Everybody did mock drafts the last three months. You couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a mock draft (PETA don’t fret, my 10-year old daughter just chastised me for the use of that phhrase.) But now that the first round is through, where are all the mocks?
Have no fear, BTSC has put together a projection for Round 2...with the Steelers eventually getting on the clock. Check it out.
33) Cincinnati Bengals: OT Josh Jones - Houston
With a new franchise QB in the form of Joe Burrow, maybe consider protecting the guy a tad. Jones had a fantastic 2019 season and an even better Senior Bowl.
34) Indianapolis Colts (from Washington): WR Tee Higgins - Clemson
Philip Rivers needs a weapon. With great success throwing to the gigantic Keenan Allen, Rivers will love to target and scream at the 6’4” Higgins Is a red zone target who can out jump anyone on the field.
35) Detroit Lions - EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos - Penn State
The Lions had the second-fewest sacks in the league last year at 28. YGM gives Matt Patricia what he needs most besides a good grooming, a pass rusher.
36) New York Giants - EDGE A.J. Epenesa - Iowa
The powerful and versatile Epenesa patterns his game after J.J. Watt. The Giants need to get to the passer. If he can emulate Watt, Gotham will celebrate.
37) New England Patriots (from LA Chargers): S Xavier McKinney - Alabama
“The Hoodie” has 14 picks and he will get his signal caller by trading into this round, but not yet. McKinney is first round talent that the Patriots should not wait to nab.
38) Carolina Panthers: LB Zack Baun - Wisconsin
With Luke Kuechly retired, the Panthers need a new man in the middle. Baun, Zach Baun will leave opponents shaken and stirred.
39) Miami Dolphins: RB D’Andre Swift - Georgia
The Dolphins finally replace Kenyan Drake with quite possibly the best running back in the draft.
40) Houston Texans (from Arizona): WR Denzel Mims - Baylor
Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb might not fill the void left by the trade of DeAndre Hopkins, but they’ll help bridge the gap until the 6’3” Mims grows into the role.
41) Cleveland Browns: DT Ross Blacklock - TCU
The Browns add a player with a high-motor to plug along an already electric d-line.
42) Jacksonville Jaguars: Edge Terrell Lewis - Alabama
Jags lost a lot of firepower in the pass rush the past two years. Lewis can help reignite things in Duval.
43) Chicago Bears (from Las Vegas): CB Kristian Fulton - LSU
Bears need help in the secondary from a guy that excels in press coverage. Bingo!
44) Indianapolis Colts: QB Jalen Hurts - Oklahoma
Frank Reich looks to the future with the dual-threat QB that can learn the system behind Old Man Rivers.
45) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Jonathan Taylor - Wisconsin
The Bucs get a durable and explosive one-cut master to add to their new treasures on offense.
46) Denver Broncos: CB Trevon Diggs - Alabama
Stefon Diggs’ brother is a big corner with great ball skills, size and speed to match up with tall NFL receivers. Denver will fly miles-high with Trevon in the secondary.
47) Atlanta Falcons: Edge Josh Uche - Michigan
The Falcons badly need defense and have uncovered an explosive pass rusher in Uche.
48) New York Jets: WR Michael Pittman Jr. - USC
Pittman is 6-4, ran a 4.5 at the combine and excels on ST. He’ll have a chance to thrive in an offense led by a familiar passer.
49) Pittsburgh Steelers: RB J.K. Dobbins - Ohio State
JK is a well-built and compact back with great bounce. Could be a home run hitter to eventually take over for James Conner.
50) Chicago Bears: G Robert Hunt - Louisiana-Lafayette
Hunt, who played tackle in college, is a Day 1 starter on the interior For the protection-craved Bears.
51) Dallas Cowboys: S Antoine Winfield Jr. - Minnesota
America’s team adds a playmaking centerfielder who can also play in the slot.
52) Los Angeles Rams: C Lloyd Cushenberry - LSU
The No. 2 center in this class is a 1-on-1 mauler that really sinks into his anchor against bull rushes.
53) Philadelphia Eagles: S Grant Delpit - LSU
Eagles get a playmaker in middle of the field.
54) Buffalo Bills: EDGE Julian Okwara - Notre Dame
The Bills have a solid defense, but their pass rushing leaves a lot to be desired. Okwara gets through the line and makes plays in the opposing backfield.
55) Baltimore Ravens (from New England via Atlanta): WR Leviska Shenault - Colorado
The Ravens add a game changer that can line up anywhere on the field and dominate. That is if he remains healthy.
56) Miami Dolphins (from New Orleans): S Jeremy Chinn - Southern Illinois
Miami needs to replace Minkah Fitzpatrick. The tall, menacing Chinn is one of the most athletic players in this class and he can play safety or linebacker.
57) Los Angeles Rams (from Houston): RB Cam Akers - Florida State University
The Rams replace Gurley with a juker that can make defenders miss with ease.
58) Minnesota Vikings: OT Ezra Cleveland - Boise State
Cleveland has flown under the radar as one of the most athletic lineman in his class. The fans of the Vike will like.
59) Seattle Seahawks: OT Lucas Niang - TCU
The 12th Man get a guy that moves well in space and can dominate in the run game. Now they just need to find a run game.
60) Baltimore Ravens: DT Neville Gallimore - Oklahoma
Gallimore, a freakish athlete with a nonstop motor, is a perfect fit for Wink Martindale’s defense.
61) Tennessee Titans: Justin Madubuike - Texas A&M
Rebuilding the Music City defensive line is easier with Madubuike, who has a relentless motor and is a solid bull rusher.
62) Green Bay Packers: WR Bryan Edwards - South Carolina
The 6’3” Edwards can go up and pull down contested passes. Maybe he will make Aaron Rodgers less angry.
63) Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco): CB Jaylon Johnson - Utah
The Super Bowl champs need an aggressive and confident playmaker somewhere other than the offense. Johnson is it.
64) Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City): TE Cole Kmet - Notre Dame
The Golden Domer gives Russell Wilson a sure-handed target. Kmet can contribute right away.
What are your thoughts on the predictions? Are you on board with the JK Dobbins pick, or would you rather take someone else? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers heading into Day 2 of the draft.