In performing this mock draft, I used FanSpeak. I selected the Pittsburgh Steelers,
7 rounds, FanSpeak needs, and Matt Miller from Bleacher Report’s Big Board. Please hit up the comments with your remarks, or shoot me something on Twitter. Remember, this is before the NFL Combine and NFL Free agency. Here were my results:
Round 1: Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA – 6’2″, 265lbs
McKinley is my guy at edge in this class. He has all the physical tools you want in an outside linebacker. He’s athletic, strong, powerful, high football IQ and he has exceptional work ethic. Can perform well with the three aspects of being an outside linebacker: rush the passer, stop the run, and cover. He has a really high ceiling and his potential is of the likes of Bud Dupree. This pick would be a huge win if he were to fall.
Round 2: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson – 6’1″, 190lbs
Only allowing 35.1% of passes thrown his way to be completed, Tankersley is a legit talent. At 6’1” 190lbs, he has the size to play the bump and run the Steelers should transition to. A really good tackler at the point of attack. Has experience in a ton of different coverages. Steelers need a cornerback opposite of Artie Burns, as Ross Cockrell just isn’t any good and is a really weak link in run support.
Round 3: Chris Wormley, DE, Michigan – 6’5″, 297lbs
The lack of depth at the defensive line position really hurt the Steelers in the long run. Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward could really use to take a breather once in a while without the talent level being a huge drop off. Wormley can give them that depth and is a very hard working, high character guy.
Round 4: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh – 6’3″, 225lbs
Pittsburgh could really use a backup quarterback will starting potential. The Steelers will get an extensive look at Peterman since he’s a local product. He led the Panthers to a victory over the National Championship winning Clemson Tigers. He has some mechanical issues, but under Roethlisberger and a ton of reps during the preseason, he could learn a ton. Landry Jones isn’t cutting it and with talks of retirement, Big Ben may not be around much longer. Now is the time to get a potential successor.
Round 5: Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee – 6’3″, 200lbs
At 6’3” 200lbs, Malone is my mid round guy. He’s a height, weight, speed guy who I believe will be a better pro than collegiate player. Malone is a guy who can stretch the field, move the chains, and make the 50/50 catches. The Steelers are a wide receiving factory of talent, so Malone being raw is just fine with me. 11 touchdowns in 2016, Malone could be a huge help in the red zone.
Round 5: Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State – 5’9″, 180lbs
Pumphrey is getting lost in this superb running back class, but he is a very good, underrated talent. His vision and ability to hit gaps quickly makes him valuable. He is also versatile, showing exceptional hands out of the backfield and while being undersized, one of the nation’s best pass blocking backs. To me, he is a mix between Darren Sproles and Gio Bernard. Needs to bulk up a bit, but would be scary to have him backing up Le’Veon Bell, as DeAngelo Williams’ time in the NFL in dwindling.
Round 6: John Johnson, S, Boston College – 6’1″, 205lbs
Johnson has cornerback and safety experience. Extremely athletic with a lot of range. I surely believe the Steelers could use more safety depth with just Robert Golden as the backup. Johnson can step into a starting role after being a special teams demon, as he was a special teams monster with 30 tackles over the last three seasons on cover teams. I’d honestly take him in the 5th.
Round 7: Deatrich Wise Jr., EDGE, Arkansas – 6’3″, 271lbs
A disappointing 2016 campaign has really hurt Wise’s stock. He’s going to need some time to develop and adapt to the NFL. He might need to transform some of his weight into muscle. I could see the Steelers doubling up on edge rushers and Wise has a higher ceiling than most 7th round picks.