Seven rounds best NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft 2017: Last years draft was to fix our secondary. We could still use some more good defensive backs. 2017 should be the year to draft some big and fast stud pass rushers since we are playing more 4-3 and nickle. Get more weapons for Roethlisberger too.
| NFL Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 Mock Draft 7-Rounds |
Our Steelers mock draft is a scouts list, set up for "best available player" by need. Multiple choices (A, B). In brown is a Want List.
The players we picked are not just media hype ranked as on most mock drafts. Our picks have a proven record of great accomplishment. Post Scouting Combine update.
Round one. Pick One. We get a nasty 3-4 pass rusher
A. Jordan Willis, OLB/DE, Kansas State. 6'4" 255 lbs. Big-12 First Team. Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Voted Most Outstanding Player at Senior Bowl. First round grade? I am looking at huge upside. His god given athletics are amazing. Willis is a rare freak of nature. Willis has good size, 4.53 speed, 6.85 3 cone, 39" vertical, and 33 1/2 inch arms. He is very raw and wins with speed and power like Bud Dupree did at Kentucky. I am confident coach Porter can teach him kung-fu. 11.5 sacks last season.
B. Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE, UCLA. 6'2" 255 lbs. PAC-12 1st team. McKinley has experience at the 3-4 OLB position. The guy is a rare freak with 4.59 speed and James Harrison arms! Paint him green and he can play the Hulk. McKinley is mean, nasty, and very raw. The way coaches want them. His shoulder surgery should be healed before the season starts.
C. Other choices: T.J. Watt, Haason Reddick, Tarell Basham, Zach Cunningham
D. Want List: Obi Melifonwu, Adoree Jackson, Marlon Humphrey, Evan Engram, Tre'Davious White
Round Two. Pick One. We get a game changer defensive back.
A. Josh Jones, SS/ILB, NC State. 6'1" 220 lbs. His 4.41 40 yard dash at the Combine is very fast. Jones is mean as a badger too. Sure tackler and lights-out hitter! Play him as a linebacker in the 4-2-5 nickle with Shazier. Josh Jones may be gone when we pick here.
B. Desmond King, CB/FS/KR, Iowa. 5'11" 206 lbs. Big-10 First Team. King won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015. Very physical and full of nasty. Hard hitter! He can also play safety and return kicks.
C. Other choices: Sidney Jones, Ahkello Witherspoon, Budda Baker, Fabian Moreau, Cordrea Tankersley, Jalen Myrick
D. Want List: Derek Rivers, Tyus Bowser, Zay Jones, Chris Wormley, Dorian Johnson
Round Three Pick One. We get a top shelf running back
A. D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas. 6'0" 233 lbs. Big-12 First Team. He won the Doak Walker Award that goes to the best running back in NCAA. Forman led the nation with 2,028 rushing yards. Watching him run is poetry in motion. He ran the 40 in 4.45 seconds at pro day!
B. Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin. 5'11" 227 lbs. First Team running back in the Big-10! Yes, he is the best ball carrier in the Big 10 conference. Drafting a running back from "run-first" Wisconsin is a no-brainer too. Clement ran a 4.55 40 at pro day.
C. Other choices: Wayne Gallman, Marlon Mack, Kareem Hunt
D. Want List: Alex Anzalone, Jake Butt, Nathan Peterman, Chad Hansen, Corn Elder
Round Three Compensatory. Pick One. Get a monstra 4-3 pass rusher
A. Demarcus Walker, DE/OLB, Florida State. 6'4" 280 lbs. Voted ACC Defensive Player of the Year. AFCA All-American. He is the best pass rusher in the draft. Walker has the swim move of death. His speed burst is unreal. How do you block him? 16 sacks last season!
B. Trey Hendrickson, DE/OLB, Florida Atlantic. 6'4" 265 lbs. Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. Shrine Game Most Outstanding Player Award. Hendrickson's high motor makes JJ Watt look slow. His 4.65 40 time is much faster than Joey Bosa. How did FSU and Miami miss out on this guy?
C. Other choices: Daeshon Hall, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Dawuane Smoot
Round Four. Pick One. We get a deep threat playmaker
A. Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M. 6'4" 198 lbs. Tall and fast target for Big Ben. He is a deep threat like Martavis Bryant. Senior Bowl star!
B. Kenny Golladay, WR, N. Illinois. 6'4" 213 lbs. All MAC First Team. Roethlisberger likes big and fast targets. Golladay has awesome hands.
C. Other choices: KD Cannon, Josh Malone, Stacy Coley, Shelton Gibson
Round Five. Pick One. We get a stud for Nickle & Dime Packages
A. Jordan Evans, ILB, Oklahoma. 6'3" 232 lbs. Big-12 First Team linebacker! Led the team with 98 tackles and 4 interceptions. To play nickle linebacker, you need speed. Evans ran 4.51 at his pro day. Watch some tape and you will see his coverage skills are amazing. Evans is like a huge cornerback!
B. Tedric Thompson, SS/FS, Colorado. 6'0" 212 lbs. Pac-12 2nd Team. Led the conference with 7 interceptions in 2016. His 24 total passes defended ranks #1 in the FBS! Watch some tape and you will see him use his psychic powers to know where the ball is going. He could be the best safety in NCAA football. What a steal!
C. Other choices: Jordan Sterns FS, Michael Davis CB/FS, Shalom Luani SS, Shaquill Griffin CB,
Round Six. Pick One. We get a good local player for Depth
A. Scott Orndoff, TE, Pitt. 6'5" 265 lbs. Watch some tape. I swear he plays like a faster Heath Miller. Clutch player scored a touchdown to help beat #1 Clemson. Good hands and great blocker. Our scouts should already know him.
B. Montae Nicholson, SS, Mich State. 6'2" 212 lbs. With his 4.42 40 time, he was one of the fastest safetys at the Combine. Nicholson was a high school super stud in western Pennsylvania, and I am sure some Steelers staff have been following his career.
C. Other choices: Evan Schwan, Ryan Lewis, Avery Moss, Lorenzo Jerome
Round Seven. Pick One. We get star small school FCS badass
A. Karel Hamilton, WR/KR, Samson. 6'1" 202 lbs. AP All-American FCS First Team. SoCon 1st Team. Hands like glue! With his very long arms, he plays much taller than 6'1". 1389 yards in 2016. Make him a Steeler!
B. Donald Payne, SS/ILB, Stetson. 5'11" 223 lbs. AFCA National FCS First Team All-American. Pioneer League Defensive Player Of The Year. His 538 career tackles ranks third all-time in NCAA Division 1. He could be the ultimate box safety or nickle LB. Reminds me of Jatavis Brown of the Chargers.
C. Khalid Abdullah, RB, James Madison. 5'10" 220 lbs. The best FCS running back in the nation, helping James Madison win the national championship. 1,992 total yards (132 per game avg.), with 22 TDS.
UDFA Prospects & Camp Tryouts (some guys are All Americans!)
History has proven that many of the best players in the NFL were undrafted. James Harrison, Ramon Foster, Alejandro Villanueva, and Eli Rogers are a few examples on the Steelers team. The UDFA class of good players is so deep, we should have another draft in May 2017.
Division I FBS Players Under The Radar
Horace Richardson, CB/FS, SMU. 5'11" 202 lbs. First Team AAC FBS conference. This guy is a ball hawk and can hit! Darn right we will take him!
Anthony Nash, WR, Duke. 6'5" 212 lbs. You can tell 2016 is a deep class for wide receivers when a tall 6'5" guy that runs a 4.38 40 yard dash gets ignored. Not a wimp either, as he can squat lift 450 pounds.
R.J. Shelton, WR/RB/KR/PR, Mich State, 5'11" 202 lbs. Big-10 2nd Team. Shelton led the team with 53 receptions, and 1,377 yards. He is like a running back after the catch. Just get the ball in his hands. Fun player to watch!
Seth Russell, QB, Baylor. 6'3" 205 lbs. Russel was on pace to be the top NCAA QB in the nation before his ankle injury. If he played full season, he could have beat Robert Griffin III TD record. Now all healed, his stock should go up at the Scounting Combine. He would be a steal as a UDFA player.
Thomas Sperbeck, WR, Boise State. 6'0" 182 lbs. MWC First Team in 2015 and 2016. He never drops a pass! Boise State is a FBS team. Why is Sperbeck off the radar?
Money Hunter, SS/FS, Arkansas State. 6'1" 211 lbs. What a name! Hunter made 1st Team in the FBS Sun Belt Conference. He led the conference in pick-6 scores. Scrappy player!
Colin Jeter, TE, LSU. 6'7" 254 lbs. Blocking bulldozer for run-first team. Very soft hands too. He has good NFL size and can be coached into a star.
Barry J. Sanders, RB/PR, Stanford/Oklahoma St., 5'9" 198 lbs. This is Berry Sanders kid. Yes, that Barry Sanders! Heck of a punt and kick returner.
Young Hoe Koo, K, Ga. Southern. 5'10" 190 lbs. Kicker problems have lost us games. Stuff him on the practice squad. Sun-Belt 1st team. 95% goals! Coolest name in football.
Jonah Pirsig, OT, Minnesota. 6'8" 324 lbs. Blocked for an offense that rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2016. Coach Munchak can teach him some fancy dance moves.
Division I FCS Top Studs
Tyler Williams, CB, Central Arkansas. 6'1" 194 lbs. The best defensive back in the FCS, could be the best in all the NCAA. Leads the nation with 27 passes defended (4 int.). He has size, speed, and sticky.
Christian Kuntz, ILB/OLB, Duquesne. 6'2" 232 lbs. Very nasty dude. AP All American. NEC Defensive Player of the Year! 24 TFL and 11.5 sacks. Luke Kuechly clone. Local player. The Steelers must know this guy.
Mitchell Kirsch, OT/OG. James Madison. 6'6" 300 lbs. Best OT in the FCS. Big and fast. Treats linebackers like rag dolls. AP First Team All-American.
Karter Schult, DE, Northern Iowa. 6'4" 269 lbs. Some NFL team will make him famous. Buck Buchanan Award Winner. MVFC Defensive Player of the Year. FCS All American. 24 TFL. 2016 NCAA Sack leader (17).
Dylan Cole, OLB/ILB, Missouri State. 6'0" 233 lbs. MVC First Team. AP ALL American. 142 total tackles leads the FCS. He has the vision gift!
Brady Gustafson, QB, Montana. 6'5" 239 lbs. If you think Carson Wentz was badass, you should see Gustafson play. A man among boys. Throws a bullet!
Division II Superstars
Sie Doe Jr., OLB/ILB, Fort Hays State, 6'1" 230 lbs. Div-II AP All American. MIAA Defensive Player of The Year. 15 sacks and 19.5 TFL. This guy plays just like Hassan Reddick of Temple.
Collin Bevins, DE/DT, Northwest Missouri State. 6'6" 288 lbs. AFCA DII First Team All-American. 26.5 TFL and 17.5 sacks. Awesome 3-4 DE.
Garry Brown, WR, Calfornia Pa, 6'1" 200 lbs. Div-II AP All American First Team. 184 yards per game average. 26 touchdowns! Awesome punt and kick returner too. He has 3rd round talent!
Michael Anderson, RB/KR, WV Wesleyan. 5'9" 190 lbs. Div-II National All American 1st Team. Mountain East Offensive Player of the Year Award. Have him run back kicks. Can this guy play or what?
Grover Stewart, DT/NT, Albany St. 6'6" 335 lbs. All American. Best defensive lineman in Div II football. Crazy motor like Danny Shelton of the Browns. Steelers should get a shot at him first!
Nate Theaker, OT/OG, Wayne State. 6'5" 315 lbs. Play him as a pulling guard, as his quickness will steamroll linebackers. DII First Team All American. GLIAC Lineman of the Year!