Personally I enjoy looking at mock drafts but I also realize they are worth as much as the paper they are printed on.
That said; let’s assume the Steelers do in fact have Dennard targeted as their first round pick but surprise! Someone unexpectedly takes him ahead of the Steelers. What happens then?
Based on the same mock drafts I’ve seen, Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans won’t be an option. I’ve seen him going anywhere from five through ten so forget him.
The other top corner in the draft is Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State. While not as aggressive as Dennard, he’s very athletic, fast and returns kicks as well. He’s a possibility but I’ve seen him mocked many times to the Detroit Lions at number ten.
Is tackle an option? Although unlikely, there’s a small chance Jake Matthews could fall to 15 and a slightly better chance that Taylor Lewan could fall there too. Personally I think we have more pressing needs than tackle, but I could see this happening.
Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III will more than likely be there at 15 but will the Steelers want to use their top pick on a guy who won’t be on the field a whole lot?
What most Steelers’ fans want to see and I count myself among them is a trade down. If the player the Steelers covet the most is no longer an option then collecting some extra picks should be.
Remember, mock drafts are typically based on need versus want so there’s really no way to know just who the Steelers have on top of their draft board at the current time. GM Kevin Colbert has been through enough of these rodeos to know how to proceed should Dennard, or whomever they have at the top, not be there.
Experience doesn’t necessarily guarantee getting it right though and Colbert has had more than his share of ‘wrongs.’ Assuming Dennard is the top choice right now, what is the Steelers best option for plan ‘B?’
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard weekly on Trib-Live Radio talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.