Steelers 2021 entire mock offseason: Building the future
141. Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech
Sean Davis was a surprise addition early last year and provided great depth. He will be leaving for another potential bid at a starting job so there will be a vacancy. Jordan Dangerfield is a special team’s demon but he is not a starter in this league. Deablo would bring in someone that could play on special teams and develop into a nice player. He could become a starter or play a few games if a starter gets injured.
217. Justin Hilliard, LB, Ohio State
Linebacker could become more of a need-based on how things go. Robert Spillane will be back and Vince Williams should also be returning. If Williams is surprisingly let go then this will become a major need. Either way, this position will need to be addressed at some point in the offseason, and adding Hilliard here brings insurance. He can play physically on special teams and be brought along slowly to potentially go into a starting role down the line.
225. Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville
Fitzpatrick did not have amazing numbers while at Louisville but he just seems like a prospect that will have a better pro career. His college program started getting better during his senior year and that resulted in some decent numbers for him. His size will catch NFL scout’s eyes and he could be a diamond in the rough. With JuJu Smith-Schuster likely leaving via free agency, receivers will need to be brought in to fill out the roster.
244. Malik Herring, EDGE, Georgia
The outside linebacker position will need to be addressed as Bud Dupree will be departing from the Steelers. Alex Highsmith has a ton of upside and will be the starter opposite of TJ Watt. The only question mark will be who the players are behind them. Herring will bring in competition on special teams and at the position in camp.
253. Tommy Kraemer, OG, Notre Dame
Another offensive lineman is brought in for competition and the starting role at left guard. Kevin Dotson will likely be the starter and for good reason but it never hurts to bring in others. Kraemer is a big man that needs work but at this point in the draft, he is a good get to fill out the line.
It will be a tough offseason for the Steelers with many holes to fill and little money to fix those issues. It can happen if they are smart with their ability to attack their problems with cheap outside signings and using the draft to their benefit.