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Midweek Mock Draft Roundup 8.0: A look at the Steelers latest mock draft projections

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 effective start of free agency on Monday, mock draft projections should see substantial changes in the coming weeks after teams filled some of their glaring needs with veteran options. But while the Pittsburgh Steelers addition of Steven Conley is sure to impact the names projected to them in the first-round, that signing has yet to be accounted for with some of the experts.

Each and every Wednesday for the next six 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 70 contrasting offerings from some of the more well-known names in the business, with five different defensive players standing out from the pack as the most popular names to project to the Steelers over the past seven weeks.

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

Chad Reuter, NFL Network - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia

“Baker’s a tough-minded ballhawk who seems to fit the Steelers’ mold for the position.”

(Previous pick - WR, Marquise Brown, Oklahoma)

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus - WR, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

“Arcega-Whiteside has an impressive mix of body control and power-forward-like ball skills, all leading to the best-contested catch rate in college football last year and a new weapon for Ben Roethlisberger.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin White, LSU)

Todd McShay, ESPN - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“There’s a void in the Steelers’ linebacker corps without Ryan Shazier. Bush, an athletic every-down backer, has the instincts to play Shazier’s middle linebacker spot. With Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt also in the mix, this unit could be pretty dominant.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan)

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU

They have to upgrade their corner position. They could go for a receiver here after losing Antonio Brown, but that’s not their style.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“Everything about Bush screams Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker. Anything he lacks in height he makes up for with twitch, speed, and an ultra-aggressive nature on the field.”

(Previous pick - WR, Kelvin Harmon, NC State)

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“Same as last week. The Steelers need help at edge rusher and cornerback but if Bush -- and his 4.44 40 -- is still on the board, they have to take him. He’s a sideline-to-sideline thumper who can wreak havoc in the run game, rush the passer, and smoothly drop into coverage.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan)

R.J. White, CBS Sports - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“The Steelers don’t need to go receiver in Round 1 as they’ve proven time and again they can find and develop starters later on in the draft. So they grab one of the clear first-round prospects at linebacker in Bush, who finally gives them the dynamic talent they need after losing Ryan Shazier.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

Josh Norris, Rotoworld - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

Joe Haden is still good. Mike Hilton is good in the slot. Artie Burns… deserves an upgrade. I always have difficult projecting corners to draft slot, so they could go off the board earlier than 20.”

(Previous pick - first mock)

Joe Marino, Draft Network - CB, Amani Oruwariye, Penn State

“There are immediate and long-term concerns with Pittsburgh’s cornerback situation. Artie Burns is somehow declining and Joe Haden’s deal is up after next season. Versatile to operate in any coverage technique, Oruwariye has impressive length, strength, body control and ball skills. He has the physical traits to matchup with the NFL’s alpha targets.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

Dan Kadar, SB Nation - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU

“After the Brown trade, the Steelers might consider a wide receiver here to pair with JuJu Smith-Schuster. James Washington should get a considerable bump in targets, but Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown will be tempting. If the Steelers disagree, they could target a cornerback at No. 20. Williams is a speedy athlete with playmaking ability. He just has to play more physical and aggressive in the NFL.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan)

While we have a couple of new names on the list for the first time this year in wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and cornerback Amani Oruwariye, it is a familiar face that takes the top spot for a second week in a room in Devin Bush. And with all of these projections taking into account the events of the combine, it would appear that there has not been much change to the players considered the best prospects at linebacker and cornerback.

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.