Fox Sports 2017 Two Round Mock Draft: Steelers Go OLB And WR

Circling back to this mock draft from Fox Sports earlier in the week that went into the second round of their mock with some interesting choices for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

At pick 30, Dieter Kurtenbach has the Steelers picking up Alabama OLB Tim Williams. In a deep edge class, Williams’ name hasn’t been tossed around in the first round anymore, overshadowed by names like Derek Rivers, Jordan Willis, and Tyus Bowser. But here, Williams is the man and here’s Kurtenbach’s explanation.

“Williams’ draft stock has already taken a hit, as possible off-the-field issues have been gossiped about this winter. The Steelers might be wary, like the other teams that passed on him, but this kind of pass-rushing talent is going to be critical for the Steelers in 2017 and beyond.”

Kurtenbach acknowledges Williams’ concerned, he didn’t have a great combine and has a history of drug issues/concerns, making this pick surprising. But it fits a need so hey, I get it.

His next selection is a little more head scratching. He was Pittsburgh taking Air Force WR Jalen Robinette in the second round with this brief explanation.

“A clean and effective possession receiver — exactly what the Steelers need.”

Two issues. Position and value. I get the Steelers taking a wide receiver, I’ve advocated to do so late in the draft. But Robinette doesn’t profile as that with his poor measurables, running a 4.62 40 and jumping 31.5 inches in the vertical. It’s too early to take one, especially another Z type receiver (the Steelers have four of those on the roster already), and Robinette’s value is much, much lower than the second round.

NFL Draft Scout ranks him as the 56th best receiver, currently without a draftable grade. NFL.com is a little more generous but not nearly enough to justify a second round investment, grading him tied as the 22nd best receiver in this class.

Kurtenbach’s right that Robinette is a clean prospect with his Air Force background and he has massive hands that make him a possession, Z-type, but this move makes little sense on basically every level.

Skimming through the rest of the mock, and I get they’re difficult and no one is going to agree on everything, but Haason Reddick is somehow lasting until pick 56, John Ross at 38, and Sidney Jones – post Achilles injury – still taken in the first round, going 24th overall. I looked at all that after writing all this so yeah….this might have been one to avoid.

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  • Spencer Krick

    No thank you. On both.

    Give me Obi in the first and the best Edge available in the second. Wouldn’t even be opposed to trading up in the second to get someone if need be.

  • Steelers12

    i am not a fan of Williams or Anderson out of Alabama. I am not a fan of this draft at all i hope we go Obi in the 1st and Rivers in the 2nd

  • Michael James

    This guy was clearly smoking something while creating that mock draft. Holy cow…

  • Big Joe

    Waste of sports news cycle. No clue

  • budabar

    Colbert and Tomlin would never get out of that draft room alive

  • george

    An OLB With drug problems and a WR the first 2 rounds? Glad this guy’s not our GM.

  • T3xassteelers

    Lol this Air Force receiver is viewed as a 5th-6th round guy… Williams is overrated.. Whew that was bad

  • T3xassteelers

    Obi and Willis would be awesome

  • H.K. northern cali

    Terrible 2nd rd pick. Draft rarely shapes up the way any of us think it will. This yr probably won’t be any different.

  • Ray Powell

    Williams doesn’t fit a need. Sure he rushes the passer well, but that’s all he does. Steelers OLBs are asked to do a lot more than that.

  • VinHuddle

    YES!!

  • Superdriller316

    Looks like someone is throwing darts or Sh*t at the wall to see what sticks.

  • Shane Mitchell

    This mock is a bit out of touch, whoever did it obviously isnt up to date on the prospects.

  • PaeperCup

    this guy gets paid to make these predictions?

  • Applebite

    Robinette isn’t even in the 4th rd in most scenarios. Williams looks to be available clear into the 3rd rd….Alex, why do you bother to even mention these bonehead’s mock drafts? I mean, I understand why you do it, but seeing these mocks are an insult to Steelers fans that have a clue.

  • Sam Clonch

    Ha, at first I took it that you don’t like this draft CLASS. I think overall it’s great for the Steelers needs. Super deep in edge, db, te and rb. We’ll get better from it!

  • mark mcfadden

    Ok guys, I’m going to give you the skinny, so listen up. The Steelers are replacing Gay, at slot CB, replacing Eli at Slot rec. He’ll still backup. and an edge rusher in the 1st round unless a really good corner who can cover in the open field really well drops to them. And, the reason they let Timmons go is because they graded him and were clear to him, he did not cover well at all last year, and their offer because of that was less than he though he was worth, I believe their offer topped at 4.5-5 mill a year, and everyone was telling him his value was 6 million a year, so when Dolphins ask him what he wanted, and what he was worth he said 6 million a year, and they were OK with it and they pulled the trigger on that number to satisfy him. He dug his own grave by being poor in the pass. If he doesn’t produce and plays the pass poorly again as he will he will be cut after next year, but he was smart and got 10 million guaranteed. The interest here is to get an Edelman Wr who can do well in punt returns/kickoffs, screens, quick tosses, multiple underneath slant routes, with jump cut skills with the pass in hand, to pick an edge rusher, and a glue his chest to your back slot corner, and then a TE if any of these many incredible TE’s are left in the late 3rd round. Inside linebacker is in the mix as early as one of the 1st 4 picks which they are hoping to hit home runs on with the 1st four picks. The worst at pass coverage this year in order was Gay, Timmons, Shazier, but with Shaziers speed we can work with him for improvement, but with the other two one was too slow with bad skills and the other one is an old dog who wouldn’t commit himself to learning new tricks (really bad corner play).

  • Steelers12

    we should definitely get better, Colbert usually is a great GM

  • John Parks

    Somebody drug test this guy. I believe Williams could be therein round 2. The bottom line is were going edge/corner or corner/edge

  • IF they go WR in two [not that I’d recommend it], Godwin will be there, so will Switzer, and so might Zay Jones, Hansen, Kupp, Smith-Schuster, Westbrook, Samuel, and Ford. Certainly ANY of these is more worthy than this limp Fox Sports pick!

    Btw, would OSU’s Samuel offer special value to the Steelers due to his speed giving us a ‘nine route’ stretch-the-field option if MB doesn’t return and Coates still has the dropsies…while at the same time serving as a change of pace back-up RB? In other words, if he can fill two slots–back-up RB and WR–he might free-up a draft pick for an extra CB or LB. Just saying…

  • I hope you’re right! Btw, when you say “the interest here,” do you mean you or the team? LOL! I’m hoping for an excellent edge rusher in one, RYAN SWITZER in two to upgrade slot and return punts, and an athletic TE and slot CB [or a solid position-versatile CB] in round three. I say Switzer in two cause he might not be there in three, and he’s perfect for the use you describe.

  • Steel City Slim

    Williams reminds me of Jarvis Jones too much. I’ll pass.

  • Sid

    If… and that’s a big if… IF Williams stays clean, he will be a beast!

  • Sid

    Williams would be fantastic in the Steelers system. Athletic OLB… can drop and rush. Where he would have issues is holding the edge… but this guy would be a top 5 pick if he didn’t have a weed problem.

  • popsiclesticks

    Just take some antibiotics and it should clear that Dieter Kurtenbach right up.

  • Charles Haines

    Aren’t you afraid that Rivers won’t be there? I almost think they have to take the OLB of their liking in the 1st.

  • Steelers12

    I see your point but i believe Obi will be a game changer for our defense finally someone to match up with big athletic TEs and i believe he can even play some CB. If rivers is gone in 2nd i think joe mathis will be there. This draft is so deep with edge rushers.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I swear, it’s as though they contact Baltimore bloggers to write up the Steeler selections in these Mocks. I rarely find one that is even remotely palatable. Some will get one selection sort of on the money, then they come back with 4 consecutive screwball picks. I too, get that mocking is hard. But it’s NOT THAT HARD. I mean, a circus monkey with a drinking problem would be more accurate than this particular guy. I’m pretty sure this one was done just to amuse us. And it succeeded. Golf clap. Very slow golf clap…

  • Charles Haines

    I feel you but whats your plan B? I can’t imagine 29 GM’s passing on Obi 1 after the numbers he put up at the combine.

  • Steelers12

    Plan B, i would have to see how the board looked but it would be a Edge rusher or a CB. The only WR i would consider in 1st round is Ross

  • John Pennington

    Williams is nothing but trouble dont need him on the team at all no matter how good he is not worth the time.

  • Carlos

    Ok, new names on the board …(not really)

  • Delboka

    Their not going for two edges. DB, Edge, DB.

    But agree that Williams will be a second day pick.

    I hope the steelers dont waste their time with him or Watt.

  • Delboka

    Your pretty much said they need a stud in every position. They dont need any small wrs.
    DB and Edge in the first 2.
    Thanks for “the skinny” aka a long useless rant that makes you feel like you know what youre talking about.

  • John Parks

    I didn’t say two edge or two cb, I said were going either or in rounds 1 & 2.

  • Ray Powell

    So he’d be fantastic if you don’t care about setting the edge. The Steelers tend to care a lot about that. So he’s not a fit. I’m not convinced about his ability to drop, either.

  • Andrew

    I’m pulling for Obi and Rivers, but Willis would be awesome also

  • Andrew

    Byron Jones was another combine warrior that lasted until 27 in a weaker class. I see them as similar in terms of their rise. This draft is so deep, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Obi at 30 and a decent OLB in the second.

  • Charles Haines

    A good player for sure will be there at 30…..upon further review I’d be very surprised if they took a pass on Lawson, nobody looks faster off the line.

  • Luke Edgerley

    seems more like something doug whaley would do in buffalo than anything the steelers would turn in.

  • T3xassteelers

    I’d be more than okay with Rivers in 2 as well!!

  • Andrew

    That’s whats great about this draft. There are so many prospects that seem like slam dunks. Whoever we get in the first should be good.

  • Steve Johnson

    This guy is on drugs! No way does Mr. Rooney allow Colbert to bring in yet another drug addict to pair up with LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant. Take a chance in the 4th Rd maybe, but these GM’s néed to stop rewarding guys like this just because he is athletic and gifted. What a poor example that would set. And the WR from Airforce? No.

  • Steve Johnson

    I could live withbthat, then go WR/RB in the 3rd Rd.

  • Zach Bolen

    Drug addict dude simmer down they smoked pot not crack.