OLB - Georgia
6'2" 245 lbs
Draft Breakdown Rank: #3 OLB, #17 overall
Optimum Scouting Rank: #3 OLB
ScarDraft Rank: #2 3-4 OLB, #13 overall
Mocking The Draft Rank: #3 OLB, #9 overall
When you look at the attributes the Steelers like in a player, Jones has all of them. Team Captain? Check. Played for a winning team? Check. Played in a major conference? Check. The SEC is what it is. Highly productive college career? Check. Jones led the nation in sacks (14.5) and tackles for loss (26.5) last season, following up a 13.5-sack season in 2011. The Steelers are likely bringing in Jones to have their doctors conduct an in-house evaluation of Jones' spinal stenosis, which has received mixed reviews since Jones declared for the draft. He left USC after his freshman season because of the neck injury but had two highly productive years at Georgia after the diagnosis. Some reports out of the combine were negative and indicated that teams might not be willing to take the risk on Jones because of his injury concerns, which is why it is important for the Steelers to get an in-house evaluation of his condition.
OLB - Rutgers
6'1" 241 lbs
Draft Breakdown Rank: #2 OLB, #42 overall
Optimum Scouting Rank: #1 OLB
ScarDraft Rank: #5 4-3 OLB, #63 overall
Mocking The Draft Rank: #4 OLB, #32 overall
Greene played in a 4-3 scheme at Rutgers, and the jury is still out on where he will fit best in the NFL. If he is drafted by a 4-3 team, he could be an elite weakside linebacker. From the Steelers perspective, they know Greene has the athletic skill to jump off the screen, but need to determine if he can transition to a 3-4 defense, either at inside or outside linebacker. Greene had a highly productive senior season at Rutgers, producing double-digit tackles in 8 of 13 games, including a 22-tackle effort against Army. Greene's best game arguably came against Syracuse where he had 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception.
OLB - Southern Mississippi
6'3" 250 lbs
Draft Breakdown Rank: #6 OLB, #91 overall
Optimum Scouting Rank: #8 OLB
ScarDraft Rank: #5 3-4 OLB, #38 overall
Mocking The Draft Rank: #5 OLB, #33 overall
Despite Southern Miss posting an 0-12 season, Jamie Collins provided a highlight reel of a season. The senior linebacker finished the season with 10 sacks, recording at least one sack in 7 games. He also displayed an ability to get to the ballcarrier and bring him down, recording double-digit tackles in three games and at least 7 tackles in 8 games. Collins will probably be a second or third round pick, and is an athletic freak, finishing atop the linebacking field in five different events at the NFL Combine last month.
S - Fresno State
6'0" 208 lbs
Draft Breakdown Rank: #9 S, #84 overall
Optimum Scouting Rank: #5 S
ScarDraft Rank: #7 S, #95 overall
Mocking The Draft Rank: #174 overall
Thomas is a player that looks to have through-the-roof potential, but at times can look lost on the football field. From the videos I have seen, it looks like he often runs at half speed or gives up on plays. When he does turn on the jets, he is lightning-quick, but he has not yet learned to harness his speed and can run himself out of plays and over-pursue the ball. Thomas is certainly a decent mid-round option at safety, particularly if he can harness his speed and add some strength.
S - Clemson
6'0" 209 lbs
Draft Breakdown Rank: unranked
Optimum Scouting Rank: unranked
ScarDraft Rank: #27 S, #317 overall
Mocking The Draft Rank: unranked
Meeks isn't a highly-rated prospect but is the type of player the Steelers generally look at in the later rounds of the draft. Meeks did not work out of the Scouting Combine, and the Steelers obviously wanted to take another look at him after his workout at Clemson's Pro Day. Meeks made a name for himself in late October, being named the National Defensive Player of the Week after recording two interceptions, including one that he returned 74 yards for a touchdown, to help Clemson beat Virginia Tech.