Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: Seven Rounds
Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Mock Draft
Since I started doing these updates I have been able to get so much tremendous feedback from Steelers fans. And for the most part Steelers fans are intelligent and understand the needs of this team. And I am very pleased that so many of them have done their research and are well read on the top prospects. So, for this edition of the weekly Steelers mock, it’s going to be a fan created mock draft.
I am made note of all the various players Steelers fans have told me they want to see in black and gold next year. These suggestions came via Tweets, Facebook messages, and emails. And using my own draft grades I have created a full mock draft if the fans were running the franchise.
The biggest changes since the last update is obviously the first week of free agency is in the books. Unfortunately, rather than talk about all the players the Steelers have added, the tone of free agency to this point has been to watch starters leave. This has left holes at cornerback, offensive guard, outside linebacker and wide receiver. Even if this team has aspirations of adding depth at other spots line inside linebacker or defensive line, at this point finding some starters is a must. So, without further ado, here is the latest edition of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 NFL Mock draft, Rant Sports edition.
First Round-Jarvis Jones, LB Georgia
When discussing the need for a new rush outside linebacker, it's fairly universal that fans want someone early to replace linebacker James Harrison who was released. The top names tossed around are Damontre Moore from Texas A&M and Jones. But the edge for Steelers fans goes to the explosive edge rusher Jones falling to them at 17.
Second Round-Robert Woods, WR USC
Wide receiver wasn't an area of huge need until this week when it was reported that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders might be leaving for the New England Patriots. Steelers fans are pretty torn on which receiver they want to see, but one name that does keep popping up is Woods. I think that is primarily because he can likely be had in the 2nd round, and he's a very well rounded and complete pass catcher.
Third Round-Vance McDonald, TE Rice
I have been a little surprised at how concerned Steelers fans are with the injury to Steelers right end Heath Miller and the depth on the roster. I can understand that with the increased production from the tight end position and so being sure there is talent there is a top priority. The name several Steelers fans have brought to me is McDonald from Rice. McDonald is a fine football player, and excellent athlete and looks like he's only scratched the surface of his potential.
Fourth Round-AJ Klein, LB Iowa State
This was the closest race of them all among Steelers fans. It was pretty much a consensus that the team needs to add some depth on the inside, and don't want to spend an early pick on them. The other name that was also tossed around quite a bit was Penn State linebacker Mike Mauti. I lean toward Klein because even though he appeared to have injured his knee during the scouting combine, he is to be at full strength for his pro day on March 26th.
Fifth Round-Knile Davis, RB Arkansas
With all the other needs on this team I had all but written off a draft pick for a running back. But Steelers fans don't have the confidence in the current backfield that I do, and many many names have been tossed around as potential upgrades. I selected Davis here because being able to get a player with that much upside in the 5th round as many Steelers fans have pointed out is a low risk, high reward type of pick. So, since this is the mock draft of the fans, Davis is the pick here.
Sixth Round-Quinton Dial, DE Alabama
Defensive end is another spot I had moved down the priority list just due to the other needs, but most Steelers fans insist that more talent is needed. This late the only name that seemed to come up is for Dial. He's got excellent size and room to grow, and experience in a 3-4 defense. Of the players I have given a 6th round grade who can move into a 5-technique spot quickly, Dial is the top of my list.
Seventh Round-Jordan Hill, DT Penn State
Hill is another Penn State player that gets considerable mention from Steelers faithful in large part because he's a local star. But that doesn't mean Hill isn't a good player, because he is. He's a true 0-technique nose tackle prospect and could be a nice rotational player for the Steelers, with defensive tackle Casey Hampton getting older and the future of defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu in doubt.