Every draft the Pittsburgh Steelers throw as a curve ball or two. Selecting a player no one had any idea they had interest in. This post focuses on one potential Steelers sleeper pick from every round that could surprise us:
Round One: Caleb Farley – CB – Virginia Tech:
At the beginning of this draft process Caleb Farley looked like a lock as a top ten pick. After undergoing his second back surgery, we have seen his draft stock begin to drop however. It is not out of the realm of possibility that the Steelers could be looking at this elite corner prospect staring them in the face at 24. Kevin Colbert would have one hell of a decision to make if that were the case. After releasing one starter, and the other being 32 years of age, Pittsburgh would have a hard time passing on this kind of talent.
Round Two: Milton Williams – DT – Louisiana Tech
We took this player to the Steelers in our latest mock in the fourth round. Steelers Mock Draft 3.0: The Post Pro-Day Edition Unfortunately, he has risen up draft boards significantly in a very weak defensive tackle group.
How long can Kevin Colbert put off drafting the eventual replacement for Cam Heyward? We say not much longer which puts Milton Williams in play for the Steelers.
Round Three: Elerson Smith – Edge – Northern Iowa
Elerson Smith is a small school guy, with big time athletic traits. https://www.mockdraftable.com/player/elerson-smith
This edge class is not the strongest we have seen in recent years. Smith would be an excellent flyer to take in the third round. This team currently has no one behind TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith.
Round Four: Drew Dalman – C – Stanford
We know the Steelers haven’t spent a lot of draft capital on the Pac 10 in recent years. But if this team strikes out on the top three centers, Dalman would make a fine conciliation prize later in the draft. The Stanford center tested off the charts at his pro-day.
Round Six: Chris Evans – RB – Michigan
Everyone seems to have the Steelers selecting a running back in the first round this year. We are not so sure about that. If the team decides to wait, Chris Evans checks a lot of boxes for Pittsburgh. He is big (211 lbs), athletic, and comes from a power five school in Michigan. There are some character issues Kevin Colbert will need to hash out with this player. The risk is diminished however this late in the draft.
Round Seven: Jalen Camp – WR – Georgia Tech
How does a big (6’2” 226lbs), fast (4.43/40), and incredibly strong (30 reps on bench) strike you for a seventh round pick? Jalen Camp played at a school in Georgia Tech which is not known for its passing game. His numbers suffered greatly form this fact. Just on athletic traits alone Camp is worth a seventh round flyer.