Steelers 2014 Draft
1--Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
2--Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3-- -- Traded --
3B--C.J. Fiedorwicz TE Iowa
4--Ed Reynolds FS Stanford
5--Michael Schofield OT Michigan
6--Jordan Tripp ILB Montana
7--Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
My post-combine mock draft:
1. NT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
2. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
3c. S Deone Bucannon, Washington State
4. OT James Hurst, North Carolina
5. WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State
5c. CB Walt Aikens, Liberty
6. DE Deandre Coleman, California
7. ILB Max Bullough, Michigan State
I'm sure Austin is a good prospect but how would he fit into Haley's offense when they couldn't utilize Rainey? Austin could be a much better player but you have to find plays for talent like that something they fell short in with Rainey.
Bailey led FBS in TD's with 24 and is very reliable. He's not a speedster (4.5 range) but could be a workhorse in the Hines mold. Austin posses much more talent than Rainey, he's fast like Rainey, but he runs with the football much better. His agility and shiftiness are incredible. He makes people miss with ease, while Rainey seemed to run right into them. There's fast, then there's Tavon Austin fast.
Penn State's Mauti making strides, drawing interest after 3rd ACL tear
April 16, 2013
Penn State linebacker Mike Mauti, recovering from his latest ACL surgery, continues to make strides in his recovery.
He vows to be ready for training camp no matter where he is drafted and, in video supplied by his agent Mike McCarthy, recently was timed running a 40-yard dash in the 4.6 range -- while wearing sneakers -- and his bench-press numbers continue to impress.
Mauti's repeated injuries give teams pause, while his character and dedication continue to win clubs over. Mauti first tore his ACL in 2009, making him a medical resdshirt that year. He suffered a shoulder injury the following season that caused him to miss time. Mauti was poised for a breakout season in 2011, but tore his other (left) ACL and is now recovering from a third ACL tear.
No one discounts Mauti's motor and love for the game, and if not for the repeated injuries he could be someone who would normally be selected on the second day of the draft. He comes from a strong football background -- a father who played in the league and the pedigree of Penn State linebackers over the years.
The Saints and the Steelers hosted Mauti for visits, and his video from his latest workouts should help his cause. He was considered by many to be one of the top 50 prospects in the draft if not for the injury concerns, and he should be in play during the middle rounds as someone teams could project for special teams and spot duty as a rookie before more regular playing time on defense in 2014.
Third ACL tear....that's a HUGE red flag. But would take the risk with a 5th or 6th.
Rara's 2014 NFL Mock Draft
1. Mike Evans, WR; Texas A&M
2. Kyle Fuller, CB; Virginia Tech
3b. Craig Loston, SS; LSU
4. Marcel Jensen, TE; Fresno State
5a. Daniel McCullers, DT; Tennessee
5b. Max Bullough, ILB; Michigan State
6. Kadeem Edwards, OG; Tennessee State
7. Derrell Johnson, OLB; East Carolina
Players like Simon from OSU and Mauti have the leadership qualities we could use.
1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
2. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
3. Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin or Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech(comp)
4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia or James Hurst OT North Carolina
5. Kenny Ladler FS Vanderbilt
6. Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
*Free Agent signing Chris Clemons FS Miami*