It has become a yearly tradition here at SB Nation for the editors of every NFL website to participate in the 'Writer's Mock Draft'. You have your team's draft position, cannot make any trades and have to put on your general manager hat and pull the trigger on a prospect.
You can check out the complete mock draft, the first round is almost complete, to see who was available when the Pittsburgh Steelers were called to the podium with the 25th selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. As you can tell by the headline, I chose Houston CB William Jackson III in the first round, breaking the Steelers' trend of ignoring the CB position in the first round.
See the explanation behind it, as well as the analysis from SB Nation's draft experts:
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - Houston CB, William Jackson III
Hartman: The Pittsburgh Steelers have ignored drafting a cornerback in the first round for over a decade, and their passing defense has gotten to the point where they can no longer afford to miss out on a top tier defensive back.
Although some view Jackson as extremely raw, he has the tangible characteristics of an NFL cornerback. His size, speed, ball skills and length make him a must-grab prospect for the Steelers with the No. 25 selection. Vernon Butler still being available was extremely tempting, as the Steelers also need defensive line help, but there comes a point when the 30th ranked secondary in 2015 needs to be addressed
The Steelers are in the ‘win-now' mode, with pieces of the puzzle in place to make a legitimate playoff run in 2016. The team needs to draft a player in the first round who can contribute from Day 1, and Jackson should be able to do just that. William Gay, Ross Cockrell, Senquez Golson and Doran Grant are the only players on the current roster with experience, leaving the door open for Jackson to be a significant member of the defense, even as a rookie.
Analysis: Some of the strongest critiques I've gotten this offseason have come after mocking a cornerback to Pittsburgh in the first round. Sure, it's a thing that doesn't happen. But it's a thing that needs to happen. Young players like Golson and Grant are still promising, but they don't have the same No. 1 corner type of potential as Jackson. If the Steelers take him, they can go back to not taking a first-round cornerback for years.
The mock draft is a full 2-round mock, and the second round is already underway behind closed doors. Who, and what position, might the Steelers target on Day 2? Only time will tell...