Steelers mock draft: Steven Nelson throws a curveball in Pittsburgh’s plans

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Brigham Young Cougars tight end Matt Bushman (89) . Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports /

Tight end. Cougars . Matt Bushman. 6. player. 861.

Steelers mock draft round 6: TE Matt Bushman

Matt Bushman was a fairly productive, yet somewhat unspectacular player for BYU throughout his college career. Had he played in 2020, perhaps he’s off the board a round or two higher, but he’s not worth the gamble before the fifth round considering he opted out of the 2020 season. Bushman is a traditional tight end in the mold of Jesse James, but perhaps with a bit more receiving ability. He could prove to be a quality pick at this point in the draft.

player. 866. . Center. Panthers . Jimmy Morrissey. 7

Steelers mock draft round 7: C Jimmy Morrissey

Anytime you are taking an offensive lineman this late in the draft, you aren’t counting on them to be anything more than a depth option down the line. Jimmy Morrissey projects as a backup interior offensive lineman in the NFL, but the Steelers could use another center on their roster. As a seventh-round pick, however, Morrissey isn’t guaranteed to make the team in year one.

2407. . Defensive tackle. Red Wolves . Forrest Merrill. 7. player

Steelers mock draft round 7: DT Forrest Merrill

The Steelers have so many needs this year that I wouldn’t be shocked to see them address defensive tackle until late in the draft. This is a poor group of defensive tackles this year, so Pittsburgh could just decide to spend a late-round pick on a run-stuffing specialist like Forrest Merrill. He would likely compete with Henry Mondeaux as one of the final players on the roster.

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The Steelers have just over a month before they will be forced to make these difficult decisions in the 2021 NFL Draft. As of now, I think it’s a possibility that they could address the cornerback position as early as the 24th overall pick this year.