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Midweek Mock Draft Roundup 5.0: A look at the Steelers latest mock draft projections

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We take a look at 10 of the latest mock draft offerings from some of the more notable names in the game.

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With the Pittsburgh Steelers finally having agreed to trade Antonio Brown on Tuesday, it should be expected that future mock draft offerings will take something of a turn in the coming weeks as more and more experts prioritize wide receiver as a position of need for the Steelers.

Each and every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, we will bring you a selection of the latest mock draft projections from around the NFL draft community in an effort to help identify some of the players Pittsburgh could be interested in come April. So far, we have looked at 40 contrasting offerings from some of the more well-known names in the business, with three different defensive players standing out from the pack as the most popular names to project to the Steelers over the past four weeks.

This week we have 10 more mock drafts worthy of review:

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports - LB, Devin White, LSU

They need to get better at inside linebacker and this kid can fly. He would be an immediate upgrade on a unit that needs him in a big way.”

(Previous pick - First mock)

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia

Artie Burns, a first-round pick in 2016, had a poor 2018 season, and corner is a clear need in Pittsburgh this offseason. I suspect the Steelers would love to get their hands on the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Baker, my second-ranked corner. Inside linebacker is another position to watch, as the team hasn’t been able to adequately replace Ryan Shazier. Could a sneaky need be wide receiver if the Steelers trade Antonio Brown?”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan)

Charley Casserly, NFL Network - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia

“An ILB is a definite possibility here, too, but they go CB in this scenario.”

(Previous pick - First mock)

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports - WR, Kelvin Harmon, NC State

“Not exactly an Antonio Brown type of receiver, Harmon is a smooth, big-bodied possession wideout on the perimeter without a major flaw to his game. If he runs under 4.55 at the combine, he should go in the first round.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin White, LSU)

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports - LB, Devin White, LSU

“The Steelers need help at edge rusher and cornerback but White is the best linebacker in this class and he’ll made an immediate impact in Pittsburgh.”

(Previous pick - WR, D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss)

Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia

“If Baker were a little faster I think he’d be a top-10 pick. He may only be 5-foot-11, but he’s long, and I love his makeup. He’s physical and not afraid to stick his face in places not all corners are willing to tread. Not a shutdown corner, but someone who could become a solid NFL starter.”

(Previous pick - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia)

Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia

“The Pittsburgh Steelers offseason should be built around one tenet: The organization must find and acquire the best possible coverage corner it can. Artie Burns has been a major disappointment after the front office selected the cornerback with a 2016 first-round pick. In fact, the 23-year-old defensive back was benched last season for Coty Sensabaugh, who is a pending free agent.”

Joe Haden, whom the defense relies on as its No. 1 corner, turns 30 in April as he enters the final year of his contract. Realistically, the Steelers could be starting over from scratch at outside corner sooner rather than later.”

“Georgia’s Deandre Baker won’t be mistaken for the biggest or most physical defensive back. The reigning Jim Thorpe Award winner is listed at 5’11” and 185 pounds. But make no mistake: He’s the most fluid coverage corner in this year’s class.According to Pro Football Focus, Baker allowed a 40.2 quarterback rating into his coverage and only 0.46 yards per coverage snap. Baker and Mike Hilton are ideal building blocks for a revamped secondary.”

(Previous pick - First mock)

Benjamin Solak, Draft Network - LB, Devin White, LSU

“Well, Greedy [Williams, CB] is gone, so here we go: despite my opinion on Devin White, who I think shouldn’t sniff the first round, he’s going to Steelers.”

“White plays with his head on fire and struggles to come to balance when approaching the tackle point. He’s also guilty of over-pursuing plays away from him as a pursuit defender, which surrenders backside cut lanes.”

“But BOY, that young man can scoot for his size. And he brings a wallop when he tracks successfully, especially into the boundary. He reinvigorates that LB room that’s been struggling to bounce back from the Ryan Shazier injury.”

(Previous pick - LB, Mack Wilson, Alabama)

Dan Kadar SB Nation - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“For such a good team, the Steelers have a lot of important needs this offseason. Chief among them might be cornerback. Joe Haden only has one year left on his contract and Artie Burns hasn’t lived up to his first-round draft placement. Murphy has instincts and playmaking skills that Pittsburgh desperately needs.”

(Previous pick - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia)

Luke Easterling, DraftWire - EDGE, Montaez Sweat, Mississippi

“Corner is the bigger need, but the Steelers have been reaching to fill needs in the first round way too often in recent years. The better move here is to add a massive, physical pass rusher like Sweat, who followed up a solid career against SEC competition with a strong outing at the Senior Bowl.”

Round 2 - CB, Julian Love, Notre Dame

Round 3 - LB, Khalil Hodge, Buffalo

Round 4 - RB, Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma

(Previous pick - EDGE, Jachai Polite, Florida)

Cornerbacks and linebackers once again dominate our selection of mock draft offering this week, with Deandre Baker and Devin White among the more popular names to project to the Steelers for the fifth week in a row. And the cornerback from Georgia narrowly wins top spot this time around, the second time Baker has been the outright winner on our list this offseason.

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