I was a little surprised they passed on Dennard....Not Mosley. I'm am 110% happy with the Shazier pick. You tend to assume that when the grades are close "need" will trump everything. Since they passed on Dennard & selected Shazier over Mosley...You have to think Shazier was a top 10 guy on the Steeler board.
I have my draft strategy below & my Steelers board I posted. I had Shazier at #15 & Dennard at #14. What I did have was Mosely at #8. I understand the Steelers like Shazier more. Shazier is a hybrid. He will get his hat at ILB but he can rush the passer & cover. The only thing I had Mosley better at was run defense. Shazier's ceiling far surpassed Mosley's. This is about "fit" & what the Steelers want to do. Shazier has the ability to be splash guy like Troy was early on...I didn't see Mosley as that type. I saw Mosley as a plug & play 10 year starter. 3 down backer. The ability to play at a Pro Bowl level. A very solid pick at #15. Shazier has the abilities to exceed that...And I'm OK with that foresight. The Steelers passing on Mosley for Shazier may have a little to do about injury concerns. That's just something we will never know about.
Passing on Dennard tells me two things. The Steelers were VERY high on Shazier...AND they really like CBs in rounds 2-4. I'm fine with that.
Interesting enough. The Steelers sub package played 65% + snaps. It is easy to right off Spence but think about this. If Spence returns to form...You got (3) Hybrid backers you could stand up in the middle. You rush Worilds & Jones at DE & put Heyward and a player to be named later inside...I'm really liking that nickel package.
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