Pittsburgh Steelers: Looking Past The First Round Of NFL Draft


Feb 18, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert speaks at a press conference during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

If you read “Pittsburgh Steelers and Last Man Standing,” some predictions for Pittsburgh’s first pick overall in the draft at number 22 were provided.

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Following that pick there will be six more rounds of selections which will see the Steelers getting seven more players. Pittsburgh received a compensatory pick in the sixth round so they will have a chance to pick two players in the same round before the draft concludes with the final round and we find out who “Mr. Irrelevant” is.

What seven new players will be heading to the ‘Burgh? It’s anyone’s guess but there are web sites that have posted predictions for the Steelers beyond the first round. Some of those forecasts are detailed below.

Walter Report.com (Walter Cherepinsky):

Round 2: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford. Cortez Allen was so bad against the Colts that he was actually trending on Twitter. Brice McCain is gone. Ike Taylor, meanwhile, was miserable in his return from injury. The Steelers are in desperate need of help at the cornerback position, and they’re getting a prospect who fits their scheme well.

Round 3: Dezmin Lewis, wide receiver/Central Arkansas. The Steelers have shown interest in many receivers during the pre-draft process. Perhaps they’ll take one in the first half of the 2015 NFL Draft. They could use a third wideout to go along with Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.

Round 4: Jeremy Langford, running back/Michigan State. The Steelers have had success with a Michigan State running back, so why not draft another? Jeremy Langford is great in terms of pass protection, which is what Pittsburgh missed most when Le’Veon Bell went down.

Round 5: Jesse James, tight end/Penn State. The Steelers could be in the market for a successor at tight end. Heath Miller turns 33 in October and has just two more years left on his contract.

Round 6: Nick Marshall, cornerback/Auburn. No one should be surprised if the Steelers spend multiple draft picks on the cornerback position, given their glaring need there.

Round 7: Cody Fajardo, quarterback/Nevada. Pittsburgh needs a better long-term No. 2 quarterback option than the anemic Landry Jones.

Round 2: Nate Orchard, outside linebacker/Utah
Round 3: Henry Anderson, defensive end/Stanford
Round 4: David Cobb, running back/Minnesota
Round 5: Adrian Amos, free safety/Penn St
Round 6: Tony Washington, outside linebacker/Oregon
Round 7: Vince Mayle, wide receiver/Washington State


Round 2: Jalen Collins, cornerback/L.S.U. Raw but possesses prototypical physical tools and as much upside as any cover guy in this class.

Round 3: Jeff Heuerman, tight end/Ohio State. Underrated prospect gets job done as a blocker and may have been underutilzed as a pass catcher.

NFLDraftGeek.com (Dante Fowler):

Round 2: P.J Williams, cornerback/Florida State). It wasn’t long ago that we were mocking P.J Williams to the Steelers in the first round, but getting popped for a DUI a month before the draft is not without consequences. We still absolutely love his game and his presence would be a big boost to Pittsburgh’s secondary which continues to get older and older every year.

Round 3: Jaquiski Tartt, safety/Samford. With Mike Mitchell disappointing and Troy Polamalu possibly entering his last year with the team the Steelers could soon be in the market for not one but two safeties. They could find their strong safety this year in Jaquiski Tartt who is a poor-man’s Kam Chancellor. Heavy hitter who is built like a linebacker, but has underrated coverage skills.

Round 4: Ben Koyack, tight end/Notre Dame. As Heath Miller nears the end adding a young tight end to groom as his replacement wouldn’t be a bad idea for Pittsburgh. Like Miller Ben Koyack profiles as a blocking tight end who can help out in that area right away, but also has some potential as a pass catcher.

Round 5: Cam Thomas, Cornerback/Western Kentucky. Bump-and-run cornerback who can step up and hit. Cam Thomas is an underrated corner who intercepted 11 passes in his career.

Round 6: Trenton Brown. Guard/Florida. Absolutely massive at 6’8″, 355 and 36″ arms. Doesn’t move terribly well but should at least get drafted based on his size alone.

Round 7: Ishaq Williams, Outside Linebacker/Notre Dame. Ishaq Williams was one of the players caught up in the Notre Dame academic cheating scandal. He has NFL size at 6’5″ and 271 and was a versatile and key player for the Fighting Irish on defense.

Round 2: Tre Jackson, offensive guard/Florida State
Round 3: Clive Walford, tight end/Miami
Round 4: Markus Golden, outside linebacker/Missouri
Round 5: Jeremy Langford, running back/Michigan State
Round 6: Greg Mancz, center/Toledo
Round 6: Deshazor Everett, cornerback/Texas A&M
Round 7: Addison Richards, wide receiver/Regina

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