2015 Steelers Mock Draft – Shawn Chapman Version
Erik Dargan-(Oregon, Safety). The Steeler will more than likely receive an additional pick here for Ziggy hoods signing with Jacksonville. Dargan lead the Pac 12 in interceptions and Oregon in tackles. Only a 1 year starter. Late bloomer.
Kevin Johnson– (Wake Forest, Cornerback).
I think Kevin Johnson is the first round pick. The outside linebackers that Pittsburgh covets will be long gone by the 22nd overall pick. Marcus Peters has more ability but his off the field issues will cause him to slide. Johnson has excellent size, range and will match up well with the NFL trend of bigger wide receivers. He is a safe pick and will help revamp a secondary that needs help.
Hau’oli Kikaha – (Washington, Outside Linebacker).
The Steelers need an edge rusher and Kikaha will infuse much needed energy and depth. He is very explosive and is a high effort guy who never stops playing. He sets the edge well and is very productive. Hau’li is Washington’s all-time sack leader but has injury concerns. He tore an ACL in 2011.
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – (Oregon, Cornerback).
With this draft Pittsburgh will at least have players with the hardest name to pronounce. Ekpre-Olomu is an outstanding value pick for this spot. If not for a knee injury late in the Oregon Ducks’ 2014 season he would be a first round pick. Olumu is a turnover machine and a big time play maker. His smallish frame and knee issue will cause him to fall to this spot.
Tre Mcbride -(William and Mary, Wide Receiver).
McBride turned a lot of heads at the Senior Bowl with excellent route running and was not intimidated by the bright lights of Mobile. He has good size and good upside adds value because of his ability to return kicks on special teams.
Ryan Russell -(Purdue, Defensive end, Outside Linebacker).
The Boilermakers switched to a 3-4 defensive last year. Russell will help with Pittsburgh trying to transition into more of a hybrid look. 6-4, 275 good size but not overly productive. Has improved throughout his career. A work in progress still learning.
Malcolm Brown -(Texas, Running back).
The signing of DeAngelo Williams will help ease the need of a back but Pittsburgh will still target one. Brown has good size (5’11, 224) and fits the physical mode of a Steeler running back. Not explosive but with great speed looks the part.
Jon Feliciano -(Miami, Guard).
Ramon Foster will be a free agent after this year. Feliciano is versatile and experienced. He has played guard and tackle at Miami. Not as athletic with short arms, but worth a look at this spot.
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