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JawnyBlaze

Random mocks from around the net

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I mostly just browse the walterfootball mock draft database, but this one caught my attention. I actually don't like our 1st round pick (Coples at #9) but it's a pretty good looking mock overall. A lot of picks had me nodding my head thinking I could definitely see that team taking that player (Jenkins to the Cowboys in the 1st, Lamar Miller to the Broncos in the 1st, Trent Richardson to the Browns, the Patriots taking Floyd and Still in the 1st, Steelers taking Dontari Poe in the 1st, Texans taking Ta'amu in the 1st to name a few). And he has us taking Minnifield in the 2nd.

http://www.mynfldraft.com/NFL-Mock-Draft

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Do we really need another DE?

It's definitely not our top need. Hardy has been improving but when you look at his stats for the year, he probably was not ready to start this season. I think we are OK at the position and there are several other positions that are worse. If they think Coples is a Peppers like talent and can be that kind of difference maker, then I think they take him.. but I don't think that will be the case.

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Coples is 2 inches taller and 8 pounds heavier than Hardy. I'd say Hardy's pretty much the same size with 2 more years of experience. Coples would be unnecessary. Anything else on the D would be a smarter pick.

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not the same player, but I think Coples can play the 3tech successfully and full time.

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Steelers need OL still.

I wouldn't be excited about Coples, but I'd trust Rivera's decision. I'd rather have Blackmon, CB or OLB.

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Do we really need another DE?

No.

It's definitely not our top need. Hardy has been improving but when you look at his stats for the year, he probably was not ready to start this season. I think we are OK at the position and there are several other positions that are worse. If they think Coples is a Peppers like talent and can be that kind of difference maker, then I think they take him.. but I don't think that will be the case.

If you ONLY go by stats, then ok Hardy is just an average DE. But if you're actually watching the game, he is pressuring the QB on almost every pass play and plays the run a lot better than most give him credit for. QB pressures are almost as good as sacks (lead to INTs/incompletions) and one of those deep statistical analysis (can't remember which one) said Hardy had a very nice rookie year for his playing time. Lot of QB pressures and stuff that don't show up on NFL.com's stat sheet. I'll be interested to see what they say after this year, but I'll bet it's more of the same.

Steelers need OL still.

I wouldn't be excited about Coples, but I'd trust Rivera's decision. I'd rather have Blackmon, CB or OLB.

Ditto on all points. And yea the Steelers still need some OL, but Casey Hampton ain't getting no younger and as far as I know they don't really have a replacement for him yet. Their whole d-line is getting old and worn out, hell their whole defense is getting old and worn out. They're still good, but guys are going to start dropping like flies soon to injury and retirement and they're gonna be screwed without their vaunted defense. Average defense for the Steelers makes for a below average team overall.

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Here's another mock that I thought was well done, and again I don't care for our 1st round pick (Alshon Jeffrey at #7 is a bit high for him in my opinion but all my favorite targets, Blackmon, Claiborne, and Kalil are all gone). In that scenario I'd really hope we could trade down. 3 round mock with good analysis and videos for some of the players.

http://www.drafttek.com/CMDRound1.asp

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No.

If you ONLY go by stats, then ok Hardy is just an average DE. But if you're actually watching the game, he is pressuring the QB on almost every pass play and plays the run a lot better than most give him credit for. QB pressures are almost as good as sacks (lead to INTs/incompletions) and one of those deep statistical analysis (can't remember which one) said Hardy had a very nice rookie year for his playing time. Lot of QB pressures and stuff that don't show up on NFL.com's stat sheet. I'll be interested to see what they say after this year, but I'll bet it's more of the same.

Ditto on all points. And yea the Steelers still need some OL, but Casey Hampton ain't getting no younger and as far as I know they don't really have a replacement for him yet. Their whole d-line is getting old and worn out, hell their whole defense is getting old and worn out. They're still good, but guys are going to start dropping like flies soon to injury and retirement and they're gonna be screwed without their vaunted defense. Average defense for the Steelers makes for a below average team overall.

I see Hardy get pushed completely out of the play on run plays quite often. I would say he is below average in playing the run and average in pass rushing in comparison to other starting DE's in the NFL. You don't see Hardy blowing up running plays (ever) like CJ does.

Don't get me wrong, I think Hardy has all the tools to become a good DE for us, and this is a learning year for him, just like several players on our team. But, I do not think Hardy would be a starter on most NFL teams (right now) based on his inconsistency to hold the point of attack on run downs.

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Steelers need OL still.

I wouldn't be excited about Coples, but I'd trust Rivera's decision. I'd rather have Blackmon, CB or OLB.

Blackmon will be a Top 4 pick, I am 100% sure of that. We have 0% shot at getting a Top 4 pick methinks. Colts will take Luck, then the Vikings, Rams, and Jags could all take Blackmon picks #2-4

Blackmon is pretty much off the table for us because we beat the Bucs.. and will probably beat them again which will take us out of contention for Claiborne as well..

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