Version two is here! Are you ready to be swooned into a crazy mock draft? Not your usual selection in the first round, but that’s what I’m here for! I feel the Pittsburgh Steelers are in much better shape after this draft. What do you think?
Round 1, Pick 14 [from ATL]
PIT receives: Pick 14
ATL receives: Pick 20, 66, 207
BOOM! TRADE! In this scenario, both Devin White and Devin Bush are off the board by pick 11. Kevin Colbert wants to replace recently traded Antonio Brown, might as well do it in fashion. Metcalf is the best wide receiver in the draft. He is the perfect ‘X’ who can stretch the field vertically, is effective after the catch, and is a red zone mismatch. Metcalf is a game-changer who can score at any time. The biggest downside to Metcalf is his health, which I assume checks out with the Steelers doctors.
If anyone tells you that DK Metcalf wasn’t productive at Ole Miss, dismiss them. He’s a straight baller! Has the ability to take the top off of any defense.
DK Metcalf: a thread pic.twitter.com/qQlveQV7Qp
— Alex Kelly (@atkelly19) March 18, 2019
Round 2, Pick 52
Blake Cashman, Linebacker, Minnesota
Cashman wasn’t on many radars before his stellar combine performance, but getting into his film I’m shocked how that was possible. The former Gopher can run, cover, blitz, diagnose quickly and tackle very well. His tenacious play-style infused with his high effort and athleticism make him a very dangerous defender to deal with. The only blemish on Cashman’s overall resume is his length, but I attempt to justify it below with a simple comparison.
I'm getting serious Leighton Vander Esch vibes from Blake Cashman in this game. Dude has been around the ball damn near every snap and hasn't missed a tackle.
I've seen all of Devin White, Devin Bush, and Mack Wilson.
This is the best linebacker game I've watched all year. pic.twitter.com/zos47sBizo
— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) March 4, 2019
Round 3, Pick 66 [from OAK]
traded away in Metcalf trade
Round 3, Pick 83
Juan Thornhill, Safety, Virginia
I have a feeling the overall opinion regarding Sean Davis is that he is not the future at the free safety position. Slated to be a free agent in 2020, Davis just doesn’t turn the ball over and while he improved as a tackler, it’s still inconsistent. Thornhill could play special teams and the Steelers could be creative with him in terms of getting him defensive snaps. Thornhill is an athletic, ballhawking safety who is physical and who’s tackling is steadily improving.
#Virginia safety Juan Thornhill's elite combine workout shows up all over his tape. He's got great range, ball skills and instincts as a deep safety. Offense ran a little play fake causing him to step up, but he quickly turns and recovers over the top and high points the ball. pic.twitter.com/pGxm03SXOC
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) March 18, 2019
Round 4, Pick 122
Amani Hooker, Slot Cornerback/Safety, Iowa
The Steelers defense, especially the secondary, may be in for an overhaul. From what I’ve been told and can interpret from the team, Mike Hilton’s long term future is far from safe. You would think if the team was ready to commit to Hilton they would have extended him this offseason. There were times in 2018 where Hilton headed to the bench in favor of former third round pick Cam Sutton, who hasn’t hit expectations yet. Hooker was very good in coverage last season for the Hawkeyes, breaking up six passes and intercepting four. He is a safety/cornerback hybrid, so the Steelers will absolutely love his versatility.
Round 5, Pick 141 [from OAK]
Justin Hollins, EDGE Rusher, Oregon
Hollins and the Steelers may be one of the more perfect mid-round matches. Hollins is a athletic, bendy guy who can get to the quarterback in a flash. Hollins earned 35 sacks over the past 3 seasons (14.5 in 2018) and also has the ability to knock the ball down with six passes defended in 2018. Need turnovers? Hollins forced five fumbles and reeled in an interception in 2018. Hollins may be one of the biggest sleepers in the 2019 NFL Draft.
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) February 6, 2019
Round 6, Pick 175 [from OAK]
Ulysees Gilbert III, Linebacker, Akron
The guy on the 50 dollar bill? No. Gilbert is being overlooked due to where he went to college, but make no mistake, Gilbert is a legit sleeper. Don’t sleep too long, as Gilbert runs in the 4.5 and even clocked at 4.4 before. How about reliable? Gilbert played in every single game of his collegiate career. Team captain. Gilbert will be a special teams demon until he can provide evidence he is ready to step up and earn snaps of the defensive side of the ball. The Steelers desperately need to bolster the special teams units as well as the linebacker depth.
— Andrew DiCecco (@ADiCeccoNFL) March 6, 2019
Round 6, Pick 192
Tommy Sweeney, Tight End, Boston College
Sweeney is a well rounded prospect who doesn’t do a ton very well. He is similar to Jesse James in this manner, whom the Steelers lost in free agency when he signed with the Detroit Lions. Sweeney is capable of being an in-line blocker who also has very reliable hands. High football IQ, especially when combo blocking off double teams. Jesse James’ replacement is had.
Round 6, Pick 207 [from AZ]
Round 7, Pick 219 [from TB]
James Williams, Running Back, Washington State
Williams is an easily likeable prospect who would go higher in a more shallow draft at the position. Williams is excellent at catching out of the backfield, can run between the tackles, or be effective outside of the tackles. Contact balance with Williams is truly stunning given his stature, but he breaks tackles and earns every yard.
James Williams: Top 5 RB in this classpic.twitter.com/qgRbLCh4iQ
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) March 6, 2019
Draft Haul – 8 Total Selections
WR DK Metcalf
LB Blake Cashman
S Juan Thornhill
CB/S Amani Hooker
EDGE Justin Hollins
LB Ulysees Gilbert III
TE Tommy Sweeney
RB James Williams
Please refrain from the “he wont be there” comments, as this is a mock draft, where draft slots are projected and predicted. Remember when Justin Reid was a shoe-in for the first round? Just please be aware that these are guesses and potential slots. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!