You gained’t discover many mock drafts extra off the crushed path than this one from CBS Sports activities. Creator Chris Trapasso makes some, let’s consider, curious selections for the Pittsburgh Steelers in his newest, two-round version.
At #24 general, he has the Steelers taking Northwestern CB Greg Newsome. In explaining the choice, he writes:
“Newsome is a prolonged, loose-hipped outdoors nook who’d immediately enhance Pittsburgh’s secondary.”
Newsome is taken into account one of many higher corners on this class, however a reputation who’s persistently flown beneath the radar all through the draft course of. Standing in at 6002, 192 kilos, Newsome recorded 20 go deflections and one profession interception with the Wildcats. Leaving college a yr early, he performed in simply three video games in 2020. However Newsome broke up seven passes and recorded his lone profession choose. He examined off the charts at his Professional Day, operating a 4.39, leaping 40 inches within the vert, and posting 10’3″ within the broad leap.
In our scouting report, right here’s how we profiled Newsome.
“General, Newsome is a fringe first rounder if he exams properly at his Professional Day. With how properly he defends, strikes his hips and toes in protection, you’re getting a toolsy nook who will solely get higher… His aggressive fashion of play will seemingly draw some flags, particularly in his rookie season, and he has some tackling effort points to scrub up, but when taken on the proper worth, he may very well be the steal of the draft.”
However Newsome is a little bit of an unlikely alternative for the Steelers. There hasn’t been a lot dot-connecting in projecting him to Pittsburgh. And the workforce appears to be assured in Cam Sutton as an outdoor nook. A defensive participant or perhaps a cornerback can’t be totally dominated out at #24, however Newsome in all probability isn’t that man. Particularly given the very fact Mike Tomlin nor Kevin Colbert have been at his Professional Day.
Trapasso continues together with his defensive march within the second spherical, mocking Wake Forest DL/EDGE Carlos Basham at #55. He doesn’t present a proof for that choice or any Spherical 2 gamers. Weighing in at 6032, 274 kilos with almost 33-inch arms, Basham Jr. recorded 5 sacks in six video games for the Demon Deacons in 2020. He completed his school profession with 19.5 sacks, together with a single-season excessive of 10 in 2019. He additionally had 18.5 tackles for loss that season.
This was our absorb our scouting report of his recreation.
“Regardless, Basham will not be a yearly double-digit sack producer on the subsequent stage, however he has a excessive ground as a disruptive drive on the sting and can be a protected choose in a draft stuffed with unknowns this season.”
Basham Jr. isn’t a foul alternative for the Steelers, and EDGE is clearly a necessity for the workforce. It’s seemingly the primary defensive place they may deal with is outdoors linebacker. However going protection with back-to-back picks feels unfathomable at this level, given their offensive wants and mandate from Artwork Rooney II to repair the operating recreation. It’s tough to see operating again and middle not being addressed till Spherical 3 and Spherical 4.
On this mock, factors for originality. However a giant deduction on the “likeliness” scale.