With the 206th pick in the 2013 Orange Mane Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers proudly select:
Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
Prospect Analysis from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview
The Alabama prep was a four-year starter for the football team while also lettering in basketball and baseball. As a true freshman in 2009, he appeared in 10 games with four starts and rushed 107 times for 478 yards (4.5-yard average) with three touchdowns and snatched seven passes for 72 yards (10.3-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Missed two games (Mississippi, South Carolina) and was limited in two others due to a sprained ankle. Saw action in nine games (three starts) in '10, posting 66-331-3 (5.0) rushing and 9-32-0 (3.6) receiving before being sidelined for the season with a concussion. Lost consciousness following a helmet-to-helmet hit vs. Florida in 2010. Earned team MVP honors and broke the school's single-season records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in '11 after piling up 201-1,193-14 (5.9) on the ground and 20-106-0 (5.3) in the air in 13 starts to become the first Commodore since 1995 to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. Ran for 207-1,141-10 (5.5) and grabbed 10-205-0 (20.5) in 13 starts in '12, setting the school records for career rushing yards (3,143) and rushing touchdowns (303). Also became the first Vanderbilt back to ever have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Contributed 10 career punt returns for 64 yards, two kickoff returns for 15 yards, and completed 3-of-10 passes for 67 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Fumbled nine times in 649 career touches and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Team captain. Has a handicapped younger brother who he often brought to team facility.
Extremely strong and well-muscled with a compact frame. Bench presses nearly twice his weight and can squat a small house. Runs hard with good run instincts and anticipation -- patient reading blocks. Very smart and handles a variety of assignments and alignments -- is used in wildcat formation and as a slot receiver. A highly respected, confident, inspiring team leader and the type you root for. Self-motivated and has a passion for the game.
Small hands. Not explosive and lacks big-play speed. Average elusiveness (short-stepper). Does not play big or power through many tackles -- is turned easily in the hole, often goes down on first contact and legs will stall on contact (not a pile-driver). Much of production is schemed. Average hands.
A tough, north-south runner most ideally suited for a zone-based ground game such as the Texans, Redskins, Packers, or Seahawks.
Rationale for the Pick from BowlenBall
The Pittsburgh Steelers go into the 2013 draft with Jonathan Dwyer as the #1 back on their roster, and not much else backing him up. Staying true to our drafting philosophy that good running backs can be found late in the draft, we patiently waited while other backs we liked (Eddie Lacy, Johnathon Franklin) were snatched up. Our patience finally paid off with the last pick in the 6th round, as we feel that Stacy is a very underrated back in this draft, with great measurables AND great production at the highest level of college football.