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2014 DBN Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Select CB Darqueze Dennard at No. 15

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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)

Pick Team Player Position School Username
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
17 Baltimore Ravens OhioCityBrownsBeliever
18 New York Jets OldSaltyDawg
19 Miami Dolphins Brocolis154033
20 Arizona Cardinals a2342432a
21 Green Bay Packers Manly and Loving It
22 Philadelphia Eagles Ted Washington's Belly
23 Kansas City Chiefs Legoman0721
24 Cincinnati Bengals troy145
25 San Diego Chargers Crawford_T
26 Cleveland Browns StuckInPa
27 New Orleans Saints Adam Rice
28 Carolina Panthers Jon Stinchcomb
29 New England Patriots roar888
30 San Francisco 49ers corey.freuen
31 Denver Broncos Bizono
32 Seattle Seahawks KillerNut
33 Houston Texans Weeden2Gordon
34 Washington Redskins rufio
35 Cleveland Browns Mpasadyn740