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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers give T.J. Watt a partner in crime

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With the top CBs and ILBs gone, the Steelers had to take BPA at EDGE.

NCAA Football: Clemson at Florida State Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

It is mock draft season, and with previous mocks I have done already giving the Steelers guys like Mack Wilson, Byron Murphy, and DeAndre Baker, it is time to head a different direction here. Thus, here is a full Round 1 mock just to show you how the theoretical board would drop in this scenario for the Steelers, who have a myriad of needs to fill on the defensive side of the football.

  1. Arizona Cardinals - EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
  2. San Francisco 49ers - IDL Quinnen Williams, Alabama
  3. New York Jets - OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
  4. Oakland Raiders - EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneeers - CB Greedy Williams, LSU
  6. New York Giants - QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Daniel Jones, Duke
  8. Detrioit Lions - IDL Ed Oliver, Houston
  9. Buffalo Bills - EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
  10. Denver Broncos - QB Drew Lock, Missouri
  11. Cincinnati Bengals - ILB Mack Wilson, Alabama
  12. Green Bay Packers - S Deionte Thompson, Alabama
  13. Miami Dolphins - QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  14. Atlanta Falcons - IDL Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
  15. Washington Redskins - WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
  16. Carolina Panthers - OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
  17. Cleveland Browns - CB Byron Murphy, Washington
  18. Minnesota Vikings - ILB Devin White, LSU
  19. Tennessee Titans - EDGE Jachai Polite, Florida

20. Pittsburgh Steelers - EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State

Okay, we could go CB here pretty easily and get away with it just fine. DeAndre Baker and Amani Oruwariye are really good players and who wouldn’t want the complement they would bring to Joe Haden on the opposite side of him?

However, that just does not outweigh the perks of having the ultimate complement opposite of T.J. Watt in my #4 overall player on my board in Brian Burns. Burns is fearsome EDGE rusher who is more than polished enough to be a contributor right now but also be a force later into his career. His ceiling is enormous and his floor is high as well.

He falls this far because he is only 230 lbs and his light frame will scare many of the 4-3 teams away from him, but the 3-4 teams like the Steelers will love him because of his ability to just torque around the edge easily.

Bend! Something that T.J. Watt has but Bud Dupree does not have. Burns is a dang slinky around that bend and his hands do a great job at decreasing the surface area that OTs can get on him. Burns is a pretty easy plug and play starter and that would relegate Bud Dupree to a rotational rusher, which is perfect for a guy like Dupree.

He has got an awesome rip-chop combo but also flips out the spin pretty often. This dude’s first step is so explosive he can win the leverage battle and toy with OTs easily. His refinement in his hips especially is something that is key, as he can change direction easily.

Burns seems to be an easy lock and key fit for the Steelers and if he is there and they are looking for BPA, the Steelers should absolutely jump on him, no questions asked.