Pittsburgh Steelers 7-Round Mock Draft 3.0
Since I have yet to master time travel, I will have to just deal with it and try my best to guess what the Steelers are planning on doing come draft day.
There will be many more mock drafts to come, but here is my third installment of the Steelers' seven-round mock draft.
Round 1 (17)
Current Pick: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Previous Mock Pick: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Even though the Steelers have re-signed Ramon Foster this offseason, I am still keeping Jonathan Cooper as the team's first-round pick.
If he is available, I just think he will definitely be the best available player and would immediately upgrade the offensive line.
With this pick, Ramon Foster would then compete for the right tackle spot and at worst add great depth to the offensive line.
Round 2 (48)
Current Pick: Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
Previous Mock Pick: Shawn Williams, S, Georgia
If a guy like Kansas State ILB Arthur Brown is still available at this point, I think the Steelers would definitely take him.
Unfortunately, I don’t really think he’ll fall that far, and there should be a lot of defensive line talent to be had in the second round.
I believe the team could move Steve McLendon to DE if it does not bring back Ziggy Hood after the 2013 season, and Brandon Williams would then be able to start.
Round 3 (79)
Current Pick: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
Previous Mock Pick: Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
After losing Will Allen and Ryan Mundy to free agency this offseason, the Steelers are going to be taking a safety at some point in this draft.
Shamarko Thomas had his stock rise after a solid combine, and depending on how the first two rounds play out, I could see him even going higher than this.
With Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu getting up in age, the Steelers need to start grooming replacements. Thomas would be able to sit and learn for at least one season.
Round 4 (115)
Current Pick: Brandon Jenkins, OLB, Florida State
Previous Mock Pick: Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
The Steelers' lack of a pass rush has been well documented, especially with the release of veteran James Harrison this offseason.
Although the team seems to have faith that Jason Worilds will be able to step up as the starter, that doesn’t mean it won’t look to add a young pass-rusher in the draft.
Brandon Jenkins is coming off an injury-lost season in 2012, but the one thing he brings to the table is an ability to rush the passer.
Round 5 (150)
Current Pick: Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
Previous Mock Pick: Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama
Whether or not the Steelers actually lose Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, I feel they will take at least one receiver in the draft.
Even with Sanders, the only receivers with any real experience on the roster are Antonio Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress.
Chris Harper has good hands, is tough and could develop into a decent No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in a couple of seasons.
Round 6 (186)
Current Pick: Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
Previous Mock Pick: Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
Although it’s not talked about as a high need position for the Steelers, the team is most likely going to select a defensive end at some point in this draft.
The Steelers could decide that Ziggy Hood is not the answer at DE, and Brett Keisel is most likely playing his last season with the team.
Joe Kruger is just the type of developmental defensive end they like to take late in the draft and groom into an eventual starter.
Round 6 Compensatory (206)
Current Pick: Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State
Previous Mock Pick: None
Well, the last time I did a mock draft the NFL had not given out the compensatory picks, and getting Rodney Smith in the sixth round would be a steal in my opinion.
Smith has very good hands, definitely has the height that fans have been wanting and has better speed than most give him credit for.
Round 7 (223)
Current Pick: Michael Mauti, ILB, Penn State
Previous Mock Pick: Michael Mauti, ILB, Penn State
There really is no reason to change my seventh-round pick from my previous mock, as no one knows who will actually be there at this point.
I’d rather the team take a shot at Michael Mauti, and if he can stay healthy, he could be a major contributor and a huge steal from the draft.