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Chadman
04-20-2010, 01:40 AM
Here it is- Chadman's final mock draft...just days out from the real thing...a few fairly big changes have been included, and no trades have ACTUALLY been included, even though Chadman is pretty sure there will be movement on Draft Day..

Well, here we go again...

Chadman
04-20-2010, 01:44 AM
ROUND 1.

KAREEM JACKSON CB ALABAMA
5'10" 196lbs
4.40 40-Yard
13 Bench Reps
36" Vertical
9'10" Broad
6.92 3-Cone
30" Arms
9 1/8" Hands

http://media.al.com/bamabeat/photo/jackson-wku08-kg007jpg-34385baa09411518_large.jpg

Probably a reach at #18, so expect a trade down somewhere (Jets?). Steelers are reported to be high on him, he comes from a good program, has good college career behind him & played against good competition.

Read & React: Good route recognition. Reads the body lean of his opponent and has the athleticism to react accordingly. He anticipates the path of the ball and extends to reach around a receiver to break up passes. Reads run quickly and attacks the run on the perimeter.

Man Coverage: Good bump-and-run corner. Provides a good, physical pop at the line of scrimmage and keeps his hand on the receiver downfield to control. Good use of body to push the receiver outside, using the sideline to help cut off the space in which the quarterback can throw the ball. Allows too much separation on deep routes and has stiffness in his hips when suddenly changing direction. Face guards at this level, but won't be allowed to do so in the NFL.

Zone Coverage: Good awareness for zone coverage. A bit high in his backpedal and has some stiffness in his hips, but trusts his eyes and locates the football quickly. Savvy, physical player. Likes to use his hands to re-route the receiver. Has quick feet and a good burst out of his breaks to close.

Closing/Recovery: Lacks an elite second gear to recover if beaten initially, but has an impressive burst downhill to close on the ball. Plants his foot and drives, showing good body control to adjust around the receiver and get his hands on the ball. Times his leaps well and has an explosive vertical. Good hand-eye coordination and ball skills to extend and pluck outside of his frame.

Run Support: Aggressive to the line of scrimmage to help against the run, protecting the edge and forcing the back to cut back inside. Fights through the receiver's block and has the agility to elude bigger blockers in tight quarters. Good vision and effort to cut through the trash in pursuit. Takes good angles in pursuit.

Tackling: Strong wrap-up tackler. Brings his hips through and can be a big hitter on the boundary. Willing to face up bigger ballcarriers. Will lead with his shoulder when he sees the receiver in a vulnerable position. Good strength for the drag-down tackle when trailing the receiver across the middle.

Intangibles: Highly competitive player that puts in time in the film room. Asked for his grade from the NFL Advisory Committee, but didn't read it upon receiving it. Jackson gave the unopened envelope to Nick Saban to hold until after the BCS National Championship game so that the contents wouldn't be a distraction.

Chadman
04-20-2010, 01:52 AM
ROUND 2.


SEAN LEE ILB PENN ST.
6'2" 236lbs
4.71 40-Yard
24 Bench Reps
37 1/2" Vertical
10'00" Broad
32" Arms
8 3/4" Hands

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/photos/2008/04/14/19_640x595.jpg

Again fits the big college, big production, good level of competition that the Steelers covet. Add to this- great character, team leader. As James Farrior's future replacent, these qualities cannot be ignored.

Read & React: Excellent football intelligence. Rarely blows an assignment. Reads his keys almost instantly and runs to the ball with no wasted motion. Shows controlled aggression against play-action. Quickly diagnoses screens and misdirection.

Run defense: Time away from the field allowed him to increase his upper- body strength. Relies on quick hands and feet to disengage from blocks, and is not afraid of taking on linemen in the hole. Still struggles to release when effectively tied up. Flows through the traffic efficiently. Good lateral agility and balance to protect his legs. Good straight-line speed in pursuit, especially for the inside linebacker position. High effort player who takes good angles in pursuit. Has the speed to meet ballcarriers on the edge at the college level but will not get to the outside against most NFL backs.

Pass defense: Understands routes and has enough straight-line speed to stay with most running backs and tight ends. High backpedal, but has improved his drop to get deep enough to prevent first downs. Can change direction when running downhill smoothly, but doesn't flip his hips quickly. Very good key-and-diagnose skills and a good burst to close, but is clearly more comfortable moving forward to the line of scrimmage than in reverse. Has trouble recovering in the few instances in which he bites on play action.

Tackling: One of Lee's greatest assets. Fundamentally sound wrap-up tackler who could provide the animated examples for hit-lift-drive. Plays on the balls of his feet and has the body control to break down in space and tackle smaller, shiftier ballcarriers. Long arms and accurate hands to trip up the ballcarrier. Could develop more explosiveness as a hitter. Reliable open-field tackler, but not an intimidator.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Often asked to blitz in this scheme as a stand-up rusher. Good initial burst from the outside to get past the tackle. Needs to improve his explosiveness to quickly disengage from blockers. Shows some lower-body strength and use of leverage for the bull rush, but could improve in this area. Only marginal use of pass-rush technique -- relies on his good lateral agility and straight-line speed to elude. Good closing speed on the quarterback and has the body control to re-direct. Times his blitzes effectively with the snap count.

Intangibles: Unquestioned leader of the defense despite missing the 2008 season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Traveled with the team as a coach on the sideline and during practice. Held out of spring practices and returned this fall after nearly 15 months away from football. Blue-collar work ethic. Highly competitive. Brother was a placekicker for the University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Comparison: Dan Connor, Panthers

Chadman
04-20-2010, 02:11 AM
ROUND 3.

MARDY GILYARD WR CINCINNATI
6'0" 187lbs
4.61 40-Yard
39" Vertical
9'08" Broad
6.92 3-Cone
32 1/4" Arms
9 1/8" Hands


http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2009/writers/paul_daugherty/12/05/cincinnati-pitt/mardy-gilyard-p1.jpg

Call this one a 'hunch'. Steelers need for a WR became more apparant after dealing Holmes. Ward is 800 years old. Mike Wallace should assume the "Deep threat" role on the team. Gilyard is a great possession WR, and a guy that makes things happen after the catch. Played against some good CB's including Haden & McCourty & still produced. add to this- GREAT CHARACTER.

Release: Doesn't always explode off the line because he is a long strider (and sometimes he wants to lull a defender to sleep). When challenged in press, he seems to find another gear after making a hesitation move to freeze the corner. Larger corners who are solid in their technique can knock him off his route; should be most effective in the slot at the next level.

Hands: Inconsistent hands, short-arming quick screens when hearing footsteps on one play then making a highlight-reel grab while flying through the air on the next. Tracks the ball over his shoulder. Will snatch the ball away from his frame and fully extend to bring in wide throws. Excellent body control whether running down the seam or tapping his feet before going out of bounds. Inconsistent adjusting to high or low throws. Lacks the strength to hold onto catches after a big hit, and has ball security issues on kickoff and punt returns.

Route running: Rounds off too many of his routes but occasionally sticks his foot in the ground and comes back at a perfect 45-degree angle on a deep out. Uses head fakes to convince defenses he's running one route before snapping out into another. Best on seam and crossing routes where he runs free before getting the ball in his hands. Not much of a threat to go after jump balls.

After the catch: Although he lacks great timed speed, he is a very elusive runner in space. Shifty hips and superb vision allow him to avoid defenders running by or with him downfield. Much of his production comes off quick screens, where he shows great acceleration after taking in the pass. Perfect for kickoff returns because he has time to get to top speed and finds creases to fly through while on the run. Gets through some arm tackles and had good vision to find openings after first contact.

Blocking: Efforts blocking downfield when the play comes to his side, getting the angle on his man and extending his arms to maintain contact. Simply lacks the bulk and strength to sustain against larger defensive backs for long.

Intangibles: An emotional player who has worked through his troubles making to get back on the field for the Bearcats. Appreciates his stardom and continues to work hard to maintain it. Enjoys working with inner city kids, many of whom have similar backgrounds to his.

NFL Comparison: Steve Breaston, Cardinals

Chadman
04-20-2010, 02:16 AM
ROUND 4.

ZANE BEADLES OT/OG UTAH
6'5" 310lbs
5.28 40-Yard
27 Bench Reps
33 3/4" Arms
9 3/4" Hands

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/2229609.jpg

Steelers have shown a fair amount of interest in Beadles, who could easily fill a number of positions along the OL for the Steelers. Tough & gritty- the kind og mid-round OL you like. Good character guy as well.

Pass blocking: Looks like a guard on the edge, lacking the height and athletic build expected of most elite left tackle prospects. Rarely gets beat by defensive ends on outside rushes, however, because he has a quick set, solid footwork and smooth lateral movement. Inconsistent with his punch, but will reset his hands inside and play with a wide base to anchor after the initial contact. Adeptly picks up twists and safety blitzes. Will get knocked back by a strong punch, but usually recovers to anchor. Inconsistent on cut blocks for quick throws. Plays a little nasty, and doesn't let his man up once on the ground. Inexperienced pass protecting from a three-point stance.

Run blocking: Didn't line up with his hand on the ground and fire off the ball very often in Utah's spread offense. More of a positional run blocker, moving his feet to put himself between the defender and the ball. Punches his man in the numbers when attempting to drive, but doesn't move his feet to sustain the block. Good on combo blocks, pounding the guard and finding a linebacker to take out of the play. Gets low and drives forward in goal-line and short-yardage situations.

Pulling/trapping: Only occasionally blocks on the move, but has the feet to trap if moved inside in the pros. Has only average foot quickness moving down the line, but adjusts to oncoming defenders while in motion and gets a hand on hustling linemen to prevent them from getting to the ball. Gets low to cut block defenders he can't reach.

Initial Quickness: Good enough with his kick slide off the snap to prevent even quick pass rushers from turning the corner. Not called upon to drive block often, and needs practice firing off the snap into an opponent's jersey from a three-point stance.

Downfield: Not fluid running to cut off linebackers between the tackles, but moves adequately and doesn't let go once he gets there. Reaches defenders in space - even used to knock out cornerbacks on slip screens - but comes in off-balance and will struggle to sustain if he doesn't latch on. Inconsistent moving his feet to stay on his man.

Intangibles: Durable three-year starter who is a vocal leader in the locker room. Coaches love his attitude and work ethic in practice.

NFL Comparison: Brandon Frye, Seahawks

Chadman
04-20-2010, 02:23 AM
ROUND 5A.

CHARLES SCOTT RB LSU
5'11" 238lbs
4.68 40-Yard
30 1/2" Vertical
9'03" Broad
33" Arms
9 1/2" Hands

http://media.nola.com/lsu_impact/photo/charles-scott7jpg-2ce723f94b17532d_large.jpg

When Dan Rooney said he wants more success running the ball- you can bet Mike Tomlin listened. A big, powerful runner to spell Mendy would be ideal, and they don't get much more physical than Scott. Injuries have played their part in his career, but in the 5th, as a role player, he's worth the risk. Big school, good program, good character.

Inside: Big, strong back with good feet for his size. Will hit a hole at full speed out of the I-formation, but also excels on draw plays. Patient to follow the fullback, get skinny through creases and come out the other side ready to bowl over safeties and linebackers. Uses his hands to direct traffic inside, and has the vision to work his way through. Tough for one defender to bring down when he's past the line driving his legs. Strong goal-line runner. Not particularly elusive behind the line, and doesn't sidestep penetrating defenders.

Outside: Runaway freight train in the open field, but does not have the speed most teams prefer in a bell-cow back. Doesn't always see or take advantage of space outside. Lacks the speed to consistently make the corner. Best as a north-south runner, but will make safeties miss one-on-one with a surprisingly quick cutback or stop-and-start move. Keeps four points of pressure or two hands on the ball when contact comes. Switches the ball to the outside hand once out of traffic.

Breaking tackles: Runs with a good lean and lowers his pads to knock over smaller defenders at the second level. Piles up yards after initial contact by running through arm tackles and keeping his feet moving after bouncing off players in traffic. Almost always leans forward for an additional yard or two before going down. Uses his length to stiff-arm closing defenders.

Blocking: Has the size to be effective in pass protection - and likes to be physical - but needs a lot of work in technique. Throws a shoulder into defenders if coming up to help the line, instead of trying to mirror and sustain. Misses blitzers coming off the edge, letting his quarterback take a big shot.

Receiving: Didn't get many opportunities in LSU's offense, but is a tough matchup for cornerbacks to bring down on swing passes. Best catching the ball going upfield. Will make himself available for the quarterback if he's scrambling. Allows throws over the middle to hit his chest. Can elude most linebackers on inside screens and arrow routes, but must make crisper cuts at the next level.

Intangibles: Team player and a tough competitor whether in the weight room, on the practice field or playing in front of the raucous Saturday night Death Valley crowd. Will have to prove that his fractured clavicle is fully healed by taking hits in the preseason.

NFL Comparison: LaMont Jordan, ex-Raiders/Patriots/Broncos

Chadman
04-20-2010, 02:30 AM
ROUND 5B.

RAHIM ALEM OLB LSU
6'3" 251lbs
4.75-40 Yard
30 1/2" Vertical
8'10" Broad
7.54 3-Cone
33 1/4" Arms
10 1/4" Hands

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2009/0327/ncf_u_alem_300.jpg

While we are at LSU, lets add some depth at OLB. Alem is more of an 'effort' player than athlete, but in the lower rounds that can be the attribute that helps a player stick on a roster. Good size for a 3-4 OLB.

Pass rush: Flashes an explosive burst off the snap to push the tackle's outside shoulder. Can redirect and shows impressive acceleration to close on the quarterback. Good use of hands and overall pass-rush technique. Strong rip move to get under and through the tackle. Has to improve in protecting his legs against cut blocks by running backs.

Run defense: Lacks the size and strength to hold up at the point of attack. Maintains leverage and has the strength and toughness to maintain his position, but struggles to disengage and make plays in the hole. When he does break free, it is typically due to his recognition of the play and an explosive initial punch. Good agility and acceleration to close laterally for the dive and draw. Cerebral defender who understands his containment responsibilities.

Explosion: Fires off the snap with good explosiveness upfield. Good first few steps to accelerate. Can stun bigger tackles with his initial pop to disengage from blocks. Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter.

Strength: Good use of leverage and leg drive to maintain his position in the running game and can push the bigger tackle into the pocket with his bull rush. Relies on his explosive initial pop to disengage from the tackle in the running game, as he has only marginal power overall.

Tackling: Good strength and lateral agility to slide off blocks and catch backs on the move. Shows some change-of-direction agility and balance in breaking down against smaller, quicker athletes. Good strength for the drag-down tackle. Good wrap-up tackler who consistently latches on the ballcarrier's lower body in space. Willing to sell out and dive for the grasping tackle. Quick, accurate hands to trip up the ballcarrier.

Intangibles: Changed his name in 2006 from Alfred Marvin Jones, Jr. to celebrate his African culture. His full name (Rahim Akil Alem), which is part Swahili, part Arabic, literally translates as "kind and compassionate, intelligent leader." Father, Al Jones is the principal of Desire Street Ministry, a school founded by former Heisman Trophy Winner Danny Wuerffel. Brother, Chad Jones, entered the 2010 draft as a junior after starting for LSU at safety.

NFL Comparison: Alex Brown, Bears

Chadman
04-20-2010, 02:38 AM
ROUND 5C.

C.J. WILSON DE EAST CAROLINA
6'3" 290lbs
4.83 40-Yard
32 Bench Reps
33" Vertical
9'08" Broad
33 1/8" Arms
10" Hands

http://www.techsideline.com/football/2009/pics/ecu_wilson2009_01.jpg

Perfect size for a 3-4 DE. Played as part of a good DL at ECU.

Pass rush: Accurate, active hands and good upper-body strength to slap away the tackle's initial hand punch and disengage. Only moderate speed off the edge. Can pressure the tackle's outside shoulder and has an effective spin move back inside. Good leg drive and use of leverage for the bull rush. Able to pressure the quarterback from the weak or strong side, as well as moving inside in passing situations.

Run defense: Good size and strength to stack and shed at the point of attack. Good balance to sprawl away from the cut block. Disciplined defender who understands containment responsibilities. Keeps his head up and quickly locates the ball. Good effort in pursuit laterally and downfield.

Explosion: Good initial quickness off the snap. Lacks elite speed off the edge to get the corner against NFL competition. Moderate straight-line speed with normal acceleration.

Strength: Flashes power, able to use leverage to get under the pads of tackles. Only marginal getting off blocks and will be walled off by double teams.

Tackling: Rarely misses a tackle, secure in his wrap-up and flashes some pop. Good use of hands to disengage from blocks and remain square at the line of scrimmage to make the tackle. Shows good change-of-direction agility, can break down in space and make the open-field tackle. Plants the quarterback if given the chance.

Intangibles: Delayed joining the ECU program due to academics, but emerged as a freshman standout. Athleticism runs in the family. Has four brothers who have either played or are currently playing college football or basketball.

Chadman
04-20-2010, 02:47 AM
ROUND 5D.

SAM YOUNG OT Notre Dame
6'8" 316lbs
5.20 40-Yard
29 Bench Reps
29 1/2" Vertical
8'08" Broad
7.73 3-Cone
34 1/2 Arms
10 1/8 Hands

http://www.uhnd.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/sam-young-full.jpg

Remarkably athletic for someone this size. Good level of competition. Projects as a RT, where there is little depth on the current roster. Guess what- good character...

Pass blocking: Height, arm length and strong punch make it easy for him to engulf smaller ends. Keeps his feet moving after kick slide, taking a sharp angle back to protect the pocket. Stays with his man after initial contact to prevent secondary rush. Fair anchor, keeping his weight forward and hands working to maintain distance with defender. Cut blocks more quickly and efficiently than you would expect at his height, both on quick throws and when trying to protect the quarterback. A bit slow in his lateral movement, and may struggle to mirror against NFL speed on the edge. Must improve his awareness of late blitzers instead of focusing on inside double when it is unnecessary.

Run blocking: Good drive blocker despite his height, getting low and pushing back the line. Strong enough to turn his man inside or outside. Leans forward too far on the move, which causes him to lose his balance and struggle to do more than get a hand on his target - but most times that's all he needs to do at his size against linebackers and safeties.

Pulling/trapping: Lacks the footwork to pull or trap effectively. Inconsistent at sustaining on the second level, but usually gets a hand on a linebacker and safety when on the move. Has a tough time adjusting to fast-closing defenders.

Initial Quickness: Average quickness into kick slide and set in pass protection for a big right tackle. Drives off the ball well but is a bit slow and can be out-quicked by ends and tackles off the snap.

Downfield: Height and average footwork make him lumber in space, but gives good effort to hit multiple targets. Will join a play 10-15 yards downfield to push the pile forward. Should dominate smaller players in space, but his lack of body control allows them to avoid or get off blocks too consistently.

Intangibles: Experienced, durable, intelligent lineman. Plays with great effort and a nasty attitude, and is a vocal leader on and off the field.

NFL Comparison: Jeremy Trueblood, Buccaneers

Chadman
04-20-2010, 02:51 AM
ROUND 6.

LUCIEN ANTOINE FS OKLAHOMA ST
6'0" 215 lbs
4.62 40-Yard
28 Bench Reps
32" Vertical
10'00" Broad
7.38 3-Cone
32 1/4" Arms
9 3/4" Hands

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3431/3894955672_8f27c04f3d.jpg

Steelers need depth at FS.

Read & React: Limited experience shows in his marginal instincts. Bites hard on play-action, taking multiple steps towards the ball instead of staying deep. Aggressive sniffing out screens and flares to the flat.

Man Coverage: Lines up on slot receivers but has a tall, choppy pedal and gives up too much quickness. Stiff hips result in slow transition, turn-and-run and below-average change of direction. Hustles to drag down receivers with average speed; will struggle against quicker NFL personnel.

Zone Coverage: An intimidating presence for receivers coming over the middle; lights them up when given the chance. Takes an extra step or two to transition forward. Poor feel for receivers coming into his area, leaves his man on an island and allows too many balls thrown behind him or down the seam. Capable of making the interception, looks the ball into his hands and looks to run after the catch.

Closing/Recovery: Will guess run on early downs, lacks the recovery speed to get back into the intermediate-to-deep pass. Strong plant and drive, able to make play on the ball when in front of him. Takes poor angles too often and is easily eluded in the open field.

Run Support: Downhill player from cover-two spot, using length and aggressive nature to make an impact on the ballcarrier. Has the size to stop receivers in their tracks and shed their blocks. Takes overaggressive angles when coming across the field and lacks the speed to be reliable as a last line of defense. Typically lowers his shoulder or cuts instead of using his length to wrap up.

Tackling: Better hitter than tackler, as he leaves his feet to jump into the play. Strong enough to get leverage to hold up piles or push them back in short-yardage situations. Finds the ball in traffic outside the hash and uses his shoulder to lay a lick on receivers or running backs in his sight. Brought on the blitz at times, he won't beat a good block in the backfield and tries to hit instead of wrap, but has the length and strength to bring down bigger quarterbacks. Does not consistently insert himself into piles to be the second or third man in. Lacks great change of direction to wrap up elusive backs in space.

Intangibles: Strong worker with a sense of purpose and a love of the game. Trained hard to rehab ACL. Turns 25 years old June 4, 2010. Loves to hit and mix it up on the field, sometimes through/after the whistle, but as an intimidator not a dirty player.

papillon
04-20-2010, 06:43 AM
That is an excellent mock draft. :P

If it shook out this way with those players that would be a good draft IMO. The only problems that I see are that Jackson may be a reach and Lee probably won't be there at 1.51. figure out who our trading partner is in the first round to move down a few spots and then move up in the second.

Well done

Pappy

Oviedo
04-20-2010, 07:56 AM
Chadman--sorry 'mate but your first three rounds have actually gotten worse from your last effort. Iupati is the right choice in Round 1.

BTW--Sam Young plays for Notre Dame not Penn State.

Chadman
04-20-2010, 08:18 AM
Chadman--sorry 'mate but your first three rounds have actually gotten worse from your last effort. Iupati is the right choice in Round 1.

BTW--Sam Young plays for Notre Dame not Penn State.

Gotten worse? Possibly. Here's betting it's closer to the mark than the previous efforts though.

Fixed Sam Young- thank you- constantly getting those two mixed up for some reason.

Left out Round 7 because it's just too hard to even contemplate...but Sean Lissemore is certainly a possibility.

Lebsteel
04-20-2010, 11:55 AM
Your mock is much better!! Though I agree with you and Pappy. Trade down with the Jets, pick up Jackson and then trade up in 2nd to get Lee. I'd be very satisfied with if that happened.