Over the course of the past several weeks I’ve carefully considered quite a passel of fine-looking young men. All of them are not only good-looking but have impressive football credentials (at least when you consider where they are likely to be drafted) and are, insofar as one can judge, high-character prospects.
This was all very enjoyable, but now comes the hard part—whittling it down to a single guy per Steelers pick. Some of the guys’ draft stocks have been moving up or down over the course of the last few weeks, but let’s be honest—nobody really knows what’s going to happen. You could even argue, given the two big-time trades for the No. 1 overall and No. 2 overall slots, that nobody knows for sure who the top two teams are going to take. Laremy Tunsil, the pre-trades consensus No. 1 pick, has just been ousted by Carson Wentz, who a few weeks ago was Rob Rang’s “sleeper pick”. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t seem to me that you can call a guy going in the top five players of the draft a “sleeper pick.”
The Round Three picks mocked to the Steelers fell into three distinct groups—offense, safeties, and linebackers. I covered the first two groups last week, and today we dive into the Middle Four, as I’ve never seen it called but seems logical to me.
If you missed the earlier two articles you can find links at the bottom of the page. But to bring you up to speed, I began with a fairly hefty list of guys, because unlike Round 1 there was not a single repeat player in the various mocks I looked at. I then culled the list using my own criteria:
- Charone Peake, WR (Kadar)
- Scooby Wright, ILB (draftsite.com)
- Kamalei Correa, OLB (PFF)
- Sean Davis, FS (Invictus XI)
- Deion Jones, OLB (Brown)
- Vadal Alexander, OG/OT (Reuter)
- Jordan Jenkins, OLB (Schmeltzer)
- Jeremy Cash, S (SteelersWire)
I added Su’a Cravens to the list because he was showing up in so many mocks in the second round, and I was glad I did. A very impressive young man! But now let’s look at two of OLBs: Read more
Almost everyone seems almost convinced that, despite their recent history of passing up DBs in the first and second round, at least, the Steelers will take a defensive back in the first round. (The last time they did so, they traded up for Troy Polamalu in 2003. That seems to have worked out okay.)
Although Eli Apple, who has been heavily mocked to the Steelers, has been moving up the board, with some showing him going as soon as No. 15, there are a number of possibilities, including one I didn’t cover, Kendall Fuller.
But it is always possible that the DBs for whom the Steelers have a first-round grade will be gone by No. 25, and that being the case, let’s look at a couple of other players I’ve seen mocked to the Steelers. Read more