The 2020 NFL Draft is upon us, and the Steelers are nearly on the clock. Here’s who I have Pittsburgh going with in each round of my final mock draft.
Fans, analysts, and experts have been racking their brains trying to figure out which direction the Steelers will go early in the 2020 NFL Draft. But narrowing in on just one position in the second round is hard to do.
Pittsburgh doesn’t necessarily have any gaping holes on either side of the ball, but there are more than enough positions in desperate need of quality depth. After numerous seven-round mock drafts dating back to February, here is my final 2020 mock draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers:
2nd Round (pick 49): Jonathan Taylor
Running back, Wisconsin
There are a number of different directions the Steelers could go here. They could look for a Javon Hargrave replacement or an eventual starter along the offensive line. However, I have them going with Wisconsin running back, Jonathan Taylor, in my final seven-round mock.
The Steelers have clearly expressed interest in Taylor – reportedly having multiple video calls with the Wisconsin star. Though he’s not without his flaws, Taylor has some prototype traits for the running back position. At 5’10” and 226 pounds, Taylor possesses an ideal build to carry the load. He also can hit pay-dirt with his 4.39 speed.
In addition, Taylor shows plus vision and breaks arm tackles with ease. However, fumbles are a concern at the next level, as Taylor allowed the ball to come loose 18 times during his collegiate career. In addition, a massive college workload could spell a shortened NFL career, but that’s not something Pittsburgh will have to worry about any time soon.
I’ve heard the Steelers would love to land J.K. Dobbins, but I think another team pounces on him much higher than this. Taylor is a solid football player with terrific size and explosion for the position. He should be an immediate upgrade over James Conner in the backfield.