2019 Mock Drafts – 2/18/19
The Steelers drafted guys who were bigger, stronger and faster than me, but they never found one who could never take my job away from me. ~ Jack Lambert
Well with the beginning of silly season, that period of time between the end of the season and the actual draft, we normally don’t have much to talk about in Steeler Country. But this season, with the AB drama, the will they or won’t they tag Le’Veon game there’s a lot to talk about. Tonight I figure I’d lay out some of the mock draft action from around the web.
Personally, whether AB goes or not, the Steelers need help at inside linebacker, corner back, and outside linebacker. Of course if AB moves on there will need to be someone brought in at wide-receiver as well. These are the positions where the Steelers need at least rotational players and likely new starters. There are needs for depth as well, defensive line, running back and tight-end.
The drafts have not surprisingly flowed around the needs related to starters. Some have shown first round picks of wide-receivers regardless of AB’s situation. When the hell will the mock draft folks get it in their heads, the Steelers don’t draft first round wide-receivers. Who I’ve generally seen so far:
ILB Devin White – this is my dream pick with our current picks (it may change if an AB trade yields a better than #20 first round pick). Unfortunately, I don’t see White dropping to #20, it would be a gift if he did. He’s a bit raw but his upside is huge and he reminds a bit of a certain #50 fly all over the field linebacker.
ILB Mack Wilson – not quite the athletic freak that Devin White is, or maybe the upside that White has, but Wilson is likely more ready to play at this level and either White or Wilson next to Vince Williams in the middle would be a big improvement over last year.
OLB Jochai Polite – this guy has started showing up in recent mock drafts, he’s an edge rusher from Florida and could be a good addition to a Bud Dupree, Anthonly Chickilo (assuming he re-signs) and TJ Watt rotation.
DB Deandre Baker – another supposedly good cover corner coming out of college. I’m not being fair to Deandre Baker I know, but the Steelers have been really snakebit on DB draft picks and I have no faith left.
Here’s a trip around the Web for some of the Mock Drafts: