After the first month of the season, it appeared as though the Pittsburgh Steelers could be drafting in the top 10. That was not the case as they recovered from their 0-4 start to win eight of their final 12 games.
It may not have been enough to get them into the playoffs, but the Steelers strong finish does provide hope for the 2014 season. A major part of getting back into the NFL’s postseason will be making the most of their relatively high spot in the draft.
For the fourth time since Mike Tomlin took over as head coach in 2007, the Steelers will be drafting in the top 20. Previous selections include Lawrence Timmons (15th overall in 2007), Maurkice Pouncey (18th overall in 2010) and Jarvis Jones (17th overall in 2013).
The Tomlin and Kevin Colbert duo has been criticized for their draft in recent years, particularly with only one player remaining from the 2008 and 2009 drafts; however, the two have improved in recent years by finding quality players, including Cameron Heyward, David DeCastro, Kelvin Beachum and Le’Veon Bell.
We may be nearly five months away from the draft, and a lot of transactions will happen between now and then, but it is never too early to preview who the Steelers will select come May.
A note for this mock draft: To provide structure for this mock, I used Matt Miller’s full 7-round mock draft, which just so happens to be excellent for the Steelers. Any player that is available at each selection for the Steelers is eligible to be taken in my mock.