I know that this is not the Steelers “Best Player Available” way, but I took a shot at a mock based on what can be inferred about what the Steelers see as their positional needs based upon who they brought in for visits (e.g. no safeties but surprising multiple OLB and TE prospects), and where the depth tiers are in the draft. It’s a bit different from other Steeler mocks but addresses all inferred needs on a value basis, and at least one of the identified players should be there when the Steelers pick.
1. Trade down for a 3rd, then take OLB Andre Branch or Nick Perry
2. LT/RT Mitchell Schwartz or Zebrie Sanders– both have the ability to back up both Gilbert and Colon
3. TE Ladarius Green or Michael Egnew – don’t see much difference between these guys and Fleener, they have similiar measurables but didn’t have Luck throwing to them
(Extra 3 from trade down in first round) – ILB Bobbie Wagner, Mychal Kendricks, James-Michael Johnson, or Emmanual Acho
4. G Brandon Washington, Joe Looney, or Lucas Nix.
5. NT Hebron Fangupo or Nickolas Jean-Baptiste – big middle cloggers with some decent college production, unlike Poe, and had good post-season performance
6. CB Chase Minnifield (Virginia, said to be dropping), Keith Tandy (WVU), or Chris Greenwood (Albion)
7. If no trade down in the first round, then ILB Adrien Cole (La Tech) or Jerrell Harris (Alabama).
Otherwise take another OL – Derek Dennis (Temple), Kelvin Beachum (SMU), Robert Griffin (Baylor), or Jaymes Brooks (VT) all have some upside.
7A WR Toney Clemons (Colarado) or Keshawn Martin (Michigan State). Clemons has Wallace-type speed, Martin is a good punt returner.
7B RB Lennon Creer (La Tech), Jewel Hampton (Southern Ill.), Brandon Bolden (Mississippi), or Ryan Houston (NC). The Steelers brought in Isaiah Pead and LaMichael James for visits, but they are likely round 2-3 picks, too high for a RB, and especially with all other needs. This is a diverse group of runners, all with some potential to play in the NFL. Creer is a solid all around back, Hampton is similar to LaMichael James, Bolden has enormous upside, and Houston is Willie Parker 2.0, bruiser version.
7C FB Brady Ewing (Wisconsin), Cody Johnson (Texas), or Derrick Coleman (UCLA). Since the Steelers signed UFA FB Will Johnson (WVU) recently, it’s fair to infer that a true FB may be used in the new offense. Hard to guess who might be there at FB position.
Go ahead and start criticizing.