Let’s mock the 2020 NFL draft: Steelers are on the clock

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The Steelers enter the 2020 NFL draft with questions about and with needs at important positions

For Steelers fans and football fans in general, this time of the year bristles with excitement about two upcoming events:  Free agency and the NFL draft.  The Steelers will enter the 2020 draft with both questions and needs at important positions.

This discussion will not be a true mock draft type of discussion per se, rather we will look at what positions the Steelers may target and in what round those positions may be targeted.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading mock drafts where someone writes about what specific player the Steelers will select in what round.

Perhaps we will do that at a later date, but, for right now, I think we are better served at looking at positions that are questionable and the positions where a need exists.  In doing so, I think we can come up with something of a roadmap that the Steelers may follow as we navigate the 2020 NFL draft.

According to the official website of the Steelers, here is the breakdown of the draft picks with which we will work, assuming there are no trades, of course:

"The following is a full list of the Steelers round-by-round draft picks. First Round – No pick (traded to Miami Dolphins for Minkah Fitzpatrick) Second Round – 17th pick in round – 49th overall Third Round – 38th pick in round – 102nd overall (compensatory pick) Steelers traded their original third round pick to move up to select Devin Bush in 2019 NFL Draft Fourth Round – 18th pick in round – 124th overall Fourth Round – 29th pick in round – 135th overall (Acquired via Fitzpatrick trade) Fifth Round – No pick (Traded two picks – one in Fitzpatrick trade, one in Nick Vannett trade) Sixth Round – 19th pick in round – 198th overall Seventh Round – 18th pick in round – 232nd overall"

With the above in mind, let’s mock the 2020 draft.