Steelers talked to Jonathan Cooper, OG from NC, at the combine. He and Warmack are 1a and 1b amongst OGs, with Cooper possibly a better fit for our new blocking scheme. If Warmack falls to 1.16, you can bet St. Lou grabs him. They have 1.22, and I'd see if we can deal our 1.17 for their 1.22 and their R3. I know OL isn't appealing to some folks, but an interior of Cooper-Pouncy-DDC would be amazing.
1.22 - Cooper
2 - Good WR cluster. If Deandre Hopkins, Clemson is there, giddyup. Others: Terrance Williams, Baylor; Quinton Patton, LA Tech, and a speed guy, Markus Wheaton, Ore. St.
3a. - Bacarri Rambo, FS, UGA. Brownie incident aside, Rambo is a guy who can notch turnovers, and the Steelers need S depth badly.
3b. - Great RB cluster, that lasts to R4 as well. But here the Steelers can get their guy. I really like Stanford's Stepfan Taylor, who can fit into the new blocking scheme easily. Also a decent threat catching the ball. Seems to get stronger as the game goes on. Nice compact frame.
4 - Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
5 - Duke Williams, SS, Nevada.
6 - David Bass, OLB, Miss. Western St.
7 - Sean Renfree, QB, Duke.
7 (comp) - Spencer Ware, RB, LSU. Seems redundant, but Ware is a late round gem, with Redman traits.
I really like the idea of trading back out of 17 and picking up an extra 3rd round selection. But what if Warmack and DB Cooper are gone? With the extra 3rd round selection, I'd try to go after these selections:
1: T'eo: I know, I know...hate him, love him, cardboard cutout girlfriend and all this kid is an exceptional leader on and off the field. This kid brings too many positives to pass on him. Sure, his 4.8 - 40 time isn't like P. Willis or R. Lewis (4.5 - 40) but he plays smart and we have a future 3-4 ILB for many years to come. With an extra 3rd round selection, I have no problem going this route.
2: P. Thomas: FS - Fresno State: Future FS in the waiting, and could start day 1 if need be. Hard to pass on a kid of this caliber.
3a: B. Jones: OG/OC/OT - Alabama: Man, this kid should be taken in the first round, or that's the grade I have on him. He's been dropping like a rock because of his ligament tear in his foot. I have a feeling he'll be hanging around in the 3rd round, but maybe not..hopefully, he does and we snag him.
3b: L. Ryan: CB - Rutgers: Solid man cover guy with great hands, ball awareness and known for playing on an island.
4: I like Armstead, but he's rising fast. I think M. Lattimore should still be around, and if so we should roll the dice. If he doesn't pan out, it will be just like the rest of our string of recent 4th rounders...
5: T. Kelce: TE - Cincinnati - I like D. Williams, a lot but its hard to pass on Kelce as I see a solid NFL TE here.
6: J. Collins: WR - Mount Union
7a: K. Juszcyk: FB - Harvard
7b: D. Giordano: OLB - Cincinnati
But, that's a good wish list anyways. I think T'eo, Thomas and Jones will be solid NFL starters with All-Pro potential. It's unlikely Jones will be sitting there in the 3rd, but I've seen stranger things happen. Ryan is a nice addition to a weak DB depth. Kelce is a very underrated TE, but is starting to move up the boards and can replace Miller in a few years. I'm real high on Collins. Juszcyk is a monster blocking FB with solid hands and Giordano has a lot of upside as a 3-4 OLB sleeper in the later rounds. My .02 cents anyways...