To continue our mock draft, rotating the picks among the bloggers, the Pittsburgh Steelers are now on the clock with the 23rd pick in the draft.
As a Patriots fan I never thought I'd utter these words, but: I miss Bill Cowher. Nothing against Mike Tomlin, who I thought did a fine job in his first year as a head coach, but Cowher not only was a good coach, but was always entertaining to watch on the sideline. Whether he was jawing with one of the refs over a blown call (with the requisite spit spraying out from his mouth every couple of words) or staring down one of his players after a boneheaded mistake, you could bet that Cowher would do something interesting or funny just about every week (remember when he stuffed that photo in the ref's pocket to protest the lack of a twelve men call?). In fact, he was so charismatic and famous that my non-football-watching wife even knew who he was, though I believe she used to refer to him simply as "Angry Man." Personally, I always thought that he looked like a cross between Popeye and J. Jonah Jameson, but I digress. Let's face it, the NFL is a bit less interesting without him. Now on to the pick. You can take internet wayback time machine.
Pick #23: Mike Jenkins, CB S. Florida
Heading into the draft, the Steelers most pressing needs are at offensive line and cornerback, but with a veritable run on offensive tackles occurring in the DC Sports Page mock draft, and the lone first-round-worthy interior lineman Albert taken just a few picks ago, the Steelers are best served by taking the best CB available, Mike Jenkins of S. Florida. In fact, many mock drafts have projected Jenkins going in the top-15 picks, and ahead of Flowers, so this is good value as well. Jenkins is a big, physical bump-and-run type corner who should be able to come in and immediately compete for playing time in the Steelers nickel and dime packages, and also push aging starter Deshea Townsend. So with back to back cornerbacks just taken, the Tennessee Titans are now on the clock!