I am not as convinced as many are that the Steelers will draft a WR in the 1st, even if the 'big' names are still there.
I know it's a passing league, but it seems with the LeBlount signing the Steelers could put together a very good power run game. Keep in mind the kind of offense they showed the 2nd half of the season, quick throws to the open guy. You don't necessarily need a 1st rd kind of guy for that, only a guy that can separate quickly off the line.
Personally, I think #15 is way too early for Ford. He does appear to have the "ability" to play OLB. He had a very good Senior Bowl. Saying that...Watching him in college...He may be more of a "one trick poney". Now...That tag sometimes is drawn because of his position (4-3 DE)...But you have to wonder what he is capable with his hand off the ground. He certainly appears to have the athleticism. That will be a developmental issue that can be improved on at the next level.
If I was going to select him in the mid to late 1st...I would have to be 110% confident that his back issue is a "non issue". That is my biggest concern with Ford. His lower back is going to absorb tremendous strain rushing the passer against OL 6"5"+. If he has any limitations...He will loose his leverage battles & that could be trouble.
Would hate ford at 15, but I would absolutely lust over Anthony Barr
UPDATED 4-9-14 I have updated my draft guys and the percentages of the Steelers taking them at 15.
D. Dennard CB M. State 16% down 4%
*J. Gilbert CB OK ST. 14% Up 3% -- I think if one of these 2 CB's are there we take them.
L. Nix DT N. Dame 12% +3% -- I have seen various reports on him. I don't see how we pass on Hampton 2.0 if the corners are gone. You?
M. Lee WR USC 11% -4% -- I think we have a man crush on him but 15 may be to early. Jets may trade up with us to get him.
CJ Mosely ILB ALA 11% +4% -- He has softened on me. Most board members pushed him up the boards along with Path to the Draft.
E. Ebron TE N.Carolina 10% -8% -- We usually don't draft in a position of strength but Heath is getting older and we do run the 2 TE a lot.
*M. Evans WR T A & M 9% +1% -- He may be there at 15 and surprise because of the WR depth.
*T. Lewan OT Michigan 5% New to board -- Dont' think he will be there.
*A. Barr OLB UCLA 4% New to board -- Don't think he will be there.
K. Fuller CB VA TECH 2% Same
A. Donald DE PITT 2% New to board -- Can he play DE in a 3-4
J. Verrett CB OR ST. 2% -3%
K. Ealy DE Missouri 1% Same
K. Benjamin WR FL ST. 1% New to board
B Cooks WR OR ST OFF Board WR Depth to deep to take him there.
In short I decided to add Benjamin, Barr and Lewan. None of whom I believe will not be there at 15 except Benjamin who we won't draft.
The biggest decrease was Ebron and the biggest increase was CJ Mosely, Nix and Gilbert. B Cooks was taken off board.
Last edited by legend of polamalu; 04-09-2014 at 03:05 PM.
I dont think Nix is even on the radar at 15
If you are considering Mosely I think you have to add Shazier in there
Only reason I believe Shazier might be there is because of Tomlin. He is indeed a Tomlin type of player but so is Mosley...and Mosley is clearly more polished.
1 Jabrill Peppers-SS Michigan
2 TJ Watt-OLB Wisconsin (trade extra third to move up)
3 Noah Brown-WR tOSU
4 Joe Mixon-RB Oklahoma
5 Ahkello Witherspoon-CB Colorado
6 Riley Bullough-ILB Michigan State
7 QB-Seth Russell-Baylor
The interest that they showed in Mychal Kendricks makes me think they will really like Shazier.
Also, they draft buckeyes like there is a quota to fill
Also, I am a buckeye fan. I saw every Buckeye game last season. Shazier is good but not #15 good.