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Dulac Picks Peppers For Steelers In Annual L.A. Times Beat Writer Mock Draft

The Los Angeles Times held their annual NFL beat-writers’ mock draft on Thursday and you can see the pick-by-pick results below. If you would like to read the full explanations of each and every selection you can do so by following the link.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette picked for the Pittsburgh Steelers and he drafted Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers with the 30th overall selection and he writes:

The Steelers are looking for playmakers in the secondary who can cover the field. With so much sub package, Peppers would be the ideal fifth DB for now.

Peppers has showed up quite often as the Steelers first-round selection in several major media mock drafts as of late. Additionally, a few weeks ago, Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reported that Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is quite fond of Peppers.

“I can tell you at that 30th pick, GM Kevin Colbert loves Jabrill Peppers,” Kinkhabwala reported nine days ago during a television segment. “Will he actually be available, that of course will be the big question.”

Peppers, who measured in at this year’s scouting combine at 5107, 213-pounds, ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.46 seconds while in Indianapolis. Last season he registered 72 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and one interception as a linebacker. During his 2015 season as a defensive back, Peppers recorded 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and a career-high 10 defensed passes. He also played some running back at Michigan in addition to returning punts and kickoffs.

So, did Dulac choose wisely for the Steelers based on the way the first 29 picks went? Who would you have selected instead of Peppers? Let me know in the comments below.

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1Cleveland BrownsDE Myles Garrett, Texas A&MMary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer
2San Francisco 49ersDE Solomon Thomas, StanfordMatt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
3Chicago BearsFS Malik Hooker, Ohio StateRich Campbell, Chicago Tribune
4Jacksonville JaguarsDT Jonathan Allen, AlabamaRyan O’Halloran, Florida Times-Union
5Tennessee TitansSS Jamal Adams, LSUJason Wolf, The Tennesseean
6New York JetsCB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio StateBrian Costello, New York Post
7Los Angeles ChargersWR Mike Williams, ClemsonDan Woike, Los Angeles Times
8Carolina PanthersRB Leonard Fournette, LSUJoe Person, Charlotte Observer
9Cincinnati BengalsDE Derek Barnett, TennesseePaul Dehner, Cincinnati Enquirer
10Buffalo BillsQB Mitchell Trubisky, North CarolinaTim Graham, Buffalo News
11New Orleans SaintsOLB Haason Reddick, TempleJeff Duncan, New Orleans Times-Picayune
12Cleveland BrownsTE O.J. Howard, AlabamaJeff Schudel, News Herald
13Arizona CardinalsILB Reuben Foster, AlabamaKent Somers, Arizona Republic
14Philadelphia EaglesWR John Ross, WashingtonLes Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News
15Indianapolis ColtsOLB Takkarist McKinley, UCLAStephen Holder, Indianapolis Star
16Baltimore RavensWR Corey Davis, Western MichiganJeff Zrebeic, Baltimore Sun
17Washington RedskinsRB Christian McCaffrey, StanfordMaster Tesfatsion, Washington Post
18Tennessee TitansOL Forrest Lamp, Western KentuckyJason Wolf, Tennessean
19Tampa Bay BuccaneersRB Dalvin Cook, Florida StateRick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times
20Denver BroncosOT Garett Bolles, UtahMike Klis, 9News
21Detroit LionsDE Taco Charlton, MichiganDave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
22Miami DolphinsDT Malik McDowell, Michigan StateOmar Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
23New York GiantsTE David Njoku, MiamiTom Rock, Newsday
24Oakland RaidersILB Jarrad Davis, FloridaVic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle
25Houston TexansQB Patrick Mahomes, Texas TechJohn McClain, Houston Chronicle
26Seattle SeahawksCB Kevin King, WashingtonBob Condotta, Seattle Times
27Kansas City ChiefsQB Deshaun Watson, ClemsonTerez Paylor, Kansas City Star
28Dallas CowboysDE Charles Harris, MissouriCharean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
29Green Bay PackersOLB T.J. Watt, WisconsinPete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette
30Pittsburgh SteelersSS Jabrill Peppers, MichiganGerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
31Atlanta FalconsDE Carl Lawson, AuburnD. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
32New Orleans SaintsCB Tre’Davious White, LSULarry Holder, New Orleans Times-Picayune
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