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Antonio Brown, BLA in Round 6 of the 2010 Steelers Draft...
The Steelers have an impressive record in the first round of the draft since Kevin Colbert became the GM. In fact, according to Cold Hard Football Facts’ assessment of the draft between 2001 and 2010 they have the best record in the league. While the second round isn’t as impressive, they still draft relatively well in the second round.
However, the Steelers have not drafted particularly well in the later rounds. Although they have hit on a few major talents such as Brett Keisel (7th round) and Antonio Brown (6th round) their overall record is not impressive. (If you don’t believe me, watch this space for the final post of my serious draft series. It will be replete with graphs and charts and other nerdy stuff to demonstrate this.)
Which brings me to the point of today’s post. If the final result of all the scouting and visits and so forth is the worst record in the league for the 5th round, (really!), why not try BLA? After all, the Best Looking Player Available is just as easily cut at the end of training camp as the putatively Best Player Available, and provides a bonus in the meantime to the female fan base of which the Steelers are so justly proud.
So with that, here are my picks for Rounds 4 - 7. At this point I’m going to assume any immediate needs were addressed in rounds 1 - 3, as my previous mock did.
Round 4: James Hanna, TE
No contest. While diligently searching for information on Hanna I found a great picture of him after a high school game, posing with his mom and not looking embarrassed about it.
He is tallish, (6’4",) strongish, (24 reps on the bench press,) was tied with the top TEs in 2012 with a 36" vertical, and ran the fastest 40 time at the combine for a TE, 4.49. He was second to best in the 3-cone drill and the top performer at the 60-yard shuttle.
He is durable, a hard worker, and has no character issues. He also has a smile to rival Hines Ward’s famous mug, and dark eyes to go with Heath’s dreamy blue ones. He is considered to be a sleeper prospect with "flashes of potential." Check out this potential:
Round 5: Donnie Fletcher, CB
According to Walter Football, "Fletcher has a nice skill set with a combination of ideal size and quality speed." According to Momma Football, Fletcher would look great in a Steelers uniform. He has an ideal combination of looks and - well, looks. Unfortunately he has a few knocks against him as a player, as one might expect of a prospect who wasn’t invited to the combine and is unlikely to be drafted higher than the fifth round, but he seems like a good development prospect. And considering how well Carnell Lake has done with the young talent he was given last year, I think Pittsburgh would be an ideal place for Fletcher as well.
Round 6: Dominique Davis, QB
Tim Tebow is going to the Jets. This says it all. Obviously the NFL is becoming not just a passing league but a multiple passer league, and the Steelers need to keep up with this trend. They are letting Dennis Dixon walk, as far as any of us know, and while they have signed Troy Smith, there’s a need for more, and better-looking, QB depth. (Sorry, Mr. Smith. And Lefty...)
But he doesn’t bring just looks. Davis set an NCAA record last October by completing 26 straight passes to open a game. He also set a record for 36 straight completions over a two-game span. This breaks Aaron Rodgers’ college record set in 2004. The offense he ran had some designed runs included. Perfect! Start working on the wildcat, Mr. Haley! And speaking of perfect, check out the picture:
Round 7: David Teggart, K
In footbally terms he holds the UConn career records for field goals (74), extra points (128) and points (349). He was selected for the All-Big East Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season. Character-wise, Teggart has one blot on his books—he was arrested as a sophomore whilst fighting with another member of his team. The other guy was a junior, and a linebacker. So although Teggart doesn’t lack courage, he may lack some sense. He might be willing to tackle if necessary, though, which is always a plus!
Although this picture doesn’t show his face, Google it, ladies. It is definitely worth a second look. This pic shows some of his other attributes:
And here’s a final bonus pick. This assumes another team picks up Keenan Lewis, who was given a third-round tender. Both Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen progressed well last year and may be ready to move up into the number two and three slots. So instead of looking for another CB, I decided to take the BLA for the Steelers' second Round 3 pick, Mychal Kendricks.
Kendricks had a great combine and has been moving up the boards, but it didn’t take a great combine to demonstrate his BLA potential. "But we don’t need another OLB," you may moan. No? Well, then, why did Lawrence Timmons have to move outside for most of last year, thus reducing his effectiveness severely?
And that’s it for the moment. If things change radically in the next few weeks there may be an updated version, but if not, see you on April 26th!
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
How about a thousand heartthrobs instead of a thousand pounds in the first three rounds?
This is the third season I have done mock drafts for the Steelers, and I’m pumped. This is an extremely deep draft in the type of talent I’m looking for. And what type of talent are we talking about? I’m drafting BLA, baby!
Best Looking player Available might not be a metric you see every day, but it was the one I chose when I first tried my hand at a mock draft. I don’t watch college football and I wasn’t sure I understood all of the arcane criteria the draft pundits used to grade players, so I decided to come up with my own. I was both surprised and pleased to find this report of a study funded by New Scientist. It concluded "The better an American football player is, the more attractive he is."
Bearing this in mind, let’s take a look at some fine young men who would bring both tangibles and intangibles to the field, and would look mighty good in the Black and Gold while they did it. Like most everyone else’s mocks, I’m going to assume the Steelers stay put and don’t make any trades.
The greatest difficulty in doing these mocks, other than the eyestrain, is the lack of agreement among the draft pundits upon whom I have to depend as to who are the best players. At the top of the draft there is little dispute. Every draft board I looked at had Andrew Luck at #1. Robert Griffin III was #2 in almost every case, assuming they had incorporated the St. Louis/Washington trade into the equation, and Matt Kalil was at #3. After that they often diverged quite a bit. I looked at seven recently updated big boards, and there were 38 different players slotted into the top 25 positions. Obviously some players are going to drop further than anticipated, which may mean a player I’ve eliminated from consideration is actually available to the Steelers. I’m going with the current majority wisdom, though, in the assumptions about who will be available at pick #24 in each round.
There are several needs begging to be addressed in the first round. I began my research by thinking about these needs. Yes, I draft according to BLA, just like the Steelers draft according to BPA. But like the Steelers I’m obviously going to give some positions more weight than others. There’s no point getting my heart set on a fine-looking cornerback or a natty wide receiver when the chances are almost nil he will be drafted by the Steelers. Here are the positions I particularly considered:
Although two recent first-round draft picks are already invested in the defensive line in Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward, NT is a popular position to push for this year. Certainly it will have to be addressed sooner rather than later, but is this the year, or the place, to try to fill the position? Dontari Poe, the man many wanted to see in a Steelers uniform, raised his stock dramatically at the combine. As a consequence, it seems hard to imagine he would make it past the middle of the first round. Jerel Worthy’s stock is rising, and he’s a good-looking young man as well. However, I have a feeling the Steelers are going to wait a year to draft their nose tackle of the future.
Clearly this position must be addressed. Unfortunately for me, the big eaters on the O line aren’t generally the best-looking men in the draft. Unfortunately for the Steelers, it looks like the two best guard prospects, David DeCastro and Cordy Glenn, will be gone. I did notice at least one writer mocking OT Jonathan Martin to the Steelers. Martin is definitely an upgrade, looks-wise, to Chris Kemoeatu, but most people seem to grade him as a top-15 pick.
There are several other options one could argue for here—safety, cornerback, and running back in particular. None of these seem likely to be addressed in the first round. There is only one safety projecting in the first round, and Mark Barron will likely be gone. Cornerback, after being a huge need for so long, is suddenly on the back burner after the Steelers took Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown last year. Especially if they resign William Gay it is hard to see them doing anything but taking a flyer on a late-round guy or a UDFA unless someone really exciting falls to them in a later round. As to running backs, Kevin Colbert et al appear to be satisfied with the current stable, even possibly without Mendenhall for the first bit of the season. So we’ll pass on these three positions, at least in the first round.
Conveniently for me, what appears to be left is ILB. In this recent article I defended taking an ILB in Round 1. The release of Farrior would indicate the Steelers are prepared to address this need in the draft. And this draft just happens to have two highly attractive prospects, if you get my drift.
Luke Kuechley is everything one could ask—high character, great player, and a fine-looking man. The likelihood of him falling to us seems to be extremely low. Fortunately, Dont’a Hightower should be waiting for his Steeler jersey when #24 hits the clock. Everything I read about him says "Steeler," and after studying him carefully everything also says "Momma’s Mock Draft #1 pick." So, ladies of Steeler nation, feast your eyes on this:
You’ll be happy to hear I’m not going to spend nearly as much time justifying later-round picks. I’ll confine myself to relating the virtues of the players who caught my eye.
In the 2nd round it’s time to face the music and look at the offensive line. And facing the music turns out to be simple—because my pick for Round 2 is an accomplished viola player as well as smart, high character, hard-working, and bursting with footbally-type skills. Yes, it’s OT Zebrie Sanders. And along with all of these fine attributes are a couple of intangibles. Given the spate of injuries along the O line in the past two years Sanders’ durability is extremely attractive—as is his endorsement-ready profile. Yes, I think a Steelers uniform would fit him like a glove.
Strangely enough, after eschewing the O line I’m going back to the well to pick up an fine-looking young man with positional flexibility. In fact, his flexibility is perhaps the biggest knock against him, as some say he’s neither fish nor fowl. But with coaches and scouts saying things like "plays until the whistle blows and leaves it all on the field; positive attitude; leadership traits" it seems to me he’s a development project worth taking a flyer on. Have a look at OT/G James Brown:
And that’s it for now. I’m going to have to retire to my couch for a few days with cucumber slices over my eyes before delving into the lower rounds. I'm always happy to remove the cucumber slices for a few minutes to read your comments, though!
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain