NFL Mock Draft 2014: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Louis Nix III

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

With the fifteenth overall pick in the 2014 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers(represented by saintmanumit) select...

Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

The Pittsburgh Steelers used to be BAD as in good. They had reliable receivers, a power running game, and a defense that was so quick and so intimidating, opponents would not sleep before the game. The original users of Black and Gold in the NFL has won a lot of games, playoff contest, and championships with this current leadership and were on the cusp of reestablishing another dynasty for the second-largest city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania .

But along the way, the team got elderly and began being BAD as in hot mayonnaise terrible.

No surprise to the citizenry of Pittsburgh, the Steelers have the 12th oldest offense and THE oldest defense. As a result, they are tied for the oldest team in the league. And because they are old as water, it has shown on the field with two years under .500.

Suffice to say, this team can use a sharp influx of youth and talent, especially considering that the defense needs a DT who can hold the point and provide a pass rush, that the starting wide-outs have jettisoned and Lance Moore is the "upgrade" at WR and a declining Ike Taylor resigning is "good news" for a secondary with no depth. So the premise for the draft is simple: acquire young and talented football professionals with size to solidify the DT, WR and CB positions.

So where to go in the first round??? Well....

The good news for the Steelers is that this draft is deep in wide receiver help. Sammy Watkins will not get past the fifth overall pick, let alone no. 15, and Mike Evans will not get past the 13th pick. Unless the Steelers trade up, which is not their moniker, the WR upgrade can wait.

Ike Taylor was a great corner for this team but he is in the twilight of his twilight years and is not guaranteed a starting spot for this team. Knowing that the Cortez Allen is a solid number two corner for the team, it is easy to say that the team needs a CB for the future. Justin Gilbert would be ideal had he been available. Darqueze Dennard would be a great addition, according to EVERY draft prognosticator. It is easy to push the button on Dennard but critiquing him, he does lack top end speed, which cannot be ignored in covering the likes of A.J. Green, Josh Gordon, and Smith Brothers in Baltimore. Inconsistency hurts Bradley Roby here and pick no. 15 would be too early for Kyle Fuller with his injury history. This is a HUGE priority, but considering that the run defense stunk on third down, suddenly the decision making becomes broader.

Remember when the defense was good? When Troy "That IS my hair" Polamalu was able to fly over the D-line? When sacks and 3rd down stops were abundant? You should because it was not that long ago. But the constant of those great teams, even Cowher led Super Bowl teams was that the middle of those defenses were STOUT. This D has not been right since Casey Hampton left and with Jarvis Jones and Jason Worilds manning the edges and Arthur Moats signed to QB the defense, it would be nice to find a young mountain in Black and Gold. Cam Thomas was signed to a cap-friendly deal but his mammoth size works better in a rotation and Brett "DA'BEARD" Keisel is a backup at best now. So on that note, with the 15th pick the Pittsburgh Steelers select.....

Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

Da'Burgh is going to love Irish Chocolate! The wall is back!!!

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Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2014 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Houston Texans QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Tee Word 30%
2 St. Louis Rams DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina Kevin Sean Held 57%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M Alex Swift 59%
4 Cleveland Browns WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson Shadow Flash 80%
5 Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo Khannar 71%
6 Atlanta Falcons OT Greg Robinson - Auburn Dave Choate 80%
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blake Bortles - UCF russty 31%
8 Minnesota Vikings CB Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma St. JackMarzullo 50%
9 Buffalo Bills OT Jake Matthews - Texas A&M Letloosethedogsofwar 88%
10 Detroit Lions WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M Monkey Poop Battle 49%
11 Tennessee Titans LB Anthony Barr - UCLA Lostastic 60%
12 NY Giants TE Eric Ebron - UNC Khannar 78%
13 St. Louis Rams S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama hooahsaint2.0 74%
14 Chicago Bears NT Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh BlackandGold4ever
15 Pittsburgh Steelers NT Louis Nix III - Notre Dame saintmanumit
16 Dallas Cowboys
Ryan Edwards
17 Baltimore Ravens
Tee Word
18 NY Jets
Monkey Poop Battle
19 Miami Dolphins
Letloosethedogsofwar
20 Arizona Cardinals
Alex Swift
21 Green Bay Packers
BlackandGold4ever
22 Philadelphia Eagles
organictallman
23 Kansas City Chiefs
coldpizza
24 Cincinnati Bengals
coldpizza
25 San Diego Chargers
Lostastic
26 Cleveland Browns
Shadow Flash
27 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
28 Carolina Panthers
Ryan Edwards
29 New England Patriots
Shadow Flash
30 San Francisco 49ers
saintmanumit
31 Denver Broncos
Alex Swift
32 Seattle Seahawks
saintmanumit
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