Mike Pelaia’s 2020 7-Round Steelers Mock Draft
The Steelers have needs, as every team does, yet they are in a fortunate position that most teams are not. They are coming off a season in which they went 8-8, touting a top-five defense in the league and are bringing back their franchise quarterback, having had to deal with second and third string players for 15 of the 16 games.
The other day, I gave my thoughts on what positions will be a priority for the Steelers in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
The Steelers only have six picks in this year’s draft and will not draft in rounds one or five, having two picks in round four. How the Steelers choose to approach the draft is typically the same, by best player available on their big board, filling a need when applicable.
Taking that into account, here’s how I believe the 2020 draft will fall for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Round 2, Pick 49: Marlon Davidson, DL Auburn
Despite the offensive line being the biggest need, there won’t be a viable option here. Davidson is a guy who can help fill the void of Hargraves’ departure. He’s solid against both the run and the pass and can play on the outside or inside if needed.
Round 3, Pick 102: Saahdiq Charles, OT LSU
Charles injects youth into an ailing unit that desperately needs it. He’s a good run blocker, he’s quick and mobile. He had some disciplinary issues at LSU which could be a red flag but if he’s available, he’s worth the risk here.
Round 4, Pick 124: Kenny Willekes, EDGE Michigan State
Willekes is the classic Steelers pick here. A high motor Edge rusher with solid play vs. both run and pass coming out of a power five school. He’s a guy that can make an impact immediately and will be a steal at this pick if the team can nab him here.
Round 4, Pick 135: John Simpson, OL Clemson
Pittsburgh continues to add depth and youth on the offensive line with John Simpson. Simpson is big and strong and has played high-level football at a national powerhouse as a starter for the last two seasons. He can turn into an eventual starter for the Steelers as well.
Round 6, Pick 198: Jauan Jennings, WR Tennessee
The Steelers continue their annual drafting of a wide receiver with Jennings. He’s a tough guy to bring down once he has the football and is a good possession receiver. He’ll be brought in to add depth to a young corps that can use it.
Round 7, Pick 232: Steven Montez, QB Colorado
Montez is brought in as a developmental quarterback. He’s hardly the future replacement for Big Ben but he’s a guy that can compete for the third spot on the roster and replace Duck Hodges.
If the draft plays out for the Steeler as I project above, they should be in good shape to fill in gaps for the upcoming season as well as find some future starters for years to come.