Trading Out of Round 1, Should the Steelers Consider Moving? Part II With Abridged Mock Draft Scenarios

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Mock Drafts Post-Possible Trades

(Each trade I must add will come to within + or – 5 to 10 points on CBS Sportsline’s Draft-Pick Value Chart, and will only include picks for the 2012 Draft.  Even though Pittsburgh could receive an offer to move down like the Patriots did last season (#27 in exchange for 2nd Rounder in 2011 and 1st in 2012 from Saints), I will only be doing picks/trade scenarios which could occur in the upcoming draft.  Details aside though, let’s get started here:

Mychal Kendricks could be a viable option in Round 2. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

 

Trade with Dolphins

(Miami receives 1st Round Pick (#24) from Pittsburgh in Exchange for 2nd (#42), 3rd (#73) and 5th (#145) Round Picks)

 

#42 Kelechi Osemele OG/OT (Iowa State)

Experience at Left Tackle, and versatile Lineman with size Steelers like.


#56 Mychal Kendricks ILB (California)

On smaller side (5’11″ 240 lbs.), but has versatility and experience as 3-4 ILB.


#73 Brandon Taylor S (Louisiana State)

Integral piece of Secondary for Tigers during his career, can be groomed as Clark or Polamalu’s replacement.


#86 Mike Martin NT (Michigan)

Bowling-ball frame (6’1″ 306 lbs.), experience playing the Nose, and high motor could make Martin a favorite.


#119 Lucas Nix OG (Pittsburgh)

Western PA and Pittsburgh guy could instantly upgrade Interior Offensive Line.


#145 Rhett Ellison HB/TE (Southern Cal)

Terrific H-Back candidate could push Johnson during Rookie year and take over if he leaves.


#159 Donnie Fletcher CB (Boston College)

At 6’1″ 199 lbs., Fletcher has good size for a Corner and could possibly develop into starter.


#193 Miles Burris ILB/OLB (San Diego State)

Played in 3-3-5 Stack with Aztecs, can help inside and outside on Defense.

 

#231 Michael Smith RB (Utah State)

Scat-Back could help on 3rd Downs & Special Teams.

 

#240 Ryan Van Bergen DE (Michigan)

Reportedly impressed Steelers at Michigan Pro Day, and would be solid depth selection as 5-Technique.

 

#246 Aaron Corp QB (Richmond)

Heir apparent to Mark Sanchez with Trojans has low-risk, high-reward potential as backup.


#248 Toney Clemons WR (Colorado)

Clemons, (6’2″ 210 lbs.) is from Western PA, just met with the team, and could be a solid backup to develop.

 

Trade with Rams

(St. Louis receives 1st (#24) and 5th (#159) Round Picks from Pittsburgh in exchange for 2nd (#39) and 3rd (#65) Round Picks)

 

#39 Bobby Massie OT (Mississippi)

Fits mold and size (6’6″ 316 lbs.) of prototypical Steelers Tackle, 3-year starter, and should compete at Right Tackle.


#56 Mychal Kendricks ILB (California)

On smaller side (5’11″ 240 lbs.), but has versatility and experience as 3-4 ILB.


#65 Brandon Brooks OG (Miami OH)

Massive run-blocker (6’5″ 346 lbs.) will have chance to start Day 1 at Right Guard.


#86 Cam Johnson OLB (Virginia)

Experience playing in 3-4 and 4-3 systems at Virginia and under former N.F.L. Coach Al Groh.


#119 Antonio Allen S (South Carolina)

Played “Spur” position with Gamecocks as in-the-box Safety/Linebacker, versatility terrific.


#193 Hebron Fangupo NT (Brigham Young)

Stout (6’1″ 323 lbs.) Nose Tackle which can plug gaps and also chip in at 5-Technique.


#231 Ryan Van Bergen DE (Michigan)

Reportedly impressed Steelers at Michigan Pro Day, and would be solid depth selection as 5-Technique.


#240 Gerell Robinson WR (Arizona State)

One-year wonder has size (6’3″ 227 lbs.) and athleticism to be worth 7th Round flier and could develop.


#246 David Paulson TE (Oregon)

Smaller Tight End (6’3″ 246 lbs.) met with team and can help in the passing game and replace Weslye Saunders if need be.


#248 Aaron Corp QB (Richmond)

Heir apparent to Mark Sanchez with Trojans has low-risk, high-reward potential as backup.

 

Trade with Eagles

(Philadelphia receives 1st (#24) and 3rd (#86) Round Picks in exchange from Pittsburgh for two 2nd (#46 & #51) and 4th (#114) Round Picks)

 

#46 Bobby Wagner ILB (Utah State)

Small like Kendricks (6′ 240 lbs.), but a tackling machine.

 

#51 Ronnell Lewis OLB (Oklahoma)

Can bring heat off the edge and versatile skill-set which LeBeau and Butler love.

 

#56 Amini Silatolu OG (Midwestern State)

D-II player with size (6’4″ 311 lbs.), athletic ability, and upside.


#114 Akiem Hicks NT (University of Regina, Canada)

Former L.S.U. Tiger and JC Star tore it up in Canada last couple years, and would give Coach Mitchell a raw prospect to mold.


#119 Brandon Mosley OT (Auburn)

Started 2 years at Auburn, at (6’6″ 314 lbs.) could be worth look in Round 4.


#193 Keith Tandy CB (West Virginia)

Recently visited with team, could provide depth and possible starter in two years.


#231 Ryan Van Bergen DE (Michigan)

Reportedly impressed Steelers at Michigan Pro Day, and would be solid depth selection as 5-Technique.


#240 Gerrell Robinson WR (Arizona State)

One-year wonder has size (6’3″ 227 lbs.) and athleticism to be worth 7th Round flier and could develop.

#246 David Paulson TE (Oregon)

Smaller Tight End (6’3″ 246 lbs.) met with team and can help in the passing game and replace Weslye Saunders if need be.

 

#248 Aaron Corp QB (Richmond)

Heir apparent to Mark Sanchez with Trojans has low-risk, high-reward potential as backup.

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  • bryan10s

    I am impressed with your research for a fan site. You arent just throwing out opinions that arent thoughtful. I am hopeful we (Steelers) draft Kellen Moore late in the draft to back up Ben. I think the BYU DT Hebron Fangupo is in the mix because they have had success in defensive linemen from BYU in the past. I like your Paulson, Van Bergen and Corp insight. I am still hopeful we get Poe or Baron in round 1. I think Stevenson Sylvester deserves a shot at the ILB job but I’ll take Hightower.

  • DomDiTolla

     @bryan10s Well thank you for the kind words bryan10s.  Also, I’m glad you commented on the Brigham Young D-Linemen as well.  Keisel and Hoke did/have done a nice job over their careers.  I like Fangupo a lot though because he has a squat frame similar to Hampton’s, can clog the middle and he played some 5-Technique to boot.  He will be 27 at the beginning of the season (Mormon Missionary Trip) and won’t provide much from a pass-rush stand-point which is a bit disconcerting, but he would at least help to provide adequate depth all along the Defensive Line and could contribute like Keisel (when he was a role player) and Hoke did.  In my opinion he is a rotational guy, and the team did bring in for a visit this offseason.

  • MarkArmor

    Here’s an option I haven’t heard anywhere else.  Why not trade Mike (ME) Wallace to Indianapolis for their second round pick.  That would give them a great wide receiver for Luck, and would give us the 24th pick, the 34th pick, and still keep our own second rounder.  Plus, we wouldn’t have to figure out how to pony up that much money for Wallace. 

  • DomDiTolla

     @MarkArmor I like where your head is at MarkArmor in terms of finding ways to go up early in Round 2, but at this point no team (especially a team with as many needs as the Colts do) would make such a trade.
     
    Most of that has to do with the fact that they would have to give up a high draft pick for Wallace and they would also have to work out a long-term deal with him before he became a Free Agent in 2013 (think Santonio Holmes and how the Jets had to sign him after he was traded there the year before he became a Free Agent).  Teams like Indianapolis, Minnesota, St. Louis, Jacksonville etc. would be better served waiting until Rounds 2-5 to acquire a talented player at a fraction of the price without having to allocate so much money to a player like Wallace who wants to be “Oprah Rich” and still be on the hook for a long term deal.
     
    Plus, Pittsburgh will likely receive a 3rd Round compensatory pick in 2014 after Wallace leaves so the price to trade him will likely be more because his off-field behavior is not what Santonio Holmes’ was.  It would take a 1st or a high 2nd to let Wallace walk, and because of how expensive he is, and the threat of him becoming a UFA down the road, he will remain with the Steelers in his final contract year.
     
    In sum, I don’t believe from a financial and football standpoint that there are/will be any Font Offices looking in his direction this week.  Teams would be better served to wait until this season ends where the only thing they would have to give up is a contract, not a contract plus draft picks.  Plus, if Wallace struggles this season, his price could go down, and those in the market for him could get him at a bargain rate as well.