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Commentary: What Direction Should the Steelers Go Day Two of the NFL Draft?

Notre Dame v Pittsburgh

By Matthew Marcella

Alvin “Bud” Dupree is someone I never thought would fall to the Steelers with the 22nd pick in last night’s NFL Draft.

I assumed he was going in top 10, maybe top 15. I really think he will be the future linebacker for the Steelers.

Who will be picked in the 2nd round? Landon Collins, Jalen Collins, Randy Gregory? No – I believe they all will be gone by the next time steelers are on the board.

Lets look at TJ Clemmings, Rowe, Bennett or maybe even DE Owamagbe Odighizuw.

Trevor Anthony (TJ) Clemmings, a local college guy from Pitt seems to fit because of need at OT, but I believe offense wont be addressed until 3rd maybe 4th round and that wont even be a linemen. Eric Rowe of Utah would be a great pick for a few reasons.

One being the need at CB and will be the best available CB on the board at the time of the pick (of course if Collins not available.) Another reason being he is a four year player who didn’t rush himself into the NFL.

Then there is the Ohio State guy. Seems like every year the Steelers are taking someone from the Buckeyes. Bennett really was the key to the d-line of the Bucks.

A pro day draft visit by both Tomlin and Shazier. I believe Bennett will be the next pick. Teaming someone with a previous teammate strengthens the team because those players know strengths and weaknesses of each other.

If Bennett is not available I would go with Owamagbe Odighizuwa. Although the way defensive players are falling he still might be available in round 3 but I wouldn’t test it.

Steelers have to go defense again to help fill the void of losing Polamalu, Taylor, McCain, and Keisel. I would only draft a offensive guy in maybe 3rd depending on whose available, but for sure in the 4th

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.



  1. DrGeorge

    May 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Logic would suggest CB or S in the 2nd round, with many pundits projecting P.J. Williams CB for the Steelers. His teammate at Florida State, Ronald Darby, CB, is a possibility too; he is equally good, but has been less hyped. Landon Collins, S, and Jalen Collins, CB, will go early. That leaves Rowe, CB out of Utah, who can play CB and Safety; the Steelers like his versatility. If all of these guys are taken before our #56, Colbert and Tomlin might take one of the defensive linemen; there are several good ones who could bolster our D-line, including Odighizuwa and Preston Smith (DE, Miss. St.). All good choices at #56.

    The outside possibility is OT. D-line, Safety and Cornerback are clearly greater needs for the Steelers, but in the very unlikely event Jake Fisher (Oregon), or Donovan Smith (Penn State), or T.J. Clemmings (Pitt) are still on the board at #56, Tomlin would be sorely tempted to take one of them in order to improve pass protection for Ben R. Plugging Fisher into LT, for example, and moving Beachum to his natural position at LG would solidify our O-line. For that matter, neither Gilbert nor Adams has distinguished himself at RT. I don’t think this scenario is likely, but if the better D-linemen, CBs and Safties are gone when #56 rolls around, taking a quality O-lineman would be a defensible alternative.

  2. Jay

    May 2, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I realize hindsight is 20/20 ex post facto but I wish it would’ve played out the way doc unlined in lieu of how it really played out! Nobody cares about 5’8″ 176 in the second round!

  3. Jay

    May 2, 2015 at 7:24 am


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