Steelers 7-round mock draft: Pittsburgh can’t ignore big-time WR in round two

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SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 22: Alton Robinson #94 of the Syracuse Orange pressures David Pindell #5 of the Connecticut Huskies during the first quarter at the Carrier Dome on September 22, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

4th Round (from Miami): Alton Robinson

Edge defender, Syracuse

Even if Bud Dupree ends up signing a contract extension, there is little doubt that they will take an edge defender in this year’s draft. The depth behind T.J. Watt is currently very weak, and Anthony Chickillo could be a cap casualty this offseason due to the $6.1 million he is about to receive in 2020. Alton Robinson is a speed rusher with excellent first-step quickness, but he lacks consistent hand technique and is a work in progress. At 6’3” and 259 pounds, he possesses good size for the position. The Steelers could groom him behind Watt and (possibly) Dupree. Eventually, he could turn into a solid rotational piece.

4th Round: Tommy Kraemer

Interior offensive line, Notre Dame

The Steelers would love to be able to land a talented offensive lineman like Tommy Kraemer this late into the draft. The Notre Dame product was a former 5-star recruit who projects best as a guard at the next level. Kraemer has a massive frame (6’6” and 319 pounds) and is extremely hard to work around in pass protection given his sheer girth. However, he lacks the overall athleticism to play well in space and may be limited to certain blocking schemes. Ramon Foster is 34 years old and his contract expires after this season. Pittsburgh could groom Kraemer for a season and have him compete for a starting job at left guard in 2021.

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