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Steelers Mock Draft

This has been one of the most interesting Steelers offseasons in some time. With a completely new QB room and some key defensive additions, there is a sense of the Steelers pushing for a Super Bowl sooner rather than later with a clean offense and a stout defense. It made the creation of a Steelers Mock Draft very fun. 

This draft utilized the Mock Draft Database Mock Draft Simulator (the best for my money) to simulate the draft. I did not try to trade any picks nor accept trades offered. 

If you want to watch my thought process going through each pick and who is available, I recorded it for our NFL Draft Youtube channel. Be sure to subscribe to see when the Steelers Mock Draft and other NFL Draft content is posted.

 

Steelers Mock Draft – Round 1, Pick 20: Amarius Mims OT/Georgia

Broderick Jones was drafted last year to be the long term solution at LT, but if he makes the move, there will be a huge hole at RT for the Steelers. Bringing in Jones’ former teammate in Mims would solidify both bookends with Bulldogs.

Mims is insanely athletic with the strength to be nasty in run blocking. His kick slide and mirror leaves him with the potential to be one of the best tackles in the league. The downside is the lack of experience with Mims. He has only started 8 games in his college career and may need a bit of time to get up to the speed of the NFL.

 

Round 2, Pick 51: Malachi Corley WR/Western Kentucky

After trading away Diontae Johnson, the Steelers need more playmakers at WR. A high draft pick is necessary despite recent signings. There have been rumors of the Steelers interest in Deebo Samuel, so why not get Samuel lite?

Corely is a do it all productive receiver who can run the ball, play outside, play inside and move around as needed. He could replace Diontae Johnson and give a threat across from George Pickens. The strength to get off the line cleanly is a huge plus. Corley gives the Steelers a versatile weapon who can contribute immediately.

 

Round 3, Pick 84: Khyree Jackson CB/Oregon

CB tops the list of defensive needs for the Steelers despite trading for the Panthers’ Donte Jackson. Joey Porter Jr. was a highly successful rookie, but finding another young outside starter long term is important. The Steelers could also look at a slot corner to draft who would have a shot to start immediately.

Jackson is definitely a press man outside corner in the style of Porter Jr. At nearly 6’4, Jackson has the jam ability to fit the Steelers defense and create problems for starting WRs. His 4.50 speed is excellent for his size, and the explosion he brings to the table is top notch. 

Jackson could spend a year backing up Porter/Donte Jackson and slide into a starting role in 2025. 

 

Round 3, Pick 98: Dominick Puni iOL/Kansas

After releasing Mason Cole, the Steelers are bereft at the Center position. It will be a high priority on Day 1 or 2 to replace Cole, ideally with a rookie who can step in immediately. The Steelers have a long history of great Center play from Mike Webster to Dermontti Dawson to Maurkice Pouncey. The goal will be to find the next in line.  

I was sniped on this pick, targeting Wisconsin Center Tanor Bortolini, but he was taken a pick before. I settled for Puni who CAN play Center, but is more of a Guard. This would require a year of development to get Puni up to speed as he backs up Nate Herbig. Puni’s a top tier athlete with excellent strength and leverage who could absolutely progress into a long term starter. 

 

Round 4, Pick 119: Spencer Rattler QB/South Carolina

With bringing in Justin Fields and Russell Wilson, QB is less of a priority for the Steelers for this season, so don’t expect a Day 2 pick there. But, both Fields and Wilson are essentially on one year deals, drafting a QB to try and develop is on the board. It would give an option for 2025 but not lock the Steelers in.

With Rattler falling to Pick 119, it was a no-brainer here. Rattler has the arm and roll-out ability to excel in Arthur smith’s offense. Though Rattler had a surprising low RAS score, he is a good fit and should be able to develop behind Fields/Wilson for a year. If Rattler shows enough, he can be the starter in 2025. If not, he can be a back-up for a few years.  

 

Round 6, Pick 178: Kitan Oladapo S/Oregon State

Round 6 is for depth and special teams in the draft. Safety is an area where depth is needed and Oladapo has a brutal streak that fits the Steelers defense. He can play special teams and maybe develop enough for some playing time in 2025.

 

Round 6, Pick 195: Isaiah Davis RB/South Dakota State

I went more BPA for the final pick and one of my favorites was still on the board in Davis. The big bodied explosive RB had a solid RAS score at the Combine and could slide into the 3rd string RB role. If Najee Harris gets hurt, Davis can fill in without missing much of a beat.

 

There is my Steelers mock draft! Outside of missing out on Bortolini, I was happy with the results. Tweet at me with who you would have taken/hope for @ShanePHallam and check out more mocks at NFL Draft Countdown as well as other team mock drafts that could set their teams up for Super Bowl success. 

 

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