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SteelersGab 2009 Steelers Mock Draft 1.0


The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and there are plenty of rumors about where the Steelers are going to go with their picks. In case you were wondering, the Steelers have the following picks for the 2009 NFL Draft:

1st Round: 32nd Pick
2nd Round: 32nd Pick (64th overall)
3rd Round: 32nd Pick (96th overall)
4th Round: 32nd Pick (132nd overall)
5th Round: 32nd Pick (168th overall)
5th Round: 33rd Pick (169th overall – Compensatory Pick)
6th Round: 32nd Pick (205th overall)
7th Round: 17th Pick (226th overall – from Tampa Bay)
7th Round: 32nd Pick (241st overall)

So with those picks in mind, here is our first Steelers Gab Mock draft for the Black and Gold:

1st Round: 32nd Pick – Alex Mack, OG/C, California

You have to love what you see out of Mack, and he fills a number of needs for the Steelers. He’s versatile, can play center or guard, and at 6-4, 311 pounds he’s the perfect fit for an O-line that needs to build and get better in 2009 and beyond. Arguments can be made form some other positions of need, but O-line is by far the number one need on the list.

2nd Round: 32nd Pick (64th overall) – Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma

Sorry, I’m all about building that O-line up in this draft, and if Robinson is available, I think the Steelers would be foolish to pass on a guy like him. 6-4, 335 pounds, and better at run blocking than pass protection, he’s the type of guy that could use a year of seasoning and learning on that O-line, then move right in and have a solid impact.

3rd Round: 32nd Pick (96th overall) – Dorrell Scott, DE, Clemson

A guy that fits nicely in the Steelers 3-4 defense. He’s 6-3, 312 pounds, and the Steelers are going to visit with him before draft day, so they must like what they have seen from him in workouts and at his Pro Day. Could take over in a season or two for Casey Hampton, and averaged 50 tackles and four sacks in his previous two seasons before suffering a strained knee that hampered him his senior year.

4th Round: 32nd Pick (132nd overall) – Kevin Barnes, CB, Maryland

We know that the Steelers could use an upgrade in the secondary, and Barnes can be a player that can help them at the corner spot. He’s tall, has long-arms, and is a decent hitter who can make a big hit when needed. He does need to add some weight, as he’s listed at 188, and going up against some bigger wide outs he’s going to be overmatched.

5th Round: 32nd Pick (168th overall) – Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly

Okay, maybe he doesn’t come from the biggest school or conference (Cal Poly plays in the Great West Conference), but is a huge target (6-6, 227), and has been getting better each season. Had an average combine, but worked out extremely well at his Pro Day, running an unofficial 4.4. Last season had 67 receptions, 1,257 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, and had at least 131 yards and a touchdown in every game. Could be a solid sleeper pick.

5th Round: 33rd Pick (169th overall – Compensatory Pick) – Augustus Parrish, OT, Kent State

Let’s go back to the O-line position, the Steelers use the “Alan Faneca” pick here for a big tackle from James Harrisons’ alma mater, Kent State University. The pick comes to the club after losing Faneca to the Jets. Many think it should have been higher, but oh well. Parrish is listed at 6-4, 303, and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.29 seconds and repped 225-pounds 21 times at the scouting combine. Another guy that could have an impact on the line with some seasoning.

6th Round: 32nd Pick (205th overall) – Brandon Underwood, FS, Cincinnati

Another player that could add some depth to the defensive backfield, Underwood could start by learning a lot from current free safety Ryan Clark and strong safety Troy Polamalu. Clark will be 30 in October, and the team could use a player to groom for that position. Underwood compiled 60 tackles, six passes broken up, 3.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and one TD last season. Can also play corner.

7th Round: 17th Pick (226th overall – from Tampa Bay) – George Hypolite, DT, Colorado

The line gets another project, as Hypolite was named to the All-Big XII Second Team last year with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. 6-1, 299, needs to add some size to have a shot. At Colorado’s recent Pro Day, ran the 40 in 5.05 and 5.04, had a 32-inch vertical jump, 8-foot, 10-inch long jump, ran 4.72 in the short shuttle, 7.66 in the three-cone drill and did 32 reps in the bench press.

7th Round: 32nd Pick (241st overall) – Brandon Ledbetter, TE, Western Michigan

The Steelers have Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth, but could use another TE for depth, and why not take a flier on Ledbetter, who had an impressive senior campaign, finishing with 45 receptions, 464 yards and six scores. Listed at 6-5, 230 pounds.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Scott Cragle

    March 28, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Sorry, but Barden won’t last past the 3rd, let alone go at the end of hte 5th. He’s shooting up the board and will probably be gone long before we pick in the 3rd. Not saying we should use our 2nd on him, but just saying that this doesn’t work. I like the OL/DL emphasis on this draft, especially Mack in the 1st. Nice, workman-like, unsexy draft that fixes our lack of attention to infrastructure.

  2. David Obranovich

    March 28, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I like you selections here are mine.
    #1 Alex Mack (OL)
    #2 Jarron Gilbert or Fili Moala (DL)
    #3 Fenuki Tupou (OL)
    #4 Ramses Barton
    #5 Mike Mickens – C.J.Spillman – Courtney Greene – Donald Washington – (any corner or safety)
    #6&7&7 Defensive line and Offensive line help
    ps: please no 5’9″ defensive backs (see A.Smith)
    ps: I would love to see A.Q Shipley fall to us

  3. jason

    March 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I agree with most of the above. Mack is the guy I want the Steelers to pick for the first round. Like someone above said Ramsees will be gone and honestly that’s fine, I’d rather have the kid out of BYU ( Collie I think) They say he is a willing blocker and catches everything. Barden , at least from what i read, is suppose to have trouble seperating, is slow in and out of his breaks, and plays smaller than his size.

  4. Mark

    March 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Do you think Alex Mack will be available at #32? If not, do you think it’ll be worthwhile to trade up to get him, say if falls within the 20s?

    • Shoe

      April 15, 2009 at 8:10 am

      I hope so! I’ve seen him going to the Titans at #30. But also Arizona at#31.No they should not trade up.There are others available,like Max Unger Oregon.Or wait it out and get A.Q.Shipley Penn state.

  5. jason

    March 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I saw something on ESPn Kiper is right 17% of the time and McShay isn’t much better, so to answer your question Maybe? I think once you get past the top 10-20 rated players everything else is a crap shoot. I hope Mack is there in the first, and Fiola Milla and others are there in the second, but you never know. There are NO experts and no real insight, teams play in very close to the vest and plan to keep it that way. Most of the info that leaks out is smoke and mirrors mixed with BS. Its fun to guess but no one really knows

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  7. John

    April 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Too bad we lost McFadden. If only for the reason that now we have to address the position. It would be nice to only have to focus on C, OL, DL and a flyer on a mid-late round receiver.

  8. Shoe

    April 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    1stMack 2ndSeanSmith or
    SherrodMartinCB 3rdJerron GilbertDE
    4thFenukiTupouOT
    5thAndyKempG
    5thDeonButlerWR
    6thDanGroncowskiTE 7thMikeReillyQB
    7thRichOrnbergerG

  9. SteelersNumber1Fan

    April 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    1st – Alphonso Smith CB – Wake Forrest
    2nd – Jarron Gilbert DE – San Jose State
    or
    – Fili Moala DE – USC
    3rd – Fenuki Tupou OT – Oregon
    or
    – Xavier Fulton OT – Illinois
    or
    – Jonathan Luigs OC – Arkansas

    4-7 best player available

  10. D-Wilk

    April 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Like each of what everyone put out. It’s funny, people have Duke going Round 2 or Round 1 and Moala going Round 2 or Round 3.

    I like Ramses, but the Steelers aren’t going for any reaches unless they fall in love, a la Dennis Dixon.

    Though EVERYONE is saying do non sexy – meaning OL, OL more OL with a little DL sprinkled in, mark my words, we’ll get a surprise in the first three rounds.

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