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Jarvis Jones says #Steelers won't pass on him if he's there at 17. Sounds similar to what they told Cameron Heyward in 2011 at 31.
Rara's 2014 NFL Mock Draft
Round 1. Darqueze Dennard, CB; Michigan State
Round 2. Stephon Tuitt, DE; Notre Dame
Round 3a. TRADED
Round 3b. Donte Moncrief, WR; Ole Miss
Round 4. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE; Iowa
Round 5a. Ryan Carrethers, DT; Arkansas State
Round 5b. Ryan Groy, OG; Wisconsin
Round 6a. E.J. Gaines, CB; Missouri
Round 6b. Trevor Reilly, OLB; Utah
Round 7. Anthony Fera, K; Texas
I just don't think Colbert and Tomlin are going to come out and say, "We expect to draft two or three immediate starters this year". You would be putting a lot of pressure on yourself in the public and the veterans reactions would also cause a stir. Who are they trying to replace, etc, etc.
In all honesty, why even have a pre-draft meeting? All 32 pre-draft meetings probably went the same way: no information given and vague answers.
1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3. (comp) Philip Gaines CB Rice
4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5. Kenny Ladler FS Vanderbilt
5. (comp) Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech or Jordan Tripp LB Montana
6. Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
6. (comp) Andrew Jackson ILB W. Kentucky
7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
When you have a good team, as the Steelers generally do, and pick late, as the Steelers generally do, there is not a lot of opportunity for rookies. Plus, the coaches see these guys every day in practice. When they demand playing time through their performance, they make it onto the field. That seems preferable to handing the team over to rookies and hoping for the best.