Pittsburgh Steelers: John Brown

More praise for Odell Beckham Jr.

April, 28, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- The player ESPN analyst Todd McShay has the Steelers taking No. 15 overall in his latest mock draft also headlines his All-Satellite Team.

First, props to McShay for his creativity in putting together a team of draft-eligible players based on who is the best in space. And LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tops his five-player team followed by Kent State running back Dri Archer, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

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Of those five the Steelers won’t get a chance to drafting Watkins unless they trade up in the first round and they won’t have any interest in Manziel.

The other three should be in play for them and McShay has previously written that Beckham would be an ideal pick for the Steelers. McShay, who ranks Beckham as the third-best wide receiver in the draft, is clearly enamored with the former Tigers star.

Here is what he writes about Beckham:
Beckham has elite top-end speed, but that's only part of what makes him so good in space. He accelerates quickly, frequently makes the first defender miss after the catch and is a very instinctive open-field runner who knows when to cut back against the grain. He uses his fluid hips and quick feet to get defenders off-balance in space, using a variety of shoulder dips, inside-outs and other moves. He has the potential to develop into a dangerous return specialist in the NFL.

McShay gave three players honorable mention after the five players on his All-Satellite Team, including Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, a projected first-round pick.

Also earning honorable mention nods were Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas and Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown.

The Steelers hosted Brown for a pre-draft visit, and he is projected to go in the fourth or fifth round.

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