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Midweek Mock Draft Roundup 9.0: 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 initial wave of free agency behind them, the mock draft experts have been forced to re-evaluate their projections in the wake of some notable free agent signings. And for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the additions of cornerback Steven Nelson, wide receiver Donte Moncrief and linebacker Mark Barron are sure to impact the prospects connected to them as we get closer to draft day.

Each and every Wednesday for the next five 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 80 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 eight weeks.

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

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

“The Steelers could use a high IQ cover corner with superb instincts and a diverse skill set. Murphy is a perfect candidate to excel as a CB1 in a defense that mixes man and zone concepts.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

Charles Davis, NFL Network - WR, Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

“Amidst all the hand wringing after the loss of All-Pro WR Antonio Brown, the man they call “Hollywood” -- who happens to be Antonio’s cousin -- steps into the breach, and provides instant big-play ability. He wasn’t able to work out at the combine or Oklahoma’s pro day due to a Lisfranc (foot) injury, but he’s expected to be ready for training camp.”

(Previous pick - first mock)

Conor Orr, Sports Illustrated - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU

“I’ll go back to Andy Benoit’s stellar offseason needs post, in which he wrote Pittsburgh is in desperate need of a “true perimeter cover artist opposite star Joe Haden,” who would “let them play less pure zone and more of the matchup coverages.” Williams has 35 pass breakups over the last two seasons, and has allowed an average QB rating on balls thrown in his direction of 26.”

(Previous pick - first mock)

Nate Davis, USA Today - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“All of their recent drama on the offensive side — yes, Kevin Colbert, drama — has overshadowed the ongoing need for a defensive playmaker in the middle of the field post-Ryan Shazier.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

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

“Bush is a twitchy, super-charged linebacker, exactly the type of player the Steelers need at that position.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan)

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports - WR, Hakeem Butler, Iowa State

“Butler flew under the national radar last season but he had 60 catches for 1,318 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2018. At 6-5, he’s not only a huge target, but his 4.48 40 at the combine confirms that he can run by just about anybody too. And while the Steelers have other needs -- mostly on defense -- Butler would make life easier for Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster in a post-Antonio Brown world.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan)

Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU

“Cornerback Bradley Roby spurned the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers to sign a one-year deal with the Houston Texans, per 9News’ Mike Klis. However, Pittsburgh did sign Steven Nelson to bolster its porous secondary.”

“But Nelson has been better covering the slot, and the Steelers could use quality depth, especially if they finally decide to move on from Artie Burns. Furthermore, Joe Haden just entered the final year of his contract.”

“A cornerback selection becomes even more interesting if the Steelers have their choice of top prospects.”

“LSU’s Greedy Williams can replace Burns or Haden as a long-term starter at outside corner. The 6’2”, 185-pound defensive back is extremely fluid in his hips and shows strong footwork. His short-area burst and willingness to tackle are suspect, but the Steelers need someone to cover receivers such as A.J. Green and Odell Beckham Jr. in the AFC North.”

(Previous pick - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia)

Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“Antonio Brown is gone. Le’Veon Bell is gone. And still, the most sobering personnel issue for the Steelers is that they don’t have anyone to replace Ryan Shazier’s speed and flexibility at the linebacker position. It’s easy to do an macro with the 20th overall pick, but replacing Brown isn’t done overnight, and the ways in which Bush could shore up a linebacker corps in desperate need makes him (or someone like him) the more important positional selection.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin White, LSU)

Benjamin Solak, Draft Network - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“The Steelers just added Mark Barron in free agency. Now imagine if they could add Mark Barron, but actually good at football, in the draft. What a win that would be.”

Even with the addition of Barron and my light-hearted take on it, the Steelers need a long-term, three-down answer at linebacker; nobody thinks Barron is that player any longer. Bush tested himself into Round 1 consideration, but the film does illustrate a linebacker with an ideal profile for the modern NFL.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin White, LSU)

Luke Easterling, DraftWire - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“It’s no secret corner is the Steelers’ biggest need, so it won’t be a surprise to see them grab the best one available at this pick. They luck out in this scenario, landing my top cover man in this year’s class. Murphy may not have elite physical traits, but his instincts, intelligence and ball skills set him apart.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan)

Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is once again our consensus winner for the third week in a row, projected to the Steelers by four out of our 10 experts. Wide receiver Hakeem Butler from Iowa State is our only new name this time around, but a wide receiver in the first-round seems unlikely in light of the signing of Moncrief.

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.