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Round 1, Pick 24: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 10
DeCastro was an absolutely ideal selection for the Steelers, as he is the best offensive line prospect from this draft class outside of USC’s elite left tackle prospect Matt Kalil.
DeCastro is a complete guard prospect who would have been ranked higher if he played a more premier position than guard. He is very effective as both a pass- and run-blocker, and he has terrific technique, power and footwork. DeCastro has the talent to be the Steelers’ new version of Alan Faneca, who won a nine-time consecutive All-Pro from 2001-2009.
Round 2, Pick 56: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 32
Adams’s stock was hurt considerably by numerous red flags: he was suspended five games as a senior for his role the Ohio State tattoo scandal, he tested positive for marijuana at the combine and he performed poorly in combine drills. That said, Adams is a very talented offensive tackle with big upside.
He has a tremendous combination of size (6’7’’, 323 pounds) and athletic ability, he has good feet for an offensive tackle and is both a skilled pass-protector and powerful run-blocker. Adams has the potential to play left tackle but could also be a very good fit at right tackle.
Round 3, Pick 86: Sean Spence, LB, Miami
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 64
Spence is undersized for an inside linebacker, but he is an athletic, instinctive playmaker who should be a good fit for the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme. Spence is a solid tackler and hard hitter who is known for coming up with big plays, is good at stripping the football and is effective at dropping back into coverage. His lack of size could prevent him from being an every-down linebacker, but he should make an impact.
Round 4, Pick 109: Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Washington
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 128
Ta’amu may not be a pure nose tackle, but he is a good developmental prospect at the position who was solid fourth-round value in a thin class of nose tackles. He has the potential to be a solid backup nose tackle for the Steelers.
Ta’amu has nose tackle size, but he needs to improve upon his core strength. He has displayed the ability to be quite disruptive at the line of scrimmage, but his production was not consistent at Washington.
Round 5, Pick 159: Chris Rainey, RB/WR, Florida
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 91
Rainey is a dynamic athlete who can be a dangerous player and could end up being a fifth-round steal. He has very good straight-line speed but also cuts very well and is elusive. Rainey has the potential to contribute in numerous ways: he can be a situational third-down speed back, line up as a slot receiver and be a kick returner.
Round 7, Pick 231: Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado
Overall Prospect Rank: Not in Top 400
Clemons has a very intriguing combination of size and speed for a wide receiver, but he is a raw project who was not particularly productive at Colorado.
Round 7, Pick 240 (compensatory selection): David Paulson, TE, Oregon
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 281
Paulson is an undersized tight end who is not a spectacular athlete, but he has solid receiving ability. He has some blocking ability and could line up as an H-back, but he needs to develop as an in-line blocker.
Round 7, Pick 246 (compensatory selection): Terrence Frederick, CB, Texas A&M
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 316
While his teammate Coryell Judie received more attention, Frederick was actually the most polished cover corner at Texas A&M. He is small but athletic, instinctive and tackles well. He has potential as a dime cornerback and special teams contributor.
Round 7, Pick 248 (compensatory selection): Kelvin Beachum, G, Southern Methodist
Overall Prospect Rank: No. 324
Beachum was a very solid left tackle for four years at SMU, but he is best suited to kick inside and play guard at the next level. He does not have great feet, but he is a solid pass-blocking guard. He needs to add strength, but he should provide solid depth.