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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Trae Waynes

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Moving right along in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, we come to the team that the Minnesota Vikings will open up the NFL pre-season against, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have the 22nd pick in the draft, and their GM in this process, Typically Lazy (that's his handle. . .I'm not saying the Steelers are typically lazy) has decided to start rebuilding an area that has seen quite a bit of change in recent weeks in the Steel City.

With the 22nd pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select. . .

Trae Waynes, cornerback, Michigan State University

Here's what Typically Lazy had to say about the Steelers' selection.

Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu have retired in the last couple weeks, leaving an already weak Steelers secondary. The pick here gives former Vikes DC Mike Tomlin a good piece to help fix that defense. The Steelers also a need have at OLB, after Jason Worilds retired, but I don't believe there is a OLB that matches value at pick 22 as well as Waynes.

My Thoughts

As Typically Lazy mentioned, the Steelers have lost Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor to retirement since the end of the regular season. Both of those guys were getting up in age a bit, but they were also very solid players for the Steelers' secondary for a very long time. The Steelers' depth in the secondary was a bit questionable before those guys left, and with their departure, the secondary is definitely a primary need for Mike Tomlin and company. Enter Waynes, who would likely immediately start at corner and provide the same aggressiveness that has been a hallmark of the Pittsburgh defense for a very long time. Given that Waynes is widely mocked to be a selection for the Vikings at #11, for the Steelers to get him at #22 represents a pretty big steal, in my opinion.

What do you think of this selection, folks?

Pick Team General Manager Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers kwarren3 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2 Tennessee Titans BVB fan Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
3 Jacksonville Jaguars n s Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal
4 Oakland Raiders DrivableGuide9 Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
5 Washington Redskins tep4 Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6 New York Jets cycloneallnightlong Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
7 Chicago Bears lateefthetruthspeaker Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
8 Atlanta Falcons berg03 Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
9 New York Giants thecraphead Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
10 St. Louis Rams VikesFanatic La'el Collins, OL, LSU
11 Minnesota Vikings e.vogel15 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
12 Cleveland Browns Wayne Joseph Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
13 New Orleans Saints Austin Blanch Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
14 Miami Dolphins SkolChad DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
15 San Francisco 49ers Malte Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
16 Houston Texans Vikes4lyfe Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)
17 San Diego Chargers MDFDisc D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida
18 Kansas City Chiefs Christopher Gates Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) Wayne Joseph Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
20 Philadelphia Eagles AVeazey24 Landon Collins, S, Alabama
21 Cincinnati Bengals misterloveSKOL Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Typically Lazy Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
23 Detroit Lions just_rob
24 Arizona Cardinals Siberia101
25 Carolina Panthers SweetTooth
26 Baltimore Ravens lmoe12
27 Dallas Cowboys paulser21
28 Denver Broncos SpencerN
29 Indianapolis Colts CCNorseman
30 Green Bay Packers CCHOF5yearstoolate
31 New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) Austin Blanch
32 New England Patriots raging_cloner