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Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft 2.0

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2017 Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft

As the 2017 NFL Draft is just weeks away, it is time for my second Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft.  There are some very significant changes since my first mock draft. For the Steelers, they are just a few pieces away from winning their seventh Super Bowl.  They have major holes to fill on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.  This year’s draft holds a ton of talent from which the Steelers could find their missing pieces.

First Round (Pick #30): Takkarist McKinley- OLB/DE, UCLA

With Jarvis Jones leaving for Arizona and James Harrison nearing the end of his career, the Steelers will need to add another edge rusher to their defense.  With that being said, with their first round selection in my Steelers mock draft, I have them drafting for this position.  Originally, I had the Steelers selecting Haason Reddick from Temple but with his rising stock, he probably won’t be available.  With Reddick being off the board, the next best fit will be McKinley, a 6’2″, 250 pound edge rusher out of UCLA.  McKinley had a tremendous senior year for the Bruins, finishing with 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and 6 pass breakups.  Those numbers earned him first- team All-Pac 12 honors.  I would expect McKinley to play off the edge at outside linebacker for the Steelers, as him and Bud Dupree would be a lethal pass rushing tandem.

Previous Selection: Haason Reddick- LB, Temple

Also Considered: TJ Watt (OLB, Wisconsin), David Njoku (TE, Miami), Jabrill Peppers (S/OLB. Michigan)

Second Round (Pick #62): Marcus Williams- S, Utah

With the second round pick in my Steelers mock draft, I have them gaining some much needed help in the seondary.  In last year’s draft, the Steelers found a very reliable rookie strong safety in Sean Davis.  However, the Steelers still need to find a reliable option at free safety to play alongside Davis as Mike Mitchell is getting older and less productive.  Marcus Williams, a 6’1″. 202 pound safety out of Utah would fit this need perfectly.  Williams was a very effective four-year starter at safety for the Utes.  He had to miss some of the 2016 season but still managed to finish with 64 tackles, 5 interceptions, and three pass breakups.  Those stats were impressive enough to earn Williams second-team All- Pac 12 honors.  If he’s able to stay healthy, Williams and Davis would be an outstanding duo in the secondary for many years to come in Pittsburgh.

Previous Selection: Teez Tabor- CB, Florida

Also Considered: Fabin Moreau (CB, UCLA), Chris Wormley (DE, Michigan), Adoree’ Jackson (CB, USC)

Third Round (Pick #94): Jake Butt- TE, Michigan

With their first third round selection in my Steelers mock draft, I have Pittsburgh gaining a tremendous weapon in the passing game.  As Ben Roethlisberger has recently came out and said, he needs some more help on offense, particularly at tight end.  Jake Butt, a 6’5″, 246 pound tight end from Michigan would be a perfect fit.  Butt had a tremendous career at Michigan, in which he had two consecutive seasons receiving second-team All-American honors.  In his senior season. Butt finished with 46 receptions for 546 yards and four touchdowns.  Those numbers earned him the Big Ten Tight End Of The Year award for the second consecutive season. Unfortunately for Butt, he tore his ACL in the Citrus Bowl, which has caused his stock to fall. Butt is a first round talent that could be a steal for the Steelers in a middle round of the draft.

Previous Selection: Marcus Maye- S, Florida

Also Considered: Cameron Sutton (CB, Tennessee), Justin Evans (S, Texas A&M), Dede Westbrook (WR, Oklahoma)

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

Although Roethlisberger has already announced that he is coming back next season, it is time for the Steelers to look for their quarterback of the future.  With their second third round selection in my Steelers mock draft, I am sticking with my pick from my original mock draft.  If chosen, Brad Kaaya could be the quarterback of the future for the Pittsburgh Steelers (see-  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.

Previous Selection: Brad Kaaya- QB, Miami (FL)

Also Considered: D’Onta Foreman (RB, Texas), Elijah Qualls (DT, Washington), Davis Webb (QB, California)

Fourth Round (Pick #135): Wayne Gallman- RB, Clemson

The Pittsburgh Steelers have arguably the best running back in the league in Le’Veon Bell.  However, he could use a backup to take some of the workload off his shoulders.  With DeAngelo Williams likely moving on in free agency, the Steelers need to add some depth to their backfield.  With their fourth round selection in my Steelers mock draft, I have them drafting Wayne Gallman out of Clemson.  Gallman, a 6’0″, 215 pound back, was a key piece to Clemson’s 2016 title run.  In his final season with the Tigers, Gallman rushed for 1,002 yards and 15 touchdowns.  Those numbers earned Gallman second-team All-ACC honors.  Gallman would be a great fit as he can be productive in the passing game as well while giving Bell some breaks.

Previous Selection: Tanoh Kpassagnon- DE, Villanova

Also Considered: KD Cannon (WR, Baylor), Duke Riley (LB, LSU), Jourdan Lewis (CB, Michigan)

Fifth Round (Pick #173): Corn Elder- CB, Miami (FL)

With their fifth round selection in my Steelers mock draft, I have Pittsburgh gaining some more help in the secondary.  Corner back Artie Burns showed a ton of potential in his rookie season and now the Steelers must find some talent to play alongside him.  Corn Elder, a 5’10”, 183 pound corner back from Miami would be a great fit in the Steelers secondary.  Elder was originally a running back but was moved to defense due to his size and aggressiveness.  In his senior season for the Hurricanes, Elder finished with 76 tackles, 4,5 tackles for loss, one interception, and 12 pass breakups.  These numbers earned him first-team All-ACC honors.  Elder could have great success both on the outside and as the nickel and could also find a spot on special teams with his tremendous speed.

Previous Selection: Charles Walker- DT, Oklahoma

Also Considered: Damontae Kazee (CB, San Diego State), Jonathan Ford (S, Auburn), Jeremy Sprinkle (TE, Arkansas)

Sixth Round (Pick #213): Stevie Tu’ikolovatu- DT, USC

The interior of Pittsburgh’s defensive line is an area that lacks depth and could use a lot of work.  In the sixth round of my Steelers mock draft, I have them selecting Stevie Tu’ikolovatu from USC.  “Big Stevie”, a 6’1″, 331 pound defensive tackle would be a great fit for the Steelers defense. After originally playing for Utah, he decided to transfer to USC for his final season.  For the Trojans, he accumulated 53 tackles and two tackles for loss, which earned him second-team All-Pac 12 honors.  Tu’ikolovatu would be a great addition that could be in the rotation early as the Steelers have a tremendous lack of experience on the interior of the defensive line.

Previous Selection: TJ Logan- RB, North Carolina

Also Considered: Josh Harvey-Clemons (S, Louisville), Michael Roberts (TE, Toledo), Ryan Switzer (WR, North Carolina)

Seventh Round (Pick #258): Bryan Cox Jr.- DE, Florida

As I just mentioned, the Steelers defensive line has a severe lack of depth.  This is not only true in the interior, but at the ends as well.  In the seventh round of my Steelers mock draft, I have them selecting defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. from Florida.  Cox, a 6’3″, 265 pound defensive end had an up and down career while at Florida.  He started for three years and had a lot of success his sophomore and junior seasons for the Gators.  Cox was hit with injuries in his final season, allowing him to finish with only 19 tackles. 2.5 tackles for loss , and 0.5  sacks in 11 games.  Although those are sub par numbers, Cox is still a player that could have tremendous potential and get into the defensive line rotation early if healthy.

Previous Selection: Pharaoh Brown- TE, Oregon

Also Considered: Scott Orndoff (TE, Pittsburgh), Ben Boulware (LB, Clemson), Damore’ea Stringfellow (WR, Ole Miss)

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