1.15) Ryan Shazier - ILB/OLB
2.46) Stephon Tuitt - DE
3.97) Dri Archer - RB
4.118 ) Martavis Bryant - WR
5.157) Shaquille Richardson - CB
6.173) Wesley Johnson - OT
6.192) Jordan Zumwalt - ILB
7.215) Daniel McCullers - DT
7.230) Rob Blanchflower - TE
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll
I'm on the Kelvin Benjamin bandwagon.
I have been watching a lot of WR highlight videos, and no one else dominates and presents the match-up nightmares that Benjamin could. Sammy Watkins is a stud, but I see him as a bigger Antonio Brown who we already have.
If I have to pick one and only one player, I think Benjamin stands out in ways other guys don't and can't.
For me, hands down best player in this entire draft is Khalil Mack. He is as good a fit in a 3-4 for an OLB that the Steelers may ever see. He is as close to complete as one I have ever seen.
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
Here are a few (similarly-sized) guys who one might slap with the "freak" label that Clowney has worn:
-Aldon Smith (#7 overall I believe)
-JPP (I think he was #10-15)
-Robert Quinn from the Rams (same range as JPP)
-Ansah (the kid from BYU; same range)
If we look at those guys, I don't see where Clowney is "#1 overall" material at all. I hear all about how much of a beast he is, but he isn't any more athletic than Aldon Smith--he couldn't be. JPP came from a small school, so that was his knock. Quinn sat out his final year IIRC, and that is what knocked him down. Ansah was considered very green, and that is his knock.
But look at Clowney. THREE SACKS last year?! How can you justify taking #1 overall, on a 3-sack guy? He is freaky athletic, so that should slot him around where JPP, Quinn, Ansah went. And since he played "big-time" football (i.e. SEC), I'll bump him up to #6-10 maybe. But he isn't Top 5.
I'd take Robinson, Matthews, or Mack in that order, at this point.
Anyone in this Draft ? Difficult to choose between Barr and Mack. But i will say Barr because i think he brings more humility and longevity (in terms of years as a Steeler) to the table.