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What The Experts Are Saying the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Do With #15 In the 2014 NFL Draft

Louis Nix

There are plenty of opinions about just which direction the Steelers will go with their 1st pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.

Here’s a sampling of what other sites are saying about what the team will do and what player they will choose.

CBS Sportsline:

They have a number of guys picking, and overall it appears they have the Steelers picking Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert.

The once-proud Pittsburgh defense has fallen off in recent years and reinforcements are needed at all three levels. Gilbert plays with a gambler’s mentality that may scare some teams off but his athleticism and ball skills could make him a star if operating behind a productive pass rush.

Walter Football has the Steelers taking:

Eric Ebron, TE, North CarolinaThe Steelers will never pass up the opportunity to grab a great offensive play-maker if one is available to them. I mocked a receiver to them for quite some time – and they will take Mike Evans if he somehow fell to No. 15 – but they’re likely to go with another position now unless they move up.

Bleacher Report:

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have a proven playmaker at nose tackle. Louis Nix may be just a bit of a reach with the 15th pick, but you can’t run a 3-4 defense without a powerful presence in the middle of the defensive line.

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  1. Brad

    April 21, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Really… Someone actually voted roby?!!! There special

  2. JO

    April 22, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Dennnard, Ebron, and Gilbert won’t be around by the 15th, but there should be several first class receivers … And CBs as well … I don’t see the Steelers going for Nix or Roby as their firest pick.

  3. DaveB.

    April 22, 2014 at 5:26 am

    The Steelers window is getting smaller for Ben Roethlisberger’s career . Hes 32 and if they want to make a return trip to the Super Bowl before his career is over they’ve got to give him the playmakers he needs to get the job done . That means with the 1st pick , you go wide receiver . Marcus Wheaton is completely unproven and you have no idea what youre going to get . Lance Moore is a possession guy thats not going to scare an opposing defense . Darrius Heyward Bey is a body an nothing more . Come September he wont even be on the roster . With all that said , how can you not go receiver ?

  4. CP

    April 22, 2014 at 6:58 am

    All the offense in the world isn’t going to mean crap if they don’t fix their problems on defense. They need a quality corner and help on the defensive line immediately. This team needs to get the intimidation back on defense.

  5. sdean

    April 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I don’t get the love with Dennard. Didn’t think he was tops in college so not sure I want Steelers to risk top pick but cb has to be immediate priority. WR second or third round

    • Mr, NFL.

      April 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

      That makes two of us, I would like for all these Dennard takers to name the qbs he had to defend the past 2 years, and the top receivers as well. With out having to research it . The one of a few decent receivers in the big ten tore Dennard up and the only ones that can name his qb are probably in Madison Wisconsin.

  6. Fierceblues

    April 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I prefer Gibert…but many think he won’t be there at 15, so the Steelers need corner help and Dennard is the next best thing, IMHO. The Steelers interviewed him at the Combine and had him visit them in Pittsburgh. He is rated by Mayock as the #1 CB, while Walters Football as the #2 CB in the draft and #18 of the top 100 draftees by CBS Sports. So….seems like lots a folks think highly of him and I would not be surprised to see him picked #1.

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