Speculation of who the Pittsburgh Steelers might select with their first overall draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft continues as Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback released his first mock draft Thursday. King, an insider among NFL circles, understands mock drafts are merely a guessing game, but still takes his inside information and puts it to work.
Considering the Steelers select so late in the upcoming draft, who they select and what position, will largely depend on who is remaining. The Steelers would love to get a pass rusher like Shane Ray or Bud Dupree, but the reality of them falling to No. 22 is about as likely as the team trading up to select one of those players. In other words, it isn't going to happen.
Nonetheless, King sees the Steelers taking a cornerback in the first round of the draft, and the defensive back he selected for the team was none other than Jalen Collins of LSU. The same player who had dinner with Mike Tomlin before his pro day in Lousiana recently.
Here is what King had to say about the pick:
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU.
I guess the Steelers could take something other than a corner in the first round. But it wouldn't be a good pick.
Not a ton of analysis with the selection, but what King says has more merit than people may realize. Read what he said again about the Steelers selection. King obviously thinks the Steelers would be foolish to think about drafting any other position other than cornerback, and he very well could be right considering the team finished with the 27th best pass defense in the NFL last season.
Both pass rushers and cornerbacks are deep in this draft, but King clearly sees the Steelers needs to be cornerback first, and pass rusher second.