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NFL Draft Prospects 2014

Ohio State's Shazier shows tremendous explosion

He may not have the size typically associated with an NFL linebacker but he can continue building strength-wise. No player can be taught the kind of explosion Ohio State's Ryan Shazier shows on the field.

Notre Dame's Zack Martin not long enough for LT

The first-round offensive line prospect is aggressive and shows great awareness. His lack of length, however, does not make him an ideal left tackle in the NFL.

Donte Moncrief has speed of another Ole Miss WR

It's impossible to avoid the comparisons to former Steelers WR Mike Wallace, but Moncrief, a likely second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, is a more complete receiver than Wallace is.

Draft Prospects: Cooks a high-level route runner

What the 5-foot-10 Cooks lacks in size, he makes up in quickness, speed and precise route-running.

BTSC Interview with draft prospect CB Pierre Desir

Desir confirmed with Behind The Steel Curtain he has spoken with Steelers coach MIke Tomlin, likens his game to that of a current All-Pro cornerback and

The best CB you don't know...yet

Hidden in college football's Conference USA, Philip Gaines of Rice may just be the best corner you have never heard of.

Draft Prospects: Timmy Jernigan a valuable DL

Florida State's disruptive interior defensive lineman projects more urgently as a 3-technique but his strength and hand movement could lead some to believe, in time, he could be developed into an excellent nose tackle.

Draft Prospects: CB Kyle Fuller solid all-around

Virginia Tech cornerback may not have Justin Gilbert's athleticism, or Darqueze Dennard's smoothness, but he has the best combination of those traits between the three of them, and may be an attractive second round option. If he falls that far.

Draft Prospects: Lewan has the Nasty to succeed

Defenders are in pain watching Michigan OT and likely top 12 pick Taylor Lewan run-blocking and on screens. Not a completely finished product, but an outstanding one, and one that might be available when the Steelers pick at No. 15 in the NFL Draft.

Draft Prospects: Boom or Bust Kelvin Benjamin

The Florida State receiver has as much potential as any other receiver in this draft, but a lack of concentration and technique make him the supreme boom-or-bust offensive player of this draft.

Draft Prospects: Jace Amaro is the next Joker

The Red Raiders went as far as referring to Amaro as a tight end even though that title is very misleading. Whatever Amaro is, he's a good football player and can be a solid pro.

Draft Prospects: Justin Gilbert's troubling feet

His athleticism will put him immediately among the best in the NFL. His technique, however, leaves more than a little to be desired.

Draft Prospects: Barr is raw but explosive

The combination of explosive athletic ability and length make Anthony Barr one of the most potential-laden prospects in this year's draft. With the top of the first round being chock-full of outstanding prospects, he may fall a few spots.

Draft Prospects: Pryor a throwback safety

Outstanding against the run and addicted to contact, the old school superlatives come rushing out when describing the physically punishing style of Pryor. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him in Pittsburgh, just maybe not with the 15th pick.

Khalil Mack is the best defensive player available

Big words backed up by an outstanding prospect, regardless of the size of his school.

Terrence Brooks a rangy and athletic free safety

Terrence Brooks shows great range and athleticism, and could transition quite well into the free safety position in the NFL.

Jordan Matthews is not a one trick pony

The Vanderbilt production machine is far from a one trick pony; his height is absolutely an asset but his ability to run after the catch makes him an excellent prospect for the Steelers' offense.

Senior Bowl Day 2 recap

Ups for Aaron Donald, downs for A.J. McCarron, how did Ra'Shede Hageman do?

Ra'Shede Hageman, explosively strong and quick

With high levels of strength and get-off, Ra'Shede Hageman has a very exciting pre-draft workout campaign in front of him. Odds are excellent he ends up in the top 10, but it's possible issues with focus may cause him to slide down a little bit.

C.J. Mosley smart and athletic, will be high pick

A review of film on Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley shows a well-prepared and highly intelligent football player.

Mike Evans locates ball well, limited route runner

Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans has excellent natural skills in terms of locating the ball and catching it at its highest point. How he'll translate those skills, as well as improve on mediocre route-running, in the NFL will make the difference.

Dennard a good, not great, cornerback

In 2013 the Steelers secondary wasn't as good as it had been in the past. The once underrated Ike Taylor was beat more than his fair share. To add to the trouble the AFC North has two high-level receivers. Selecting a cornerback may be a smart move.

Marqise Lee shows great improv instincts

Quarterbacks making plays off-schedule is all the rage now, and Lee shows flashes of brilliance in that kind of a game. Fitting him with an outstanding improv quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger could be a great fit.

Eric Ebron a developing but outstanding talent

The Steelers will select 15th overall in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron may not make it that far, but he's a tantalizing prospect, even if he may need a year to build strength and refine technique.