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Todd McShay takes a stab in the dark, has Steelers taking a TE, in his latest Mock Draft

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One of ESPN’s NFL Draft analysts pulls a rabbit out of his hat with his latest prediction for the Steelers.

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The 2018 Mock Draft season is in full tilt, and after the NFL Scouting Combine analysts who pen these mock drafts are feverishly pecking away at their keyboards trying to make up, I mean predict, what each NFL team is going to do with their first pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

In regards to official NFL Mock Drafts, there is certainly a hierarchy, and ESPN’s duo of Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay are certainly at, or near, the top of the totem pole. After the combine wrapped up, McShay posted his 3.0 mock draft, and his selection for the Steelers was certainly interesting.

In his latest mock draft McShay has the Steelers bypassing a linebacker who has been highly touted and favored by many, to draft a tight end.

Check out his prediction, and explanation, below:

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina*

Hurst is a big (6-4, 250), athletic target who can contribute immediately. A former pro baseball player, Hurst has good ball skills and can help stretch the seam for Ben Roethlisberger and that potent Pittsburgh offense. He’s also a good blocker.

I’m not saying this situation will not, or could not, happen, but the chances of the Steelers going with a tight end in the first round seem to be more on the slim variety. There are simply too many pressing needs at other positions. Those needs are so pressing it would be difficult for even the most ardent Best Player Available supporters to support the decision McShay lays out for readers.

Once things start to become more settled, mainly after the combine, I start to look at mock drafts from a different lens. Rather than just see who the author has slated to the Steelers, I also look to see who the team might have their eye on who was off the board before the 28th pick, and who may have been available when the Steelers’ number was called.

The following players were off the board:

Justin Reid (Falcons)
Rashaan Evans (Chargers)
Lamar Jackson (Saints)

Some other notes from McShay’s 3.0 mock draft:

Lorenzo Carter (Georgia) slotted to the Patriots at pick No. 30.
Leighton Vander Esch (Boise State) not a first round pick.

What do you think of the selection? Would you be okay with the team taking a tight end in the first round? How about Hurst as a prospect? Let us know in in the comment section below!