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2019 NFL Mock Draft: The Steelers complete their move to a sub-package defense

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The Steelers make up for the Morgan Burnett whiff with a safety selection in Round 1.

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Well, another week, another mock draft, and since I have seemingly mocked every cliche Steelers pick, including Mack Wilson, DeAndre Baker, and Byron Murphy, so out of the box craziness does lie ahead for the sake of repetition. Last week, I went full blown crazy and gave the Steelers a TE....and not even the best TE in the draft at that. Regardless, I am trying to keep these rational still, so here it goes, a mock up to 20.

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

20. Pittsburgh Steelers — S Nasir Adderley, Delaware

The Steelers are stuck here. Devin Bush is certainly an option, but he feels like a reach. WR is an option, but in this case, Antonio Brown is still on the team, and it does not make that much sense to waste all that draft capital there. DeAndre Baker and Amani Oruwariye are options as well, but Baker’s long speed deters the Steelers away and Oruwariye’s run support woes do not scream ‘Steelers CB!’.

So, even if the Steelers selected a safety last year in Round 1, why not add that elusive third safety so we can undo the wrong of Morgan Burnett. Meet Nasir Adderley, who can play in the Nickel, at Strong Safety, at dimebacker, moneybacker, and even in his preferred spot, single-high. This guy has insane instincts, ball skills, and most importantly, an alpha male mentality that spreads to the rest of the defense.

Adderley has the instincts to be around the ball and make splash plays all the time. The play above is only a microcosm of what he does. He has an endless motor and with the versatility he possesses, is an incredibly alluring prospect to have on the team at the very least.

I was not kidding about the range and ability to process and read the QB. He can simply see the field and make a big play on it. His ability to convert turnovers with his ball skills, though is the big game changer. Overall, not only would he add flexibility in the sub-packages, but this is a player who can produce turnovers.