Beast Board, Jr.

Let's do it all over again. The second and third rounds of the NFL draft begin at 7 tonight. Here's Jim Wexell's refreshed prospect list:

I can't call this Beast Board II because that's what I called my update in March of the Top 15 Beasts in this draft.

But the first round's over, so maybe it's time for Beast Board Jr. Yeah, we'll go with that.

Here's a list of the Top 14 that will take us to the Steelers at pick 46. They, of course, could trade the pick, but they can't trade pick 97 because it's a compensatory pick. That will be made late tonight at the end of the third round.

33. Ra'shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota -- Source tells me Steelers are looking to add "a couple guys" to their defensive line throughout the remainder of this draft. This one's my favorite because he blows things up.

34. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame -- Smoother, more consistent than Hageman, just bores me more because he doesn't blow things up the way Hageman does every now and then. But, my job's not on the line. Those whose jobs are on the line often prefer consistency. Either one would get in line at Aaron Smith's old spot as Cameron Heyward moves to Brett Keisel's old spot as the playmaking 5-tech.

35. Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame -- Someone asked me on twitter if it would make sense to get this 330-pounder to "cover up" (take on two blocker more often) for the light run-and-hit new inside linebacker. In a word, yes.

36. Marqise Lee, WR-RS, USC -- If pick 46 comes up and this large pool of WRs is still available, it might behoove the Steelers to trade down and maybe look at two of the bigger CBs, Phillip Gaines and Pierre Desir, with a late second or early hird-round pick. Oh, Lee, he's coming off a bad year (12 percent drop rate) but looked like Steve Smith the previous year.

37. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana -- Repeat the following for the next four or five WRs: Big-bodied guy with speed who would probably go in the first round any other year.

38. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt -- Yes, repeat it.

39. Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State -- This is the best red-zone target on the board. I understand that a lot of people like Martavis Bryant. He's 6-3 3/4 and Adams is only 6-1. But I like Adams by a mile. He can jump out of the gym (which he did when he moved from basketball to football late in his still-young career) and his production last season was off the charts: 131 catches, 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns. He caught 38 touchdown passes the last two years from Derek Carr, who raved about Adams -- RAVED, I say -- at the combine. Some scouts don't like him because he's not all that fast. I'm not a scout, so take it with a complete shaker full of salt, but I really like him in this spot.

40. Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State -- Imagine the wailing from Pittsburgh's so-called football literati if they choose another linebacker. I doubt it will happen. This guy may go off the board first today. If the club had the need outside the way they did inside, I would probably put him there myself. Mean ol' boy with fluidity, flexibility and first basmeman's mitts for hands who can dip and rip like few coming out of college this season. I wouldn't complain a whit.

41. Joel Bitonio, OT-OG, Nevada -- I've never watched film of him, but some astute analysts on our site at SteelCityInsider.net rave about him. Too bad he's more guard than tackle, but you know how those things go. If a team is stuck at LT and needs to use a young guy there because that's the position he played in college, the guy often moves there and never leaves.

42. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State -- OK, back to the WR grind. We all have watched this guy play big and run after the catch. If only he was faster than 4.6.

43. Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU -- I know I had the audacity to call this Hines Ward clone a third-rounder because he ran a 4.7 at the combine. But he's just too good. He'll catch everything, and, really, he didn't look all that slow in games. Ask yourself this: Would Hines Ward still be a bottom-of-the-third-round kind of guy if he were to come out again? Even without one of his ACLs? (Edit: After I wrote this, I learned Landry could be flagged medically. I'll leave him in just because Hines was flagged by many, too.)

44. Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi -- Big and faster than the aforementioned receivers on this list, I would not care if he was taken above all of them. He just reminds me of Eric Moulds with his size and speed. Played with a horrible QB at Ole Miss. That should account for some of the inconsistency.

45. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington -- Played lazily, in my opinion, but he's lost a bunch of weight and I've read some good things about his attitude. And, really, Eric Green was quite a weapon even if he was lazy, too.

46. Scott Crichton, OLB, Oregon State -- Played NT in the Civil War and was blocked, easily, at times, but most times he was a Tazmanian Devil. In my opinion he's a strict 4-3 end, but we're talking about Mike Tomlin here. If he's a 4-3 fit, he's a fit.


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