PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – While it seems like the Steelers’ biggest areas of need heading into this year’s draft are on the defensive side of the ball, the mock draft experts can’t seem to agree on which position they’ll be targeting.
The Steelers have the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft. Most analysts think they’ll look for a cornerback, but that certainly isn’t the consensus.
One analyst who sees it happening that way is Rob Rang of The Sports Xchange and CBSSports.com.
Rang has the Steelers taking Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes with their first pick, pointing out that new Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler is inheriting the league’s 26th-ranked pass coverage.
Waynes is listed as 6-feet-1-inch and 183 pounds.
Meanwhile, Dane Brugler, Senior Analyst at NFLDraftScout.com recently put out his most up to date mock draft, and he sees the Steelers going in a different direction.
Brugler points out the unknowns the Steelers have, as outside linebacker Jason Worilds is a pending free agent and Jarvis Jones not yet making an impact since being drafted in 2013.
He says he thinks the team will take Virginia defensive end/outside linebacker Eli Harold in the first round.
Brugler points out that Harold could possibly be a project for the Steelers, but has raw ability that makes him worth this pick.
The one thing though that both Rang and Brugler can agree upon is the first overall pick of Tampa Bay. Both analysts have the Buccaneers selecting Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.