| 2016 Steelers Draft Notes and Opinion|
Here is a fact no one is ever talking about. Cornerbacks get beat about 61% of the time. It is part of the game. Look at QB completion percentage average. Even against the best defenseve backs in the game, Big Ben still passed for 68%. So how do you grade a cornerback? Is he a great CB if he only gets burned 59% of the time?
Round one. Artie Burns, CB, Miami (FL). 6'0" 193 lbs.
Burns made ACC Second Team. First Team Mackensie Alexander was still available. I remember the Cincinnati Bearcats picking apart the Miami secondary. I prey the scouts and coaches made the best choice. Artie Burns is athletic and has the grit. Now it is the coaches job to turn him into a shutdown corner.
Round Two. Sean Davis, S/CB, Maryland. 6'1" 201 lbs.
Maryland sucks. They only won 1 game in the Big-10 last season. The Maryland defense stayed on the field a long long time each game. Good way for Sean Davis to gain a lot of experience. No doubt, Davis was the best player on the team. Hard hitter. I am excited to see what coach Lake can do with him.
Round Three. Javon Hargrave, DT, SC State. 6'1" 309 lbs.
MEAC Defensive Player of The Year! I love this pick. Hargrave has linebacker speed. 4.83 is darn fast for a 300 pound man. High motor small school wonder? Javon Hargrave destroyed big school competition at the Shrine game and Senior bowl.
Round Four. Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU. 6'6" 305 lbs.
Most draft boards had Hawkins listed as a 2nd or early 3rd round pick. We did good grabbing him in the 4th. Good footwork. Awesome dancer! I am sure the coaches will fix any flaws and make him great.
Round Six. Travis Feeney, OLB, Washington. 6'4" 230 lbs.
Awesome pick! Feeney has sub 4.5 speed dudes. He was a very good safety before making the switch to OLB. With his speed, I would use him as an ILB. Of course if he gains 10 pounds and learns Kung-fu from Porter, he could be a great OLB. Another option is to play Mike Mitchell deep and Feeney as a box safety. Ultimate 4-2-5 nickle weapon!
Round Seven. DeMarcus Ayers, PR/KR/WR, Houston. 5'9" 183 lbs.
He made AAC First Team! Confused about this pick? Worried about his speed? Look at the film on YouTube. He plays like an Antonio Brown clone! Still confused? Not me.
Round Seven. Tyler Matakevich, ILB/OLB, Temple. 6'0" 238 lbs.
Our steal pick. Matakevich was projected as a 3rd round pick by most experts. He won both the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards. Won Defensive Player of the Year for the conference. You need great vision to get 138 tackles in one season. Tyler Matakevich has the vision gift. He always knows where the ball is. The vision gift can't be taught. We are so lucky to have this gifted person on our team.
Christian Powell RB 6-0 235 Colorado
Jay Rome TE 6-6 250 Georgia
Quinton Schooley OL 6-4 298 NC State
Johnny Maxey DL 6-5 283 Mars Hill
Tyriq McCord LB 6-3 241 Miami (Fla.)
Will Monday P 6-4 210 Duke
Giorgio Newberry DL/TE 6-6 295 Florida State
Canaan Severin WR 6-2 205 Virginia. Stud WR!
Devaunte Sigler DL 6-3 290 Jacksonville State