With the Professional Day circuit wrapping up and all of the marquee ones performed for this draft season, I wished to replace my Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 mock draft. This one positively went in a special path than the earlier two. However hopefully you guys like the trail I’ve chosen right here.
As all the time, let me know your ideas under and what you’ll do in another way.
The subsequent one will likely be my closing prediction for the 2021 draft.
Spherical One (#24 General): Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah/LB Notre Dame – 6’1/4 221
Evaluation: Slightly shocking, I do know, seeing a defensive participant at #24. But when JOK slips a bit, and the rise of somebody like Kentucky LB Jamin Davis may trigger it, the Steelers would possibly have the ability to ignore their offensive wants. If the Steelers are going to maintain residing in a world of matching up linebackers on huge receivers, you higher have top-tier athletes who can provide the finest matchup attainable.
JOK, after all, isn’t only a linebacker. He’s able to lining up everywhere in the protection. Linebacker, slot, some form of sub-package security. Positionless soccer has its clear advantages although Mike Tomlin and firm will nonetheless must provide you with an outlined gameplan for him and the way he’ll match within the scheme. However he might be a solution to lots of options, one thing much more essential now that Cam Sutton’s position figures to be extra static than it was final season. Beforehand, he was the “solutions” man because the sixth DB.
Owusu-Koramoah is a top-level athlete (36.5 inch vert, 10’4″ broad, 6.8 three cone) from a Energy 5 faculty with good manufacturing. 24.5 TFL, seven sacks, and 5 compelled fumbles the final two years. Based mostly off his Professional Day interview, he has an amazing character and good character. The dialog with him was entertaining and he even broke into Portuguese when a few Brazilian reporters requested him questions. Although he’s a senior, he’s nonetheless simply 21 years previous, making for an fascinating mix of expertise and youth, although he primarily solely performed two seasons for Notre Dame.
Once more, that is on the low-end of the place he’s projected to be taken. However it’s not a pipe dream both. This Rotoworld mock has him slotted twenty eighth, this one from CBS twenty ninth general, and this Yahoo! prediction twenty seventh. In a 12 months the place there’s loads of expertise at QB (5 going within the prime 10), offensive sort out, receiver, and even a high-end tight finish, it pushes different guys down the board.
Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert had been additionally at his Professional Day, a vital field checked with regards to their first spherical picks. After the exercise, Tomlin stated he hoped to get one other Combating Irish on this draft simply as he did with Stephon Tuitt and Chase Claypool. He will get his want.
Others Thought of: RB Najee Harris, RB Travis Etienne, C Landon Dickerson, CB Asante Samuel Jr.
Spherical Two (#55 General): Josh Myers/C Ohio State – 6’5/2 310
Right here’s an fascinating comparability.
Josh Myers: 6’5/2, 310 kilos, 32 inch arms, 10 3/8 inch arms, 29 reps bench
Maurkice Pouncey: 6’4/4, 304 kilos, 32 1/2 inch arms, 10 inch arms, 27 reps bench
Now, I’m not saying they’re 1:1 prospects. They aren’t. Pouncey was a greater athlete, Myers is extra of a highway grader. However from a measurement profile, they’re very related. Drafting Myers addresses arguably the largest want on the roster, heart, and affirms Artwork Rooney II’s mandate of bettering the run sport. He’s a robust run blocker and nonetheless rising. Only a two-year starter who declared for the draft after his junior season. Potential plug ‘n play heart with the scale to play guard at any level in his profession if he must. Pittsburgh doesn’t do properly with undersized guards.
Possibly this feels slightly early. However draft boards will likely be everywhere in the map. And if he’s your man, you get your man.
Myers comes from an elite faculty and an athletic household. His mother is within the Dayton Corridor of Fame for basketball. His brother performed for Kentucky and his father, Brad, performed for the Wildcats within the 80s. One totally random piece of data is I imagine Steelers’ defensive position coach Karl Dunbar performed towards Brad Myers whereas Dunbar was at LSU in 1986 and 1987. Marvel if that’s a nugget of a draft story that might ever come up. However the Steelers love soccer bloodlines and Myers matches who they’re searching for.
Others Thought of: CB Aaron Robinson, ILB Baron Browning, QB Kellen Mond
Spherical Three (#87 General): Trey Sermon/RB Ohio State – 6’0/3 215
Evaluation: Later than possibly most of us anticipate this group to take a operating again. Right here’s the factor. In the event you don’t get one at #24, it’s onerous to discover a title who matches at #55. North Carolina’s Javonte Williams is logical and he may very well be there at that decide however I don’t assume these odds are very excessive. Three RBs are in all probability going within the prime 50. So it’s sensible to attend one other spherical on the place. Addressing heart with a better grade makes extra sense anyway.
Sermon jogs my memory of James Conner. Good measurement, manufacturing, not used a ton within the go sport, however Sermon examined significantly better than Conner did. Sermon may convey a mix of measurement and explosiveness to a Steelers’ run sport searching for a lead again. He additionally doesn’t have lots of tread on his tires. Solely as soon as did he have greater than 150 carries in a single season. The questions encompass him is general manufacturing and a few sturdiness worries. However he’s one of the best of the bunch.
Others Thought of: C Quinn Meinerz, OT Spencer Brown, RB Kenneth Gainwell
Spherical 4 (#128 General): Victor Dimukeje/EDGE Duke – 6’1/4 262
Evaluation: Flipping again to protection to deal with some of the underrated areas of want for this group. Exterior linebacker. Actually nothing behind TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith. Sadly, this EDGE class is weak and it’s onerous to search out many ideally suited choices in any spherical. Dimukeje has been a constant go rusher throughout 4 seasons at Duke, recording 7.5 sacks in 2020 to provide him 21.5 for his profession. He’s on the stocky facet which is usually how the Steelers draft them, weighing in at 6’1/4, 262 kilos. He has good size (33 1/8 inch arms) with a 34.5 inch vert and seven.09 three cone. He doubtless begins the 12 months because the #3 exterior linebacker, for higher or worse.
Others Thought of: Janarius Robinson, LB Derrick Barnes, DB Ar’Darius Washington
Spherical 4 (#140 General): Shakur Brown/CB Michigan State – 5’9/6 185
Evaluation: Brown doesn’t have a ton of beginning expertise however he got here on sturdy in 2020. Final 12 months, he picked off 5 passes and broke up 4 extra. A playmaker, he is aware of what to do with the soccer in his arms. His seven profession INTs averaged over 26 yards per return and even for those who take away his 69 yard decide six his freshman 12 months, that quantity nonetheless sits at 19 yards.
He’s undersized and didn’t take a look at properly at his Professional Day, operating within the low 4.6’s however Mike Hilton nor Cam Sutton had been wonderful athletes and so they’ve succeeded within the slot. That’s the place Brown ought to slot in on the NFL stage. I choose having Sutton on the skin extra usually anyway.
Others Thought of: EDGE Elerson Smith, EDGE Daelin Hayes, OC Kendrick Inexperienced, OC Robert Hainsey
Spherical Six (#216 General): Jaylon Moore/OT Western Michigan – 6’4/1 311
Evaluation: Lastly swooping in for an offensive sort out after the lengthy wait from the 4th to sixth spherical. Moore is a powerful developmental prospect worthy of baseline comparisons to Chukwuma Okorafor. Moore really changed Okorafor at LT in school and the 2 are nonetheless good mates.
Moore examined properly at his Professional Day exercise, highlighted by a 30 inch vertical and 27 reps on the bench press. General, he’s a plus athlete who exhibits some nasty within the run sport, although he must get stronger to generate extra of a push. He performed in 2020 and I believed had a pleasant week down on the Senior Bowl. He may sit for his rookie season and, once more, change Okorafor in 2022. Okorafor is coming into the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract.
Others Thought of: TE John Bates, WR Cornell Powell, OT James Hudson
Spherical Seven (#245 General): Luke Farrell/TE Ohio State – 6’5/4 251
Evaluation: Ready manner late to deal with a decent finish however the Steelers don’t have sufficient picks to repair all their wants on Day 1 and a couple of. Farrell was barely used within the go sport in school, catching solely 9 passes during the last two years (he did play in solely ten video games however nonetheless). He was primarily a blocker. However he examined properly at his Professional Day exercise, suggesting he may make extra of an impression as a receiver on the subsequent stage. Pittsburgh is in determined want for a #2 tight finish. Farrell may need to be that man instantly.
Others Thought of: TE Shaun Beyer, LB KJ Britt, P Max Duffy
Spherical Seven (#254 General): Trevon Grimes/WR Florida – 6’4 220
Evaluation: It wouldn’t be a Kevin Colbert mock draft with out taking a large receiver. Grimes was a downfield, jump-ball participant at Florida, averaging almost 15 yards per catch in his profession. Broke out in 2020 catching 9 TDs from Kyle Trask. Steelers appear more likely to draft gamers who’ve 2020 tape and Grimes does. Some Dallas Baker (the Landing Maker) vibes from years in the past.
Grimes may spend the 12 months on the follow squad and compete for the 53 a 12 months from now, particularly if James Washington exits. 2021 is the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract. These two have an identical skillset however I would like Grimes even higher as a “go get it” receiver because the Z within the Steelers’ receiver.
Others Thought of: QB KJ Costello, DB/RET Avery Williams, WR Jacob Harris