Steelers 2021 mock draft: Pittsburgh loads up on offensive talent
Round 6: Michal Menet, C, Penn State
Depth across the offensive line is the biggest issue and it will need to be addressed in the draft. J.C. Hassenauer has shown he is not a capable backup player at this level. Menet is not coming off his best performance as a collegiate athlete but he would be an immediate upgrade over the current depth behind Maurkice Pouncey. He could also swing to guard and provide some much-needed depth across that shallow line at this very moment. He will be going to the Senior Bowl so his stock could rise or lower depending on how he does in practice than in the game itself.
The deep need for an interior offensive lineman is very high with those leaving this offseason. Kevin Colbert will need to plug holes and Menet’s ability to play center or guard will be very intriguing for the black and yellow at this point in the draft.
Round 7: Isaiah Pola-Mao, S, USC
Pola-Mao is a good athlete and is coming off a disappointing season when compared to his Sophomore year. He also has bloodlines to a famous former Steeler, Troy Polamalu. Pola-Mao is his nephew so the connection is there. His Junior year was fairly bland on the stat sheet but he is a project. Everyone drafted this late will be selected based on potential and will need time to grow. His ability on special teams could be an amazing feat to watch. If he could return to his Sophomore season production then this could become a steal for the Steel City.
Round 7: Whop Philyor, WR, Indiana
Philyor did not build off of his amazing numbers as a Junior and that significantly hindered his draft stock. He can be a very good slot receiver at the next level. He is shifty and can cause separation before and after the catch. He also provides returnability on his resume which could also help propel him onto an NFL roster.
It was a less productive year for the former Indiana player when compared to his Junior year stats. With JuJu Smith-Schuster likely leaving via free agency, the slot receiver role will be need filling. Philyor could be a nice surprise with a pick this late in the draft.
The Steelers will have a lot of work to do once the season ends because they will be losing players via free agency and cap casualties. This mock draft would be a start for filling holes with immediate impact players.