Steelers Mock Draft adds a QB, RB despite going DB in 1st
While Eric Ebron has started to develop a decent role in the Steelers offense, depth and youth are desperately needed at the position. With Vance McDonald likely on his way out after this season and Zach Gentry struggling to do much of anything on the roster, investing a third-round pick into a potential starter makes sense. Of the mid-round options, Charlie Kolar has a lot of intrigue as a prospect.
The Iowa St. junior stands at 6’6 and somewhere around 250 lbs. His size makes him a mismatch weapon, and his competitive catches will make him a favorite in the red zone. That said, he has average speed overall. He won’t be a burner as a tight end, instead serving as more of a possession receiver that makes the tough catch but struggles to do much with the ball in his hands. Despite his impressive size, he struggles with strength and blocking, which could limit his play in his rookie year.
Given his size and the NFL conditioning, those issues could likely be overcome. Give him a year to bulk up and those strength issues suddenly dissolve. His blocking issues seem to be more because of his strength issues and not a willingness issue. Throw in his receiver ability and suddenly Kolar is a potential starter a year or two down the road. While his rookie impact would likely be limited due to his strength, he could be a starter as early as his sophomore year.