Mock drafts are a fascinating exercise. There are actually two ways to approach doing a mock draft, whether you are an expert or just a fan. You can complete the mock based on whom you would draft for a given team. This is the “you are the GM” approach.
The other way to do a mock draft is to do it strictly as a prediction. You remove as much bias as you can about a particular player or franchise, and you simply try to put yourself in the head of that team’s GM. This sort of mock draft is an effort to closely reflect what will happen in May.
What constitutes an “expert” when it comes to the NFL draft depends on your point of view. There are certain stars of the NFL draft like ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. However, being the most recognized and the most publicized doesn’t necessarily make you the most qualified.
Draft coverage has become a huge media event in its own right. That means it needs entertainers. While many of the high-profile experts get the attention, there are scores of draft analysts and writers who put in their work and do a great job.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have some serious decisions to make in terms of the draft this year. Their fundamental needs at this point are cornerback, wide receiver, outside linebacker and defensive line. This really leaves the door open in terms of their first-round pick. But whom do the experts think the Steelers will take in the first round? Read on and find out.