Steelers Mock Draft Compilation: Part Deux

2015 Mock Draft Compilation 2

Now that we’re past the combine and the heart of free agency, I thought it would be a good time to take an updated look at the mock draft circuit to see how things may have changed. It’s important to remember that, since the last time I compiled this information, Jason Worilds retired and the rest of the world learned what most of us who follow the team long suspected – Troy Polamalu would not be coming back. So….we’ve seen a slight (aka 1 each) increase in the safety and outside linebacker bucket. Shouldn’t be a huge surprise. In terms of specific players mocked to us, this sample group seems to think Marcus Peters is the odds-on-favorite at corner now. HUGE upside there, but that’s a risky pick that the Steelers need to do some deep, deep due diligence on. At outside linebacker, UCLA’s Owamagbe Odighizuwa has suddenly jumped in […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 3/25/15

* Despite the rumor that they weren’t going to re-sign James Harrison, the Steelers did exactly that this past Sunday, inking him to a 2-year $2.75m deal. What’s interesting is that early read on Harrison from Steelers insiders was that they wouldn’t bring him back for 2015 unless there was an “emergency”. So what happened in the meantime to constitute an emergency? I would suggest the sudden, unexpected retirement of Jason Worilds fit the bill. Colbert claimed the other day that Worilds was “never in the Steelers plans”, but the re-signing of Harrison suggests otherwise. Either way, it’s a smart move given how thin they are at OLB. He’s baaaaaaack……. * Tomlin suggested during the NFL owners meeting this week that they are considering moving Mike Mitchell to strong safety next season. Given his propensity for blown coverages and missed assignments, I won’t argue the logic here. He doesn’t really tackle people […]

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Steelers Now Forced To Address Corner Position Through Draft Or Trade

Despite freeing up a fair amount of cap space this offseason, the Steelers did not use any of it to secure a corner in  free agency as many (myself included) thought they probably would. They had visits with free agents Sterling Moore and Patrick Robinson, but each chose to sign elsewhere and it’s not even clear if the Steelers put a firm offer on the table for either. It’s likewise possible, in fact likely, that they discussed re-acquiring Keenan Lewis from New Orleans but, alas, nothing ever came of it. At this stage, most of the quality second and third tier free agent corners have been largely picked over, so all that’s really left out there are aging vets and other team’s discards. Further, Art Rooney II said this past week that he didn’t see the team “doing much more” in free agency, so that’s all but out. Honestly, I’m […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 3/18/15

Santonio Holmes

* The Steelers have been looking at a pair of free agent cornerbacks in Patrick Robinson and Sterling Moore over the last week, but have yet to sign either guy to a deal. Robinson, 27, played primarily slot corner for the Saints last season, recording thirty nine tackles and two picks. The prior year, he played in only two games and was lost for the season after tearing a patellar tendon. Moore, 25, was previously with the Cowboys and Patriots. Both left Pittsburgh without a deal, which is usually a good sign something will not get done. Ugh. Both of these guys seem like capable, albeit unspectacular, corners and the CB market is gettin kinda thin… * One Steelers corner who has been busy in recent days is Antwon Blake, who was arrested for public intoxication this past weekend in California. Come on, dude! Let’s hope that’s the last Steelers arrest […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 3/13/15

* Been seeing a lot of frustration out of Steelers fans as a result of the team’s inactivity thus far during free agency. I would just suggest two things: 1) remember last year’s crop of free agents and how that turned out 2) many a decent team has been destroyed by “bold” (ie stupid) moves during free agency. It ain’t easy, but be patient. * With that said, Keenan Lewis is disgruntled in New Orleans and the team has made it known that anyone on the roster is available for trade. I’ve always felt like losing him a few years back was one of the bigger mistakes the front office has made in awhile and I would count this offseason a major win if the Steelers could bring him back in house. Fingers crossed. * The whole Jason Worilds saga this week was crazy. When he didn’t sign with someone on Tuesday, […]

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Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 3/10/15

* Another day, another iconic Steelers veteran shown the door. This time it was Brett Keisel, who was released by the Steelers on Monday. No surprise really, given Keisel’s age and the fact that he was rehabbing from a triceps injury that ended his 2014 season. Still sucks, though, doesn’t it? Keisel gave us a LOT of very good years and played a critical, yet unheralded, role on some great Steelers defenses. He was as classy as they come off the field, too. He will be dearly missed and I wish him all the best. It’s been awesome! I love yinz! — Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) March 9, 2015 * While we’re talking defensive ends, I frankly have no idea how Cam Thomas is still on the roster. Sure, he’s quite a bit younger than Keisel, but the guy has been a colossal disappointment since coming over from San Diego. I’ll take Keisel […]

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Bud Dupree & Eli Harold Come Into Focus As Potential Picks

The closer we get to draft time, the more convinced I am that the Steelers will use their first round draft pick on a pass rusher. If history is any guide, they’ll pass on shelling out a big money contract to one of the more notable free agent outside linebackers and instead look to address the position in the draft. Two guys that are increasingly being mentioned as candidates for the Steelers at #22 are Kentucky’s Bud Dupree and Virginia’s Eli Howard. Here’s a quick glimpse at each. Bud Dupree Dupree is an intriguing prospect and there’s a good chance he might not even last until the twenty second pick of the draft. Like Jarvis Jones two years ago, Dupree led the SEC in sacks last season, so he’s produced against the best competition available at the collegiate level. Checking in at 6’4″ 269lbs, he also tested very well at […]

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