2021 NFL mock draft: Panthers trade up, Steelers land help on offense

Zach Wilson #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Zach Wilson #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Steelers hold the 24th pick in the first round of the NFL draft in 2021. Here’s a look at what each team could do with their top pick this year. 

The 2020 NFL season has finally drawn to a close with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning Super Bowl 55. The offseason starts now as teams will look forward to their offseason plans to make their franchise better. Free-agent options will be looked at and the draft will begin to inch closer and closer. The order in the 2021 NFL Draft has now been set in stone at the moment. Trades always happen between now and throughout the first-round. Although it is not likely that the Steelers trade up or down, stranger things have happened. It will be interesting to see what teams do to acquire players and picks between the current moment in time till the end of the first day of the festivities in Cleveland, Ohio. Some big names are on the trade block while others will try to trade and jump other teams to select the player they like.

It will be an exciting day and this mock draft made it even more interesting. Trades happened with teams seeking their franchise quarterback while others traded down knowing they could still get a good player while adding picks to their draft class. Fans of the Steelers will not care what other teams do until pick 24 comes up. But people should pay attention because it will help decide who the black and gold can select.

Some surprise choices happened as teams could not pass-up certain players that fell further than most thought they would. It happens every year where a certain player that is held in high regard falls for some unknown reason and that will be no different this time. Positions like offensive tackle, quarterback, and wide receivers normally go often in the first-round. Last year was more of an outlier but don’t be surprised if this year is different from last.