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Pittsburgh Steelers Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft

Here’s a 2014 NFL Mock Draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this mock draft, they upgrade the defense tremendously.

#15 – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

The Steelers have major issues in their secondary, and they desperately need to cover the pass in 2014. I expect Dennard to play big at the next level - he should be a perfect fit in a Pittsburgh defense.

#46 – Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

Crichton is a guy who will be welcomed with open arms in Pittsburgh. The defensive end spot on the depth chart isn’t where it needs to be heading into the 2014 season, so I expect the Steelers to address the need early in the draft.

#97 – Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida

Purifoy is ranked a bit lower than this on many boards, but I believe the former Gator will have a chance to be very successful in the NFL. The Steelers need help in the secondary, as we already said, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they doubled-up with this pick.

#118 – Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

Heath Miller is becoming a very risky option for the Steelers, and they could use an upgrade from their current backups. In fact, Lynch may be able to make an impact right away – he’s definitely an underrated prospect.

#157 – Justin Britt, OT, Missouri

Britt will be another prospect who will be a welcomed sight for everyone involved. We all know that the Steelers offensive line can’t stay healthy – this pick helps the coaching staff sleep a bit better at night.

#173 – Charles Leno, OL, Fresno State

Copy and paste from previous selection here. The interior offensive line depth chart is a bit scary for the coaches in Steel Town – after these two picks, things get much clearer.

#192 – Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma

The Steelers signed Lance Moore and Darius Heyward-Bey earlier in the off-season, but I’m not so sure that they’re done adding weapons for Ben Roethlisberger. Saunders is lightning quick and if he makes the roster, he might be a scary threat for other teams around the AFC North.

#215 – Kerry Hyder, DT, Texas Tech

Depth is needed here, and Hyder can provide that. If newly-acquired Cam Thomas or Steve McLendon gets hurt, the team is pretty weak when it comes to backups.

#230 – LaDarius Perkins, RB, Mississippi State

Perkins is one of my biggest sleepers in this draft. The Steelers could use a solid third RB option on the roster, and Perkins is a guy who, don’t look now, but could become one of the better backs in the AFC North in a few years.

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  • PJ_CA

    If the Steelers draft shakes out like this I would be THRILLED. Sadly, I keep hearing/seeing mock drafts and pundits saying they may go WR is rd 1 – if they do I may have to reconsider my fandom after 35 years. The D needs a LOT of help and this draft scenario does that. Going any other direction is ridiculous.

    • Joe Wedra

      Thanks for reading! Appreciate the comment.

  • [email protected]

    Joe, appreciate the different point of view. I think I would throw up if this turned out to be the Steelers ACTUAL draft, though.
    Two OL in the first six rounds? That one would be tough to defend, I would think (One would make sense).
    And Purifoy as our 2nd CB taken? Yikes. How about Aaron Colvin or the kid from Rice instead (who we could probably get later than rd2).
    Sorry, again appreciate your take on things, but this one would be disappointing to me, and I think, the entire Nation!

    • Joe Wedra

      Thanks for the comment and reading! Really appreciate the feedback. I guess nobody really knows until draft day comes.

  • Name

    How Lightening Quick is Jalen Saunders? Can he run a 4.4-40? was in the top 5 in the cone drills at the combine? Jeff Jarvis from SVSU can do this. His fans have nicknamed him White Lightening. He was most of the small collage records. He should be the 5th round pick if he is still there.