Kozora 2017 Steelers’ NFL Mock Draft – Version 4.0

We’re back for another crack at a mock draft with a couple changes from the last one that we did. As always, let me now your thoughts in the comments section below and how you would like to see things shake out. This is generally what I would like to see happen but it’s also based on who the Pittsburgh Steelers’ seem interested in and what the higher-ups have said.

If you missed it, here are the first three mock drafts I’ve completed.

Mock Draft Version 1.0 

Mock Draft Version 2.0

Mock Draft Version 3.0

Round One (30th Overall): Carl Lawson/OLB Auburn – 6’1/6 261

Flip-flopping back to Lawson, who narrowly edged out Derek Rivers’ in my mind to be on this list. I do think there’s a chance Lawson experiences a fall because of his medical history but man, the Steelers seem to have a lot of interest in him and he’s coming from a Power 5 conference. I know the Steelers broke the window by taking Artie Burns last year, but they still stuck with the big-time conferences and have only strayed from that once – Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 – under Kevin Colbert. So Lawson gets the nod.

The need is obvious. Outside linebacker still the biggest point of emphasis. They could go outside the position, cornerback feels nearly as likely, and maybe it gets bumped up knowing the injuries in the class that is hurting its depth, but I’m sticking with the most common sense approach.

Others Considered: OLB Derek Rivers, S Obi Melifonwu, CB Kevin King

Lawson Scouting Report

Round Two (62nd Overall): Adoree Jackson/CB USC – 5’10 186

A tremendous athlete, Jackson is going to be a potential Day One slot starter. Big school, moves well, picked off five passes last year. Outside cornerback is an issue to deal with too but at least the Steelers have two potential long-term prospects there with Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell. In the slot? It’s a crapshoot.

Jackson also has really good return value, eight total kick/punt return touchdowns (four each), though in Pittsburgh, I’m not sure if that really helps given Mike Tomlin’s anti-defense stance in the return game. Still, this pick makes me feel a lot better about the future of the nickel position. Simply can’t trust Senquez Golson at this point. Jackson is the guy right now over someone like Jourdan Lewis, whose off the field issues are too murky to justify with this price tag.

Others Considered: CB Desmond King, CB Quincy Wilson, CB Ahkello Witherspoon

Round Three (94th Overall): Kareem Hunt/RB Toledo – 5’10/4 216

DeAngelo Williams is almost certainly not coming back and the Steelers have barely even entertained the thought because of how good this running back class is. Hunt is a mixture of a big back with excellent contact balance who can pass protect and. He’ll slide in as Le’Veon Bell’s backup and give the Steelers a competent backup for at least the next four years.

Others Considered: RB Wayne Gallman, CB Damontae Kazee, QB Brad Kaaya

Hunt Scouting Report

Round Three (105th Overall): Jordan Leggett/TE Clemson – 6’5/4 248 

I’m going with Leggett over Gerald Everett, who I’ve mocked previously, because Leggett comes from the bigger school, looks more like a traditional, Y tight end, and the Steelers have reportedly had some fairly heavy interest in him. Leggett isn’t my favorite prospect but he can stretch the field vertically and at least has some experience working out of a three-point stance. Green, like Golson, can’t be trusted, even though I recognize things could work out in 2017.

And because of that last point, I am generally against the idea of taking a tight end in the first round. Leggett in the third makes everyone happy.

Others Considered: TE Gerald Everett, TE Jake Butt, CB Brian Allen

Leggett Scouting Report

Round Four (135th Overall): Josh Dobbs/QB Tennessee – 6’3/3 216

You know I hate the idea but there’s been a lot of smoke from the front office on taking a QB in this year’s draft. The fourth round might on the late end of things, a thought that makes me queasy, but I’m going with Dobbs. I know his draft projection is lower than this, CBS has him as a 6th round pick, for example, but QBs tend to go higher than graded because the position is so important and the supply is scarce. So here we freakin’ are.

Dobbs has the size, mobility, and upside to make him someone worth trying to mold up the next two to three seasons. His accuracy improved in his senior year, completing 63% of his passes and throwing 27 touchdowns. Dobbs is erratic but there aren’t a lot of great other options out there either. Nathan Peterman and Brad Kaaya don’t fit Todd Haley’s offense well.

Others Considered: CB Howard Wilson, SS Rayshawn Jenkins, WR Josh Reynolds

Dobbs Scouting Report

Round Five (173rd Overall): Alex Anzalone/ILB Florida – 6’2/7 241

I might be taking a slight liberty with the round here, one too late perhaps, but Anzalone’s medical history is lengthier than War and Peace, playing only eighteen games – not starts, total appearances – over a four year Gator career.

But he’s got great size, moves well, and I thought he was really impressive at the Senior Bowl. Run fits are good, he’s physical, and capable of moving sideline to sideline. Ran a 4.63 at Indy and an impressive 4.25/6.88 in the agility drills. Slightly different mold than that of Vince Williams or Tyler Matakevich and provides extra depth the Steelers weren’t going to find in free agency.

Others Considered: ILB Ben Gedeon, CB Marquez White, OLB Carroll Phillips

Round Six (213th Overall): Josh Harvey-Clemons/LB-S Louisville – 6’4 217 

This is the guy I spoke pretty high of over the weekend. I think the sixth is a little low for him because of his niche-upside as a hyrbid defender, which is how I would use him in Pittsburgh. But NFL Draft Scout has him as a 6th round prospect so it’s not out-of-line, either.

He’s a strong open field tackler, a long strider, who played all over the Cardinal’ defense, including that box role I envision him playing in the league. He could see some serious playing time in year one, the opportunity is there, at least, and that has me pretty geeked.

Others Considered: LB-S Nate Gerry, WR Robert Davis, NT DJ Jones

Harvey-Clemons Scouting Report

Round Seven (248th Overall): Mack Hollins/WR North Carolina – 6’4 221

Just wrote about him this morning so be sure to check out his scouting report. He’s a vertical threat without the crazy speed, though it’s respectable for how big he is. Hollins was a dominant special teamer, giving him an outside chance to make the 53 man roster and push a guy like Darrius Heyward-Bey off because of that value. Hollins is regarded as high character, a hard worker, and will make the room very competitive. Plus, he’s a Steelers’ fan. Hard to beat that.

Others Considered: WR Josh Malone , DE Isaac Rochell, WR Chad Williams

Hollins Scouting Report

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Spencer Krick

    I can get behind this. I’m a little surprised you didn’t double dip at OLB, though looking at your draft I’m not sure where you could have (Other than the 4th, haha).

  • srdan

    I would be jumping through the roof if this went down.

    Adorree in the second is like darn near getting Tuitt in the second. I would be that thrilled.

  • Brian Tollini

    With exception of leaving out my favorite player in the draft (Damontae Kazee) I could be happy with this. Love the Hunt pick.

  • WreckIess

    A+. I’m good with this draft from top to bottom. Lawson is a beast and while he has concerns, there really aren’t any EDGEs after Garrett that don’t. Adoree Jackson is a great defender with offensive versatility. Dobbs pick is ehh, but I understand why you did it. Trying to start an Alopecia club in Pittsburgh. Third favorite pick is the Josh Harvey-Clemons pick because I really think he can be a player with a little coaching.

  • Alex Kozora

    I wanted to. And it’s another good reason to not drafting a QB.

  • The Tony

    I am finding it increasingly more difficult to draft a quarterback this draft. I would be fine rolling with Mettenberger as the third option. I am also in the camp that if we were to draft a WR it won’t be until at least the 6th round. Assuming Bryant will return, we are looking at Brown, Bryant, Rogers, Coates, DHB, Hamilton, Ayers. I highly doubt we carry seven receivers let alone six. DHB is probably a cap casualty, Ayers might sneak to the practice squad which will make him the Matakevich of popularity at receiver and Hamilton might be cut as well.

  • The Tony

    Alex would you consider Jarrad Davis or Zach Cunningham in the first round

  • Billy Conover

    Is there any smoke to us being interested in Anzalone? As a Gator fan, I selfishly would love it!

  • Alex Kozora

    Nothing reported, no.

  • capehouse

    No DL? I know what you’re going to say, and your reasoning, but I bet you’re wrong. Steelers will draft one. They are serious about improving the position’s depth, and like Colbert stated adding Alualu doesn’t change their approach to the draft. Both Walton’s and McCuller’s jobs are up for grabs, especially if the right DL falls to them. I don’t think it’s a great DL class, so it’s possible many are overdrafted and the Steelers pass on what’s available. The Steelers have shown a ton of interest in DL prospects so far though.

  • Brian Miller

    I think you did a great job alex!! Addressed all of the needs, first 5 picks add some major athleticism, especially 2 and 4!! Plus you took my draft crush Leggett, what else is left??!!

  • Brian Tollini

    Don’t forget Justin Hunter

  • steelburg

    Not a huge fan of this draft, Hunt and Dobbs can be had a round or 2 later IMO. Im not even convienced Dobbs will be drafted. My draft looks like this

    Rd1- Tak McKinley, OLB, UCLA
    Rd2- Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson  
    Rd3 – Josh Jones, S, NC State
    Rd3cp-Alex Anzalona, ILB, Florida
    Rd4- Marlon Mack, RB, USF
    Rd5- Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
    Rd6- Avery Moss, OLB, Youngstown St
    Rd7- Chad Kelly, QB, Mississippi St

  • Brian Miller

    Hunt and Dobbs are my least favorites too, but he talked about the Dobbs pick. There are a lot more RBs I prefer over Hunt, and I really hope they don’t draft a QB, but everything else looks good IMO. I would rather we take Anzalone in Hunt’s spot and take a RB like Hill, Williams or Foreman in Anzalone’s spot. Trifles though…

  • RickM

    I like your first two picks, but I somehow doubt that Jackson will be avalable at 62. I think you raise an excellent point about Colbert’s Power 5 predictability in the first round. That’s an awful lot of drafts to not stray from that method, other than an obvious #11 pick of Roethlisberger in ’04. I see no way the Steelers wait until the 5th round for an ILB. But that’s a result of your “drooling” over Vince Williams, so I’m not overly surprised. I just can’t see them going beyond the third round to add one. As for the often-injured ILB you’ve chosen, it’s a very strange pick knowing the durability issues of Shazier.

  • Brian Miller

    I love him too, love his aggressiveness and tackling.

  • Shieldzy

    Love the Anzalone pick. Went to high school with him. Supremely talented and a great kid off the field. Smart and a fantastic leader. Definitely starting caliber if healthy.

  • steelburg

    I would take a 1 legged Kelly over Dobbs with that 4th round pick easily. I don’t mind some of the other picks I’m just not a fan of Dobbs at all and I like Hunt but just not with our first 3rd round pick I would take Mack from USF way before him.

  • JT

    This certainly is shaping up to be another Timmons-Woodley draft. I know it would never happen, but if they managed to pull off something like Reddick and then Rivers I’m pretty sure I’d have a permanent grin on my face until September. That being said, I think if you can get a dime defender like Obi in the 1st they could wait on another true ILB.

  • CP72

    I think we can wait on edge rushers until round 2. Watt, Rivers, Bowser, Willis, and Anderson could be there at 62. Hit a position in round 1 that doesn’t have the depth that the edge position does.

    I am actually one of the few that thinks Lawson could be there at 62. I think his lack of length and short arms are going to turn teams off. He doesn’t have a clear role in a 4-3 so you’re eliminating roughly 50 percent teams. Don’t see a 4-3 team drafting a nickel or dime pass rusher in the first 2 rounds.

  • capehouse

    The only position they’ve shown less interest in than ILB is the OL. Still early. Got a month to go and many more visits, including Raekwon McMillan’s visit, but there’s only a handful of prospects the Steelers have reportedly talked with. The draft may unfold just like free agency where the Steelers seem comfortable with VW and the depth and will only add to the position if a top player falls to them. In other words, if they don’t draft one in rd 1, maybe rd 2, they might not draft one at all.

  • steelburg

    I’m with you about Lawson I could see him there for us in round 2. There are so many other guys with better numbers than him and no past injury issues.

  • CP72

    Tomlin does not like defensive players to be returners….maybe Jackson can change his mind.

  • Michael Pennant

    With the known weakness of the Steelers being pass rushing, where is the emphasis on the OLB position. I would think that we would dip at least 3 times into that position. The top 4 picks should be defensive players IMO. The offense mainly stunk because of injuries and/or poor play calling at times. We’ve got plenty at each of the following position groups at TE, WR, RB. We would be wasting picks on offense while we try to get by with a 39 year old OLB. I am not saying that we should be reaching for players because if a highly rated QB would fall to us in the first round we should jump on it because we really don’t know what Ben will do after this season. He is already contemplating retirement after a pretty healthy season, what happens if gets banged up next season and we are not prepared?

  • RickM

    I just can’t see Obi being there at 30. For sure if he or Reddick was there, it would be fantastic.

  • CP72

    Why don’t people think Chickillo can be a top notch back up? He’s quality depth. I can see adding one, at the most two edge guys, but I’m fine with Chickillo and a rookie backing up Harrison and Dupree.

  • RickM

    They wouldn’t have made a $9 Million offer to Hightower if they were comfortable with what they have.

  • The Tony

    Rd1- Obi Melifonwu, S, UCONN
    Rd2- Derek Rivers, Edge, Youngstown State
    Rd3- Adam Shaheem, TE, Ashland
    Rd3- TJ Logan, RB, North Carolina
    Rd4- Vince Biegel, Edge, Wisconsin
    Rd5- Corn Elder, CB, Miami
    Rd6- KD Cannon, WR, Baylor
    Rd7- CJ Beathard, QB, Iowa

  • CP72

    Very true…not throwing 9 million per at a guy if you are really comfortable with the guy you have.

  • Biggie

    I like Lawson, Jackson (return ability a big plus) and Leggett (one of my favorite TEs in the draft) in first three rounds, but would prefer 3 picks on defense in first three rounds. A good RB can be found later. Also like Anzalone pick. Harvey-Clemons is interesting and worth shot that late. I can honestly say I am not up for a QB in this draft, this may be weakest group in years. Next year is when we should be looking for the future as it may be best group in a long time. I know we’d like to start developing somewhat but just don’t like this group. Kiser could be the one that could develop but even he has a number of issues making it hard to evaluate if he could develop well enough.

  • Sam Clonch

    Looks good to me. I’m not sure how much stock I put into how “into” a particular player the team appears to be. I remember Andrew Billings not only met with the Steelers, but had dinner with Mean Joe himself. Did they even meet with Artie? I can’t find a full list. They probably did, but there wasn’t much made of it.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I love the first few pics! Don’t care for Dobbs, but the later rounds you do your homework and hope it works out. I’m not mad at this draft at all!

  • capehouse

    That’s my point though. Just to be clear I was sorta agreeing with you that the Steelers would add to the position if they envision a player able to take over for VW, but I was also disagreeing with you that the 3rd round and maybe even the 2nd would be too late to draft one. Just like they went after Hightower but have no reported interest in any other free agent ILBs. I’m just going by reported interest in positions too, which is usually a good indicator of who they’ll draft, but like I said it’s still early. Maybe with the failure to sign Hightower their interest in ILB prospects will peak this next month.

  • RickM

    Agree. And I think the timing of the Hightower contact was interesting. They didn’t contact him in the legal tampering period or on the first day of FA. I think, despite some declining abilities, they were comfortable with Timmons. Once he, perhaps surprisingly, left, they re-calibrated and went after Hightower. I just think their evaluation of the position changed with LT’s departure, which is not overly surprising.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    We need at least 2 starting caliber players from this draft or it’s going to be a tough season.

  • capehouse

    That was sort of my point though. They went after one ILB because he was clearly an upgrade over VW. The draft could unfold like that too. Maybe they try to draft an ILB in rd 1 or 2, but if they can’t get the right guy they might pass up on the position altogether, just like free agency so far.

  • Brian Tollini

    he is a mini-missile

  • Matt Palmer

    Great Mock! I’d be happy if it played out like this, the only thing concerning me would be the injury history of Lawson/Anzalone. But if those two can shake the injury bug as pros this would be a great class. Also I am not a fan of any of these quarterbacks, but if they are going to take one, I hope it is Josh Dobbs. Great kid with awesome character, intellegence, and mindset.

  • CP72

    This offense needs a 2nd playmaker. Bell is a chain mover. If you can control AB the offense goes stagnant. Bryant and Green can provide this, but it is very risky to trust either one.

    If Njoku is there at 30 I run to the podium. Ben needs a 2nd explosive option. If Bryant and/or Green are able to contribute all the better, but we got to make teams pay for double or triple teaming AB. Njoku is perfect for that.

  • JT

    Yeah wouldn’t it be nice if there were a lot more QBs and WRs locked and loaded for the 1st round? The lack of offensive talent is making it really hard to project the defensive studs. But somebody will have to fall.

  • capehouse

    That’s a good point. Maybe Timmons leaving took them by surprise and they’ll now have a bunch of ILB visits set up.

  • RickM

    I honestly don’t think they can afford to gamble with the position. They’re likely already conceding Williams will be a 2-down LB, but I really don’t know what they do if Shazier gets hurt, and he’s gotten hurt every season. We can move a much slower player into the position, but we’ll then have the slowest pair of ILB’s in the NFL, and I think teams will really take advantage of that.

  • JT

    I just think it’s wasteful for a team that’s so good at drafting WRs to pick one up in the first. I think they’re going to pick someone up Day 2 or later and roll the dice with Bryant/Green. They’ve been too successful taking WRs late, and too unsuccessful when doing it with DBs and LBs.

  • CP72

    Njoku is a tight end….

  • RickM

    I appreciate your thoughts. Personally, I’m 99% sure they’ll go ILB in one of the first 4 picks given the questions about VW being an effective starter, and the durability of Shazier. But we’ll see if my almost-certainty is misguided. Could be.

  • RickM

    Well, as you point out, visits to the Steelers are very much a tell. It will be interesting to keep track of that.

  • AndyR34

    Because it doesn’t fit their draft narrative? Steelers have never taken three OLB’s in one draft, although 2 LB’s is not unusual. They are not likely to take more than 2 this year either…too many other positions that have needs of differing sorts.

  • TroymanianDevil

    This would be fine as long as every pick hits, but we know the chances of that are always very low.

    If only 2 defenders are taken in the first 5 picks, I’ll be a little concerned. First 2 picks are good, although I personally wouldn’t take Lawson if Obi is there. Leggett in the 3rd good. I have a tough time with the Hunt and Dobbs picks in the 3rd and 4th rounds. 4th for Dobbs is too high for me and I don’t think a RB needs to be taken that early. A 5th round RB should be just fine to back up Bell, plenty of solid guys will still be there. The picks are all solid, I just think the draft strategy itself could be improved.

  • VinHuddle

    Really like the 1st & 2nd rd picks and the flier on Hollins with the 7th.

  • Brian Miller

    I agree completely about Hunt and especially Dobbs.

  • JT

    I understand. But you’re looking for an offensive weapon. And the logic applies. They’re much more successful at finding those guys in the mid-later rounds.

  • Steeler4l1f3

    I really like this draft class. I would swap two picks with your others considered.

    I would take Rivers over Lawson due to Lawson’s medical history and poor agility testing. Rivers seems to have higher upside.

    And I would take Witherspoon over A.Jackson. Ahkello is the better athlete and his length is off the charts. Pair him with Artie and we have the CBs to play press man and zone on the outside.

    Everything else is pretty much home runs. Best mock draft that I’ve seen and is in line with needs. My one fear is that the team grabs a WR in RDS 1-4. Ditto on QB.

  • Boots

    Anzalone in the fifth would be great value if he could ever stay healthy

  • Alex Kozora

    Agreed. 5th might be a little lower but banking on injury history hurting his value.

  • Alex Kozora

    Haha, well if it makes you feel better, I really like Kazee too.

  • Alex Kozora

    I didn’t want to pick Dobbs, haha, to be clear.

  • Alex Kozora

    Agreed. This class is not good. After the first two rounds, the talent gets pretty bad.

  • Alex Kozora

    I wouldn’t.

  • Alex Kozora

    I dunno, we’ll see. I could see a nose tackle. But a 5 tech? There’s just a lot of other areas to address that they didn’t – or didn’t do well enough – in free agency. I mean, if you want to throw in a 7th round pick, that’s cool, but we’re splitting hairs.

  • Alex Kozora

    Thanks Brian!

  • Alex Kozora

    Hunt maybe. Dobbs maybe too but like I said, QBs get pushed up. There are going to be more than just one QB drafted from Rounds 3-5.

  • Alex Kozora

    Sure, Jackson might not be there. What CBs do you think would be? I just think Williams is the starter, I had needs to address elsewhere, and I had mocks with ILB higher but got bumped because I threw Dobbs into it at the last second.

  • Alex Kozora

    *could* be there but I think it’s a tough sell for Watt/Rivers/Bowser/Willis/Lawson. You’re right that Lawson might have the best chance of that slide though and I did reference it in my article. I’m confident guys like Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson will be there at 62 but they don’t really excite me. So it’s a tricky spot.

  • WreckIess

    I hear you. I’m not a fan of mid round QBs either, but the team sounds set to draft one so you have to add that to the process. I find myself ending mocks with Evans, Webb, or Dobbs in the 4th.

  • Alex Kozora

    They dined with Artie at his Pro Day. Not an official visit. Sure broke a lot of rules last year from how they normally operate.

  • Alex Kozora

    Ha, I suppose any draft would be nice if you hit on every pick…

  • Alex Kozora

    Sure, totally get that. Rivers could be the guy. The only thing that held me back was the Power 5 issue. Witherspoon and Jackson would play different roles, outside CB vs slot, so the valuation is a little different. But thanks man.

  • Alan Tman

    I like the draft, I don’t want a QB either Alex. I’m not excited about a running back, so early

  • Joseph Shaw

    So, wait–this is a prediction? Not necessarily what you WANT, but what you think will happen?

  • T3xassteelers

    This mock would be perfect. Only Dbbs in the 4th I’m not a huge fan of, but Anzoline in the 5th is pretty good! I feel like Hunt is a guy that is going to kill it in the NFL

  • T3xassteelers

    I’ve seen mocks where KD goes in the second… Idk what the consensus is on him yet lol but that is a perfect mock

  • CP72

    I just am of the opinion our #2 option in the passing game is weakness.

    I’m pulling for Martavis. With his head on straight he’s got Randy Moss traits. He could just as easily be Josh Gordon.

    I hope Green and Coates are fully recovered, but neither these guys have given me a reason to believe they’re long term answers.

  • RickM

    I’ll leave the grading of CB’s to you. I just get the sense that there is sufficient buzz around Jackson that he won’t last that long.

  • Alex Kozora

    It’s a little of both I guess. I specify where I lean towards what the Steelers are doing. The QB interest, the interest in Leggett, going Power 5 in Round One.

  • Joseph Shaw

    Gotcha. Would love to see a pure “here’s what I would do” mock at some point. I think that would be interesting to add to the mix.

  • Hawkeye

    As a Vol fan, I think Dobbs is a horrible QB prospect. I compare him to Pryor. With his athleticism he could also maybe make the WR conversion.

  • Ike Evans

    Wheres my tar heel guy who was telling me bout mack hollins on here like a month go? There u go buddy

  • capehouse

    I’m pretty divided. Obviously we’ll draft an OLB early, but between CB, S, DL, RB, WR, TE and even QB they could go anywhere.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I dont like the QB pick in the 4th but your 5th and 6th rounders make up for it, I love the idea of drafting Alex Anzalone.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Haha yes, obviously. The standard is the standard tho Alex.

    When I said “every”, in my mind that’s through round 4. Rounds 5-7 are all flyers anyways and you hope to get a few years of production out of some of them and then your occasional hit. Should have made that clear, my bad. My point was you’re putting extra stress by only taking 2 defenders in the first 5 picks. Whereas, had you double dipped on either DBs or EDGE guys, you can afford to miss one as long as you hit the other. Hope that clears up my point

  • Alex Kozora

    If it helps, I don’t like the QB pick either.

  • Jay Hallauer

    What pass rushers did u have there in the 2nd

  • Brian Tollini

    It dulls the pain…a bit

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    The last time they took a QB from Tennessee (Tee Martin), the Pats got Brady shortly there after. OUCH!

  • steelburg

    Pryor has elite speed with his 4.38 40 so the conversion for him wasn’t that hard because he is doing it in pure ability while he learns the position. Dobbs has below average speed it would be a lot tougher for him to make the switch to WR. But I agree that he isn’t a very good QB.

  • I mentioned last time that I thought 3.0 was the best mock I’d seen. Given Lewis’s, er, problems, I’m fine with another selection in the second. But while I can’t really argue with Lawson, I still think I’d go with Melifonwu in the first and then take a gamble that a solid edge rusher is available in the second or third. Otherwise, while I know QB is probably on the Steelers’ radar, it’s just hard to get behind any mock that has one taken so early. Just doesn’t makes sense, even if it’s a realistic projection.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Taking a QB in this class is a waste but it’s not even that making a QB pick unwise – if we don’t take a guy who can be BBs successor (and I doubt that that guy is in this class!) then it’s like throwing the pick away.
    Not sure why both national ‘experts’ AND Steelers fans don’t see it!!
    Double up on OLB or CB – THAT makes sense!!

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Still not a fan of Lawson in the first. I thought rounds 2-4 were on point though.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Yeah I don’t see that happening but one never knows I guess.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Yeah IF the Steelers feel obliged to pick a QB cuz ARII says so, then at least make it a 7th rounder.
    Total waste of a pick

  • steelburg

    After the the first 2 or 3 rounds there isn’t a whole lot of reaching on QB’s IMO. But how do you do your mock? Do you use a simulator or to just go by feel and what you have heard and seen or what? Just curious to know what your process is when you out your draft together.

  • Chenz33

    Love Hunt. My favorite back in the draft relative to draft position. Overall pretty good mock. I just don’t like three players on Offense in the first four rounds. I could live with two but almost prefer a 4-1 Defense to Offense ratio in those first five picks.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Alex…nice work…Especially the top 3. I think Anzalone’s combine #s are going to push him higher. FWIW, I like Dobbs, no he’s not NFL ready right now, but very bright kid (some type of engineering major) has the physical tools to play in this league.

    Given you opted not to get a S prospect that might see the field in big nickel in lieu of VW, I would not be shocked if a Clemons like player is drafted and gets snaps as a rookie.

  • steelburg

    I hear what your saying but I would burn a 7th round pick on Seth Russell or Chad Kelly. Both of those guys have top round traits with the height, weight, strong arm, and mobility.

  • francesco

    Sorry Alex. Can’t say I like any of the picks.

  • Alex Kozora

    Much like my dating life in high school, I’ve put up a big zero. 🙁

  • Alex Kozora

    Yup, that’s exactly why I want a guy like JHC. 6th rounder with the opportunity to play Day One.

  • Ni mo

    Since people crying for edge rushers ;
    Round 1 Taco Chartlon edge
    Round 2:adoree Jackson cb
    Round 3 : joe mixon RB
    Round 3b: Sydney jones cb / steal because he injured
    Round 4: jake butt TE
    Round 5: Cris wormly DL or best safety available
    Round 6 : Duane smoot edge
    Round 7 wr

  • Josh Gustad

    Adoree is interesting to me. I haven’t seen much of his tape on defense.

  • WreckIess

    I’d rather they didn’t at all unless Mahomes falls to the 2nd. I’m hoping the whole “sharpening their sword” analogy was just referring to their ability to accurately scout QBs.

  • Josh Gustad

    Personally I’d draft a for sure thing in Sidney Jones in the 2nd over Adoree. Sure, he’ll miss the year, but dude is a stud.

  • srdan

    me either. But i watched the bowl game where he was hurt during the game. They had to almost chain him to the gurney for him not to go out on the field. He tried and tried again.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    My only complaint is the offensive double dip in the 3rd. Would really like to see either a double dip at OLB or CB or adding a safety somewhere in the first 4. I can stomach one offensive player in the first 4 but it just feels like too much luxury when defense is such a heavy need.

    I still view TE as a luxury pick and RB…..Not really sure how I feel. Would really prefer they kick the can down the road on drafting someone for the number 2 spot and bring D Will back for another season. After that, I think I could see the need for bringing in another young back behind Bell.

  • PaeperCup

    I liked the last one much better. I’m luke warm on Lawson….I see why people like him but something concerns me about him and I am not too sure exactly what it is.

    I do like the Anzalone pick in the 5th. I can also see the Steelers drafting Dobbs, but he might be available even later than that. Mayeb the 6th? Howard Wilson would have been my choice there in the 4th.

  • Jeff Anoble

    Lots of predictions of a RB by round 3 from this site. I think that is a big luxury pick. Many experts consider this draft as having the deepest talent pool on defense they have seen in years. Is passing up a very good if not starting defensive player for 10 plus years worth a backup RB who is going to sit for the most part when Bell is healthy? There will be plenty of veteran and lower round draft pick RBs available. There always is, Especially final cut-downs. Think of the defensive back talent and Linebacker talent that will still be available in the top 100. Round 3 in this year’s draft means find a eventual starter or major contributor on defense, not a backup RB.

    Also agree with others in regards to 9 mil + a year offer to Hightower, which strongly suggest ILB top 3 rounds if not the 1st round itself. One other bold prediction that I’m not too crazy about but may come to pass: QB in round 3 when Patrick Mahomes or one of the other top 5 QBs somehow slips to them.

  • Wil Masisak

    I don’t mind Lawson– not my first or 2nd choice but he is a medium risk with good upside. Mack Hollins or Bug Howard in the 7th wouldn’t bother me at all. The rest of this, though. Ouch. Adoree is a HUGE project. Has some tools but I’d take either Wilson or Des King in a heartbeat over Jackson, both for immediate contributions and future upside. Kareem Hunt is a plodder and backup RB in 2017 is such a low priority position, especially in a draft class full of nice complementary RBs. At this spot, forced to take an RB– make mine Marlon Mack. I don’t care for Leggett- less than the sum of his parts. I think the Steelers are more likely interested in Ladarius Green insurance, rather than an “all around” type TE– they have shown interest in the ultimate Green clone– Derrick Griffin… he and Phazahn Odom both going to be there on day 3. Middle three picks JAGs or worse. Perhaps that makes it a good prediction of what Steelers will do on draft day.

  • Alex Kozora

    No simulator. I don’t like using those for these because the sim can be really wonky and isn’t always up to date. I just go for a feel of where a player is generally projected to go.

  • Alex Kozora

    His scouting report will be up tomorrow!

  • Alex Kozora

    Sure, the class is deep but there’s still a drop off. If you want to wait until the 4th, that’s fine, but it’s not a major difference. You still want to get someone who can be *the* guy if something happened ot Bell because that’s exactly the scenario that would play out.

  • Alex Kozora

    I wouldn’t call Leggett an all-around guy. He’s a win vertically kind of guy and doesn’t offer much more else. And they’ve shown a decent level of interest in him which is why I switched from Everett.

  • Wil Masisak

    I could see a DL who can give you some snaps along the line. For example: Deatrich Wise gives some snaps at OLB, 4-3 end, 5 tech, and nickel rusher in side. Same with Chris Wormley. Maybe an upgrade to Big Dan McCullers? Someday, you’ll be brave enough to pick your boy Glen Antoine!

  • steelburg

    O ok. So are you an actual fan of Dobbs?

  • Wil Masisak

    Using CBS rankings:
    Rd1- Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech (The next great NFL QB)
    Rd2- Jordan Willis, Edge, Kansas State (smart, work ethic, great testing/production)
    Rd3- Howard Wilson, CB, Houston
    Rd3- Brian Allen, CB/S, Utah
    Rd4- Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado
    Rd5- Derrick Griffin, TE/WR, Texas Southern
    Rd6- Tarik Cohen, RB, NC A&T
    Rd7- Pita Taumeopenu, Edge, Utah

  • Wil Masisak

    Gotcha. I just don’t see much “there” there with Leggett. Everette doesn’t really have the size to be as big a threat in the NFL as a seam guy, but I’d prefer him to Leggett.

  • Charles Haines

    Think you are correct with Lawson but with Kniles Davis signed I believe Steelers will want one of the taler CB’s like Witherspoon or Brian Allen.

  • Wil Masisak

    I ask myself: WWBD? New England RB draft picks in last 5 drafts: James white 4.130 in 2014. They basically have White and a revolving door of table scraps and one hit wonders. There’s something wrong with your plan if you have a HOF QB in the modern NFL and you are drafting top 100 RBs when you already have the best RB in the NFL. If Bell goes down, spread ’em and shred ’em. Find a RB on a practice squad or street free agent and don’t build your gameplan around them.

  • Wil Masisak

    Not a great ILB draft, though. There are two guys at the top and a pretty big fall to the next tier. Maybe a conversion, like a Day 3 edge player to ILB. Jevancy Jones or Chris Odom, maybe?

  • Alex Kozora

    I only watched him in passing, at the Senior Bowl, when I watched Josh Malone, but not really. And I’m not a fan of taking a QB in this draft.

  • razaard2

    if Mahomes is still there after Arizona, I say go all in into quarterback, that kid screams a new roethlisberger, I say even trade up and make sure Houston won’t get him.
    Getting other lackluster QB in the 4th though, I don’t think it’s necessary. I’d rather give Mettshow a shot and/or finding some veteran FA

  • Alex Kozora

    Even if Jackson isn’t in the cards as a returner, and as a rookie, it’s unlikely, he’s still an option in the slot. That’s why I went with him over those other corners.

  • LucasY59

    as much as it isnt what I am looking for in this draft, I think it is very realistic of what the Steelers might do

    I have kept Lawson as my fallback 1st pick (if Obi and Haason are already taken) and think he has the edge over guys like Rivers and Watt, I like that he has strength and power (and maybe Dupree will move to the Right side? dont want to switch things up, but think Carl might fit at LOLB better, but who knows, Harrison was a good power ROLB so maybe Lawson could be as well)

    I think Jackson would be a good 2nd pick, especially if the team is interested in guys that can get the ball (and then make something happen when they do) I would rather have Awuzie (who with his physicality could be an interesting Slot guy, but either he or Adoree would be good picks)

    pick #94 seems a bit early to get a RB in this Draft, but I see how it fits with the rest of the draft so I dont hate the pick, not a huge fan of Hunt but would also be ok if he is the guy they choose (hopefully whoever they get doesnt see the field much, since I am not confident they would rotate a player with Bell no matter who the #2 back is)

    comp pick could go in a lot of different directions, but I agree with the Leggett pick, I think he would be a useful addition to the Offense, as much as a speedy vertical threat might seem like the need, I think the more useful TE would be a guy that can find ways to get open and make some clutch catches (which Jordan did this yr on Clemsons championship run) so I think this is a good pick

    I dont want a QB either, but If I were forced I would take Dobbs, I like that he found ways to win, with the game on the line, and also think he is a Athletic guy they could develop as the #3 (might try and get him a rd later, but agree QBs are overvalued, and with how the draft works out as a whole, the 4th rd isnt too bad)

    originally I was thinking of Anzalone as a later rd guy, but he seems to have some hype, so I think flipping the 4th and 5th might be necessary to get him, but agree that the injury history should push him into the last day of the draft (even though he is talked about like a 3rd rd pick, I think he shouldnt be picked earlier than the 4th) I think he could be a guy that can move around pretty well, and would be a solid ST guy until he earned any snaps on D (and that could happen fairly early on some passing downs)

    Harvey-Clemons is an interesting hybrid guy, I think he is more LB than he is Safety, but since that is a need for the Steelers he would be a good pick, I think his previous issues (dropped from team by Georgia) and lack of impressive athleticism (still better than most LBs, but worse than most Safeties) will make him a later rd pick, he would also be a ST contributor, and in addition to possibly being a Dime guy to rotate in, playing on STs would help him make the roster as well

    Mack Hollins is a guy I like and at the end of the draft its whoever they are looking at as a priority UDFA that they dont want to be able to sign elsewhere should be the pick, Hollins could be that guy (and could be a PS guy until DHB is gone) I really like that he is a willing ST guy, and also that he is a blocker (both are things that could eventually get him a roster spot) I think he might be a little faster than his forty time at the combine (I believe he hurt himself on his 1st run and did not participate after that, I dont think he would be a lot faster, but could be a sub 4.5 guy)

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I WANT to agree with you but I can’t. Here’s why:
    1. Even a late rounder can be valuable – look at AB and Beachum, and 2. Brady at 199 happens once in a blue moon.

  • Darth Blount 47

    The beauty of these mocks, is that we get a chance to call you a doofus when we feel like you get it crazy wrong, and get a chance to sing your ever-loving praises, when you make some beautiful music. On many of your posts on here, you and I have agreed, and we high five each other, and people from the outside looking in think we are brothers in arms. But then, those people are equally taken aback, just like outside observers often are, when brothers throw each other down in the mud, and one holds the other’s face in it, long enough to where people freak out and think we are murdering each other. Well, prepare to eat mud, Kozora!

    You coming back home to Lawson was predictable. I mean, I know I still think longingly back upon my first grade school crush. My goodness, waking up one morning and seeing in the local paper that Liz B. had married some wannabe doctor, was soul-crushing. I still hope we take an Edge/OLB at 30, even maybe slightly over Obi, (though that is highly debatable if he and Reddick are still there), but I just hope it isn’t Lawson. Though I’ve come around on him a bit more than I had originally, to where I won’t throw anything at the TV.

    Jackson in the 2nd is where I bring you up from the mud for some air. Ideally, we go OLB then CB, and Jackson makes a ton of sense for us for the reasons you point out. I also like how you have likely – correctly – finally, moved off of Lewis, a guy I’m not at all crazy about myself. I see you also have piggy-backed my (and a few others) latest assertion from the Friday 5 Questions, that Kareem Hunt makes the most sense based on some criteria, as the Steeler RB selection. Enjoy the air, Alex, because the sweet mud is coming soon.

    TE in the 3rd? And Leggett? I won’t spend time trying to denigrate the player, but just rather the pick. The latest accounts as reported on even here I believe, all have Green as a likely participant in the upcoming season. I know it is gambling to rely on him and Outlaw and Grimble and Johnson, but damn it, if I’m not a gambler. And a QB in the 4th round? Are you serious? You have been one of my biggest advocates for us not taking a QB in this draft. And now after Star-Spangled-Steeler makes me a 100 dollar bet that the loser puts toward the Alex K. training camp McLumina fund, you have the audacity to mock us a QB… and in the 4th, no less?! Arrgghhh!

    Then you give us the most previously injured guy, literally held together by duck tape and prayers, in Anzalone in the 5th. As though we are running a VA hospital over here. And you follow that up, by choosing JHC in the 6th, which is a fine gamble, except you do feel the need to stick the knife in a bit on me by saying that you WERE in fact, considering Nate Gerry instead. I think you actually like the taste of the mud by this point! Lol.

    Lastly, you select a WR in the 7th, a position that we have absolutely no need for. And which closes out a completely infuriating mock, where at least there are a few potential saving graces. Now, if you don’t mind, when Mom asks you why you are purple in the face, covered in mud, and barely able to speak, just tell her you tried to chase a rabbit down a muddy rabbit hole. Otherwise, I’ll be grounded for the next month. 😉

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’m not crazy about the player for the reason you mention, health. But in the 5th? That would be pretty shocking to see him fall that far down.

  • Voice O’ Reason

    Can’t argue with picks 1—Supp 3. I also totally get why you have a QB in there, but I just can’t support drafting a backup QB. We have backup QBs. We need a potential long-term starter at some point. Dobbs is just not that imo. In order to have more than about a 1% chance of hitting on the pick, that means drafting one in the 1st, MAYBE, 2nd rd. at the latest.

    So yea, I’d much prefer to wait and draft a 1st rounder in a couple of years. I’d happily sign up for a couple of years of offensive mediocrity down the road while a 1st round QB develops, in exchange for one more trophy in the Big Ben era now.

  • Russ Stauver

    OK. My thoughts: Most mocks I’ve seen have at least 10 CBs going in round one. Everyone knows this is a deep class for CBs, so why the early run. The early run, in my opinion will be pass rushers. Let’s just hope there will be a decent pass rusher for us to pursue. I predict us moving up 10 spots just to get one. Then we can grab a great CB in the 2nd. We don’t need a running back. D. Richardson will absolutely excel behind our zone blocking scheme.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Very good Draft for all of us, just maybe double dip CB or EDGE with our 4th instead of a project backup QB.

    Round Three (94th Overall): Kareem Hunt/RB Toledo – 5’10/4 216
    Alex, Joe Mixon was still on the board? If yes, would you pick him knowing his off field issue?

    Round Three (105th Overall): Jordan Leggett/TE Clemson – 6’5/4 248
    Maybe Gerald Everett is a better player, but i think all the way that Steelers would indeed take Legget over him because their mensurables.

    Round Four (135th Overall): Josh Dobbs/QB Tennessee – 6’3/3 216
    I have had pick a lot of good CBs or EDGEs with those pick. I would pass a QB here. Try to draft Chad Kelly with our 6th or try a better luck next year.

  • Jay Brenner

    Hey Alex I know Steelers nation wants obi melo from U Conn but there’s a guy from Richmond David Jones the same size runs a 4.43 true ballhahawk which Obi isn’t .We could get him in the 2nd maybe 3rd doubt it though. Watch his tape man. He’d be a great pick IMHO. Great job as always. Go Steelers.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Russ, are you feeling okay?

  • Alex Kozora

    Someday. But today is not that day.

  • Voice O’ Reason

    I’m hearing more and more talk on other sites of drafting a WR in the 1st or 2nd. I would be completely shocked. Yea I know it’s hard to trust Martavis but let’s be honest, the odds are he will be reinstated, will play this year and will be utterly frickin amazing when he does. If that happens, we have an abundance of quality WRs all of a sudden – 2 superstars, the future at slot with Eli, along with with DHB and Coates/Hunter rounding out the top 5…not to mention a couple of young, hungry guys who gained a little experience last yr. (Cobi, Ayers). If we draft a WR, I bet it’s in Rds. 4-7.

  • Wil Masisak

    LOL C’mon. You know you want to.

  • Jay Brenner

    Hey Alex, I know Steelers Nation wants Obi Melo from U Conn. There’s a guy from Richmond David Jones same size runs a 4.43 and is a true ball hawk which Obi is not. We could get him in the 2nd maybe 3rd I doubt that though. Watch his tape man. I think he’d be a great pick. Great job as always. Go Steelers.

  • LucasY59

    probably thinks DeAngelo and Karlos Williams are on the team as well

  • LucasY59

    I like Jones as well, but I think of him more as a deep safety like Marcus Williams, not a Dime Hybrid (similar size to Melifonwu, but 2″ shorter and about 10 lbs lighter) if they dont take Obi in the 1st, Jones could be a decent later rd guy (small school and injury concerns, should make him available later, where he would be a good value pick/diamond in the rough type of guy)

    doubt he goes earlier than the 4th rd and could even be available in the 5th/6th (only played 5 games last season at a small school makes him not very high on most teams radars, I am sure the scouts know who he is, but dont see him as a day two draft pick)

  • taztroy43

    What are the chances that olb jordan willis falls to our 2nd pick?

  • LucasY59

    you have this comment posted 2x

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    CP72-

    Spot on. The fact that there is no clear edge rusher projected to be a “steal” at 1.30, and there are 8 guys with top of the 2nd round value grades, leads me to believe there will be a VERY good edge prospect who falls to 2.30.

    The 4-3 argument is valid as well. Half the teams in the NFL will NOT be looking for an edge rushing OLB. And the ones who are, will need to stack that need against offensive weapons or DB’s.

  • LucasY59

    Agree they can wait on a RB, will be a lot of Defensive talent to pick from with the early picks so at the earliest I think a offensive player should be taken is with the comp, but would preferable wait until the 4th rd or later, RB should be a priority (could be the biggest offensive need) they dont have much behind Bell (and every yr so far they have needed a #2 RB to contribute for at least a game since Bell has been #1) and the talent depth at RB could make it so they could still get a decent player with a day 3 pick

  • VinHuddle

    Would love that if it happened!

  • Darth Blount 47

    Hey, everybody makes the occasional mistake… But what multitude of mocks have AT LEAST 10 CB’s going in Round 1???

  • VinHuddle

    You might be the only other person I’ve seen mention Bug Howard. Like Hollins, I think he could late rd WR gem.

  • Aj Gentile

    I’ve never seen one with ten going in the first

  • VinHuddle

    Good point you make about passing on a defensive plyr in the 3rd. I don’t think I have looked at it that way until now.

  • LucasY59

    april 1st would be a good time for that mock, maybe people wont take it too seriously/give him a hard time

    I am also interested in a draft that isnt necessarily focused on what they “should/will” do as much as what Alex “would/want to” do if given free reign to choose

  • LucasY59

    with the Defensive talent in this draft, I agree that only getting 2 early picks would be less than Ideal (I would at least flip it 3-2 in favor of the D, or even go 4-1 with the 4th rd being the earliest pick on O)

  • Joe Jackson

    Still don’t see the love affair with Carl Lawson. He looks to me like a 3rd rounder based on his injury history and his knack for taking plays off. Just don’t really buy into him being worth a 1.

  • Aj Gentile

    I’m a fan of the Lawson pick. But I’m iffy on Jackson. He’s a great athlete but in my opinion is a raw player.

  • LucasY59

    yeah, but to make a statement that the team doesnt need a RB and then back it up with a player that didnt even finish the season on the roster as the reason they dont need to draft one (and also say he would excel in the Steelers scheme when he couldnt even beat out Fitz for the #3 spot) is like 3 mistakes in one, and I wont even get into the 10 cbs and moving up in the 1st rd

    everyone is entitled to their opinion and can make mistakes, but putting some fairly bold statements without much to back it almost deserves to be called out

  • LucasY59

    technically the offense needs a 3rd playmaker (and I think they already have one with Bryant, I know he is a liability, but we have seen him be an impact player)

    Njoku is very raw and I am concerned he will not live up to his hype, I think he is a good player, but also think he is going to be overdrafted (very similar to Ebron, lots of draft hype, some really good athletic skills, but also needs to develop and will be inconsistent early) I like the potential he has, but would not use a 1st rd pick on him

  • Alex Kozora

    Hey Jay! I saw one clip of him on Twitter. Dude can hit, I’ll tell you that much.

  • LucasY59

    agree there are some possible gems with the late picks

  • Alex Kozora

    In my original mock for this edition, I had a double dip at CB. Then I changed to Dobbs to mesh with their comments abut a QB.

    I don’t know enough about Mixon’s story. The basic, obviously, but it’s hard for me on the outside and say if he’s remorseful. I’d lean no.

  • LucasY59

    I think they could add to the pass rush with 3 picks, but they wont take 3 traditional OLBs (almost guarantees one wont make the roster = waste of a pick)

    If they can get a guy like Kpassagnon who helps with the pass rush as well as contributes to DL depth, I could see him as a 3rd pick (along with 2 OLB type picks)

    or if they were able to get a guy like Reddick in the 1st he would be a ILB that could contribute as a edge rusher in some situations, and then pair him with a traditional OLB and a later rd double up at OLB could also be taken

  • Alex Kozora

    I feel like I need to eat a big dinner before I read your comments, Darth. By the time I’m done, hours have gone by. Where does the time go…

    I don’t want Lawson to be the one that got away. Your Liz is my Marissa. I should’ve had the nerve to ask her out…and I won’t let it happen again! I like Lawson and want him on my team. So he’s the guy. But it’s close and obviously, this could go in a ton of different directions.

    Jackson…Hunt, glad we agree. I know Jackson is raw though so maybe I go with a Dez King next time. Someone with a better chance of seeing the field right away. I gotta mull it over.

    On Leggett and Dobbs, hey man, I’m just reading the tea leaves. Don’t shoot the messenger and all that. They showed interest in Leggett at the Pro Day and spent the weekend talking up QBs. Be lucky I didn’t take Mahomes in the first. I’m against it, you know that, haha. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

    Also, don’t know if you saw my comment in that article but send that money to a better cause than me. Pick a local animal shelter or something…much better idea IMO.

    Anazlone isn’t Humpty Dumpty…he’s been put back together. I like what he did at Mobile. 5th round, it’s worth the flier. Haha, maybe I’ll think about Gerry vs JHC more.

    7th round man, I just need talent. I need guys who make the room better. And you and I know Hollins is going to do that.

  • Alex Kozora

    Yeah I dunno. 94 seems fine to me for a RB. You could wait until 105, pick your poison. But there’s #2 on the team right now and I don’t want to wait for the 4th and see what’s left.

    I think we pretty much agree on the rest. All worthwhile risks.

  • LucasY59

    I used to think Lawson could be a 2nd rd pick, but I think he has done enough to be a top 50 guy (which also makes it so he isnt a great value at 30) IF the guys you mentioned went early there is a chance Carl is still available at pick #62 (I think one of them will be, so I agree they can wait till the 2nd pick for OLB, and should be open to BPA in the 1st)

  • Alex Kozora

    That’s something we can do close to the end, for sure. Don’t forget I will do my annual 7th round mock draft for every team too which is basically a “what I think makes sense” attempt.

  • LucasY59

    I hope Williams is gone before the Steelers pick, it makes it more likely that one of the guys mentioned is still available (and also keeps the Steelers from taking Tim)

  • Alex Kozora

    Me too.

  • LucasY59

    good point on no other FAs, Brown still available? but no reported interest from Pittsburgh… unless they think it is a clear upgrade or good value (both contibutors to the lack of interest in Brown IMO) they wont take one and will go with Vince, agree there could be a similar approach in the draft, clear upgrade = Reddick (if available in the 1st) or good value = McMillan in the 3rd or Anzalone in the 5th

  • LucasY59

    I agree that its highly likely they get someone to contibute to the ILB play in the early rds, but that pick might be a Safety that can rotate with VW and play some Dime, there arent a lot of ILBs in this draft, and I wouldnt reach for need at that position, and wouldnt be over 50/50 that they would pick a ILB

  • Josh Knepshield

    I’m not a fan of the Lawson pick. I used to be, but not now. Tikk Takk McKinley will be the pick if he’s available, which is becoming more likely with teams scared off from his shoulder injury.

  • Jay Brenner

    Hey Lucas , Just read an article on jones they list him as 6’3 210. Hes all healed his tape is amazing. An other article I read was most over hyped guys in the draft. Obi is in there not an instinctive player. Who knows Its all a crap shout anyway. If we could get Jones in the 4th or 5th I do back flips. Just trying to make Alex aware thus the Steelers. The guy can Play.

  • LucasY59

    Antoine could be a UDFA,

    there are actually quite a few guys I am targeting for UDFA picks, but the Steelers rarely sign the left over guys I think would be good (and I think a significant influence on that is those players choosing who to sign with, and going to a team where it would be easier to make the roster) this yr there might be fewer UDFAs signed, but I hope they get some quality with the ones they do (being able to stash those guys on the PS could contribute to good future depth)

  • Darth Blount 47

    I admit, I’m an extremely fast reader, so please pardon if I routinely assume the same from others, and also when it looks like I’m auditioning to be a writer here on the Depot.

    I’ll keep this one manageable…
    Des King would be another great choice. He probably does kinda fit a bit more with the Steelers than Jackson, so again we have the common brotherly ground. I like Hunt, Kamara, or Perine/Connor. Be fine with any of those. Though the 3rd is a tad rich, but livable.

    I didn’t read the comment about the bet, but I will go back and check it. Good call, on not shooting the messenger… Heard. Anzalone is as close to Humpty as you’ll likely find in this draft. How many major injuries? But if he falls to 5, I like the gamble too I guess. Hey, I know you like Gerry, probably more than most, so I’m just joshing ya. I’m about to go read your profile on Hollins now.

  • LucasY59

    I think the team is showing significant interest in QBs but think/hope they only take a QB if it is a high value pick (which is almost non existant with how overdrafted the position is) if a player slides to a pick that the team thinks is a good value they could make the pick, but I also think there is a good chance they wait until next yr (they shouldnt be forced into taking a QB in this draft, and reaching will have Landry like consequences)

  • LucasY59

    Anzalone could be depth behind Shazier, but with both of their injury concerns that could be a problem, agree JHC and AA are similar players but I could see room for both of them on the roster especially if both were ST contributors

  • Jay Brenner

    He is a player Alex a true ball hawk please watch some tape on you tube. I’m just trying to help my Steelers .Been a fan since 1970. Cliché but I bleed black an gold. If you can let the brass know about him. I’d go as far as to say he’s better than anybody we have at corner or safety right know. There’s so many times my picks end up being better than Colbert. Don’t care for him at all. Heck he came from the lions when were they ever any good? Just trying to help man.Idont care were we draft him as long as we do.

  • LucasY59

    even if all he returns is INTs, he would still be a good returner (and a few of those could also help Coach T change his mind)

  • Jay Brenner

    I thought the 1st didn’t Take

  • LucasY59

    that will be good, but I want to see a “outside the box” go crazy mock, where needs/”how they normally pick” have little to no influence and it is truely who you like best at the pick (can even stretch the why they will be available at a certain rd thing a bit in that scenario as well)

  • Darth Blount 47

    I know, I thought I did with my first comment. Lol. I was hoping he wasn’t having a stroke as he was typing. And I let the RB thing slide only because he apparently thought Richardson was still with us. And if he were, that would sort of excuse (not really but sorta) us needing to draft more RB’s. Especially if like you said, he thought we still had a glut. The regulars here are so on top of our game, that we’re like Pitbulls. So I thought I’d give him a chance to explain his thought process..

  • Matt Manzo

    I love everything but the Legette pick. Only cuz Depots scouting profile kinda talked me out of him.
    But I can’t argue with the round! And it would be nice to have a big move-TE.
    Lawson, Jackson and Hunt would be a great top 3!
    Anzalone, Clemons and Hollins would turn it into a great draft!
    Only round/placement i would argue is the QB. Still not sure anything other than a 1st rounder or 7th rounder is worth taking.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Ya at least 3-2. I really want the draft to break so 4-1 happens. I’m ok taking a TE in the 3rd or even 2nd if it’s the right guy. Evan Engram in the 2nd is ok for me. Any other offensive position I’d wait, like you said. The wildcard is QB. I’m hoping that Ben has told them internally he’ll be back for 2 years and then a QB can be drafted next year when the class is stronger (I’d want at least 1 transition year)

    My general, ideal scenario that I’d want is
    1.hybrid S – Obi / Peppers
    2.EDGE – Lawson/ Rivers /Willis etc
    3.CB – Ton of guys here. I’ll take Howard Wilson or Sutton here for now.
    3c.TE – Jake Butt is the only one I think will be here. Leggett maybe
    4.EDGE – Smoot/Price, etc.

    Might flip 2 and 3a, depending on how I feel CBs and EDGEs rising or falling on all of the 9000 draft boards I look at.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Love the first 3 picks and then the Anzalone pick is awesome…the guy plays the way football should be played.

  • LucasY59

    I looked up his pro day, and his measurements were 6’1 1/2″ and 205lbs, they had his 4.43/4.45 forty listed like you said, his jumps were no where near Obi, Vert 34″ (10″ less) broad 10’9″ (foot shorter)

    I do agree he could be a good player, his size/length along with his speed could make him a good ballhawking centerfielder and I also like that he can be a pretty physical guy as well, coming up to make hits makes him a well rounded Safety instead of a one dimensional player

    but there is the injury concern (even if he is ready to go now, it still took away a significant amount of last season, and was a repeat injury which adds to it as well) combine that with the small school background and I am fairly confident he is a 3rd day of the draft pick

    *the Seahawks apparently showed a lot of interest in him at his pro day and I think he fits what they look for, hopefully the Steelers can start improving their secondary so it is similar to what they do in Seattle

  • Alex Kozora

    My only concern with King is that he isn’t a great athlete…pretty average. And I don’t know if that’s what the Steelers are looking for. And his return value…probably not going to be used in Pittsburgh.

  • Levon Kirkland

    I like the mock! Legit candidates, good justifications

  • Jay Brenner

    If you watch only 1 thing about him watch the return video on YouTube that’s what its titled. Then tell me you wouldn’t want him on your Team !

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Which OLB do you like?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Perhaps, not, but what he lacks there, he brings in spades with experience. And it is kinda hard to say that Jackson might be in play as a return guy but King wouldn’t (I know you added the appropriate caveats about that, so I’m more speaking to those who see the potential value in both for that purpose)..

    It’s strange, CB is basically my favorite position, and one that I really think Pittsburgh still needs to continue to invest in, but I really struggle this year to find a guy to fall in love with and champion as our pick at 30. I found that somewhat last year in WJ3. This year, I think it is actually Reddick who I want as much as anyone. But he doesn’t play CB either, lol. And Obi would be great, but neither does he! The CB class this year, I think is really good top to bottom, but for us sitting all the way down at lonely ol’ 30…. I just can’t find one.

    So 62 kinda makes the most sense.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Mahomes is the only QB I would consider but sounds like he will be a coaching project.

  • WreckIess

    That’s perfect for us honestly. A couple years under Ben while they develop him and a few spot starts if Ben gets injured out there.

  • Joey

    I would not mind this draft whatsoever!

  • MC

    and Hunter pushing for a spot also. I hope they don’t take a WR unless a gem falls to them. TE is more of a need with Green’s durability.

  • steelburg

    Chad Kelly would be worth the pick in the 7th round. Russell is a bit more of a gamble but Kelly is great value at that spot.

  • LucasY59

    the real rise/fall would be a run on either position when the draft happens, if there is a lot of one position available and only a few of the other, it could definitely influence who/what position they pick, but they wont know until they are one clock for pick #62

    last yr there was a lot of DL talent/depth and because of it there was no rush to draft players at that position, so good one like Hargrave fell to the 3rd (I am hoping it is that way this yr with both OLB and CB to some extent) I would like to get a BPA (that isnt a major position of need) like Melifonwu or Reddick, and then have a OLB fall to the 2nd pick (that they were interested in with the 1st) and then they can get a CB with the 3rd (who was good enough to be the 2nd pick…)

    the early rd talent depth is great this yr (and like I said pushes players to picks they normally wouldnt be available at) and I think they will get at least 3 really good players out of it (especially if they use the first 3 picks on D like they did last yr) there is even a good possibility of getting 4 quality players since they have the extra comp pick (and they could get even more) since the talent depth matches the team need a multiple positions (RB and TE could be offensive picks that they take later but still get a player good enough to fill a need at those positions, because those positions have depth as well)

  • Gautama Om

    Mark my words Carl Lawson is going to be a bust. Not only does he have extremely short arms but he doesn’t have any bend; not good traits to have if you’re a pass rusher.

  • sam kojiro

    I don’t see all of our draft picks making this team, maybe 4 to 5. Colbert and Tomlin should trade our latter
    round picks to move up a little to get players who they strongly believe can make an impact to improve
    this team. They can also use a latter pick to pick up a player who got injured but has the potential to be a
    star like TE Jake Butt or that DB from Washington and place them on IR. I know that’s a gamble but it might
    be a way to build that great team.

  • RickM

    I’m just exceptionally confident that they are smart enough to realize: Williams couldn’t win the starting job over Spence; Shazier routinely gets hurt at least once a year; and that the ILB depth is not good enough. If Williams was the answer they would have deep-sixed Timmons last off-season rather than take the cap hit. And contrary to what Colbert will admit, they wouldn’t throw $9 Million at Hightower.

    Colbert wants other teams to believe they are satisfied at ILB, even mentioning Fort as an option which makes no sense as he’s simply not good enough. But that’s the right thing to do as you don’t want other teams knowing what positions you’re targeting. I agree that a hybrid would satisfy their needs as well, but a good one is tough to find and Obi will be gone by 30. It’s just one of those things I’m confident in, and I don’t think they can wait until the 173rd pick to take one.

  • Clutterbox

    I can’t day I’m a big on this mock. I’m not a fan of Lawson. I don’t think his game will translate well in the NFL. I rather you went for Obi Melifonwu. I also think you should draft an ILB 1-2 rounds higher. Dobbs is selected to high imo, but you gave your reasoning. I don’t think his ceiling is as good as you projected. I prefer to draft a QB high next year.

  • Luke Edgerley

    much prefer version 3.0 mock than this one alex , I do appreciate your dedication to the site however keep up the good work. I think there is zero chance jackson drops that far although he would be a great get that deep . the perine choice is what sold me on version 3.0 chubby feature back that can function in the passing game that has proven to be able to handle a heavy workload at a big time program …. sound familiar to any recent steeler back .

  • Joe Jackson

    Charles Harris, maybe even TJ Watt or Derek Rivers

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Any one of those guys works for me!

  • TroymanianDevil

    Right. I look at all those boards to predict the runs. I’m leaning towards a run on CB’s in the 2nd, I think there’s enough talent to possibly wait til 94 for an EDGE if there are better guys available at 30 and 62.

    And the depth at TE is why I think getting Jake Butt or someone else in the 3rd would be great value, they’d probably go higher in other years. All about value.