One of the best parts of the NFL off season is the NFL Draft. With this years event moved to May, it gives fans even more time to dissect the players and determine the right fit for their favorite franchise. With free agency in full swing, some draft pictures are becoming clear and that appears to somewhat be the case with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This will be the first attempt of 2014 at projecting all seven rounds in a mock draft for the Steelers. As always, we would truly appreciate any and all feedback on this attempt at a mock draft or any of our articles at Steelers101. Feel free to interact with us on these picks by commenting on the post, on our facebook fan page or on twitter @Steelers_101.
Round 1 – CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State
The Steelers could go many different directions with this selection, Dennard makes the most sense with the players available. A talented corner, he may be the most game ready player available at the position. With Ike Taylor in the fold for one more season and Cortex Allen potentially a free agent, they need to be prepared for the long haul.
Round 2 – WR Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss
The Steelers are looking for help at wide receiver and they find it in Moncrief. A big receiver, he has a skill set that should allow him to develop into a solid playmaker in the NFL.
Round 4 – DE Will Clarke – West Virginia
The Steelers are definitely going to address all of the layers of their defense and Clarke could come in and add depth too the defensive line. An experienced player in a three-man front, he could surprise early in his career.
Round 5 – OLB Morgan Breslin – USC
With the release of LaMarr Woodley, the team may need to add to their linebacking corps. Breslin is a versatile defender that could come in and compete.
Round 6 –WR/RB Dri Archer – Kent State
The Steelers could use a diminutive playmaker on offense and Archer has the skill set to make that happen. Yes, he is small, but he has speed and hands, something you cannot teach.
Round 7 – CB Ross Cockrell – Duke
The Steelers decide to double up on cornerback's and Cockrell would be a decent compliment to Dennard. An experienced defensive back, he has solid burst and better instincts.
The Steelers will likely receive some compensation picks in this draft, which will give them some added flexibility. With so many holes, there are a ton of possibilities with this deep draft class.
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