Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0, Seven Rounds

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Round 1.
C.J. Mosley
Linebacker, Alabama

I will be really interested to see what Pittsburgh’s brass does if C.J. Mosley falls to them at number 15 overall in the first round. While inside linebacker is not an enormous need, the Steelers could solidify their depth there for the next decade if they select the Alabama linebacker.

An adept pass defender, I have witnessed Mosley making plays on balls thrown 15-20 yards down the field. In addition, I have seen Mosley stick with tight ends and backs who would normally burn inside linebackers on short and intermediate routes. Mosley would instantly provide Pittsburgh’s linebacker corps with the type of pass defender they thought they had in Sean Spence before the latter was injured in the preseason finale of his rookie season.

Although Mosely could use some work on his block-shedding, he is a technically sound tackler who is more than adept at playing against the run. Mosely led his team in tackles (108) this fall and even set a career-high in tackles for loss (9.0) to boot. A threat to blitz through the A-Gap as well, the Alabama linebacker even racked up 6.5 sacks during his collegiate career and led his team with 10 quarterback hurries in 2013.

Of course, the question of How often will Mosley play? as a rookie will cross the minds of many if he is indeed selected. Dick LeBeau is still the defensive coordinator of this team, and I have a hard time believing that any rookie will significant playing time unless injuries ravage or a complete lack of personnel exist at a particular position.

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  • Hart

    Of all the so-called mock drafts I have seen, I actually like this one. Picking up a TE early, which I think everyone else is missing on, is a big necessity I believe. I also like getting a couple of VERSATILE DBs is a good strategy. I wish Moye or Gilbert would pan out or we would take a top-notch WR and didn’t have to test 9 different WRs. Only change I would like to see is instead of another LB getting another DL. I do understand we would be relying on Williams, Garvin or a Spence “arrival” at ILB without drafting one however. I do like this the most of all the mocks I have seen thus far.

  • bk

    Mine: 1 – Gilbert CB Ok State, 2 – T. Niklas TE Notre Dame, 4 – McCullers DT Tenn.
    5 – K. Norwood WR Alabama, 6 – Norwell OT/G Ohio St., 7 – Davis, CB, Auburn
    Supplemental: 4 – Gayle DE/OLB VT, 5 – SMith, RB, Syracuse

  • Game_Time

    1st Mike Evans WR
    2nd Bradley Roby CB / Kyle Fuller CB /
    3rd Jackson Jeffcoat / James Gayle / Marcus Smith / Michael Sam / Aaron Lynch OLB (Comp – Mike Wallace)
    4th Terrence Brooks / Kenny Ladler / Dontae Johnson / Marqueston Huff / Tre Boston FS
    5th Daniel McCullers / Justin Ellis DT
    5th Ed Stinson / Jeoffrey Pagan / Tim Jackson / Ben Gardner DE (Comp – Lewis)
    6th Terrance West / Marion Grice / Devonta Freeman / James Wilder Jr. / Dri Archer / James White / RB
    7th Aaron Colvin CB

    UDFA Colt Lyerla TE
    UDFA Austin Wentworth / Wesley Johnson / Donald Hawkins OT
    UDFA Shaquil Barrett / Spencer Shuey / Khairi Fortt / Keenan Graham OLB
    UDFA Jeremiah George / Andrew Jackson ILB
    UDFA L’Damian Washington WR