The Pittsburgh Steelers have some big questions to answer during this draft. Here I will cover how I think the Steelers mock draft will pan out.
We continue draft season here with a seven-round Steelers mock draft. The Steelers were able to get Ben Roethlisberger to restructure his contract, and it looks like they are getting one more season out of him. Their offensive line was decimated this off-season and their starting running back signed elsewhere. With a few question marks still on the defensive side of the football, the Steelers find themselves in murky water. Here is my Steelers mock draft — a full seven rounds, of how I think they will draft.
First Round, Pick #24 Overall – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (Best fit of the Steelers mock draft)
— Ray G 🏁 (@RayGQue) April 14, 2021
Najee Harris is a true three-down workhorse running back. He is a true grinder with tree trunks for legs who is very difficult to take down. Add in the fact that he has terrific hands in the receiving game and can come in and start day one. The Steelers have many holes to fill, but this fit is seamless and may be too hard to pass up. The Steelers just lost James Conner to free agency and Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland have not provided anything eye-popping. Drafting a cornerstone running back of this caliber would be smart for the Steelers.
Second Round, Pick #55 Overall – Landon Dickerson, Center, Alabama
Landon Dickerson is a high-powered offensive lineman who has spent time playing every position on the offensive line. He settled in and played some of his best ball, playing center for the National Champions Alabama Crimson Tide. Dickerson has incredibly strong hands and his hand speed after the snap engages him with defensive lineman first, keeping him and his blocks intact. David DeCastro is aging, and the Steelers lost Maurkice Pouncey to retirement and Matt Feiler to the Chargers. The offensive line needs to be addressed and in this Steelers mock draft, I start with the middle.
Third Round Pick, #88 Overall – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
Kyle Trask ➡️ Kadarius Toney
57 yards to the house 😤 pic.twitter.com/BIOId7APy9
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) October 3, 2020
Kyle Trask started the 2020 campaign as a Heisman candidate, though he tailed off towards the end of the year and finished with a horrendous bowl game. With that said, he showed some promise as a prospect. Trask is best with rhythm throws and a west coast style offense with the occasional deep shot. The Steelers are perfectly built for this type of quarterback with great short-area targets in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson, plus they added Chase Claypool who played well as a rookie. Trask is built like Roethlisberger — a stout frame who is hard to take down. With a year to learn, Trask could have the opportunity to run with the reigns as a starter.
Fourth Round, Pick #129 Overall – Shaka Toney, Edge, Penn State
Shaka Toney takes some of the tightest corners in college football pic.twitter.com/pcT9xdhG7G
— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) October 24, 2020
Shaka Toney is one of the most underrated edge prospects in this draft class. He was overlooked the past two seasons at Penn State by both Yetur Gross-Matos and Jayson Oweh. Low and behold, he outproduced both of them, yet is regarded as a much lower pick. This is mainly due to athleticism, but don’t be confused — Shaka Toney is incredibly athletic in his own right and led Penn State in sacks the past two seasons. The Steelers lost Bud Dupree this off-season, leaving Alex Highsmith to fill his role. They still need to add depth at the RB position because, after Highsmith, there isn’t much there. Toney is a great addition here in this Steelers mock draft.
Fourth Round, Pick #141 Overall – Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina (Favorite Pick Of the Steelers Mock Draft)
Israel Mukuamu really picked this with one hand 👀 pic.twitter.com/9uXX7g9SUw
— ESPN (@espn) October 3, 2020
Israel Mukuamu is one of my favorite cornerback prospects because of his length and versatility. Mukuamu played all across the secondary for the Gamecocks over his collegiate career. He played outside corner, nickel corner, deep safety, and box safety. He has shown very good ball skills with seven career interceptions and nine passes defended in 2019 alone. His 2020 campaign was a mixed bag due to injury, though he still came away with two interceptions. Mukuamu stands at 6’4″ and has a huge wingspan with solid athleticism. He can be plugged in anywhere on the Steelers’ secondary, a unit that was attacked often in 2020.
Sixth Round, Pick #217 Overall – Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia (Biggest Steelers Mock Draft Value)
I was impressed from my summer viewing of #WVU LB Tony Fields II and watching him in 2020 continues to confirm that. Made plays all over the field, from TFLs in the backfield to deflections in coverage.
Great situational blitzer who will be three down, ST contributor in NFL. pic.twitter.com/q6kNcqlDYe
— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) March 9, 2021
The Steelers are very thin at linebacker and it was a weak spot for the team last year, especially when Devin Bush tore his ACL. That left a group that consisted of Vince Williams, Avery Williamson, and Robert Spillane — not a group that strikes fear into opposing offenses. Fields, if anything, is a tackle machine with athleticism for the position. Over 47 games, he has racked up a total of 375 tackles with 21 tackles for a loss — almost eight tackles per game. Fields can provide some solid depth at the position while also contributing on special teams to start his career.
Seventh Round, Pick #247 Overall – Josh Ball, OT, Marshall
Josh Ball is an awesome developmental prospect at the tackle position. He offers good size and length with terrific athleticism. Ball has great anchor in his ankles and solid bend in his body that is hard for edge defenders to bend around, but he needs to bulk up and work on his punch and functional strength. Ball was dismissed from Florida State, so his technique could come across as an area of concern. The upside as a seventh-round pick with starting potential is enough to take a flyer on for me, though.
Seventh Round, Pick #256 Overall – Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois
It's no secret that I love Illinois WR Josh Imatorbhebhe. 46.5 inch vertical at his Pro Day. Excels at running fly routes and Bang 8's. Also a stout blocker. Needs some refinement but fits a lot of the Colts' WR criteria pic.twitter.com/7LFCiD2lxz
— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) April 13, 2021
Josh Imatorbhebhe is one of the most athletically imposing wide receivers in this year’s draft class. He has great size at 6’01” and 218 lbs and runs a modest 4.53-second 40-yard dash. Though his 40 isn’t all that impressive, his other measurables are off the chart. He had 24 repetitions on the bench press while boasting an 11’02” broad jump and an unbelievable 46.5″ vertical. He has not jumped off the stat sheet during his time in Illinois, never eclipsing 635 receiving yards, but he did register nine touchdowns in 2019. The Steelers were only able to lock up JuJu Smith-Schuster for one year and he enters free agency again in 2022. Imatorbhebhe is decent insurance in the case that Smith-Schuster leaves.
In this Steelers mock draft, they address the center of the offense with their first three picks. They finally land a primetime running back, something they have lacked since Le’Veon Bell. Then they draft Landon Dickerson in the second round to fill in for the retired Maurkice Pouncey. In the third round, I have the Steelers grabbing Kyle Trask to be the QB of the future to learn under Roethlisberger for a year.
With their next three picks, they bolster the defensive depth by adding a versatile and lanky corner, an impressive edge rusher, and a tackle machine of a linebacker. With the team’s two seventh-round picks, they take a flyer on a former Florida State recruit who ended up finishing his career at Marshall and a wide receiver with some tantalizing athletic traits. This draft should help set the Steelers up for life during and after Ben Roethlisberger.