Here we go with version 2.0 of me versus the Steelers. This comes after the NFL combine which was very eye opening. Many players improved their draft stock during this process. Nobody more then safety Obi Melifonwu who I had mocked to the Steelers in round 3. Now he will most likely not even be around when Pittsburgh picks in the first round after his jaw dropping results at the combine.
Steelers – Carl Lawson OLB Auburn – Sticking with the same choice as version 1.0 here. Pittsburgh has such a need at edge rusher it’s hard to see them going any other direction unless…….
Me – Budda Baker S Washington – Baker played safety in college, but he’s athletic enough to start right away at slot corner. He could fill that roll in Pittsburgh then transition to safety once Mitchell’s contract is up. This is a dynamic player who could instantly upgrade the Steelers secondary. I had Christian McCaffery in my first mock, but his combine results probably pushed him out of reach at pick 30.
Steelers – Cordrea Tankersly CB Clemson – A good size (6’1″) speed (4.4 40) combination who has the ability to play press-man coverage, Tankersley seems to be the type of corner the Steelers now covet. He could be a real steal at this point in round 2.
Me – Jordan Willis OLB Kansas St – Willis wasn’t on many people’s radar before rounds 3 or 4, but after he killed it at the combine he is now even getting some first round buzz. Ultimately I think he lands nicely to the Steelers in round 2 and gives them the young pass rusher they need so badly.
Steelers – Brad Kaaya QB Miami – I had the Steelers taking a quarterback in round three last time, and I do here again only it’s Kaaya not Davis Webb. Kayaa had the best combine of the second tier of quarterbacks, and seemed to distance himself from that group.
Me – Alex Anzalone – OLB Florida – Injuries concerns are the only thing keeping Anzalone out of the early first-late second round range. He missed more then 50% of his college games due to various ailments. He is though, a very good athlete with the size and speed to make an outstanding 3-4 outside linebacker. Definitely worth a shot in round 3.
Steelers – Wayne Gallman RB Clemson – Depth at running back needs to be addressed at point in the draft. Pittsburgh met with Gallman at the combine and seem to have some interest.
Me – Joe Mixon RB Oklahoma – Word is he is off some teams boards completely because of his off field issues. Oklahoma coaches insist he’s a good person who did something way out of character. Aside from this, Mixon may be the most talented back in this year’s draft. I roll the dice here and hope his coaches are right. If so, Steelers walk away with the steal of the draft.
Steelers – George Kittle TE Iowa – A very good blocking tight end who showed unexpected athleticism at the combine. Would be a nice insurance policy for Ladarius Green.
Me – Josh Jones S North Carolina St – Jones is a big hitting safety who would excel as a in the box type player. He also has 4.4 speed to go along with his willingness to bang around inside. The knock on him is being too aggressive at times. Sound like anyone we know? Think of a faster Mike Mitchell…. sign me up.