Steelers' Prospects In Round 2

With one beast in tow and a big need filled, the Pittsburgh Steelers move on to the second round.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are off and running with one "Asskicker" in Bud Dupree, and it's time to find another.

I'll rank the "Asskicker" hopefuls from pick 33 to 56 but will take out the outside linebackers/defensive ends, nose tackles and players who've taken medical hits of late, but I won't take out:

33. La'el Collins, OT-OG, LSU -- No, it's probably impossible to clear his legal entanglement in time, but my hope is the Steelers use their man, Deputy Jack Kearney, to call one of his friends down on the bayou and find out if Collins will be cleared of any involvement in the recent murder of the alleged mother of his unborn child. Police are saying that, no, Collins is not a suspect, but it's not a good sign that they still want to talk to him.

34. Landon Collins, SS, Alabama -- True, the Steelers have four strong safety types already, but as my friend Smokin' Jim Frazier said last night on the South Side, "You can't coach 230." In other words, Collins is a tank in the secondary.

35. Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State -- Who wouldn't be happy with this guy? Son of a late Philadelphia detective and former Drexel University basketball great, Jaelen (6-2 1/2, 217) will only last to the Steelers' pick if his wrist injury is a bigger problem than originally suspected.

36. Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss -- I understand he's not even 5 feet 9, and that the Steelers are looking for hybrid a CB-S type to help their weak nickel run defense, but this guy is a ball magnet. That's a form of asskicking, too.

37. Eric Rowe, CB-S, Utah -- This is a player some in the organization love, and leaked the info months ago, so I've moved him up this list ahead of a few better players at positions of lesser need.

38. Jalen Collins, CB, LSU -- This ought to get all the Collins out of the way. He failed multiple drug tests throughout his college career and lost his job last season before getting it back at the end of the year (made 7 of his career 10 starts last season). But he's big (6-1 1/2, 203), fast (4.49) and a lot of scouts see greatness in his future. Now, any more Collins out there?

39. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida -- The big man's father taught him a long time ago about a hero, the great Joe Greene, and Goldman sometimes dominated the line of scrimmage. But Goldman is more of a 4-3 defensive tackle, or "a big", and the Steelers don't see that as much of a need right now.

40. Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana -- Steelers attended his pro day very late in the workout season and would no doubt feel a lot more comfortable through Le'Veon Bell's suspension with this guy backing up DeAngelo Williams.

41. Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon -- Pure left tackle, plain and simple. Great athlete who played in an irregular college scheme.

42. Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota -- Someone who could help the team right away with his hands, toughness and experience as a blocking H-back/fullback while developing into a three-down TE in the Heath Miller mold.

43. Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State -- Yes, the need for a nickel DE has been filled by Dupree, but the 271-pound Smith could work into that rotation and also fill a big roster need as a backup 5-tech. Sure, I would stretch it.

44. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt -- One of my top Asskickers early in the draft process. His penalty for a horrid Senior Bowl week stops here.

45. Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State -- May as well throw this big man into the mix right here as well.

46. Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State -- Before I get back to cornerbacks, I have to throw this home run hitter out there, a Mike Wallace type.

47. Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State -- Smith's cousin covered him plenty at practice. Decent size (5-10 1/4, 200) and speed (4.44), is durable, a team captain, can support the run and went through the rigors of a national championship run.

48. Ron Darby, CB, Florida State -- Not enamored of this corner as so many others are. He reminded me of Dewayne Washington but only faster. Darby ran a 4.38 40 at Indy.

49. Alex Carter, CB-S, Stanford -- Liked him as a first-rounder not too long ago but experts don't like his "heavy feet" as a cornerback. So here he sits, a smart, 20 -year-old son of a former NFL corner who looks more like a safety and would help right away in the nickel.

50. Quinten Rollins, CB-S, Miami-Ohio -- A point guard for four years, Rollins intercepted seven passes in his first and only season of college football. Appeared to lack deep speed at the Senior Bowl, but a ball magnet who just might turn into a Pro Bowl free safety.

51. Xavier Cooper, DE, Washington State -- Underrated and perhaps quick enough to help out as a 4-3 end in some type of run nickel alignment. But otherwise a 5-tech to groom behind Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.

52. Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson -- Can't wait any longer on a player who's more of a 4-3 piece, but the Steelers do use that alignment 50 percent of the time. May as well get one who can play it well.

53. Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State -- Same as above. I would enjoy either 3-tech being drafted here.

54. Clive Walford, TE, Miami -- Let's start the "Be Careful" phase of the second-round prospects. Walford is being ripped all over the place for his attitude during Combine interviews. But the dude can play.

55. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State -- Everybody seems to want to excuse his couple of transgressions in college but in my opinion you just don't run away from being the cause of a head-on collision at 3 a.m. You just don't.

56. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, OLB, UCLA -- I know his hips have come up as a problem in most medicals, and I know the Steelers just drafted another outside backer, but there's nothing wrong with grabbing value, particularly if your doctor OKs it. Hey, it's better than ending the list with Devin Funchess.


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