Steelers 2021 mock draft: Pittsburgh loads up on offensive talent
The playoffs are about to commence but it is never too early to look at future prospects that could be drafted by the Steelers in April.
The Steelers head into the playoffs for the first time in years and the hope is they stay in them for the long haul. The ultimate goal for each team is to raise that trophy above their heads when that clock strikes zero in the final game of the season. Pittsburgh completed the regular season with a record of 12-4 and was able to capture the AFC North divisional crown.
Once the season ends, they will need to scramble to replace players leaving via free agency and with others being cut to get cap compliant. It will be a tough task and the draft will need to be a major factor for the team to replace the players they lose. The team will need to have another successful class in 2021.
Round 1: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Cosmi is a young prospect that will turn 22 in February. He still needs to be molded but he has all the intangibles that every scout looks for in a starting Left Tackle in the league. He might not be a finished product but he has amazing potential. The ceiling on him makes it worth drafting him at this position. With Banner will likely be returning to the starting Right Tackle position, Chuks Okorafor could slide over to start at the Left Tackle spot. At the very least he could battle Cosmi for it in camp and see who wins the starting position while Kevin Dotson takes over the starting role at Left Guard.
Cosmi is not a finished product but his youth and high ceiling should make him a very intriguing option at this point in the draft. Tackle will be a major need for the team as Al Villanueva will likely be leaving once this season wraps up.