Keeping our mock draft selections going for the first round of the NFL Draft which begins next Friday. Moving on, we look at the Pittsburgh Steelers are what could help Terence Garvin next season.
While there are two WVU Pros on the Steelers when you look at the roster, Will Johnson coming up at the tight end spot, the main problem of the Steelers comes on the other’s side of the ball.
Garvin didn’t get much playing time last season, seeing most of his action on special teams. But with a hole open at his linebacker spot, he could see more time in a reserve role this season. But going one step beyond the linebacker spot is the secondary, headed by who some might call Father Time by now, Troy Polomalu. To put it simply, the Steelers need help in the secondary.
So who will the Black and Gold select with the 15th overall pick? Darqueze Dennard – CB, Michigan State.
The Steelers have cornerbacks Ike Taylor and William Gay on the roster and one and two on the depth chart. But Gay has shown the inability to keep up with many outside receivers in the NFL and is better suited as a Nickel guy.
At Michigan State, Dennard was one of the most feared corners in the game. He’s physical and plays solid man-to-man on the outside. He has good speed, running a 4.41 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, but his best attribute in terms of quickness is his ability to adapt to the play. His style of play alone fits what the Pittsburgh defense embodies.
The 5-foot-11, 199-pound corner finished with 62 tackles and three interceptions last season for one of the top-ranked defenses in college football last year.
If available, he’s a perfect fit according to ESPN.com writer Scott Brown:
Michigan State’sDarqueze Dennard would be an ideal pick for the Steelers as he is tough, physical and regarded by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. as the most complete cornerback in the draft.
Pittsburgh did finish 9th in the league in passing yards allowed last season but finished 21st in rushing yards allowed. Bringing in Dennard gives the Steelers a run-defending cornerback to step up and help out in that situation.
Overall, if the Steelers can solidify their secondary with Dennard, the Steel Curtain might be back on track.