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Midweek Mock Draft Roundup 2.0: A look at the latest mock draft Steelers projections

We take a look at eight more of the latest mock drafts offerings from some of the more notable names in the game.

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With the completion of the postseason college all-star games, the next wave of mock drafts are starting to hit the sports pages as the experts alter their projections based on the events of the past few weeks. While most experts are still on version one of their mock for 2019, there are already several names who have released multiple updates as well as a few 7-round offerings.

Each and every Wednesday for the next 12 weeks, we will bring you a selection of the latest mock draft projections from around the NFL draft community. Last week, we looked at 12 offerings from some of the more well-known names in the business, with LSU linebacker Devin White the most popular name projected to be taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers according to the experts.

This week we have found eight more mocks worthy of review, a group that includes our first 7-round mock draft of the year.

Lance Zierlein, NFL Network - LB, Mack Wilson, Alabama

“Every-down inside ‘backer who is one of the cleanest need/talent fits in this mock draft. Wilson plays like a Steeler, with physicality and the ability to attack the pocket as a blitzer.”

(Previous pick - first mock)

Bucky Brooks, NFL Network - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“GM Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin must continue to throw resources at the secondary to shore up a unit that fails to create turnovers. Murphy is a five-star cover corner with outstanding ball skills and tackling ability.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“Before it’s all said and done, Murphy could be the first cornerback drafted. He was that good last season for the Huskies. And with 2016 first-round pick Artie Burns getting benched for much of last season, finding his replacement will be a priority.”

(Previous pick - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia)

Will Brinson, CBS Sports - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU

“Pittsburgh might need to even consider a wide receiver here if they ultimately trade Antonio Brown, but they take advantage of the hyper-talented Williams being available.”

(Previous pick - first mock)

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia

“The Steelers make a shrewd pick here with Baker, who may not be the fastest or twitchiest corner in the class but he might be the best at reading receivers’ routes and making plays on the football.”

(Previous pick - WR, A.J. Brown, Ole Miss)

Dan Kadar SB Nation - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“Artie Burns, a first-round pick in 2016, hasn’t lived up to the hype for the Steelers and they go into the offseason needing a cornerback. Murphy is a cornerback who knows how to play on the outside and in the slot. He’s best when he can read the quarterback and make a play on the ball.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin White, LSU)

Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“Pittsburgh’s hunt for an heir to Ryan Shazier continues for another off-season. Devin Bush has the goods to deliver. I’m a big fan of Bush’s burst, explosiveness and range. And the last time the Steelers took an undersized Big-10 linebacker in the first round, it was *squints* Ryan Shazier.”

“Bush has sideline to sideline speed and would thrive in a system with the kind of horses up front that Pittsburgh features along the defensive line.”

(Previous pick - CB, Amani Oruwaryie, Penn State)

Luke Easterling, DraftWire - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

Joe Haden has been a solid veteran presence, but there’s simply not another impact player on this roster at corner. This ends up being a fantastic scenario for the Steelers, who get an absolute steal in Murphy, one of this year’s most polished and instinctive cover men.”

Round 2 - Tre Lamar | LB | Clemson

Round 3 - Christian Miller | EDGE | Alabama

Round 4 - Benny Snell, Jr. | RB | Kentucky

Round 6 - Jace Sternberger | TE | Texas A&M

Round 6 - Marquise Copeland | DL | Cincinnati

Round 7 - Hjalte Froholdt | OL | Arkansas

(Previous pick - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia)

Just a week removed from inside linebacker being the most popular position to mock to the Steelers, cornerback dominates the selections of our experts this time around. Half of these latest projections have Pittsburgh taking Byron Murphy in Round 1, currently a consensus top five cornerback with most draft sites, but it would not be a surprise to see him move higher up the rankings as we get further into the process.

We will add more mock drafts to our weekly roundup as they appear and we encourage you to let us know who you think are the experts we should be highlighting over the next 12 weeks.