7 Round Steeler Mock
So, I did my first 2012 7-round mock draft this weekend. With all the underclassmen coming out, it really made things interesting.
1.32 - Robert Lester*, FS, Alamaba - 6'2", 205 lbs
Both DeCastro and Osemele were off the board in the 20's, so I looked to our second most needed position. Lester would provide a hard-hitting replacement to Clark as well as an upgrade in coverage skills at the free safety spot. He led the Tide's defense in intereceptions with seven and ranked 7th on the team in total tackles.
2.64 - Luke Kuechly*, ILB, Boston College - 6'3", 235 lbs
A little light for the position, but after playing another full season he'll fit right in. Besides, Farrior has always played with a low playing weight for the position. Kuechly would give us an instinctive linebacker with a nonstop motor. He's a tackling machine that blew everybody in the country out of the water in total tackles and tacklers per contest.
3.96 - Andrew Datko, OT/OG, Florida St - 6'6", 312 lbs
Injuries in 2010 will hurt his stock, but he should have a great season going into his senior year for the Seminoles. He'll be in competition with Chris Scott and Marcus Gilbert for the right tackle position, or challenge Foster and Kemo for a starting guard spot.
4.128 - Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford - 6'2", 205 lbs
Durability concerns will need to be watched over his senior year, but Owusu blew up as a sophomore and with Ryan Whalen and Doug Baldwin gone, he should be the primary target for Andrew Luck. 67 career receptions with 1100+ yards and eight touchdowns. Would be a good replacement for Ward as the team is going to be looking for a replacement possession receiver.
5.162 - Rhett Ellison, TE, USC - 6'5", 245 lbs
An excellent blocker and adequate pass catcher, Ellison would allow Miller to be the pass receiver and safety outlet for Big Ben to throw to that he was drafted for. He's had to stay and block when he could be used as a touchdown machine. Ellison gives you that ability. If Arians continues to use his 2-TE sets as much as he has, Ellison would be that much more helpful in short yardage situations.
6.196 - Tashuan Gipson, CB, Wyoming - 6'0", 205 lbs
Good developmental guy. Solid size and speed and position flexible. Only watched him against Air Force last year. Another big CB to groom behind the plethora of talent we have at the position.
7.232 - Kaniela Tuipulotu, DT/NT, Hawaii - 6'2", 300 lbs
Tuipulotu could be a guy we bring in to replace McLendon with his size and ability to play 4 man fronts. Has the frame to add more weight and his defensive line didn't allow a 100 yard rusher against WAC opponents.
I would've like to get a NT earlier, but it wasn't in the cards. Too many teams like Houston, Washington, Arizona, Kansas City, Dallas, New England were stacked up before us.