Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh finds running back help early

Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Adetokunbo Ogundeji #91 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Round 4 (pick 124): Adetokunbo Ggundeji, EDGE, Notre Dame

Adetokunbo Ggundeji is certainly a mouth full and I’d hate to listen to my father-in-law mispronounce his name every Sunday if drafted by the Steelers. However, he might be in play for Pittsburgh in round four. With Bud Dupree likely leaving in free agency, there is a glaring need to find some edge defender depth behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith.

Ola Adeniyi is a restricted free agent who the Steelers will likely bring back in 2021, but there is still a need for one more player who could rotate in at outside linebacker and play special teams. Ggundeji wasn’t overly productive in college (6 TFL, 6.0 sacks in 10 games as a senior), but he has plus movement skills and fits what the Steelers look for on the edge.

Round 4 (pick 141): Drake Jackson, C, Kentucky

The problem with the center position is that there aren’t a lot of quality options out there. Fortunately, teams can get by with an average center. If Pittsburgh decides to pass on a center in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, top prospects Creed Humphrey and Landon Dickerson will undoubtedly be off the board.

Drake Jackson has noticeably more limitations than Humphrey or Dickerson, but he presents solid value in the fourth round and still is capable of developing into a starter if he can add some more strength to his frame. The problem is that his frame (6’2”, 290 lbs) is not that big, to begin with, and there’s only so much you can do about it.