McDonald struggled badly this year and will probably be a good pick-up in the 4th rd.
If you want a ball hawking free safety. Your best pick would be Philip Thomas from Fresno. That guy is a perfect fit at free safety. He's probably a round 2 guy.
I realize we drafted Mike Adams after he got busted for the same offense but he initially wasn't on our draft board either, he had to fly to Pittsburgh to convince the Steelers brass to draft him.
Remember we have had this discussion about Thomas and being a ball hawk. I will not deny that he has ball skills but Rambo numbers are much better. So...that makes Rambo more of a ball hawk.
Steelers 2014 Draft
1-Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
2-Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3-Jordan Tripp ILB/OLB Montana
4-Christian Jones ILB Florida State
5-Brent Urban DE Virginia
5-Michael Schofield OG/OT Michigan
6-Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
6-Ben Gardner DE Stanford
7-Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
I like Rambo, but he is going to be off of the Steelers board. Thomas is probably not physical enough for the Steelers.
Steelers will probably rate Elam, Vaccaro, and my personal favorite D.J. Swearinger higher.
2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Divisional Playoff Week Edition)
Jan 12th, 2013 by Dominic Di TollaSteelers
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Matt Elam SS (Florida)
As I have stated on numerous occasions, the Steelers must find a way to plan for the future at both Safety positions this offseason. One player in particular I can see them targeting with the 17th overall pick is Matt Elam of Florida. Like I pointed out in a post from a month ago, Elam has the tools and skill-set to be a nice replacement for Troy Polamalu once he hangs up his cleats.
Elam is a big-hitter who is not only speedy, but can line up in a number of different areas on the Defensive side of the ball. The Strong Safety (5í10″ 202 lbs.) improved off of his solid Sophomore season (78 Tackles, 11.0 TFLís, 2.0 Sacks, 2 INTís), and racked up 76 Tackles, 11.0 TFLís, 2.0 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, and 4 Interceptions as Elam helped lead the Gatorsí Defense to a Sugar Bowl berth. A year or two stint behind Polamalu and under the tutelage of Defensive Backs Coach Carnell Lake could serve Elam well, and also give him time to develop into a quality Safety.