Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh goes CB first before attacking OL

South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Jaycee Horn (7) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Jaycee Horn (7) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Paddy Fisher (42) Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 7:

840. . S. Gators . Shawn Davis. 7. player

The Steelers aren’t in desperate need of a safety but adding another body for depth would be a smart move. There are quite a few late-round safeties that could become decent backups, but Shawn Davis seems like the most versatile of the late options as he can play more like a box safety or more as a deep safety.

His biggest draw should be his ability to play on special teams. He has solid athleticism which should translate well to running down kicks and punts. This gives him instant value as a rookie which could help him land a spot on the opening day roster. Even if he doesn’t progress farther than that, you can never have enough special teams’ players.

Wildcats . Paddy Fisher. 7. player. 882. . ILB

This draft ends just like my previous mock draft ended with the selection of Paddy Fisher. The Northwestern linebacker has had an up and down career while in school, and a lot of his issues seem to stem from his decision making. That said, he has great size and athleticism which makes him an intriguing option to develop late in the draft.

At the very worst, he has the athleticism to make an impact on special teams early as he works on his decision making. If he can get his head on and process quicker, he could end up becoming a solid starter. At the very worst, he should be a core special teams player for the next few years. He may not amount to much, but he would still be well worth the investment.

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With free agency just around the corner, the next few weeks will be critical for the Steelers in determining what needs will have to be filled in the draft. The class above does a good job of filling multiple needs and adding depth along the roster. While tight end and running back could be addressed higher, this draft does a good job of filling the needs this team will be stuck with.