Steelers mock draft: Bolstering the offense early and often

Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker #75 of the USC Trojans. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker #75 of the USC Trojans. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) /
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North Carolina Tar Heels running back Javonte Williams (25) Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

Running Back. Tar Heels . Javonte Williams. 2. player. 838.

Steelers mock draft: Round 2

He isn’t necessarily the fastest running back in the draft class, but he is quick. At 5’10 220 pounds his build and athleticism remind me a bit of Le’Veon Bell coming out of college. Even with him being a bit shorter his powerful running style paired with his ability to change direction brings Bell’s college tape to mind. My favorite thing about him is his vision. He is very good at finding creases in running lanes and turning 3-4 yard gains into 7-9 yard gains.

He isn’t the kind of player defenses can arm-tackle and he does it all. He is already a great pass-blocker and can catch out of the backfield. If he was just a little faster teams may have been lining up to take him in the top 20 of the draft. He won’t be a home-run hitter in the NFL with 80-yard touchdown runs, but you can expect him to be a red-zone monster, along with a great ability to keep the chains moving for the Steelers.

This is Pittsburgh’s ideal back, a power runner who can block and catch. Williams will be hard to bring down in the NFL and will find himself coveted as one of the top running backs in the league within a few years. He is the future of Pittsburgh’s running game and that is why he will go to them in round 2.