Oct 6, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier (10) celebrates in the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

AC's 7-Round Pittsburgh Steelers Mock 2.0: Post FA Day 3

My updated Steelers 7-round mock draft has underwent many changes since the first edition.  Here is my updated version.  Here is my projection of the Steelers roster heading into the draft

QB: Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones

RB: Le’Veon Bell, LaRod Stephens-Howling, HOLE

FB: Will Johnson

WR: Antonio Brown, Jericho Cotchery, Markus Wheaton, HOLE, Derek Moye

TE: Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Paulson, HOLE

LT: Kelvin Benjamin, Levi Brown

LG: Ramon Foster, Cody Wallace

C: Maurkice Pouncey, Fernando Velasco

RG: David DeCastro

RT: Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams

LDE: Cam Heyward, Brian Arnfelt

NT: Steve McLendon, HOLE

RDE: Alex Carrington, HOLE

LOLB: Jarvis Jones, HOLE

LILB: HOLE, Vince Williams, Terence Garvin

RILB: Lawrence Timmons, Sean Spence

ROLB: Jason Worilds, Chris Carter

CB: Cortez Allen, Ike Taylor, William Gay, HOLE, HOLE

FS: Mike Mitchell, Will Allen, Robert Golden

SS: Troy Polamalu, Shamarko Thomas

 

Round 1: Pick 25 (from San Diego)

PIT Gets: 1(25)

SD  Gets: 1(25) & 2(57)

The Pick: Ryan Shazier-ILB-Ohio State

He was viewed by many to be an undersized 4-3 weak side linebacker, but he could very well be a 3-4 inside linebacker.  Shazier answered questions about his size at his pro day when he weighed in at 237 pounds.  He has the all around skills needed to succeed in Dick LeBeau’s defense.  He the tools to defend the run, drop into coverage, and rush the passer.  He will be a very good complement opposite Lawrence Timmons.

 

Round 2: Pick 46

The Pick: Dominique Easley-DT-Florida

 Easley suffered two ACL injuries, one in each knee, over the course of his college career.  Had he not suffered the second injury, he could be have been considered a top 10 pick come May.  After the injury, however, the Steelers have a very good chance to grad him in the second round.  All good NFL teams in the NFL have one thing in common, BPA drafting.  Worst case scenario the Steelers have to trade Easley, Cam Heyward, or Alex Carrington.

 

Round 2: Pick 57 (from San Diego)

The Pick: Marcus Roberson-CB-Florida

Roberson is pretty raw coming into the league, but he has very nice potential.  He underperformed at the combine which could cause him to fall because he is largely thought of as an athlete with lots of potential.  His underperformance at the combine could cause him to slip to the Steelers pick here.  He won’t have to play immediately which should allow him to develop into a nice player.

 

Round 3: Comp. Pick (awarded for Mike Wallace)

The Pick: Marcus Smith-OLB-Louisville

The way Smith was utilized at Louisville is very similar to the way the Steelers like to utilize their outside backers.  Smith being comparable to Worilds only adds to the attraction.  Smith can blitz from the inside or the outside which will make him a perfect fit in LeBeau’s zone blitzing scheme.  With both starting outside linebackers having health questions, it will be good to have an above average backup.

 

Round 4: Pick 114

The Pick: Cody Latimer-WR-Indiana

Wide receiver is not as big of a need for the Steelers as many think it is.  The position does not need to be addressed until the third round at the earliest.  Latimer would be a perfect fit for the team in the fourth round.  Latimer is a vertical threat that will fit perfectly in Pittsburgh’s offense.  Although size shouldn’t be a necessary requirement for the Steelers, Latimer has a nice blend of size and speed.

 

Round 5: Pick 145

The Pick: Ryan Carrethers-NT-Arkansas State

In my opinion, Ryan Carrethers is the most underrated player in the entire 2014 NFL Draft class.  He consistently received double teams when in college at Arkansas State, despite this he still produced.  Nose tackles are only used in Dick LeBeau’s defense about 30% of the time.  Carrethers would be a stout nose tackle who can contribute on run downs.

 

Round 5: Comp Pick (awarded for Keenan Lewis)

The Pick: Bene Benwikere-CB-San Jose State

After taking Roberson, the Steelers still only have 4 corners on their roster.  Benwikere would be an excellent 5th corner.  Playing at a small school, he hasn’t received much attention.  He could wind up being a steal here at the end of the fifth round.

 

Round 6: Pick 176

The Pick: David Fluellen

With Dwyer off the board to Arizona, LaRod Stephens-Howling will likely be returning to Pittsburgh.  To complement Bell and Stephens-Howling, the Steelers need a back who can come in and gain tough yards.  Fluellen is very similar to Jonathan Dwyer, and he should be a nice third option at running back.

 

Round 7: Pick 207

The Pick: AC Leonard-TE-Tennessee Tech

Tight end isn’t an immediate need, but it will be a need after Heath Miller retires.  Leonard is a very raw tight end who is more of an athlete, but he has loads of potential.  He has three years to develop before he is able to compete for a starting role.  He is a boom or bust prospect, and if he busts he’ll be the same as most other 7th round picks.

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