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Final Steelers 7-Round Mock (Without Trades)

Round 1: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

I’ve seen multiple mocks with the Steelers taking Greedy Williams, I have mocked Byron Murphy to the Steelers before, Devin Bush won’t last, and Safety isn’t enough of a need for Darnell Savage. But there have been reports of a DK Metcalf slide to the latter end of the first round. He is the perfect deep threat to complement JuJu Smith-Schuster in the slot and James Washington on the opposite side. He is the long-term replacement for Antonio Brown, despite their different play styles, and if there is anyone who can make Metcalf succeed in the NFL, it’s Ben Roethlisberger.

Round 2: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

The Steelers clearly adore Chase Winovich and his motor/athleticism. He can be a situational pass rusher for now and eventually replace Bud Dupree on the EDGE. He hasn’t dropped back into coverage much throughout his college career, but his outstanding combine performance suggests he is a fluid mover who could succeed with some coaching.

Round 3: Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama

Mack Wilson is not the ideal inside linebacker for the Steelers but is solid value in the third. His poor athletic testing drops him into the 3rd round, but Wilson is instinctive in zone coverage and offers tremendous ball skills for a larger linebacker.

Round 3: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State

Montgomery is my RB1 in this draft, but he is clearly not getting the same love from the NFL teams. Concerns about his lack of a breakaway speed are real, but he reminds me of Le’Veon Bell. His contact balance, vision, and cuts are all similar to Bell’s, who didn’t really have that “next-level” speed either.

Round 4: David Long, CB, Michigan

David Long is one of the biggest sleeper cornerbacks in this draft class. He is outstanding in coverage, but was overshadowed by the likes of Devin Bush, Rashan Gary, and Chase Winovich on that Michigan defense. He might not be ready to start right away, but if Steven Nelson does not work out or if Joe Haden ages poorly, he could just find a starting role.

Round 5: Ben Burr-Kirven, ILB, Washington

Burr-Kirven is an athletic–if small–linebacker who plays with an absurd level of effort and tenacity. Burr-Kirven and Winovich could set a vital example to other teammates on how they should pursue and tackle the opposition. He’s more than capable in coverage and could fight for a starting job on Day 1, though it is more likely he starts out on special teams.

Round 6: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami

Sheldrick Redwine is a versatile safety who does really well in coverage. With Sean Davis being a weird unknown, Terrell Edmunds having was to go, and Morgan Burnett long gone, the Steelers really need some depth at the position. If Redwine lasts to the 6th round, he could be a steal.

Round 6: Alex Bars, OL, Notre Dame

Bars has been my favorite late round prospect for the Steelers for the last two months. I don’t know if he will last to the 6th-round but his versatility makes him the perfect backup for the Steelers. He can play all across the line, and he excels among the interior positions, which is especailly important because Ramon Foster and Maurkice Pouncey are aging.

Round 7: Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA

Caleb Wilson is the most underrated TE prospect in this draft class. I am convinced he could make a solid TE2 with some opportunities. He’s a solid route runner and has managed to produce in college even if he isn’t the most athletic. Could jump Xavier Grimble on the depth chart by the start of the season.

Round 7: Stephen Denmark, CB, Valdosta State

Typical Steelers late round guy. Uber-athletic, developmental guy with WR ball skills.

 

UDFA Class:

Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock

Jah’Shawn Johnson, S, Texas Tech

Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan

Matheiu Betts, EDGE, Laval

Brad Mayes, QB, Lehigh

Olive Sagapolu, DT, Wisconsin

Brian Peavy, CB, Iowa State

Chase McLaughlin, K, Illinois

Mac Loudermilk, P, Central Florida

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