McShay’s Latest Mock Draft Has Steelers Going All Defense With First Three Picks

Houston - William Jackson III

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his latest mock draft Tuesday morning and this one includes three rounds.

McShay has the Pittsburgh Steelers addressing their secondary in the first two rounds of his latest mock as he has them selecting Houston cornerback William Jackson III 25th overall and Boise state safety Darian Thompson in the second round with the 58th overall selection. In the third round, however, McShay has an interesting selection for the Steelers in the form of Georgia Tech defensive end Adam Gotsis.

Here is McShay’s recap of his three picks for the Steelers:

The Steelers’ pass defense needs a major upgrade after allowing 272 yards per game last season (30th overall). Jackson has a good frame (6-0, 189 pounds) and elite speed (4.37 40). He thrives off the challenge of facing the opposing team’s No. 1 WR, while Thompson finished his Boise State career with 19 interceptions. Gotsis shows terrific toughness on tape and would provide a boost to Pittsburgh’s run defense as he continues to develop.

By now, all of you should be aware who Jackson and Thompson are as both have been linked to the Steelers quite a bit this offseason for obvious reasons. As for Gotsis, I think this might be the first time I’ve seen him mocked to the Steelers.

Gotsis, who measures in at 6044, 287-pounds, lined up inside and outside in Georgia Tech’s hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme. He recorded 110 total tackles during his college career with 12.5 sacks. His 2015 season was cut short by an ACL injury, however, and thus he hasn’t been able to take part in the pre-draft process when it comes to doing on-the-field events. He hopes to be ready by the start of training camp.

I think most of you can fathom the Steelers selecting Jackson and Thompson in the first two rounds so McShay is realistic when it comes those selections. However, I do think that Gotsis is a reach when it comes to the Steelers third selection. In case you’re curious, Javon Hargrave went a few selections later in McShay’s mock and that probably would’ve been the right pick there for the Steelers based on how the names came off his board.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, swap Hargrave for Gostis and I think pretty much all is happy. Would be ecstatic with that draft.

  • CP72

    It is one of the better “national” media mocks I have seen. I had the same two picks in rounds one and two. I also had a dlineman in the 3rd, but I went with Hassan Ridgeway.

  • Dennis Anders

    I like Gostis, but not in the 3rd or 4th. I watched him a few times and he is a scrappy fellow. I’m so-so on Jackson. I don’t think he is value at 25. Thompson in the 2nd is about right for him.

  • Tom Jackson

    Jackson in the 1st, Thompson in the 2nd and Hargrave in the 3rd is probably one of the most ideal collection of picks you can string together. Although I don’t think Hargrave will be there in the 3rd, maybe not even in the 2nd. His athletic testing is just insane all be it that he’s a DII guy. He has like everything you want but playing level of his competition.

    As for Adam Gotsis, I don’t know him but for a guy to go in RND 3 of the draft with a torn ACL in the prior season, the guy has to have at least and I mean at the very least 2nd RND tape and thats certainly not a name I saw thrown around so I am surprised. Maybe a possibility in the 4th probably more so in the 6th if he is even on our radar.

  • I’m on the Billings bandwagon for Round 1, and I’m really hoping he’s still available when the Steelers pick. If not him, I’m open to Butler. I just think DL is the way to go there.

    That said, while I don’t know anything about Gotsis, this would be a solid 1-2 draft, and it’s good work from a major national mockster. If the Steelers do go CB in the first, I hope it’s WJIII, and obviously Thompson makes sense in the second, though they may have a number of safeties to choose from.

    Anyway, my preference for the first three rounds would be DL-S-CB/WR.

  • Daniel

    I’m open for billings rd 1 and if he’s not there I’d go for Joseph as my 2nd choice.

  • Ike Evans

    The houston fanbase seems convinced theyre taking billings….ill find it so interesting to see if he even makes it to them

  • Ike Evans

    Not bad

  • Aj Gentile

    A surprisingly well mock draft for the most part

  • T3xassteelers

    Yup, I know plenty of Ridgeway as I live in Austin haha. He was better last year though. Thought he’d be in the 1st but his production dipped some this year, still a solid solid player

  • Brian Miller

    I’m not sure New Orleans will let him get there…

  • Brian Miller

    More realistically, WJ3 in 1st, Hargrave 2nd, and Thompson/Dillon/Bush/Simmons/Davis…uh you get the idea.

  • Donte Williams

    i wouldnt mind this draft minus Gotsis and put Hargrave there and i would be content however i think there was probably a better safety at #2 for them other than thompson but i wouldnt be made i really like WJ3 and he can fly 4.37 40 i would love him at #25

  • harding36

    Agreed. I think WJ3 is gone in the 1st though. To me, the Steelers’ draft comes down to whether Billings is there at 25. If so, it’s Billings in the 1st, Safety in the 2nd. If not, it’s Joseph in the 1st and Hargrave in the 2nd.

  • Brian Miller

    I too believe if Billings is there we take him I just don’t believe there’s a chance in Hades that he’s there at 25.

  • Big Joe

    I researched gostis and don’t think he’s one I would pick let alone in the 3rd Rd. I saw him more in 4th or 5th or later

  • Daniel

    Jackson isn’t even projected in top 3 CB why would we take em. If we go bpa Joseph is there and he’s top safety

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I’m pretty sure this McShay guy is usually lost. First time I have seen him make some picks that could be realistic. Substitute Hargrave and you’re there, really. Just like you said.

  • Daniel

    Thompson and Dillon aren’t better than Joseph

  • Daniel

    Let’s get da hitman Joseph in da first once we know Billings is gone

  • Steel PAul

    Would love it if Jackson were the first round selection, but I just don’t believe the Steelers would use a first on a CB, unless.. maybe if Jalen Ramsey fell to them at 25!

    Then, maybe.

  • PaeperCup

    I would clap to this.

  • BradleyT

    I’d be happy with it, though maybe a different dl. I’d be happy with Jackson, Joseph, or Billings in the 1st really.

  • Steel Your Face

    Did SD do a profile on Gotsis?

  • Jay Hallauer

    i would love this to happen as long as Hargrave is the pick instead

  • Brian Miller

    I didn’t say they were, it s more about who is available at that time…

  • Brian Miller

    I’m saying for this draft scenario man, calm down. I’m not advocating drafting Thompson with the 1st round pick.

  • PaeperCup

    Doesn’t seem so. Some here don’t like Gotis in the third. They may have good argument, but I would be very happy just knowing the first 2 rounds went this way. Two guys that can really help a struggling secondary.

  • PaeperCup

    The idea of tackling those three positions in the first three rounds makes me salivate.

  • Daniel

    I know man but all the players you mentioned aren’t better than Joseph. Joseph brings more to the table.and to be realistic Joseph will be there at 25 he’s projected to be a late 1st rd pick. He’s a top 10 draft pick if it wasn’t for his knee surgery. Plus we have plenty of tape on em too.the guy instills fear in players him and Mitch nxt to eachother watch out

  • Daniel

    Why jackson? Is he better than joseph? No. So why not pick Joseph. We all know Joseph jst got surgery but if u think about it he’s not gonna start immediately bcus he needs to learn the system same goes for jackson. So pick Joseph let him learn.

  • steelmann58

    no issue with that at all

  • steelmann58

    I agree love that draft sets up real good

  • harding36

    Depends whose projections you’re talking about. Lots of people think Jackson will go after Ramsey and Hargraves and before Apple and Alexander.

  • harding36

    I think most people would rate WJ3 as a better prospect than Joseph. I don’t, but most do.

  • That would be very smart. CB, S, NT.

  • Daniel

    Don’t get me wrong I like Jackson as well but if Joseph is there at 25 I’d pick joseph. Plus the Steelers haven’t picked a corner in 1st rd for over a decade plus.

  • Daniel

    If it does happen than I’m with u on Jackson.

  • Tom Jackson

    I mean I would have nothing against picking Joseph either, I like him. Thats why I said it can’t get MUCH better. There can be improvements possibly.

    But I don’t know, I like Jackson as a player very much and I like the Safety options more on day 2 then the CBs that are probably in our range with the 2nd and 3rd pick. So many guys and types to choose from at Safety as well. And it’s not like we’ve gotten good CBs in middle or later RNDs in the past. Change it up and go for premier talent ones if you have the chance. I think William Jackson gives you that chance. But who knows he could possibly be gone at 25 as well.

    As for the starting argument. Like you said I think it’s very unlikely for Joseph to jump Golden. In part because of his knee and especially the first year coming back from the ACL can be tricky. But also the experience like you said. As for Jackson I think he’ll have a much better chance. He’ll have every opportunity to make a better impression then Golson who we know nothing about right now and I don’t think Cockrell is a sure thing yet as well. I’d give Jackson definitly a better shot to jump him then Joseph at safety in year one.

    But I’m with you as well on Joseph he could be an amazing safety in a few years and a special playmaker. So I agree that it’s definitly not a black and white thing but I also disagree that Joseph would be a WAY better pick. They’d both make sence imo.

  • Dorian James

    I’m with you there. But I agree with Dave about Hargrave in the third. Ward would be great, but he’ll most likely be gone by then.

  • Brian Miller

    I hear you, I am on board with Joseph, 1st or 2nd, but if Billings is there, I hope we take him 1st and whatever CB/S/OLB combo in the next couple of rounds.

  • Doug McFee

    WalterFootball 4/12 Mock:
    1. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
    2. Artie Burns, CB, Miami
    3. Jeremy Cash, S, Duke

    What do you all think of that mock?

  • PittsburghSports

    Gotsis has 34-1/8″ arms and 10-3/4″ hands. He fits our profile. I think rd 3 is a little high though, especially for someone that can’t work out. 5th-6th rd is more appropriate.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I’m intrigued by Gotsis but his injury pushes him down several rounds. I’m thinking round 6-7.

  • Doug McFee

    WalterFootball 4/12 Mock through 4 Rounds:

    1. A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

    2. Artie Burns, CB, Miami

    3. Jeremy Cash, S, Duke

    4. Beniquez Brown, ILB, Mississippi State

    What do you all think of this mock?

  • harding36

    I agree. Of the players who might there at 25, I’d take Billings over all except Lawson (who probably won’t be there). But I’d take Joseph over WJ3, Alexander, Apple, Dodd, the Alabama DT’s, etc.

    It’s tempting to take Joseph over Billings, and hope that Javon Hargrave is there in the 2nd, but I’d probably still take Billings.

    This won’t be popular, but if I could get Billings in the 1st, I’d trade to my 3rd to move up in the 2nd for Joseph (if he makes it to day 2). Even without a 3rd round pick, if we came out of Day 2 with Billings and Joseph, I’d be thrilled.

  • harding36

    Not a fan. Wouldn’t mind Cash in the 3rd. Hate the rest.

  • joed32

    Because we need a corner more than we need a safety and the top corners go fast. Love Joseph and wouldn’t complain though as long as they found a decent corner in the second.

  • VinHuddle

    Don’t really care for it.

  • VinHuddle

    Should’ve gone with Hargrave with that 3rd imo

  • Doug McFee

    My 4 round Mock:

    1. Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
    2. Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
    3. Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
    4. Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn

  • Shane Mitchell

    This would be a horrible draft, none of them project as future starters in the NFL. IMO

  • Matt Manzo

    I don’t like it. They all occur like 2nd/3rd tier guys.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Nah, CBs have little influence in their zone defense compared to a SS, their scheme is designed specifically for the SS to be a play maker. CBs just play 10 yards off and have the deep third to their side of the field. all they are asking out of CBs is to not give up a deep pass and come up and tackle the catch in front of them. Why do fans think it is necessary to spend high picks on CBs to do that?

    Steelers can get Tavon Young in the 4th round or later and he is a perfect fit for their defensive scheme.

  • Piratte fan 4 life

    Like cash in 3rd – but would prefer Fuller in 2nd (CB – VT) 1ST leaning toJackson in 1st

  • Brian Miller

    yep, ecstatic!!

  • Tom McConnell

    I agree with everything but the receiver. I think guard/center there. We need to upgrade the depth of o-line. We have a pretty good receiver on practice squad.

  • Tom McConnell

    Especially after this shooting.

  • Tom McConnell

    Jackson is the 3rd or 4th CB. Either way he’s a good pick. Joseph is probably there the middle of 2nd.


    My 2016 MOCK DRAFT:

    1.Kevin Dodd, LB/DE Clemson

    2.Charles Tapper, LB Oklahoma

    3.Tyvis Powell, S, Ohio State

    4.Jonathan Jones, CB Auburn

    6. Kolby Listenbee, KR/PR/WR TCU

    7. Jacoby Brissett, QB, N.C. State

    7. Cassanova McKinzy ILB Auburn

    FA. Terrance Smith, ILB/OLB, Florida State

  • Joseph Duffy

    I’ve seen the CBs they have bee getting in the late rounds.

  • The GreekGeek

    I do these mock’s on FanSpeak when I get bored and sometimes the board falls the way you want and other times it doesn’t.
    This was my favorite mock so far using FanSpeak’s board:


    Maybe overload double dipping at both CB and S but there wasn’t much value at OLB, ILB, and DE to be had there…

  • Ask Questions Later

    Billings should fall due to the wealth of defensive line talent out there. In addition, hope Jaylon Smith’s knee checks out okay. It if does, it should provide further clarification.

  • Ask Questions Later

    ? Considering that Hopkins needs help? Should Docston be there, the Texans fanbase can forget about it.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Sheldon will be there by then. He is what New Orleans needs anyway; an all out attacking 4-3 defensive tackle.

  • Ike Evans

    Maybe…they did grab jalen strong last year and by all accounts really like him….plus this is a deep WR class….an argument can be made

  • Ask Questions Later

    ? Double dipping for defensive lineman? Pittsburgh does need help, but they do not need it nearly as badly as their secondary.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Billings was not picked by then, so Pittsburgh even considering Robinson would be catastrophic. Burns is a developmental player at this point, so he is a no go either, and for Cash…. he really should consider moving to LB.

    For me, it is simple:

    Andrew Billings Round 1

    TJ Green or Justin Simmons Round 2

    Johnathan Jones Round 3

  • Ask Questions Later

    Deep class? I do not know about that Ike. Last year’s was deep. This one…. difficult to say. There are a lot of projects… but few “finished” products. Even then, some of these products are REALLY underwhelming (Treadwell, Fuller, etc.).

    Most importantly, should both Billings and Butler be on the board, Butler is going to win out of the two. Butler is more a defensive end who can not only pair up with Watt, but also provide a nasty 4-3 look for the Texans. Drafting Billings would not help Watt nearly as much as Butler would. In addition, while Billings will take some serious attention away from Watt, Romeo could use Butler any way he wants to that and more.

  • Ike Evans

    Your opinion…i do not agree..romeo plays one of the most traditional 3-4 schemes in the league……theyve drafted traditional nose tackle recently and failed….billings is the closest thing to a traditional nose tackle with a little bit of extra pass they stick with that or change? Who knows… could they draft butler? Sure…but youre talking like its a written in stone lol its not ….billings is definately in major play..and as far as wr’s ….last year was more top heavy….and way more talented then this year but not as many guys….i think their are day 3 major contributors or starters in this draft at wr….and i think the value teams get between the 5th-7th rounds in this draft may be greater then last year

  • Ask Questions Later

    You are right. Billings really is something else. However, outside of JJ on that defensive line, they really do not have their “other guy” to help Watt. Butler could provide that answer. Besides, it is not like Butler cannot play nose tackle, it is just that Billings is best suited for it.

    Second, out of the two, Houston really does need help with their paper thin defensive line depth; noticeably at end. Butler could provide the answer should all the receiving options be gone. Billings can fill the void on the nose tackle front Rom uses, but for versatility purposes, Butler is the better of the two. In addition, this defensive lineman class is so loaded that a nose tackle purely suited for run stuffing can be found in the later rounds.

    Heck, Austin Johnson fits that role to a tee.

  • Ike Evans

    True….but they just pulled the trigger on a guy like that just a few years ago so im not sure theyre gun shy about getting a more traditional nose early but ur points about butler are real

  • Jeff Burton

    I think Darian Thompson’s a reach in the 2nd Rd. A 4.69 40 yard dash is S-L-O-W-W-W. I’m guessing Thompson or someone comparable will be around in the 4th Rd. The Steelers should draft DT, CB and Edge Rusher in the first three and then pick up K.J. Dillon, Jeremy Cash, Thompson or Miles Killebrew in the fourth.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Then we can agree to disagree.