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A Steelers 7-round Mock Draft with the No. 2 Overall Pick

According to recent rumors, there seems to be a solid possibility that Antonio Brown will be traded to the 49ers. Fans should hope that the Steelers can put together a package for the No. 2 overall pick, though that may be difficult. Here is a mock draft if the Steelers somehow finesse their way to the second pick:

Round 1, No.2 Overall: Nick Bosa, EDGE (Ohio State)– The Steelers can finally give up on their Bud Dupree project and find a top-tier pass rusher. They’ll take a hard look at Josh Allen because of his abilities in coverage, but if Bosa lasts till the second pick (expect a trade to No. 1 overall from a QB-needy team) he’ll be tremendous for  Pittsburgh. Just a couple years ago, if someone had said the Steelers had excellent pass rushers in Bosa and Watt on their roster, no one would have thought they’d be talking about Nick Bosa and T.J. Watt.

Round 1, No. 20 Overall: Hakeem Butler, WR (Iowa State) – With Antonio Brown gone, the Steelers will need to find a new outside receiver if they still want JuJu Smith-Schuster working out of the slot. At 6’6, Butler can supposedly run a 4.40 second 40 yard dash and be the deep threat and YAC player Martavis Bryant never was. D.K. Metcalf looks to be the top WR, prospect, though, and if he is available, he would make a lot of sense here.

Round 2: Devin Bush Jr., ILB (Michigan) – Bush is a hard-hitting, if undersized linebacker who moves well and is capable in coverage. He’s tough and gritty and could bring back a tenacity the Steelers’ defense hasn’t seen in years.

Round 3: Blace Brown, CB (Troy) – Brown is a small school cornerback, but he offers a ton of potential and can secure the CB-2 spot for the Steelers. He’s big enough to play outside and hopefully he can develop into Joe Haden’s long term replacement.

Round 4: Lester Cotton, OG (Alabama) – Cotton is a bigger bodied offensive guard who moves pretty well and can be Ramon Foster’s long-term replacement. He’s powerful and hopefully new OL coach Shaun Sarrett can develop him into a future starter.

Round 6 (1 of 2): Jah’Shawn Johnson, S (Texas Tech) – Perfect fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Super athletic, rangy safety who is versatile and can play all over the place. One of my favorite sleeper prospects who can make a Day 1-impact as a Special Teamer and should be able to work himself into a rotation at the Safety position.

Round 6 (2 of 2): Andrew Van Ginkel, EDGE/LB (Wisconsin) – Versatile linebacker/EDGE rusher who isn’t much of a pass rusher at all but is outstanding in coverage. With Bud Dupree likely gone and Nick Bosa not being known for his coverage skills, Ginkel can be the perfect rotational starter on clear passing situations and 3 & Long’s. Great fit and a former teammate of T.J. Watt.

Round 7: Wes Hills, RB (Slippery Rock) – Hills is a super-sleeper out of a small school, but he offers more potential than one may initially expect. He transferred down Delaware and played really well at Slippery Rock, though against questionable opposition. At 6’2, 225 lbs, he managed over 1,700 yards and even 28 receptions (while missing two full games and parts of three others). He could be the perfect 3rd running back to replace Steven Ridley.

 

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