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Thread: Annual PlanetSteelers Board Mock Draft (2014 official selection thread)

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    The Toronto...err, Buffalo Bills are on the clock. We are open to trade discussions with teams looking to move up to try to land a top rated player - there are many still available. I will PM Ruthless with my pick, to be submitted at 9:59 AM Tuesday morning, if there is no deal out there to be made.

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    Now that I have more time, I will address our team needs and our decision. Buffalo is going away from a need, but taking the player who sits atop our BPA board.

    The Bills already had Stevie Johnson and a fine rookie year in Robert Woods already in the fold. The position was addressed again in the off-season with the pick-up of Mike Williams from the Bucs. However, the team has had an on-again, off-again love affair with Johnson, and there have been numerous rumors of moving him out. We believe that the draft might be the best time to address this.

    Mike Evans adds to an otherwise potent offense, and gives second year QB EJ Manuel one more weapons. Consider the WR corps, complimenting nicely the RB stable of Spiller and Jackson. In a division with an offense as potent as New England's, you can either try to shut them down, or outscore them. The Evans pick proves that we are attempting the latter.
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    The Detroit Lions need help in the secondary. While getting someone like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor to replace the departed Louis Delmas is tempting, in the NFC North, the Lions face wideouts like Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and Cordarelle Patterson and Greg Jennings, so quality cover corners are an absolute necessity. Given the wide array of body types they'll need to cover, they could use a guy with size, speed, and athleticism (and it's icing on the cake that this guy may also happen to be the best return specialist in the draft as well).



    The Detroit Lions select:

    Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert

    Height 6'0", Weight 202 lbs., 33 1/8" Arm Length, 8 5/8" Hands


    Overview

    Played quarterback and defensive back as a Texas prep, also competing in basketball and track. Burst on the scene as a true freshman in 2010, returning 26 kickoffs for 698 yards (26.8-yard average) and two touchdowns and returning eight punts for 55 yards (6.9) in 12 games. As a reserve defensive back and special teams player, he had 18 tackles, one pass breakup and zero interceptions with one forced fumble. Missed one game with an undisclosed injury. Started 13 games at cornerback in 2011 and had 59 tackles, 10 pass breakups and five interceptions with one tackle for loss. He also returned 26 kickoffs for 703 yards (27.0) and two TDs with a pair of scores. Had interceptions against a trio of quarterbacks who became top 10 draft picks: Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill. In 13 starts in 2012, he had 63 tackles, nine pass breakups and no interceptions with 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. He also returned 32 kickoffs for 827 yards (25. and a TD, with a 96-yard scoring romp against West Virginia. Was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist in 2013 after registering 42 tackles, seven pass breakups and seven interceptions in 13 games (10 starts); also had 18 kickoff returns for 453 yards (25.2) and a TD. Had interception returns for touchdowns of 31 yards at Iowa State and 43 yards at Texas. Did not start against Kansas State, sitting out the first half after being ejected the week before against West Virginia. Did not start and was limited against Baylor with an injured left shoulder. Concluded his college career with eight non-offensive touchdowns, including six on kickoff returns (one shy of the NCAA record).
    Analysis

    Strengths

    Outstanding size-speed ratio and athletic ability. Fluid movement skills -- makes it look easy flipping his hips and reacting to the thrown ball. Very good transitional quickness and recovery speed. Superb feet and agility to pop out of his breaks and close on the ball -- explosively quick. Natural interceptor with very good hand-eye coordination, leaping ability and overall ball skills. Very good vision and traffic burst as a returner (six career kickoff-return TDs). Weaknesses

    Is a bit soft-tempered -- not as aggressive or physical in run support as you would expect for his size. Can do a better job shedding blockers. Too often lets teammates arrive first at the scene. Spent time in the doghouse as a young player. Has some growing up to do -- maintains a lockdown corner's ego, at times coasts on his natural talent and is not immune to mental errors. Draft Projection

    Round 1 (top 15) Bottom Line

    The most talented cover corner in this year's draft class, Gilbert has size, speed and flexibility to blanket receivers at the next level. Also brings impact ability as a kick returner. Is capable of stepping into the starting lineup from Day 1 and playing at a high level if he adheres to a professional approach to the craft. Could stand to improve in run support.

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    The Tennessee Titans are switching to a 3-4 defense under former Steeler coaches Ray Horton (D.C.) and Ken Whisenhunt (H.C.). Since they are looking up at Andrew Luck and the Colts in their division, being able to rush the QB is of prime importance. Holdover OLB's Kamerion Wimbley and Akeem Ayers are underwhelming and they brought in Shaun Phillips this offseason to help ease the transition to the 3-4, but he is on his last legs (he turns 33 in a couple of weeks), so they need some young talent at OLB who can get after the QB. Luckily, there is still one of those available at this point. Also noteworthy is that former Steelers defensive quality control coach Lou Spanos is starting his first season at the Titans' LB coach. Spanos was the D.C. at UCLA the last two seasons, so he knows Anthony Barr intimately (Spanos' arrival at UCLA coincided with Barr's switch from offense to defense). A match made in football heaven.



    The Tennessee Titans select:

    UCLA OLB Anthony Barr

    Height 6'5", Weight 255 lbs., 33 1/2" Arm Length, 9 3/8" Hands



    Overview

    Born in South Bend, Ind., and raised in a Notre Dame family: His father, Tony Brooks, played fullback at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 1992 draft; uncle, Reggie Brooks, played running back at ND, was fifth in the 1992 Heisman voting and played 41 games with the Redskins and Buccaneers (1993-96); and uncle Cedric Figaro played linebacker for the Irish as well as 98 games for the Chargers, Colts, Browns and Rams (1988-92, 1995-96). Anthony grew up in Los Angeles and was raised by his mother, who is part of a large extended family, including Anthony's grandparents, who were like second parents to him. Ran track and was an all-state running back in high school, totaling 1,890 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior (dealt with hip pointers) before suffering a season-ending broken ankle in September of his senior season. According to Barr, he felt effects of the injury through his freshman season. Highly recruited, he spurned Notre Dame, not wanting to play receiver, and signed with UCLA and then-head coach Rick Neuheisel in order to play running back and remain close to home. As a true freshman in 2010, rushed six times for 29 yards (4.8-yard average) and no touchdowns with nine receptions for 66 yards (7.3) and no touchdowns in 12 games, including four starts at the Bruins' F-back (hybrid running back/tight end/receiver). Started 7 of 12 games played at the F-back in 2011, rushing nine times for 25 yards and a TD and three catches for 16 yards and a TD. Had arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and missed three October contests. Converted to 3-4 right outside linebacker under new head coach Jim Mora Jr., then-defensive coordinator Lou Spanos and linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich (current DC). Sustained a head injury during 2012 fall camp and began the season with a cast protecting a broken left index finger. Started all 14 games and ranked second nationally in sacks behind Steelers 2013 first-rounder Jarvis Jones; recorded 83 tackles, 21.5 for loss and 13.5 sacks with five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, a blocked kick and a safety. Dealt a season-ending blow to USC quarterback and 2013 Eagles fourth-rounder Matt Barkley. Sustained a head injury during 2013 fall camp but started all 13 games at ROLB and registered 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks with a pass breakup and five forced fumbles. Won the Lott IMPACT award and was a finalist for the Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus awards. Team captain. Was invited but did not participate in the Senior Bowl.

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Exceptional take-off speed, acceleration and closing burst. Makes plays effortlessly in back-side lateral pursuit. Outstanding recovery quickness to make plays (when he is out of position). Explosive striker. Can produce "wow" plays when he triggers quickly or releases cleanly and has developed a reputation for knocking quarterbacks out of games (see USC, 2012 and New Mexico State, 2013).

    Weaknesses

    Developing instincts -- late to locate the ball and too easily fooled by play-action and misdirection. Motor runs hot and cold -- does not always apply himself. Can be locked down too easily when engaged -- unrefined hand use. Lacks variety of pass-rush moves and relies too much on natural speed. Average eyes, anticipation and awareness in coverage — marginal feel. Average base strength -- moved off the ball too easily by tight ends (plays tall). Needs more time in the weight room -- 15 bench-press reps were tied for the fewest among linebackers at the combine.

    Draft Projection

    Round 1 (top 10)

    Bottom Line

    A highly disruptive, athletic specimen with the pass-rush potential to effortlessly emerge as a double-digit sack producer. Is far from a finished product and his best football is still ahead of him, yet he plays the game with more of an offensive temperament and could require some patience. Is the type of rare athlete that could even contribute as an offensive playmaker once he learns to grasp defensive concepts and the game slows down for him.
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    The Giants are awfully tempted by the presence of DT Aaron Donald, particularly after losing DT Linval Joseph in free agency. But they did draft OSU DT Johnathan Hankins in the 2nd round last year, so he could potentially start next to Cullen Jenkins with Markus Kuhn and Mike Patterson for depth at DT. However, they have a much bigger need along the OL right now. If they decision was between Aaron Donald and Zack Martin, they likely could have swallowed hard and taken Donald as a BPA pick, hoping to land a solid OT in round 2. But since Taylor Lewan is still available, they will just inject that bit of nasty into their lineup right away.



    The New York Giants select:

    Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

    Height 6'7", Weight 309 lbs., 33 7/8" Arm Length, 9 1/4" Hands



    Overview


    Prepped in Arizona, where he transferred to Chaparral High as a senior and won a state championship while playing offensive line for the first time (defensive end previously). Redshirted in 2009. In '10, overtook upperclassman Mark Huyge in Week Four -- started nine of the final 10 games at left tackle, sitting out against Wisconsin (head). Started all 39 games at LT 2011-13, winning the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award his last two seasons. Team captain. Faces three misdemeanor charges for allegedly assaulting two Ohio State fans during a Dec. 1 altercation. Was invited, but did not participate in the Senior Bowl.

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Accomplished, four-year starter vs. Big Ten competition. Clean kickslide in pass protection. Good knee bend, footwork and recovery quickness to handle outside speed and inside counters. Very good balance — is seldom on the ground. Is quick climbing to the second level to reach linebackers. Plays with intensity and the game is very important to him. Tough and very durable. Produced the best 40-yard time (4.79 seconds) and broad jump (9-foot-9) of any offensive lineman at the combine.

    Weaknesses

    Is not a gritty, physical finisher. Has a lean lower body and does not explode on contact. Can be inverted by power and does not carry a load in his hands. Could do a better job recognizing and adjusting to the outside blitz. Quirky personality that can be easily misunderstood.

    Draft Projection


    Round 1

    Bottom Line

    An experienced, finesse left tackle with the length, agility and temperament to hold down a starting job for a long time. Is nuanced in pass protection and would fit best in a slide-lateral movement, bucket-stepping, zone-based blocking scheme. Similar in mold to Patriots 2011 17th overall selection Nate Solder. Outstanding combine performance could elevate his draft status.

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    The St. Louis Rams already addressed the OL with the 2nd overall pick in Greg Robinson. Now it is time to address the defense, and the biggest weakness that they have is in the back end, particularly at safety. And whaddaya know, the top ranked safety in the draft is still available. A no brainer pick for the Rams.



    The St. Louis Rams select:

    Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    Height 6'1", Weight 208 lbs., 32 3/8" Arm Length, 9" Hands



    Overview


    His full name is Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix. Elite recruit out of Florida, where he doubled as a running back and kick returner. Played in 13 games for Alabama as a true freshman in '11 and recorded 11 tackles and two pass breakups. Was a key performer for the national champions in '12, appearing in all 14 games (10 starts) at safety. Had 37 tackles, four pass breakups and five interceptions with one-half tackle for loss and one forced fumble. Tied for the SEC lead in interceptions, including picks in the SEC Championship Game win over Georgia and the BCS National Championship Game win over Notre Dame. In '13, he played in 11 games (nine starts at free safety) and totaled 51-4-2 with 3.5 tackles for loss. Received a suspension for accepting a short-term loan of less than $500 from an assistant coach, missing two games. Injured his knee against Auburn on Nov. 30, necessitating surgery on the meniscus tear, but returned to the field for the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Good size and wingspan. Quick to read and react. Enough speed and fluidity to keep pace with slot receivers or tight ends. Ranges off the hash. Good hands to intercept. Takes direct angles to the ball. Drops downhill urgently, runs the alley and does not shy from contact -- wipes out ball carriers. Secure tackler. Can break down and tackle in space. Has special-teams experience. Well-coached in a pro-style defense.

    Weaknesses

    Has a narrow build and lacks ideal bulk. Could stand to get stronger. Not an elite athlete -- ordinary speed and leaping ability. Occasionally gets stuck on blocks. Could stand to iron out his pedal. Does not always play with abandon -- plays conservatively at times and can be late fitting in the run game or getting off the hash. Average ball production and playmaking ability. Not as natural in the box. Was not an exceptional ballhawk or an intimidating eraser.

    Draft Projection

    Round 1

    Bottom Line

    Hype exceeded his performance in Tuscaloosa, but Clinton-Dix offers starter-caliber instincts, range, coverage skills and tackling ability as a free safety. Should be a Day 1 starter.

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    With the fourteenth pick in the 2014 NFL mock draft, the Chicago Bears select…Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt. Marc Trestman held a brief press conference, and he stated, "He's good, I guess. He's a good and decent player. [sigh] Damn it Rams! HaHa should have been mine!!! No further questions."

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    Gus sent me in the Steeler pick via PM.



    The Pittsburgh Steelers select:

    Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard

    Height 5'11", Weight 199 lbs., 30 1/4" Arm Length, 9" Hands



    Overview

    His name is pronounced "DAR-kwez duh-NARD." His cousin, Alfonzo Dennard, is a cornerback with the Patriots. Two-way standout as a Georgia prep. As a senior in 2009, he caught 11 touchdown passes, returned two of his nine interceptions for scores and ran back two punts for touchdowns. Also lettered in basketball and track. Saw action in six games (two starts at boundary corner) as a true freshman in 2010, recording 11 tackles, zero pass breakups and zero interceptions with two tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Did not see action in two early season games (coach's decision) and missed the final five games with a knee injury. Made 11 starts at boundary corner in '11 and totaled 42-3-3 with one tackle for loss. Tied a Spartans bowl-game record with two interceptions in an Outback Bowl victory over Georgia, including a 38-yard touchdown return. Missed three games with an ankle injury. Started 13 games at field corner in '12, tallying 52-7-3 with 3.5 tackles for loss. After the season, he underwent double hernia surgery and was limited in spring drills. Was the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's best defensive back in '13, starting 14 times at boundary corner and recording 62-10-4 with 3.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Became the first Spartans cornerback to earn unanimous first-team All-America honors and also was selected as the Big Ten's Defensive Back of the Year. Team captain. Did not do drills at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a left hamstring injury.

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Looks the part -- well-proportioned, muscular physique with strong calves and thin ankles. Good press strength. Controlled, efficient pedal. Field-fast with competitive play speed. Transitions cleanly in man-off coverage. Has very good eyes and anticipation and reacts quickly to what he sees. Good pattern recognition -- sorts out what he sees quickly. Stays in the hip pocket downfield. Swift speed turn. Likeable personality. Accountable with leadership traits.

    Weaknesses

    Has been slowed by injuries and durability needs to be examined closely (double hernia surgery). Showed some hip stiffness in combine drills. Was not asked to play a lot of zone coverage. Could stand to get functionally stronger and work to disengage from blocks. Could show more consistent willingness to support the run and set a hard edge. Selective physicality.

    Draft Projection

    Round 1

    Bottom Line

    Solidly built, athletic, instinctive, press-man cover man who took his game to another level as a senior. Brings intensity, confidence and competitiveness to the corner. Offers size to lock horns with bigger receivers, and has a ceiling as a No. 2 cover man.

  9. #19
    With the 16th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys select:

    Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville



    Why: Safety is a need for the team and while many mocks have them taking HaHa Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys graded Pryor higher because he is a tone-setter on defense who brings the wood. This is the player they coveted all along and they are thrilled to get the top Safety in the draft.

    per cbs.com
    STRENGTHS: Prototype body type with good anticipation and explosive closing speed. Reliable open-field tackler and intimidating presence. Lowers his shoulder on impact to create collisions in run support and when protecting the middle of the field in coverage. Good vision and spatial awareness to slip amongst the mass of humanity near the line of scrimmage to locate the ball. Shows no desire for self-preservation when taking on blockers, dropping to take them out at the knees and often is able to take out the ballcarrier. Very good ball skills. Can extend and pluck outside of his frame and shows excellent awareness to get his feet inbounds.

    WEAKNESSES: Almost too physical in an era in which heavy hitters often draw penalty flags. Drops his shoulder into defenders but some of his hits could be interpreted as leading with the crown of his helmet. Wasn't asked to cover slot receivers in Louisville's scheme. A bit stiff when changing direction, allowing some separation by receivers, especially on double-moves. COMPARES TO: Antrel Rolle, Giants - Pryor is blessed with an exciting combination of size, explosiveness and ball skills to quickly become one of the most respected defensive backs in the league early in his career.

    Player Overview
    Hakeem Smith and Pryor formed one of the best safety tandems in the country in 2013, compiling 69 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles, on his way to earning 2013 All-American Athletic Conference first-team honors. Has prototypical size and athleticism for the position and is one of the most well-round safeties in the class with explosive downhill reaction to the run, strong awareness in coverage and versatility to hold his own on the outside or in the slot. Pryor has elite tools and potential if he can harness his sledgehammer playing style with disciplined intensity.
    Mock 3.0
    1. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
    2. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vandy
    3. Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
    4. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
    5. Zachariah Kerr, NT, Delaware
    5a. Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
    6. Marcel Jensen, TE, Fresno State
    6a Greg Blair, ILB, Cincinnati
    7. Kaleb Ramsey, DE, Boston College

    2013 MNF Executive Champion!

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    **BREAKING NEWS**

    There has been a trade.....

    The New England Patriots* and HC Bill Belicheat along with The Baltimore Ratturds and Jim 'Felix the cat' Hairball, have announced this trade..

    NE is on the clock.....

    The Ravens get NE's 1st and 2nd round picks in order for NE to move up..... (according to the draft charts it's a pretty close swap in points)
    6- Time Super Bowl Champions......
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