2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 15

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Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (3)

2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 15

Sep 21, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) breaks up a pass intended for Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver DaVaris Daniels (10) at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Nicholas Pitakos

The Steeler defense last year was bad and I don’t mean like average-bad I mean overall pitiful bad. Adding Darqueze Dennard here adds a solid cornerback to help in pass coverage. The Steelers are also in a strong receiver division and need strong, physical corners to match up with them. Dennard can not only help them out in the secondary, but the hope would be that with some better pass coverage their defensive pass rush could improve. Having Dennard in the secondary should directly relate to a better pass rushing presence up front.

Scotty Bakalian

The Steelers are trying to get younger and more athletic on the defensive side of the ball. Selecting CB Darqueze Dennard would add those characteristics to an aging secondary. Dennard is a physical, press-man cornerback that would fit in Dick LeBeau’s defense seamlessly. Pittsburgh needs that type of cover corner to help defend the dynamic wide receiver’s residing in the AFC North such as Cincinnati’s A.J. Green and Cleveland’s Josh Gordon.

Stoney Keeley

The Steelers would snatch him up in a heartbeat should he fall to #15. Elite receivers plagued the Pittsburgh defense for much of last season, meaning they’ll need to find their shut down man early in this year’s draft.

Some consider Dennard as the #1 cornerback in this year’s draft, and hold him in high enough regard to insinuate he’ll be a top-10 pick. This one’s a no-brainer.

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