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 21 
 on: Apr 16, 2014 at 10:20 
Started by TwistedLemon - Last post by Finnegans Wake
Once I tabulated all this, I worked bottom up to get best value.  E.g., Philip Gaines in R6 is a guy I'd look at R2-3, so that was a huge win.  For the most part, I followed my #1 moving from bottom to top.

R7:  RB/QB/CB/ATH Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, 5'9", 209#.  Had an insane combine workout, running an official 4.41 40 (unofficial was in the 4.3s), 32 reps, a 40 1'2" VJ, and 11'0" BJ.  Mayock noted that he played QB in the read option, but projects to RB in the pros.  However, he's shown amazing versatility and Mayock further noted he could probably work out at WR and even CB.  Had big games against top competition (UGA, FL), so if he can transition to the pro system LOC should not be an issue.  I'd pencil him in as a COP back when we need speed, and work him into a few receiving plays in the slot.  And why not:  give him some reps at nickel back as well. 

R6:  CB Phillip Gaines, Rice, 6'0", 193#.   With decent size and 4.38 speed, Gaines is a fluid athlete who will need to be coached to backpedal and learn NFL assignments.  With Ike here for one more year, Gaines is the guy who can learn the ropes to take over next year.  Could become a true shutdown corner, and has an excellent record of passes allowed/PBU.

R5 (comp):   DE, Ben Gardner,  Stanford, 6'4", 277#.  Coming off a torn pec, Gardner would otherwise be going higher.  A combine snub despite being a cornerstone of the Cardinal defense, Gardner shares many traits with Brett Keisel:  athletic, intelligent, great motor, a run-stopper who can tangle with the OTs.  Didn't lift at pro day, but posted some wow numbers, a 39.5" vertical and 10'2" BJ, showing his explosiveness.  (Strength is apparent on tape.)  Although he missed a portion of 2013 season, he showed strong in 2012 with 49 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, and five passes batted. He had 35 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in 2011.  In the 3-4, he might not rack up as many sacks but will still command attention.

R5: OLB/ILB Carl Bradford, Arizona State, 6'1",  250#.  Played rush end/OLB "Devilbacker" at ASU, able to play with his hand in the dirt, or standing up in the middle intermediate areas (like a 3-4 ILB).  In 27 starts, had 103 solo tackles (142  total), 19 sacks, 39.5 TFL, 6 FF, 2 INT, and 8 PDU.  Squats 545# but looks fluid and loose in coverage.  Really, could man ILB or OLB, and that versatility is why I only select 1 LB this year.  My instinct would be to see if he can displace Vince Williams, who is perfectly fine as a backup but who was a coverage liability last year.  Bradford's gaudy stats might not translate to the buck, but he could easily rotate to the edge in packages.  The guy's a playmaker.

R4: FS Terrence Brooks,  Florida State, 5'11", 198#.  So far the theme has been value, speed, and versatility, and Brooks is another great example.  Brooks played CB and FS at FSU, and clocked 4.42 at the combine.  That was far ahead of top S prospects Ha Ha Dix (4.58) and Calvin Pryor (4.58), and his 38" VJ beat their 33" and 34 1/2" VJs.  Having a guy who can play man or cover over the top would mean Brooks would see action early, and offer insurance in case Mitchell doesn't pan at FS.  Helping both CB and FS depth would be two birds, one stone.

R3 (comp):  Here's where I deviated from my #1 by round.  I had RB/KR De'Anthony Thomas as #1, but as much as I like Thomas, McKinnon in R7 could be just as much of a playmaker and free up our R3 for a different position of need.  My #2 is OT/OG Joel Bitonio, Nevada, 6'4", 302#.   Bitonio played LT at Nevada, but is thought to project to OG in the NFL.  However, he's still bigger than Kelvin Beachum and faster, too.  He ran a sub-5.0 40 and was one of 4 OL to run a sub-1.70 10-yard split (OT Patchan 1.59, OT Lewan 1.64, OT Robinson 1.69).  Light enough to match speed rushers, with the ability to get to the second level quickly as a pulling guard.  Played all 5 OL spots at the Senior Bowl and showed extremely well.  Plays with a mean streak.  Would provide backup at LT, which we currently lack, and could be groomed to any spot on the line.  Speed and versatility again.

R2: This was the trickiest round.  I'll skip to the R1 reveal (WR Evans) to illustrate why.  My top 3 were WR Moncrief, SS Bucannon, and TE Niklas.  While an Evans-Moncrief 1-2 would be an insane boost to the offense, I felt it was a bit of overkill with Brown as WR1, Wheaton hopefully stepping into WR2/3, and the additions of Moore and DHB.  If I took Moncrief, there was still more of a learning curve than with Evans, IMO.  (Behind Evans, 2. CB Gilbert was off with CBs Brooks and Gaines already added, 3. Tuitt had been scratched due to DE Gardner, 4. ILB Shazier was off due to ILB/OLB Bradford, and 5. OL Martin was off due to OL Bitonio.)  That brought the choice to SS Bucannon and TE Niklas.  While Niklas could add needed depth and take over from Miller in the future, I stayed with Bucannon, to take over post-Troy.  IMO, Bucannon is the best SS in this class.  Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 6'1", 211#.   Ran a 4.49, put up 19 reps, jumped 36 1/2" VJ and 10'5" BJ.  Measures 78" wingspan.  Had 114 tackles last year, and 268 on his career.  Doesn't look pretty in coverage, but still managed 15 INTs and 7 PBU.  Likes to punish runners somewhat in the Bernard Pollard mode.

With the additions of Bucannon, Brooks, Gaines, and FA Mitchell, the secondary would look very sound.

R1: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M, 6'5", 231#.   Highly productive with an improvisational QB at A&M, Evans has TE size and WR speed.  Ran an official 4.53 (unofficial in the high 4.4s), and posted a 37" VJ.  Is only 20, so he has upside.  Compared often to Vincent Jackson, I think he's better than that.  I see some Tony Gonzalez in his game, and physical WR play of a guy like Alshon Jeffrey.   Not quite Megatron-freak level, but adds a whole new dimension to the offense. Absolutely destroyed Bama and Auburn, so he shouldn't have a difficult transition versus NFL DBs. 

5 D-side, 3 O-side players. 

 22 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 17:17 
Started by otismalibu - Last post by Finnegans Wake
This changes everything.

I'm calling it... SUPER BOWL!!!

 23 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 15:57 
Started by TucsonSteeler - Last post by TwistedLemon
I might be a bit twisted, but I really think we can get more than just a 3rd in this years draft

 24 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 15:56 
Started by otismalibu - Last post by TwistedLemon
Averages 42 yds per punt with 33% landing inside the 20

 25 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 15:47 
Started by TucsonSteeler - Last post by SCacalaki
Per rotoworld:  Probably just depth move but I'm all fired up for extra picks now.

The Steelers could re-sign free agent C Fernando Velasco.
 Velasco made 11 starts in place of Maurkice Pouncey last season, grading out as a top-25 center by Pro Football Focus. He hasn't drawn any interest from teams because he's still recovering from Achilles surgery. Velasco is Rotoworld's No. 2 remaining center in free agency.


Was going to post this.  I mentioned in some other thread that I thought re-signing Velasco with Pouncey and Wallace (didn't he just sign a 3 year deal?) would create too many interior only guys, considering the Steelers have carried only 8 OL on the 53.

Because of where JAX's 3rd is, I think a 3rd is reasonable this year, due to coming of the injury and the financial commitment they will need to make

 26 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 15:30 
Started by otismalibu - Last post by aj_law
We have signed punter Adam Podlesh (@Adampodlesh08) to a one-year contract.

Nice move.  Beats who they're usually scrambling to march out there.  Drafted same year as Robopunter with longer staying power, obv.

 27 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 15:13 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by TwistedLemon
I like Bryant, but not until round 3.  Had some lights out games, others....eh, not so much.  Played in the shadow of Watkins and if his work ethic were right, seems to have the talent to be a beast.  Desire is questionable

 28 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 14:37 
Started by otismalibu - Last post by otismalibu
We have signed punter Adam Podlesh (@Adampodlesh08) to a one-year contract.

 29 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 13:51 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by aj_law
Can't decide if I want to go LB/CB or CB/WR in first two rounds.

I'd like Mosley, but with them signing Moats and considering bringing JH back too, I think I'm gonna go CB/WR.

1.15:  Justin Gilbert (CB - Ok.St.)(Runner Up:  CJ Mosley:  ILB - Alabama)
2.46:  Jordan Matthews (WR - Vandy)(Runner Up:  Donte Moncreif:  WR - 'Ole Miss)
3.97 (Comp.):  Shane Skov (ILB - Stanford)(Runner Up:  Rashaad Reynolds:  CB - Oregon St.)
4.118:  Brandon Coleman (WR - Rutgers)(Runner Up:  Philip Gaines:  CB - Rice)
5.157:  Dontae Johnson (FS/CB - N.C. State)(Runner Up:  Xavier Grimble:  TE - USC)
5.173 (Comp.):  Ryan Carrethers (NT - Arkansas St.)(Runner Up:  Seantrel Henderson:  OT - Miami (Fla.))
6.192:  Aaron Lynch (DE/OLB - South Florida)(Runner Up:  Connor Shaw (QB - S.C.) 
6.215 (Comp):  Cody Hoffman (WR - BYU)(Runner Up:  Marion Grice (RB - Arizona St.)
7.230:  Derrell Johnson (OLB - East Carolina)(Runner Up:  Steven Clark (P - Auburn)

Briefly considered Marqise Lee or Calvin Pryor at 1.15 too, but I think the Gilbert and Matthews combo give Pittsburgh a nice first couple selections in the draft.  This is all I've got so far.  Hope to be able to add to it after finding some time and doing some research.

OK.  Considering who's available, the more I read, the more I like my first two picks.  Would be happy if it played out that way.

I've added a couple more to my effort (and for shits and giggles, added some runner ups too).  Oh yeah, went big at WR.  So much for going all defense in first three or four, lol.  Just couldn't pass up these two monsters.  #7 would be all 92% for his offensive weapons going forward.


Added remaining picks.  Gotta admit.  Lot of 'em feel like I'm just picking names from a hat, but there's a method (kinda) to the madness.  Mostly defense with the exception of bringing in several big receiving targets for #7 and the offense.

Next step...Championship...

 30 
 on: Apr 15, 2014 at 13:12 
Started by Finnegans Wake - Last post by aj_law
Another list from Steelers Depot.  Includes scheduled visits.

CB Shaquille Richardson - Arizona - Scheduled
CB Darqueze Dennard - Michigan State - 4/2/14
RB Lache Seastrunk - Baylor - 4/1/14
LB Anthony Barr - UCLA - Scheduled
DE Jackson Jeffcoat - Texas - Scheduled
DT Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh - Happened
WR John Brown - Pitt State - 3/31/14
CB Bradley Roby - Ohio State - Scheduled
WR Donte Moncrief - Mississippi - 4/1/14
LB Ryan Shazier - Ohio State - Scheduled
DE Stephon Tuitt - Notre Dame - 4/2/14
CB Jason Verrett - TCU - 4/13/14
T Seantrel Henderson - Miami - Scheduled
S Brock Vereen - Minnesota - 4/4/14
WR Bruce Ellington - South Carolina - 4/4/14

WR Martavis Bryant - Clemson - 3/31/14
S Calvin Pryor - Louisville - 4/7/14
LB - Jordan Zumwalt - UCLA - 4/10/14
S Deone Buchanon - Washington - 4/10/14

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis - Boston College - 4/11/14
LB Carl Bradford - Arizona State - 4/11/14
DE Scott Crichton - Oregon State - 4/14/14


Adding to your list via Steelers Depot.

Next wave.

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