When it comes to mocking the upcoming NFL Draft, it certainly is a guessing game. However, such a thought doesn't stop experts from producing numerous mock drafts giving their knowledgeable guesses as to which team will select which player in the first round.
ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. released his latest mock draft, and in doing so predicts the Pittsburgh Steelers will select CB Kevin Johnson out of Wake Forest with their first round pick. See what Kiper had to say in regards to the selection:
Kevin Johnson - Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
COLLEGE: Wake ForestClass: Sr HT: 6-0 WT: 188 POS: CB
Analysis: The Steelers lack high-end talent at cornerback, and while Johnson, like all cornerbacks, doesn't project as a star right away, he can play right away and helps this team where it needs help the most. A standout on a lousy team throughout his college career, Johnson has good length for the position and moves and mirrors as well as any cornerback in the draft. He can make man-to-man coverage look so easy at times, and he's an active run defender. It's hard to play while ahead in the NFL if you can't cover, and the Steelers can improve their defense with this selection.
It is hard to ignore the theory most experts tag with the Steelers and their secondary. After all, if most top-tier pass rushers are off the board prior to the 22nd overall pick, it would make sense to select the cornerback position. However, although very few NFL rookies are ready to step in and play from Day 1, the Steelers should try and find a player - regardless of position - who can at least contribute in their first year.
If those contributions come in sub package football and special teams, then so be it, but the team needs to select a player who can help the overall cause in 2015 and not 2016 and beyond. If Johnson is capable of playing right away is some capacity, as Kiper suggests, then the Steelers wouldn't be wrong in taking the defensive back from Wake Forest.
For video highlights of Johnson's time at Wake Forest, click here.