By this time we are all pretty familiar with the first round prospects that might interest the Steelers in the upcoming NFL draft. Let’s take a deeper dive, and come up with five prospects the Steelers could draft in the later rounds:
1. Jonathan Mingo WR – Mississippi
As we’ve mentioned several times before, slot receiver is a low key major need for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Say what you will about Calvin Austin, this team can not go into next season with a player completely dependent on speed coming off a foot injury as their primary slot. Jonathan Mingo would give the team a much bigger option for the position. Mingo stands 6’2”, and weighs 220lbs. Even at that size, he ran a very impressive 4.46/40 yard dash.
He has been in for a pre-draft visit, confirming the team’s interest. This is a second to third round prospect who could greatly improve the Steelers wide receiver room.
2. Riley Moss CB – Iowa
Riley Moss checks a lot of boxes when it comes to Steelers draft interest. Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan were at his pro-day, and had a dinner meeting with him. Moss scored an incredible 9.67 RAS score. Elite scores like that are also coveted by the Steelers. If this team loses out at the top corners in the first round, don’t be surprised to hear Riley Moss’ name somewhere on day two of the draft. We had him going to Pittsburgh in our latest mock draft: Steelers mock draft 4.0: The pro-day version
3. Chandler Zavala G – NC St.
We’re not sure there is a real need at guard for Pittsburgh. After the free agent signings of both Isaac Seumalo, and Nate Herbig the Steelers are pretty set at this position. Still, when it comes to NC St. guard Chandler Zavala there is certainly a lot of smoke.
For starters, the team sent offensive line coach Pat Meyer to Zavala’s pro-day. Combine that with Zavala coming in for a pre-draft visit, and there is definite interest from the club. Don’t be surprised if guard is quite the crowded position for the Steelers when the 2023 draft is concluded.
4. Carter Warren OT – Pittsburgh
There are very obvious connections between Carter Warren, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. For one, he was Kenny Pickett’s left tackle his final year at Pitt. He met with the Steelers at the Shrine Bowl as well. Warren could give this team some much needed tackle depth in the third or fourth rounds of the draft.
5. Robert Beal EDGE – Georgia
Robert Beal is a late addition to the team’s topic pre-draft visit list. Beal certainly looks the part of a Steelers edge rusher. Standing nearly 6’4”, and weighing 247lbs with 34” arms is almost the prototype for Steelers outside linebackers. His production wasn’t all that great with only 2.5 sacks for a loaded Georgia defense. This would be a good flyer for edge depth/special teams help in the fourth-ish round.