One of the best parts of the NFL off-season is the NFL Draft. With this years event now less than a week away, draft boards are being finalized and the directions a team may be looking are coming into focus. With the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are still some questions that must be answered.
This will be the fourth 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 Jason Verrett – TCU
For many, this pick may be a surprise. Yes, Verrett may be on the small side, but he is arguably the top corner in this class. He is a playmaker that can come it early in nickel and dime situations, and ease his way into the starters role.
Round 2 – WR Allen Robinson – Penn State
The Steelers wait and add a potential number one wide receiver in the second round. Robinson is a physical presence on the outside, and has some quiet big play abilities.
Round 3 (Compensation) – 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 to the defensive line. An experienced player in a three-man front, he could surprise early in his career.
Round 4 – CB Ross Cockrell – Duke
The Steelers could add another young cornerback to the mix and Cockrell could be that player. A coach on the field, he has the ability to come in and compete day one and add solid depth to the position.
Round 5 – OLB Jordan Zumwalt – UCLA
With the release of LaMarr Woodley, the team may need to add to their linebacking corps. Zumwalt is a versatile defender that could come in and compete.
Round 5 (Compensation) – RB De’Anthony Thomas – Oregon
The Steelers are looking for an explosive compliment to running back Le’Veon Bell and Thomas is that player. Small but fast, he has the ability to take it to the house on every touch.
Round 6 – NT Justin Ellis – Louisiana Tech
The Steelers need to add a big run stuffer in this draft and the 6-2; 342-pound Ellis can be that player. A versatile lineman, he has the ability to pay multiple positions up front and would be a solid edition to the defensive line rotation
Round 6 (Compensation) – WR John Brown – Pittsburg State
The Steelers may decide to add another wide receiver in this class and Brown would be a solid addition. From a small school, he may need time in the weight room and some seasoning, but he is explosive and could be a steal at this point.
Round 7 – S Brock Vereen – Minnesota
The Steelers may decide to add another safety to the mix and Vereen fits the bill as a developmental player and special teams standout. He is also a solid value in the seventh round.
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