Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft Roundup 5.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Pittsburgh Steelers, check out our 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft Database.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Steelers:
NFL.com - Zierlein (2/4)
24. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
The Steelers need a running back, but GM Kevin Colbert doesn't draft RBs this early. He does, however, seem to love taking linebackers in Round 1, and Collins' rare combination of size, range and coverage will be appealing.
NFL.com - Brooks (2/1)
24. Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
The heat-seeking missile from Missouri is the perfect partner for Devin Bush between the tackles.
Akron Beacon Journal - Kadar (2/1)
24. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is a free agent, and the Steelers could look to save some money by replacing him with a rookie. There is a handful of offensive tackles who are first-round players this year, so 2021 is the year to do it for Pittsburgh.
The Ringer - Kelly (1/31)
24. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
The Steelers finished dead last in both rushing yards and yards per attempt in 2020, a vulnerability that showed up during the team's late-season collapse. Grabbing Harris here would be a good start toward correcting that issue, giving Pittsburgh a bruising between-the-tackles runner who's also very skilled in the passing game.
USA Today - Davis (1/28)
24. Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
It's high time they reinvested in the offensive line, especially with LT Alejandro Villanueva's contract up. Mayfield may not be ready to man the blind side immediately -- he did play there at times for the Wolverines -- but should be able to lock down the right side right away.
ESPN - Kiper (1/26)
24. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Pittsburgh lost five of its last six games after starting 11-0, and holes were exposed, particularly after edge rusher Bud Dupree tore his ACL in early December. And with Dupree now a free agent, this would be a pick to grab a replacement. Collins is a do-everything linebacker who had four sacks, four interceptions (two for TDs) and two forced fumbles on the way to winning the Nagurski Award last season. At 6-4, 260 pounds, he could slot into Dupree's position and excel at getting after quarterbacks or dropping into coverage to confuse offensive coordinators. Collins is a really intriguing chess piece for a smart defense. The Steelers could also think about offensive line with this pick.
NFL.com - Jeremiah (1/22)
24. Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
The Steelers' inability to run the football last season was a major problem. They could take a runner here -- I love North Carolina's Javonte Williams and Alabama's Najee Harris -- but I think they will address the offensive line instead. Jenkins plays with an edge (see what he did against Texas) and would provide some youth/athleticism to Pittsburgh's aging group.
Baltimore Sun - Doon (1/22)
24. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Whether or not Ben Roethlisberger returns, the Steelers need improvements on the offensive line. Starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva and guard Matt Feiler are set to hit free agency, and veteran center Maurkice Pouncey is reportedly "50-50" on retiring. Cosmi is a safe bet to be a solid starter, allowing eight pressures on 368 pass-blocking snaps this past season, per PFF.
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