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All Pittsburgh, all the time for the former Browns scout Matt Williamson. Photo by Alex Abboud.

All Pittsburgh, all the time for the former Browns scout Matt Williamson (originally from Pittsburgh). Photo by Alex Abboud.

Twitter: @WilliamsonNFL

Pick Summary

  • Round 1 – Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback
  • Round 2 – Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle
  • Round 3 – Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver
  • Round 4 – Kyle Williams, Defensive Tackle
  • Round 5 – Sebastian Vollmer, Right Tackle
  • Round 6: Phil Taylor, Defensive Tackle
  • Round 7: Harrison Smith, Safety
  • Round 8: Trent Cole, Defensive End
  • Round 9: Troy Polamalu, Safety
  • Round 10: Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver
  • Round 11: Brent Grimes, Cornerback
  • Round 12: Chris Houston, Cornerback
  • Round 13: Vinny Curry, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
  • Round 14: Jeremy Mincey, Defensive End
  • Round 15: Mark Ingram, Running Back
  • Round 16: Heath Miller, Tight End
  • Round 17:
  • Round 18:
  • Round 19:
  • Round 20:
  • Round 21:
  • Round 22:

Pick Details

Round 1, Pick 12: Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback

Big Ben was an easy pick here for me at No.12…and not because I am from Pittsburgh. I was shocked that Kaepernick lasted as long as he did, as he was my third overall player only behind Rodgers and Luck. But CK fell right before my pick, so I was happy to take a proven stud quarterback to build my team around. He isn’t as young as I would have liked, but I see plenty of great football still in Roethlisberger.

Blindside protection for Big Ben. Photo by James Santelli.

Blindside protection for Big Ben. Photo by James Santelli.

Round 2, Pick 21: Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle

There were four or five young left tackles that I considered here, but I went with Kalil because of his youth. Left Tackles just don’t grow on trees and after one season in the league, Kalil proved that he can protect Roethlisberger’s blind side-and Big Ben hasn’t had such stability for the majority of his career. I will be concentrating on defense most likely with my next few picks.

Nicks wasn't healthy last year and played some some dings the year before, but he's still a player on the ascent. Photo by Romec.

Nicks wasn’t healthy last year and played some some dings the year before, but he’s still a player on the ascent. Photo by Romec.

Round 3, Pick 21: Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver

Injuries aside, Nicks is a true #1 WR-and I rarely use that term…plus, he is 25 years old! I would have taken Joseph or Melton, but both fell right before my pick. We are going to throw a ton and I think many are selling Nicks short right now. Just think back to one year ago and remember his value then. Nicks is still a stud.

Dareus gets the pub, but Matt Williams loves what Kyle Williams brings to the table. Photo by Matt Britt.

Dareus gets the pub, but Matt Williams loves what Kyle Williams brings to the table. Photo by Matt Britt.

Round 4, Pick 107: Kyle Williams, Defensive Tackle

This is just a great football player-who happens to play in a small market and doesn’t get the credit that he rightfully deserves. He can play in any scheme and is constantly disruptive. To put it mildly, he is a playing bitch for 60 minutes week in and week out.

Photo by Keith Allison.

Williamson takes a right tackle capable of providing an upgrade to the protection Pittsburgh has given Ben Roethlisberger on that side of the line. Photo by Keith Allison.

Round 5, Pick 150: Sebastian Vollmer, Right Tackle

Over Ben Roethlisberger’s career, the Steelers have not done an excellent job protecting him. Some of that is clearly on Big Ben’s shoulders, but at his age and with his injury history, I have put a premium on edge protection-and excellent young edge protection at that. In my opinion, Vollmer is the best right tackle in football, should only get better and has no business being on the board this late.

Phil Taylor tackling Daniel Thomas. Photo by Erik Daniel Drost.

Phil Taylor tackling Daniel Thomas. Photo by Erik Daniel Drost.

Round 6, Pick 172: Phil Taylor, Defensive Tackle

Round 7, Pick 213: Harrison Smith, Safety

Round 8, Pick 236: Trent Cole, Defensive End

Round 9, Pick 277: Troy Polamalu, Safety

Round 10, Pick 300: Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver

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1 comment

  1. Interesting, i like most of the picks here but why go ben roethlisberger over matt ryan? Are you sure roethlisberger is a better qb now nonetheless five years from now considering the age gap and roethlisberger’s injury history and ryan’s lack their of? I really like the kalil and nicks picks though.

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