Pittsburgh Steelers

On the clock: Houston Texans, Pick: 7.41


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PickOverallChoiceNotes
1.1515Justin Gilbert, CB
from Oklahoma State
We had a lengthy discussion about the top two corners on the board but ultimately went with the lanky and super-athletic Gilbert. His high upside and immediate ability to be an impact on Special Teams will make him an instant contributor and he will have a chance to play in sub packages behind Taylor-Allen-Gay and work his way into a starting role by 2015.
2.1446Stephon Tuitt, DT
from Notre Dame
After some deliberations, we agreed on Tuitt who has tremendous upside and can step in right away as a starter at the 5-tech DE spot in the 3-4 opposite of Cam Heyward. With Heyward and Tuitt anchoring the ends, the Steelers rebuilt defensive line is starting to take shape. Tuitt can be a 3-down player playing 3-4 DE on rushing downs and sliding to the inside with enough burst to get pressure in a 2-down nickel set on 3rd downs.
3.3397Jared Abbrederis, WR
from Wisconsin
As our selection approached, a number of targets went off of the draft board. Abberderis provides us with some size and toughness. His ability as a route runner could mean that he will see the field as a rookie.Jared Abbrederis, WR
from Wisconsin
As our selection approached, a number of targets went off of the draft board. Abberderis provides us with some size and toughness. His ability as a route runner could mean that he will see the field as a rookie.
4.18118Justin Ellis, DT
from Louisiana Tech
The Steelers continue to rebuild our defensive front by adding the massive Ellis who played multiple positions along the line at Louisiana Tech. Ellis has the ability to play the 0-tech NT spot on first and second downs and is quick enough off the snap with good hand technique to stay on the field on third downs. The nose tackle position was a massive hole in our defense last year, and Ellis gives us the potential to slide Steve McLendon outside to DE.
5.17157Brent Urban, DE
from Virginia
We decided to double-dip at defensive end. We considered Urban as early in as the 3rd round and were surprised he was still available here in the 5th. To us, getting Urban (who has been described as "JJ Watt-lite") here is a steal. He will compete in the defensive line rotation and give us another young player to replace our aging defensive front.
5.33173Ross Cockrell, CB
from Duke
From the beginning of the draft, we had identified Cockrell as a guy we would target for a double-dip pick at corner. He makes the ideal complement to Gilbert's athleticism with his tenacity and physicality. Adding to Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen and William Gay, the Steelers will finally be able to match up across the field with opposing teams that spread them out.
6.16192Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB
from Coastal Carolina
A slight reach for a small school prospect here, but we like his all-around skillset and abilities as a pass catching back. He ran in a zone scheme in college which the Steelers have been trying to install and he will have the chance to be the 3rd running back. Even though he isn't loaded with speed, he can grow into the replacement for LeGarrette Blount in 2015 when Blount's contract escalator makes him a cap casualty.
6.39215Morgan Breslin, OLB
from Southern California
Chris Carter is terrible and we would rather have another option as our 3rd outside linebacker. Breslin is a talented player that was hampered by injuries last year.
7.15230Rob Blanchflower, TE
from Massachusetts
Can compete for the blocking TE spot with Matt Spaeth

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