by his moderate breakaway speed - the highlight reel is a joy to watch.

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RB Benny Snell, Kentucky. 5'10", 223 lbs. Turns no yards into one and three yards into five, but unlikely to break any run into 20. A good, hard driving tough guy and leader who also knows how to succeed without relying on that power.

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RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State. 5'8", 200 lbs. A prospect who can legitimately dream of becoming the next Tarik Cohen or Dion Lewis. Short, yes, but he is also stout, strong and has some of the best contact balance in the class. Add in his proven receiving ability and Thompson projects to be a fantastic change of pace back if he can stand the rigors of the NFL game. This Draft Network scouting profile compares him to Tyler Ervin.

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RB Mike Weber, Ohio St. 5'10", 215 lbs. A good, well rounded back with quickness, power, receiving ability and vision. Injuries ruined 2017 but he bounced back well in 2018.

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RB James Williams, Wash. St. 5'11", 195 lbs. A classic receiving weapon out of the backfield who possess wonderful hands, contact balance, and a solid combination of speed and quickness. A tough minded, hard driving player too who will be a fan favorite. But he really is on the lighter side, would get pounded to bits if asked to be a bell cow back, and can only hope to cut block if he has to pick up a blitzing linebacker. The Patriots' James White is a good pro comparison. Here is a January scouting profile.

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WR Terry Godwin, Georgia. 5'11", 185 lbs. A man among boys at the Shrine Game, Godwin is one of those slippery technicians with much more athleticism than people give him credit for. His stats are less than gaudy because he was the WR3 on a team stacked with talent at the position (Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman were the top 2), but that may say more about them than it does about him. All sources agree that he needs, first and foremost, at least a year working in an NFL weight room. His short arms and small hands bother some people too. This goes to a gif-supported, Steelers-oriented scouting report from February. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles and the NFL.com scouting profile.

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WR Lil' Jordan Humphrey, Texas. 6'4", 225 lbs. A "junkyard dog at WR" who can grab anything out of the air and would battle hell itself to do so, Humphrey has been both a red zone monster and a big play threat in college, but his lack of speed and limited route tree drop his grade from an NFL perspective.

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WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor. 6'4¾", 227 lbs. Stop! Read this article at NFL.com about how this all-star RB on the eve of NFL draft glory walked out of Tennessee, transferred to Baylor, and started all over again at a new position. I mean it! You can't understand this prospect without understanding the backstory. The assets are all there, and his season as a WR shows that he really can play the position. No known issues with any of the physical things like hands and ability to separate, willingness to block, or (lord knows) run after catch. He often gets compared to a bigger Cordarrelle Patterson if that will help. The "flaws" are all about that backstory and the year or two it will take for a genius athlete to fully master a new position. Here is a New Year's scouting profile that covers the physical and technical assets and issues. But the backstory is what you need to know.

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WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio St. 6'0", 205 lbs. This pre-Senior Bowl scouting reports made McLaurin sound like a decent WR3 who could legitimately hope to be a #2; relatively pro ready, Ohio-State-level as an overall athlete, and darned shifty but nothing special in any other way. Then he killed the Senior Bowl practice week and is now being compared to a young Nate Burleson (despite one diving miss that could have been a TD in the game). Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles. This good, gif-supported, Steeler-oriented scouting report identifies a legitimate flaw; he tends to be a body catcher and doesn't high point the ball well for that reason.

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WR Darius Slayton, Auburn. 61",190 lbs. A superb deep threat who has both jets and afterburners. The Draft Network scouting profiles identify concentration drops as an issue but that is fixable and the tools are there. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report basically agrees: a one trick pony with a really good trick, who will never be more than that if he can't learn to make the difficult and often contested catches he'll need to in the NFL.

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WR Preston Williams, Colorado St. 6'4", 210 lbs. His stock would be a bit higher if not for vague rumors about "character" issues. These seem to rise from a misdemeanor assault charge (later dropped) that nevertheless got him barred from the Combine, and whatever it was that made him decide to leave Tennessee (unknown). He also lost his 2017 season to a now-healed ACL injury. Assets include the obvious height, good speed, much better agility than a man that size should have, and a genuine knack for getting open. The main flaw is trouble getting off press coverage, overall raw technique, and a need to enhance physicality. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles. This goes to an interesting video scouting report from Matt Waldman. This is a nice summary scouting profile from when he declared for the draft.

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ILB Jeffrey Allison, Fresno St. 6'0", 236 lbs. Our own Nick Farabaugh discovered Jeffrey Allison in February and became an instant fan. He's described as a genuine leader with NFL athleticism, sideline-to-sideline range, and processing that improved enough in 2018 to raise optimistic hopes about his ability to take the next step. No one will say he is there, but anyone with a real chance to develop into a quality Mack ILB deserves a long look from Pittsburgh fans. This goes to the Draft Network scouting profiles page, where Jon Ledyard describes the same player but limited to Buck ILB duties due to a lack of NFL-caliber speed and coverage ability. You decide!

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BUCK ILB Deshaun Davis, Auburn. 5'11", 246 lbs. A brilliant football IQ with top notch tackling skills, but just not that athletic and brilliant athletes can beat him on that basis. High motor is a good, but slow reaction time less so. Would rank higher if he wasn't so similar to Williams and Matakevich. He was also discussed in Nick Farabaugh's February BTSC pre-Combine article on favorite ILB prospects.

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DL/NT Daylon Mack, Texas A&M. 6'1", 327 lbs. A 5-star recruit who fizzled and underperformed through his college career until he suddenly started to get it in the back end of 2018. A dazzling and dominant performance at the Shrine Game started buzz to the effect that he's finally arrived. The Senior Bowl only pushed the buzz up. Could Daylon Mack be the defensive line steal of the draft with so many obvious superstar prospects to absorb the DL picks in Rounds 1 and 2? Maybe. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report describes a straight line, explosive run stuffer who will occasionally push the pocket when his bull rush wins. The Draft Network scouting profile agrees on both the description and the mid-round grade.

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DL Anthony Nelson, Iowa. 6'6⅞", 272 lbs. A good looking 4-3 anchor-type DE who will fit some other team a lot better than Pittsburgh, where he'd be asked to add some bulk to be a mobile Defensive Tackle rather than a Size XL Edge player. His biggest flaws are a lack of bend and ability to play in space, both of which make him unsuited to the 3-4 OLB role.

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DL Khalen Saunders, W. Illinois. 6'½", 320 pounds. Want a small school superstar who first hit this Board for a very good reason having nothing to do with football? Watch this and you won't even think of disagreeing. Last time I saw something like that it was Jason Pierre-Paul at the Combine, and he turned out okay... Senior Bowl practice reports lauded his "rare blend of power and quickness," and then he dominated the game as well. Here is The Draft Network scouting profiles page, along with a gif-supported scouting report ("Khalen Saunders does rare things").

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EDGE Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma St. 6'3", 250 lbs. In sum, he looks like a more polished Anthony Chickillo with a history of injury problems like a broken leg. Stood out as a real star of the Shrine Game. The Draft Network scouting profiles dismiss him as a pure developmental prospect with good upside. This gif-supported scouting report from our sister site for the Redskins sees instead an unpolished but supremely versatile athlete who can play multiple Edge and LB positions. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report basically describes a multifaceted Buck ILB. Here is the NFL.com scouting profile.

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EDGE Carl Granderson, Wyoming. 6'4¾", 246 lbs. An improved player who's shown decent bend and great ability in run support, but lacks the explosiveness you want in a primary pass rusher. But he's a try-hard guy and thus a good target for mid-round depth.

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SS Jaquan Johnson, Miami. 5'10⅜", 186 lbs. He's a bit on the small side but only physically. Jaquan Johnson is one of those do-everything team leaders and overachievers who just make plays while floating all other boats that much higher. If his body holds up he will be an inevitable fan favorite and secondary anchor for whatever NFL franchise he lands at. But that's not a small "if" for this kind of living missile. This Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report ends with a Round 5 grade based on viewing him as a pure box Safety. The Draft Network scouting profiles also views him as a likely phenom for special teams who will have trouble finding snaps in the actual defense.

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CB Mark Fields, Clemson. 5'10⅛", 186 lbs. The eponymous son of a former Round 1 linebacker and two-time pro bowler, Fields has managed to be the invisible man on one of the nation's best defenses. Big enough but not big; fast enough but not scary; skilled enough but not brilliant; and yet, playing with two remarkable prospects, he hasn't been picked on. One suspects there's more to the story.

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CB Tim Harris, Virginia. 6'1", 205 lbs. As described in this January article on his tremendous Shrine Game week, Harris is a young man with all the measurables and very good tape, but also a long history of miscellaneous injuries (shoulder, broken wrist, back) that have delayed his maturation. The assets and the sound technique displayed at the Shrine Game make for a Day 3 prospect with real upside.

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OL/GUARD Nate Davis, UNC Charlotte. 6'3⅜", 317 lbs. A dominant small school Tackle who projects to be a pretty good Guard prospect for the NFL. Strong, nimble and powerful enough to seriously interest the Steelers as a good Day 3 investment. He really stood out at the Senior Bowl. Here is a New Year scouting profile.

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OL/CENTER T.J. McCoy, Florida. 6'3¾", 310 lbs. Looked like a genuine player at the Senior Bowl. Basically solid and technical with good agility and work ethic.

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OL/GUARD Ben Powers, Oklahoma. 6'3⅞", 310 lbs. A football player to his bones but not the athlete that Pittsburgh seems to favor on the offensive line.

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TE Alize Mack, Notre Dame. 6'5", 247 lbs. A catch-point monster and one of the best route running TE's in the draft, he's flashed quite often but has red flags for injury concerns and "team rule violations". Here is a good highlight of him by Brad Kelly and a New Year's follow up by the Draft Network staff.

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TE Ravien Pierce, Syracuse. 6'3", 244 lbs. Good but not great in almost every way except the overall athleticism (superior) and the size (not so much).

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TE Caleb Wilson, UCLA. 6'4", 235 lbs. A receiving TE who was Josh Rosen's favorite weapon in 2017 before injuring a foot, and continued that success in 2018. But can he block? A terrible Senior Bowl week that highlighted "stiff and lethargic" route running, followed by a bad fumble in the game, have lowered his stock.

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RB Tony Brooks-James, Oregon. 5'9", 190 lbs. A speed demon who can turn on the burners any time he wants to. Has just about everything you want in a RB but consistent vision. He has also become a dynamic receiver who can line up anywhere.

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RB Karan Higdon, Michigan. 5'9", 203 lbs. A good, patient runner who hits the hole hard and has some big play ability, Higdon is significantly smaller than the recent Steeler model, a fact that raises questions about his long term durability and his ability to pass block. No obvious reasons to question his hands but he was rarely used as a receiver, even on a team that could use one. A genuine boost to this RB class, here is a New Year's scouting profile.

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RB Wes Hills, Slippery Rock. 6'½", 215 lbs. A small school star from a school just north of the Burgh, Hills has been all but impossible for D-II tacklers to handle. Fantastic contact balance, great vision, good speed, and a sophisticated ability to use his blockers are the high points. Some question his overall agility and athleticism, his skills as a receiver are unknown, and his blocking is... Let's be nice and call it "D-II". Our own CHISAP knew him as a High Schooler and says he really is an NFL-caliber athlete. "He's also a great kid who overcame a lot of hardship to get to where he is."

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WR Tyre Brady, Marshall. 6'2¼", 206 lbs. with the wingspan of a condor. Brady has all the tools you could ask for: height, weight, speed, hands, movement and body control are all better than good. His stock dips because he has putrid blocking skills, no sophistication as a route runner, faced questionable competition, and had three "team rules" suspensions back in 2015 before he left Miami. No limit to either the upside or the floor. Here is a gif-supported scouting report from February.

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WR Greg Dortch, Wake Forest. 5'9", 180 lbs. Another prospect with the right to argue he's the best jitterbug slot WR in the draft. He's not just lightning quick and a sharp route runner, but also physical enough to out muscle similarly sized Corners. The big worry with Dortch, like his peers, is simple durability.

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WR Keelan Doss, UC Davis. 6'4", 206 lbs. An intriguing small school guy who's made a name for himself by being a contested catch monster. He has lots of room to improve as a route runner but has shown a wide route tree. Had a great week and game at the Senior Bowl where his route running skill stood out.

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WR Penny Hart, Georgia St. 5'8", 180 lbs. As near as I could tell not a single Corner managed to Penny Hart in any rep at any Senior Bowl practice. He looked like Barry Sanders toying with defensive linemen. So why isn't he any higher? Because the size differential looked a lot similar too. Bottom line: Penny Hart will make plays in the NFL (lots of plays) as both a receiver and a returner but only if (i) he has a QB accurate enough to hit his miniature catch radius, and (ii) he can survive the pounding. The first is uncommon to say the least. The second is unknown and history, with exceptions, is against him. Here is the Draft Network scouting profile.

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WR Alexander Hollins, Eastern Illinois. 6'1", 196 lbs. Height, weight and especially speed makes him tempting as a pure deep threat.

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WR Andy Isabella, U. Mass. 5'8⅞", 186 lbs. and correspondingly small arms, hands, etc. He might not have the size but he certainly has the shiftiness and quickness to be an ideal slot receiver. A technician at heart who gets compared to Julian Edelman but probably has better speed. Discounted because his skill set is too much like both Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer. This goes to the Draft Network scouting profile, and this to a gif-supported article on his domination of the Senior Bowl practices. Here is a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from early February.

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WR Kelvin McKnight, Samford. 5'8", 185 lbs. One of the deadliest receivers in the class despite his lack of inches, McKnight's ability to win off press and run great routes will make him a popular target. One of the rare small guys who can play both in the slot and outside. This goes to a written interview he did with our own Nick Farabaugh.

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WR Hunter Renfrow, Clemson. 5'10⅜", 175 lbs. Doesn't have the size, speed, or quickness you look for but he has some of the best hands in the class, and arguably the best. Renfrow also knows how to run routes and read coverages as well as any college WR, he never stops competing even on blocks, and he always comes through in the clutch. This is your guy if you believe in the things that can't be measured. About those hands... Forget "sticky"; he's made some catches that clearly required magnetic levitation powers to push the ball up from magic-laced shoelaces.

STEELERS PICK AT 4:20 (#122 OVERALL)

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DL/EDGE Zach Allen, Boston College. 6'4⅜", 280 lbs. You've got to love tough guy grinders who stand up Offensive Tackles in the run game and beat them on passing downs with grit, persistence and an array of subtle but nasty hand fighting and leverage techniques. Alas, but he's a pure 4-3 DE without the bend and overall athleticism needed to play OLB in Pittsburgh. Grade would be even lower if there was no chance he could bulk up into a smaller Defensive Tackle.

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DL Isaiah Buggs, Alabama {Meeting at Senior Bowl}. 6'2⅝", 295 lbs. The Draft Network scouting profiles describe a refined technician who uses his hands well and has good, low pad level, but suffers from a reputation of taking plays off and possesses only moderate explosion in that key first step. Notably short (30⅞") arms won't help him at all against NFL linemen. Here is a gif-supported scouting report.

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DL Demarcus Christmas, Florida St. 6'3⅞", 302 lbs. A stout if short-armed DT with the sort of explosiveness the Steelers have been favoring and an admirable anchor against double teams, but of course there isn't a lot of space in that part of the roster.

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DL Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M. 6'2⅝", 286 lbs. with long (34½") arms. It's a question of fit. He's a fluid, athletic guy for his size but a bit short compared to the Heyward/Tuitt prototype, a bit light compared to Hargrave, and he lost some of his movement skills in prior years when he'd bulked up to the size Pittsburgh would need him to play at. Here is the NFL.com scouting profile. The Draft Network scouting profiles echo the questions about where he would fit on an NFL roster. This goes to a pre-Combine gif-supported scouting report.

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DL/NT Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin. 6'2", 345 lbs. A Day 3 immovable object.

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DL/NT Armon Watts, Arkansas. 6'4", 309 lbs. The Draft Network scouting profiles page and the NFL.com scouting profile add up to describe a technically advanced, country strong player who understands how to play with leverage. That means he is very hard to move backward even with double teams, and will often reset the line of scrimmage a yard into the backfield. But that is most of what he offers. Almost no pursuit or pass rush ability unless the QB gets chased into the pocket he just pushed. A good D-Lineman but only a two-down contributor. Watts was one of two players featured in Jon Ledyard's February article on mid-round DL sleepers, which also suggested a Round 4 grade.

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EDGE Markus Jones, Angelo State. 6'3", 255 lbs. A small school standout who flashes good straight line burst, pad level, hand usage, and the ability to win inside. The bend isn't all that striking and the speed-to-power aspect needs work, but Jones made a real name for himself at the Shrine Game against superior college talent.

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MACK ILB Gary Johnson, Texas. 6'0" 225 lbs. They say speed kills. The NFL.com scouting profile lauds Gary Johnson's energy and leadership skills but questions his actual foot speed, range and athleticism. OTOH our own Nick Farabaugh has no doubt about Johnson's athletic skills, and instead believes he is a boom or bust candidate with a real NFL future if but only if he can learn NFL schemes and recognition skills. One to keep an eye on as the debate plays out!

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ILB Tre Watson, Maryland. 6'2", 236 lbs. The former JUCO product has a superior ability to sift through the trash and scrape over the top to make plays, but lacks first step quickness, overall range, and has average amounts of native athleticism. He has flashed good ball skills, which accounted for 5 interceptions in 2018. A Buck ILB with good ball skills? A step-slow Mack? You decide. Here is the Draft Network scouting profiles page.

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SS Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland. 5'11", 210 lbs. This fascinating September scouting profile makes Antoine Brooks sound like a Safety version of Mike Hilton; a player who's quicker than he is fast, plays with great intensity, and doesn't fit any single positional label. Maybe Nickleback?

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SS/FS Tyree Kinnel, Michigan. 5'11", 215 lbs. A decent prospect with nice size, aggressiveness levied by patience, and the ability to cover most RB's and TE's, Kinnel has starter potential if he can work on his angles and tackling ability.

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SS Jontrell Rocquemore, Utah State. 6'1", 210 lbs. A big, aggressive safety who excels in the box but has the sort of athleticism questions that suggest he may be limited to that role. Good ball skills. Man coverage abilities sufficient to handle most TE's and RB's, but lacks the loose hips to hang with slippery WR's.

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CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn. 5'11⅜", 188 lbs. A small school phenom who will compete with the big boys for the first time at the Senior Bowl. Has the size/weight/speed thing down (successful sprinter in track), and is supposed to have high character with a nice, physical edge to his game. Excelled in special teams as a gunner, kick blocker and a returner against the lesser competition.

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CB Kris Boyd, Texas. 5'11½", 195 lbs. Feisty, aggressive, savvy and in-your-face with coverage built on basic technique. The drawbacks? Reviewers differ distinctly on whether (a) his COD skills are good or barely average, (b) his speed is good enough to avoid getting burned deep, (c) his tendency to grab when he's beat can be cured, and (d) his are only okay our outright, Ike Taylor bad. All agree that he has an excellent football IQ, supports the run as well as many Safeties, and would fit best in a zone-heavy defensive scheme. This one's in the eye of the beholder for sure! A stream of Senior Bowl penalties and a poor practice week significantly lowered his stock. The NFL.com scouting profile considers him a good enough prospect but limited to zone coverage schemes.

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OL Cody Conway, Syracuse. 6'6", 296 lbs. Tough as nails but he needs some work with an NFL strength coach and some training to loosen up in the hips. Great leverage and hands already. Played Tackle in college but who can guess for the NFL. Will require at least a year to build his physique.

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OL Drew Samia, Oklahoma. 6'5", 304 lbs. A 4-year starter at Tackle who made up for his lack of size with exceptional athleticism. This 2-reviewer December scouting profile lauds him as "One of the best pulling offensive linemen in the country [and] consistently explosive out of his stance." If an undersized but superior athlete can still succeed in the NFL, Samia is the guy who will do it. But at what position?

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QB Daniel Jones, Duke. 6'5¼", 220 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen. He might possibly fall to Round 2 but no further.

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QB Drew Lock, Missouri. 6'3¾", 223 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen. Lock is a strong-armed QB who fits extremely well in a vertical passing game and has shown significant growth. Sure to be a Round 1 pick.

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TE Kendall Blanton, Missouri {Meeting at the Shrine Game}. 6'6", 260 lbs. A size XL, box-out receiving threat who became a good blocker in 2018. Projects as a multipurpose TE2 to compete with or replace Jesse James.

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RB Myles Gaskin, Washington. 5'9", 191 lbs. A good, solid player who'd go higher if he was elite in any single way. Elusive but not a jitterbug; fast but not scary; tough but undersized; etc. He does get a straight "A" for receiving ability but his body would not hold up if asked to be the bell cow and he lacks the pure electricity to be an ideal change of pace guy. He could get stuck in ‘tweener land from a Steeler POV.

5:01

RB Travis Homer, Miami. 5'11", 195 lbs. Plays bigger than he is but can he hold up? A good, sound all around back who is very good but not great in basically all aspects.

5:01

RB Ty Johnson, Maryland. 5'10", 212 lbs. An electric playmaker with tremendous speed and lateral agility joined to pretty good size. Sounds great, but he's been mostly beaten out by redshirt freshman sensation Anthony McFarland Jr. and that's deprived him of the chance to prove his vision, blocking ability and durability.

5:01

RB Alexander Mattison, Boise St. 5'11", 211 lbs. A Jaylen Samuels-esque prospect with decent size, decent speed, the ability to break tackles, and exceptional talent as a receiver. The drawbacks are what appears to be limited agility and vision. Blocking is totally unproven.

5:01

WR Jamal Custis, Syracuse. 6'5", 213 lbs. A one trick pony who is all about stretching the field with decent speed and then making the catch over everyone else with his height, hands and body control. That talent really stood out in the Shrine Game practices but his grade drops a bit nevertheless because he is quite raw and never put up a lot in the way of numbers. Here is a Draft Network scouting profile. This goes to a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from an avowed fan who nevertheless ends with a Round 4 grade based on the need to learn his craft.

5:01

WR Keesean Johnson, Fresno St. 6'2", 199 lbs. A sleeper who's likely to rise up the Board because he has absolutely brilliant hands paired with super quick feet, a fairly polished skill set, and excellent size. If he runs a 4.4 dash or leaps out of the building you'll hear his name early on Day 2. Otherwise he'll be one of those mid-round steals that fans will chortle about for years as a draft day steal. Here is a November scouting profile. He and Terry Godwin were dominant at the Shrine Game.

5:01

WR Diontae Johnson, Toledo. 5'10", 193 lbs. A small school star who looked like someone with elite COD skills and near-elite speed, but it came against small school opponents. The testing will matter a lot. This could be an unfair grade but (a) the testing will be very important in his evaluation, and (b) he projects best as a slot receiver who'd have to beat out both Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer in order to earn any snaps.

5:01

WR Dillon Mitchell, Oregon. 6'1", 195 lbs. A solid all-around receiver damned by the lack of anything particularly special in his game. He isn't slow but he isn't fast. He's got excellent hands but not great ones and, according to the Draft Network scouting profiles, tracks the ball poorly enough to turn some easy catches into hard ones. He's Size L, not XL. The closest he comes to elite is with his agility, particularly for someone who isn't a true jitterbug type. He can run very sharp routes (despite a very limited tree), which was enough to give top CB prospect Byron Murphy fits in the Washington game. The NFL.com scouting profile likes the physical talent but slams him for a perceived lack of focus, dedication and work ethic in the weight room. Interviews will matter a lot.

5:01

TE/WR Donald Parham, Stetson. 6'8⅜", 243 lbs. A massively oversized receiver and mismatch weapon, this January scouting profile describes a very raw prospect from a tiny school with great hands, potentially coachable issues across the line with route running, good but not great speed, and no future at all as an in-line blocker. That said, he did dominate his competition for his entire tenure at Stetson to the point where he received a Senior Bowl invite. Looks like a boom-or-bust prospect with extreme potential on both ends.

5:16

DL Trysten Hill, UCF. 6'1", 315 lbs. The Draft Network scouting profiles make you think of a much more raw version of Javon Hargrave. The explosion, agility and potential are there but he will need some serious coaching before he could really help - particularly when it comes to keeping his pads down and using his hands. Those skills will be essential for him to (a) function in the NFL and (b) make use of his natural advantages when it comes to leverage. His other big asset is a white hot, neverending motor. Hill was one of two players featured in Jon Ledyard's February article on mid-round DL sleepers, which also suggested a Round 4 grade.

5:16

EDGE Jesse Aniebonam, Maryland. 6'3", 260 lbs. Quick, explosive, and strong, but he plays with a high pad level and looks more like a 4-3 DE than a 3-4 OLB.

5:16

EDGE Austin Bryant, Clemson. 6'6", 280 lbs. He'd get a much higher grade on a 4-3 team looking for a solid, reliable DE who could push for playing time. Not a fit for Pittsburgh.

5:16

EDGE Joe Jackson, Miami. 6'5", 258 lbs. Big, strong, athletic, explosive and driven by a relentless, tenacious motor, but far from polished and not particularly bendy. He will fit the 4-3 teams much better than he would the Steelers.

5:16

MACK ILB/S B.J. Blunt, McNeese State {Meeting at the Shrine Game}. 6'1", 220 lbs. Sometimes an article just nails it: "Blunt was such a delight to watch this [Shrine Game] week. Everything he does in practice and the game is at full-speed and exploding with energy. While he is undersized for the linebacker position and a transition to safety is inevitable, there is no denying his nose for the football... He may be from the small-school ranks and have tweener traits, but I am not betting against Blunt finding a role in sub-packages in the NFL while also being a dominant special teams performer. He has an infectious personality and love for the game that was obvious."

5:16

MACK ILB David Long, W. Va.. 5'11", 230 lbs. Look at the scouting report for Devin Bush, slow him down from fantastic to excellent both athletically and in the processing department, remove any tackling technique, and then you'll have David Long. He has the assets to succeed as an undersized, cover capable ILB in the NFL but it's hard to project him as a star and getting there will take some work. Here is a gif-supported scouting report along with the Draft Network scouting profiles.

5:16

SS D'Cota Dixon, Wisconsin. 5'10", 204 lbs. A fly-around-the-field tackler, team leader and communicator with issues as he moves beyond the box. A fine player but no more than a potential backup for Edmunds and a lesser prospect than Marcus Allen was last year.

5:16

SS Mike Edwards, Kentucky. 5'10¾", 204 lbs. Another solid box Safety with average athleticism who could easily have a nice NFL career but at this point is a lesser prospect than Marcus Allen was in 2018.

5:16

CB Jimmy Moreland, James Madison. 5'11", 174 lbs. A member of the chirp squad, Moreland is one of those dynamo slot CBs who will go on Day 3 to a team that falls in love. Size and level of competition are the only flaws you'll read about. Quickness, tackling, ball skills, attitude... Those he nails. Here is a long, gif-supported scouting report/sales pitch from the Draft Network.

5:16

OL/GUARD Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin. 6'6¼", 307 lbs. A big, strong, tough dig-em-out run blocker. Discounted to an extra unfair extent because he's a phone booth guy who doesn't move as well as the Steelers prefer. Shined at the Senior Bowl. Here is a Christmas scouting profile.

5:16

OL/GUARD Garrett Brumfield, LSU. 6'2", 300 lbs. A bit undersized for a Guard but blessed with exceptional mobility and the right amount of nasty.

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OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson. 6'5", 310 lbs. A slightly undersized but great athlete who needs a serious year of work with an NFL strength coach, and another with a good enough coach to help him fix some significant technical flaws. Played Tackle in college but that is anyone's guess for the NFL.

5:16

OL/CENTER Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame. 6'3", 306 lbs. Stiff at times, but his play strength is impressive and there's something about him that reminds you of B.J. Finney.

5:16

OL/TACKLE Olisaemeka Udo, Elon. 6'5", 335 lbs. A small school physical specimen who looked very solid at the Shrine Game. If he blows away the Combine, Udo will look a lot like the next Chuks Okorafor. Chuks went in Round 3 but some discount is required because he is already on the team.

5:16

QB Taryn Christion, South Dakota St. 6'1", 225 lbs. Our own Nick Farabaugh calls Christion an "FCS version of Lamar Jackson" due to his combination of tremendous running and arm talent with massive inconsistencies based on bad fundamentals. Football IQ seems to be fine, but of course he has only faced small school competition. Another good mid-round option discounted because the Steelers QB room is so full.

5:16

QB Will Grier, W. Va. 6'2½", 218 lbs. He's smart, he's a leader, he's accurate, and he's a winner. Grier is the guy for those who value QB intangibles at the top of their list. He stumbles when it comes to the measurables and the deep ball. Discounted because he's unlikely to beat out either Josh Dobbs or Mason Rudolph.

5:16

QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma. 5'11", 195 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner is an electric playmaker who will be amazingly small as an NFL QB. He is likely to be a first round pick but it is hard to see the Steelers being interested with Dobbs and Rudolph on roster.

5:16

QB Brett Rypien, Boise St. 6'2", 214 lbs. Mark Rypien's nephew is a bit on the small side and can be pressured, but overall he's smart, accurate, has a good arm, is very mobile, seems to have good above-the-neck qualities, and proved to be the alpha dog of the Shrine Game. A decent option if one of the young Steeler QB's gets hit by a meteor and the team gets the chance to bargain shop on someone who could easily go in Round 2. Otherwise [discount applied].

5:16

QB Easton Stick, North Dakota St. 6'2". 220 lbs. A raw QB prospect with some of the best tools in the draft, he fits right into the Carson Wentz mold but is even rawer coming out of school. That creates processing issues that offset his arm and other assets. Downgraded because the Steelers already have two young QBs they are developing.

5:16

RB Bruce Anderson, N. Dakota St. 5'11¼", 209 lbs. As summarized in this January scouting profile, Anderson is a complete back who'd fit the Steeler mold perfectly if he was 20-30 pounds bigger. Good elusiveness, vision, receiving ability, contact balance, patience, and willingness to block but not the size of Bell, Conner or Samuels.

5:16

RB Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska. 6'0", 230 lbs. A prospect in the exact mold of Lev Bell and James Conner but missing a step when it comes to pulling away for those stat-filling extra yards at the end of a successful play. A great sleeper for any team that has an established speed back as the #1 (before he shined at the Senior Bowl) but that isn't Pittsburgh in any event. Here is a Christmas scouting profile.

5:16

RB L.J. Scott, Michigan St. 6'1", 225 lbs. A prospect in the Bell/Conner mold who runs hard and catches well but lacks top end speed. Has a long issue of getting hampered by nagging injuries too. These links go to the Draft Network scouting profiles, a somewhat complementary NFL.com scouting profile, and a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from February.

5:16

RB Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M. 5'9", 200 lbs. A solid receiving back who's flashed big play burst but lacks the vision and oomph to be a 3-down workhorse. This goes to a good, gif-supported scouting report that identifies lack of open field vision and creativity as his limitations, and ends with a verdict that he would make a good RB2 and an excellent RB3. Here are the NFL.com scouting profile., which raves about his football character and leadership skills, and the Draft Network scouting profiles.

5:16

WR Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion. 6'2⅜", 210 lbs. with exceptional 34¾" arms. The January scouting profile describes Fulgham as a true Juju-type receiver who wins with size, strength and body control, combined with sneaky speed. The flaws are lack of anything like polish, low level competition, and enough concentration drops to be a worry despite some circus catches to show the ceiling. The special asset? He blocks like Juju too.

5:16

WR Jakobi Meyers, N.C. State. 6'1¾", 196 lbs. The Draft Network scouting profiles describe a converted QB who should be able to carve out a WR3 career but has the upside to be a bit more. He brings a versatile and useful skillset to the table that centers around being big, tough, wily and having good hands to win contested catches. He just isn't special in any key area.

5:16

WR Alex Wesley, N. Colorado. 5'11⅞", 191 lbs. A dominant small school player and national level track athlete with the size, speed and hands to be a true deep threat even in the NFL. He's never come close to that level of competition as a football player and will start as a one trick pony; but it's a heck of a good trick.

6:01

DL Greg Gaines, Washington. 6'1⅛", 307 lbs. A short, stocky and strong player who understands leverage and is therefore hard to move, but he offers no real pass rush ability.

6:01

DL Daniel Wise, Kansas. 6'3", 290 lbs. A pure penetrator with good 1st-step explosion but questionable ability to hold up if that trick fails. A standout at the Shrine Game where he regularly beat up on Centers and Guards alike.

6:01

BUCK ILB Te'Von Coney, Notre Dame. 6'⅞", 244 lbs. A classic tackling machine whose athleticism and foot speed will limit him in the pros; think Vince Williams and Tyler Matakevich. Discount applied for lack of fit.

6:01

BUCK ILB TJ Edwards, Wisconsin. 6'1", 244 lbs. A fine run stuffer with a high football IQ but limited athleticism. Williams, Matakevich and Bostic require a major downgrade from a Steelers POV. This goes to the Draft Network scouting profiles and this to a February gif-supported and Steelers-oriented scouting report.

6:01

BUCK ILB Tre Lamar, Clemson. 6'4", 255 lbs. He'd rank a lot higher if Vince Williams and Tyler Matakevich didn't play his role so well.

6:01

FS Lukas Denis, Boston Coll. 5'11", 185 lbs. A ballhawking center fielder with good range but a reputation of being a bit gun shy when it comes to delivering the lumber and issues wrapping up on tackles. Those problems showed up in spades at the Shrine Game.

6:01

SS/ILB Chase Hansen, Utah. 6'2", 220 lbs. A box Safety in college who, according to this good December scouting profile, is likely to be more of an undersized ILB in the pros. A decent but definitely a developmental prospect.

6:01

CB Blace Brown, Troy. 6'0", 184 lbs. A hideous performance at the Shrine Game raised a lot of doubts about his basic technique and ability to step up to a higher level of competition, but the assets are tantalizing nevertheless: he's got ball skills for days, and the inherent fluidity to make plays on the ball out of zone. Those assets combined with acceptable technique would make him a solid CB2 with upside; but someone will have to help him develop that technique.

6:01

OL/GUARD Lester Cotton, Alabama. 6'4", 325 lbs. Can you spell ‘road grader'? He isn't exactly immobile but he does project better for a power-oriented, play-in-a-phone-booth system than the athletic, in-space game Pittsburgh has been using. Discounted accordingly.

6:01

QB Gardner Minshew, Wash. St. 6'⅞", 224 lbs. If he played any other position you'd call him a brilliant Day 3 sleeper. Minshew has the right stuff above the neck, and good accuracy and mobility to boot. But his mechanics are so bad that someone will have to take his entire stance and throwing motion apart before trying to put it back together. That's just not easy to do and Pittsburgh's backup slots are pretty well filled.

6:01

TE Foster Moreau, LSU {Meeting at Senior Bowl}. 6'4¼", 250 lbs. A good run blocker but not the pass protector he should be, nor the in-space athlete who'd give the Steelers another potential weapon. Tough and gritty enough to earn the #18 uniform for "player who exemplifies LSU football," he should be able to stick in the league if he can find the right team. Here is a Steelers-oriented, gif-supported scouting report from early February.

6:01

TE Tommy Sweeney, Boston Coll. 6'4¾", 253 lbs. A rare, well rounded TE with a complete game. Would rank much higher if he'd shown the physical genius to be more than a solid contributor. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles page and a complimentary gif-supported scouting report from February.

6:01

RB Matt Colburn II, Wake Forest. 5'10", 200 lbs. A slippery runner who offers some speed to go with his shimmy and shake. There isn't much to knock him on other than his size and blocking ability. A prospect similar to Jaylen Samuels in 2018. Samuels went in the end of Round 5 and since he's already on the team...

6:01

RB Qadree Ollison, Pittsburgh. 6'2", 230 lbs. Dynamic he is not. Powerful, solid, and hard to bring down, he is. Ollison is a true power back with surprising speed who can protect the passer but has been an unreliable receiver. Here is a September breakdown by Joe Marino.

6:01

RB Jacques Patrick, Florida St. 6'3", 236 lbs. A big, strong sledgehammer.

6:01

RB/Offensive Weapon Tony Pollard, Memphis. 5'11", 200 lbs. The Draft Network scouting profile describes him as "Mr. Versatility," and this gif-supported scouting report would agree. He is a marvelous return man without a position. Memphis basically did whatever it could to get the ball in his hands, whether as a RB or a WR or a gadget guy. That will be his use in the NFL too. The Steelers could use a player with that profile but Pollard is a Day 3 version due to questions about his hands (many bad drops balanced by circus catches) and level of competition

6:01

WR Jaylen Smith, Louisville. 6'2", 221 lbs. So raw that it's hard to judge his upside. The athletic testing will really matter because he looks brilliant and fluid in some clips, and then klutzy and out of sync in others. All agree he is a weapon once he has the ball, but he will require at least a year of work before he learns how to get open enough to earn a target (let alone a catch) a pass in the NFL. This goes to a very lukewarm January scouting profile.

6:01

WR Cody Thompson, Toledo. 6'2", 206 lbs. The sort of player who will regularly get open and then manage to either miss the catch or fail to get the easy RAC yards. On the plus side, this January scouting profile makes it clear that he will indeed get open even in the NFL because of excellent height, speed, body control and especially route running. Can you be taught to catch with your hands instead of your body? If so he could be a steal. If not, not.

STEELERS PICK AT 6:02 (#175 OVERALL)

6:16

DL/NT Edwin Alexander, LSU. 6'3", 339 lbs. A massive, fairly explosive NT who fills up space but greatly needs to work on his pad level.

6:16

DL/NT Khairi Clark, Florida. 6'1", 315 lbs. Rawer than raw with little to no explosive ability off the line. His ability to bull rush may earn a roster spot somewhere but he has massive work to do if he ever wants to be more than a gap plugging run stuffer.

6:16

DL/NT Renell Wren, Arizona St. 6'4½", 315 lbs. A "toolsy" prospect loaded with explosiveness, strength, and power that could let him play anywhere from the Nose to a 3-tech. But his technique is outright bad, he got dominated at the Senior Bowl practices, and rumor has it that questions arose about his coachability and other fuzzy matters. This goes to the Draft Network scouting profiles.

6:16

EDGE Ben Banogu, TCU. 6'3½", 247 lbs. A gritty, blue collar player who lacks both the bend and the burst you look for but could easily be the sort who'd scrape, claw, bite and outwork the world to find a spot on the team as a glue guy and special teams player. Here is a New Year's scouting profile.

6:16

ILB Leo Lewis, Miss. St. 6'1", 235 lbs. Once a top High School ILB prospect in the nation, he's underperformed and failed to ‘get it' but the native athleticism is still real and still there.

6:16

SS/FS Cua Rose, Arkansas Tech. 5'10", 180 lbs. Rose is the type of Safety worth a chance in the later rounds. On the plus side he may be undersized but he has the "stuff" to play in the box; ball skills for days; the technique and ability to man guys up; and enough pure athleticism and speed to play single high. That gets balanced against the size limitations, the extremely raw processing skills from an NFL perspective, and the lack of experience against top competition. Boom or bust; high ceiling versus chasm level floor; etc.

6:16

OL/CENTER/GUARD Alec Eberle, Florida St. 6'3", 294 lbs. The tools are there, he can play both Guard and Center, and he has the fluidity movement that Pittsburgh likes. But he is also raw, undersized, and got flat-out abused at the Shrine Game, which confirmed what a lot of critics had to say about his inconsistent tape. Might still be worth the flier on Day 3.

6:16

OL/CENTER Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama. 6'3½", 306 lbs. Solid, effective, good enough, and likely to make a team. The issues? He seems to be just a guy, without some special athletic, strength or technical asset to separate him from the pack.

6:16

QB Marcus McMaryion, Fresno St. 6'2", 203 lbs. Tremendously mobile and able to throw on the run, and with the ability to know when to do each; but his accuracy is questionable both near and far, he hasn't shown anything like a professional level on the analysis side, and the Steelers have a well stacked room of QB talent.

6:16

WR David Sills V, W. Va. 6'3", 210 lbs. Nice size, good physicality, and shows some signs that he understands how to run routes and how a WR fits into an overall offense. The main issue is an unfortunate and severe case of the dropsies on easy passes (his hands are actually better when he has to fight for the ball). These links go to the Draft Network scouting profiles and the NFL.com scouting profile. Here is a gif-supported scouting report from February.

STEELERS PICK AT 6:19 (#192 OVERALL)

7:01

SS Tanner Muse, Clemson. 6'2", 225 lbs. Darned close to being a linebacker when it comes to size, but he's played a lot of single high Safety too and has a reputation for high football IQ. Great things were expected in 2018... and then they didn't happen. What's the deal?

7:01

QB Nick Fitzgerald, Miss. St. 6'4", 230 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen unless Dobbs or Rudolph gets hit by a meteor.

7:01

QB Clayton Thorson, Northwestern. 6'3", 230 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen. Thorson is a rhythm passer and adequate prospect who's well behind both Dobbs and Rudolph.

7:01

TE Andrew Beck, Texas. 6'4", 260 lbs. A proper tough guy TE, solid run blocker and semi-solid pass blocker, but not a weapon in the receiving game and in need of work to go from "solid" to "NFL solid" even in his areas of strength. Here are the Draft Network scouting profiles.

7:01

RB Nick Brossette, LSU. 6'0", 221 lbs. A tough, blue collar, get-the-hard-yards prospect with limited athleticism for anything else.

STEELERS PICK AT 7:05 (#219 OVERALL)

7:16

OL Alex Bars, Notre Dame. 6'6", 315 lbs. A budding star (for college) who suffered a twin ACL/MCL tear in 2018. He could have been a Day 2 prospect but not anymore. Good luck Alex!

7:16

OL Martez Ivey, Florida. 6'5", 315 lbs. Huge and strong but slow of hand and foot, and raw as all get out. The Steelers won't mind the lack of technique but they like their linemen with more mobility.

7:16

QB Eric Dungey, Syracuse. 6'4", 226 lbs. A smart player with a limited arm and questionable accuracy except for a great knack at hitting the moving target. Ain't Gonna Happen unless Dobbs or Rudolph gets hit by a meteor.

7:16

QB Trace McSorely, Penn St. 6'¼", 204 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen unless Dobbs or Rudolph gets hit by a meteor. He didn't help himself at all at the Senior Bowl.

7:16

WR Quentez Cephus, Wisconsin. 6'1", 207 lbs. Ain't Gonna Happen due to allegations of sexual assault. Fair or not, some other team will risk it before Pittsburgh would.

7:16

PUNTER Tyler Newsome, Notre Dame. 6'3", 215 lbs. A punter?! Well, yes. For two reasons. First, because he's a really good punter. Second, because Notre Dame picks three captains each year based solely on the popular vote of the players and Tyler Newsome was not only elected (punter be darned!), he was apparently on the list submitted by every man on the team. Do that and you earn your way onto the BTSC Big Board.

9:99

WR Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, Oklahoma. 5'10", 170 lbs. Antonio Brown's cousin might be the fastest guy in the draft, and a "true deep threat" who sets the precedent for a polished receiver in the class. He'd be at 1:20 or 1:25 if the relationship doesn't figure in, but it does. Drafting the young man would stick him smack dab into the middle of the highly emotional divorce with AB. The Steelers organization will not do that to the young man, and would not want to take the risk of a continued issue internally. Maybe if they disliked each other... But no, there is no evidence that that this is the case.

Organized by Highest Value ("HV#") to the Steelers. Great players for other teams get downgraded here, as do positions where Pittsburgh has limited "want." An HV of 1:25 means the player is a reach for the Steelers at any point before Pick # 25 overall but good value at any point from the end of the 1st on. Getting that player in the early 2nd would be fine, while getting him at 2:14 would almost be a steal. Yes, this system results in a certain amount of grade inflation for positions of need because we are talking about the "highest" grade, not the one where a player is expected to go; grades are never pushed up just because of need, however. Players with the same HV# are more-or-less equivalent so don't sweat the order inside each grouping. Boards organized by HV are sorted within each grade by position: Defense, then Offense, inside to out.

Rounds are subdivided as follows:

  • 1st Round grades: 1:01, 1:05, 1:10, 1:15, 1:20, or 1:25.
  • 2nd & 3rd Round grades: Early (#:01), Mid (#:12), or Late (#:24).
  • 4th to 7th Round grades: Early (#:01) or Late (#:16).

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