Mel Kiper mock draft sends Odell Beckham Jr. to Pittsburgh at 15

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

The ESPN draft analyst makes his three-round picks based on him being a team's general manager, and sends a receiver to the Steelers, along with a nose tackle and a defensive back.

It's a name that was bound to come up eventually. LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham is the latest player sent to Pittsburgh by Mel Kiper Jr., as he doled out three rounds of picks based on the premise he's the general manager of the team.

He makes a snarky comment that Darrius Heyward-Bey doesn't "fix the depth chart at wide receiver," as if anyone expected Heyward-Bey to come in and get 120 targets from the Steelers this season.

Still, Beckham is a solid player, even if this projection will likely be seen as many as a tad high.

Interestingly, Kiper sends Louis Nix III, one of his early projections to go to Pittsburgh in the first round, to them in the second. Virginia Tech defensive back Antone Exum is the team's third round pick.

It's something of a departure in style for Kiper, but it adds little in regards to new insight. A wide receiver is a common choice for many with the 15th overall choice, and it very well could be the direction the Steelers take. Some will scoff at the fact Beckham isn't considered a "tall" receiver, but he's a very good one with great athleticism and appears to be a good fit in Todd Haley's offense.

Nix is still the same player who's jumped throughout draft boards from hacks everywhere - a two-down player who may be solid in run support in a league that's running less and less each year. Exum is an intriguing player, versatile and rangy, as positions all over the field begin blending together, he's a look at what defensive backs may be in the near future.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Join Behind the Steel Curtain

You must be a member of Behind the Steel Curtain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Behind the Steel Curtain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker