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Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 Mock Draft

Going into the 2017-18 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be the favorite to win the AFC North. However, their goal will be to win their seventh Super Bowl.  As this past season showed, they a just a few pieces away from reaching this goal.  Those pieces could very likely be found in the 2017 NFL Draft

First Round (Pick #30): Haason Reddick- LB, Temple

With the departures of linebackers Lawrence Timmons (Miami) and Jarvis Jones (Arizona), the Steelers will need to add some depth to the position. If available at #30, Haason Reddick of Temple would be a great fit.  In his senior season at Temple, Reddick accumulated 22.5 tackles per loss and 10.5 sacks.  These stats earned him first team All-AAC honors and an invite to play in the Senior Bowl.  Reddick could play off the edge for the Steelers and also has the ability to move into the inside linebacker spot if needed.

Other players considered: Jabrill Peppers (S, Michigan), Tim Williams (OLB, Alabama), John Ross (WR, Washington)

Second Round (Pick #62): Teez Tabor- CB, Florida

The secondary of the Pittsburgh Steelers has shown as a weakness in the past few seasons.  This is due to lack of experience, lack of depth, and injuries.  In last year’s draft, Pittsburgh found a solid corner in Artie Burns and now he needs someone to play alongside him.  If he falls to the second round, Teez Tabor would be a steal for the Steelers.  In his final season with the Gators, Tabor finished with four interceptions and six pass break ups.  These numbers earned Tabor first-team All-SEC and third-team All-American honors.  Tabor would give the Steelers a very strong cover corner who could defend on the outside and in the slot.

Other players considered: Desmond King (S, Iowa), Adoree’ Jackson (CB, USC), Dalvin Tomlinson (DT, Alabama)

Third Round (Pick #94): Marcus Maye- S, Florida

With their first of two third round picks, the Steelers add another member of the Florida Gators’ secondary.  Marcus Maye would provide a great option at safety to play alongside Sean Davis.  Maye was a three-year starter at Florida, earning first-team All-American honors as a junior.  In his senior season, Maye finished with 50 tackles, one interception, and six pass break ups.  Unfortunately, his season ended four games early after he broke his arm.  However, he still earned second-team All-SEC honors.  Maye would be a steal for the Steelers who could contribute immediately.

Other players considered: Justin Evans (S, Texas A&M), Jake Butt (TE, Michigan), Davis Webb (QB, California)

Third Round (Pick #105): Brad Kaaya- QB, Miami(FL)

With Ben Roethlisberger likely only having a few seasons left at most, the Steelers need to start looking for their quarterback of the future.  I strongly believe that Brad Kaaya is the most underrated QB in this draft.  Kaaya was a three-year starter at Miami and improved significantly in each season.  In his final season with the Hurricanes, Kaaya had a 62% completion percentage and threw for over 3,500 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions.  Kaaya would be a great player to bring in and learn from Roethlisberger and then take the reigns when his time comes.

Other players considered: Cameron Sutton (CB, Tennessee), Joe Mixon (RB, Oklahoma), Elijah Qualls (DT, Washington)

Fourth Round (Pick #135): Tanoh Kpassagnon- DE, Villanova

The defensive line is another position group on defense that the Steelers need to add depth to.  Defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon is a mid-round talent that would be a great fit for the Steelers.  Measuring at 6’7″, 289 pounds, Kpassagnon was a force for the Wildcats.  In his senior season, he finished with 21.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.  These outstanding numbers earned him first-team FCS All-American honors and an invite to play in the Senior Bowl.  Kpassagnon is a player who would be in the rotation right away and who could possibly move into a starting spot as Stephon Tuitt is in the final year of his contract.

Other players considered: KD Cannon (WR, Baylor), Duke Riley (LB, LSU), Wayne Gallman (RB, Clemson)

Fifth Round (Pick #173): Charles Walker- DT, Oklahoma

As I just mentioned, the Steelers need to add depth to their defensive line.  This is especially true on the interior.  Charles Walker is a player who would fit this need perfectly for Pittsburgh.  Unfortunately, Walker was sidelined halfway through the 2016 season due to his third concussion.  However, he was very productive for the Sooners.  In the 2015 season, Walker finished with 10 tackles for loss and six sacks, which earned him second-team All-Big 12 Honors.  Walker could be an outstanding defensive tackle to add into the rotation with Javon Hargrave and Daniel McCullers.

Other players considered: Jeremy Sprinkle (TE, Arkansas), Artavis Scott (WR, Clemson), Jermaine Eluemanor (OG, Texas A&M)

Sixth Round (Pick #213): TJ Logan- RB, North Carolina

With Deangelo Williams possibly moving on this offseason, the Steelers need to add some depth at running back.  TJ Logan is a late-round talent that could fit this need.  In his senior season for the Tarheels, Logan was the #2 back behind Elijah Hood but still finished with 675 yards and seven touchdowns rushing. The area that Logan could contribute to the Steelers right away is in the return game.  In the 2016 season, Logan had two touchdowns on kick returns.  Logan would add great speed, whether it be in the kick return game or in the open field on offense, as he ran a 4.37 forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine.  Logan is a player who won’t get many carries right away but could still be a great contributor in other areas while he develops.

Other players considered: Josh Harvey-Clemons (S, Louisville), Stevie Tu’ikolovatu (DT, USC), Michael Roberts (TE, Toledo)

Seventh Round (Pick #258): Pharaoh Brown- TE, Oregon

Tight end is a position for the Steelers that has been a rotational job since the retirement of Heath Miller.  Pharaoh Brown is a player that has some baggage but could also be very good.  Brown had troubles at Oregon with both character issues and major injury concerns.  However, he did show some signs of promise for the Ducks.  Brown had a very serious leg injury in 2014 in which he almost had to have his leg amputated but returned to the field in 2016.  In the 2016 season, Brown finished with 33 receptions for 426 yards and five touchdowns.  These stats earned him first-team All-Pac 12 honors.  Brown is a player who probably won’t play right away but could have a huge upside if he can develop and stay healthy

Other players considered: Jonathan Ford (S, Auburn), Ben Boulware (LB, Clemson), Damore’ea Stringfellow (WR, Ole Miss)

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