Today it's a fresh slate, and today's the only day we'll have to suffer this relatively new phenomenon known as second-round mock drafts.
As explained throughout my "Don't Mock This" trilogy in the months leading up to Thursday's choice, the Steelers don't use mock drafts as a form of preparation. They instead rank their favored athletes according to the number of picks in front of them.
So that's what I'm presenting to you this morning, by way of 16 picks, in my Don't Mock This (Second Round).
See you at pick 48:
2. Keenan Allen, WR, California – Like Jarvis Jones, Allen presents another slow 40 time. But Allen was just recovered from an injury when he ran his 4.71. May not be a burner but he's an accomplished kick returner with Anquan Boldin-type receiving skills.
3. Robert Woods, WR, USC – A student of the game, as well as an accomplished kick returner, Woods might not be the big inside receiver that Allen is, but he's not bad inside and presents a more dangerous home run threat.
7. David Bakhtiari, T-G, Colorado – No one wants to hear about another high pick for the offensive line, but the Steelers' backup tackle right now is whomever loses the LG competition, Kelvin Beachum or Ramon Foster. I'm not confident that either of those can play left tackle. In fact, no one knows if either of the Steelers' new starting tackles can man the left side. Obviously, left tackles are hard to find. That's why this guy ranks so high on this list.
8. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU – He'll be a 26-year-old rookie but there are two names that come to mind when I see Hunt: Aaron Smith and Doug Atkins; Smith because of his long arms and athleticism, and Atkins because I have to go back to the 1960s to remember another 6-foot-8 defensive end. Sheer value pick here.
10. Geno Smith, QB, WVU – Just being true to the available talent.
11. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State – Watched him all season and thought he reeked of being a Steelers-style corner. He's a team captain with 16 career picks, including 100 and 20-yard TD returns of Tim Tebow. That's worth it right there.
12. Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State – I was hoping to land him in the third round, but not sure I can trust the typical rankings out there. But one of the ensuing big backs on this list should be – might be – could be – available in the third.
13. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin – Idolizes Curtis Martin and has the same size and wore the same number as the Hall of Famer from Pitt. But Ball was certainly more durable coming out of the draft than Martin, who was chosen in the third round with the 74th pick (Steelers scheduled for 79th pick) in 1995. Ball scored 107 touchdowns in high school and an NCAA record 83 touchdowns in college. The Steelers could use that kind of nose for the end zone.
14. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech – My gut tells me I should go with the tall, rangy deep threat who is Justin Hunter here, but my brain keeps reminding me how much I liked watching Patton during Senior Bowl week.
15. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M – Big, powerful, fast and explosive, but Michael's proven to have a bad attitude. Was it caught in time? Will he strive to re-prove himself? Is the Steelers' locker room the type that will help this classic Steelers big back live up to all of his immense potential? I would rather take the chance in the third round, but that's a long way from pick 48.
16. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennesseee – There's no sense worrying because someone will snap this explosive athlete up sooner. I do worry about his 12 percent drop rate.