Saturday, May 10, 2014
10 third-day draft targets for Steelers
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers will make six picks today, one each in the fourth and seven rounds and two apiece in the fifth and sixth rounds. They have to address cornerback and wide receivers after not taking a player at either position with their first three picks.
Here are 10 players who might interest them today.
CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood: The Steelers found smaller-school cornerbacks in the fourth round when they drafted current starters Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen. Will they unearth another one if the 6-1, 198-pound Desir is available in the fourth round and they take him?
WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson: Bryant has good size and speed and averaged almost 20 yards per catch at Clemson. The depth at wide receiver pushed him into the third day, and he could go off the board early in the fourth round.
DE Brent Urban, Virginia: The 6-7, 295-pounder has the build of a prototypical 3-4 defensive end and defensive line coach John Mitchell said the Steelers still need to add players up front. Injury concerns may be why Urban is still available.
WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina: A terrific athlete, Ellington provides good value on the third day. Not sure how much of a fit he is for Pittsburgh as he is lacking in size, and the Steelers don’t need a return man after drafting Dri Archer.
OLB: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas: The Steelers need to add a pass rusher and Jeffcoat has the build to convert from defensive end to outside linebacker. The son of former Cowboys star Jim Jeffcoat, Jackson Jeffcoat recorded 12 sacks last season.
CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida: The 5-11, 194-pounder has good size and speed, and he played both cornerback and safety in Gainesville. Watkins is the brother of Sammy Watkins, the fourth overall pick of the draft.
DE DaQuan Jones, Penn State. Big and physical, Jones projects as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme after playing tackle at Penn State. The 6-4, 322-pounder might also have the position flexibility to play nose tackle as he holds up well at the point of attack.
CB Ross Cockrell, Duke: The 6-feet, 191-pounder intercepted three passes, defended 12 of them last season and held his own against Texas A&M’s Mike Evans in Duke’s bowl game. Cockrell, who made a pre-draft visit to the Steelers, would be a good pick in the fifth round.
WR Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska: Big and physical, the 6-2, 225-pound Enunwa could be available in the sixth or seventh round and might be a nice late-round find. Keep an eye on him, especially if Steelers wait until after the fifth round to take a wide receiver.
CB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech: Would have likely been a second- or third-round pick if not for injury issues in college. Exum has the versatility to play both cornerback and safety and he performed well at both positions for the Hokies.