The 2015 NFL Draft entered its final day Saturday and the Pittsburgh Steelers made their final five picks. Lets take a look at who they chose in rounds 4 through 7…
4th Round – 121st Overall DORAN GRANT – Cornerback 5-10, 200
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Steelers addressed their secondary for the second time in the 2015 draft picking up CB Doran Grant. Grant had 5 interceptions , 9 pass break ups, and 63 tackles in 2014 for Ohio State. He was also voted Co-Captain by his teammates and helped lead the Buckeyes to a National Championship.
Grant started 30 games and played in 54 during his college career. He is a sure tackler and plays the run well.He totaled 146 career tackles (110 solo), nine interceptions, 20 pass break-ups ,a sack, and four tackles for losses.
Doran Grant ran a 4.44 in the 40 yard dash and bench pressed 225 21 times
PRO DAY RESULTS
Vertical jump: 35 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 5 inches
Three-cone drill: 4.18 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 7.04 second
5th Round – 160th Overall JESSE JAMES – Tight End 6-7, 261 Penn State Nittany Lions
The Steelers went for a tight end in round 5 with the selection of TE Jesse James. James had 38 catches for 396 yards and led the offense with three touchdown receptions.
He started 31 games during his career at Penn St. and had a career total of 78 catches and 11 touchdowns.11 career touchdown catches are the most by a tight end in Penn State history.
PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.66 and 4.71 seconds
Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel:He(Jesse James ) is a guy with great length. He’s 6-7, 267 pounds. He has a natural strength and will be able to handle the line of scrimmage. He wasn’t used a lot as a receiver. We can see some intermediate short catching on him, maybe a couple deep balls but he has good strength, good play strength to block the line of scrimmage. We feel good about his game.
6th Round – 199th Overall L.T. WALTON – Defensive End 6-5, 319 Central Michigan
The Steelers added some potential defensive line depth in the 6th round choosing DE LT Walton . He started all 12 games in 2014 collecting 33 tackles,19 solo, 3.5 for a loss,6 quarterback hurries and 2 sacks. Walton earned First Team All-MAC honors.
LT Walton had 106 total career tackles,6 career sacks, and 18.5 tackles for a loss.
Walton has good size and moves well for a man his size. He is said to be a hard worker. The Steelers are hoping he is a project type player they can develop.
6th Round – 212th Overall ANTHONY CHICKILLO – Linebacker 6-3, 267 Miami Hurricanes
The Steelers added another linebacker to the mix as they took Anthony Chickillo out of Miami University. Chickillo has a high motor and is a third generation NFL football player. He started 47-of-50 games at Miami. Chickillo totaled 170 career tackles (89 solo), 25 tackles for losses, 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and five pass break-ups. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up with heart and want to.
Linebacker Coach Joey Porter: Anthony Chickillo is a guy we picked up from Miami. I think he adds depth to our pass rush situation. You can never have enough pass rushers in the way the game is being played now from the outside linebacker position. I think he’s going to add a lot of depth to us. He gives us some switch up opportunities to move us around. I think he’s a good pick. I’m looking forward to doing business with this guy. I’m happy we got him. We just made our outside linebacker tree a little deeper.
7th Round – 239th Overall GEROD HOLLIMAN – Safety 6-0, 218 Louisville Cardinals
The Steelers took a chance on a safety in round 7 with the pick of Gerod Holliman. Holliman played in 27 games (12 starts) at Louisville. He totaled 63 career tackles (48 solo),six pass break-ups,and 14 interceptions, and one sack.
Gerod Holliman collected 14 interceptions in 2014 setting a new NCAA record for interceptions in a season. He was the winner of the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award…first team FWAA All-American and a Walter Camp selection… CBSsports and ESPN All-American.
Holliman is not known to be the best tackler or fastest player but has a great nose for the football and making interceptions. He was worth a shot at round 7.
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