Hind sight being 20/20 I really wish I had done this earlier (even last night) as my picks fall into place PERFECTLY.
This trading back scenario really has me believing it could occur. It can occur. And yes, it will occur.
While most people look for trading down options primarily in the 1st round, I took it in another direction altogether. I bet we stay put at 15, draft the CB below, but when our turn comes around in the 2nd at 46- our phone will ring. 49ers are on the other end. They want Jordan Matthews, Jerry Rice's cousin. He's graded 57 overall with with another 10 teams between our pick and theirs... he wont last that long. Hell, we could take him.
So, we strike a deal. Swap our 46 for their 56, and they give us their extra 3rd round, 77th pick. When I wrote this mock I had no idea what player would be dropping that could make this happen. But the bible showed it to me tonight. BTW- youll notice the number of times I mention most of these guys being team captains. Why? Because I was the only one that saw that was the trend last year with ALL of our picks. We dont want iffy, maybe, halfass players anymore. We want leaders.
Enjoy folks. This is as real is itll ever get.
With the 15th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select... (I still hate you Goodell for making us wait another 2 weeks, you f'in jag off, when the original date wouldnt be a problem for Easter)
15 Kyle Fuller, CB Virginia Tech- a senior (MT has only ever drafted senior CBs), a "Permanent Captain" on his team, a position flexible defender (played both safety and cb), from Va Tech (a very close defense to ours), is best in a man off coverage, is 6 foot, plays the run HARD, and ran a 4.0. This kid is what I was hoping Dennard from Michigan State would be. The Combine showed me otherwise. Oh, I forgot to mention- he's a blood line. The Fuller name is in the NFL almost as much as the Matthews boys.
56 (from 49ers for our 46) Donte Moncrief, WR Ole Miss- Ive had this kid attached to us for months. SEC product, over 6'2, built strong at 220, runs a 4.0 AND the ENTIRE ROUTE TREE. We interviewed him at the Combine. While most of the WRs we draft we seniors, there have been a few juniors (Wallace) that weve taken high. This kid plays like a taller, faster Hines Ward.
77 (from 49ers in above deal) Terrence Brooks, S Florida State- Another kid Ive had attached to the black and gold for months. Position flexible, this time from CB to S. Plays angry vs the run, calls all the plays in the 2ndary, captain of the team, is 6 foot, and runs a 4.0. Can cover the slot as well as the TE. This is Clarks replacement. Im not sure what to do with the Shark.
97 (Wallace Comp) Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB Boise State- and yet another from my past mocks. Hes another Woodley/Worilds product, though at Boise St he was asked to stand up almost as much as when he had a hand in the ground. Powerful vs the run, can scare the shit outta QBs as he uses numerous blitzing moves, and has spent time dropping into coverage. And yes, a team captain. As of today our only depth at OLB is Chris Carter. Need I say more?
116 Arthur Lynch, TE Georgia- Finally, a guy that can officially take over for Miller in 1-2 years. Used mostly in line when blocking, but was a certain threat on 3rd down and goal line. Uses his size, 6'5 255, to block out defenders. Isnt gonna out run anyone, but knows the entire route tree and runs tight routes so he will make separation. Yup, another team captain.
133 (Lewis Comp) Phillip Gaines, CB Rice- Colbert let the cat out of the bag a few weeks ago when he said he "loved" the DBs in the East West Shrine game. I was originally set on Cockrell, but the combine showed me (and everyone who paid attention) that Gaines might be the more well rounded pick. At 6'0 200 he is Cortez Allen 2.0. Ran faster than a 4.4, and can play inside or out. And he is so much of a leader that he was the FIRST EVER junior to be named team captain at Rice. Ever.
152 Ryan Carrethers, NT Arkansas State- finally a true 0 tech. This kid showed at the combine why he was so disruptive to offenses, especially in the backfield. Had almost 200 tackles while really only starting the last 2 years. He is the definition of the term Bull Rush. Google an interview with him. Now close your eyes. Sounds like Dermontti doesnt it? A very bright kid with a passion to play. Due to the game going more pass happy the NT wont get used alot. So a later pick for the 0 tech makes perfect sense. But what to do when hes not on the field.... oh, thats right, pick 191
191 Deandre Coleman, DL Cal- is a natural in a 30 front base defense either at 5 tech. Has the size that some in the 40 front may like him as their 1 tech. I like what Ive seen with him on the end at the 5. Tomlin has been drafting bigger DL to play the 5 lately, with most on or over 300 lbs. This kid is right up there. Hell, at 6'5 315 he could play RT. Plays the run much better than the pass, but thats expected in our defense. Although pairing him with Cam in the middle of the 2-4-5 nickel set would be very fun to watch. And yes, a team captain.
214 (Mendy Comp) James Morris, LB Iowa- James is natural ILB in a 34, either at the Mack or Buck. Hes always running downfield, and understands the game very well. While his 40 time was only 4.8 I bet he does better on his pro day as the tape shows, and stats, that he can cover. And make picks. (4 last year alone) The stat that grabs Tomlins attention? 399 tackles in the Big Ten. And heres our 2nd Permanent Captain. Catching a trend here?
229 Jalen Saunders, OW Oklahoma- And Haley gets his toy. There are 3 kids in this draft that are essentially the same type of player. Saunders, Archer from Kent State and Thomas from Oregon, are all RB/WR/Offensive Weapons. Line'm up anywhere and just let'm go. All 4.4 or sub 4.4, and all the size of a thimble. We missed on Rainey, so we try again. Id rather have Dri Archer but Im betting someone gets him a little earlier with a kick ass 40.
255 (Mundy Comp) Trey Millard, FB/HBack/TE Oklahoma State- to me this kid looks like Will Johnsons twin. But if you look deeper you find an interesting thing about Trey. He was used in the Cowboys short yardage. Not even so much as a blocker (yeah, sometimes) but also as a ball carrier. He was their short yardage pick up. This kid has the chance to be big and play big. For those yinzers that miss the Bus, Trey will make them happy. The biggest difference is that Millard can also block AND catch. Imagine this- Its 3rd and goal. Full House set (3 in the backfield). Joining Ben is Bell, Will and Trey. Ummm, who's getting the ball? Good luck with that defense. And yes, he is also a team captain.