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Midweek Mock Draft Roundup 10.0: 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 NFL draft now less than a month away and most of the more notable names in free agency having found new homes, the mock draft experts should be getting closer to narrowing down the prospects that could be in contention for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 1.

Each and every Wednesday for the next four 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 90 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 nine weeks.

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

Lance Zierlein, NFL Network - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“Gritty, ballhawking cornerback with the willingness and desire to come up and lay the lumber in run support. He plays like a Steeler.”

(Previous pick - LB, Mack Wilson, Alabama)

Peter Schrager, NFL Network - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“Though he hasn’t been accompanied by the same viral buzz or volume of YouTube clips as Montez Sweat or D.K. Metcalf, Murphy’s stock may have jumped even more after the combine. His drill work was superb, and his size and build came in where scouts hoped it would be. Murphy’s the top cornerback on my board, and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t go in the top 20.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

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

“Pittsburgh signed former Chiefs corner Steven Nelson in free agency, but the team could still target a defensive back in the round. As I wrote in my Mock Draft 2.0, former first-round pick Artie Burns had a rough 2018 season, and the Steelers need more depth at cornerback. Baker (5-foot-11, 193 pounds) had a solid combine workout, although he’s not an elite athlete. The Steelers are another team that could target an edge rusher early.”

(Previous pick - CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia)

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU

“The first cornerback comes off the board and will start a run of them in the 20s.”

“Greedy Williams is a long, fast, instinctive cornerback who doesn’t love to tackle, but will be paid to do what he does best: cover and lock down receivers. Williams’ 6’2” frame and 4.37 speed allow him to be an eraser against big, fast receivers—something he did often in the SEC, including a shutdown performance against D.K. Metcalf and Ole Miss.”

£The Steelers need help at linebacker, even after signing Mark Barron, but with Devin Bush and Devin White off the board the best bet is to wait until Round 2 or 3 to get a middle ‘backer.”

(Previous pick - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU)

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

“Baker would provide scheme versatility for a Steelers secondary in need of some young cornerbacks.”

(Previous pick - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan)

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

Their secondary is a problem that needs fixing. Williams is the best of the weak corner group.”

(Previous pick - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU)

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

“Murphy didn’t test well at the combine, and while he may be undersized, he is a tenacious defender who would immediately upgrade a Steelers secondary looking to replace Artie Burns.”

(Previous pick - WR, Hakeem Butler, Iowa State)

Vinny Iyer, The Sporting News - LB, Devin Bush, Michigan

“Bush did his best to match White athletically at the Combine, and the Michigan product proved his size (5-11, 234 pounds). Ryan Shazier was not much bigger, and Bush could have a similar impact in Pittsburgh.”

(Previous pick - CB, Trayvon Mullen, Clemson)

Trevor Sikkema, Draft Network - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington

“Look, I don’t care that the Steelers don’t traditionally take cornerbacks of Murphy’s mold and of his smaller size. The Steelers need good, reliable cornerbacks and Murphy is the best one in the class. Pick him and build around him from there as you add to your secondary over the next few years.

“They won’t regret this pick, I promise.”

(Previous pick - CB, Byron Murphy, Washington)

Dan Kadar, SB Nation - WR, Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

“The Steelers dumped Antonio Brown this offseason and he could be replaced by his cousin. Marquise Brown is one of the most electrifying players in the draft this year and can score just about any time he touches the ball. If the Steelers have doubts about James Washington stepping up as the No. 2 receiver after JuJu Smith-Schuster, a pass catcher in the first round is plausible.”

(Previous pick - CB, Greedy Williams, LSU)

After three weeks in a row of seeing linebacker Devin Bush win the top spot as our consensus selection, it is interesting to note that he barely gets a look in this time around. With cornerbacks dominating the projections from our mock draft experts, it is Byron Murphy of Washington who takes the crown this week, chosen by four out of our 10 experts.

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.