Although Chadman has not released his 2013 Mock just yet, he would like to point out that the Steelers are very likely in position to select the 2nd best CB on the board at #17, and if Keenan Lewis signs elsewhere...
Steelers 1st Round selections under Tomlin/Colbert:
Schiavone's Race Career:
Lots of "Ifs" that nobody but the Steelers have the answers to.
Going into the draft...The Steelers biggest need if the retain Lewis, Foote, & all their RFA: RB, WR, TE, S, OLB, G, & ILB. That order. RB, WR, & TE are first because the will need production in those areas in 2013. S, OLB, G, & ILB are for 2014 & depth. That is on the outside looking in. Their feeling on Worilds could change that. If Colon is a planned June 1st cut that could make G a higher priority. If Foote is viewed as depth & insurance they may view ILB as a larger need. Just because they are ranked that way doesn't mean they get drafted that way. I am not implying that by no means. But if a need fits a grade & he is BPA...You make the pick.
As far as the dink & dunk offense. Many are mistaking the "dink & dunk" label. That was given in to comparison to BA vertical attack. Wallace's presence on the field had more of an impact on the "dink & dunk" offense than some give credit to. Haley's offense is designed to get the ball out of the QBs hands quicker with intermediate & timing patterns. Also designed to have more TE & RB patterns for dump offs and hot reads. The vertical guy is still necessary to stretch the S and create space underneath. Wallace was targeted more in 2012. Wallace had more drops in 2012. Wallace played one less game in 2012 than in 2011 and came up 8 catches short. His YPC was down as was AB's. How bad was it though? Wallace & Brown's TDs went up. BB's rating & TDs went up while his sacks came down. So what is more important YPC & Total yards or Scoring & efficiency? Haley attributes Efficiency to scoring not total yards & averages. Combine that with a solid run game...It is a good theory. The Steelers need to get the run game where it should be.
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