With the 126th pick in the 2013 OM Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select:
Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
Prospect Analysis from NFL.com:
Many didn't expect the junior Arkansas guard to jump ship after the Razorbacks' extremely disappointing 2012 season, but Bailey joined Tyler WIlson, Cobi Hamilton, Dennis Johnson, and Knile Davis among others in this year's draft class. Bailey played in one of the few college systems that rotates their guards to either side of the formation depending on the strong or weak package, which could give him an advantage adjusting to left or right guard in the NFL. As a strong side guard, Bailey was frequently asked to create lanes inside for the talented duo of running backs in Johnson and Davis.
Coming out of high school Bailey bench pressed more than 400 pounds while squatting over 590, and after choosing Arkansas he redshirted the 2009 season. He had ties to the Razorbacks, since Bailey's father, Alvin Sr., played basketball at the school in the 1970's. The massive redshirt freshman quickly claimed his first team role in 2010, starting all 13 games at guard as Arkansas was the only team in the SEC to start the same offensive line in every game that year. He started all 13 games again in 2011 and earned second team All-SEC honors from conference coaches and the Associated Press. Bauley made it a clean sweep in 2012, starting all 12 contests, meaning he started every game throughout his career at Arkansas.
Has experience at right and left guard. Flashes solid movement skills for large size. Good first step when asked to get out in space, awareness to peel back and pick up chasing defender. Obvious effort on first contact when trapping. Consistently looks to stop the opposition's momentum on contact. Can tell he is a good athlete, moves well even when pad level is high, reaction to get hands on quick cutting defender is there. Has a strong grip in close quarters and plenty of a natural to stall opposition in his tracks. Can dominate when he wins on first contact.
After first step, strides slow considerably when working in space. Leads with wrong shoulder or contacts with forearm first too often when trapping between the tackles. Lateral mobility to mirror in pass protection is questionable. Can panic and lose whatever good posture he had against speed rushers that dip. Causes him to bend at the waist and fall forward. Also times where pad level is far too high, especially when crashing down or given the shoulder. Doesn't contact and extend with his hands enough in close quarters. Lacks anticipation to predict where the defender will be at the second level. Feet stop, legs get locked on contact too often, doesn't create enough push. Causes him to get top heavy and lose balance.
The rare guard that alternated sides of the line during games depending on the formation, Bailey is blessed with a natural anchor to limit his opposition's momentum. The issue is the Razorback's technique, whether it be in tight spaces with a lack of hand use or poor posture leading to a limited amount of push or balance. Durability is not an issue, as Bailey started every game he played in college, but an NFL team will need to translate tools into consistency.
Rationale for the Pick from BowlenBall:
Although the Steelers took Pouncey in the 1st round of the 2011 draft, DeCastro and Adams in the first two rounds of the 2012 draft, and Barrett Jones in the 2nd round of this year's draft, their line STILL has major issues. Bailey has started every game of his college career while playing at the highest possible level (the SEC). He also displays the special combination of size (6' 3", 312 lbs., nearly 35" arms) with speed and power (sub-5.0 forty + 27 reps on the bench) that allow him to project as a successful right tackle or, at worst, as depth and a back up for all guard and tackle positions on the team.