May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; C.J. Mosley (Alabama) stands for photos with his jersey after being selected as the number seventeen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 NFL Re-Draft


The two weeks that have passed since the NFL Draft have helped me calm down to the Steelers’ draft choices.  Because of this, I figured it would be a good time to do a re-draft for the their draft class.  I’m not going to stick to the well recognized re-draft rule of choosing the same positions that were chosen in the actual draft, mostly because I hated the actual draft.  These are the players could have had on draft day, read it and weep.

 

Round 1

Original Pick: Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State

Re-Draft Pick: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

This pick was VERY close between Shazier and Mosley, but in the end I went Mosley because he is without question the better player.  The only thing that held me up was Mosley’s injury questions, but with already having a capable starter in Vince Williams I figured it was worth the risk.  You may be wondering why I would take a linebacker after I bashed the pick when it happened, and it is mostly due to the fact that there were players at other positions that fell, but not so much at inside linebacker.  Nevertheless, if Mosley can stay healthy he would have been a great fit in Pittsburgh and will be a great player in Baltimore.  It just pains me to say it.

Original Grade: B+

Re-Draft Grade: A-

 

Round 2

Original Pick: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Re-Draft Pick: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

This one isn’t difficult.  Davante Adams was one of the best players available when the Steelers picked in the second round and he also filled a huge need.  They chose to go, instead, with a player that also filled a huge need but represented horrid value.  Adams is a beast at the catch point and in the red zone, he is exactly what the doctor would have ordered for the offense in the Steel City.  Instead our wonderful (excuse the sarcasm) front office decided to go with the defensive lineman who doesn’t know how to use his size or athleticism.  Sigh.  No doubt, they will regret it when the 2014-2015 season is over.

Original Grade: C-

Re-Draft Grade: A

 

Round 3 (Compensatory)

Nov 2, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (91) during the second quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Illinois 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

 

Original Pick: Dri Archer, RB, Kent State

Re-Draft Pick: DaQuan Jones, DL, Penn State

When this picked showed up on the NFL Network ticker on Friday, May 9th I was arguably the angriest I had ever been.  And for good reason.  Archer is a fantastic player, yes.  However, in the NFL he will need to have his touches manufactured.  You simply don’t take a guy like that on the second day of the draft, especially in a deep draft like this one where you could get immediate starters at that juncture.  DaQuan Jones should have gone two rounds earlier than where he ended up, and the Steelers could have capitalized on that.  Jones is an immediate starter and would have filled a giant need in Pittsburgh.

Original Grade: D+

Re-Draft Grade: A+

 

Round 4

Original Pick: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Re-Draft Pick: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

Some may say it isn’t fair to give the Steelers Desir because no-one could have foreseen his fall this far, and I would agree if they had taken a corner earlier.  But they didn’t, so this is completely fair.  Needless, to say I don’t view Martavis Bryant near as highly as others do.  I think he has a lot of work to do before he can even become a reliable contributor, not to mention a starter, in the NFL.  Desir, on the other hand, has the tools to be an immediate contributor and a potential star in the future.  He also fits the mold of cornerback that the Steelers covet.  If only the front office hadn’t made the mistake of passing on him on draft day.

Original Grade: B

Re-Draft Grade: A+

 

Round 5

Original Pick: Shaq Richardson, CB, Arizona

Re-Draft Pick: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor

The Shaq Richardson pick was a good pick on draft day, but in the re-draft when Desir was already picked there is no need for him.  Lache Seastrunk is a much better use of the pick.  Seastrunk may very well have the worst instincts and vision of any running back in the class, but he also possesses electrifying speed, elusiveness, quickness, and acceleration.  Which is exactly what is needed in the Pittsburgh backfield.  He wouldn’t see an exceedingly large amount of carries in his first season either, which would give him plenty of time to learn all of the skills that he so desperately needs.

Original Grade: B

Re-Draft Grade: B+

 

Round 5 (Compensatory)

Original Pick: Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt

Re-Draft Pick: Wesley Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt

Some picks you just hit straight on the head, and that’s exactly what the Steelers did with this pick.  Wesley Johnson is a perfect fit for the Steelers’ zone-blocking scheme and he is also a fantastic player in his own right.  He started at every single position along the offensive line at one point in his Vanderbilt career.  His position versatility probably made him coveted in many team’s eyes, but even more so in the eyes of the Steelers front office due to the seemingly unending trend of offensive line injuries in Pittsburgh.  He may never develop into a starter, but he will most definitely be an outstanding swing lineman.

Original Grade: A-

Re-Draft Grade: A-

 

Round 6

Original Pick: Jordan Zumwalt, ILB, UCLA

Re-Draft Pick: Jordan Zumwalt, ILB, UCLA

This is another pick that the Steelers nailed on the head.  Zumwalt may not have filled a huge need, or even a need at all, but he presented amazing value.  You can also never have too many linebackers.  If you don’t agree with me on this, look at any good defense in the NFL,  their linebackers will be top notch.  Zumwalt probably won’t see the field much at all during his rookie contract but he will be an ace on special teams.  If the Steelers can retain him for his second contract I think there is a very good chance that he will become a good starter.  A Zumwalt/Shazier combo would be almost as good as a Timmons/Shazier combo.

Original Grade: A

Re-Draft Grade: A

 

Round 6 (Compensatory)

Original Pick: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee

Re-Draft Pick: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State

Other than being an absolute mountain of a man, McCullers really doesn’t provide you anything.  Nothing at all.  If he were 6’2″ and 300 pounds there is not a doubt in my mind that he wouldn’t have even garnered consideration as a draft pick.  Rashaad Reynolds, on the other hand, is victimized by his size.  Despite going undrafted, Reynolds is a stud slot corner back who will be an eventual starter in the pros.  He had an outstanding rookie mini-camp and may even garner consideration as an immediate nickel starter in Jacksonville.  He could have had that camp in Pittsburgh.

Original Grade: C-

Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Re-Draft Grade: A+

 

Round 7

Original Pick: Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts

Re-Draft Pick: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon

It is very hard to dispute a seventh round pick because by that point there are so many options left on the board.  I wasn’t hugely familiar with Blanchflower going into the draft, so I’m not going to say it was a good or bad pick.  What I will say is that I would have much rather had Colt Lyerla.  He may be a cocaine addict and a locker room cancer but if he can change his off the field ways he could be an above average starter in the NFL.  He would have been my third ranked tight end had it not been for off the field issues and this late in the draft is exactly when to draft a player like Lyerla.  If he keeps getting in trouble then he will turn out like the other 95% of seventh round picks.

Original Grade: B-

Re-Draft Grade: A-

 

There it is Steelers Nation, my 2014 Steelers re-draft.  What do you think?  How would you do it different?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section?

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  • http://www.chris-garman.com SteelByDesign

    I’ll agree to disagree on Mosley over Shazier, because it’s close. On the second round one though “filled a huge need but represented horrid value.”

    Huh?!
    I think Tuitt’s range was late first early second, and if he hadn’t gotten hurt prior to his junior year he’d likely have been a mid-to-high first. Tuitt has already shown some serious skills, slowed because of injury, and came on strong to finish the season… AND he’s only 21 years old!

    Tuitt was a home run.

    • Anthony Chiado

      He was fantastic in college, but he huge technique issues and is always trying to run around defenders instead of use his size and strength to overpower them like he should be doing. Shouldn’t have gone until the late second at the earliest.

      • scott sinclair

        I saw you like DaQuan Jones and as a Penn Stater I like him too. My fear is that he will be the next of many great Nittany DL would flopped in the pros (Courtney Brown, Michael Haynes, Jimmy Kennedy, Aaron Maybin, even Devon Still has done zilch to this point).

  • SDAZT_STEEL

    Love the re-grades. I really hope Adams (particularly as a MW fan), Amaro and every other skill-position guy they passed on in round two make them pay for taking Tuitt, who is currently taking 2nd team reps behind Cam Thomas, at that juncture. Would have liked to have seen them roll the dice on Lyerla as well as Purifoy or Roberson as well. While character issues are a concerns, inking them to UDFA deals is a low-risk/high-reward venture, especially at those positions which need such desperate help.

    • bk

      I agree…. with Amaro, Adams, and Al Robinson available I was sure they would go there in rd 2. See my post above on FA’s they did not get…

    • Anthony Chiado

      I think most teams picking in the seventh would have been smart to take Lyerla. He has the talent of a second rounder and if he doesn’t pan out then you didn’t get anything worse than half of the other teams picking in the seventh

  • bk

    As much as I hated the pick, I’ll stick with Shazier and hope he becomes the next great
    Steeler LB..
    After that I agree on Adams in 2
    Then I would have picked Jalen Watkins, CB in 3
    Get DeAnthony Thomas in 4 (or Archer, kind of the same guy, if he was still there)
    Then I like Ed Stinson the DE out of Bama.. I think he will be as good as the guy we took in rd 2.
    next… OG Halapio from FL..
    The next one is tougher, but, I like Smallwood a little better than Zumwalt, but, am OK either way..
    McCullers was agood value there if he gets stronger
    lastly I would have taken Colt Lyerla and maybe steal a top TE if he stays clean and out of trouble.
    A lot of talented FA’s and I can’t believe the Steelers didn’t get any of these:
    Roberson cb, Hurst OT, Crowell, RB, Jeffcoat de, Hoffman/Coleman wr, A. Johnosn DT,
    Grimble/duncan TE or Skov/Bullough LB…

    • Anthony Chiado

      Yeah they kind of disappointed me in the UDFA department this year. I did like the Mauro signing, but there were a lot of other guys I liked who they weren’t able to sign.

      • scott sinclair

        Agreed on that. I haven’t been very enthused about their last few UDFA classes though.

  • PJ_CA

    The 2 picks that I don’t really understand: Ryan Shazier in the 1st with several top corners still on the board, Denard, Roby, and Verrett were there – it’s hard to believe that the coaches had so little confidence in Vince Williams and Shawn Spence that they thought they needed an ILB over a CB given the mediocre at best secondary we have. THe other head scratcher pick is the Dri Archer one, again, good CBs were still there AND good WRs – why Archer? Yes, his speed is impressive, however, he’s best described as petite -which doesn’t quite fit the AFC North in my opinion.

    • ApexSteel

      We drafted Shazier and Tuitt because they can help with the defense’s real problem which was run defense. The pass defense was 9th in total yards allowed and 5th in completion percentage allowed meanwhile it was 21st in total rushing yards allowed.

      We’ve all seen what Vince Williams could do and it was serviceable, but it wasn’t spectacular. As for Sean Spence, there was a reason why he was a late third round pick. He needed work, and two years of inactivity isn’t going to help that so he’s most likely not the answer. Now that we have a complete linebacker back there Polamalu can get back into the secondary rather than having to compensate for Vince William’s inabilities. That will help the Pass D.

      Lastly, The Archer pick was fine as it was basically a 4th rounder. He’s short, but he’s built solidly. Nowhere near being “petite”.

      • Anthony Chiado

        He is only 5’8″ and 175 pounds and even though he does have a solid build, I don’t think he’s big enough to get more than 10 touches a game. He probably won’t even manage those touches at least this year.

        • ApexSteel

          Kick and punt returns, touches at running back, Wildcat(whether taking the snap or a jet sweep), and receptions. That will be way more than 10 a game.

          • Anthony Chiado

            I was only referring to offensive touches. I think if you count kick and punt returns then he will be between 10 and 15

          • ApexSteel

            And with how dangerous he is every touch is a chance to score. I mean 10 to 15 a game will more than likely be more than AB will get a game.

          • Anthony Chiado

            That’s true, but close to half of Archer’s touches figure to be in the run game. He won’t be able to take many of them to the house.

          • Anthony Chiado

            He is dangerous, though. No doubt about it.

  • ApexSteel

    It’s been 20 days. Don’t you think it’s a little early for a re-draft?

    • Anthony Chiado

      Yeah it probably is, but I was just sharing my take on what I would have done if I were in the draft room. Way to early to be sure on any of this, though.

  • Anthony Murphy

    Maybe we should let them play a game or two (or maybe an actual whole season) before you actually want to redraft an entire class. Tuitt dealt with injuries all season and was still good in spurts. Even if he doesnt ‘start’ he will still be in line for plenty of playing time.

    • Anthony Chiado

      The point of the article was to show what I would have done if I were in the draft room, not to say that what they did shouldn’t have been done or won’t end up benefiting the team

  • Jake Bendrick

    Dumbest article in history. Seriously. So dumb. Do you get paid for this? I’m going to go apply for the local newspaper and offer the following pitch. “Yeah, I have a great idea, I’m going to let people send me in their Powerball picks, and then I’m going to tell them the numbers I would have picked instead, and on top of that, I’m going to grade their numbers and then mine, and I’m going to do all this before the lottery actually happens because I’m so confident that my numbers are better.” This is one of the most meaningless, ridiculous, and asinine articles in the history of an already shoddy collection of sportswriter wannabes.

    • ApexSteel

      He’s like 16. Don’t be such a dick.

    • Guest

      If you don’t want to read it than you don’t have to

    • Anthony Chiado

      If you don’t want to read it then you don’t have to

      • scott sinclair

        I get what you were trying to do, but perhaps instead of labeling it a ‘re-draft’ you could have just maybe titled it something different.
        And much like everyone has said, it’s early to re-do some of these guys. I personally would have loved to see them take either Trevor Reilly or Tyler Starr at OLB. Mosely is good, but doesn’t have the overall range Shazier does (even though I would have loved them to address CB or WR). Lyerla just has too many red flags to waste a pick on, so no way would I have drafted him. Zumwalt is a lunchpail kind of guy who will do well on special teams and in a reserve role but he’s not starter material.

    • scott sinclair

      And yet you read the entire article and felt the need to comment…..I love idiots like you. Why don’t you start writing for the site so you can share your undoubted wisdom with us and then we can pick you apart.
      And yes, I read your entire inane response and felt the need to comment much like you did