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  1. Steelers Draft Grades

    Chase Claypool B - Going into the draft I didn't really consider Claypool for the Steelers in the 2nd round. I thought one of the other big WRs would be there like Higgins or Pittman. Denzel Mims was there and I would have probably taken him over Claypool. I see Mims as more of a gamechanger than Claypool. The reason I think they choose Claypool is all the little things he does well. He is an excellent run blocker and played special teams every year at Notre Dame. He will give Ben another big body to look for in the redzone. I do have concerns if he will be able to separate from NFL CBs. If he does have those issues, I could see him moving to TE like Darren Waller did. He was projected to go late 2nd-early 3rd, so decent value with the pick. In 2020, I see Claypool playing in certain packages, especially in the redzone. He will cover kicks on special teams too. Alex Highsmith B+ - This is probably my favorite pick for the Steelers. I had Highsmith in my Steelers mock in the 4th round. He went in the 3rd but he was surging up teams draft boards leading up to the draft. Highsmith has great pass rushing ability and a motor that doesn't stop. He will need to get stronger and improve against the run, but those things are achievable. The most important skill for a 3-4 OLB is getting to the QB, and Highsmith knows how to do that. In 2020, I see Highsmith being a rotational player and taking the snaps that were given to Chickillo. Highsmith will be a very good special teams player too, like Claypool. I think he could develop into the starter, if Bud leaves next year. Anthony McFarland C - I am not a fan of this pick. It wasn't a reach, McFarland was projected to go somewhere between rounds 4-6. I would have liked to see them take either Tyler Biadasz, Rashard Lawrence or K'Von Wallace. I also thought they were better RBs on the board too. McFarland is a different RB than what the Steelers have. He is 5'8", 208 lbs and ran a 4.4 40. He is a home run type RB. Against Ohio State in 2018, he had runs of 75, 81 and 52. He had 298 yards in that game. He played through a high ankle sprain in 2019, which is why his numbers slipped. I don't like that for a RB his stature he didn't catch the ball out of the backfield at Maryland. He also needs to work on his pass pro if he wants to see the field on 3rd down. I wasn't against taking a small back, but McFarland doesn't do the things you want from a small back. Unless there are injures I don't see McFarland seeing the field too much in 2020. I actually think Kerrith Whyte is going to make it hard for McFarland to make the roster. Kevin Dotson B+ - I have no idea how Kevin Dotson wasn't invited to the NFL combine. He was a first team All-American. The draft projections on Dotson were all over the place. I saw anywhere from the 3rd round to late in the draft. Kevin Dotson kind of reminds me of Chris Kemoeatu. He is a nasty run blocker and super strong. He started 52 games at Louisiana, so he is really durable. He will need to improve his pass protection to start in the NFL. I see the Steelers going with Villanueva/Feiler/Pouncey/DeCastro/Okorafor as their starters with Wisniewski and Banner being the backups. Dotson will make the team and most likely will be inactive for most games in 2020. I do see him developing into a starter in a few years. Antoine Brooks B+ - Antoine Brooks was probably the Steelers best value pick in the draft. He was projected to go in the 4th or 5rd, and the Steelers got him in the 6th. Brooks is a hybrid S/LB and possible replacement for Mark Barron. He is a hard hitter and plays with great passion. He is a liability in coverage and will need to improve on that if he wants to play in the NFL. He is very similar to Marcus Allen, who they picked a few years ago and will battle for a roster spot in 2020. If he does make the team it will be because of his spectacular special teams play. Carlos Davis C - Carlos Davis is very athletic for his size but he isn't really good at anything. He has short arms and plays too tall, so I don't think he would be a good NT. He has no value as a pass rusher either. Davis is a major project that will require a few years on the practice squad if he doesn't get cut.
  2. J_DUB724's Steelers Mock Draft 1.0

    Remember with the new CBA that the roster size is 55 now. They could all make the team. If they do cut one, I agree it would be Skipper.
  3. J_DUB724's Steelers Mock Draft 1.0

    It was a round early but I got the Alex Highsmith pick right. Cushenberry, Edwards and Vaughn all went in the 3rd too.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU Washington Redskins- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State Detroit Lions- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State New York Giants- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa Miami Dolphins- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon Los Angeles Chargers- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama Carolina Panthers- Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson Arizona Cardinals- Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama Jacksonville Jaguars- Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn Cleveland Browns- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia New York Jets- Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville Las Vegas Raiders- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts)- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina Denver Broncos- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama Atlanta Falcons- C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida Dallas Cowboys- K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers)- Josh Jones, OT, Houston Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears)- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama Philadelphia Eagles- Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills)- Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor New England Patriots- A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa New Orleans Saints- Patrick Queen, LB, LSU Minnesota Vikings- A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama Seattle Seahawks- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State Baltimore Ravens- Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma Tennessee Titans- Austin Jackson, OT, USC Green Bay Packers- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU San Francisco 49ers- Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU Kansas City Chiefs- Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan
  5. J_DUB724's Steelers Mock Draft 1.0

    Alex Highsmith liked my Steelers mock draft on Twitter. I think he would like to get drafted by the Steelers.
  6. J_DUB724's Steelers Mock Draft 1.0

    I think Cush is a 2020 guy and Edwards could be. Cush has a better chance of starting day 1 at LG over any RB or WR taken.
  7. J_DUB724's Mock Draft 1.0

    Cincinnati Bengals- Joe Burrow, QB, LSU Washington Redskins- Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State Detroit Lions- Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State New York Giants- Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson Miami Dolphins- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama Los Angeles Chargers- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon Carolina Panthers- Derrick Brown, IDL, Auburn Arizona Cardinals- Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama Jacksonville Jaguars- Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina Cleveland Browns- Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa New York Jets- CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma Las Vegas Raiders- Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts)- Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville Denver Broncos- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU Atlanta Falcons- K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU Dallas Cowboys- Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers)- Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago Bears)- C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)- Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU Philadelphia Eagles- Patrick Queen, LB, LSU Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills)- Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU New England Patriots- Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State New Orleans Saints- Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma Minnesota Vikings- A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)- Grant Delpit, S, LSU Seattle Seahawks- Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin Baltimore Ravens- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU Tennessee Titans- Neville Gallimore, IDL, Oklahoma Green Bay Packers- Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado San Francisco 49ers- Cesar Ruiz, IOL, Michigan Kansas City Chiefs- D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
  8. 2. Lloyd Cushenberry, IOL, LSU (6'3", 312 lb, 40:5.27) Cushenberry was a team leader on the national champion LSU Tigers. He anchored the Joe Moore Award-winning offensive line, which is awarded to college football’s best unit. He played center at LSU, but has the skills to move to guard. He has big arms, long arms and is very strong. This will give the Steelers options at multiple positions. At LG, they could start either Cushenberry, Wisniewski or Feiler. At RT, they could start either Feiler, Okorafor or Banner. I would hope that Cushenberry and Feiler win the starting battles. This would give the Steelers good depth across the OL with Wisniewski, Okorafor and Banner. 3. Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina (6'3", 212 lbs) Edwards had consistent production in the SEC with very erratic QB play. He reminds me of another former South Carolina WR that I wanted the Steelers to draft, Deebo Samuel. He is very physical, but much bigger than Deebo. Deebo was a more fine tuned WR coming out of South Carolina with his excellent route running and good hands. Edwards didn't run a 40 because of an injury he had late in 2019. He wasn't expected to put up a great time any way. His game is using his big body and making contested catches. Edwards will finally give the Steelers a big WR to use. The core of Juju, Johnson, Washington and Edwards would be exciting with Ben at QB. RECEIVING SEASON TEAM G RECPT YDS TDS 2016-17 South Carolina 12 44 590 4 2017-18 South Carolina 13 64 793 5 2018-19 South Carolina 13 55 846 7 2019-20 South Carolina 10 71 816 6 https://youtu.be/laB5f_5FaDk - HIGHLIGHTS 4a. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt (5'10", 214 lbs, 40:4.51) We continue taking SEC players with Vaughn. Vaughn had good production with a bad OL in the toughest conference in the country. He has the prototypical size. He isn't flashy but is very decisiveness as a runner. Vaughn is a one cut and hit the hole turn running back. I don't see Vaughn making a huge impact in year one with Conner, Samuels and Snell ahead of him. This is a contract year for Conner, and we all know his injury past. I could see the Steelers letting him go and moving ahead with the three young backs next year. RUSHING SEASON TEAM G ATT YDS TDS 2015-16 Illinois 11 157 723 6 2016-17 Illinois 11 60 301 3 2018-19 Vanderbilt 12 157 1244 12 2019-20 Vanderbilt 12 198 1028 9 TOTAL 46 572 3296 30 RECEIVING SEASON TEAM G RECPT YDS TDS 2015-16 Illinois 11 16 119 0 2016-17 Illinois 11 9 89 0 2018-19 Vanderbilt 12 13 170 2 2019-20 Vanderbilt 12 28 270 1 TOTAL https://youtu.be/vDTgkG1bT3Y -HIGHLIGHTS 4b. Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte (6'3'', 248 lbs, 40:4.70) We break the SEC trend and go small school with this pick. Highsmith reminds of Javon Hargrave. He wasn't recruited out of HS, went to a small school and dominated there. He sacked Trevor Lawrence when they played Clemson and Dabo Swinney raved about him after the game. He doesn't have the length you would like at OLB, but has a motor that doesn't quit. He will provide depth at OLB and help on special teams immediately. I don't know if Highsmith will ever be a future starter, though I see him being a better Anthony Chickillo with more upside. Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF 2016 Charlotte CUSA FR LB 11 11 6 17 2.0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2017 Charlotte CUSA SO LB 9 23 10 33 5.0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2018 Charlotte CUSA JR DE 12 38 22 60 18.5 3.0 0 0 0 1 0 2 *2019 Charlotte CUSA SR DE 13 43 32 75 21.5 15.0 0 0 0 3 0 2 https://youtu.be/Z5AnaQVWfj4 -HIGHLIGHTS 6. Bravvion Roy, IDL, Baylor (6'1'', 332 lbs) Roy has a wide-body with a steady base. He is surprisingly quick and nimble. He is strong at the point of attack. Roy does have short arms that can create some problems. He uses his high motor to work through them though. Javon Hargrave left a big hole in the middle of that defense. I don't think McCullers, Roy or any single person will fill that void. It will be a rotation of players at NT, with some of the DEs playing there too. Roy is somebody that they can groom into that role with time. He got better every year at Baylor and hopefully that trend continues. He had two block field goals at Baylor, so he help be able to help there too. Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF *2016 Baylor Big 12 FR DT 6 5 2 7 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2017 Baylor Big 12 SO DT 11 16 15 31 3.0 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 *2018 Baylor Big 12 JR DT 11 15 19 34 3.0 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 *2019 Baylor Big 12 SR DT 14 35 26 61 13.0 5.5 0 0 0 0 0 1 https://youtu.be/bJyV9fg4vTs -HIGHLIGHTS 7. Colton McKivitz, OT, West Virginia (6'6'', 306 lbs, 40:5.35) Colton has 4 years of starting experience at WVU. He has played both LT and RT. He projects more to RT in the NFL. He might not the measurables you want at OT, but he is a smart football that uses good technique. He plays with a nasty demeanor too. Colton will have to fight for that 9th OL spot. At worst he could join the practice squad and continue to grow there.