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Jeremiah's Pick: Barkevious Mingo / OLB / LSU
Pittsburgh is always on the lookout for talented edge rushers and Mingo fits that profile. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but his get-off quickness has teams excited.
Dan Jeremiah's head is in the right place, but his wording is a little misguided. See, the Steelers have been known throughout the years for their pass-rushing prowess, but they rarely spend a high pick on an outside linebacker.
James Harrison was an undrafted free agent cut multiple times. Joey Porter and Jason Gildon were each selected in the third round while Greg Lloyd fell all the way to the sixth. In recent years, both LaMarr Woodley and Jason Worilds were taken in the second round.
With all that said, I personally think pass-rusher is the Steelers' No. 1 priority in this year's draft and with such a talented class, they've got a few options in the first round.
Barkevious Mingo isn't the most polished product, but he's got the ability to adapt to the game and different formations. His athleticism and lengthy frame could make him an instant contributor while he's still learning the system.
Like Richardson, Mingo is a very hot name right now and it would be a stone-cold-stunner to see him available when the Steelers pick at No. 17. But if he's there, Pittsburgh almost has to consider him.