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2018 NFL Mock Draft: The Steelers focus solely on defense in latest 2-round mock draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers will need to focus on defense again in the 2018 NFL Draft, and that is exactly what they do in the latest 2-round mock draft.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have several needs as they approach the 2018 NFL Draft, but you would be hard pressed to find any offensive position anywhere near the top of those needs lists.

Rather, the defensive side of the football is where the team should be, and likely will, focused on throughout the lead up to the selection process. And, again, taking a defensive player in the first round.

But what about the second round? In the latest two-round mock draft by Dan Kadar, of SB Nation, he has the Steelers going back-to-back defense in the upcoming draft.

Take a look at the predictions for the Steelers below:

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Arden Key, Edge, LSU

The Steelers need a player who can create pressure off the edge because thus far Bud Dupree hasn’t been that player. Key is raw, and has some off-field questions to answer, but he’s at the least a good edge rusher.

60. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest

The thought of Pittsburgh going defense in the first two rounds is not exactly predicting something outlandish. The biggest holes on the team’s roster are certainly on defense, but is drafting another edge rusher a sign of things to come for the Steelers’ defense, mainly Bud Dupree, or is it simply trying to improve the overall pressure the defense can put on opposing quarterbacks without blitzing?

Most, including myself, would agree inside linebacker is a much bigger need than edge rusher, but it has well been known the Steelers draft Best Player Available (BPA), and not based on specific positional need.

Nonetheless, what do you think about the Steelers’ drafting defense in the first two rounds? And what do you think of these prospects? Let us know in the comment section below!