With the #18 pick in the 2010 MHR Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select....
DE/OLB Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
Round 1, Pick #18 overall
Details of the pick after the jump...
From GM bfree2bronc: The Steelers have holes on both sides of the line that need to be addressed in this years draft. On the offensive side all of 2009 starters are still on the roster and the acquisition of wide receivers Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle along with rookie sensation Mike Wallace, Hines Ward and Santanio Holmes the Steelers have added depth here and the need isn't as bad as other positions. One glaring hole is at Center and since the retirement of Jeff Hartings following their Super Bowl season in 2006, the Steelers have tried Sean Mahan and Justin Hartwig at center. Mahan failed miserably, leaving Hartwig as the starter and it can be argued that he is the weak link on the offensive line. Hartwig does not have ideal strength to handle the massive defensive tackles in the AFC North, particularly those found on Baltimore’s defensive line. Centers picked in the top 20 is a rare occasion and the Steeler will address this position later in the draft.
On the defensive side of the line there are three positions that have led to the Steelers decline. Cornerback, DE and DE/OLB. The 3 starting CBs Townsend, Taylor and Gay had a total of 2 INTs and Townsend is aging at 34 years. Boise St's Kyle Wilson and Devin McCourtey are still on the board here. Defensive End is another aging group with Aaron Smith 33, Brett Keisel 31 and Travis Kirschke 35. With Suh, McCoy and Pierre-Paul off the board that leaves Jared Odrick Penn St. and he can't stay awake behind the wheel after a night of drinking. That leaves the DE/OLB position and the BPA at the time is a project 4-3 DE by the name of Derrick Morgan. On many draft boards he has surpassed defensive ends like Carlos Dunlap, Everson Griffen, Jason Pierre-Paul and everybody else. Morgan even did himself better by doing some outside linebacker drills at the NFL Combine. With the aging James Farrior who is 35, Morgan, Ziggy Hood and Lawrence Timmons will put fear in the eyes of NFL quarterbacks for years to come. Derrick Morgan is the best play at the position hands down.
Commishes' Comments: Ernesto: Well, someone was going to cash in on the excess value being accrued by guys like Morgan as the slid in this draft and it's fitting that an organization like the Steelers be the one to reap those benefits. This is a fair amount of value over need, but the value at this point is simply overwhelming. I have my doubts that Derrick can excel in the 3-4, but most do not and he's definitely worth the risk here regardless. Sayre: This is not a good pick, in my humble opinion. Not that Derrick Morgan isn't a good value in this slot, but I have never seen the guy drop back in to coverage, and it would seem that if the Steelers had one position on their team where they did NOT need another player, it would be DE/OLB with Harrison and Woodley on the edges. That said, the Steelers' defense is built to attack, and Derrick Morgan is one of the more technically refined defensive linemen in this draft. I was shocked that the Titans passed on him with their pick, simply because he fits exactly what a 4-3 defense is looking for. His ability to play on either side of the line and stop the run extremely effectively should be utilized in a 4-3 defense, but again, that's just my opinion. I know Jeremy likes him as a prospect for the Broncos :)
With the #19 pick in the 2010 MHR Community Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select....
SS Taylor Mays, USC
Round 1, Pick #19 overall
From GM maritimebronco: Is anyone is a little surprised by this pick? Mays was one of the top three players on my board. What I am getting is a player that is ranked very highly on my board and I think will transition very well into a linebacker role on our team. Mays has great coverage skills and is a tenacious tackler that can lower the boom on anyone. He will be a great help on special team and should be able to start at either Outside linebacker position and compete at the Strong Safety Position. He is a player that can play every Defensive and Special Teams down. What more could you want with a first round pick.
Commish's Comments: Ernesto: Taylor Mays became a bit of a controversial prospect following a disappointing senior season, but his offseason workouts have done wonders for his draft stock. He's a rare physical specimen at safety and would make for a unique linebacker. He has impressive tools, but needs to work on his skills. He has a knack for highlight reel plays, but could use some work on his fundamentals. I'm not sure about how he fits in with the Falcons, though... Sayre: Taylor Mays is a fantastic athlete that the Falcons desperately need in their defensive backfield. They drafted the highly touted William Moore last year, who has a lot of similar qualities to Mays, and these two can pair nicely as a safety tandem for the future. I like this pick.
With the #20 pick in the 2010 MHR Community Mock Draft the Houston Texans select...
CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
Round 1, Pick #20 overall
From GM rg2247: We feel very fortunate to have the chance at adding Kyle Wilson to our team. We had a very huge need at the CB position, after losing Dunta Robinson in Free Agency, and with Kyle, we get to fill that need with arguably the best CB in this draft. Kyle has incredible cover skills, strength, & versatility. He is also a very good return specialist. His performance at the Senior bowl, left many wondering if he isn't the best CB in this draft. He sure sold us, & we can't wait to watch him contribute to our team.
Commish's Comments: Ernesto: The title of second best corner in this draft - and therefore most likely to come off the board after Joe Haden - is hotly contested, but Wilson seems to be the favorite as of now. Kyle has emerged from the relative obscurity of playing at Boise State with an impressive Senior Bowl Week and Scouting Combine, but don't let his college destination fool you: this kid has been a top-notch football player since high school. He may be a bit too aggressive on the field, but he makes up for that with big plays and consistently solid defense. Good pick by the Texans here, who needed a CB.
ON THE CLOCK
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Round 1, Pick #21 Overall
- St,Louis Rams: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
- Detroit Lions: OT Russell Okung. Oklahoma State
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
- Washington Redskins: OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
- Kansas City Chiefs: FS Eric Berry, Tennessee
- Seattle Seahawks: FS Earl Thomas, Texas
- Cleveland Browns: NT Dan Williams, Tennessee
- Oakland Raiders: OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
- Buffalo Bills: QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
- Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
- Denver Broncos: ILB Rolando McClain
- Miami Dolphins: LB Sergio Kindle, Texas
- San Francisco 49ers: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
- New York Giants: LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
- Tennessee Titans: DE/OLB Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
- SanFrancisco 49ers: CB Joe Haden, Florida
- Pittsburgh Steelers: DE/OLB Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
- Atlanta Falcons: SS Taylor Mays, USC
- Houston Texans: CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
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