Monday, February 16, 2015
SPONSORED: Who Should the Steelers Draft?
Pittsburgh’s Wild Card Playoff Round loss to the Baltimore Ravens left a bad taste in the mouths of Steelers fans everywhere. However, although it doesn’t feel like it right now, the 2015 season is going to be here closer than you think. And when it comes, ScoreBig.com will be the place to save on every Steelers ticket, for every game. Until then, the one thing every fan can look forward to is the upcoming NFL Draft.
Almost everybody agrees that the Steelers need to use their first pick to shore up a leaky secondary. Their offense is one of the most elite in the league, but having Roethlisberger, Brown, and Bell can only do you so much if you’re letting the other team pick you apart in the passing game. Pittsburgh finished a ghastly 27th in passing yard defense last season.
Here are three players Pittsburgh should consider taking with their first pick:
1. Gerrod Holliman, Free Safety, Louisville
This Cardinals FS babied opposing quarterbacks in 2014, tying a 46-year-old FBS record by picking off 14 passes. That’s an average of more than 1 interception a game. However, while Holliman’s ball-hawking skills are unparalleled, he struggles making open field tackles and reading opposing offenses against the run. He’s super talented, but would be a project on the next level, at least as a rookie.
2. Kevin Johnson, Cornerback, Wake Forest
This Demon Deacon doesn’t create turnovers at as an astonishing clip as Holliman can, but he’s got good length and is serviceable in coverage. He’s also much stronger when it comes to preventing the run and banging bodies. At the risk of being too simplistic, consider Johnson the inverse of Holliman. He probably doesn’t have as high a ceiling as the Louisville safety over a whole career, but he can come in on day one more NFL-ready.
3. PJ Williams, Florida State
Williams is a freak athlete who can play both corner and safety. He’s 6’1 so he can match up against bigger, physical receivers, but at a lithe 190 pounds he can also move and keep with quicker slot guys. The old ‘character concerns’ red flag surrounds Williams, however; he was involved in a hit and run while at FSU (though the Tallahassee police department, ever-lenient with Seminoles players, downgraded it to a mere traffic ticket). Is he mature enough to stay focused on what it takes to succeed in the pros?
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Posted by The Steelers n'at Staff at 4:30 PM