The Pittsburgh Steelers entered free agency this year and did a lot right. Some of their transcitions included signing quarterback Mitch Trubisky to a two-year deal in hopes of finding upside under center. The front office also signed linebacker Myles Jack, who was once cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Other pieces added to the roster include Levi Wallace, Mason Cole, and James Daniels to help fill out the secondary and offensive line departments.
Here, we breakdown a full seven-round mock draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be looking to add a variety of talent to their roster ahead of next season:
Round 1, Pick 20: WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas
The Steelers answered some questions in free agency, one being a possible route for the first pick in the draft. It seems possible that Pittsburgh could add a wide receiver. Burks would add a great weapon for Trubisky to throw to alongside Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and Pat Freiermuth. According to PFF, Burks is WR5 entering the 2022 Draft.
Round 2, Pick 52: OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State
Pittsburgh gains more depth in their offensive line group with their second-round selection in Abraham Lucas. The Steelers recently extended Chukwuma Okorafor on a three-year deal, but there is nothing wrong with some competition on the offensive front. Lucas was a four-year starter at Washington State, who also has a zone-based run scheme that is similar to Pittsburgh. During his collegiate career, Lucas has played in 2,195 pass-blocking snaps.
Round 3, Pick 84: CB Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State
McCollum adds much-needed depth in the cornerback room for the Steelers, which now consists of Cameron Sutton, Tre Norwood, James Pierre, and newly-signed Levi Wallace. McCollum, who is listed at 6’4″ and 195 pounds, adds another outside cornerback option for Pittsburgh. He should provide the opportunity for Sutton to move back to the slot position, which is where he is normally most effective. It is worth noting that McCollum has recorded three interceptions in four different seasons with Sam Houston State.
Round 4, Pick 138: LB D’Marco Jackson, Appalachian State
The speedy linebacker joins a Pittsburgh Steelers group that recently added Myles Jack to the mix. An attribute to the style of Jackson is that he is quick to shoot the gap and stop the run. He classifies as a jack of all trades in the sense of a linebacker prospect. Last season, Jackson recorded a career-high 119 tackles; 56 of which were solo.
Round 6, Pick 207: WR Dontario Drummond, Ole Miss
It makes sense for the Steelers to double-down at the wide receiver position after the departures of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ray-Ray McCloud, and James Washington. To this point, Pittsburgh has not signed any additional receivers, so drafting a second receiver prospect is logical. Drummond broke out as a favorite of Matt Corral at Ole Miss this past season and has slipped through the cracks in this stacked class. In fact, he could end up being one of the biggest steals in Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Round 7, Pick 221: G Ben Brown, Ole Miss
The Steelers grab back-to-back Ole Miss prospects, this time filling out the depth at the guard position with Ben Brown. They signed James Daniels this offseason and also have Kevin Dotson, who should be healthy to start the upcoming season. Brown will provide depth at the position. He started 40 games during his collegiate career with Ole Miss on the interior line, as Pittsburgh gains some versatility with this pick.
Round 7, Pick 237: DE Thomas Booker, Stanford
Booker caps off the draft for the Steelers, bringing a presence to the defensive line. He was said to be the leader on defense for the Stanford Cardinals also defends well on run gaps from a defensive end position. Last season with Stanford, Thomas totaled a career-high 59 tackles; 28 of which were solo.