CBS 7 Round Mock Draft Has Steelers Selecting Pair Of Linebackers


If you’re into seven round mock drafts, stop drilling, you’ve hit oil. Our buddy RJ White over at CBS Sports conducted a massive seven round mock, complete with trades, a mighty endeavor indeed. Obviously, we’ll focus on what haul the Pittsburgh Steelers brought in.

With the 30th overall pick, White has the team taking TE David Njoku from Miami. Here’s his justification for passing up a defensive player.

“Here it’s with Njoku, a freakish talent at tight end who steps right in as the third option in the passing game behind Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. There will be plenty of talent available over the next few rounds to help the defense, but there aren’t many tights on Earth with the athletic ability of Njoku.”

Tight end talk sure has quieted down from when we started this thing, going from an early round possibility to maybe not taking one at all. The Steelers haven’t shown much interest in tight ends during the pre-draft process, though to be fair, we’re not expecting a national guy like White to know that. But it’s still unlikely a tight end is the pick early on.

He goes with a popular pick in the second, snagging OLB Derek Rivers. Despite being from the FCS level, the Steelers have shown a quite a bit of interest in him, sending Joey Porter to his Pro Day and bringing Rivers in for an official pre-draft visit. Some think Rivers will be there a round later. We’ll see how it plays out.


Another popular Steelers’ mock in the third, going with CB Rasul Douglas. Carnell Lake was at his Pro Day and again, another pre-draft visitor. Long speed is a question and he’s stiff but he has a baseline profile that’ll be attractive to Pittsburgh. Tall, long, with great ball skills, picking off eight passes in his only year as a starter with WVU.

Vince Biegel is listed as an inside linebacker for the team’s other third round selection. White writes he’s a “limited talent who needs coaching up but has all the intangibles you could want from an over-achiever,” which isn’t the best endorsement but an apt one. He mostly played on the EDGE in college but the idea of kicking him inside makes enough sense.

For the first time since Deshea Townsend, the Steelers take an Alabama player, selecting safety Eddie Jackson in the 4th round. He’s coming off a broken leg that he now claims to be fully recovered from. Jackson hasn’t been getting much publicity this draft season, partly due to injury, and partly due to the talent he played with in college. Before going down last year, he finished 2016 with 24 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, and an interception.

One of those wacky trades pops up in the 5th, with the team apparently trading their 5th and a 7th to move up to take WR Josh Reynolds. The pick makes sense on paper, though I still contend it’s a little low for where Reynolds will end up, but he fits the bill as an athletic, big-play Z receiver this team covets.

With just one pick left, White has the team taking offensive linemen JJ Dielman. Dielman, from Utah, could be considered a swing player, who started 2014 and 2015 at right tackle before moving to center his senior year. A senior year that was unfortunately cut short after five games due to a leg injury. Linemen is low on the totem poll of needs but then again, it is a 6th round pick, so to get angry would be pedantic.

Lot of work went into this and you can certainly appreciate the time and effort so be sure to check his mock out, which I’ll again link right here. If you enjoy these, I’ll be posting my 5th annual seventh round mock next Wednesday.

I’ll recap all the picks here too.

Rd 1 – David Njoku/TE Miami (FL)
Rd 2 – Derek Rivers/OLB Youngstown State
Rd 3 – Rasul Douglas/CB West Virginia
Rd 3 – Vince Biegel/ILB Wisconsin
Rd 4 – Eddie Jackson/S Alabama
Rd 5 – Josh Reynolds/WR Texas A&M
Rd 6 – JJ Dielman/OL Utah

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  • Spencer Krick

    Hey, not bad. Njoku and Rivers would be a pretty good 1-2.

  • Greg

    I really dont think Rivers is going to last until late round 2. EDGE guys typically rise, not fall.

  • Ike Evans

    I like it

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Is NJoku really worth a 1st rd when our defense is in need? Who should we get in 1st rd?

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    This is the best draft I’ve seen this far but I would switch the ol for a rb

  • george

    Yes but he goes down hill from there.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    If we can get rivers in the second I’m im on board with njoku in the 1st although I would’ve wanted obi/or cb

  • WreckIess

    Just another week until the mock drafts die out and get replaced by extremely early draft grades/win-loss predictions.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    As far as mock drafts go, this one isn’t as bad as most I’ve seen

  • Steve Johnson

    I would be ok with the first two picks. Not too thrilled about the CB/Safety selections. Too many quality CB’s to select Rasul.

  • Spencer Krick

    I like Biegel and Douglas. The trade was a bit odd, but I thought it was pretty okay.

  • SFIC

    I like it.

  • Biggie

    Interesting but don’t see Njoke being there and prefer to go TE later in deep class hitting defense with 3 of first 4 picks. See very little secondary help here and trade makes no sense, Reynolds is not lasting till RD 5, he may go high as early-mid 3rd and likely no later than bottom 4th.

  • Guest12

    If Njoku is on the board at 30, there is almost no reason why we should not select him. At 30, no matter who else is on the board, Njoku will be the BPA and with TE and a redzone target being a position of need, and his ability to be used in a few different ways, it would be crazy to pass him up. Don’t forget, having a great offense takes a lot of pressure off the defense

  • Guest12

    TJ Watt in the thumbnail but not selected in the mock.

  • BallHandling Hooker

    Njoku in the first would be nice if you could guarantee Rivers, Douglas, and Jackson all coming too. Not sure I’m as big a fan of Biegel as others.

    But considering most of the players I’d choose for the Steelers at 30 were gone, it’s good. Better Njoku than Peppers. Maybe TJ Watt.

    Instead of Biegel, I’d have gone Damontae Kazee who came off the board later.

    Joe Mathis in the 6th instead of JJ Dielman would be nice too.

  • tequila0341

    That’s Biegel. He played at Wisconsin too.

  • Delboka

    Njoku from Tennessee?

  • Doug

    That’s not TJ Watt

  • Matt Manzo

    Never thought of moving Beigel inside! I kinda like it! Seems smart enough to handle it.

  • Kysteeler

    I really like it!

  • Ni mo

    Yeah no defense still Douglas is not an upgrade over gay or cockrell

  • Phil Brenneman II

    TE in the first = automatic F but most of these mocks are terrible so what should we expect?

  • Dorian James

    Definitely not feeling TE as first overall. Defense defense defense

  • Ace

    user name checks out.

  • Ni mo

    Kevin king , obi melinfonwu , Marlon Humphrey , adoree Jackson , tre- white Any of them should be drafted at 30 not a TE they need to solidify this secondary

  • Boots

    I wonder how far Foster will slide due to his diluted sample positive combine drug test. I doubt it’s all the way to 30 but this is the kind of thing that creates a domino effect that can drop someone on our lap.

  • Rene Gonzalez

    A CB in the first and a TE in the third instead of Douglas would be sweet, only other concern is not drafting a RB.

  • S.T.

    Nothing our local media folks would enjoy more than for all of us to develop yet another communal obsession with moving an edge player to ILB. Not saying the idea is bad, but it might make a few beat writers’ heads explode.

  • S.T.

    Exactly. This is a good team, and good teams have the luxury of drafting BPA within reason, meaning from among the position groups that the roster needs. If an OL falls to 30, that isn’t the right pick, but a beast offensive weapon does nothing to derail plans to strengthen the pass rush and defensive backfield in a draft that goes deep on both fronts.

  • WreckIess

    Mayock says that he doesn’t see him dropping out of the top 10. A lot of teams aren’t concerned with a diluted test.

  • Chenz33

    Another mock that I hate. Nothing new here. I am completely opposed to Offense in the 1st. I don’t want to draft WR at all and we trade up to do it? Ugh. No thanks. I would absolutely LOVE Rivers in the 2nd if that could really happen.

  • Xi37

    Love Dale Lolley’s recent mock:

    1. Kevin King- CB (Wash)
    2. Rivers- EDGE (YSU)
    3. Tanoh Kpassagnon- EDGE (Nova)
    4. Akeem Hunt- RB (Toledo- i think?)

    That would be my ultimate start.

  • Alex Kozora

    Ha, my fault. Miami, of course. Corrected.

  • George Hareras

    I’d be doing backflips if that’s the draft, though I would swap Hunt for Conner

  • Shane Mitchell

    Fans that dont like mocks that dont address their teams perceived biggest need first round dont understand that there are not 30 players in this draft that are legit first round talents, they seem to think the draft has about 40 first round players or something. Very rarely does any draft have over 20-25 first round players in terms of talent. Basing every pick on need is a mistake, first you look at talent, if there is a player that drops that is one of those true first round talents you have to consider the pick, need is short term thinking in the long term you are looking at adding a potential all pro talent versus adding an average starter drafting by need. You can pick up players that are average starters in the NFL but the chance to add a potential all pro talent doesnt come along often especially when you are drafting at pick 30, I can count on one hand the players that have been selected at pick 30 in the history of the NFL draft and went on to become all-pro, drafting this late anyone that talented that drops to 30 is a gift.

  • John Phillips

    With Gronk getting injuries I can see the patriots grab this guy if he’s still there

  • SoCal Steeler

    I like the players at the front end, not sure about Biegel but I do like Jackson. I like most others on here would prefer one of the hybrid type safeties but Jackson would be an ok booby prize.
    As far as the TE in the 1st that’s not what I’d be looking to do but it could happen and if we get Njoku I could live with it.
    I don’t like Josh Reynolds as much as others do so I definitely wouldn’t give up a pick to move up for him. Just pick another WR, the Steelers always find one with talent. I.E. Robert Davis 6th Rd. or Francis Owusu as a UDFA and that 7th Rd. pick is reserved for Javancy Jones or Chad Kelly.

  • Rye Stye

    With what pick?

  • Ishmael D

    rather have carl lawson over rivers

  • SilverSteel

    It’s probably because everyone is talking about how “deep” this class is on defense and TEs.

  • SilverSteel

    This mock lacks the LBs and the CBs (double dip) I expected and still think we need. I would not mind a killer TE if we addressed our other needs appropriately. The 6th and 7th round picks are basically wasted.

  • SilverSteel

    And I will bet the organization will invest in a weapon for Ben and TE makes sense, but not in the first with all the good TEs available later.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Man, Rasul Douglas is attached to us this off-season like a bad case of the Erpa-derpa-lees!
    But it does give me another chance for a Roll Call…
    “This meeting of the Anti-Rasul Fan Club” is officially called to order!

    7 round mocks are hard, mmkay. But that doesn’t give you the right to completely botch the Steelers. I like Njoku as a player, but I’m sure the cost-benefit of taking him over a ton of Defensive guys just makes it an improper move. This TE class is deep. We can get a good one much later with some patience. Rivers in the 2nd is once again my favorite pick of a mock. Which makes me think I’m going to potentially be pretty let down on Thursday night as usual for me. And then it’ll rebound after whoever we pick on Friday.

    I actually like Vince Biegel too, but the “playing him Inside” concept may be a pipe dream. We already have one of him there, his name is Googly Eyes Williams. Eddie Jackson has more terrible lower body injuries than Lieutenant Dan. Torn ACL, broken leg, and he’s undersized as a former CB. Doesn’t want to hit or tackle much. And is one of my least favorite Safety prospects. Finish it off with 2 straight Offensive guys (losing a pick because we have to insanely trade up to get a WR), including O-Lineman, totally ignoring the RB position as if we currently own a stud backup to Bell, and you have the makings of one of the worst mocks for us that I have seen. Maybe not THE worst, but pretty close. Preeeetttyyyy close.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    The draft can’t come soon enough for me. At this point a 7 round mock, complete with trades(!) is utterly pointless. May as well start drawing up plans for colonizing Pluto while we’re at it.

  • Riverstko

    They never draft Alabama players.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    lol

  • H.K. northern cali

    Not a fan of this mock. Would like to see them trade out of the first rd.

  • Spencer Krick

    Not really high on King, but I love the other three.

  • Steel City Slim

    I’d be okay with this draft, but I’d rather get two edge guys.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I’m not even sure that the Steelers are looking at TE as a need and that we will even draft one so for me the 1st pick is bad. I do like Rivers but the Steelers just do not take FCS guys like that or even that early. I feel Hargrave was the anomally but even he went in the 3rd. The rest of the draft is just ok but if the first two picks are not good then its a bad draft.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    I love Josh Reynolds. I wouldn’t be mad if we picked him up in the 2nd. Dude screams Steelers wide out, and I honestly think he’s incredibly underrated

  • Jeremy McClurg

    I don’t think there is anything the Steelers could do in the first, that would piss me off. If they did draft Njoku, I’d be excited to see how the offense could do with that fire power.

  • jsteeler

    TE in the 1st Rd. Never happen. Defense 1st 4 picks. 1st rd. DE/OLB, 2nd Rd CB. 3rd Rd ILB and OLB.
    4th Rd BPA= TE/S, 5th Rd RB hopefully Conner will still be there. 6th Rd BPA WR/TE/OL 7th Rd BPA DE/OL. JMO

  • Alex Kozora

    Yes but it was traded in this mock.

  • The Truth

    One reason is he cannot block. Some others reasons are iffy hands and he is not very experienced as a TE. It seems like a risky pick in the first round. That and the fact the Steelers need defensive help early rather than later.

  • Mike Lloyd

    I saw this and just threw up in my mouth.
    Alex please fix this with your 7 rounder on Wednesday.
    I’m ok with Njoku and Rivers. I get it. Many people think he’s an elite talent…I just think you have to evaluate this TE class, there’s too much talent and value later to go TE 1st round…I do like Rivers alot however and wouldn’t be upset if he is here come next weekend‚Äč…
    Biegal? To play on words, he’s a dog with fleas… Matter of fact, get the flea dip, he’s infested…

  • Conserv_58

    I do not understand why draftnicks project the Steelers taking a TE with their first pick. Considering how deep the TE position is in this draft class it makes no sense to take one at #1.

    I don’t get the, Vince Beigel pick at all since they already have the same type of player, but a better alternative in Tyler Matakevich. I mean he was only the most highly decorated defensive player in last year’s draft class.

    As for the Eddie Jackson pick at #4 I’m on the fence here, mostly because I look at Alabama players with a sideways glance. Are they exceptionally gifted athletes or are they being rated higher than they should be based on the fact that they played for Alabama. They’re boom or bust.

    As for the comment that the Steelers haven’t shown much interest in the TE position they have shown interest in, Adam Shaheen whom I think is a perfect fit for them at 6′ 7″, 278 lbs., 4.7 forty, good hands and blocks well. He’s got Steelers’ player written all over him. He just might be available for them in the third round.

  • SilverSteel

    I would like that top 3 over this one

  • Sweetdick Willie

    Don’t necessarily agree with your assessment. Just off the top of my head I think of Leveon Bell, Stephon Ruitt as second round picks that have all pro written all over them. I’m sure I can go back no so far to find additional examples. But do agree with picking the best player possible theory and not just on need.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I am talking about at pick 30 of the first round of the draft specifically not every single pick in the history of the NFL beyond pick 30, you can look at the draft history and see the players that have gone at pick 30 of the NFL draft, it includes 3 guys that became all-pro players Sam Huff, Reggie Wayne and Keith Bullock. I am not saying we cant get a future all-pro but when you actually look at the list of players overall that were drafted at 30, it gives one a perspective of how hard it is to actually get an excellent player in the draft late first round, the odds are not in our favor and those odds go even further down if you draft for need ahead of talent late first round. If we draft for need we will likely get a “Ziggy Hood” type of player versus a Heath Miller. This is my point would you pass on Heath Miller to add a Ziggy Hood to the defense? Adding top talent is more important than filling a perceived need first round if you look beyond what you currently see on the roster. You have to look at the big picture and long term.

    A hypothetical question, Lets say we have a need at DE, Would you pass on a Heath Miller at 30 to add Ziggy Hood to your DLine right now?

    This is my point, you might be filling a need but you arent improving the team as much because one player at a position that might not seem as needy at the moment vastly out performs the other player over his career and contributes more than just filling a hole, you can fill holes with later picks and free agency but the chance to get a special player cant be passed up to fill a need first round.

  • BRUCE HAKE

    I agree with most of what you are saying. But there has to be some intermingling of the 2 concepts. To present my own scenario, what if the top flight RB slips to us at 30. And we take that RB, knowing that we have Bell and we realy need help in the secondary because Brady and the Patriots keep hanging us by our balls. And the next 3 rounds we adopt the same philosophy and we pass on pass rush and secondary help because an amazing TE & MLB were still on the board. In the end that diminishes our chances of competing with NE for the AFC championship. At some point in time “positional needs” need to be addressed to stay competitive.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Yes, I understand there needs to be a middle ground. Obviously we want to draft someone that can get on the field, it just doesnt have to be directly based on what some fans perceive as our biggest need first round, I read article after article of fans basically pigeonholing our pick into only two positions and thats not a good idea first round if a major talent is available at a position that might not look like our biggest need on paper to pass on a guy that has all pro talent.

    This should be the plan in the first round thats where you are looking to get a difference maker, If we had a top 15 pick sure we could fill our biggest need with a player whose talent corresponds to the need and position, but we are talking about pick 30 where the level of talent really starts to descend. the second and third day is when we should start weighing positional needs equal to talent available.

  • “WC”

    Dear Alex,

    Unless you watch games from each conference, that is if that’s possible, you won’t really have a good idea on much of anything.

    Mock drafts are pretty cool for the most part, but I just don’t know much about many of the players mentioned because I never really studied them or watched them play.

    Most of what you are able to see are highlights of their best games, but what about the games they are lets just say, not so great.

    Like many of you I enjoy the draft as well, but I will not really check it out until the draft has been completed. Just not my preference to watch all those hours of draft television.

    Best player available, no matter the position is food for thought, but the fans are hungry for play makers, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

    If you don’t learn from your mistakes, you are bound to repeat them or something like that.

    Injuries, suspensions and not playing up to your potential just allows your opponents to defeat you.

    Maybe it’s me, but I just get the feeling the AFC loss really gave the Steelers an idea of where they fell short, and I’m sure they are going to correct that.

    In a team sport all the principals must be on the same page. There can not be any lapses in execution, etc. If they are your opponent(s) will seize upon that opportunity and make you pay.

    Most people feel that if they can just get by New England, everything will be right in the world. However, it really doesn’t work that way unfortunately.

    To get to New England, providing they are there at the end, there’s a whole bunch of teams vying for the same opportunity, and they will be fighting tooth and nail to do just that.

    There are needs we can all agree on that. There are wants, most assuredly they are.

    When I hear players talk about being motivated and then go out and not perform to their potential, that’s when the fans really get ticked off because they expect more from their teams and that’s from the top on down.

    Rooney said they need more pressure and I get that. A fast, sure tackling, disciplined team that plays together can accomplish many things.

    With that said, if a sure fire prospect happens to fall, they might just draft said player(s) no matter what we think, so don’t be too upset if that happens.

    Drafting so low year in and year out, means that the team was pretty successful. Not the Title, but competitive none the less.

    Yes the quality of players drop considerably when the Steelers pick, but that does not mean there is no value there.

    The hard part is determining who those valuable player(s) are.

    So many players to choose from and only so many picks available to you.

    This is where the coaches, scouts and GM really have to make their money.

    Good luck to them.