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Steelers Grab Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson


The Pittsburgh Steelers tricked many, including NFL insider Ian Rapaport, by standing firm in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. With the number 56 pick overall, the Steelers selected cornerback Sanquez Golson of Ole Miss (Rebels).

Golson was a Bronko Nagurski finalist and unanimous first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC player in 2014 at the University of Mississippi. Golson tied the school record for interceptions with 10 and made 10 starts in 2013 with 41 total tackles. In 2012, Golson played for both the football and baseball teams. Golson was also elected in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by Boston Red Sox as a center fielder.

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  1. jay

    May 1, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I shit bigger than him!

  2. jay

    May 1, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    All American, huh…so, then who were the BIG BOY all americans!?

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  4. DrGeorge

    May 2, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Yes, Golson is smaller than the ideal CB. [Insert your favorite short joke here.] But he fills a need and has all of the other attributes required, including receiver’s hands and an ability to anticipate and time the ball. Golson fits the new era of multiple package defenses with five and sometimes six secondary defenders on the field at one time. (Think of all those 3rd-and-long situations last year that we allowed opponents to convert. Bad news.) Golson also played in the SEC against NFL type receivers; he is NFL ready; and he tackles well. Most important, Carnell Lake likes him. In short, I don’t think this pick is quite the joke most analysts seem to think. Nor do we know how Butler and Lake plan to use him in the revised Steelers defense.

    I will admit to being stunned by the pick when there were other, highly-regarded defensive ends and the OT from Pitt (Clemmings) on the board. Again, fans will have plenty of ammo a year from now for questioning this pick if Golson fails to play up to expectations. But I’m more inclined to think Golson is going to quiet his critics with his first interception and find a home in Pittsburgh. Let’s give the kid a chance to prove Butler and Lake right.

  5. Jay

    May 2, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Again, where these missing comments where I’m seeing a different number next to the article log line and then a non synchronous amount of posts when I go to read?!?!

  6. Jay

    May 2, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Agree doc however could’ve gotten him in third round and made a better pick in 2nd!

  7. DrGeorge

    May 2, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I forgot to mention Rob Havenstein (OT, Wisconsin) with Clemmings above. Havenstein was taken with pick #57 by the Rams. When the defensive players we wanted were gone in Round 2 — Landon and Jalen Collins, Rowe, Ron Darby — those big OTs began to look awfully tempting. Jake Fisher went on pick #53, for example. Suppose he had fallen to #56? As it was we passed on Clemmings and Havenstein in taking Golson.

    I am on record as favoring use of the first three picks on defensive players. A CB was our greater need, and I am not down on Golson. But as Jay says, we could have gotten him in Round 3. Golson isn’t rated as highly as the other CB\ Safeties listed above, because of his stature, no doubt; whereas those two OTs are highly regarded and might have solidified Ben’s protection. With the best secondary players already taken, Havenstein was probably the best available player. Still, CB was the need, and Golson was the best available CB at that time. And I suspect he will not be the only CB we pick up, either in the draft or in free agency.

  8. jay

    May 2, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Well then I sure hope they have a plan to pick up someone who can cover (BIG) outside guys! Everyone seems to favor having ALL THESE LUXURIOUS PICKS but when it translates to subpar players and/or players you could’ve gotten in later rounds…why not use THOSE LUXURIOUS PICKS picks to move up and grab a ROWE or Collins…If we would’ve come away just Dupree and Rowe (1st and 2nd reds respectively) AND NOONE ELSE…I would’ve been happy. That would’ve meant that Allen and Rowe are your starting CBS and gay and Blake man the nickel and dime…Dupree and Jones are edge rushers and you just go and sign some competitive depth in underrated free agents! My God no one realizes that the Steelers NOW have six edge rushers (Moats, Dupree, Jones, Harrison and the lesser known Howard Jones and lemon…BUT EVERYONE WAS HIGH ON HOWARD JONES’ FREAKISH ATHLETIC ABILITY LAST YEAR IN CAMP.).I contend that dupree is no better or worse than Howard Jones RIGHT NOW… I love the dupree pick but six edges rushers coupled with six ILB (Timmons, Shazier, Williams, Spence, Garvin and Zumwalt) NEWSFLASH…12 LBS are NOT making this team…Timmons is the only one with trade value because he’s not 30 yet and he’s a top 10 ILB in the NFL. Why do we need all these picks year in and year out? Holes are filled with value, not quantity! Would you rather have a bunch of awesome starters and depth filled out with undrafted guys or average starters and depth filled out with drafted guys! That’s what it comes down to in my opinion! I keep hearing, “if he were only a couple inches taller…” same with shamarko et al. My God can we wake up and stop the whole, “Well I trust the front office” sniveling nonsense! IN five years that same front office has delivered zero playoff wins and two appearances!

  9. Zack

    May 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I am not going to agree or disagree directly with former comments but I stand by the idea of building your team with depth. The Seahawks were birdshit and what did they do? They quietly used the draft and free agency, including rookie free agents, to get DEPTH. They didn’t go get the players who in a year into the NFL wanted more money because they were in highlight reels. As for linebackers and the upfront rush. Defensive backs don’t need to play nearly as tight to receivers if they are confident that the front seven are all over quarterbacks. They can time routes and then turn to watch the QB and the ball in order to get in position to take it away. The Steelers are using a formula I actually agree with. Make your team so deep that you can throw a guy onto the field when and if your starter is winded or injured. A team so deep that you can run different packages without worrying that you don’t have the personnel. Opposing teams have no choice but to prepare for ANYONE on the Steelers roster if they stick to this method. I could care less about some of the players that could have been picked. There was a reason they weren’t. I am not saying Colbert is a draft GOD. He isn’t. I do think that getting ticked off at the choices is ridiculous at this point because we weren’t there watching these guys at the combine or pro days, we weren’t doing interviews with them and their families, coaches, teammates. As fans we can bitch and moan because the front office didn’t select the guy we wanted but thank god about 85 percent of fans can’t pick. We’d have had a draft full of showboats that like to play for “me” instead of “team”

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