What one player at 17 could start from day one? What one player at 17 could play at a high level in his rookie year? And possibly even be a pro-bowler? I think that is Jonathan Cooper. It's not a sexy pick but he is that one guy who would be at or around the 17th pick who could come in and start day one as well as play at an above average level. I am not crazy about drafting another guard but it makes the most sense. And the Steelers have indicated they want a LG guard who is athletic and can get out and pull. Cooper is every bit that. And the Steelers did meet with him at the combine. This isnt what I want, but I think it is what the Steelers may do.
1--Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
2--Sio Moore OLB UCONN
3--Darius Slay CB Mississippi State
4--Kenny Stills WR OKlahoma
5--Earl Wolff SS North Carolina State
6--Josh Boyd NT Mississippi State
7--Vince Williams ILB Florida State
That is a remarkably cogent and comprehensive mock draft whose foundational premises address the Steelers multitudinous deficiencies while providing substantive depth at several essential positions.