Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0, Seven Rounds

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Round 1.
Darqueze Dennard
Cornerback, Michigan State

Look, I understand that the Pittsburgh Steelers have not selected a cornerback in the first round of an NFL Draft since 1997. Moreover, this team has plenty of other pressing holes to fill on their roster besides cornerback. However, if Darqueze Dennard would represent a ‘BPA plus Need’ selection if he is available when the Steelers go on the clock in the first round.

The 2013 Jim Thorpe Award winner capped off his fantastic collegiate career last fall with 62 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, 10 passes defensed and four interceptions for the Rose Bowl champions. A physical cornerback who has the discipline to excel in zone coverage and against the opposing run games to boot, Dennard might be an option for Pittsburgh to turn to in round one this May.

People might complain about Dennard’s supposed lack of size (5’11″ 197 lbs.) or how his straight line speed might not be in the 4.3-to-low 4.4 range. Nevertheless, I see one of the more technically sound cornerbacks in the 2014 draft class when I watch Dennard. Moreover, I see one of the most physical ones to boot who uses his hands well at and around the line of scrimmage, and a cornerback who is relentless when the ball is in his general area.

While Justin Gilbert could intrigue the Steelers at number 15 this spring, do not sleep on Dennard being a potential first round option for the franchise.

 

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft 2014 NFL Mock Draft Arthur Lynch Brent Urban Chidera Uzo-Diribe Darqueze Dennard Davante Adams Pittsburgh Steelers Walt Aikens

  • Joshua Giovannone

    Love the Dennard pick. What about that receiver out of SVSU. I thought the Steelers were taking a hard look at that guy.

    • Iron Cadet

      what makes you say that?

    • [email protected]

      Joshua, who’s this guy and what school is SVSU? Steel Valley State University? LOL!!

      • Joshua Giovannone

        Jeff Janis. It is Saginaw Valley State University

  • Joshua Giovannone

    Also Dennard’s tackling ability is not talked about too much. He had one tackle this season that really stood out. It was against OSU and literally went though an offensive lineman to get Hyde I believe

  • [email protected]

    Dom, now you’re talking man! We finally got you to go D first eh? I like this thru the first 2 rounds, I think Davante Adams is really flying under the radar and he’s got nice size at 6’2″. From Round 3 on I am a bit skeptical – I would have liked to see us taking that NT I keep on harping on about in Round 3 and Ryan Carrethers seems like a Casey Hampton clone, so I would have gone that way. Round 4 back to the secondary in my estimation. Which would you prefer, taking Dennard/Gilbert at CB or Ha Ha at S, given the choice?

    • Dom DiTolla

      Just wanted to mix it up with the hope that Dennard might fall. Like Jones, he might actually play because of a lack of personnel at CB. Any other defender will likely rot.

      I’d take Dennard since he is the best scheme fit, but if they see Golden as more of a sub-package and versatile (CB/S) player, then Clinton-Dix. Of course, I want them drafting Ebron or Amaro at 15, because I am sick of watching Spaeth, Paulson and Palmer at TE, and sick of there not being an exit strategy behind Heath at the position too.

  • bk

    No OL help? I dunno, I think that CB and WR are the two deepest positions in the draft.. I don’t think there is one that stands out, but, I think the best two are both from Clemson (wr & cb)..
    Knowing the Steelers, I still see them drafting NIX (bad wheel and all) unless Lewan is there..
    Then going OL in rd 2 and trying to find a CB/WR/TE later or with supplemental picks (which we know the steelers will get screwed on by the league) I like that Crockett Gilmore kid at TE or even Jack Niclaus’s grandson O’Leary.. probably avail in rd 5…. I really like Fiedorowicz? TE from Iowa, but, no way he makes it out of the third rd.

    • Dom DiTolla

      O’Leary is coming back for another year at the college level. As far as OL is concerned, why waste a pick on a player like Lewan who has issues with speed rushers and character issues in round one?

  • c t s

    Davante is a guy I could see the Steelers targeting, but I really hope they can snag Jordan Matthews in the second round.