The Steelers currently hold six picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, they might make a few trades to gain more picks. Here are the picks selected through a mock draft and potential trades that could occur.
Pick 49. Ezra Cleveland, Tackle, Boise State
Other options: Neville Gallimore, DL, Oklahoma
Cleveland is a big guy at 6’6 and 311 pounds. He is the perfect size for a great tackle prospect. He really gained steam among scouts at the combine and pre-draft process. Lately, Cleveland has been gaining more and more press and potentially a first-round grade for many teams. If he is there, it will be hard for the Steelers to pass on him.
TRADE, Steelers receive picks 115 and 187 from Cleveland in exchange for pick 102. It seems likely the Steelers will make a trade during the draft to gain more picks, dropping 13 picks seems like a lot but gaining an extra pick in the draft seems like a commodity in this draft.
Pick 115. Anfernee Jennings, EDGE, Alabama
This might be a little early for Jennings for some, but the Steelers need to add depth at the edge position. With Dupree going into his franchise-tagged year and Chickillo being released, the Steelers need to find security at depth.
Pick 124. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Peoples-Jones is a prospect that will have a better professional career than his collegiate. His numbers were decent at Michigan, but nothing that will jump off the page at you. He played in a bad offense at Michigan and struggled to produce numbers because of that. Drafting him here would be a great value.
Pick 135. Geno Stone, S, Iowa
The local Pittsburgher will not have to change his uniform much from Iowa;s black and gold to the Steelers black and gold. The local will have his dreams come true as he returns home to play for his hometown team. He provides great depth and a potential challenger to Terrell Edmunds at the starting strong safety spot.
Pick 187. Harrison Bryant, TE, FAU
Bryant comes out of a small school program at Florida Atlantic. He is raw and has a lot of upside. With the group now consisting of Ebron and McDonald the Steelers don’t need to pick a tight-end, but adding depth never hurts. Bryant showed well at the Senior Bowl and could be a nice moldable prospect going forward.
Pick 198. Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State
Tyler Matakevich and Mark Barron left this past off-season and depth needs to be addressed one way or another. Bachie could be a special teams specialist for the team going forward, at least he will need to be first in order to make the team.
Pick 232. AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
A couple of seasons ago Dillon was jumping off the screen with some of the numbers he was putting up, he slowed down and now he is a confusing prospect. He has the pedigree of a been there and done that guy, but he needs to come back to life when he hits an NFL field when it comes to production. He adds depth and competition for a guy like Jaylen Samuels.