The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off of a 9-7 season but will need to hint on a few draft picks if they want to take that next and compete for a division title in the loaded AFC North. The Steelers hold seven picks in this year’s draft barring any trades. They hold four picks in the top 80 , which could equate to four starters if done right. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has done a seven-round mock draft, let’s take a look at who he has the Steelers selecting.
Significant offseason additions
- DE Larry Ogunjobi (re-signed)
- G Isaac Seumalo
- LB Cole Holcomb
- OLB Elandon Roberts
- CB Patrick Peterson
- WR Allen Robinson
Resigning Ogunjobi was a priority for the Steelers, and they were able to get it done. This will save them from having to spend a premium asset on the defensive line. The addition of Peterson provides some insurance for the loss of Cameron Sutton, but they will still need to add a defensive back at some point in the draft. Robinson provides some veteran depth for second-year starter Kenny Pickett.
Significant offseason losses
- CB Cameron Sutton
- ILB Devin Bush
- S Terrell Edmunds
Sutton left the team after signing a three-year deal with the Detroit Lions in the offseason. Bush is now with the Seattle Seahawks, and Edmonds is with the Philadelphia Eagles. Sutton will be the biggest loss for the team due to his versatility in the defensive backfield. Bush had fell out of favor over the past few years, but they could look to add another linebacker at some point.
Steelers 7-round mock draft
Round 1: No. 17 — Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Round 2: No. 32 (from Bears) —O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
Round 2: 49 —Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Round 3: No. 80 —Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor
Round 4: No. 120 —Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue
Round 7: No. 241 (from Vikings through Broncos) — Robert Beal Jr., Edge, Georgia
Round 7: No. 251 (From Rams) —Hunter Luepke, FB/HB, North Dakota State
Porter Jr. is a physical corner that fits perfectly into the Steelers organization. He grew up around the organization with his father Joey Porter Sr., being a franchise legend. This will be a good landing spot because he won’t have to rush and play until he is ready and will have the opportunity to learn from veterans Peterson and Minkah Fitzpatrick.
In the second round, Brugler has the Steelers doubling down on the offensive line selecting a guard and a tackle. Not only do the Steelers need to protect Pickett, but they need to re-establish the run and create some holes for third-year back Najee Harris. He only averaged 3.8 yards per carry last season, but adding Torrence and Jones will certainly help to improve that.
Brugler used the remaining picks to round out the roster, including two defensive linemen and another weapon for Pickett in Jones. The Steelers almost never spend premium draft picks on receivers, but they always have one of the best-receiving corps in the league. Jones finally had a breakout year at Purdue this year, but with the veterans in the room, the team can bring him along slowly until he is able to carry a full load.