Pro Football Focus released a very different mock draft on Tuesday that included two rounds worth of selections. They do, however, make it clear that they not trying to predict anything. Instead, they are using their college data to make what they feel is the best decision for each of the 32 teams.
In the first-round, PFF has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Alabama safety Landon Collins with the 22nd overall selection.
With Troy Polamalu retiring, this is one of the draft’s great first round fits. Collins can play in and around the line of scrimmage against the run while covering tight ends and playing some deep safety when necessary.
You should note that cornerback Kevin Johnson, Byron Jones, Alvin Dupree and Randy Gregory all failed to get selected in the first round. Additionally, Nelson Agholor, Henry Anderson, Devin Smith, Grady Jarrett, Hau’oli Kikaha and Troy Hill are all names that aren’t normally associated as being first-round selections. In fact, Hill, a cornerback out of Oregon, might even go undrafted.
In round two, PFF has the Steelers selecting Kansas cornerback JaCorey Shepherd. See, I told you this was very different.
Some monster games for Shepherd helped improve his stock with us, chiefly his outing against TCU which was really something to behold. Pittsburgh has finally said goodbye to Ike Taylor and are always in the market for a value cornerback.
Shepherd, who measured in at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at 5-11, 199-pounds, had 32 passes defensed and 5 interceptions over the last two seasons as a starter. He was a 2014 First-team All-Big 12 selection. I don’t want to embarrass him by posting his 40-yard dash time.
I think we’re pretty close to reaching the end of the mock draft round for this year and thank God for that. Wow, just wow.