Struggling to be heard over a chorus of boos emanating from Houston, clornelas shines some light on who the Steelers will take in the 2013 BRB Mock Draft.
With the 17th pick of the 2013 BRB Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Cordarrelle Patterson (WR--Tennessee). I was going back and forth between Patterson and Hopkins. Thankfully, that choice was made for me by the Rams.
The obvious logic behind this choice is the departure of Mike Wallace. Given the Steelers' inherent problems on offense, Wallace's decision to take his talents to South Beach put an offensive playmaker at the top of the Steelers' priority list. I understand the desire to bolster the aging defense by adding a youngster to the front seven, but this early in the draft, if I'm the GM, I'm looking for best player available. If that player plays a position occupied by an All-Pro, I'd reconsider. Outside of that, I have to go with the guy at the top of my board, who in this case is Patterson.
As Texans fans with a collective hard-on for another playmaking wide receiver, we all know about Patterson. Some will knock him for having only played one year against Div. I competition. Some will simply doubt his ability to take his game to the next level. The way I see it, the Steelers need something to get their offense going, very similar to the Texans. And if the Texans were picking here, I'd go with Patterson. The incumbents, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, are solid receivers, but Sanders' size and agility favor him in the slot, and having two undersized WRs out wide would be a nightmare for a QB whose vision is constantly filled with gigantic D-linemen collapsing the fragile Pittsburgh pocket. One thing I do know about the Steelers--and I don't know much--is that they have faith in their young offensive linemen developing into good players. That's partially why I didn't pick an O-lineman here.
As far as reality goes, I think this pick makes sense, but the Steelers have a successful history of picking up good receivers in the later rounds, so they may think they can do that again. If I'm the GM of an aging Steelers team, and I want to win now, I'm going with a guy I believe is a sure thing. That's Cordarrelle Patterson.
There are legitimate questions about Patterson, and the Steelers do have other needs. Nevertheless, I get the logic here. If you believe Cordarrelle Patterson is a game-changer, you take him and don't look back. Should all these wide receivers be gone by the seventeenth pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the intrigue surrounding what the Texans will do at No. 27 will only grow exponentially.
The Dallas Cowboys and astrosbro95 are now on the clock, with that pick due to me via e-mail no later than noon CDT.
1. Kansas City Chiefs--Luke Joeckel (OT--Texas A&M)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars--Eric Fisher (OT--Central Michigan)
3. Oakland Raiders--Sharrif Floyd (DT--Florida)
4. Philadelphia Eagles--Dee Milliner (CB--Alabama)
5. Detroit Lions--Jarvis Jones (LB--Georgia)
6. Cleveland Browns--Keenan Allen (WR--Cal)
7. Arizona Cardinals--Chance Warmack (OG--Alabama)
8. Buffalo Bills--Geno Smith (QB--West Virginia)
9. New York Jets--Dion Jordan (DE/OLB--Oregon)
10. Tennessee Titans--Ezekial Ansah (DE--BYU)
11. San Diego Chargers--Lane Johnson (OT--Oklahoma)
12. Miami Dolphins--Barkevious Mingo (DE/OLB--LSU)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Tavon Austin (WR--West Virginia)
14. Carolina Panthers--Star Lotulelei (DT--Utah)
15. New Orleans Saints--Sheldon Richardson (DT--Missouri)
16. St. Louis Rams--DeAndre Hopkins (WR--Clemson)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers--Cordarrelle Patterson (WR--Tennessee)
18. Dallas Cowboys--astrosbro95
19. New York Giants--UprootedTexan
20. Chicago Bears--RedWhitePaws
21. Cincinnati Bengals--McKnight299
22. St. Louis Rams--gm.in.waiting
23. Minnesota Vikings--The Night Owl
24. Indianapolis Colts--ckone
25. Minnesota Vikings--The Night Owl
26. Green Bay Packers--krkenney
27. Houston Texans--BRB Staff
28. Denver Broncos--Capt Ron
29. New England Patriots--MaloneyPony
30. Atlanta Falcons--riversmccown
31. San Francisco 49ers--TexansDC
32. Baltimore Ravens--Cougfan