With the 15th pick in the 2014 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
This selection and write-up was made by Siberian Husky:
In Dick LeBeau's zone blitz scheme, defensive backs must be both physical and versatile. Darqueze Dennard, arguably the cream of this draft's cornerback crop, has the cover skills, awareness, anticipation and physicality to shine in LeBeau's defense.
Pittsburgh's starters, presently, are Ike Taylor and William Gay. Together, they combined for one interception and 21 passes defensed in 2013 (both played 16 games). To put that in perspective, Joe Haden snagged four interceptions and defensed 20 passes in 15 games. Taylor turns 35 next May, and is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this coming season.
There's also a learning curve to LeBeau's scheme. Drafting Dennard now allows the Steelers to not have to force him speedily into a starting role, but rather to smoothly embark upon a transition towards their defensive backfield of the future.
I'm a fan of Dennard -- that's why I took him at No. 26 for the Browns in the writer's mock draft. Chances are, he's not going to fall that low because somebody like the Steelers will grab him. I can't argue with the pick; Pittsburgh needs to stop drafting offensive linemen, because they keep getting undesirable production. With Taylor way past his prime, a cornerback is the route to go for Pittsburgh.
The Dallas Cowboys are up next, led by Royce Groff.
2014 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|1||Houston Texans||Teddy Bridgewater||QB||Louisville||Weeden2Gordon|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||Matt Wood|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Khalil Mack||OLB||Buffalo||Bumblyjack|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||Ryan216|
|5||Oakland Raiders||Greg Robinson||OT||Auburn||TuckJob|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Jake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M||Haden Dawg|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Aaron Donald||DT||Pittsburgh||Henry Dawg|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||Derek Carr||QB||Fresno State||PaduaDSP|
|9||Buffalo Bills||Eric Ebron||TE||North Carolina||Stigosaurus|
|10||Detroit Lions||Sammy Watkins||WR||Clemson||tmptplayer|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Justin Gilbert||CB||Oklahoma St.||Brownie's Year|
|12||New York Giants||Anthony Barr||OLB||UCLA||MJRisme|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Blake Bortles||QB||UCF||Matt Wood|
|14||Chicago Bears||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||S||Alabama||The Beast Mode|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State||Siberian Husky|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Royce Groff|
|18||New York Jets||OldSaltyDawg|
|21||Green Bay Packers||Manly and Loving It|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles||Ted Washington's Belly
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Legoman0721|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Crawford_T|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Adam Rice|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Jon Stinchcomb|
|29||New England Patriots||roar888|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||corey.freuen|