The 2019 NFL mock draft is a little over twenty four hours away, so it’s time to get our final mock draft in. With every mock draft this year the disclaimer must be put in that if Devin Bush somehow makes it to the Steelers, he will undoubtedly be the pick. That seems more and more to be an unlikely scenario however. With Bush off the board, here’s the final mock draft for 2019:
ROUND 1: Greedy Williams – CB – LSU
Although he came in seventh on my draft chart formula (Steelers first round prediction formula), circumstances will dictate him being the choice. Bush, White, and Gary will be gone, and cornerback will take precedence over wide receiver and tight end. I just can’t envision the Pittsburgh Steelers passing on the best corner in the draft.
ROUND 2: Darnell Savage – S – Maryland
Ask yourself who is the third safety on the Steelers roster right now Marcus Allen? ……Jordan Dangerfield??? Safety is a bigger need than is being talked about right now for this team. Savage has the production (8 career int’s), and the athleticism (128.1 SPARQ) to be a top notch safety in this league. He could start right away as the team’s nickel safety. The only worry is whether he will last all the way to Pittsburgh in the second round.
ROUND 3A: Foster Moreau – TE – LSU
The more and more I dig into the draft, the higher I think Moreau could be drafted. I had the Steelers drafting Moreau in round five in my first mock draft, but I’m now convinced he will be long gone by then. His production was limited by a bad passing offense at LSU, but he tested off the charts at the combine. His SPARQ score of 131 was nearly identical to T J Hockenson who is widely regarded as a top ten pick in this draft. Moreau would be a steal as an early third round draft choice.
Round 3B: Miles Boykin – WR – Notre Dame
Miles Boykin has been in all three of my mock drafts this year. There is simply too much evidence that points to the Steelers loving this player. First and foremost, he had the number one SPARQ score in this class at 150.1. I am a true believer that Kevin Colbert and company value this metric as much as anything when evaluating talent. Add to that him being brought in for a pre-draft visit, and Colbert being at the Notre Dame pro-day. Boykin is as close to a lock to the Steelers as anyone in this draft.
ROUND 4: Vosean Joseph – LB – Florida
This is pretty much a hunch pick for me here. The Steelers all but ignored the Florida pro-day, and have shown no interest in Joseph through the pre-draft process. After missing out on on the top level athletic linebackers like Devin White and Devin Bush, this could be a very good consolation prize. Joseph has some extremely good tape, and some equally bad tape. He’s a player who’ll need time to develop, but his upside is tremendous. One scout described him from the NFL.com site as a “5” player who could turn into a “9”. That’s a pretty good gamble to take in round four.
ROUND 5: Mike Weber – RB – Ohio St.
The Steelers generally like their running backs big and powerful, but they may be looking for something different this time around. The team already has two big backs on the roster in James Conner and Jaylen Samuels. Weber gives them a speed option at the running back position with good production at Ohio St. This is a player who had 24 career touchdowns in his college career.
ROUND 6A: Armon Watts – DL – Arkansas
Steelers get some defensive line depth here with Watts. He had a breakout season in 2019 with seven sacks in his first year with any significant playing time. Watts is a large man at nearly 6’5″ and weighing in at 300lbs.
ROUND 6B: Jordan Brailford – EDGE – Oklahoma St.
We finally get an edge here in our mock draft. While I think this is an area of major need, the Steelers seem quite comfortable with the group they have. Brailford is a very good athlete (129.9 SPARQ), who Pittsburgh has shown some interest in.
ROUND 6C: Gary Jennings – WR – West Virginia With a very deep wide receiver class, Jennings will get pushed down the draft despite having some pretty good numbers. He had over 900 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns in 2018 to go a long with his 4.4 speed.
ROUND 7: Ulysees Gilbert III – LB – Akron
To make up for missing out on Devin Bush, the Steelers double dip at linebacker in this draft. Gilbert is again a very good athlete who should at least be a productive special teams player to start out.