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Cnic's Final Mock Draft 2021


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If you’re tuning in. you’re in for a treat. This article has not one, not two, but three total mock drafts. The first, a Pittsburgh Steelers, seven-round mock draft about what I think will happen. I will attempt to be the most accurate for the entire draft. The second, a seven-round mock draft about what I would do. And lastly, a day-one mock draft featuring all 32 selections.


I used Pro Football Network’s mock draft simulator to help regulate the likeliness of a player’s availability.


First Mock Draft: 7-rounds, What I Think Will Happen:


Round 1, Pick 24: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB/S, Notre Dame


I know, it's not an offensive player and it’s not Najee Harris. In the simulator, Harris (nor Etienne) were available and I think this is true come Thursday night. Someone unexpectedly always falls to the Steelers, and this year it's ‘JOK’.


Owusu-Koramoah is more than just a linebacker, he fills many needs on a defense who lost some talent. The Notre Dame product can play inside linebacker, dime-backer and even slot cornerback. The issue of handling move tight ends comes to an end.


Both Mike Tomlin and Colbert attended Notre Dame’s Pro Day.


Other players on the board considered: OT Tevin Jenkins, LB Zaven Collins, CB Greg Newsome


Round 2, Pick 55: Trey Sermon, RB, The Ohio State University


With the value at running back not present in round one, the Steelers make sure to grab their feature workhorse of the future. Sermon checks all the boxes in terms of what's needed out of the running back position: can be productive, can catch the football, can pass protect.


Sermon’s career hasn’t even begun to peek at his potential and the Steelers could use a back with great vision, power, elusivity and ability to be a true workhorse. The former Buckeye compares favorably to Le’Veon Bell.


Other players on the board considered: OC Landon Dickerson (medicals), OT Liam Eichenberg, CB Aaron Robinson


Round 3, Pick 87: Josh Myers, OC, The Ohio State University


Kevin Colbert said this center class was deep, but waiting any longer wouldn’t be smart with Myers on the board. Myers is a plug-and-play center who is a huge upgrade over what the Steelers currently employ at the position. Myers may not fit the new system due to not being the most athletic, but at the center position, it's something that can be lenient with.



Other players on the board considered: OC Trey Hill, QB Kellen Mond, TE Brevin Jordan


Round 4, Pick 128: Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa


With Bud Dupree now in Tennessee, the Steelers are one injury at outside linebacker away from a complete disaster. Elerson Smith can follow in Alex Highsmith’s steps and spell in for both or either Watt and Highsmith.


Smith is a high motored, explosive edge rusher with some inquisitive moves to get to the quarterback. Has great size and athleticism and a high ceiling.


Other players on the board considered: WR Seth Williams, S James Wiggins, EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr.


Round 4, Pick 140 (Compensatory selection): Adrian Ealy, OT, Oklahoma


The tackle position can use a big infusion of talent and depth. Ealy is a natural right tackle with a nasty demeanor and can pull if needed. Ealy also has snaps at guard under his belt, offering a much-coveted versatility.


Other players on the board considered: WR Shi Smith, TE Nick Eubanks, WR/Weapon Demetric Felton


Round 6, Pick 216: Drue Chrisman, P, The Ohio State University


The Steelers have to upgrade this position and Chrisman will be an immediate starter. Chrisman punts with excellent hang time and distance, allowing coverage units to be effective.


Don’t think the Steelers take a punter? They took a long snapper in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.


Other players on the board considered: DT Jordon Scott, OT Dan Moore, WR Dez Fitzpatrick


Round 7, Pick 245: Zach Davidson, TE, CMU


The tight end position needs to be addressed in the draft and it is an uninspiring class as a whole. Davidson is a talented and underrated small school guy who can be effective in both the passing game and as a blocker.


Other players on the board considered: DT Mustafa Johnson, OT Josh Bell, S Christian Uphoff



Round 7 Pick 254: Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh


The Steelers will be taking a shot in the dark this late in the draft and I think they stay close to home with a prospect they expectedly have substantial information on. Ford fills the need as the 3rd safety and can improve his tackling and angles working on special teams.


Other players on the board considered: WR Jonathan Adams Jr., QB Ian Book, DT Lorenzo Neal



The Second Mock Draft, What I’d do:


Round 1, Pick 24: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech


Assuming medicals clear him, an absolute stud of a cornerback who fills a humongous need.


Round 2, Pick 56: Quinn Meinerz, OC, Wisconsin-Whitewater


My best center in the draft in terms of what the Steelers need at the position.


Round 3, Pick 87: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis


A home-run back who can do it all, just a bit undersized in what the Steelers may look for.


Round 4, Pick 128: Adrian Ealy, OT, Oklahoma


Day one starter at right tackle with guard versatility.


Round 4, Pick 140: Charles Snowden, EDGE, Virginia


The Steelers need depth at outside linebacker and Snowden is an underrated guy who has blocked a kick and a punt.


Round 6, Pick 216: Drue Chrisman, P, The Ohio State University


Taking this one from the mock above. I think it's a smart move. The Steelers need consistency here.


Round 7, Pick 245: Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State


Great size and instincts, can play either safety spot. Needed depth.


Round 7, Pick 252: Larnel Coleman, OT, Massachusetts


This is my guy. Plain and simple. Dude can play and has high potential.


Third Mock Draft, Full 32-Pick Prediction:


1 - Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence

2 - New York Jets: QB Zach Wilson

3 - San Francisco 49ers: QB Mac Jones

4 - Atlanta Falcons: TE Kyle Pitts

5 - Cincinnati Bengals, WR Ja’marr Chase

6 - Miami Dolphins: OT Penei Sewell

7 - Detroit Lions: WR Jaylen Waddle

8 - New England Patriots (from CAR): QB Trey Lance

9 - Washington Football Team (from DEN): QB Justin Fields

10 - Dallas Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtain II

11 - New York Giants: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

12 - Philadelphia Eagles: WR Devonta Smith

13 - LA Chargers: OT Rashawn Slater

14 - Minnesota Vikings: OT Christian Darrisaw

15 - Carolina Panthers (From NE): CB Jaycee Horn

16 - Arizona Cardinals: WR Rashod Bateman

17 - Las Vegas Raiders: LB Micah Parsons

18 - Miami Dolphins: RB Najee Harris

19 - Denver Broncos: EDGE Azeez Ojulari

20 - Chicago Bears: WR Rondale Moore

21 - Indianapolis Colts: OT Teven Jenkins

22 - Tennessee Titans: CB Greg Newsome II

23 - New York Jets: RB Travis Etienne

24 - Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Caleb Farley

25 - Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Christian Barmore

26 - Cleveland Browns: LB Jamin Davis

27 - Baltimore Ravens: WR Kadarius Toney

28 - New Orleans Saints: LB Zaven Collins

29 - Green Bay Packers: WR Elijah Moore

30 - Buffalo Bills: EDGE Kwity Paye

31 - Baltimore Ravens - OT Alex Leatherwood

32 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OG Alijah Vera-Tucker



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