I know it’s probably old news by now, but the Steelers selected Najee Harris on Thursday with the 24th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Many Steelers fans were elated with the selection of a dominant running back, but others were enraged that the Steelers passed up bolstering the offensive line. But there are still seven more picks to go. Will they get help on the line on Day 2? With the selection of Harris instead of a trade-down scenario that netted Javonte Williams and Green Bay’s selection of Georgia CB Eric Stokes, my seven-round mock took a hit. So here is a slightly updated mock after the Day 1 happenings.
Round 2, Pick No. 55
C Creed Humphrey - Oklahoma
Much to my chagrin, a good bit of Steeler Nation followed the narrative all along that the Oklahoma center isn’t Round 1 caliber talent. After watching a ton of studs drop out of the first round, I can see the Steelers getting a top-flight lineman at No. 55. They might even get their choice between Bama’s Landon Dickerson and Humphrey. Because of Dickerson’s injury history, I would expect Creed to win the faceoff. A stout blockade as a pass protector, the wrestler since the age of four is a tank that can pave the way for Najee. If they can pull off this pick, and I think that he might be there in this deep draft, they’ll have two possible Week 1 starters with their initial two choices.
Round 3, Pick 87
OT Jackson Carman - Clemson
Carman protected Trevor Lawrence’s blindside at Clemson and did a pretty decent job of keeping the overall top pick alive. The powerful run blocker also paved roads for Travis Etienne. At 6’5” and 317 lbs., Carman has the size and should have the skill to open holes for Harris and afford time for Ben Roethlisberger and whomever follows.
Round 4, Pick 128
CB Trill Williams - Syracuse
The Syracuse product is a physical corner with excellent size and speed. Williams is tough in coverage and is equally strong against the run. The 6’2” Trill could help fill voids left by Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson in the secondary.
Round 4, Pick 140
WR Anthony Schwartz - Auburn
This might be a pipe dream and there may be more pressing needs on defense, but imagine a toy like this for Big Ben and in the return game. The 6’ Schwartz is fast with a capital F. The Auburn Tiger has bested Tyreek Hill in a foot race and ran an unofficial 4.26 in the 40 at his Pro Day. He’s rising up draft boards and would be dangerous in Pittsburgh.
Round 6, Pick 216
EDGE Shaka Toney - Penn State
Although a bit undersized, Shaka Toney excels at getting to the passer. The Nittany Lion would add fantastic depth behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith.
Round 7, Pick 245
DT Tedarrell Slaton - Florida
Impressive size at 360 lbs., Slaton gets great leverage and strength in the trenches and coud be a developmental NT for the Steelers.
Round 7, Pick 254
TE Pro Wells - TCU
The Steelers need a blocking tight end to pair with Eric Ebron. Wells can catch the ball as well with three touchdowns last season.
After I get these picks wrong, I’ll be back tomorrow for another stab at it.