Only a couple more picks remain in our 2018 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft! As a review, let’s go back over who has been taken with the last five picks.
24. Carolina Panthers - Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
25. Tennessee Titans - Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio
26. Atlanta Falcons - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
27. New Orleans Saints - Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
That brings us to the Pittsburgh Steelers at #28 overall. The Steelers have one of the most dynamic offenses in the National Football League, but do face some interesting questions as they look towards the future. Let’s take a look at them now.
2017 record: 13-3 (1st place, AFC North)
LB Jon Bostic (free agent signing), S Morgan Burnett (free agent signing)
CB William Gay (signed with New York Giants), S Robert Golden (signed with Kansas City), OT Chris Hubbard (signed with Cleveland), S Mike Mitchell (released)
Cornerback - The Steelers scored a coup by getting Joe Haden in a trade just before the start of the regular season in 2017, but when he went down with an injury last season, the Steelers showed some serious issues with their depth at the position. They have some younger players that could take a step forward, but more help is still needed.
Inside linebacker - One of the scariest moments of last season was when Ryan Shazier went down with a neck injury on what appeared to be a regular tackle. While the effects are obviously farther reaching than the field, the on-field loss of Shazier means that the Steelers have a hole at one of their inside linebacker spots, and they need to fill it.
Quarterback - Ben Roethlisberger isn’t getting any younger, folks. He just turned 36, and has already reportedly entertained thoughts of hanging up his cleats. They don’t have much behind him at the moment, and they need to start seriously looking for Roethlisberger’s successor.
Running back - The Steelers are playing their annual game of “chicken” with Le’Veon Bell, and eventually one of two things is going to happen: Bell is going to lose his value in some way, be it age or injury or whatever, or the cost of using the franchise tag is going to get so insanely high that the Steelers won’t be able to keep using it. In either case, the Steelers need to start planning for when they don’t have the NFL’s best running back anymore.
Safety - Mike Mitchell was let go this offseason, as the Steelers were no longer able to justify his salary at his level of production. Sean Davis is set at one safety spot, but the loss of Mitchell means the Steelers need someone to plug in next to him.
Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville - The next corner up after we’ve seen a few go off of the board, Alexander is a solid player that can get the job done in either man or zone coverage. He also has some skills as a return specialist, whether or not the Steelers could use him in that capacity.
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama - Evans is likely to be better served playing in a 3-4 than he would be in a 4-3, so he’s a player that could make sense for the Steelers here. He’s not an elite athlete, but having been one of the leaders of the Crimson Tide’s defense, he’s certainly developed into an outstanding football player that might be the best tackling linebacker in this year’s class.
Derrius Guice, RB, Louisiana State - If the Steelers are in the market for insurance for Le’Veon Bell, this is definitely a direction that they could look in. Guice isn’t the same sort of runner as Bell. . .then again, nobody is. . .but he’s the next best running back on the board and could be a decent complement to Bell for the time being.
Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama - With Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James off the board, Harrison is the next guy up at the safety spot. Harrison draws plenty of comparisons to another Alabama safety, Landon Collins, and is at his best when he’s able to attack downhill. With the Steelers’ need at safety, he’s certainly a viable option here.
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State - As we mentioned previously, the Steelers really need to start taking the search for Roethlisberger’s successor seriously. Rudolph is the next quarterback on the board after five have already gone off, but is he what the Steelers want at the position?
With the twenty-eighth pick in the 2018 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers (should) select ____________
This poll is closed
Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State