With the win, the Steelers avoided what would have been their first losing season under head coach Mike Tomlin. However, it also cost them five spots in the draft as they could have drafted as high as 12th but will draft 17th, according to Dan Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com.
This marks the third time that the Steelers have a top-20 pick since Tomlin was named head coach in 2007.
Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert selected Lawrence Timmons with the 15th overall selection in 2007 and Maurkice Pouncey with the 18th selection in 2010. The Steelers will need a player who can make a similar impact with the 17th pick in this year’s draft.
Pittsburgh expects to lose a number of key players this offseason and will need to capitalize on its draft choices to replenish the roster.
Without any offseason moves to consider, here is an early full mock draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers.