Mel Kiper 2-Round Mock Draft: Steelers go all attacks in rounds 1 and 2

The 2022 NFL Draft is just around the corner, and that means draft analysts are going all-in on their mock draft predictions. Some mock drafts, and their writers, get more attention than others, and the two at ESPN would certainly fall into that category. Whether it’s Todd McShay or Mel Kiper Jr., these two analysts are lightning rods when it comes to their rankings / predictions.

After McShay released his latest mock draft last week, it was Kipper’s turn to produce some content, and he did so in a full 2-round mock draft. Of course, these are just Kipper’s thoughts and projections for how the draft might develop, but for the Pittsburgh Steelers tab, you stand back and scratch your head and wonder if this would be the best course of action for the team if the board were to drop this. way.

With that said, let’s take a look at the first round of Kiper’s latest mock draft …

Round 1

1. Jacksonville JaguarsAidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
2. Detroit LionsAhmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
3. Houston TexasTravon Walker, DE, Georgia
4. New York JetsKayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
5. New York GiantsIkem Ekwonu, OT, NC stat
6. Carolina PanthersMalik Willis, QB, Liberty
7. New York Giants (via CHI) – Jermaine Johnson II, DE, Florida State
8. Atlanta FalconsGarrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
9. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) – Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
10. New York Jets (via SEA) – Drake London, WR, USC
11. Washington’s commandersKyle Hamilton, S, Vor Frue
12. Minnesota VikingsDerek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
13. Houston Texans (via CLE) – Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
14. Baltimore RavensTrent McDuffie, CB, Washington
15. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA) – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
16. New Orleans Saints (via PHI / IND) – Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
17. Los Angeles chargersJordan Davis, DT, Georgia
18. Philadelphia Eagles (via NO) – Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia
19. New Orleans Saints (via PHI) – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

20. Pittsburgh SteelersKenny Pickett, QB, Pitt

I would feel much more comfortable taking Pickett here than I would in the top 10. The best case scenario is that he is Derek Carr and his floor is like an Andy Dalton type, which is by no means a bad quarterback . Pittsburgh can win with that. Still, these two were taken in round 2 and had no round 1 expectations around them. If Pickett falls into the Steelers lap here, he would be hard to let go. And he has a little more upside than Mitch Trubisky.

21. New England PatriotsDevin Lloyd, ILB, Utah
22. Green Bay Packers (via LV) – Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
23. Arizona CardinalsTreylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
24. Dallas CowboysArnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State
25. Buffalo BillsDaxton Hill, DB, Michigan
26. Tennessee TitansJahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
27. Tampa Bay BuccaneersDevonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
28. Green Bay PackersZion Johnson, G / C, Boston College
29. Kansas City Chiefs (via MIA / SF) – Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
30. Kansas City ChiefsGeorge Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
31. New York Jets (via CIN False Trading) – Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
32. Detroit Lions (via LAR) – Lewis Cine, S, Georgia

There’s plenty of talent to choose from when the Steelers pick No. 20, but Kiper feels the Steelers’ need for quarterback is too great to let Pickett fall any further. With Willis off the board as No. 6 to Carolina, Pickett is the second-best quarterback on the board. But that does not mean that this is the best direction for the team in round 1. There is still talent available on needs on both sides of football. It’s hard to see people like Devin Lloyd, Devonte Wyatt and Tyler Linderbaum all on the board and walking past the blacks and gold.

Round 2

33. Jacksonville JaguarsKenyon Green, G, Texas A&M
34. Detroit LionsDavid Ojabo, OLB, Michigan
35. Cincinnati Bengals (via False Trade with NYJ) – Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
36. New York GiantsJalen Pitre, S, Baylor
37. Houston TexansJaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
38. New York Jets (via CAR) – Breece Hall, RB, Iowa stat
39. Chicago BearsKyler Gordon, CB, Washington
40. Seattle Seahawks (via DEN) – Desmond Knight, QB, Cincinnati
41. Seattle SeahawksQuay Walker, LB, Georgia
42. Indianapolis Colts (via WSH) – Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
43. Atlanta FalconsBoye Mafe, OLB, Minnesota
44. Cleveland BrownsTravis Jones, DT, Connecticut
45. Baltimore RavensChanning Tindall, LB, Georgia
46. ​​Minnesota VikingsPerrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
47. Washington Commanders (via IND) – George Pickens, WR, Georgia
48. Chicago Bears (via LAC) – Tyler Smith, OT / G, Tulsa
49. New Orleans SaintsMatt Corral, QB, Be Miss
50. Kansas City Chiefs (via MIA) – Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
51. Philadelphia EaglesDrake Jackson, DE / OLB, USC

52. Pittsburgh SteelersJohn Metchie III, WR, Alabama

Metchie tore his ACL in December, but he had a great season with 96 catches on 1,142 yards and eight goals. He can play in slot and make a difference in midfield for the Steelers, who let JuJu Smith-Schuster go into free play. Metchie should be able to recover to play in Week 1 – and potentially help Kenny Pickett.

53. Green Bay Packers (via LV) – Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
54. New England PatriotsLogan Hall, DL, Houston
55. Arizona CardinalsRoger McCreary, CB, Auburn
56. Dallas CowboysAbraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
57. Buffalo BillsKenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State
58. Atlanta Falcons (via TEN) – Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
59. Green Bay PackersMyjai Sanders, DE / OLB, Cincinnati
60. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCole Strange, G, Chattanooga
61. San Francisco 49ersCam Taylor-Britt, DB, Nebraska
62. Kansas City ChiefsJalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
63. Cincinnati BengalsGreg Dulcich, TE, UCLA
64. Denver Broncos (via LAR) – Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

The Steelers sit tight at pick No. 52 and focus again on the offensive side of the ball with the pick of Metchie III. Coming after a major knee surgery will have many fans / experts skeptical about the choice, but many have come back from these injuries without any hindrance to their performance. The Steelers, who took Pickett in round 1, opened the door for teams like the Seahawks and Saints to take Desmond Knight and Matt Corral in round 2. Again, lots of talent on the board, but you would be hard pressed to argue the Steelers’ did ‘I do not need help for both quarterback and wide receiver. Getting these positions in rounds 1 and 2 is not terrible.

What do you think of Kiper’s latest mock draft? Would you be happy with the choices? Are there players who were passed on that you would have taken if you developed this mockery? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to stay updated on the BTSC for the latest news and notes about the Steelers as they prepare for the next wave of free agency and NFL Draft.

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