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Steelers go for the value in this latest mock draft

April 13, 2017
A Pittsburgh Steelers helmut sits on the turf before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

With two weeks to go before the NFL Draft, things are coming more and more into focus.


The last few weeks before the draft are when teams really start to play games and float rumors in a last-ditch effort to cover their tracks.

But there also is some clarity in regards to overall thoughts on certain players.

With that in mind, we’ll dive into a three-weeks-out draft, the last one I’ll do before my final mock in a couple of weeks.

1. Cleveland, Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M: While some other rumors are floating around, Garrett is going to be the top pick.

2. San Francisco, Solomon Thomas, DE. Stanford: No changes here, either.

3. Chicago, Jamal Adams, SS, LSU: Adams will be an immediate difference maker in the secondary.

4. Jacksonville, Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama: Jaguars trying to build through defense.

5. Tennessee, Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: The rumors about teams being worried about his hamstring issues early in his career are being floated by teams hoping he’ll drop.

6. N.Y. Jets, O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: The Jets’ tight ends haven’t been a factor in the passing game the past two seasons because, well, they stink.

7. L.A. Chargers, Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State: Another no-brainer, unless the Chargers decide to go QB to get Phil Rivers’ eventual replacement.

8. Carolina, Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: Jonathan Stewart’s replacement.

9. Cincinnati, Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama: Maybe Foster can take over as defensive leader instead of Vontaze Burfict.

10. Buffalo, Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina: The Bills keep searching for their QB of the future.

11. New Orleans, Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: The Saints toyed with signing Malcolm Butler. They get a cheaper option.

12. Cleveland, DeShaun Watson, QB, Clemson: This could work out if the Browns are patient and don’t rush playing him.

13. Arizona, Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: The Cardinals haven’t hidden their interest in acquiring a QB.

14. Philadelphia, Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: McCaffrey is a perfect fit for what the Eagles do with their screen game.

15. Indianapolis, Haasan Reddick, LB, Indianapolis: His speed is perfect for Indianapolis’ defense.

16. Baltimore, Derek Barnett, LB, Tennessee: A replacement for the aging Suggs/Dumervil pass rushing duo.

17. Washington, Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State: If you want to beat the Cowboys, you’d better be able to stop the run.

18. Tennessee, Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: A big, physical downfield threat.

19. Tampa Bay, Obi Melinfonwu, S, Connecticut: A big, physical chess piece for the secondary.

20. Denver, Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin: Hard to believe it took this long for a lineman to go off the board.

21. Detroit, Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan: The Lions keep a Michigan man in state.

22. Miami, Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky: Played tackle in college but will shift inside.

23. N.Y. Giants, Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama: The Giants need to keep Eli Manning upright.

24. Oakland, Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: Forget toying around with Marshawn Lynch. Take the young RB.

25. Houston, Davis Webb, QB, California: Webb in the first round and not DeShone Kizner? Things are trending that way. The Steelers like Webb a lot, by the way.

26. Seattle, Garrett Boles, OT, Utah: The Seahawks have to do a better job of protecting the QB.

27. Kansas City, Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan: The Chiefs thank their lucky stars that Davis falls because the QBs go high.

28. Dallas, Charles Harris, DE, Missouri: The Cowboys need to improve their pass rush.

29. Green Bay, Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State: The Packers need cover guys in the worst way.

30. Pittsburgh, John Ross, WR, Washington: The Steelers are intent on getting OLB and CB help in this draft, but Ross is too good to pass up in this scenario. Ben Roethlisberger would have a permanent smile on his face over this pick.

31. Atlanta, Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn: The Falcons need another pass rusher.

32. New Orleans, Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt: The Saints got their corner earlier, now they grab an athletic linebacker.

Steelers second-round targets: Derek Rivers, OLB, Youngstown State; Jordan Willis, Kansas State; Kevin King, CB, Washington; Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC; Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson; Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

Steelers third-round targets: Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia; Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo; Wayne Gallman, RB. Clemson; D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas; Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova; John Johnson, FS, Boston College



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