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Steelers stick with edge rushers in this mock draft

April 6, 2017

The closer we get to draft day at the end of this month, the more crazy picks I see for the Steelers.

A quarterback? Not going to happen.

A box safety? Please.

An inside linebacker? Why?

The focus for the Steelers remains cornerback and outside linebacker in this draft. Period. End of story. Everything else is just noise.

With that in mind, here is my three-week out mock draft.

Cleveland, Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M - No change here.

San Francisco, Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford - This is settling in nicely, as well.

Chicago, Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama - Three defensive linemen with the first three picks.

Jacksonville, Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU - This just seems to make too much sense.

Tennessee, O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama - Delanie Walker is getting up in age and Howard can provide another downfield target.

N.Y. Jets, Jamal Adams, SS, LSU - The Jets could, not surprisingly, go quarterback here, as well.

L.A. Chargers, Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State - The replacement for Eric Weddle.

Carolina, Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee - The Panthers love those pass rushers.

Cincinnati, Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama - A third Alabama pick in the top 10.

Buffalo, Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech - Why wouldn’t the Bills take another QB?

New Orleans, Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama - Another Bama player? Yeah, why not?

Cleveland, Mitch Trubinsky, QB, North Carolina - The latest, greatest new Browns QB.

Arizona, John Ross, WR, Washington - Nobody likes speedy deep threats better than Bruce Arians.

Philadelphia, Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford - McCaffrey was born to play in an offense that utilizes screens so heavily.

Indianapolis, Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State - The replacement for Frank Gore.

Baltimore, Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan - The Ravens need all kind of help on offense.

Washington, Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State - The Redskins need to improve their pass rush.

Tennessee, Haason Reddick, LB, Temple - Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson are two-down inside linebackers. Reddick will be a nice chess piece for Dick LeBeau.

Tampa Bay, Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan - When you play in a division with Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Cam Newton, you’d better have pass rushers.

Denver, Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin - The Broncos need to improve their offensive line - badly.

Detroit, Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan - Peppers can play safety on first and second downs and linebacker on third downs.

Miami, Forrest Lamp. G. Western Kentucky - The Dolphins need to improve their play at the guard position.

N.Y. Giants, Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt - The Giants haven’t selected a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks in 1984.

Oakland, Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State - The Raiders need to improve their play in the slot. Conley has experience there and upside.

Houston, DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson - The Texans have to add a talented QB to the mix after missing out on Tony Romo.

Seattle, Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah - Seattle has to do a better job of protecting Russell Wilson.

Kansas City, Mike Williams, WR, Clemson - Williams gives the Chiefs another downfield threat.

Dallas, Obi Melinfonwu, S, UConn - After losing Barry Church in free agency, the Cowboys need a replacement.

Green Bay, Charles Harris, OLB, Missouri - Harris will provide some additional pass rush for the Packers.

Pittsburgh, Carl Lawson, OLB, Auburn - Takk McKinley gets some consideration, but is health breaks the tie with Lawson, a LaMarr Woodley clone - without the hamstring issues. T.J. Watt is in play, as well, but Lawson is more explosive. Keep an eye on CBs Kevin King and Adoree’ Jackson, as well.

Atlanta, Takk McKinley, OLB, UCLA - McKinley’s fall ends as the Falcons grab the pass rusher.

New Orleans, Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida - Davis will help beef up the run defense.



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