NFL Mock Draft 2017: Pittsburgh Steelers 7-round projection
The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the 2017 NFL Draft in need of an outside linebacker and in want of several other varyingly deep positions. Steelers decision makers have flirted with the idea of drafting a quarterback this year and there are several mid-round options to provide backup for Le’Veon Bell, but at what expense to a defense that still needs reinforcing?
We mock out all eight picks of Pittsburgh’s 2017 draft right here.
Sometimes the Pittsburgh Steelers make no secret whatsoever about who they have their eyes on and the potential pick come stop fruition anyway. Following an in-house visit that followed a private workout and with so much of the first 29 picks potentially getting caught up in such a wide variety of skills positions, the Steelers land one of their top edge rushing targets.
The 6-foot-3, 239-pound, Everett would allow the Steelers to re-rejoin the NFL in having a tight end it can split out, which would also mitigate the need for Pittsburgh to draft a highly touted wide receiver.
The Steelers wait until the third round before value meets need at the position of supposed need and get a long and thick underclassman cover guy in the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Wilson. Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert get another Florda buddy in the Pittsburgh locker room.
Ross Cockrell gets more company for his starting job.
A mini-run on quarterbacks in the first couple rounds leaves the Steelers to cash in on their compensatory pick with a quarterback prospect who will draw comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger because they are both tall.